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  1. Version 1.0.0


    I have created my own YouTube & Arcade Snap / Videopreview downloader. It's not super pretty but works pretty well. Arcade is perfect because i use progettosnaps direct download, consoles are OK'ish... i currently try to limit the search results to one provider to eliminate false positives. So if that channel doesn't have the video for your game, you might get something strange... BUT I ADDED A SKIP BUTTON! If you know other youtube channels than arcade forever feel free to leave a comment and i'll take a look at it Installation: Unzip the file and put the folder in your Launchbox/Plugins/ dir. Usage : Rightclick a game or games and choose get snaps, click yes for consoles etc., click no for arcade / mame. Hit Download, wait, done. Btw. if you're wondering why there is an .exe file... well i'll probably make it standalone too to scan the whole library and im lazy so i didn't want to start two projects I have uploaded a video of it in action here:
  2. I've been kinda silent here cause of work but i had a bit of time again to work on my own frontend for launchbox called Massive (in size and hopefully in features sometime in the distant future ) Without further ado, here is a short pre pre pre alpha video: As you can see it's based on Unity3D and parses the xml's generated by launchbox. Everything (3d models, textures, sounds etc.) is loaded dynamically from easy to edit theme files (currently .ini based) . Currently i haven't adjusted the platform files so most 3d models are rotated wrong. I'll probably never release it cause bigbox but jason (who's seen a different version a while ago) said himself it wouldn't make bigbox obsolete (and it definately doesn't in it's current state :P) But yeah this is my WIP Wii-Flow like launcher for Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, IOS, Raspberry Pi etc. it runs on everything... I'll keep working on it when i'm bored... only god (and maybe Jason ) know when there will be 3d support in bigbox or bigbox for other platforms.
  3. (surprisingly) another update: I'm not dead yet just a bit more busy at work atm... I finally managed to make it run in linux, which was one of my goals in building a multi platform coverflow launcher based on launchbox data. You'd think, "I'll write this in node.js and it'll work on any platform supported by it from alone"... so did i... NOPE... gotta actually tweak things for each platform but i finally got it to run as you can see. Also, Manjaro Linux is kinda awesome.
  4. Woo another update As you can see... still lots of quirks but it's getting there... still gotta implement that pooling... *urgh*
  5. Slow progress in the week as usual, however i added gamepad controls (hardcoded, same as the keyboard input right now) and .ini support for basic config stuff like the LaunchBox path (i hate xml :P) I've also made the Massive window minimize when you launch a game so it doesn't use resources when it doesn't have to... went from 6% usage to 0% This of course depends on the theme.
  6. Well, that was easier than expected: - implemented basic coverflow - added fuzzy search | finds the correct texture from a folder of files - started work on a real theme (i only load 9 game boxes for testing) - logic is now actually in the theme file so it's 100% customizable (rotate left/right, details view etc.) - games can actually be launched now , Massive will resume it's previous state on exit (music stopping / starting in this case) - probably more i forgot... heh... Now i'll start working on the basic theme and cleaning up this (Massive ) mess so others can actually work with it. It's still clunky af and kinda buggy but all the basics are in now
  7. Aaand finally another (small) update: Last week was kinda slow but i managed to add some UI stuff and finally 3D Boxes. The window now scales everything more or less properly at any resolution and as seen at the end, i've added the first tweened motion to switch between boxes / games Next is the coverflow stuff
  8. I obviously had too much free time at work today and this is the result: - parsed all of launchbox's xml files - added basic theme support... well in this case a theme is just another js file so you can do whatever you want in them - added some helper functions like the fps display, cleaning strings, music helper - fullscreen mode & detection - video snaps with sound It uses kinda a lot of ram cause of the benchmark cube, without it it'll drop to ~200mb'ish... will increase again later tho because we will have to store atleast a decent amount of snaps in ram so our pooling will work and won't be visible to the user i'll just have to add application (emulator) launching and monitoring next and it's basically a working (ugly) frontend. The cube theme shown below just loads 3 hardcoded snaps right now but as i've parsed everything already we just have to throw all that junk into a for loop and go through our array... bam full blown frontend
  9. I didn't have the time to work on this for a while but i recently started a "new" project. I'll rewrite Massive in JS using Electron and babylonjs because Unity3D was kinda overkill... +Electron Apps run on nearly every platform, be it windows, linux, macosx etc. My tests so far look quite promissing imo, here is one from today: It renders 800.000 individually lit triangles and runs 2 backgrounds threads at the same time (emulating file loading / parsing etc. for example). Steady 60 FPS. It also plays music and a sound on keypress (that's when it changes the bg color). This is the native windows version (x64), at work i tested it on linux and it ran pretty good too (reduced triangles cause shitty work pc :P) I don't know how well it can launch other programs (emulators) and monitor them yet but that'll come next... i already know how to parse all of launchbox's files from c# project / unity. So i'll just have to translate those to javascript.
  10. @Rincewind sure. I use half spine covers in those videos, the same once used for wii flow. I couldn't find full spine covers that also include the original side art but i guess this is a good compromise
  11. While playing around with RetroArch 1.60 at work today, i threw this plugin together to quickly launch netplay sessions. It works great in lan but i haven't tested it via WAN... you'll probably need a good connection for it to work decently over wan for now. I haven't added the framesettings etc. yet, it's as simple as can be. If you want to test it, make sure that the host and client both use the same core in retroarch and EXACTLY the same rom, retroarch will say nope otherwise Here's a short video of me testing it locally with mk2(pool fatality, pit fatality, fatality!) f yeah : If there's any interest i'll update this with more features and saving of the nickname etc. LBP_SimpleRetroarchMultiplayer.dll
  12. Ize

