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  1. Vidsnap Scraper View File DISCLAIMER: Use at your own risk! Please read and understand Youtube's terms of service. I will not be held liable for any mis-use of any product or service. This plugin makes use of the open source and unlicensed application, youtube-dl yt-dlp (forked from youtube-dl) to download game videos. It first downloads videos from the link provided in the metadata from LaunchBox, skipping videos longer than a specified duration, and then searching for videos for missing games based on input search terms. It is intended for Modern Windows games as this was my need initially. It may work on other platforms but is not well tested. Installation Instructions: Note: For this plugin to work, you will need to have yt-dlp.exe (included in .zip). Extract the contents of the .zip folder and place it in your LaunchBox plugins folder. Usage Instructions: Select a game or multiple games, right-click and select "Download Video Snap." Adjust the maximum duration if desired. The "Get Missing videos" checkbox sets whether or not to search for videos of games that don't have URL's in their metadata. The "Trim videos" checkbox sets whether or not to trim videos after it has been downloaded. Enter desired search terms for Missing videos. click "Start" to start the download process. Games will download asynchronously. resuming downloads is also supported natively. Known Issues: probably many that I am unaware of. Other: PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A DEVELOPER! I know very little about C# and programming in general, thus probably wont be able to address many issues that you may face. That being said I will try and fix things were I can. I've provided the spagetti source code for anyone to modify, improve, etc. (it seems you need to unblock the forms in the "Resources" folder -> RMB->properties->unblock) As of now, i'm more comfortable with the usability of the plugin, however there are still probably many issues, any comments to provide insight/improvement to the code etc. would be much appreciated. Thanks to @srxz for his source of Youtube Scraper of which this is based. Thanks: @srxz @JoeViking245 @C-Beats maikeru86 Submitter maikeru1986 Submitted 12/16/2020 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  2. SteamLauncher View File SteamLauncher A LaunchBox plugin designed to allow roms/emulators to easily be launched with Steam, directly from the LaunchBox/BigBox interface, without any complicated setup or technical know-how. Simply enable SteamLauncher and all LaunchBox/BigBox game/rom launches will be intercepted and launched via Steam. This will provide access to the Steam overlay, custom controller configurations, and will display the game/rom your are currently playing to any of your Steam friends. Features Here are a few of the features provided by SteamLauncher: Allow LaunchBox to do what its good at - be the sole organizer and maintainer of your rom/game collection, without having to duplicate its functionality in Steam (something it was not designed for). Keep the Steam library clean and uncluttered by hundreds of emulator/rom shortcuts. Get all of the benefits of Steam's excellent overlay system while playing any rom or emulator. Take advantage of Steam's infinitely customizable controller configuration (bindings) for both the Steam Controller and nearly all other DirectInput/XInput controllers. Use per-rom/per-emulator/per-game controller configurations that are automatically remembered between gaming sessions (without having to create convoluted Steam shortcuts for every rom). Bypass or improve upon many emulators' extremely limited controller bindings and hotkey options. Share the game/rom currently being played with Steam friends (ex: JohnDoe is currently playing 'Super Metroid (SNES)'). Requirements .NET Core 3.1 Steam for Windows LaunchBox/BigBox Getting Started Installation Download the latest plugin release from the LaunchBox forum plugin download page. This GitHub repository is meant as more of a resource for developers. While test builds and other pre-release packages may occassionally be posted on GitHub, the latest public release builds will always be posted on the LaunchBox forum plugin download page first: LaunchBox Plugin Download: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/972-steamlauncher/ Extract the 'SteamLauncher' directory from the compressed package into your LaunchBox plugins directory. Example: If LaunchBox is located at 'C:\LaunchBox', you would copy the 'SteamLauncher' directory to 'C:\LaunchBox\Plugins'. This would result in 'SteamLauncher.dll' and any additional files being inside the directory 'C:\LaunchBox\Plugins\SteamLauncher'. How to Use Note: Obviously, Steam must be running to launch games via Steam so one can either manually start Steam before opening LaunchBox/BigBox or SteamLauncher will automatically launch Steam when needed. To launch a game/rom/emulator in LaunchBox/BigBox via Steam: Ensure SteamLauncher is enabled by using 1 of the 2 following methods: Selecting the 'Tools' menu item and clicking 'Use SteamLauncher'. When SteamLauncher is enabled the menu item will be labeled '(ON)'. This menu item can also be found in BigBox. Selecting the 'Tools' menu item and clicking 'SteamLauncher Settings', resulting in the SteamLauncher settings dialog being displayed. By then checking the checkbox labeled 'Enable SteamLauncher' and clicking the 'Save' button, SteamLauncher will be enabled. The SteamLauncher settings dialog cannot be accessed in BigBox. Once SteamLauncher is enabled, all games/roms/emulators will be intercepted by SteamLauncher and launched through Steam. Customize Platform Names When games/roms are launched with SteamLauncher enabled, the title and platform of the game/rom will be displayed in one's Steam status in the format of: 'Game Title (Platform Name)'. Example: Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Entertainment System) Friends on Steam will see this title in one's status whenever a particular game/rom is being played. If desired, the platform name displayed can be customized. For example, the platform 'Nintendo Entertainment System' can be changed to 'NES'. This customization can be performed by navigating to the 'Platform Names' tab in the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Note: To entirely omit a platform name from one's Steam status, leave the 'Custom Platform Name' entry blank (as seen in the 'Windows' entry in the screenshot below). Selective Use The 'Selective Use' feature allows one to precisely customize the circumstances under which SteamLauncher will be enabled/disabled. The settings for this feature can be found in the 'Selective Use' tab in the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Filter Mode 'Filter Mode' defines how the entries in the 'Filter List' will be applied. Blacklist: SteamLauncher will always be enabled except when a matching filter is found. Whitelist: SteamLauncher will always be disabled except when a matching filter is found. Off: Disable the 'Selective Use' feature entirely. Filters List The 'Filters List' is a list of user defined filters that control when SteamLauncher will be enabled/disabled. Enable: This checkbox must be checked for a particular filter list entry to be enabled. If not checked, it will be completely ignored. Description: Used purely as a means of helping the user describe what the filter list entry does. It is entirely optional and has no impact on the actual functionality of the entry. Filter String: This is the string which is matched against the target 'Filter Type', dictating whether or not this entry matches a particular game title, platform name, etc. The filter string is not case sensitive and it supports 2 types of wildcards: '*' Wilcard: matches one or more of any character. '?' Wildcard: matches any single character. Filter Type: Dicates what field the 'Filter String' is compared against. The 'Filter Type' options are: Game Title: Title of the game or rom (ex: Celeste, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, etc). Platform Name: Name of the platform (ex: Windows, Nintendo 64, Sony Playstation, etc). Emulator Title: Title of the emulator (ex: Retroarch, Dolphin, Cemu, etc). Exe Path: The path of the game or emulator EXE file (ex: 'C:\PC_Games\GOG\*', 'D:\*', '*\DOSBox\*', etc). Additional Application Name: Name of an 'Additional App' (a LaunchBox feature which allows you to specify additional commands to run for a game). Status: A field in LaunchBox's metadata for games (right click game, 'Edit' -> 'Edit Metadata') which specifies what platform/launcher/store a game was imported from (ex: '*Xbox*', '*Microsoft Store*', '*GOG*', etc). Ignore Custom Fields: Enabling this feature causes SteamLauncher to ignore all 'SLEnabled' custom field entries. What are 'SLEnabled' custom field entries? Right click on a game in LaunchBox, click 'Edit' -> 'Edit Metadata', and then select the 'Custom Fields' menu item. By adding a new entry named 'SLEnabled' and setting its value to '1' or '0', SteamLauncher can be made to always be enabled for this game (1) or always be disabled for this game (0). This custom field value will always take precedent over all other filtering features (filter strings, filter modes, etc). The only exception to this is when 'Ignore Custom Fields' is enabled (which will cause all 'SLEnabled' custom field entries to be ignored). VTables 'Automatic Online Updates' 'Automatic Online Updates' of vtables definitions can be enabled/disabled in the 'Miscellaneous' tab of the SteamLauncher settings dialog. For SteamLauncher to properly work it has to access internal Steam features that are not meant to be accessed by developers outside of Valve. To access these undocumented, unexported functions, SteamLauncher uses a set of definitions which define what these functions are, their function signatures (their parameters, return values, and how to call them), and where to find them within the Steam client DLL. These definitions can change whenever Valve releases a new Steam update and if they change significantly, they can cause SteamLauncher to stop working correctly. In order for SteamLauncher to continue working properly, without the author manually patching the plugin and releasing a new SteamLauncher update every time this happens, an online database was created that can be updated when one of these changes happens, allowing SteamLauncher to continue functioning normally. If 'Automatic Online Updates' is enabled, SteamLauncher will automatically check for new updates every time LaunchBox/BigBox is launched. If new definitions are available, it will silently update and continue working normally. If automatic updates are not enabled, one can manually check for new updates by clicking the 'Force Update' button. Support If you have ANY problems with the plugin, I want to know about them. If you need help with any technical issue (see 'Logs'), want to suggest a new feature (I'm very open to any ideas), just want to chat, or anything else related to the plugin, visit the support thread at the link below. I am also available to chat on Steam for any urgent issues or if more direct help is needed. Plugin Support Thread: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/43142-steamlauncher/ Logs To provide help with any technical problems or to investigate a bug, I will need a copy of the debug log that is generated whenever 'Log Level' is set to 'Verbose'. To enable and collect 'Verbose' debug logs, do the following: Open the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Click the dropdown box under 'Log Level' and select 'Verbose'. Click the 'Save' button. Restart LaunchBox/BigBox. Now simply repeat whatever behavior was causing the issue and/or bug, and after you're sure you've replicated the behavior, close LaunchBox/BigBox. Look inside of the SteamLauncher directory for a file named 'debug.log' (there may be more than one sequentially named log file if there was an enormous amount of output but this is unlikely if verbose logging was turned on just briefly). Open this 'debug.log' file in a text editor, copy its entire contents, and paste/upload it to pastebin.com. In the SteamLauncher support thread, provide the PasteBin URL, the details of the problem you encountered, and the particulars of your setup (Windows version, 32-bit or 64-bit, LaunchBox version, Steam version, SteamLauncher plugin version, etc). The more information the better. Contact Information Alias: Lahma Email: lahma0@gmail.com Steam Alias: lahma0 Friend me on Steam: You can click on my alias above or you can copy/paste the following URL into your address bar: steam://friends/add/76561198237461630 GitHub Project URL: https://github.com/lahma0/SteamLauncher LaunchBox Community Forums Profile: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/profile/89710-lahma/ Plugin Support Thread: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/43142-steamlauncher/ Credits ChippiHeppu: Logo m4dengi: steamclient_tracker (unfortunately, no longer updated) cammelspit: Help with developing the idea and direction for the project Nielk1: Initial inspiration for the project and just a talented programmer to bounce ideas off of Helpful members of the LaunchBox community: The_Keeper86, JedExodus, FromLostDays, HTPCei, Corgana, Benuno, Neil9000 (sorry for anyone I'm forgetting) Known Issues MAME Compatibility Fix It has been observed that MAME crashes when launched through a non-Steam shortcut. This problem is not directly related to SteamLauncher, but since SteamLauncher relies on non-Steam shortcuts, launching MAME via SteamLauncher was no longer working. After a lot of investigation and tinkering by some dedicated users on the LaunchBox forums (cammelspit and JedExodus), a fix was eventually found for the issue. Whether launching MAME directly via a non-Steam shortcut or via SteamLauncher using LaunchBox/BigBox, the fix is simply to modify the launch parameters to include the following: -joystickprovider xinput -keyboardprovider win32 If one of these parameters already exists when modifying MAME within LaunchBox, you will obviously need to replace it (don't just add a 2nd instance of '-joystickprovider' or '-keyboardprovider'). You can safely ignore any popups/warnings that LaunchBox displays about pause screen compatibility. Legal Stuff ©2022 Valve Corporation. Steam and the Steam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Submitter Lahma Submitted 02/11/2018 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  3. Version 2.1.0

