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7 minutes ago, Zombeaver said:

With these settings in OG LB:

image.thumb.png.c2b1b33e726b97814ae042385f747db2.pngI get this (which is what I want):

image.thumb.png.c63d13798cbec3742ed37020ceceeb8b.pngWith the same settings in Next:

image.thumb.png.c954e5a41c66540dcc2da3d999cda614.pngI get this:

image.thumb.png.6ea362724efcd66b44af8faf55a76ab9.pngI just want the same look that I can currently get in OG LB - nice big boxes, 4 across, with almost no spacing on the sides, top, and bottom. Even if I set all of the spacing to 0 in Next's settings, there are still huge vertical and horizontal gaps between them (it looks basically identical to the above).

image.thumb.png.f875881cf47db7c4f2ab2ded814cbcb0.pngimage.thumb.png.5c95d26fad4d3c83e3d4215333466cd1.pngimage.thumb.png.f5a6762bde0a9c0fb2a3db2571c48cae.pngIt's probably the Align Text Vertically option that is causing the issue for you.

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32 minutes ago, MadK9 said:

Follow up to my image issue. 

I think i might have finally nailed it. And i think it was more my issue than an LB issue

I tried with the 2 monitors still had the same issue, So i went the route of a complete rebuild of my LB.

I just moved my image folders to the new install, and then started to add the roms/systems back in by adding them rather than just using the Data folders.

All seems fine, the only thing i have still yet to do is add my Playlists back to LB< but i will remake rather than use the ones i did awhile ago, so they are fresh.

I've not had much chance to really test everything, but so far so good, and seems to be working fine, and also i've not encountered the unresponsiveness issue with a complete redo.

In short, seems to be fixed, maybe i had a damaged file or a folder conflict, or a faulty playlist (i did have a lot 60 or so). So i will keep plugging away, and i will report back if it happens again.

Good to hear that it's resolved. I wonder if maybe it was related to the playlists. What happens if you move your playlists over from the old install to the new one? It's also possible that it was caused by a corrupt media item, but in that case it's still something I need to fix. If you have any way to further pinpoint the problem, I would really appreciate it. :)

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Ah ha! That was indeed it! Thank you!

image.thumb.png.4826f8300d2e48ba479fa3cece1b8859.pngMuch much better! :D

I do notice that the boxes appear to be top aligned though, rather than centered vertically like in OG LB. If possible, a vertical centering option would be nice.

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2 hours ago, dragon57 said:

@Jason Carr, I have made sure my graphic drivers and patches are up to date. This is on a Win 7 machine w/Nvidia card. I have even tried some back-rev graphic drivers to see if it makes a difference, but it does not.

Alright, I'll do some more testing on Windows 7 to see if there's any chance I can replicate.

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Whenever I start LB some errors appear

Cef can only be initialized once. Use Cef.IsInitialized to guard against this exception.

App:     LaunchBox
Version: 8.4-beta-12
Type:    System.Exception
Site:    Boolean Initialize(CefSharp.CefSettings, Boolean, CefSharp.IBrowserProcessHandler)
Source:  CefSharp.Core

   at CefSharp.Cef.Initialize(CefSettings cefSettings, Boolean performDependencyCheck, IBrowserProcessHandler browserProcessHandler)
   at ()
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Program.InitializeChromeIfNeeded()
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Forms.WelcomeForm..ctor(DataManager manager, Int32 parentWidth, Int32 parentHeight, Int32 parentTop, Int32 parentLeft)
   at (MainForm , Object , EventArgs )
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Forms.MainForm.MainForm_Shown(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnShown(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallbackHelper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallback(ThreadMethodEntry tme)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallbacks()

Recent Log:

   12:13:08 AM Exception

 

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As you are done adding new features to next now and its in a very usable state, can you change it so that when you update from within .Next it restarts back into next rather than the OG Launchbox as it currently does? Thanks Jason .next is a much nicer looking program. :) 

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Yes, must be nearing the end of this beta now :) 

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13 hours ago, faydesmee said:

Whenever I start LB some errors appear

Cef can only be initialized once. Use Cef.IsInitialized to guard against this exception.

