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  1. Version 2.0 of the D&D M&M Platform... now with 3D Images! After months of searching through countless images on numerous websites then fabricating nearly 1000 new 3D images, I am finally proud to bring you Version 2.0 of the Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Launchbox Platform. It now has the following enhancements. 960 new 3D images all created by yours truly using Photoshop and a lot of time and learning. The images may not be perfectly accurate, sized, or shaped renditions of the original book, box, accessory, or component but they are quite good representations. Here on the LaunchBox forums is the only place you will find any 3D image collection of this magnitude of these original Dungeons & Dragons items. Nowhere else will have these! Searching for box side art, photoshop mockups, and action files plus fabricating all of these was a massive undertaking that I began last March. There will definitely be updates to images as I find better shots of side art, better PSD mockups, and better actions files. In addition to the 3D images, I fixed a few hundred 2D images by cropping, blending, or replacing distorted, truncated, or otherwise poor images. Resampled many images that were either too large or too small so the size of the image cache is now much smaller and more evenly distributed. The old image collection was quite large (~5.5 GB). The new collection is similar in size but contains over 960 more images. Minor description and filename fixes. Follow the directions below in order to install. You can basically bolt this pack on by placing the folders in the archive into the corresponding LaunchBox folders. Fabricating these images was a massive undertaking which has, hopefully, help to preserve the beauty of TSR's artwork. In addition, the synopsis for each TSR item, from D&D's inception to the end of 2nd Edition, is included with each image. If you're a Dungeons & Dragons fan, whether casual or serious, I hope you will enjoy the D&D M&M platform. More importantly, if you have never much paid attention to the Dungeons & Dragons universe, I hope this platform will spark you interest. Please take a risk and install the platform if for no other reason than to enjoy the beautiful artwork. With a new Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works, I am hoping this platform may introduce or refamiliarize you to the world of D&D, preparing you for the onslaught of D&D fiction that is surely to come. The PDF files these images are associate with are NOT included with this platform. A simple Google search will return a TROVE of results. Please let me know your thoughts on this system and the images. The images will continue to be updated as I find better photos to work with. I really enjoy hearing from D&D fans that enjoy the game/artwork as much as I do. NOTE: In addition to this LaunchBox Platform being a graphical way to launch your games/PDFs, this system is also for historical and educational preservation purposes. Hope you Enjoy!
  2. Version 2.8.0

    328 downloads

    Version 2.8.0 of the D&D M&M Platform A huge update to the Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Platform that includes the following: 36 NEW/Fixed 3D images 11 newly created 3D images including the ALQ1-8 Al-Qadim series, Diablo II Adventure set, GR1 Strongholds, FR8 Cities of Mystery. 25 fixed images including Dungeon Master Decks boxes, 1993 Collector Cards, and several other boxed sets. 37 Fixed Box Front images - much sharper and richer artwork 12 Fixed Box Back images - much sharper and richer artwork 12 Playlists Updated/Created Greatly expanded the playlist data for Greyhawk & Mystara. The items added to these playlists do a much better job of expanding and understanding the worlds. Removed Original/Basic/AD&D D&D Playlist and created the 1st Edition Playlist and Basic/Expert/Companion D&D playlist which identifies the editions of these products much better. Updated the AD&D 2nd Edition, Board Games, Core Rules, Forgotten Realms, Monster Manuals, Planescape, & Ravenloft playlists with several additions to each. Moved items out of playlists where items should not have belonged to that playlist in the first place. Combined the Oriental Adventures Playlist with the Forgotten Realms playlist. Replaced a few Playlist Clear Logos Greyhawk Adventures had Adventures (aventures) misspelled but is now correct. DragonLance was using the Fifth Age logo but now uses the correct original logo. Added New Dungeons & Dragons