    84 downloads

    Visual Pinball X VideoSnap Creator (Playfield Recorder) Use this plugin to create videosnaps of the Visual Pinball X tables on your PC/Cab. This will record any VPX table at any orientation and from any monitor. Why record your own? There already exists a lot of video snaps of most every Visual Pinball Table. You can even find vertically oriented (portrait) ones for your pincab. The issue is they may not be recordings of the actual version of the table you use. Or you simply can’t find one for a particular Original. Or you just don’t like the one(s) you found. Features: This will automatically ‘find’ your table’s playfield view so there’s no need to set up which monitor to look at or set any scale, resolution or aspect ratio. Your VPX default monitor settings will be displayed for your reference. (new v2.0) Record the backglass at the same time as the playfield. (optional) (new v2.0) Record the DMD (3rd screen) at the same time as the playfield. (optional) (new v2.0) Record the tables gameplay sounds along with the playfield video. (optional) (new v2.1) Add the tables Clear Logo to the end of the video. (optional) Included is an AutoHotkey script that the plugin uses to quickly bypass the VPinMAME window when loading a table. (Should reduce loading time by approximately 4 seconds per table) (This also works well if added to your Running AutoHotkey Script tab for your VPX emulator ) Record durations can be set between 5 seconds and 3 minutes. If your playfield is in portrait mode, the saved output video can be rotated for proper viewing. (Options are 0º (default), 90º, 180º, -90º) You can set the video to record at 60 FPS (Depreciated v2.1) All video will be recorded at 30 FPS Videos are automatically saved to the default folder (/Plugins/VPXVideoCreator/CreatedVideos/) or you can change it to be placed directly into your /LaunchBox/Videos/Visual Pinball/ folder. Installing: Download and unblock the zip file. (right click the file, select properties and check the Unblock check box and click OK) Copy the VPXVideoCreator folder (from inside the zip) into your /LaunchBox/Plugins/ folder. If updating to 2.0, overwrite the existing file. Quick Start: Start LaunchBox (always a good place to start) Right click one of the tables in your Visual Pinball platform and select Create VPX video. Set how long you want your final recording to be. Click Capture Video. The default save location is in the plugins’ subfolder, “CreatedVideos”. Setting up to record audio: (new v2.0) (optional) You will need to register “audio_sniffer-x64.dll”** (included with the plugin) with Windows. Basically what this does is makes all your audio output accessible in one place. Think of it as a Frontend for all your audio output devices. This “frontend” will be labeled “virtual-audio-capturer”. 2 ways to register/unregister audio_sniffer are: The easy way: Run the included batch file (located in the plugins AudioSniffer subfolder). You need to run this as administrator. The batch file can also be used to unregister it. Follow the prompts. Old school: Open the command prompt [as administrator] in the “AudioSniffer” subfolder. To Register: type in then press enter: regsvr32 audio_sniffer-x64.dll.1 To Unregister: type in then press enter: regsvr32 /u audio_sniffer-x64.dll.1 **NOTE: The file is named "audio_sniffer-x64.dll.1" (with a “.1” at the end). Otherwise LaunchBox will try to load it as a plugin, which will cause errors. Source code for audio_sniffer can be found here: https://github.com/rdp/virtual-audio-capture-grabber-device Using the plugin: Set Delay: This is the delay time between clicking Capture Video and the video actually starting to record. Set to bypass (in the recording) the VPX editor loading the table. Default is 12 seconds. Options are from 5 to 30 seconds. Record Duration: Set to how long you want your video snaps to be. Default is 30 seconds. Options are from 5 to 180 seconds (3 minutes). Video Rotation: If you play on a rotated monitor (or TV), you will want to set this to the direction your monitor/TV is rotated. Default is 0º. Options are 0º, 90º, 180º and -90º. Include Audio: (new v2.0) Check this box to include the tables playfield sounds with the recording (needs to be configured). Record Backglass: (new v2.0) Check this box to record the Backglass at the same time as recording the Playfield. This will be saved to a separate file that is saved in the “/VPXVideoCreator/CreatedVideos/Backglass/” folder. The backglass is typically on a 2nd monitor, but (if setup) will get recorded separately no matter which monitor it’s on (single or otherwise). The file will be saved as [the-games_Title]_BG.mp4 Record DMD: (new v2.0) Check this box to record the Dot Matrix Display (DMD) at the same time as recording the Playfield. This will be saved to a separate file that is saved in the “/VPXVideoCreator/CreatedVideos/Backglass/” folder alongside the backglass video. The DMD is typically on a 3nd monitor, but (if setup) will get recorded separately no matter which monitor it’s on (single or otherwise). The file will be saved as [the-games_Title]_DMD.mp4 Add Clear Logo to the end of the video: (new v2.1) Check this box to add the tables Clear Logo (if one exists) to the end of the video. The logo will fade in as the video fades out during the last 2 seconds of the recording. This feature is automatically disabled if no Clear Logo for that table exists. 60 FPS Option removed (v2.1) Experimental. Check this box to record at 60 frames per second. Default is 30 FPS (un-checked). Depending on your video card (and probably some other factors too), this may or may not even be worthwhile. Change Save Location: The default save location is in /LaunchBox/Plugins/VPXVideoCreator/CreatedVideos/. The video filename will be saved as the ‘games’ Title in LaunchBox with .mp4 file extension. You can save them anywhere you want. Reset to Default: This will reset the Save Location, Delay, Duration and Rotation to their default values. Save Settings: This will save the Save Location, Delay, Duration and Rotation values you set and will load these next time you run the plugin. Save settings before video capture This is checked by default and will save any changes made when you click Capture Video and before launching VPX. Capture Video: This will launch the table you selected to open the plugin with. At the same time, the AutoHotkey script “vpxBypassPinMAME.ahk” will start. This runs in the background and waits for the VPinMAME popup window to appear and then ‘hits the spacebar’ to make it go away (sooner). The script will exit after it see the popup, or 15 seconds. Whichever comes first. After the amount of Delay time has passed, recording will begin and will continue for the set Duration. When done, VPX closes and the video gets converted. The video is saved to “_tempVideo.mkv” (in the CreatedVideos subfolder) and then gets converted to an mp4 file. After conversion, _tempVideo.mkv will be deleted. Keep temp video when done: By default, “_tempVideo.mkv” will be deleted after the video has been converted. If you want to see what the video looks like before converting, check this box. After your video is complete, go to the CreatedVideos folder to view it. Note: this file gets overwritten each time you click Create Video if you have the checkbox checked. View Saved Video Click this to view the converted video. This is the video file shown in Saved Video Location. VPX Playfield This shows the default playfield monitor settings you have setup for your Visual Pinball installation. These get read from your Registry settings: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Visual Pinball\VP10\Player\Display The Monitor # listed may not be the same as what your Windows Display Settings says. So if it’s “wrong”, ignore it. The Image Scale (W and H) shown will be correct. If the VPX display settings cannot be retrieved from the registry, monitor #1’s information will be displayed with an asterisk (*) after the monitor number. (Monitor #: 1*) Some notes: When you click Capture Video, probably don’t click anything else until recording is complete. However once the table is loaded, feel free to drop in a coin, hit start and play until ‘your time is up’. Just don’t click on another window. Backglass and DMD recordings only work with B2S Backglass Server (which is what most of them are). PinUPPlayer windows are not supported. Designed for LaunchBox v11.3 and higher. Special Thanks! Special thanks to gtxjoe’s PBX Recorder on VPForums and Carny_Priest’s post on GameEx Forum for paving the way to figuring out an excellent approach to creating your own Visual Pinball table videosnaps. Huge thanks to @sundogak for convincing me (though it didn't take much once I saw it in action) and showing me how to add video fade and attaching Clear Logos to the videos. Also for all the testing done and invaluable insight! Future releases and enhancements: If there’s enough interest in this plugin (as in, it’s actually useful and would get used), I will look at adding: Option to record the table’s audio in with the video. (added v2.0) Ability to select multiple tables for ‘bulk recording’. Record backglass videos??? (added v2.0) Any REASONABLE request. As always, any and all feedback is welcome!
  4. Version 1.0.0

