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  1. Create Playlists from MAME category ini files

    Create Playlists from MAME category ini files for your Arcade Platform.
    This plugin allows you to generate Playlists in LaunchBox from .ini files.  The same ones MAME uses in its UI to apply filters used to categorize viewing of your games.
    To be clear:
    This doesn't really expand much on the already available Arcade/MAME Playlist building feature in LaunchBox.   But if there's a rare instance you come across a MAME category ini file that has a 'pre-built' "filter" list and isn't already available in LB, well here you go.   Regardless, this was actually a just-for-fun, 'let's see if I can' type of thing.  And figured I'd just put it out here for whatever reason.
    ..now on with the show..
    Only games that actually exist in your Arcade Platform will be added to the created Playlist.  So say you choose “Control.ini” and Select “Joystick 8-way”, there are 6827 roms listed with that ‘filter’.  If your Arcade Platform only has 1007 of those 6827, only 1007 will be imported into the new Playlist.  
    Many of these files can be found at www.progettosnaps.net.  (Specifically here)  And several more at https://mameinfo.mameworld.info/ (Look for the “MAMEUI 0.2xx Category-, Version and Alltime inifiles” link).  There’s probably other sources available out there too.
    These files are typically (and should be) stored in the  ../MAME/ini/folders/  folder.
    Requirements:
    This plugin file.  Place it inside the ../LaunchBox/Plugins/  folder. Your MAME/Arcade Platform MUST be named “Arcade”. A valid .ini file (or set of files) to read from. (see possible sources above) (sample from “Controls.ini”)
    [FOLDER_SETTINGS] RootFolderIcon mame SubFolderIcon folder [ROOT_FOLDER] [Dial] 2mindril 720 720g 720gr1 ..... [Joystick 8-way] 10yard 10yard85 10yardj 1941 ..... How to use:
    First download and unzip the file.  Copy “Create Arcade Playlists.dll” to you LaunchBox/Plugins folder. Right click the file and select Properties. Check the box to “Unblock” (if present) then click OK.  Now start LaunchBox.
    In LaunchBox, select “Tools”, then “Arcade Playlists from ini” (near the very bottom). [not to confused with "Create Missing Arcade/MAME Playlists.."] When the plugin loads, it will attempt to automatically locate your ../ini/folders/  location and populate the “Available ini files” section.  If it wasn’t able to find it or you want to look in a different location, click “Browse” and navigate to the folder you want to use. Click on the ini file you want to use.  This will populate the “Available sections/filters”. If there are no ‘[Sections]’ below “[ROOT_FOLDER]”, that means there are only rom names listed, and those will be added to the “List of roms to add” area. Click on one the “Available sections/filters” you want to use.  This will add all the roms for that selection to the “List of roms to add” area. Click “Create Playlist” to create the playlist.  Click Exit or create more. Once Exited, select Playlist or Platform Category and expand Arcade to see the new Playlist.
     
    Notes:
    This does not work with Additional Apps (mainly clones).
    This adds “Arcade” to the beginning of the selected section/filter for its “Unique Name:” (to maintain consistency).  The “Nested Name” will be the same as selected section/filter.
    The Playlist will be added to the “Arcade (Category)” of the Platform Categories list.
    If you click Create Playlist and you don’t have any existing games that match, an empty Playlist will not be created.
    If a Playlist of the same name already exists, either delete your existing Playlist or edit it and change the name.  It will not be overwritten nor modified.