logo for Basic/Expert/Companion D&D Replaced numerous Playlist Fanart images. Updated some existing images with better quality ones. Added more images to all Playlist Fanart folders so there is more randomization of background art. Resampled all Fanart images to 1920x1080 so the images display properly when shown in the background. Removed artwork from post AD&D era. Playlists now include only artwork from the TSR era and for the proper setting in which the artwork was created. Added/replaced several more Fanart images to the main D&D Platform menu. Renamed 2 PDF filenames to more properly represent the product title. TSR9449 - Al-Qadim - Campaign - ALQ7 - Corsairs of the Great Sea TSR9467 - Al-Qadim - Campaign - ALQ6 - Cities of Bone Minor Notes/Product Description update. Just extract the archive and copy over the old D&D Platform files you may already have. It should update almost everything but there may be playlist fanart images left over from a previous installation if you do it this way. Be sure to clear your image Cache in LaunchBox and BigBox to see the newest images. The paths to the Game/PDF files are all now set to Z:\ in the Dungeons & Dragons.xml, since I am currently using a network drive that contains my files. You can change this to your path by doing the following: Navigate to your \LaunchBox\Data\Platforms folder and open the Dungeons & Dragons.xml file in TEXT Editor program (such as Notepad++). Find/Replace Z:\ with yourpath\ - You can use a relative path such as ..\D&amp;D\ or an absolute path such as C:\DnD\ -----------------------------------------------------------INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To Install the Platform: Within your PC's Explorer/file system: Copy the contents of the Archive into your LaunchBox directory. Place your D&D PDFs in a folder that is at the same level as your LaunchBox directory (I use c:/D&D) Use FATMATCH or a similar program to rename your PDFs so they are similar to the image filenames: https://emumovies.com/files/file/227-fatmatch-file-renamer/ Within the LaunchBox Application Add a new Platform by selecting TOOLS --> IMPORT --> ROM Files Select the folder where you've stored your PDFs. In my case it's c:/D&D If you use a folder named D&D that's at the same level as your LaunchBox folder, you'll only need to scan in a few files. This is just to get the Platform to show up. The relative paths for the PDFs are already set to ..\D&D\ in the LaunchBox Dungeons & Dragons XML. If you store your PDFs in a different named folder or at a different level then you'll have to rescan all the files. It's easier just to rename the directory. You can also FIND/REPLACE the ..\D&D\ path in the Dungeons & Dragons XML with your path. For example, if your D&D PDFs folder is c:\Emulators\Dungeons & Dragons, you would need to set the <ApplicationPath>..\D&amp;D\ for every game in the XML to <ApplicationPath>..\Emulators\Dungeons &amp; Dragons\ I have done this installation numerous times on different PCs to test. If you need help, please ask. I am not responsible if you mess up your LaunchBox installation In order to attach a D&D playlist to the main Dungeons & Dragons Platform, perform the following steps within LaunchBox: On the left drop-down menu select Playlists Right-click on a playlist and select EDIT. Click the Parents tab Unckeck the ROOT checkbox Check the box next to Dungeons & Dragons To get the D&D 3D images to show up do the following: Select the Dungeons & Dragons menu item in LaunchBox Navigate to TOOL --> VIEW --> IMAGE GROUP --> 3D BOXES To have the PDFs Launch with the PDF reader of your choice: In LaunchBox, select ALL images that pertain to PDFs Right-click on one of the images and select EDIT. The BULK Edit window will pop up. Select EMULATOR from the Field and change the value to either Adobe Acrobat or Rocket Launcher I use Soda PDF reader version 7.2.03 (it's FREE) connected to RocketLauncher. I've included the required Rocket Launcher scripts in the download archive. RocketLauncher already has built-in AHK files for Soda PDF which makes it super easy to run properly. Soda PDF has a nice 3D page-turning effect which makes the manuals more realistic. If you'd like to use Adobe Acrobat (or some other PDF Reader) you can easily add it as an emulator in LaunchBox. Right-click on 1 image and select EDIT. Add Adobe Acrobat as a new emulator as seen in this image. To have the background image in LaunchBox be the same as the Box-Front image, perform the following steps: Navigate to TOOL --> OPTIONS Click on