    280 downloads

    Bulk Convert cue, gdi or iso ROMs to chd This plugin expands the capabilities of the existing Bulk Convert .cue to .chd plugin by adding the options to also convert gdi and iso formats to CHD. (For cue/bin files, the process is the exact same between the 2 plugins.) Using MAME’s chdman.exe (“Compressed Hunks of Data (CHD) Manager”, included with MAME), this plugin will convert CD based game files to a single .chd file in your selected Platform. Why convert? • You end up with just a single file per game • A CHD file is, well… compressed. Resulting in less storage space requirements • Most, if not all emulators now support .chd format • chdman applies lossless compression so there should no noticeable difference in load time. Requirements This plugin file chdman.exe (included with MAME) ROM sets that are in a .cue, .gdi or .iso format What happens after converting? After successfully creating a CHD Image, the games application path in LaunchBox will be redirected to the new .chd file. Also, after the files have been converted you have the option to • Leave the old files in place (default) • Move the old files to a separate [backup] folder • Delete the old files Installing the plugin 1. Download the plugin 2. Unblock “BulkConvert2CHD (v1.00).zip” by right clicking the file and checking “Unblock” and clicking “OK”. 3. Open the zip file and copy the contents (1 folder containing 1 file) into /LaunchBox/Plugins/ ../LaunchBox/Plugins/BulkConvert2CHD/BulkConvert2CHD.dll Using the plugin 1. Start LaunchBox 2. Select Tools, Bulk Convert To CHD 3. Select a Platform 4. Select the file format you’re converting from 5. Click Convert 6. (Optional) Check Delete old files when complete  This will permanently delete the old files after successfully converting them to .chd. Check Move old files when complete  This will move the old files after successfully converting them to .chd to the folder you specify. Troubleshooting: If you are getting errors while attempting to convert the files, make sure you are using chdman.exe that comes with the latest release of MAME. If you use multiple versions of MAME in LaunchBox, copy chdman,exe from your latest MAME release folder into the ../LaunchBox/Plugins/BulkConvert2CHD/ folder Special thanks to @faeran for the idea of the original Bulk Convert cue to chd. Without that, I probably never would have made this. As always, all comments and suggestions are welcome.
  5. Version 1.02

    1,689 downloads

    Bulk Convert .cue/.bin (or files other than .bin) to .chd Using MAME’s chdman.exe (“Compressed Hunks of Data (CHD) Manager”, included with MAME), this plugin will convert CD based game files to a single .chd file in your selected Platform. Example: Before Loom (USA).cue Loom (USA).ccd Loom (USA).img Loom (USA).sub After Loom (USA).chd Before Arctic Thunder.cue Arctic Thunder.bin After Arctic Thunder.chd If you are looking to convert gdi or iso files (as well as cue) to CHD, see this plugin instead. Bulk Convert cue/gdi/iso files to CHD - Third-party Apps and Plugins - LaunchBox Community Forums (launchbox-app.com) Why convert? You end up with just a single file per game A CHD file is, well… compressed. Resulting in less storage space requirements Arctic Thunder.cue + .bin = 601MB Arctic Thunder.chd = 466MB Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro = 684MB CHD format = 318MB Because we can and it's easy to do Requirements This plugin file chdman.exe (included with MAME) Game rom-sets that include a .cue file. (Loom (USA).cue, Arctic Thunder.cue etc.) What happens after converting? After successfully creating a CHD Image, the games application path will be changed to the new .chd file. Also, after the files have been converted you have the option to Leave the old files in place (default) Move the old files to a separate [backup] folder Delete the old files Installing the plugin Download the plugin Unblock “cue2chd (v1.00).zip” by right clicking the file and checking “Unblock” and clicking “OK”. Open the zip file and copy the contents (1 folder containing 1 file) into /LaunchBox/Plugins/ i.e. G:/LaunchBox/Plugins/cue2chd/cue2chd.dll Using the plugin Start LaunchBox Select Tools, Convert cue to chd Select a Platform Click Convert (Optional) Check Delete old files when complete This will permanently delete the old files (.cue, .bin, .img etc) after successfully converting them to .chd. Check Move old files when complete This will move the old files (.cue, .bin, .img etc) after successfully converting them to .chd to a folder you specify [for ‘backup’]. If you do not select Delete or Move, all files will remain in their current location along with the newly created .chd file. If you opt to delete the old files and later want/need to convert the CHD files back to .cue etc., you can use chdman.exe to "reverse the process". The command line is: chdman.exe extractcd -i “file_name.chd” -o “file_name.cue” Special thanks to @faeran for coming up with the idea for this plugin and his support and testing. As always, all comments and suggestions are welcome.
  6. How Long To Beat - Game Length Plugin View File About Plugin that scrapes information from HowLongToBeat.com and adds custom fields with game lengths information. I made this plugin to add length information for certain games, mostly rpgs. This adds 3 custom fields for Main Story, Main + Extra and Completionist length. You can configure which ones you want to add by editing the file HLTBPlugin.xml. Because there's no oficial API from HLTB, I had to parse the HTML, which means that as soon as they change something on the HTML this plugin probably will stop working... Install Extract files (dll + xml) to : Launchbox/Plugins/HLTBPlugin. Config (HLTBPlugin.xml) MainStoryLength: Enable/disable main story length update. Default: true. MainExtraLength: Enable/disable main story + extra length update. Default: true. CompletionistLength: Enable/disable completionist length update. Default: true. MainStoryFieldName: Change main story length custom field name. Default: Main Story Length MainExtraFieldName: Change main story + extra length custom field name. Default: Main + Extra Length CompletionistFieldName: Change completionist length custom field name. Default: Completionist Length Note: If you change the fields names it will not update the games that already have information, so you will end up with duplicated fields with different names and you will have to manually delete them (edit game -> custom fields tab). So config the first time and stick with that. Usage Access the option by right-click a game (only one game, no massive update yet). A window will popup with all the games found and you can choose which one correspond to your game. If there's no results you can manually change the search words (e.g. Metal Gear Ac!d will get no results but you can then change the search to Metal Gear Acid). You can use the "Arrange By" option to order the games by length. Lengths are shown with leading zeroes because is the only way to properly order the games since custom fields are strings and not integers. Tested on version 8.9. I think you need a premium license because custom fields are not supported in free license (not sure). I have no relation with HowLongToBeat.com, if you like their work please go and support them. Public Repository https://github.com/matiasponsml/HLTBPlugin Submitter matiaspons Submitted 10/26/2018 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  7. Version 1.0.2

    131 downloads

    About: Use this plugin to quickly convert from a Hyperspin collection to a Launchbox playlist. Choose a Hyperspin database XML file and this program will compare the rom names for all games in the Hyperspin XML file to the rom names for all of your installed Launchbox games. Any games with matching rom names will be added to the new Launchbox playlist. Installation: Copy RB_CreatePlaylistFromHyperspinXML.dll to the LaunchBox/Plugins folder. Restart Launchbox. Usage: In Launchbox, select Tools->"Create playlist from Hyperspin XML" from the dropdown system menu. Select the Hyperspin XML file to import from. Choose which Launchbox platforms to pull games from. Enter a name for the new Launchbox playlist. Click "Create Playlist". Update History: 1.0.1 - Added the option to specify which platform(s) to search. - Added option to include hidden games. - Added option to include broken games. 1.0.2 - Available platforms are now listed in alphabetical order.
  8. Version 1.0.0