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  2. MAME Software Lists Import Tool - plugin

    Use this plugin to filter and import MAME Software Lists into LaunchBox.
    Features:- Choose to import clones as Additional Apps, separately or not at all
    - Skip Prototypes (filter option)
    - Skip Non Supported games (filter option)
    - Import the selected (filtered) Console/Computer games into LaunchBox
    - Adds the appropriate command to each imported games' Command Line (ex. a2600 -cart)
    - Copy the filtered selection of roms to a separate folder (optional)
        (After copying files, they will automatically be imported)
    - If a newly imported game is tagged as not supported by MAME, it will be marked as "Broken".
        Will also check existing games in the Platform being imported to (in case MAME updated its' status)
    *v4.0  New feature:   Import only rom Titles that exist in your Source Folder.
    When you check the "Import only games that exist in the ROMs Source Folder" box, only those Titles will be imported. This will not remove any existing entries in LaunchBox.  Only add new ones or modify existing ones (per MAME changes in the hash file).

    *New v3.0
    - New Audit Feature.  Compare your existing softlist Platform against the MAME hash.xml.
        Will cross check Title and Rom names.
            - Select the respective hash.xml and Platform
            - Click Audit (last page)
            - Any differences along with a brief description will be shown.
            - Option to select files (if any) and have them removed from your LaunchBox Platform.
            - Will check main Titles as well as Additional Apps (if you imported them that way).
        This does NOT check rom integrity. That's between you and Clrmamepro (or related utility).
    What's needed:
    - (2) dll files included in the zip file Starting with v2.0, only need the (1) dll file included in the zip.
    - MAME Software List hash files (located in the "hash" sub folder of your Mame's main folder)
    - MAME Software List roms* and BIOS files (only if you want to actually play them)
        *The rom set needs to be either a Split set or a Non-Merged set for a full import
         - If you plan to not import clones, any type set will work.
    What it won't do:
    - Filter/Sort by Region (it's a MAME hash file limitation)
    - Determine if/what BIOS files are needed
    - Import Metadata and Media (just use LaunchBoxs' built-in Tool)
    How to:
    - Copy the "ImportMameSoftwareLists" folder from the zip file to your ..\LaunchBox\Plugins folder.
    - Navigate to that folder and unblock the 2 dll files.  (Right click, Properties, and click Unblock)

    *New in v1.31
    - Start LaunchBox. Click on "Tools" and select "Import MAME Software Lists".

    Note:
    - The "Destination Folder" is required even if you don't plan to copy the files.  It's needed to set up the Application Folder for the games when Importing.
     
    See what's new in Change Log.
     
    * MESS xml *
    To see MAME's Overall and Emulation status [Preliminary/Good/Imperfect]in the Import Mame Software Lists plugin, you will need to have the MESS xml file that matches your version of MAME.    messxxx.xml (where 'xxx' is the MAME version.  i.e. mess215.xml) 

    This file needs to be located in the same folder as the plugin (..\LaunchBox\Plugins\ImportMameSoftwareLists\) and can be download from: http://www.progettosnaps.net/mess/ 
    These files are [relatively] large (24MB+) and will slow down the screen updates when selecting different consoles/computers.  
    Use "Shrink_MESSxml.exe" to reduce the mess xml file size to a little over 1MB to eliminate slow screen updates.  (April-2020 V2.0 is available. Reduces file size even more.)  After 1st making a backup, it then removes unneeded data from the xml file.  Place only the one 'shrunken' xml file in the plugin folder.  ..\LaunchBox\Plugins\ImportMameSoftwareLists\mess215.xml  (a 'shrunken' mess215.xml is included with v1.30)

    The Import Mame Software Lists plugin will search for "mess*.xml".  So as you update, just replace the old xml file (mess215.xml) with the new one (mess216.xml).
    ONLY HAVE ONE MESS XML FILE IN THE PLUGIN FOLDER AT A TIME!
    v1.32 includes mess219.xml (shrunken, of course)
     
    Other Notes: (things I've learned)
    - Software List folder/file locations: 
     
     
    - *Associated Platform Command line parameters
    - MAME and CDROMS
     
     

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  3. RetroAchievement Badges