Background Priorities and check the BOX-FRONT checkbox. Set the Default Background to Use Blown Up Art If you are missing artwork for the Video Games Playlist, do the following in LaunchBox: Open the D&D Video Games Playlist do CTRL+A to select all items in the playlist. Click the Main Menu (the 3 horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner. Select Download Metadata and Media. The D&D Video Games Playlist is by no means complete for every console and arcade title out there. It presently contains mostly PC games. If you have an extensive library, add any and all games you'd like to the playlist. If you want to add a description to the main D&D Platform, do the following in LaunchBox: Right-Click on the Dungeons & Dragons Platform and select EDIT. Click on the Notes tab. Copy then Paste the below description in the NOTES text box: Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of Chainmail serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry. D&D departs from traditional wargaming and allows each player to create their own character to play instead of a military formation. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master serves as the game's referee and storyteller while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants. The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants, and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process the characters earn experience points in order to rise in levels, and become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions. The early success of Dungeons & Dragons led to a proliferation of similar game systems. Despite the competition, D&D has remained as the market leader in the role-playing game industry. In 1977, the game was split into two branches: the relatively rules-light game system of basic Dungeons & Dragons and the more structured, rules-heavy game system of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as AD&D). AD&D 2nd Edition was published in 1989. In 2000, a new system was released as Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition; a revised version 3.5 was released in June 2003. These rules formed the basis of the d20 System which is available under the Open Game License (OGL) for use by other publishers. D&D 4th edition was released in June 2008. The 5th edition, the most recent, was released during the second half of 2014. As of 2004, Dungeons & Dragons remained the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales. The game has been supplemented by many pre-made adventures as well as commercial campaign settings suitable for use by regular gaming groups. Dungeons & Dragons is known beyond the game for other D&D-branded products, references in popular culture, and some of the controversies that have surrounded it, particularly a moral panic in the 1980s falsely linking it to Satanism and suicide. The game has won multiple awards and has been translated into many languages beyond the original English. ---------------------------------------------- BACKGROUND ---------------------------------------------- I've been working on a this LB Dungeons & Dragons system, for educational and historical preservation purposes (and for personal enjoyment), for quite some time now. I originally made it for my Hyperspin installation but finally decided to try it out for Launchbox. Once I saw how feature-rich LaunchBox is, I decided to rework this D&D system for LB. The FANART - BACKGROUND images are the SAME as the BOX - FRONT images so you can copy/paste the BOX - FRONT images to the FANART - BACKGROUND folder. There will definitely be updates to the filenames, images, and notes as I find misspellings, omissions, grammatical errors, and other mistakes. I did not type all the notes myself but found a lot of information and back-cover descriptions for each file on sites such as rpggeek.com, tsrbothgunsblazing.com, tomeoftreasures.com, waynesbooks.com, dmsguild.com, worthpoint.com, and several others. Much of the data on these sites had a lot of misspellings, omissions, and grammatical errors so I did my best in refining the data. If you're a Dungeons & Dragons player, enjoy reading the mythology, or simply enjoy the artwork, you may enjoy this LaunchBox system. The games within the system consist of Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks, gaming modules, cards, and boardgames from Original D&D all the way through the end of AD&D 2nd Edition (~1972-2000). This is not a video game system but a PDF e-reader system. THERE ARE NO D&D PDFs FOR DOWNLOAD, ONLY