    182 downloads

    WikiPeek v1.00 by Superfurry A very simple plugin that will launch the full Wikipedia page of the game you have selected. 1.Extract into plugin folder. 2.Reload Launchbox or Bigbox. 3.Right click game and choose WikiPeek. Superfurry
  9. Shutdown/Outro Videos View File Installing this plugin adds "Shutdown Video" functionality when closing Big Box. How To Use This Plugin Download the plugin. Unzip to the plugins folder. Add a video to the LaunchBox\Videos folder named shutdown.mp4 (if you need a shutdown video, some of the startup videos work great for this as well) That's it. The next time you close Big Box, your shutdown video will play. Thanks for your time, thanks to the community, and I hope you enjoy. Submitter UnderwoodNC Submitted 07/08/2017 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  10. Version 0.4.7

    1,344 downloads

    DISCLAIMER: Use at your own risk! Please read and understand Youtube's terms of service. I will not be held liable for any mis-use of any product or service. This plugin makes use of the open source and unlicensed application, youtube-dl yt-dlp (forked from youtube-dl) to download game videos. It first downloads videos from the link provided in the metadata from LaunchBox, skipping videos longer than a specified duration, and then searching for videos for missing games based on input search terms. It is intended for Modern Windows games as this was my need initially. It may work on other platforms but is not well tested. Installation Instructions: Note: For this plugin to work, you will need to have yt-dlp.exe (included in .zip). Extract the contents of the .zip folder and place it in your LaunchBox plugins folder. Usage Instructions: Select a game or multiple games, right-click and select "Download Video Snap." Adjust the maximum duration if desired. The "Get Missing videos" checkbox sets whether or not to search for videos of games that don't have URL's in their metadata. The "Trim videos" checkbox sets whether or not to trim videos after it has been downloaded. Enter desired search terms for Missing videos. click "Start" to start the download process. Games will download asynchronously. resuming downloads is also supported natively. Known Issues: probably many that I am unaware of. Other: PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A DEVELOPER! I know very little about C# and programming in general, thus probably wont be able to address many issues that you may face. That being said I will try and fix things were I can. I've provided the spagetti source code for anyone to modify, improve, etc. (it seems you need to unblock the forms in the "Resources" folder -> RMB->properties->unblock) As of now, i'm more comfortable with the usability of the plugin, however there are still probably many issues, any comments to provide insight/improvement to the code etc. would be much appreciated. Thanks to @srxz for his source of Youtube Scraper of which this is based. Thanks: @srxz @JoeViking245 @C-Beats maikeru86
  11. Version 4.0.0-plugin

    9,219 downloads

    Version 4.0.0 Now works with the ThirdParty folder. Also added a way to convert the BatRunner roms to launch straight from Launchbox instead of running through the batrunner and bat files. This feature is new. Version 3.4.0 Big changes in this one. Some may like it, some may hate it. I now rewrite your ini file to help you out and maintain portability. New game menu item to Configure ScummVM. ScummVM will open with that game selected. No need to scroll through a big list to find/guess the specific game to configure. When using my menu items to configure scummvm, I will automatically rewrite absolute paths as relative paths to your ini file. I also gave you the Configure ScummVM from the Tools drop down. During generation of the *.bat launchers I will check that you have the emulator set up, if not I will fix it for you. Can't change ScummVM path or launcher path now. Just go with it, life will be better. Simple and Advanced modes. Advanced mode is what your used to. Simple mode is one click setup, creates full list of launchers, and emulator creation. It will ask if you want to filter the non english languages. It should be easy if it works the way I intend. click on the Tools->ScummVM Import Tool (simple) click on the Tools->Import->Rom Files to import the bat files as ScummVM games. Now scummvm can be portable easily in 3.3.1-plugin, you can rewriting the ini file. One click will read every single setting out of the ini file and find all absolute paths, check if the path is valid, than convert then to be relative to the launchbox directory. I owe you guys some new instructions. Updated with relative path for better travel! ONLY the DLL is updated... See the update note below lots of new stuff. uses launchbox built in ScummVM by default uses a local scummvm.ini by default, import existing to a local or create new fresh local scummvm.ini, all built in find and remove existing epicfail files. better rom names for smoother mass import BatRunner.exe installed from gui, must stay in your launchbox folder, point to it as your scummvm emulator. (BatRunner.exe is just the ScummVMimport.dll renamed and move to the launchbox main directory. Will prompt you when you create your launcher bat files. So its automatic you won't have do any thing to create it) Just point to it as the application for you scummvm emulator if your using the bat files. Updated filtering with priority duplicate control. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Older Version 2.0.5 from the videos ScummVMLauncher.exe NEW AND IMPROVED - NOW WITH RETROARCH FEATURE This is the scummvm launching system I use with launchbox. Most importantly this allows you to get art and videos for BB. It works for me, so I'm sharing it. SETUP LAUNCHERS: Put these ScummVMLauncher.exe files in your scummvm directory same directory as your scummvm.exe. I'm using 1.9.0.2-win32 currently. If you already setup my old launcher you can just delete the files and the launchers folder. This is how I use it. 1st is to open your ScummVM and do a "Mass Add" if you don't know what that is hold the shift button down and the add button on scummvm will change. You could skip this if you already have your games loaded in scummvm, but I recommend starting fresh. After that close the scummvm program and assuming you have the microsoft .net framework installed run the ScummVMLauncher.exe. From the window, select Tools->load scummvm.ini this will attempt to automatically find your file in %appdata%ScummVM/, if its not there just navigate to the directory that you keep it and select your scummvm.ini file, then select open. This will grab the scummvm.ini file selected and parse it. You should see the gui populate and look similar to the screenshot. The gui should be intuitive. Filter the games the way you want to. Select Tools->Generate Launchers SETUP IN LAUNCHBOX: Setup the emulator for ScummVM and pick the ScummVMLauncher.exe file as the executable. import roms - pick the launchers folder to import. Enjoy in BB, with art and videos!
  12. Chadmando's Super Pause Menu! Please scroll down for further information, the latest updates, as well as installation instructions. Thank you! Latest version can be downloaded here: Introducing Chadmando's Super Pause Menu... A feature rich pause menu plugin for launchbox. Features: Highly customizable 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 11.9 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. Theme profile switcher. Great for multi-platform emulators such as retroarch. Ability to use animated gif backgrounds. Includes a controls menu when a controller image is found within the folders- Super pause menu\Images\Controls\[Platform]\ or Super pause menu\Images\Controls\[Platform]\[Game Name]\ Game controls images override platform control images. Screenshots: 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 or Xbox Guide button Navigate pause menu: Up down arrows, or Up down on player 1 Xinput's D pad controller Menu select item: Enter, or A on player 1 Xinput's D pad controller Back: Backspace, or B on player 1 Xinput's D pad controller Menu navigation keys are universal and shared among all emulators. 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. Customization: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 "Emulator Scaling/DPI Settings" page. Update Log: ------------------------------------------------------------- v1.9.7 Fixed Dinput joystick support, added XY axis input for dinput analog sticks. Added anti-lockup measures to suspended emulators. If the emulator is unable to resume after a suspension, the pause menu will force kill the emulator after 5 seconds. Tweaked the behavior of the pause menu to resume games for better compatibility. Tested in launchbox/BigBox version 11.11. v1.9.6 Changed the way the menu launches for better compatibility. Re-compiled the .dll, should have fixed issue where the settings program sometimes would not launch from the tools menu of launchbox. Tested in launchbox version 11.11. v1.9.5 Added multiple monitor support! The pause menu will now detect whichever monitor your emulator is running (if it is the active application) and will automatically open up on that monitor. This came with much more hurdles to overcome with font scaling issues, but I am pleased with the end result. Added a mute emulator option in the settings program under the "Emulator Settings" page. The Pause menu is now more bigbox/launchbox aware, when opened with these launchers it will ignore and not latch on to any external running emulators. Semi-fixed a weird issue where the menu would not launch if the a game was launched twice. I think this is a restriction with of how launchbox handles opening applications before starting a game. Since I am not so saavy with visual basic, I opted for a workaround. The menu will now remain silently open after closing a game. If it detects another launch of the same emulator it will assume it is that same game and reload itself with the same profile, images , layout, etc. From my limited testing so far I have had no issues with the menu not opening anymore. This comes with the added bonus of launching the manual instantly on the second launch. Added context menu items for the pause menu icon in the notification area. Reload, and Settings. Added a Launch/reload Pause menu button to the settings program for testing out new layouts/hotkeys. v1.9.0 Added the ability to simultaneously use the keyboard and joystick to control the menu! The "Menu Keys" menu within the settings program is now separated into two sections. The default joystick mapping is Xinput controller 1, the pause key is the guide button, up and down on the D pad for navigation, A for select and B is for back. Added a sounds option within Customize Menu to disable/enable navigation sounds, and added a new profile theme for gameboy advance, where it uses the gameboy screen for the save/load screenshots. The background image is not my own creation, just wanted to add something new. I added the new theme to retroarch and visualboy advance emulators. I think I finally ironed out all the DPI/Scaling issues. Since I have a 4K monitor myself I wanted to make sure it looks the same in 4K as it did in any other resolution. The pause menu should now detect the dpi settings of the monitor of the active window, and adjust accordingly. While testing out I was able to switch resolutions/text scaling on the fly and the menu looked the same after every launch. v1.8.0 Added a controls menu! When an image exists, a new Controls item will be added to your pause menu. The menu will look for images placed in \LaunchBox\Super pause menu\Images\Controls\[Platform Name]\ or \LaunchBox\Super pause menu\Images\Controls\[Platform Name]\[Game Name]\ . The images can be any filename with a png, gif, jpg, or jpeg extension. If multiple images exist within the same folder, one will be selected at random. This new setting can be disabled within the settings program. I have personally found the best look is to have a transparent background. I also added a new option to use the Cart/Disk 3D or 2D image to replace the menu title. v1.7.1 Fixed some clock flickering issues that were really bad with 4k resolutions, changed the Default background to Default.png for better consistency, fixed a window sizing issue at the launch of the menu. v1.7.0 Added sounds to the menu navigation to give it a little more life. The sounds folder is located in Launchbox/Super pause menu/Sounds/Default. Currently the three sound files are for Back, Move, and select. You can replace these files if you like, or if you prefer to have no sounds you can delete this folder altogether. I plan on adding some settings options for this feature in the future. v1.6.0 Added animated gif support to backgrounds using activeX IE plugin, requested by Krakerman a while back. Semi-fixed broken platform image title option in "Customize menu -> Replace menu title with image if it exists". When used it will look for your platforms clear logo image in \LaunchBox\Images\Platforms\[Platform Name]\Clear Logo\[Platform Name].png, jpeg, or jpg. v1.5 Fixed Super Pause Menu wasn't working at all in Launchbox 11.9, but was working in the 11.10-2 beta. The new dll in this version works for both versions of Launchbox. v1.5 Added Customized Menu profile switcher V1.4 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 "Launchbox/Super pause menu/Backgrounds/<PLATFORM NAME>/" will randomly be used as the background image. Likewise with game titles placed in the folder "Launchbox/Super pause menu/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. ------------------------------------------------------------- Older versions: V1.50 and newer can be found on the new download page: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/2842-super-pause-menu/ Super pause menu V1.4.zip Super pause menu V1.3.zip Even older versions here: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/48306-chadmandos-super-pause-menu-for-windows-update-v10-released/
  13. Version 1.0.1