    RetroAchievement Badges
    What does this plugin do?
    Adds “RetroAchievement” Badges to games that support RetroAchievements.
    (See complete list of games here: https://retroachievements.org/gameList.php)
    Why?
    Because some people wanted it.
    How to install the plugin:
    Download RetroAchBadge.zip UnBlock the zip file. (Hint: right click the file, select “Properties” and check the box that says ‘Unblock’ [or something along those lines]) Click OK to close the Properties window Open the zip file Copy the folder “RetroAchBadge” into your “/LaunchBox/Plugins/” folder Start LaunchBox Select Tools Select "RetroAchievements Badge Updater" (Internet connection required) Wait for the Updater to complete.  (This may take up to 10 seconds.) How to use the plugin:
    Start LaunchBox (not necessary if you just completed the Install - steps 1 through 9) Click “BADGES” 'Check’ “Enable Retroachievements” How to add or remove the badge from a game:
    Right click the game and select "RetroAchievements Badge" How to get updates for new games added to RetroAchievements:
    In LaunchBox, Select Tools Select "RetroAchievements Badge Updater" (Internet connection required) (Note: Step #2 may take up to 5 seconds to complete.)
    A word about Platform names:
    Some of the Platform names used by RetroAchievements are different than the default names used in LaunchBox.  When using the Badge Updater, it will ‘convert’ these to the default names.
    Examples:  “Mega Drive” gets changed to "Sega Genesis".  “SNES” to "Super Nintendo Entertainment System".  "Game Boy" to "Nintendo Game Boy".
    This plugin will not rename any of your existing Platforms.  However if your Platform names are different, the badges for that Platform will not appear.  (i.e. “Mega Drive”, “SNES” and "Game Boy")
    The fix (if needed):  Rename your Platforms.
    Option 2 is to rename the folder(s) inside “/LaunchBox/Plugins/RetroAchBadge/RetroBadge Files”.  Note: This option will need to be done each time you run the Updater.
    Platform names that get changed: 
         From                                   To
    "Mega Drive"                "Sega Genesis"
    "SNES"                            "Super Nintendo Entertainment System"
    "Game Boy"                   "Nintendo Game Boy"
    "Game Boy Advance"   "Nintendo Game Boy Advance"
    "Game Boy Color"         "Nintendo Game Boy Color"
    "NES"                               "Nintendo Entertainment System"
    "32X"                               "Sega 32X"
    "Master System"           "Sega Master System"
    "PlayStation"                  "Sony PlayStation"
    "Game Gear"                  "Sega Game Gear"
    "Virtual Boy"                  “Nintendo Virtual Boy"
    "MSX"                              "Microsoft MSX"
    "SG-1000"                       "Sega SG-1000"
    "Saturn"                           "Sega Saturn"
    "Intellivision"                  "Mattel Intellivision"
    "Vectrex"                         "GCE Vectrex"
    "PC-8000_8800"            "NEC PC-8801"

    Changing the default icon:
    If you wish to use a different Badge icon, replace “\LaunchBox\Images\Badges\RABadge001.png” with your own image.
    Known Issues:
    Game titles are taken directly from RetroAchievements and may differ (slightly or a lot) from yours. So if you have a game that is known to have achievements and the badge isn’t showing, follow all steps under How to add or remove the badge from a game:.
    Unknown issues:
    Let me know when you find them.
    Note to those who installed the beta-release:
    Delete it before installing this one!  The whole RetroAchBadge folder. Not just part of it.
    Designed for LaunchBox 11.9 and newer.  Major contributors to the plugin are: @jayjay

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  4. (Bulk) Add Additional Applications

    (Bulk) Add Additional Applications    A.K.A.    (Bulk) Add Run Before/After Main Application
     
    The intent of this plugin to add the same Additional Application to more than one game, all at one time.  More specifically, it is to add an Additional Application you want to run Before and/or After the selected games.
    *Works with LaunchBox versions 10.14 and newer.*
    Setup:
    Download and extract "Bulk Run Before-After.dll" from the zip file and place it in your Plugins subfolder of LaunchBox. Right click the dll file, select Properties, and click "Unblock" (if it's there) and click OK.
    Using the plugin:
    Select more than one game (or all of them) in your Platform. Right click on one of the selected games and select "Bulk Run Before/After Main Application". Fill in the Application Name, Path to the program, any necessary Command Line Parameters and then check the appropriate box if you want it to run Before or After (or both or none) the Main Application.  Click OK You should probably test this on only 2 or 3 games first BEFORE you decide to do your entire Platform.  There is no [bulk] undo (See Additional Notes).
     