IMAGES AND DB FILES FOR USE WITH LAUNCHBOX! I will NOT provide you with PDFs, PC CD ISOs, or links to them. A simple Google search will return a TROVE of results. If you already possess the PC programs or PDF modules/books, this is simply an art-driven way to collect them all together and make it easy to find and launch for your gaming sessions. You may be wondering how it works with a PDF reader. Well, I use Soda PDF with Rocket Launcher and it works amazing. Please search for and download Soda PDF reader (it's FREE!) version 7.2.03 and connect it to RocketLauncher. RocketLauncher already has built-in AHK files for Soda PDF which makes it super easy to run properly. I also like to view the PDFs in 3D as it has the nice page-turning effect. I've included several playlists that make up the various game settings such as Forgotten Realms, Planescape, Ravenloft, and DragonLance. As you can see in the examples, I use the front page of the manual as the background for the selected item. Using the FLIP feature, you may also view the artwork/descriptions from the backs of every item. I also included several background images and logos for the various playlists. It definitely needs more work to reach its full potential but I am happy with how it's turned out so far. I really hope you like the D&D Platform. Please let me know your thoughts on improving what I have already. If any of you awesome artists would like to contribute to this platform, by all means, please do so! NOTE: This system has not been set up with any custom BigBox themes except the 2 that come included with BigBox. If you use a custom theme, you'll need to move the images to the proper folders. I'm hoping, at some point, this D&D system can be part of the automatic downloads one receives when setting up a new platform. Please let me know if you encounter any issues with the release. Enjoy! -------------------------------------------------------------------CHANGES---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Version 2.0 of the D&D M&M Platform... now with 3D Images! After months of searching through countless images on numerous websites then fabricating nearly 1000 new images, I am finally proud to bring you Version 2.0 of the Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Launchbox Platform. It now has the following enhancements. 960 new 3D images all created by yours truly using Photoshop and a lot of time and learning. The images may not be perfectly accurate, sized, or shaped renditions of the original book, box, accessory, or component but they are quite good representations. Here on the LaunchBox forums is the only place you will find any 3D image collection of this magnitude of these original Dungeons & Dragons items. Nowhere else will have these! Searching for box side art, photoshop mockups, and action files plus fabricating all of these was a massive undertaking that I began last March. There will definitely be updates to images as I find better shots of side art, better PSD mockups, and better actions files. In addition to the 3D images, I fixed a few hundred 2D images by cropping, blending, or replacing distorted, truncated, or otherwise poor images. Resampled many images that were either too large or too small so the size of the image cache is now much smaller and more evenly distributed. The old image collection was quite large (~5.5 GB). The new collection is similar in size but contains over 960 more images. Minor description and filename fixes. Follow the directions below in order to install. You can basically bolt this pack on by placing the folders in the archive into the corresponding LaunchBox folders. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1.1 - Added images to the Platform - D&D - Fanart folder so the main title in BigBox has artwork. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1.0 - The latest updates to this Dungeon & Dragons Platform include the following Added new playlists Added descriptions to all playlists Added new images to various playlists. Some minor corrections in the various file descriptions. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.0.0 - Initial Release with 2D images and synopsis for each product.
