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  1. 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) 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, 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 Hi-Scores"  Select "View Hi-Scores" to see your high scores for that game!

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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)
    *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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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) 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.  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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