      
    Additional Notes:
    Once you click "OK", the Additional Application is added to each game you had selected.  There is no Bulk Edit or Bulk Remove Additional Application(s). (at least by me)
    It does require that you give it an Application Name and an Application Path. 
    It will verify that your Application Path points to an existing file but it will not check if there's an existing Additional Application with the same Name.
     

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  5. MAME Hi-Score Display - A plugin for BigBox

    MAME Hi-Score Display - A plugin for BigBox
    Use this plugin to view a games high scores from BigBox’s Game Menu.
    Features
    Creates a menu item called “View Hi-Scores” that allows you to display high scores for most games in your Arcade platform directly in BigBox. What's needed
    (3) files that are included in the downloaded zip file (the plugin) Version 3.0 - One file that is included in the downloaded zip file (the plugin) 2 lines of text added to the "TextGamesView.xaml" file for your current BigBox Theme MAME configured to save high scores Saved high score files (These are automatically generated by MAME once it’s configured to save them in the "hi" and/or “nvram” subfolders of your MAME emulator) What it won't do
    Show high scores for games using emulators other than MAME. Show high scores for games in LaunchBox. MAME is not built to save high scores the same way (or at all) for all arcade machines, so not all games are supported by this plugin Contributors
    @jayjay – The one who came up with the idea and did all the hard stuff.
    @JoeViking245 – The one who helped with all the easy stuff.
    @fromlostdays – The one who made these instructions easier to follow. 
    A HUGE Special Thanks goes to GreatStone’s utility “hi2txt”.  This utility converts MAME’s high score files into a readable format which ultimately makes this plugin possible!!
    http://greatstone.free.fr/hi2txt/index.html
     
    Installation and setup instructions:
    Step 1: Installing the Plugin
    Step 2: Editing your BigBox Theme to add support for the Plugin
    Step 3: Making sure MAME is set up to save high scores
     
    Installing the Plugin:
    Download the plugin, Mame_Hi_Scores_v1.0.zip, Mame_Hi_Scores_v3.0.zip from the LaunchBox download section After you’ve downloaded the zip file, be sure to unblock it in Windows by right clicking it, selecting Properties, and clicking Unblock Open the zip file and extract/copy the "Hi_Scores" folder into ..\LaunchBox\Plugins  
    Editing Your BigBox Theme to add support for the Plugin:
    You just need to add two lines of text, each in a specific place, in one of the theme’s .xaml files so that your theme can display the Hi -Scores. This should work for all themes.
    Go to the "Views" folder of the theme you are using and find the file "TextGamesView.xaml". e.g.  D:\LaunchBox\Themes\my_current_theme\Views\TextGamesView.xaml Right click on "TextGamesView.xaml" and select Edit
    Insert the following line after the last existing "xmlns" entry located near the top of the file: xmlns:hsc="clr-namespace:Mame_Hi_Scores;assembly=Mame_Hi_Scores"    It will look similar to this:
    Now scroll all the way down to the bottom of the document. Insert the following line* just above the text "</Canvas>": <hsc:Hi_Scores Height="{Binding Source={x:Static SystemParameters.PrimaryScreenHeight}}" Width="{Binding Source={x:Static SystemParameters.PrimaryScreenWidth}}" HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center"/> *NOTE: The word “canvas” may show up multiple times in the document. You’re looking for the last instance of it, at the very bottom of the text just above </UserControl>. Also note that the indentation of the line doesn’t matter. The above is one single line of text, so be sure and copy and paste the entire line. Depending on your text editor, it may ‘wrap around’ and look like two lines, which is not a problem. 
     It will look similar to this:
    Save and close TextGamesView.xaml .  
    Setting up MAME to save high scores:
    Using a recent official MAME release –
     
    If you have an older release of MAME, you may need to do the following steps instead.
       