  3. Most importantly, I got the idea from FASM's topic posted a while back so a lot of this credit goes to him/her. However, I noticed it only halfway functioned and didn't really do what I wanted it to. An excellent start though! I have created a video with the tutorial in the description over at but for those who just want to get into it, here as follow. TUTORIAL FULLSCREEN MANUAL SUPPORT, BIGBOX Go here http://www.mediafire.com/file/hzgyg8awfbzd8dn/SumatraPDF.exe and get Sumatra PDF. Go here http://www.mediafire.com/file/dnb7v7wdfwl31ue/Chrono+Trigger.pdf and get a test manual if you want. - Put SumatraPDF.exe anywhere you'd like, I chose a folder I named SumatraPDF inside my LB folder. - Click SumatraPDF.exe one time, it will make a txt file called sumatraPDFsettings, open this file (default should be in notepad). - At the very top is a line that says EscToExit, change this to True. This will let you instantly exit with the ESC key. - Hold CTRL + F and search RememberStatePerDocument and change this to = false (manuals will be restarted when reopened) - Do the same with DefaultDisplayMode and change it to = single page (this will fix seeing the bottom page of the next page like seen in the Final Fantasy manual in the video.) - Do the same with Window State, it's right under the last line. Change the number to = 3 (this is borderless fullscreen) - Save the document, exit. - Right click a .pdf file on your computer or use the one I included (most manuals are in this format) and click 'open with' then 'choose another app'. - MAKE SURE to click 'always use this app to open .PDF files' FIRST, even before selecting one, do that now. - click 'show more' then scroll to the bottom, click 'use another app on this PC' - Locate where you put the SumatraPDF.exe and select it. - It should either open the manual in fullscreen OR go back to the app menu with SumatraPDF added to it. If it went back to the menu, click SumatraPDF and click 'okay' - TEST it! The manual should open in fullscreen, move with arrow keys. CONTROLLER SUPPORT FOR MANUALS, BIGBOX Go here *link removed* to download Controller Companion. - Install Controller Companion where ever you like. I put it in it's own folder called Controller Companion inside my LB folder. - For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using a Wireless Xbox One controller. Connect your controller and open Controller Companion. - If it opens up on screen, close it. If not, right click the icon in your taskbar and open settings. - For right now, leave balloon tips and play sounds on. Turn on Start Controller Companion when Windows Starts Up to On if you use Big Box a lot. There will be an option later to turn it off with your controller when not using it. - Click the Bindings tab. Now this is a personal preference, I like to clear every binded button on my controller, you can do this by selecting the button icon and clicking 'nothing'. - Select the Left D-Pad button and make it the left arrow key. It is located in 'keyboard' then 'navigation and edit'. Do the same with the Right D-Pad button and make it the right arrow key. - Click Apply and close out of the window. - TEST it! Open notepad, type a few letters/numbers and use your controllers D-Pad to see if you can move between the letters and numbers with it. If it doesn't work, try again after holding the SELECT/BACK button and pressing the START button. FINAL STEPS, YAY! - Your manuals should be located in your LaunchBox folder under 'manuals' inside the system of the game. They should be named exactly as the roms name. For example, if Final Fantasy 3's rom is named 'Final Fantasy 3 (USA) then your manual for that game should be named 'Final Fantasy 3 (USA).pdf'. - Open Launchbox and go to options. Go to 'controller automation' turn this on and make the buttons as so. Hold Button = START and Close the Active Window = SELECT or BACK button. - TEST it! Go to a game, select a manual and see if it opens in fullscreen. If not, hold the SELECT/BACK button and then press the START button. To close out of a manual and any running emulator currently in Big Box, hold the START button and press the SELECT/BACK button. SUCCESS! A final note, Controller Companion can be active in every single window applicable in Windows.To toggle it between off and onat anytime, hold the SELECT/BACK button and press the START button. It can do many more things than just arrow keys such as toggle virtual keyboards and such. There are many detailed tutorials on Google and YouTube. Enjoy and support the LB BB team! Hopefully in days come a true plugin will be built for BB but for nice, this works just fine! Also, forgive me for making another topic like this a couple weeks ago, the last one didn't have a tutorial and people were asking me. I'm not trying to showcase my video on YouTube, rather, I am trying to showcase it I guess Anywho, much love and LBBBFTW!