    8.0-beta-1 Released

    @ckp there is the integrated lobby of retroarch which i didn't implement in my plugin... i forgot to tell @Jason Carr about it so it's good that you mention it: I'm the german flag It can be reached via the web @ http://newlobby.libretro.com/ or more interesting for @Jason Carr, there is an easy to parse json feed available here: http://newlobby.libretro.com/list/ EDIT: I just tested it via the new option to host in LB and it WORKS! It announces to the masterserver if you hit host So @Jason Carr "just" has to parse the feed and we have an integrated serverbrowser in bigbox
  13. lol that was fast. i'll test it when im back from work later today EDIT: meh... just startet lb @ work cause i wanted to test it: Works great actually @Jason Carr
  14. You only need to have the roms scanned in retroarch if you use the integrated serverbrowser of retroarch afaik... so it can join a sesssion properly by checking if you have the correct rom. By starting it via commandline you directly tell it which rom to use... so no need to check it's own database It's just important that both players use the EXACT same core (you have to set this up before!) and the EXACT same rom... if there is a crc missmatch during the handshake retroarch won't sync the games or abort the connection.
  15. @Jason Carr the roms checksum has to be same and it'll work... i've never scanned my roms with retroarch I'll just paste the HORRIBLE class here: using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Drawing; using System.Linq; using System.Text; using System.Threading.Tasks; using Unbroken.LaunchBox.Plugins; using Unbroken.LaunchBox.Plugins.Data; using System.Windows.Forms; using System.Diagnostics; using System.IO; using Microsoft.VisualBasic; //need this for the inputbox... obsolete with proper gui //I apologize for this horrible code but maybe you can still use something from it :P namespace LBP_SimpleRetroarchMultiplayer { public class Class1 : IGameMenuItemPlugin { public string Caption { get { return "RetroArch Multiplayer"; } } public System.Drawing.Image IconImage { get { return null; } } public bool ShowInBigBox { get { return true; } } public bool ShowInLaunchBox { get { return true; } } public bool SupportsMultipleGames { get { return false; } } public bool GetIsValidForGame(IGame selectedGame) { if (PluginHelper.DataManager.GetEmulatorById(selectedGame.EmulatorId).Title == "Retroarch") //emulator is retroarch? ok for netplay! return true; return false; } public bool GetIsValidForGames(IGame[] selectedGames) { return false; } public void OnSelected(IGame[] selectedGames) { return; } public void OnSelected(IGame selectedGame) { var emulator = PluginHelper.DataManager.GetEmulatorById(selectedGame.EmulatorId); var platform = PluginHelper.DataManager.GetPlatformByName(selectedGame.Platform); var emulatorPlatform = emulator.GetAllEmulatorPlatforms().ToList<IEmulatorPlatform>().Find(p => p.Platform == platform.Name); Process myArch = new Process(); myArch.StartInfo.FileName = Path.GetFullPath(emulator.ApplicationPath); //retroarch doesn't like shortened paths so i use the GetFullPath function myArch.StartInfo.Arguments = emulatorPlatform.CommandLine + " " + '"' + Path.GetFullPath(selectedGame.ApplicationPath) + '"'; myArch.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = Path.GetDirectoryName(Path.GetFullPath(emulator.ApplicationPath)); //set working directory to retroarch.exe's dir var addCommand = ""; if (MessageBox.Show("Do you want to host?" + Environment.NewLine + "If you choose no, you will connect as the client.", "Netplay setup", MessageBoxButtons.YesNo) == DialogResult.Yes) { addCommand = addCommand + "-H "; //-H = Host addCommand = addCommand + "--nick " + Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction.InputBox("Please enter your nickname:","Multiplayer setup"); } else { addCommand = addCommand + "-C " + Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction.InputBox("Please enter the Server IP or Hostname:", "Multiplayer setup"); //-C = Connect to server as client addCommand = addCommand + " --nick " + Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction.InputBox("Please enter your nickname", "Multiplayer setup"); } myArch.StartInfo.Arguments = myArch.StartInfo.Arguments + " " + addCommand; //add our new command to the arguments myArch.Start(); //launch } } } Maybe you can still salvage something from it... it doesn't really do anything except start retroarch with parameters I didn't develope this any further cause there wasn't much interest
  16. A little update: implementing object pooling for the covers helped ALOT... as you can see in this video... i've increased the amount of covers from ~10 to infinite and it runs better than before as you can see by the enabled debug fps counter Now your 20000+ title collection from mame shouldn't bother it anymore
  17. Thanks for the mostly nice feedback guys I've already fixxed the fullscreen video issue and added fuzzy matching for the covers / textures and the reflective floor (optional shader). The position & rotation of the boxes in the current wip massive theme are fully adjustable... you can put them flat on the ground for a more traditional coverflow if you want. Fully rotatable arcades cabinets would be "possible" but i don't know if theres a universal marquee layout for the images. Building 3d models for every arcade would be a) very time consuming and b) VERY hard on the system since i couldn't spawn just instances of one object with a different texture... which also means pooling wouldn't work... So instead of ~10 3d models you'd have to keep THOUSANDS of 3d models ready for mame... not a good idea and loading them all on the fly.... eh... rip hdd / ssd
  18. Ize

