OK, so u downloaded Blackbox, u ran ur fist session, u are happy switching styles - and then what? Most hardcore Linux Blackbox users will tell u there is nothing more - there should be nothing more. After all, Blackbox was created as a minimalistic shell. But u do want some buttons on the desktop, a clock, a system meter, perhaps, an audio player...
This is where plugins come in. What started as a minimalistic shell with only two or three plugins, is now a different beast with over 60 plugins and more coming out each week. Plugins are basically little add-ons to the shell that offer many features - u take ur pick. Notice that Blackbox plugins are intended for Windows Blackbox clones only and do not work on other platforms or shells.
HOW TO LOAD PLUGINS
Very easy, if u use BBLean (which I strongly recommend). Right click on the desktop to bring up the menu and then click on Blackbox/Configuration/Plugins/Add Plugin. To load/unload pluggins, click on Blackbox/Configuration/Load/Unload. Xoblite works more or less the same way. U may need bbnote to add plugins to plugins.rc and recycle under BB4W.
The following alphabetical list is as extensive as it can be, since I probably managed to leave out a plugin or two. Notice that not ALL plugins work on ALL Blackbox clones. Most will work under BB4W but not under Xoblite, and the ones that run under Xoblite do not necessarily run under BBLean. Test to make sure. The following list includes only latest versions. Believe me, u won't need older ones. U can download plugins from [link]
BB8Ball 1.0 by Theo June 7, 2004 Magical sphere
BBAltMenu 0.0.0b by kana July 24, 2004 Alternative alt_tab switcher
BBampTitle v0.02 by pulse April 24, 2003 Displays the song title and the artist name playing in Winamp
BBAnalog 1.7 by Mortar June 23, 2003 -> [needs gdiplus, get it from [link]
Older version of BBAnaloxEx
BBAnalogEx 1.4 by Theo June 23, 2004 -> [needs gdiplus, get it from [link]
Analog clock with many options
BBBloglines 0.0.0 by kana October 16, 2004 -> [needs BBCmd, get it from [link]
It's like a mail checker, but it checks the number of unread items of your subscriptions from Bloglines [link]
BBbin 1.2.1 by qwilk August 4, 2004 Recycle bin manager
BBCalendar 1.1.1 by Theo September 11, 2004 A configurable calendar
BBColor v1.1 by NC-17 November 25, 2002 Like bbcolorex, but with less capabilities
BBColor3dc 1.1 by grischka August 28, 2004 Like bbcolorex
BBColorEx 0.0.0 by kana November 2, 2004 Changes the color of window elements that are not changed by bbwinskin/bbleanskin
BBDDE 0.3 by Tres`ni May 4, 2003
BBDropFTP 1.0 by qwilk March 28, 2004
BBEdgeFlip 0.0.7 by bladestaylor May 15, 2004 Accompanies bbedgehook
BBEdgeHook 0.0.2 by bladestaylor May 25, 2004 Crosses over from one desktop to the other when the mouse pointer goes over the screen limits
BBEdgeMenu 0.0.1 by bladestaylor May 15, 2004 Accompanies bbedgehook
BBFoomp 1.4 by freeb0rn July 28, 2004 Audio player based on Foobar. Doesn't work under BBLean
BBgesture v0.9b by Kaloth July 17, 2004 Follows the movement of the mouse pointer
BBHook 1.2 by TheDevTeam August 31, 2003 Μonitors and intercepts mouse clicks on window titlebars and buttons to add new functionality like window shading and selective horizontal/vertical maximizing.
BBIcons 2.00 by Tres`ni March 17, 2003 Creates desktop icons/shortcuts to you favorite programs.
BBInterface 0.9.5 by psyci February 3, 2004 An interface for the creation of almost everything, from sidebars to menus to players
BBkeyhook v0.1b by Kaloth March 20, 2004
BBKeys 1.63 by TheDevTeam March 10, 2003 Keyboard-enhanced commands
BBLeanSkin 1.2 by grischka October 22, 2004 Window skinning engine like bbwinskin, but with more capabilities
BBLifeGame 0.0.0a by kana July 24, 2004 The Game of Life for Blackbox
BBLoSlitta 0.0.0 by kana October 22, 2004 Puts any plugins in the slit even if they are not slittable.
BBMail 1.0rc4 by qwilk July 13, 2004 Keeps track of ur e-mails
BBMemDisplay by grischka Oct, 2003 Monitors the system - old and outdated plugin
BBMemShrink 0.0.1 by bladestaylor March 31, 2004 Shrinks memory used but may cause some problems
BBMouseGesture 0.1.6 by kana October 9, 2004 -> [needs BBCmd, get it from[link]
Follows the movement of the mouse pointer
BBmuse v0.7b by Kaloth October 25, 2004 A Blackbox audio player with many capabilities
BBnetState v0.01 by pulse April 11, 2003 Allows you to monitor your network status. Does not work on some
BBNote 1.05 by grischka Sep. 12, 2003 An alternative editor which can edit and recycle every rc file in ur system - a valuable tool
BBoscilliscope v1.1b by Kaloth July 7, 2004 Oscilloscope, much like then one in winamp.
