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User Interface

Ladybug PlayerXP is a small, fast, and compact movie player. You can make one click to play VCD, watch AVI and MPEG movies on the windowless and fullscreen. You can watch and listen Video Music during browsing. You can generate an attractive picture by snapping a frame from movie and make a transform with your psersonal picture. Finally, you can open multiple windows to play many movies simultaneously.


The first item on the title bar is the Neatware icon. The second item is the video name. The last items are minimum, maximum, and exit buttons.

You can drag and drop the window on any place of the desktop with the left button of mouse pointing at ANYWHERE of the window's client area or title bar. You can click the minimize button on the titlebar to show window as an icon on the taskbar. You can click the maximize button on the titlebar to zoom the window. You can even drag frame edges to enlarge or shrink the window size.

Following picture shows a video window with titlebar, frames, and statusbar.

Ladybug Player XP Snapshot

In the bottom there is a status bar. The first item prompts messages of operation. The second item is the progress control bar. You can drag the tag and move it to your desired position. The next item is the dispaly of percentage. The last item is the resize icon to enlarge/shrink the window.


Nbar is a VCR-like handheld controller. NBar The title of NBar displays current position of a video with time format hh:mm:ss.t. Where hh is hour, mm is minute, ss is second, and t is tenth of second.

You can hide the NBar by double clicking the left button in the client window of a video. To double click left button again you can show the NBar. You can move NBar to anywehre by dragging its title bar.

On the first row, the first button launches an open dialog box, then you can select one or a group of video files. After close the open dialog box the video will start to play automatically; the VCD button will launch VCD videos if there is a vcd disk in a CD-ROM drive; the third button launches a control.

The second row includes play, pause, and stop buttons.

In addition, the first button of the third row will hide or show the status bar. The next button sets group loop. The last button makes windowless display. You can click the right button to make windowless mode enable.

Finally, on the last row, the first two buttons of the fourth row are volume control. The last one is exit button.


Video control is organized as a Property Sheet. There are Playlist, Media, and Transform pages. This control is extensible: more control pages may be added later. The cancel and close buttons on the bottom right corner will cancel or accept the new settings.


The list box on the top is the title list. The list box in the middle is the name list. There are three buttons on the bottom: new, delete, and add. You can click new button to create a title which has an initial name "default". You may rename "default" and selecte it with mouse. Playlist The selected title has the blue background.

You can remove any selected title with delete button.

The add button has three menu items: file, vcd, and url. Following picture shows the file dialog after clicking the file item.

[Figure Open File]

There are several ways to choose files: (i) you can select one file by clicking the left button of mouse. (ii) you can select multiple files by press Ctrl key down and pick up files with the left button of mouse. (iii) you can select multiple files by press Shift key down and move the Down Arrow key.

The uplevel button is used to move current folder up to parent folder. You can also click the arrow button in the "Look in" combobox to change a folder. After selecting your files, press the open button, the file addition is finished; press cancel button, the selection is cancelled.

When you choose vcd item, Ladybug PlayerXPwill try to find a VCD disk and add VCD video files to the title. If there is no VCD disk inside or the files are damaged, Ladybug PlayerXP will report an error message.

Url selection lets you find a video file on the Internet with the URL such as http://www.neatware.com/neatware.mpg.

LBXP can play avi video, mp3 music, and jpeg picture separately. In addition LBXP can also play these mixed video in sequence. By simply clicking the stop button or press the space key you can jump to watch another media.

  • Select a set of media which could be any acceptable formats of LBXP from a folder. You can choose them with three methods in the open file dialog: (i)press CTRL key down and pickup file by left mouse button. (ii)press CTRL+SHIFT keys down and move the down arrow key. (iii)press CTRL+A to select all files.
  • After closing open file dialog, the media will start to play automatically. To jump to next media, you can click the stop button or press the space key. If the loop check button has been marked, the media will go forward in a loop.
  • A picture will stay to display on the screen forever if you do not press the stop button to go ahead. This feature allows us to select a series of pictures inbetween a group of video clips and pause a group of video playback automatically.


Media control sets the properties of media playback. They are grouped as setting, audio, and status. In the setting group, you can select items: no loop, single loop, and group loop from loop combo box. The [no loop] setting will not play a media in loop, [single loop] will play a single media in loop, and the [group loop] will play a group of media files in loop.

The rate edit box accepts rate value from 0.0 to 100.0. The value 1.0 represents the normal speed, 30 frames per second. Media Control The value 0.03333333 (1.0/30.0) is 1 frame per second. And the value 2.0 represents double normal speed as 60 frames per second. It is possible for you to play an AVI video that has been sampled as one frame per second in normal speed.

You can check the org box to display video in orginal size. In the case of multiple video playback, this setting may change window size when player starts next video file. In the audio group, you can move volume and balance bar to adjust the volume and balance respectively.

Finally, in the status group, checking the mute box will enable the sound. The windowless check box will show/hide the boarder and title bar of the video window.

The info drop-down list shows the properties of a media. The width and height values are video's width and height. Avetime is the average time of frames. Start time, stop time, and current time are video's start, stop, and current position respectively in the unit of second. Length is the duration of the media in the unit of second. Bit rate and bit error rate represent the properties of bit stream.


You can apply a transform on a video frame together with an image or a 3D frame as inputs.

The list box with a scroll bar displays all available transforms. Transform The progress bar displays current position of a transform animation. You can drag and move the tag of the progress bar to watch current transform effect. The backward and forward button show the animation of transform in backward and forward. You can set the bounce check to show the animation in bounce. And you can press the SPACE key to stop the animation.

The three radio box show the required inputs of a transform. The time edit box lets you input the duration of a transform. It will display a default value when you choose a transform.

Settings button displays a property page of a transform which includes some configurations. Save button saves current transformed picture into a .bmp file. Open menu button will display four items: image A, image B, mesh A, mesh B. They let you select an input for image A or B or mesh A or B.


Keyboard provides another method to control video playback.

Key Description
ESC Exit the Ladybug PlayerXP
F1 Show help document in web browser
F2, Right Arrow Play
F3, Down Arrow Pause
F4, Left Arrow Stop
F5 Volume down
F6 Volume up
F7 Rate down
F8 Rate up
F9 Loop on/off

Full Screen

You can click maximize button on the titlebar and click the right button of mouse to set the windowless fullscreen. The Taskbar bar can be hided by clicking the Start and Setting and Taskbar.