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Old 08 April 2021, 17:30   #1
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DDLaunch

So mrv2k decided to code a sort of front-end for my collection on his own accord

It's called "DDLaunch", is pretty neat and has the following features:
  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
  • The window should automatically resize to your vertical desktop size.
  • Has a bunch of filters. The title text will show you how many games are in the filtered / unfiltered list.
  • Pressing <F1> for title or <F2> for screenshot will display an expanded image. Press <Esc> to return to the front-end.
  • Floppy Drive Emulation Speed slider.
  • Shows you which games have cheats, hints, level codes, manuals, maps, strategies, tips, walkthroughs. Ability to right-click on the title / screenshot and select any if available.
  • Has a menu option to open the WinUAE GUI when you double-click a game.


Personally I won't use this as I'm sooooo used to the standard WinUAE interface and love it

...but others might find it useful.

Anyway, just download from here, extract the correct "bit" version to your "WinUAE" directory and double-click to start.

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Old 09 April 2021, 00:01   #2
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So mrv2k decided to code a sort of front-end for my collection on his own accord

It's called "DDLaunch", is pretty neat and has the following features:

Looks nice
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Old 09 April 2021, 01:21   #3
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Thanks for sharing. DDlaunch is not bad at all!
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Old 09 April 2021, 19:05   #4
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So mrv2k decided to code a sort of front-end for my collection on his own accord

It's called "DDLaunch", is pretty neat and has the following features:
  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
  • The window should automatically resize to your vertical desktop size.
  • Has a bunch of filters. The title text will show you how many games are in the filtered / unfiltered list.
  • Pressing <F1> for title or <F2> for screenshot will display an expanded image. Press <Esc> to return to the front-end.
  • Floppy Drive Emulation Speed slider.
  • Shows you which games have cheats, hints, level codes, manuals, maps, strategies, tips, walkthroughs. Ability to right-click on the title / screenshot and select any if available.
  • Has a menu option to open the WinUAE GUI when you double-click a game.


Personally I won't use this as I'm sooooo used to the standard WinUAE interface and love it

...but others might find it useful.

Anyway, just download from here, extract the correct "bit" version to your "WinUAE" directory and double-click to start.
Maybe I should ask a GMod to move these "DDLaunch" posts to it's own thread.

People can then discuss / offer improvement to mrv2k that could possibly be implemented at some stage

I see a lot of potential; for example if I was to add "Box" images then there could be another column next to the title / screenshot one showing these at the same time
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I'd quite happily take suggestions on improving DDLaunch. This is the WHDLoad/CD32 launcher I'm working on at the moment. It's a long way off from a release and it will probably look very different, but it gives an idea of having screens and cover art on the same window.

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Old 09 April 2021, 21:00   #6
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I'd quite happily take suggestions on improving DDLaunch. This is the WHDLoad/CD32 launcher I'm working on at the moment. It's a long way off from a release and it will probably look very different, but it gives an idea of having screens and cover art on the same window.
Forgive the quick, dodgy mock-up... but I was thinking something more like this for "DDLaunch":



...but this would require me to find / download / cleanup "box" images for all 3320 games; so is a massive undertaking and very time consuming
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Box scan archives (amongst others) are quite readily available via Launchbox site and forum and other frontend software repositories.


Heres one.
https://forums.launchbox-app.com/fil...mmodore-amiga/
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This page has a box scan archive of over 3000 images. 400mb.

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This page has a box scan archive of over 3000 images. 400mb.
https : // chomikuj . pl / thomaspass / AMIGA + PACK
File number 8.
It's not even possible to translate this s*#t site with g@@gle...

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I have the download, must have found it elsewhere. Sorry, that polish site asks for money, awful link so removed it.
malko, maybe you could remove your quote of it too please.
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Found correct link.
ftp://ftp.untergrund.net/users/thunder/Amiga_Games/
Its a decent pack.
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Forgive the quick, dodgy mock-up... but I was thinking something more like this for "DDLaunch":



...but this would require me to find / download / cleanup "box" images for all 3320 games; so is a massive undertaking and very time consuming
I've got quite a big selection of boxart images in my EAB ftp folder. Could be a start for you. Also Open Retro has a lot of hi-res boxart.
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I've got quite a big selection of boxart images in my EAB ftp folder. Could be a start for you. Also Open Retro has a lot of hi-res boxart.
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Box scan archives (amongst others) are quite readily available via Launchbox site and forum and other frontend software repositories.


Heres one.
https://forums.launchbox-app.com/fil...mmodore-amiga/
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This page has a box scan archive of over 3000 images. 400mb.
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It's not even possible to translate this s*#t site with g@@gle...
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I have the download, must have found it elsewhere. Sorry, that polish site asks for money, awful link so removed it.
malko, maybe you could remove your quote of it too please.
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Found correct link.
ftp://ftp.untergrund.net/users/thunder/Amiga_Games/
Its a decent pack.
Thanks guys, I'll look into it at some stage

Updated the mock-up image to include "information".

