Update: Super pause menu V1.4.zip
New update, Super Pause Menu V1.4. Changed it so the menu keys are now universal and not on a per emulator basis. Once updated make sure to change your menu keys settings, as they will be set to the default settings. Also, as requested, I added a new game/platform background setting in the "Customize menu" section that is enabled by default.
If this settings is enabled, any platform images, (no matter the filename) placed in the "Backgrounds/<PLATFORM NAME>/" will randomly be used as the background image. Likewise with game titles placed in the folder "Backgrounds/<PLATFORM NAME>/<GAME TITLE>". Game title images (if any exists), will take priority over platform image, and platform image will take priority over any other chosen background.
The folder names for the game titles need to not have any special characters (such as ":") and are typically replaced with underscores. To assist the user having try and type out and convert the folder names themselves, a new folder is created for both the platform and game title every time the pause menu is launched, as long as the emulator is enabled in the pause menu settings.
About a year ago I had started on a pause menu for launchbox/bigbox before the option was added in LB. Since then I have intermittently continued to work on my program and the user JayJay has made me a plugin DLL for my program that allows me to make a much more useful application.
Introducing Chadmando's Super Pause Menu...
By default, nice large text for large monitors and television screens
No autohotkey coding neccesary if simply needing to send keys (Auto detection of keys)
AutoHotkey injection option
Clock (I call this a feature because I lose track of time playing games)
Multiple save states (up to 100 if wanted!), with accompanied timestamps and screenshots
Manual launched internally and saves your page within current play session thanks to xpdf tools (Takes a few seconds to load upon first launch, then instantly after that)
Currently compatible with loading/game over screens with launchbox 10.15
Preloaded with suggested settings for Demul, Dolphin 5.0, Sega Model 2, ePSXe, Mame, Mednafen, PCSX2 (v1.6.0) Project 64, Retroarch, SNES9x, Sega Model 2, Supermodel 3, Visual boy advance-M and Visual boy advance-M Git, plus any you want to add in manually with easy setup using default settings.
Mame/Supermodel3/Sega Model 2 Theme
PCSX2 manual viewer
Custom theme using launchbox's game background and platform clear logo
Custom theme to look similar to launchbox's
Default theme, no logo option
Quick install and setup:
-Download the latest Pause menu compressed zip file from the top of the post.
-Once downloaded right click on the zip file, go to properties and click on the box "Unblock" then click "apply" and close the dialog.
-Next right click on the file again and choose: Extract All.. when the browse menu pops up choose your launchbox directory and click extract. A dialog will pop up asking you you to merge the plugins folder, choose "Yes".
You will now have a new folder in the launchbox directory labeled Super pause menu, and a dll file in the Plugins folder named Super Pause Menu.dll
Installation is complete.
-Quick Setup/Change default hotkeys
If your emulator is on the list it is enabled by default with the default menu hotkeys, and the given default hotkeys of the emulator.
Launch pause menu (quick press): Shift
Navigate pause menu: Up down arrows
Menu select item: Enter
Menu navigation keys are saved on a per emulator basis, so if you are not happy with the default hotkeys you will need to change them for each desired emulator. I plan on adding universal settings in the future.
You may need to change your video settings within the emulator itself for the pause menu to work. If Launchbox's pause menu already works with the specified emulator, so should this. The best video settings are borderless window mode using a direct3d plugin. For dolphin specifically you'll probably need to match this. See the notes section in my settings program for my recommended settings. Some settings may not work for your system/graphics card in which you will want to play with the "Emulator Settings" page of my Settings program. I personally tested my settings on a nvidia gtx 970 card. The same settings don't all work using my sons computer with a AMD card, but I was able to tweak some minor settings and had them all working.
If you would like to change the default menu navigation keys or any other settings, a new menu item is now added into launchbox. Open up launchbox, click on the settings icon-> Tools-> Super Pause Menu Settings
Once the menu is loaded click on the checkboxes to enable/ disable any of the default emulator settings. If the emulator selection box come up blank try and hit the Refresh List button.
Next, double click on emulator of choice to change settings. The emulator name and executable will show up at the top when loaded.
Click on the "Menu keys" button on the left side. Double click on the hotkey form (white square) to change the desired hotkey. When the menu pops up hold down your key of choice and click on the "submit" box. ***If using an Xbox controller ensure to use the "Xinput" choice or it will not work properly** The pause menu is Xbox guide button compatible and I highly recommend it. The program is designed to be launched with a quick press of button, so that if you decided to use an Xbox button you can turn off the controller without activating the menu. Once you are happy with your menu keys, click on save. When you are done with the settings you can close the window.
Start a game with Bigbox or launchbox, let it run for a few seconds (the program needs a few seconds to initialize) and quick press your chosen pause key, the menu should now pop up! Pressing the pause key again, or selecting "Resume" will bring you back to the game.
There are several customization options available, feel free to play around with them. One thing you may find weird is I made all my sizings based on on percent of your screen width and height. This is because I wanted the pause menu to be compatible with any resolution, to look the same no matter which monitor you are using. If the pause menu is not looking right/ any scaling issues you can force a specific resolution on the last page of the "Customize Menu" option.
Super pause menu V1.3.zip