    322 downloads

    Import games for use with Demul (Sega * Emulator). Purpose: This purpose of this plugin is to import only the MAME machines that can be emulated in Demul. A sort of MAME machine ‘filtered’ importer to supplement LaunchBox’s Import Tool. Why: LaunchBox can already import these machines (games) for you using the built-in Tools - Import - MAME Arcade Full Set. All you need to do is un-check the skip games unplayable in MAME checkbox. The concern is this results in over 6000 additional entries imported (even more if you uncheck any other boxes and include clones). And as in most cases, more is NOT always better. Alternatively you can also simply drag-and-drop the roms into LaunchBox. Which is great when you already have them sorted out. Included Systems: The list of machines included for this plugin was generated by running the command “demule.exe –listroms” using Demul v0.7 (Apr 28, 2018). The systems included are Naomi, Naomi 2, Atomiswave, Hikaru, Gaelco, Cave3rd (CV1000) and System SP. (Sega Dreamcast, though emulated, is not included in the list. [It’s not a MAME machine]) Naomi and Naomi 2 are each broken into 2 separate systems: Cartridge System (rom only) and GDROM (chd). What this plugin will do: Let you select some or all of the games in the selected system to import. Select games from just 1 or multiple systems. (though may only be a good idea for Naomi/Naomi 2 Cartridge System (and GDROM System, respectively) because of the different command lines needed between systems**) Import selected games into an existing Platform or create a new one. When creating a new Platform, assigns “Scrape as” to “Arcade”. (useful when downloading metadata and media) Attempt to automatically detect/select your Demul emulator. (But you can select any of your existing emulators.) (optional) Copy roms to a new location for the games you’re importing. (optional) Only import games that have a corresponding rom in your selected Source folder. (i.e. If you selected 20 games and you only have the roms for 5 of those, only those 5 games will get imported. What this plugin won’t do: Add Demul as a new emulator. Make Demul work for you. Filter parent and clone roms. Add the required command line to the emulator (**see below). ‘Bulk’ import into separate Platforms. Add metadata and media to the imported games. If copying roms (optional), only the games main rom file is copied. It will not look for nor copy any required BIOS, Device or chd files. Installing the plugin: After downloading the zip file, ‘Unblock’ the zip file. (Right click, Properties, and click Unblock) - Now copy the "DemulImporter" folder from the zip file into your ..\LaunchBox\Plugins\ folder. i.e. D:\LaunchBox\Plugins\DemulImporter\ Using the plugin: Click Tools and select Demul game Importer Select a system This will populate a list (in the middle) of all the games for that system. Select games By default, none of the games will be checked. As you start ‘checking’ games, they will get added to the list of games to be imported (on the right). Click again to remove them from the import list. Click Check All to add all games for the selected system to the import list. You guessed it, click Check None to uncheck all the boxes, removing them from the import list. At this point, you can select a different system and continue to add more games to the import list. Not recommended because of the different command line parameters needed for the different systems. (it'll make a mess when you go to ad them) Once you’re satisfies with your import list, click Next. Select a platform to import the games into You can select an existing platform from the dropdown list or click Add New Platform to create a new one. Select an emulator The plugin will automatically try to detect your Demul emulator from the ones you have in LaunchBox. If it isn’t already selected, look for it in the dropdown list. Select the folder where your roms are located (optional) If you wish to have your roms copied to a new location, type in (or better yet, Browse to) the folder [Source Folder] where they’re located. Select the folder where you want to tell LaunchBox the roms are located This is required to set each games Application Path. It’s also handy if you [optionally] choose to have your roms copied. Setup is done. It’s time to import. You have 2 options: Select Copy AND Import if you wish to have your roms copied to a new location and then the games imported into LaunchBox. Select Import Only to just import the games into LaunchBox. If you have a curated set of roms for the system you’re importing for, you can check Import games that only exist in the ROMs Source Folder. This is useful if, for example, you have a broken out set of roms just for Demul that consists of only the games you like. When selecting the games to import, select a system (i.e. Naomi Cartridge System) and then click Check All. You will need to add the Source Folder for where these rom are located (even if you don’t plan to copy them). During the final Import process, the plugin compares the list of games to be imported to the roms located in the Source Folder. If a game has a matching rom, it will be imported. Otherwise it’ll be skipped. Of course, if your “broken out set of roms just for Demul” are also already broken down by System, save yourself time and just drag-and-drop them into LaunchBox. When everything’s Complete, click Exit. NOTES: **Default Command-Line Parameters System Command Line Parameter Naomi -run=naomi -rom= System SP -run=naomi -rom= Gaelco -run=gaelco -rom= Atomiswave -run=awave -rom= Hikaru -run=hikaru -rom= Cave3rd -run=cave3rd -rom= Once import is completed, simply select the newly imported games and click Tools, Download Metadata and Media.... Information on getting these systems to run in Demul can be found here: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/30622-sega-naomi-demul-in-launchbox/ Disclaimer: I personally only have a few of these games on my cab. So I’m not very familiar with the systems mentioned here. Also, I have no idea if Demul is even “the best” emulator for these systems. I just knew Demul had a definitive list of games it can emulate, that list was easy to get and probably isn’t going to change (it hasn’t since 2018). Which means I shouldn’t have to update the plugin (except for maybe fixing a programmer error here or there ).
  14. Add To Games DB View File *** Updated for Initial Support for LaunchBox v.Next *** AddToGamesDb: A plugin to help automate the process of submitting all of your game information and images from your collection to the LaunchBox Games Database. About the Plugin This plugin makes use of an application traditionally used in automated testing (Selenium) to automate the process of submitting games to the LaunchBox Games Database. It will open an instance of your default browser (provided that browser is either Chrome or Firefox. If some other browser is your default, it will try to open Chrome), and attempt to submit the selected game to the LaunchBox Games Database based on the information provided in your collection. If the game does not exist in the database, it will create a new game entry and submit it to the database. If you have added additional information or images to a game that already exists in the database, it will enter the title and platform, then pause to let you choose the existing game, then add any additional information from your collection to the LaunchBox Games Database. Installation Instructions Note: For this plugin to work, you will need to have either Chrome or Firefox installed. If you have both installed, it will use whichever you have set as your default browser. If you are using Firefox as your default browser and have enabled Firefox Profiles, please note that this will run under the default profile. For any and all other cases, Chrome is the preferred browser. Unzip everything to the Plugins folder. Usage Instructions Note: If, in editing your collection, you are prompted to download an update for the LaunchBox Games Database, afterward you will need to close and re-open LaunchBox for the plugin to detect the changes. Open LaunchBox and browse to a game that is either missing from the Games Database, has additional information not in the database, or has images not in the database -- right click that game, and select the appropriate option, it will show either: Add Game to LaunchBox Games Database Update Game in LaunchBox Games Database Add New Images to LaunchBox Games Database The first time you run the plugin, you may be prompted to login to LaunchBox Games Database. If so, the plugin will pause here to allow you to login as normal. Check "Remember Me" to skip this step going forward. Your login information is not read or stored in the code, it is stored in Chrome or Firefox's normal AppData cache on your system. If you do not login, the plugin will time-out after 5 minutes and close the browser. Depending on the game, you may be prompted with a screen that identifies similar titles and you will be asked to either select the correct title, or click the button to add a new game. If so, the plugin will pause here until you make your desired selection, then automation will resume for the remainder of the process. Logging By default, the logging is only set to a general "Info" level and up that contains generic start and submission successful messages, along with any errors encountered. If you continue to encounter an error somewhere along the way, please take the following steps: Browse to the plugin's folder -- LaunchBox\Plugins\AddToGamesDb Open NLog.dll.nlog in Notepad or another text editor. Scroll down to the bottom and find the <rules> section of the configuration. Find this line: <logger name="*" minlevel="Info" writeTo="file" /> And change it to this: <logger name="*" minlevel="Trace" writeTo="file" /> Try to submit the problem game, if it is a particular game causing the issue, or another game in general otherwise. Browse to the log file in the plugin's folder -- LaunchBox\Plugins\AddToGamesDb\log\AddToGamesDb.log Feel free to post the error and preceding trace either on the plugin's support page or PM me either the entire log or the part pertaining to the last issue, whichever is easier for you. From there, I'll investigate and make any updates necessary. Supported Fields Auto-population of the following fields is currently supported: Name/Title Platform Release Date ESRB Developers Publishers Genres Wikipedia URL Overview Max Players Cooperative Images Known Issues Context Menu (right-click menu) does not refresh on Audit window. If you update the information for a game in LaunchBox (clicking Edit from the right-click menu for the game), you will need to click away from the game (click some other game, for example), and then right-click on the updated game again for the context menu to update. Even without doing so, however, the correct process should run even though the text and icon on the menu haven't yet updated. A lot of work has gone into stabilizing the initial release and this latest release, but if you encounter any issues, please let me know and I will be glad to work with you to update the plugin accordingly. Thanks, Jason, for providing your amazing software and thanks again to Jason, the LaunchBox staff and the community for your support in developing this plugin. Submitter UnderwoodNC Submitted 05/20/2017 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  15. Version 1.02

