Snow Network


Snow player help

Minimal system requirements

Windows (x86/x64):
XP | 2003 | Vista | 2008 | 7 | 2008R2 | 8 | 2012 | 8.1 | 2012R2 | 10
CPU
133+ MHz or better
RAM
32+ Mb or more
Sound card
DirectX 7+ compatible sound card
Video card
DirectX 9+ compatible videocard to playback video

Quick start

Unzip. Run player. Drop your file(s) to the main or playlist window. Playback will be started automatically.

Hotkeys list

Global hotkey
Ctrl+Shift+F1
call Snow Player
Playback keys
Q, ESC, Alt+F4
Exit
Z
Backtime
X
Stop
C, enter
Play
V, space
Pause
B
Fast forward
N
Previous
S
Record
P
Set focus to a playlist
F, Shift+click
Fullscreen mode
R
Playback favorite radio
Right
Seek playback +5 sec
Left
Seek playback -5 sec
Ctrl+Right
Seek playback +1 min
Ctrl+Left
Seek playback -1 min
Shift+Right
Seek playback +10 min
Shift+Left
Seek playback -10 min
Up
Volume up
Down
Volume down
Num+
Increase playlist font size
Num-
Decrease playlist font size
Player windows control keys
F1
Open this help page
F3
Search title from playlist
F4
Image viewer
F6
Plugins manager
F7
CD Burner
F9
Minibrowser
F10
Playlist
F11
Video window
F12
Console
Menu control keys
Alt+A
About box
Ctrl+P
Options
Ctrl+O
Open playlist
Ctrl+S
Save playlist
Alt+L
Open file
Ctrl+L
Open streaming url
Ctrl+Shift+L
Open folder
Ctrl+Shift+R
Run current plugin
Ctrl+Shift+F5
Refresh playlist
Playlist keys
Del
Delete entry from playlist
Shift+Del
Erase file and then delete entry from playlist
Ctrl+Del
Clear playlist
Alt+3
View/Edit extended file info, detect and download required decompressor
Tab
Set focus to a main window
Mouse controls
Right click
Menu, QuickClick
Scroll up
Volume +5
Scroll down
Volume -5

Multilanguage

Multilanguage support help

Video tutorials

Video tutorial "how to download snow player"

Sharing your playlist

Snow player playlist sharing help

Modern Windows versions issues

Applicable to Windows versions: Vista, 7, 8, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012

This short manual tells how to enable 1-click recording under Vista/Seven/Eight

Scripting and console

F12 key opens/closes player console, where you could type some commands to be executed. There are music management commands (like fav, add, fwd, position), player internal commands (skinfontcolor, skinfontname, mini, quit) some extra commands (sleep, message, sysinfo, delay), network commands (id, disconnect) and a bit more. You may list all commands by typing help command in the console.

You can find list of all console commands here

Scripting gives you 101% control of Snow Player. Also you could easily create presentations, advanced highly customizable sleep timer, automate playback as you wish and so on...

Regular syntax:

command [parameters]
when no parameters presents, where it is needed, help on this command will be shown
in case of the parameters contains spacebar char, you need to take them in the double quotes, e.g:
add "d:\mp3 collection\my favorite song.mp3"
or
message "hello, snow world!"

Every startup Snow player checking for the autoexec.script file placed in the same directory. When present, it will be executed automatically.

You could define your action to a special control button. Use define [command] in console to define a new action. For example,

define "exec myscript.script"
command will assign execution of your script to this button. By default, lyrics command is assigned.

QuickClick menu

Edit menu.ini file into player directory to add/remove/modify QuickClick menu items.
Starting from version 1.16, Snow Player has internal QuickClick menu editor, without necessary to edit .ini files.

[AddN]
Caption=DI.FM Trance [USA]
Command=playurl http://www.di.fm/mp3/trance.pls
Bitmap=quickclick\menu_difm.bmp
Visible=1
SubItem=0
HasSubItem=0
For example, "Shoutcast radios" set HasSubItem=1 parameter. If there are no valid bitmap present, or argument has been omitted, a default snow icon will be used as an item icon.

QuickClick menu

Audio and video decoders

Snow Player uses external video decoders to show video. You could easily download latest video decoders. Choose Main menu » Help » Search codec..., download and install required codec pack.
Press Alt+3 to view (and edit, when possible) extended file information. Player will detect used compressor and allow you to search (and download) for appropriate decompressor.

Tips and Tricks

Quick search
Press F3, type some letters of song filename, and if item is present, it highlights in playlist. You can use up and down arrows to move cursor to a next track and enter to play selected.
Favorite URL button
You can assign your favorite internet radio to the special dedicated skin button.
Settings » Additional » Favorite radio URL
User-defined button
You can assign any console command to another special skin button.
Open the console window by pressing F12 and type the command:
define "lyrics"
Web-installer | Updater | Tweaker
Since 0.98 version, Snow player comes with an updater.exe program. You can tune some player additional settings each update, by installing the necessary checkboxes. Also you may run updater.exe directly for the tuning purposes.

Interaction with games and other software

Edit your player.ini file inside the player directory. Add the following 4 lines to a [Main] section, using next example:

[Main]
CSUse=1
CSFormat=%h %t %n
CSHeader=say Music now:
CSFileName=C:\Counter-Strike 1.6\cstrike\snowplayer.cfg
For example, let we have counter-strike installed under "C:\Counter-strike 1.6\" directory
CSUse=1 enabling this subsystem.
CsFormat defines things to show: %h - text_before, it have been taken from CSHeader value; %t - current time; %n - track name.
CSFileName defines output file for counter-strike (it will be automatically created and managed).

Now, while playing Counter-Strike, type to your CS console:
exec snowplayer.cfg
or, for example bind the key constantly:
bind t "exec snowplayer.cfg"
to write the current listening track into a game chat. You could easily apply this feature to any software, that allows scripting execution and supports external scripts. All half-life, quake, and other engines support this.

Uninstallation

You do not need uninstaller for Snow player. Simply delete the program folder to uninstall.