    VR Plugin/Theme

    BigBox / Launchbox in VR would be awesome and some of us already played around with it. My Test: However, im personally waiting for @Echoshard1's app
  19. Neat. If you use Application.StartupPath from within your plugin, it should return the LaunchBox path.
  20. While building my youtube & progetto scraper, i noticed that there is not a single public resource to view and maybe get video previews of ALL systems. This is the reason why i have started the channel "Archive of Game Emulation" or AGE for short. Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQFnHbktEWR_1gozbUuXr6A/ I'm currently uploading all my amiga videos, which is gonna take a while because i can only upload 50 - 100 videos every day and i have collected LOTS of previews for other systems over the years. If you have any interest, please subscribe, as every subscription helps to make the channel more valid and it will be less likely to be killed by youtube for uploading so many videos I make no money at all from this, monetization is disabled globally for the whole channel. Any feedback would be appreciated. (I still need to upload channel graphics etc. sorry) Thanks.
  21. Google, first search result: https://github.com/hecomi/uDesktopDuplication
  22. I was bored today, so i whipped this up in an hour: Was surprisingly easy with VRTK for unity I already had the code to parse launchbox.xml file and launch games so it wasn't hard to implement. Not pretty but it works
  23. As mentioned in my intro post: "So if that channel doesn't have the video for your game, you might get something strange." However, thanks for mentioning the thing with the skip button, i only tested it with multiple games to be honest. Have you tested other games / consoles? How were the results? Edit: Seems like chaos legion is a rare gem, only old gameplay videos, no snaps (not even for hyperspin) and the short videos i found were in toaster quality.