    Congrats! You’re all setup! Now that you’ve setup the plugin, why not give it a try?
    How to use:
    Start BigBox Go into the "Arcade" Platform Select a game Near the bottom of the Menu (if the selected game has a high score file saved) you'll see "View Local Hi-Scores"  Select "View Local Hi-Scores" to see your high scores for that game!

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  6. View MAME High scores in Game Details - A plugin for LaunchBox/BigBox

    View MAME High scores in Game Details - A plugin for LaunchBox/BigBox
    Use this plugin to see a games top 3 high scores in the Game Details.
     
    Features
    Shows high scores for most games in your Arcade platform in the Game Details. After playing a MAME Arcade game that saves its' high scores [and is supported by the included hi2txt program], this adds a Custom Field called "Hi-Scores" to the game.  It will store 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and appear in the Game Details when the game is selected.
     
    What's needed
    (3) files that are included in the downloaded zip file (the plugin) One file that is included in the Version 3.0 downloaded zip file MAME configured to save high scores Saved high score files (These are automatically generated by MAME [once configured to save them] in the "hi" and/or “nvram” subfolders of your MAME emulator)  
    What it won't do
    Show high scores for games using emulators other than MAME. MAME does not save high scores for all arcade machines, so not all games are supported by this plugin.  
    Contributors
    @jayjay and @JoeViking245
     
    A HUGE Special Thanks goes to GreatStone’s utility “hi2txt”.  This utility converts MAME’s high score files into a readable format which ultimately makes this plugin possible!!
    http://greatstone.free.fr/hi2txt/index.html

    Installation and setup instructions:
    Step 1: Installing the Plugin
    Step 2: Making sure MAME is set up to save high scores
     
    Installing the Plugin:
    Download the plugin, LB-BB_Hi_Scores_v1.0.zip, from the LaunchBox download section After you’ve downloaded the zip file, be sure to unblock it in Windows by right clicking it, selecting Properties, and clicking Unblock
    Open the zip file and extract/copy the "Hi_Scores" folder into ..\LaunchBox\Plugins            e.g  D:\LaunchBox\Plugins\
    If you have previously installed “MAME Hi-Score Display - A plugin for BigBox”, you will only to copy the “HiScoreCustomField.dll” file into that same folder.  Otherwise all 3 files are required.  (Only one file is required with version 3.0) The 2 plugins will not conflict with each other.
     
    Setting up MAME to save high scores:
    Using a recent official MAME release –
    By default, plugins are enabled in MAME.  You can verify this by looking at the “mame.ini” file located in the root MAME install folder. Open “mame.ini” and scroll down to (or press Control + F and search for) “Scripting Options”.   “plugins” should be set to 1.  If it’s 0 (zero), change it to 1.
    Next, open “plugin.ini” also located in MAME’s root directory and change “hiscore” to 1.
     
    If you have an older release of MAME, you may need to do the following steps.
    Go to this website: http://www.mameworld.info/highscore/download.htm and download a copy of the file hiscore.dat that corresponds to your version of MAME. The file (hiscoredat.zip) will need to be unzipped. Place the file hiscore.dat in your MAME/Plugins folder Open up your MAME.ini file in a text editor. In newer versions, this file will be in the same directory as the MAME.exe Press control + F and search for “Scripting Options” Next to the word Plugins, type “1” no quotes Next to the word Plugin, type “hiscore” no quotes It will look like this:
     
    How to use:
    Start LaunchBox or BigBox Go into the "Arcade" Platform Select a game, run it, then close it Now select a different game, then go back (poor man’s version to refresh the Game Details) If the game has saved high scores, they will now appear in that game’s Detail pane Depending on the BigBox theme you use, the amount of data shown in the Game Details may be limited.  So you might need to go into Options, Game Details and deselect some of the Details.
    Be sure that “Custom Fields” is checked.