BBPager 1.1b11 by NC-17 March 1, 2004 Alternative desktop manager
BBPlayer 0.0.2 by kana October 17, 2004 A Blackbox audio player
BBPlugManager 0.7b by Kaloth October 31, 2004 Manages plugins
BBPower 1.0rc1 by qwilk May 30, 2004 Battery meter plugin, useful for notebooks
BBRightClick by grischka May 29, 2003 Extension to the blackbox menus, that shows you the context menu for items with a right click. You can also get the folder's contextmenu with a shift-right click on the title-bar. Now comes with BBLean 1.2
BBShelf v1.1 by Fatman September 20, 2004 Program launcher, sort of a wharf
BBSlider 0.2.0 by psyci October 4, 2003 Creates a slider control, capable of controlling the volume of sound devices on your system.
BBSlit 0.01.07 by Tres`ni November 1, 2003 A bar that nests other Blackbox plugins
BBSoundFX v2 by qwilk January 26, 2003 -> [upgrade from [link]
Adds sound effects to events
BBspectrum v0.4b by Kaloth July 7, 2004 Audio spectrum analyser, much like then one in winamp.
BBStatus 1.0.2 by Stocker January 17, 2004 Provides a simple status bar that mimics the Toolbar label (it
displays the current active window title and other messages sent to it). The bar is auto-resizable, and has slit support.
BBStyle 0.25b5 by NC-17 November 7, 2003 Applies a random style to Blackbox on a set timer. This timer can
be disabled or enabled on the fly, via the plugin menu. BBStyle can also be set to apply a random style on
Blackbox startup and the latest release adds support for different wallpapers for each workspace.
BBSysmon 0.8 by Mortar August 14, 2003 Αllows you to monitor various system resources. These monitors
include: CPU percentage used, RAM percentage used, Swap percentage used, Drive space availible - any
drive letter except Floppys or CDRoms, Uptime in 3 formats: 0w 0d 0h 0m, 0d 0h 0m, 0h 0m, IP address of the first adapter, Workstation name, Name of user logged in
BBsysState v0.03 by pulse April 11, 2003 Allows you to monitor the following system resources: CPU percentage used, RAM percentage use. Does not work on some clones.
BBTaskSwitch 0.0.3 by kana August 18, 2004 Task switcher
BBTextClock September 13, 2004 - A text clock plugin, very useful for digital representation of the clock
BBtodo 1.0 by Ender July 22, 2004 A "sticky note" list
BBTrans 0.5 by TheDevTeam June 15, 2003 Adds transparency support to the Toolbar and Menus. Also allows the user to add transparency to any window they can place their mouse over. A bit outdated now, since
transparency option is build-in in most Blackbox clones
BBTray 1.0b8 by TheDevTeam February 16, 2004 Active program tray, much like the systray under Window's Explorer shell
BBVHM 0.0.0 by kana November 2, 2004 Provides two bro@ms that maximize a window vertically or horizontally
BBWeather v2.1 by Fatman September 9, 2004 -> [needs svc files, get them from [link]
BBWinAmpList 0.0 by Procic Konstantin May 16, 2004 Shows Winamp's playlist in BB menu. U can select songs
from Winamp's playlist via BB's menu
BBWinSkin 1.1 + engines by TheDevTeam January 20, 2004 Skins windows. See also bbleanskin
BBXEyes v0.3 by Procic Konstantin May 7, 2004 Eyes that follow the mouse pointer around the screen
BBZCmdEx 0.1 by Procic Konstantin January 25, 2004 Extended command line
Broambox 0.01.1 by Tres`ni November 1, 2003 Simple dialog box that gives you an easy way to execute any command in BB4Win, be it a bro@m, or shell command. Broambox helps give you full control over BB4Win with easy access to broams that could previously only be accessed through a menu or hotkey.
BroamRelay 0.001 by bladestaylor Mar 2, 2004
GradTest 2.0 by qwilk July 30, 2003 -> Displays a fully styled window (according to the current window style
settings), with clickable buttons, focused/unfocused state, etc. This gives style creators the visual feedback they
need to tweak their styles to include *all* elements. A little outdated after the release of bbwinskin/bbleanskin.
Liam 1.2.4 by Anonymints April 8, 2004 Checks u re-mails
multiamp bb4 by qwilk February 8, 2003 Audio player that works with Winamp, Foobar, and CoolPlayer
nWeather r1.5 by Nexistenz October 13, 2002 *unstable* Weather reporting plugin
SystemBarEx 2.1 by bladestaylor February 7, 2004 A system bar under Blackbox's toolbar, highly configurable
Interim builds of several plugins, awaiting official release, can be found at [link]
If you get an error dialog telling you that MSVCR7x.dll is missing, you can find it at
Thanx to the xoblite plugins page and to individual programmers. If u need help, u can always ask me here or e-mail me...