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Was thinking that if a description is provided all about the game as well as year/pub/genre, then the box art could be at the top right as the area below would be pretty much filled. This would make it look all nice and even.
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Thanks for creating this, I like it. Regarding descriptions etc, a link to the HOL page for each game would do for me.
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I have all the info (year, publisher and genre) on the current WHDLoad games set. The genres are close to the catlist genres used by Mame. e.g.

Action / Destruction
Action / Duel / Versus
Action / Fighter 2D
Action / Fighter 2.5D
Action / FPS
Action / Multi Level
Action / Shooter / 2D
Action / Shooter / 3D
Action / Shooter / Isometric
Action / Shooter / Crosshair
Action / Shooter / Horizontal
Action / Shooter / Multi Direction
Action / Shooter / Vehicle
Action / Shooter / Vertical
Adventure / 3D
Adventure / Action
Adventure / Adult
Adventure / Graphic
Adventure / Isometric
Adventure / Point & Click
Adventure / Puzzle
Adventure / Text

I can write a bit of code that spits out a csv if that helps.
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...but this would require me to find / download / cleanup "box" images for all 3320 games; so is a massive undertaking and very time consuming
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Found correct link.
ftp://ftp.untergrund.net/users/thunder/Amiga_Games/
Its a decent pack.
So I've started adding in "Boxart" from the above into my collection.

Taken 3 hours to do "# - B"

There's a lot missing, so will probably need to ask my friends at HOL:

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3D Galax
3D Ultra Pinball - Creep Night MAC RTG
3D Ultra Pinball - Fastest Pinball in Space MAC RTG
3D World Soccer
4-Get-It
4x4 Off-Road Racing
8bit Killer AGA
9 Lives
1000 Miglia
1000cc Turbo
1497 - Five Years After
1869 - History Experience Part I AGA
1943 - The Battle of Midway
20000 Leagues Under the Sea
A New Adventure - FaYoh 2 AGA
A Prehistoric Tale
A-10 Tank Killer Extra Missions
Aaargh! Arcadia
Aardvark
ABC Monday Night Football
ABD The Next Break AGA
Abduction
Abra Cadabra
Abuse RTG
Abu-Simbel Profanation
Ace Ball AGA
Ace the Space-Case
ACSYS - Autonomous Cybernetic System AGA
Act of War
Act Out
Action Cat AGA
Action Fighter
adidas Championship Tie-Break
Adrenalynn
Aerial Racers
African Raiders-01
Agent Czesio
Aggression AGA
Agricola
Agricola Hard Disk
Air Supply
Air Taxi
AlarCity AGA
AlarCity Dungeon Prototype AGA
Albion AGA
Alcatraz' IQ Engine AGA
Alchemy
Alco-Copter
Alehop
Alfred Chicken AGA
Ali Baba
Alianator
Alien Bash
Alien Bash II
Alien Breed - Tower Assault AGA
Alien Breed - Tower Assault CD32
Alien Breed 3D II - Xenium Core AGA
Alien Breed II - The Horror Continues AGA
Alien Fish Finger
Alien Storm
Alien Syndrome
Alien Target
AlienĀ³
Aliex
Almagica - Scions of a Forgotten World AGA
Alone in the Dark MAC RTG
Alone in the Dark (Enhanced CD-ROM) MAC RTG
Alone in the Dark 2 MAC RTG
Alone in the Dark 3 MAC RTG
Alter Ego
American Gladiators
Amiga Boulder Dash
Amiga CD
AMIGA CD32
AMIGA CD32 - Full Motion Video
AMIGA CD32 - Full Motion Video & Xbox 360
AMIGA CD32 - Xbox 360
AMIGA CDTV
AMIGA CDTV - CDTV-CR
Amiga Encounter
Amiga Resident Evil AGA
Amiga Soccer
AmigaParachute
Amigo the Fox
Amishion Impossible AGA
AMRVoxel AGA
AMRWolf AGA
Andromeda
Another World - The Lost Level
Apache
Apano Sin
APB - All Points Bulletin
Apidya - 2018 Special Edition
AppleJack AGA
Apprentice
Aqua AmigaCD
Aquanaut (F1 Licenceware)
Arachnophobia
Arazok's Tomb
Arcade Darts
Arcade Snooker AGA
Archon - The Light and the Dark
Archon II - Adept
Arctic Moves
Arcticfox
Area 88
Argus
Arkanoid - Revenge of Doh
Armalyte
Armour-Geddon II - Codename Hellfire
Army Moves
Arnie
Arsenal FC - The Computer Game
Artificial Dreams
ArtPazz AGA
Artura
Arya Vaiv
Asgard Met Vikings
Assimilation - Caffeine 2
Asterix - Operation Getafix
Astral
Astro Blox Revisited
Astrokid in The Battle of Planet Funk
Atlantyda
Atmosfear
Atom Smasher
ATR - All Terrain Racing Christmas Edition
Atrophy AGA
Avalanche - The Struggle for Italy
Aztec Challenge
Aztec Challenge CD32
Baba Yaga
BabeAnoid
BabeAnoid - Hidden Worlds
Baby Bug
Babylonian Twins
Back to Saturn X Episode 1 - Get Out of My Stations RTG
Back To The Future - Part II
Back To The Future - Part III
Back to the Golden Age
Backgammon Royal
Backlash
Bacman AGA
Bagitman
Bagman
Balder's Grove
Baldies
Ball
Ball Raider
Ball Raider II
Balls
Bangboo
Bank Buster
Banshee CD32
Banzai
Bar Games
Barbarian - The Ultimate Warrior
Barbarian+ AGA
Bargon Attack
Barney Mouse
Baron Baldric - A Grave Adventure
Basket Island AGA
BatDog
Battle Bound
Battle Isle - Scenario Disk Volume 2 - The Moon of Chromos
Battlehawks 1942
Battleships (Assassins)
Battleships (Elite)
BattleShips II
Battletoads
Battletoads SE
Bazza 'n' Runt
Beambender
Beetle
Beneath A Steel Sky
Beneath A Steel Sky CD32
Benefactor
Benefactor CD32
Bermuda Project
Berusky AGA
Best of the Best - Championship Karate
Beverly Hills Cop
Beyond the Ice Palace
Big Game Fishing
Big Nose - The Caveman
Big Run
Big Sea
Biing! - Sex, Intrigen und Skalpelle AGA
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bio Challenge
BioJet
Black Dawn
Black Dawn II
Black Dawn III - Legions of Dawn
Black Dawn IV - Thunderdawn
Black Dawn IX - The Workbench Invasion
Black Dawn Rebirth v1.1
Black Dawn Rebirth v1.2
Black Dawn V - A New Beginning
Black Dawn V - A New Beginning REMIX
Black Dawn VI - Hellbound
Black Dawn VII - Champions of Dawn
Black Hornet
Black Shadow
Black Viper
Blackthorne MAC RTG
Blade
Blade AGA
Blade Warrior
Blades of Steel
Blake Stone - Aliens of Gold AGA
Blake Stone - Planet Strike AGA
Blast Em!
Blast Squad
Blastaball
Blastaball Arcadia
Blasteroids
Blaze
Blinky's Scary School
Blitz Bombers AGA
Blob Kombat AGA
Blobz AGA
Blockhead
Blockhead II
Blockout
Blocky Skies
Blood 'n Bullets
BloodFest AGA
Bloodline
BloodNet - A Cyberpunk Gothic AGA
Bloodwych - The Extended Levels
Blork
Blue Boy
Blue Thunder CD32
BMX Simulator
B-Noid AGA
Bobble Puzzle AGA
Bob's Garden
Bograts - The Puzzling Misadventure AGA
Boing!!! 96K AGA
Bolo Mrowkojad
Bomb Busters
Bomb Jack
Bomb Jack Beer Edition
Bomber 2000
Bombmania
Bomb'X
Bomb'X 1995 - The Scene's Levels
Bone Cruncher
Boondar AGA
Boris Ball
Borobodur - The Planet of Doom
BosCar
Bouncing Bill
Bouncy
Bowls
Boxx
Boxx 2
Boxx 3
Brain Killer AGA
Brain Man
Brainball
Brands Hatch
Breach 2
Breach 2 (Enhanced)
BreakOut Revolution AGA
Breed 96
Brian the Lion AGA
Brian the Lion CD32
Bridge Strike
Brus Lii
Brutal Football - Deluxe Edition AGA
Bubble +
Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak CD32
Bubble Bobble
Bubble Ghost
Bubble Gun
Bubble Heroes AmigaCD
Bubble Trubble
Budokan - The Martial Spirit
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Bug Bash
Buggy Boy
Builderland - The Story of Melba
Bumpy's Arcade Fantasy
Burger Man
Burning Rubber
Burning Rubber AGA
Burnout AGA
Burntime
Burntime AGA
Burton Bird
Butcher Hill
Buzzy
Byte Man
Edit: So the above was roughly 450 games; so that means it will take around 24 hours to complete the process...

For now when I don't have a game's "Boxart" I created / will use this image:

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Old 11 April 2021, 16:08   #18
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DDLaunch v0.4



I've made a few changes to DDLaunch...

There is now a tab for box art and a panel for game info to be displayed. I looked at the mock ups you guys have made and decided on a tab to save screen space. I was worried that if you don't have a lovely high resolution screen, things could get chopped off. If you do have an ideal minimum resolution, I could make all the panels display on one screen.

The info panel will automatically load a text file called ___Info.txt from the game folder. The text file can be as long as you like, but just be aware of the width.

You can also now specify whether DDLaunch stretches it's window or uses a fixed size. This and the "Show WinUAE GUI" options are saved in a prefs file so you don't have to keep re-enabling them.

I've uploaded the files to my FTP account ~Uploads/mrv2k/
and Mega link... https://mega.nz/folder/Kd9gGChC#mZn3KNcPVoNrlgIrI8kG1Q
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Nice

Personally though I think it would be much better having "BoxArt / Info" in a separate panel like my mock-up.

I mean; I'm running on a laptop with a resolution of "1366 x 768" and there's definitely enough room:



I'd say most people have a higher resolution.
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On my Win7 32Bit DDLaunch does not work, at the first run I get a loop no one and no GUI
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