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  7. Launch Platforms

    This is a BigBox plugin that allows you to launch a game/application directly from the Platform Wheel View level.
    Setup:
    - Right click on the downloaded LaunchPlatform.zip and click "Unblock" and then OK

    - Open the zip file and copy the folder "LaunchPlatform into your ../LaunchBox/Plugins/  folder
    - Open LaunchBox and create a new Platform.  (i.e. Music Box Alpha)
    - In the lower right hand corner click "Add"
    - Fill in (at minimum)
       Title: 
       Platform: (select the Platform you just created)
       (click on "Launching") Application Path: 
    - Click OK
    - Now click "Tools" and [at the bottom] click "Launch Platform Setup"
    - Oh... you might first want to create a backup of the Theme folder you use for BigBox.  You shouldn't need it, but always a good idea.
     

    - Step 1  In the Available Themes List will be all themes you have.  Click on the one you use (the one you backed up) then click "Setup Theme".  This will now be listed in the Modified Themes List.  At any time you can undo the changes made by selecting the Theme in the Modified Themes List and click "Restore Theme".
    - Step 2  Select the Platform (Music Box Alpha) in the Available Platforms List and click "Add Platform" (or you can just double-click it).  This will move it to the Platforms Ready List.  When you are done, click "Done".
    - Now start BigBox.  (look for the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left, click it and click "BigBox")
     
    - Scroll through your Platforms wheel until you find your new Platform and select it.
    If all goes well, this will directly launch your program (Music Box Alpha) without going into the games wheel.  And if things really go well, when your system is in Attract Mode, it may stop on this Platform, but then move on to the next Platform without trying to go to the games wheel.
    @jayjay is the brains behind getting this to work, but I'm the one that threw it all together.  So credit goes to where credit is due.  (you decide )  If something's not working right, go ahead and post here and it'll get looked at.  And possibly even get resolved.

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  8. Reset Play Count to zero - Plugin

    Edit:
    This is now a builtin LaunchBox feature as of release 10.7-beta-1.
     
    Resets a games Play Count to 0 (zero).
    Place the "ResetPlayCount.dll" file into your     ..\LaunchBox\Plugins\     folder.
    *edit* Right click ResetPlayCount.dll, select Properties and click "Unblock".  
    Start LaunchBox.
    Select just one, multiple or all (Ctrl+A) games.  Right-click and then click on "Reset Play Count" located at (or near) the bottom of the popup menu.
    There is no "Please Confirm" nor "Play Counts have been reset to 0 (zero)" message boxes.  It just does it as soon as you click it. (V1.0)
    *edit* Version 1.1 adds a confirmation message box.
    ResetPlayCount.dll - 6KB

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  9. Bulk Custom Command-Line Editor - plugin

    Bulk Custom Command-Line Editor
    Use this to set (or clear) the Custom Command-Line Parameter for the selected games.
    The would be the same as selecting a game, click Edit, go to the Emulation tab and check "Use Custom Command-Line Parameters:" and entering in a command line.  But for multiple games all at once.
    This will not change anything for the Emulator itself (i.e. Edit Emulator). This is only for the selected games' Custom Command-Line.
     
    Setting up:
    1) Copy "BulkEditCommandLine.dll" into your LaunchBox\Plugin folder.
    2) Navigate to the folder, right click the dll file, click Properties then click Unblock.Using:
    3) Start LaunchBox
    4) Select a game (or games), right click and choose "Bulk Command Line Editor"
         - Type in the command line and click "Finish" (or hit Enter)
         - To clear the Command-Line for the selected game(s), leave blank and click "Finish"
         - To exit without making changes, click "Cancel"

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