  4. Pre-configured SumatraPDF + JoyToKey to view PDF's with a controller in LaunchBox View File This is a pre-configured SumatraPDF and JoyToKey to use for viewing PDF manuals in LaunchBox with a controller. It was setup with a DS3 using ScpTools Reloaded so it should also be compatible with a Xbox 360 controller. I have not tested it with any other controllers. The zip file contains SumatraPDF, JoyToKey and a AHK script that will launch JoyToKey in a hidden state, then SumatraPDF and when SumatraPDF is closed it will kill JoyToKey. For it to display PDF's in LaunchBox you need to configure the Windows default PDF viewer as 'SumatraPDF-JoyToKey.exe'. You can update either SumatraPDF or JoyToKey by placing the contents of the portable installs in the root directory. Script usage outside of LB is: "c:\path\to\SumatraPDF-JoyToKey.exe" "c:\path\to\pdf\file.pdf" Controls: D-Pad/Left analog stick: Up Down Left Right Right analog stick Up+Down/L+R triggers: Zoom in/out L+R bumpers: Go to First/Last page Cross (Green A on 360): Next page Square (Blue X on 360): Rotate image 90' Triangle (Yellow Y on 360): Cycle through zoom/fit to screen modes (reset zoom) Circle (Red B on 360): Exit SumatraPDF Forum thread Credits: JoyToKey SumatraPDF AutoHotKey Submitter teeedubb Submitted 03/22/2017 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  5. Hey everyone, I hope you're having a wonderful day. I've been working on a new LB Dungeons & Dragons system, mostly for personal enjoyment, for quite some time now. I originally made it for my Hyperspin installation but finally decided to try it out for Launchbox. Once I saw how feature-rich LaunchBox is, I decided to rework this D&D system for LB. I extracted the front and back images from all modules and manuals, reworked almost every filename so they are longer and more descriptive, and added NOTES/Descriptions for all 960 files. This took a LONG time but was totally worth it (it gave me something to do). I think I started on it in September and worked on it as I had time but the 1st draft is finally here for you all to enjoy. If you're a D&D fan or simply enjoy the artwork, I think you may enjoy this system. The games within the system consist of Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks, gaming modules, cards, and boardgames from Original D&D all the way through the end of AD&D 2nd Edition (~1972-2000). This is not a video game system but a PDF e-reader system. Of course, there will definitely be updates to the filenames, images, and notes as I find misspellings, omissions, grammatical errors, and other mistakes. I did not type all the notes myself but found a lot of information and back-cover descriptions for each file on sites such as rpggeek.com, tsrbothgunsblazing.com, tomeoftreasures.com, waynesbooks.com, dmsguild.com, worthpoint.com, and several others. Much of the data on these sites had a lot of misspellings, omissions, and grammatical errors so I did my best in refining the data. The images are quite large so each folder (front, back, background, etc.) of 960 images is around 2.5 GB. I am not sure if the community wants images in this size or if I should run them through some sort of image compression process so they are much smaller. I like having the originals but PLEASE LET ME KNOW how you would like them before I upload them Also, the painstaking effort of naming and describing every file was extremely time consuming. It would be awesome if there was some way to add not only the images but all the filenames (not the PDFs themselves of course) and notes to a online repository so others can simply download these images and notes files through the LB program. Of course, I will upload everything first so people can simply BOLT-ON the system and start enjoying it immediately but I wanted to get the admins' and users' responses for what I have so far. The whole system on my drive is over 8GB so I am sure it will need to be slimmed down quite a bit, You may be wondering how it works with a PDF reader. Well, I use Soda PDF with Rocket Launcher and it works amazing. I will detail how to set all that up once I post the files in the downloads section. I've included several playlists that make up the various game settings such as Forgotten Realms, Planescape, Ravenloft, and DragonLance. As you can see in the examples, I use the front page of the manual as the background for the selected item. Using the FLIP feature, you may also view the artwork/descriptions from the backs of every item. I also included several background images and logos for the various playlists. It definitely needs more work to reach its full potential but I am happy with how it's turned out so far. PLEASE Let me know your thoughts! I will be posting the bolt-on of this system soon. I just need to slim down the size (unless people want the originals). Here are examples of the system so far: Best regards, Larry
  6. For example If I want to add a guide for a game, I add the pdf file as an Additional App, and when I try to open it in Big Box i get a nice Black Screen. I can configure it in order to use adobe acrobat but I would like to view it with the new built in viewer like "normal" manuals.