    134 downloads

    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.
  16. Version 1.0.3

    1,095 downloads

    About Plugin that scrapes information from HowLongToBeat.com and adds custom fields with game lengths information. I made this plugin to add length information for certain games, mostly rpgs. This adds 3 custom fields for Main Story, Main + Extra and Completionist length. You can configure which ones you want to add by editing the file HLTBPlugin.xml. Because there's no oficial API from HLTB, I had to parse the HTML, which means that as soon as they change something on the HTML this plugin probably will stop working... Install Extract files (dll + xml) to : Launchbox/Plugins/HLTBPlugin. Config (HLTBPlugin.xml) MainStoryLength: Enable/disable main story length update. Default: true. MainExtraLength: Enable/disable main story + extra length update. Default: true. CompletionistLength: Enable/disable completionist length update. Default: true. MainStoryFieldName: Change main story length custom field name. Default: Main Story Length MainExtraFieldName: Change main story + extra length custom field name. Default: Main + Extra Length CompletionistFieldName: Change completionist length custom field name. Default: Completionist Length Note: If you change the fields names it will not update the games that already have information, so you will end up with duplicated fields with different names and you will have to manually delete them (edit game -> custom fields tab). So config the first time and stick with that. Usage Access the option by right-click a game (only one game, no massive update yet). A window will popup with all the games found and you can choose which one correspond to your game. If there's no results you can manually change the search words (e.g. Metal Gear Ac!d will get no results but you can then change the search to Metal Gear Acid). You can use the "Arrange By" option to order the games by length. Lengths are shown with leading zeroes because is the only way to properly order the games since custom fields are strings and not integers. Tested on version 8.9. I think you need a premium license because custom fields are not supported in free license (not sure). I have no relation with HowLongToBeat.com, if you like their work please go and support them. Public Repository https://github.com/matiasponsml/HLTBPlugin
  17. EpicFail ScummVM Launcher NEW View File Version 4.0.0 Now works with the ThirdParty folder. Also added a way to convert the BatRunner roms to launch straight from Launchbox instead of running through the batrunner and bat files. This feature is new. Version 3.4.0 Big changes in this one. Some may like it, some may hate it. I now rewrite your ini file to help you out and maintain portability. New game menu item to Configure ScummVM. ScummVM will open with that game selected. No need to scroll through a big list to find/guess the specific game to configure. When using my menu items to configure scummvm, I will automatically rewrite absolute paths as relative paths to your ini file. I also gave you the Configure ScummVM from the Tools drop down. During generation of the *.bat launchers I will check that you have the emulator set up, if not I will fix it for you. Can't change ScummVM path or launcher path now. Just go with it, life will be better. Simple and Advanced modes. Advanced mode is what your used to. Simple mode is one click setup, creates full list of launchers, and emulator creation. It will ask if you want to filter the non english languages. It should be easy if it works the way I intend. click on the Tools->ScummVM Import Tool (simple) click on the Tools->Import->Rom Files to import the bat files as ScummVM games. Now scummvm can be portable easily in 3.3.1-plugin, you can rewriting the ini file. One click will read every single setting out of the ini file and find all absolute paths, check if the path is valid, than convert then to be relative to the launchbox directory. I owe you guys some new instructions. Updated with relative path for better travel! ONLY the DLL is updated... See the update note below lots of new stuff. uses launchbox built in ScummVM by default uses a local scummvm.ini by default, import existing to a local or create new fresh local scummvm.ini, all built in find and remove existing epicfail files. better rom names for smoother mass import BatRunner.exe installed from gui, must stay in your launchbox folder, point to it as your scummvm emulator. (BatRunner.exe is just the ScummVMimport.dll renamed and move to the launchbox main directory. Will prompt you when you create your launcher bat files. So its automatic you won't have do any thing to create it) Just point to it as the application for you scummvm emulator if your using the bat files. Updated filtering with priority duplicate control. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Older Version 2.0.5 from the videos ScummVMLauncher.exe NEW AND IMPROVED - NOW WITH RETROARCH FEATURE This is the scummvm launching system I use with launchbox. Most importantly this allows you to get art and videos for BB. It works for me, so I'm sharing it. SETUP LAUNCHERS: Put these ScummVMLauncher.exe files in your scummvm directory same directory as your scummvm.exe. I'm using 1.9.0.2-win32 currently. If you already setup my old launcher you can just delete the files and the launchers folder. This is how I use it. 1st is to open your ScummVM and do a "Mass Add" if you don't know what that is hold the shift button down and the add button on scummvm will change. You could skip this if you already have your games loaded in scummvm, but I recommend starting fresh. After that close the scummvm program and assuming you have the microsoft .net framework installed run the ScummVMLauncher.exe. From the window, select Tools->load scummvm.ini this will attempt to automatically find your file in %appdata%ScummVM/, if its not there just navigate to the directory that you keep it and select your scummvm.ini file, then select open. This will grab the scummvm.ini file selected and parse it. You should see the gui populate and look similar to the screenshot. The gui should be intuitive. Filter the games the way you want to. Select Tools->Generate Launchers SETUP IN LAUNCHBOX: Setup the emulator for ScummVM and pick the ScummVMLauncher.exe file as the executable. import roms - pick the launchers folder to import. Enjoy in BB, with art and videos! Submitter epicfail Submitted 02/17/2017 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins
  18. MAME Software Lists Import Tool - plugin View File Use this plugin to filter and import MAME Software Lists into LaunchBox. Features: Import MAME Console/Computer ROMs into a new or existing Platform Import clones as Additional Apps, separately or not at all (Option) Skip Prototypes (Option) Skip Non-Supported ROMs Adds the Platform and Command-line Parameter to the selected MAME emulator (ex. Atari 2600 a2600 -cart) (Option) Copy ROMs to a new folder during importing Imported games tagged as not supported by MAME will be marked as "Broken". (Option) Import only games that exist in your ROMs Source Folder (Option) Ignore games that only have a Title change (when updating) New v4.05 Information found inside parenthesis in a Games Title will be added to the games "Version" (metadata) Audit Feature: Compare your existing softlist console/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: (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 the built in LaunchBox Tool) To remove extra information from the games titles [Example "(Jpn)"], select Yes, download and replace all existing metadata and media when running the 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) - Start LaunchBox. Click on "Tools" and select "Import MAME Software Lists". Notes: The Destination Folder is required even if you don't plan to copy the files. It's needed to set up the Application Path for the ROMs when Importing. NEW v4.05 To add Version info (if it exists in the Games Title) to an existing console (Platform), run the plugin and DO NOT CHECK Ignore games that only have a Title change (when updating) See what's new in the 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. 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\mess242.xml The Import Mame Software Lists plugin will search for "mess*.xml". So as you update, just replace the old xml file (mess242.xml) with the new one (mess243.xml). ONLY HAVE ONE MESS XML FILE IN THE PLUGIN FOLDER AT A TIME! Other Notes: (things I've learned) - Software List folder/file locations: - *Associated Platform Command line parameters - MAME and CDROMS Submitter JoeViking245 Submitted 09/08/2019 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins
  19. Version 1.0.0