App:     LaunchBox
Version: 8.4-beta-12
Type:    System.Exception
Site:    Boolean Initialize(CefSharp.CefSettings, Boolean, CefSharp.IBrowserProcessHandler)
Source:  CefSharp.Core

   at CefSharp.Cef.Initialize(CefSettings cefSettings, Boolean performDependencyCheck, IBrowserProcessHandler browserProcessHandler)
   at ()
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Program.InitializeChromeIfNeeded()
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Forms.WelcomeForm..ctor(DataManager manager, Int32 parentWidth, Int32 parentHeight, Int32 parentTop, Int32 parentLeft)
   at (MainForm , Object , EventArgs )
   at Unbroken.LaunchBox.Desktop.Forms.MainForm.MainForm_Shown(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnShown(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallbackHelper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallback(ThreadMethodEntry tme)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.InvokeMarshaledCallbacks()

Recent Log:

   12:13:08 AM Exception

 

Thanks; this has been fixed for the next beta.

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5 hours ago, PattersonCZ said:

Why so huge gaps between ? Spacing set to 0 except text to 2. Maybe i set something wrong.

 

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Same issue as Zombeaver above. However, I'm fixing some things and making this more obvious for the next beta.

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2 hours ago, neil9000 said:

As you are done adding new features to next now and its in a very usable state, can you change it so that when you update from within .Next it restarts back into next rather than the OG Launchbox as it currently does? Thanks Jason .next is a much nicer looking program. :) 

Since we're so close to getting rid of OG LaunchBox, I think I'm gonna just leave it the same and once OG LaunchBox is replaced then we'll be good to go (as opposed to having to switch it and then switch it back). I'm tempted to do something to push users on the upcoming official release to use Next instead of OG though. Not sure what we'll do, but I'm thinking about it.

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1 minute ago, Jason Carr said:

I think I'm gonna just leave it the same and once OG LaunchBox is replaced then we'll be good to go (as opposed to having to switch it and then switch it back).

Yep that is a fair point.

2 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

I'm tempted to do something to push users on the upcoming official release to use Next instead of OG though. Not sure what we'll do, but I'm thinking about it.

Yeah i think that is a good idea, get people into it on at least one occasion before they are suddenly forced to use it outright.

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Beta 13 is out now guys with lots of fixes to the custom spacing options for LaunchBox.Next, which should make things more straightforward and obvious, as well as look a bit cleaner. Because of the changes, your LaunchBox.Next custom spacing options will be reset when upgrading to this beta.

@Zombeaver Boxes should be centered vertically now when "Align Text Vertically" is enabled, and it should no longer mess up the spacing if you don't have any text visible.

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10 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

Since we're so close to getting rid of OG LaunchBox, I think I'm gonna just leave it the same and once OG LaunchBox is replaced then we'll be good to go (as opposed to having to switch it and then switch it back). I'm tempted to do something to push users on the upcoming official release to use Next instead of OG though. Not sure what we'll do, but I'm thinking about it.

You could remove the LB.Next exe, and leave only the regular LB that launches Next, so Next is always launched by default. You can then have the option to switch back to OG from Next. This way all the users will be "forced" to see Next on startup every time.
I am pretty sure a lot of users that do not frequent the forums very much are not even aware of Next, and have never pressed the Next button. You might see increased forum activity with non-regular users asking about the interface, but that is a good thing before every migration.

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Posted (edited)

Good re. the spacing being implemented. I would suggest however that having settings for vertical and horizontal "spacing" as well as "padding" is somewhat confusing. It is not clear on what the difference is, and on adjusting them it remained unclear. I wonder if a single setting would be easier to use?

Also, I think that being able to set box size (and ideally spacing) settings per platform would be really helpful.

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17 minutes ago, Dan said:

Good re. the spacing being implemented. I would suggest however that having settings for vertical and horizontal "spacing" as well as "padding" is somewhat confusing. It is not clear on what the difference is, and on adjusting them it remained unclear. I wonder if a single setting would be easier to use?

Also, I think that being able to set box size (and ideally spacing) settings per platform would be really helpful.

Spacing adjusts the vertical and horizontal space between two objects (the space between the box border of two games that the image and text actually lies within) so they do not touch each other. 

Padding adjusts the vertical and horizontal spacing inside that box between the boxes edge and the contents inside it. So the image and text inside does not touch the edge of the box.

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1 hour ago, Jason Carr said:

@Zombeaver Boxes should be centered vertically now when "Align Text Vertically" is enabled, and it should no longer mess up the spacing if you don't have any text visible.

Okay, thanks! I'll try it out tonight.

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I just noticed that when you select a game in next, the cover zooms in a little.

Is that new?

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OK, this is a weird one I almost didn't catch. It appears the 'All' platform category does not save the Image Group selection. When I click on 'All', it uses the Image Group from the previous Platform.

I hope I am explaining this well enough. This is in .Next, btw.

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