  7. Version 0.2

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    This is a pre-configured SumatraPDF and JoyToKey to use for viewing PDF manuals in LaunchBox with a controller. It was setup with a DS3 using ScpTools Reloaded so it should also be compatible with a Xbox 360 controller. I have not tested it with any other controllers. The zip file contains SumatraPDF, JoyToKey and a AHK script that will launch JoyToKey in a hidden state, then SumatraPDF and when SumatraPDF is closed it will kill JoyToKey. For it to display PDF's in LaunchBox you need to configure the Windows default PDF viewer as 'SumatraPDF-JoyToKey.exe'. You can update either SumatraPDF or JoyToKey by placing the contents of the portable installs in the root directory. Script usage outside of LB is: "c:\path\to\SumatraPDF-JoyToKey.exe" "c:\path\to\pdf\file.pdf" Controls: D-Pad/Left analog stick: Up Down Left Right Right analog stick Up+Down/L+R triggers: Zoom in/out L+R bumpers: Go to First/Last page Cross (Green A on 360): Next page Square (Blue X on 360): Rotate image 90' Triangle (Yellow Y on 360): Cycle through zoom/fit to screen modes (reset zoom) Circle (Red B on 360): Exit SumatraPDF Forum thread Credits: JoyToKey SumatraPDF AutoHotKey
  8. It took a little investigating to find a pdf viewer that supported both full-screen [upon opening] and a minimal footprint (sorry new Foxit reader versions). It turns out SumatraPDF does all of this with a few quick settings to set. Download (installer / portable zip , 32-bit / 64-bit ) I used the portable version. Put it somewhere you don't mind making it's permanent home. Run it once to create the necessary settings config file. Open the SumatraPDF-settings plain-text config file. Ensure the following settings are set: Set Esc key to escape the program EscToExit = true Under "FixedPageUI"... comment out the background line to turn off what is essentially a colored overlay on the pdf #BackgroundColor = #ffffff The only way to set the actual background behind the pdf is to set the following. I set a slight gradient but a single black #000000 can be set as well. GradientColors = #111111 #000000 A single whole page at a time as the default view DefaultDisplayMode = single page Set fullscreen as the default WindowState = 3 Obviously you'll need to set this as your default PDF viewer. This isn't tremendously difficult, but I'm sure others are looking for a possible solution to a front-end "hands-off"-ish manual viewing in BigBox. Esc is then set for exiting and the arrow keys will change pages. Set these with your controller(s) and your front-end solution should be good until there's a local pdf solution.
  9. This video is basically demonstrating FASM's method of viewing manuals, I did not come up with it though I did do some tweaks. There wasn't any videos of it in action, so.. here ya go! Everything you see is being inputed by my Xbox One controller ONLY. Perfect for that home console feel! Using the guide FASM wrote over at https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topi... but with some tweaks to the interface and I've also added Controller Companion in the background to control .pdf files so it all works seamlessly. Controller companion even auto-opens only on .PDF files and auto closes as well so no background tasks going on when you're not using it. Also, the manuals will fill the entire fullscreen, no borders or anything to show that it's being ran off a .PDF viewer. Another thing, the reason Morrowind doesn't fill the entire screen is because the manual was shaped like a PS2 manual! Final Fantasy VII was a PSX manual shaped like a square Let me know what you think, I can try to write out a detailed tutorial if anyone is interested!
  10. Ok, I'm just throwing this out here because a "wouldn't it be nice if this where a thing" post in this forum inspired me to develop this. I've got a crazy crude joystick driven PDF viewer for viewing manuals with a Joystick. Currently, the controls are hard coded to support the two controllers I happen to own: XBOX 360 wireless and iBuffalo SNES pads. It MIGHT work with others. I am NOT a .NET developer (I do website development to pay the bills). This is an ALPHA release. It's only a proof of concept and has had super minimal testing. It could crash in any number of horrible ways so please use with caution. In other words "use at your own risk". You can find the full source on GitHub as JPDFViewer. XBOX Controller: A -- Page Down B -- Page UP Pov Hat -- Tap up/down to move a single line. Currently it doesn't scroll, so you must tap per line. Back button: Exit the viewer SNES Pad A -- Page Down B -- Page UP DPAD -- Tap up/down to move a single line. Currently it doesn't scroll, so you must tap per line. Select: Exit the viewer I'm attaching the binary to the Alpha release. To use it, extract the files to the directory of your choosing and make it your default PDF viewer. Obviously this is intended for systems that are used exclusively for LaunchBox/BigBox. Future versions may include a pass-through feature so that only PDF's in your manuals directory open with this. How much dev time this gets depends on if anybody actually wants to use this. JPDF ALPHA.zip
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