    179 downloads

    (Bulk) Remove Additional Applications The intent of this plugin is to Remove the same** Additional Application for all games in a given Platform, all at one time. **Same is determined by the Additional Applications Application Name and Application Path. If they match exactly, they are the ‘same’. Why use this? Quite possibly because you used the Bulk Add Additional Applications plugin and you clicked “OK” before realizing you forgot to add in the Command-Line Parameters or it's simply not needed anymore. Setup: Download and extract "BulkRemoveAdditionalApps.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: - Click Tools and select "Bulk Remove Additional Apps". - Click the dropdown box and select a Platform. - Click Get to show the Additional Apps for that Platform.*** - Check the Remove box(s) for the Additional Apps you wish to delete. - Click Remove to delete/remove all occurrences of those selected Additional Apps.**** *** The plugin will 'combine' any Additional Apps that have the exact same Name AND App Path, and only display one of those. When you remove that "one", all occurrences (having the same Name and Path) will be removed. ***Example: You used the Bulk Add Additional Applications plugin to add an Additional App to 245 different games. You named it “My Run-Before App” and set the Application Path to “D:\MyApps\RunBefore.exe”. This plugin will only display it in the list once, instead of 245 times. (Because they all “have the exact same Name AND App Path”.) **** Once you click Remove, the apps you had selected will get removed/deleted forever. There is no undoing this once OK is clicked! (unless of course you have your backup file that was created with the LaunchBox built-in Automatic Backup feature.)
  20. Bulk Convert cue/gdi/iso files to CHD View File Bulk Convert cue, gdi or iso ROMs to chd This plugin expands the capabilities of the existing Bulk Convert .cue to .chd plugin by adding the options to also convert gdi and iso formats to CHD. (For cue/bin files, the process is the exact same between the 2 plugins.) Using MAME’s chdman.exe (“Compressed Hunks of Data (CHD) Manager”, included with MAME), this plugin will convert CD based game files to a single .chd file in your selected Platform. Why convert? • You end up with just a single file per game • A CHD file is, well… compressed. Resulting in less storage space requirements • Most, if not all emulators now support .chd format • chdman applies lossless compression so there should no noticeable difference in load time. Requirements This plugin file chdman.exe (included with MAME) ROM sets that are in a .cue, .gdi or .iso format What happens after converting? After successfully creating a CHD Image, the games application path in LaunchBox will be redirected to the new .chd file. Also, after the files have been converted you have the option to • Leave the old files in place (default) • Move the old files to a separate [backup] folder • Delete the old files Installing the plugin 1. Download the plugin 2. Unblock “BulkConvert2CHD (v1.00).zip” by right clicking the file and checking “Unblock” and clicking “OK”. 3. Open the zip file and copy the contents (1 folder containing 1 file) into /LaunchBox/Plugins/ ../LaunchBox/Plugins/BulkConvert2CHD/BulkConvert2CHD.dll Using the plugin 1. Start LaunchBox 2. Select Tools, Bulk Convert To CHD 3. Select a Platform 4. Select the file format you’re converting from 5. Click Convert 6. (Optional) Check Delete old files when complete  This will permanently delete the old files after successfully converting them to .chd. Check Move old files when complete  This will move the old files after successfully converting them to .chd to the folder you specify. Troubleshooting: If you are getting errors while attempting to convert the files, make sure you are using chdman.exe that comes with the latest release of MAME. If you use multiple versions of MAME in LaunchBox, copy chdman,exe from your latest MAME release folder into the ../LaunchBox/Plugins/BulkConvert2CHD/ folder Special thanks to @faeran for the idea of the original Bulk Convert cue to chd. Without that, I probably never would have made this. As always, all comments and suggestions are welcome. Submitter JoeViking245 Submitted 09/01/2022 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  21. Version NETCore 0.9.8.3

    2,081 downloads

    SteamLauncher A LaunchBox plugin designed to allow roms/emulators to easily be launched with Steam, directly from the LaunchBox/BigBox interface, without any complicated setup or technical know-how. Simply enable SteamLauncher and all LaunchBox/BigBox game/rom launches will be intercepted and launched via Steam. This will provide access to the Steam overlay, custom controller configurations, and will display the game/rom your are currently playing to any of your Steam friends. Features Here are a few of the features provided by SteamLauncher: Allow LaunchBox to do what its good at - be the sole organizer and maintainer of your rom/game collection, without having to duplicate its functionality in Steam (something it was not designed for). Keep the Steam library clean and uncluttered by hundreds of emulator/rom shortcuts. Get all of the benefits of Steam's excellent overlay system while playing any rom or emulator. Take advantage of Steam's infinitely customizable controller configuration (bindings) for both the Steam Controller and nearly all other DirectInput/XInput controllers. Use per-rom/per-emulator/per-game controller configurations that are automatically remembered between gaming sessions (without having to create convoluted Steam shortcuts for every rom). Bypass or improve upon many emulators' extremely limited controller bindings and hotkey options. Share the game/rom currently being played with Steam friends (ex: JohnDoe is currently playing 'Super Metroid (SNES)'). Requirements .NET Core 3.1 Steam for Windows LaunchBox/BigBox Getting Started Installation Download the latest plugin release from the LaunchBox forum plugin download page. This GitHub repository is meant as more of a resource for developers. While test builds and other pre-release packages may occassionally be posted on GitHub, the latest public release builds will always be posted on the LaunchBox forum plugin download page first: LaunchBox Plugin Download: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/972-steamlauncher/ Extract the 'SteamLauncher' directory from the compressed package into your LaunchBox plugins directory. Example: If LaunchBox is located at 'C:\LaunchBox', you would copy the 'SteamLauncher' directory to 'C:\LaunchBox\Plugins'. This would result in 'SteamLauncher.dll' and any additional files being inside the directory 'C:\LaunchBox\Plugins\SteamLauncher'. How to Use Note: Obviously, Steam must be running to launch games via Steam so one can either manually start Steam before opening LaunchBox/BigBox or SteamLauncher will automatically launch Steam when needed. To launch a game/rom/emulator in LaunchBox/BigBox via Steam: Ensure SteamLauncher is enabled by using 1 of the 2 following methods: Selecting the 'Tools' menu item and clicking 'Use SteamLauncher'. When SteamLauncher is enabled the menu item will be labeled '(ON)'. This menu item can also be found in BigBox. Selecting the 'Tools' menu item and clicking 'SteamLauncher Settings', resulting in the SteamLauncher settings dialog being displayed. By then checking the checkbox labeled 'Enable SteamLauncher' and clicking the 'Save' button, SteamLauncher will be enabled. The SteamLauncher settings dialog cannot be accessed in BigBox. Once SteamLauncher is enabled, all games/roms/emulators will be intercepted by SteamLauncher and launched through Steam. Customize Platform Names When games/roms are launched with SteamLauncher enabled, the title and platform of the game/rom will be displayed in one's Steam status in the format of: 'Game Title (Platform Name)'. Example: Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Entertainment System) Friends on Steam will see this title in one's status whenever a particular game/rom is being played. If desired, the platform name displayed can be customized. For example, the platform 'Nintendo Entertainment System' can be changed to 'NES'. This customization can be performed by navigating to the 'Platform Names' tab in the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Note: To entirely omit a platform name from one's Steam status, leave the 'Custom Platform Name' entry blank (as seen in the 'Windows' entry in the screenshot below). Selective Use The 'Selective Use' feature allows one to precisely customize the circumstances under which SteamLauncher will be enabled/disabled. The settings for this feature can be found in the 'Selective Use' tab in the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Filter Mode 'Filter Mode' defines how the entries in the 'Filter List' will be applied. Blacklist: SteamLauncher will always be enabled except when a matching filter is found. Whitelist: SteamLauncher will always be disabled except when a matching filter is found. Off: Disable the 'Selective Use' feature entirely. Filters List The 'Filters List' is a list of user defined filters that control when SteamLauncher will be enabled/disabled. Enable: This checkbox must be checked for a particular filter list entry to be enabled. If not checked, it will be completely ignored. Description: Used purely as a means of helping the user describe what the filter list entry does. It is entirely optional and has no impact on the actual functionality of the entry. Filter String: This is the string which is matched against the target 'Filter Type', dictating whether or not this entry matches a particular game title, platform name, etc. The filter string is not case sensitive and it supports 2 types of wildcards: '*' Wilcard: matches one or more of any character. '?' Wildcard: matches any single character. Filter Type: Dicates what field the 'Filter String' is compared against. The 'Filter Type' options are: Game Title: Title of the game or rom (ex: Celeste, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, etc). Platform Name: Name of the platform (ex: Windows, Nintendo 64, Sony Playstation, etc). Emulator Title: Title of the emulator (ex: Retroarch, Dolphin, Cemu, etc). Exe Path: The path of the game or emulator EXE file (ex: 'C:\PC_Games\GOG\*', 'D:\*', '*\DOSBox\*', etc). Additional Application Name: Name of an 'Additional App' (a LaunchBox feature which allows you to specify additional commands to run for a game). Status: A field in LaunchBox's metadata for games (right click game, 'Edit' -> 'Edit Metadata') which specifies what platform/launcher/store a game was imported from (ex: '*Xbox*', '*Microsoft Store*', '*GOG*', etc). Ignore Custom Fields: Enabling this feature causes SteamLauncher to ignore all 'SLEnabled' custom field entries. What are 'SLEnabled' custom field entries? Right click on a game in LaunchBox, click 'Edit' -> 'Edit Metadata', and then select the 'Custom Fields' menu item. By adding a new entry named 'SLEnabled' and setting its value to '1' or '0', SteamLauncher can be made to always be enabled for this game (1) or always be disabled for this game (0). This custom field value will always take precedent over all other filtering features (filter strings, filter modes, etc). The only exception to this is when 'Ignore Custom Fields' is enabled (which will cause all 'SLEnabled' custom field entries to be ignored). VTables 'Automatic Online Updates' 'Automatic Online Updates' of vtables definitions can be enabled/disabled in the 'Miscellaneous' tab of the SteamLauncher settings dialog. For SteamLauncher to properly work it has to access internal Steam features that are not meant to be accessed by developers outside of Valve. To access these undocumented, unexported functions, SteamLauncher uses a set of definitions which define what these functions are, their function signatures (their parameters, return values, and how to call them), and where to find them within the Steam client DLL. These definitions can change whenever Valve releases a new Steam update and if they change significantly, they can cause SteamLauncher to stop working correctly. In order for SteamLauncher to continue working properly, without the author manually patching the plugin and releasing a new SteamLauncher update every time this happens, an online database was created that can be updated when one of these changes happens, allowing SteamLauncher to continue functioning normally. If 'Automatic Online Updates' is enabled, SteamLauncher will automatically check for new updates every time LaunchBox/BigBox is launched. If new definitions are available, it will silently update and continue working normally. If automatic updates are not enabled, one can manually check for new updates by clicking the 'Force Update' button. Support If you have ANY problems with the plugin, I want to know about them. If you need help with any technical issue (see 'Logs'), want to suggest a new feature (I'm very open to any ideas), just want to chat, or anything else related to the plugin, visit the support thread at the link below. I am also available to chat on Steam for any urgent issues or if more direct help is needed. Plugin Support Thread: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/43142-steamlauncher/ Logs To provide help with any technical problems or to investigate a bug, I will need a copy of the debug log that is generated whenever 'Log Level' is set to 'Verbose'. To enable and collect 'Verbose' debug logs, do the following: Open the SteamLauncher settings dialog. Click the dropdown box under 'Log Level' and select 'Verbose'. Click the 'Save' button. Restart LaunchBox/BigBox. Now simply repeat whatever behavior was causing the issue and/or bug, and after you're sure you've replicated the behavior, close LaunchBox/BigBox. Look inside of the SteamLauncher directory for a file named 'debug.log' (there may be more than one sequentially named log file if there was an enormous amount of output but this is unlikely if verbose logging was turned on just briefly). Open this 'debug.log' file in a text editor, copy its entire contents, and paste/upload it to pastebin.com. In the SteamLauncher support thread, provide the PasteBin URL, the details of the problem you encountered, and the particulars of your setup (Windows version, 32-bit or 64-bit, LaunchBox version, Steam version, SteamLauncher plugin version, etc). The more information the better. Contact Information Alias: Lahma Email: lahma0@gmail.com Steam Alias: lahma0 Friend me on Steam: You can click on my alias above or you can copy/paste the following URL into your address bar: steam://friends/add/76561198237461630 GitHub Project URL: https://github.com/lahma0/SteamLauncher LaunchBox Community Forums Profile: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/profile/89710-lahma/ Plugin Support Thread: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/43142-steamlauncher/ Credits ChippiHeppu: Logo m4dengi: steamclient_tracker (unfortunately, no longer updated) cammelspit: Help with developing the idea and direction for the project Nielk1: Initial inspiration for the project and just a talented programmer to bounce ideas off of Helpful members of the LaunchBox community: The_Keeper86, JedExodus, FromLostDays, HTPCei, Corgana, Benuno, Neil9000 (sorry for anyone I'm forgetting) Known Issues MAME Compatibility Fix It has been observed that MAME crashes when launched through a non-Steam shortcut. This problem is not directly related to SteamLauncher, but since SteamLauncher relies on non-Steam shortcuts, launching MAME via SteamLauncher was no longer working. After a lot of investigation and tinkering by some dedicated users on the LaunchBox forums (cammelspit and JedExodus), a fix was eventually found for the issue. Whether launching MAME directly via a non-Steam shortcut or via SteamLauncher using LaunchBox/BigBox, the fix is simply to modify the launch parameters to include the following: -joystickprovider xinput -keyboardprovider win32 If one of these parameters already exists when modifying MAME within LaunchBox, you will obviously need to replace it (don't just add a 2nd instance of '-joystickprovider' or '-keyboardprovider'). You can safely ignore any popups/warnings that LaunchBox displays about pause screen compatibility. Legal Stuff ©2022 Valve Corporation. Steam and the Steam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
  22. Instead of Shutting Down or Restarting Windows when exiting Big Box perhaps you just want to Sign Out / Log off. This handy plugin gets that job done. (Great if you have a profile just for launching Big Box) Instructions Copy the SignOut.dll found in SignOut\SignOut\bin\Release\ to you Plugins Folder in Launchbox. What it does Adds Sign Out to the Main root menu in BigBox Adds Sign Out to the Tools Menu in Launchbox Included I have included the Source Code in case you wish to compile it yourself or review the code Happy Gaming. SignOut.zip
  23. Version 4.05

    1,688 downloads

    Use this plugin to filter and import MAME Software Lists into LaunchBox. Features: Import MAME Console/Computer ROMs into a new or existing Platform Import clones as Additional Apps, separately or not at all (Option) Skip Prototypes (Option) Skip Non-Supported ROMs Adds the Platform and Command-line Parameter to the selected MAME emulator (ex. Atari 2600 a2600 -cart) (Option) Copy ROMs to a new folder during importing Imported games tagged as not supported by MAME will be marked as "Broken". (Option) Import only games that exist in your ROMs Source Folder (Option) Ignore games that only have a Title change (when updating) New v4.05 Information found inside parenthesis in a Games Title will be added to the games "Version" (metadata) Audit Feature: Compare your existing softlist console/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: (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 the built in LaunchBox Tool) To remove extra information from the games titles [Example "(Jpn)"], select Yes, download and replace all existing metadata and media when running the 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) - Start LaunchBox. Click on "Tools" and select "Import MAME Software Lists". Notes: The Destination Folder is required even if you don't plan to copy the files. It's needed to set up the Application Path for the ROMs when Importing. NEW v4.05 To add Version info (if it exists in the Games Title) to an existing console (Platform), run the plugin and DO NOT CHECK Ignore games that only have a Title change (when updating) See what's new in the 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. 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\mess242.xml The Import Mame Software Lists plugin will search for "mess*.xml". So as you update, just replace the old xml file (mess242.xml) with the new one (mess243.xml). ONLY HAVE ONE MESS XML FILE IN THE PLUGIN FOLDER AT A TIME! Other Notes: (things I've learned) - Software List folder/file locations: - *Associated Platform Command line parameters - MAME and CDROMS
  24. Bulk Convert .cue/.bin (or files other than .bin) to .chd View File Bulk Convert .cue/.bin (or files other than .bin) to .chd Using MAME’s chdman.exe (“Compressed Hunks of Data (CHD) Manager”, included with MAME), this plugin will convert CD based game files to a single .chd file in your selected Platform. Example: Before Loom (USA).cue Loom (USA).ccd Loom (USA).img Loom (USA).sub After Loom (USA).chd Before Arctic Thunder.cue Arctic Thunder.bin After Arctic Thunder.chd Why convert? You end up with just a single file per game A CHD file is, well… compressed. Resulting in less storage space requirements Arctic Thunder.cue + .bin = 601MB Arctic Thunder.chd = 466MB Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro = 684MB CHD format = 318MB Because we can and it's easy to do Requirements This plugin file chdman.exe (included with MAME) Game rom-sets that include a .cue file. (Loom (USA).cue, Arctic Thunder.cue etc.) What happens after converting? After successfully creating a CHD Image, the games application path will be changed to the new .chd file. Also, after the files have been converted you have the option to Leave the old files in place (default) Move the old files to a separate [backup] folder Delete the old files Installing the plugin Download the plugin Unblock “cue2chd (v1.00).zip” by right clicking the file and checking “Unblock” and clicking “OK”. Open the zip file and copy the contents (1 folder containing 1 file) into /LaunchBox/Plugins/ i.e. G:/LaunchBox/Plugins/cue2chd/cue2chd.dll Using the plugin Start LaunchBox Select Tools, Convert cue to chd Select a Platform Click Convert (Optional) Check Delete old files when complete This will permanently delete the old files (.cue, .bin, .img etc) after successfully converting them to .chd. Check Move old files when complete This will move the old files (.cue, .bin, .img etc) after successfully converting them to .chd to a folder you specify [for ‘backup’]. If you do not select Delete or Move, all files will remain in their current location along with the newly created .chd file. If you opt to delete the old files and later want/need to convert the CHD files back to .cue etc., you can use chdman.exe to "reverse the process". The command line is: chdman.exe extractcd -i “file_name.chd” -o “file_name.cue” Special thanks to @faeran for coming up with the idea for this plugin and his support and testing. As always, all comments and suggestions are welcome. Submitter JoeViking245 Submitted 04/02/2022 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  25. Version 4.1

    356 downloads

    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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