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LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll

LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll  

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  1. 1. Round 1 - Choose all features that you would like to prioritize:

    • New Paid Android Version (Select Games on the Desktop, Export to Android)
      539
    • Platform-specific Zoom and Aspect Ratios for LaunchBox
      332
    • Marquee Video Support, Customization Options for Placement and Image Types
      422
    • Add Alternate Names, Game Type, Max Players, Wikipedia Link, and Video Link fields from the LaunchBox Games Database to LaunchBox
      544
    • Integrated Retroarch Netplay Lobby Browser
      458
    • Display Platform/Playlist/Category Information in the LaunchBox Game Details Sidebar when No Game is Selected
      327
    • Add Sort By Options to Big Box (another item in the alphanumeric list)
      433
    • Integrate MAME High Scores and Show Community Scores
      499
    • Disable Certain Controllers (such as Flight Sticks), Multiple Controllers with Different Bindings
      222
    • Bulk Edit Additional Apps
      294
    • Per-Game AutoHotkey Script Support
      329
    • Previous and Next Buttons in LaunchBox Edit Window
      365
    • Automatic Multi-Disc Playlist Creation for Retroarch
      470
    • Backup and Restore Options for Data and Settings
      687
    • Big Box Wall View Overhaul
      451
    • Game Screenshot Grabber
      410
    • Big Box Theme-Specific Settings (Save and Restore Settings for Each Theme)
      474
    • Indicator/Icon for Games with Multiple Versions Available
      594
    • Bulk Edit Platform and Move Media to Proper Folders
      497
    • Option to Reverse Sort Order in LaunchBox
      217
  2. 2. Round 2 - Choose all features that you would like to prioritize:

    • Amiga WHD Name Conversion (Like MAME)
      325
    • Icons for Types of Controls (Keyboard/Mouse, PS4/Xbox Controller, Wiimote, Nunchuk, etc.)
      746
    • API importer for GOG
      387
    • Option to Force Update Games Database Metadata
      446
    • Option to Manually Check for Updates
      524
    • Retro Achievements Gamer Score, Profile, and Leaderboards
      567
    • Proper Support for Year-Only Release Dates
      250
    • Auditing Overhaul - Add Missing Fields and Allow Full-Library Audits
      434
    • Parsec Integration
      173
    • Allow Launch With for Additional Apps/Versions
      282
    • Media Cleanup Overhaul - Review/Change Items, Move to Folder or Delete
      525
    • Xbox Controller and PS4 Controller Home Button Support
      1062
    • New Document Fields for Hintbooks, Cheats, and Maps
      417
    • Video Clip Grabber for Missing Videos
      608
    • Steam Achievements in Details like Retro Achievements
      422
    • Visual icon/indicator for Broken Games
      535
    • Filter to Games with Missing Media
      590
    • Proper Support for MAME Software Lists
      392
    • Big Box Parental Restrictions (Use Pin Code to Hide Games with Certain Ratings)
      251
    • Option to Name Media via ROM File Name instead of Game Title (where possible, won't work for non-ROM-based platforms)
      235


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7 minutes ago, ItchyRobot said:

 

I would love to see a more fleshed out Pause theme like you suggested. Your example would be great if it is able.

I'm currently having to put my fighting game moves lists in the Manuals folder so they are accessible during the Pause theme. I do the same for my Pinball instruction cards. It's a work around, but it works well.

Agreed, it would be great! Although I think it would probably need to be a more specific option menu... such as "+ pdf item", "+ video (mp4) item", "+ image (jpg/png) item". I think if this system was set up, the pause menu would basically be feature complete.

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20 hours ago, Styphelus said:

The only thing i want is a folder for guides and media like the Pause menu from Rocketlauncher. Manuals are nice but I look at guides way more than I ever look at manuals. I can add guides as a separate app and view them in the Details view but there's no way to access guides or walkthrough videos from the Pause menu while playing the game.

Can't believe such a simple thing was never implemented.

Any PDF additional apps you add will automatically show up on the pause screen.

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2 hours ago, Jason Carr said:

Thanks all, I've noted these requests/ideas for the next poll.

unfortunately it has yet to be a high voted item which i dont understand 🥴.. but if multiple save states Retroarch for pause screen could be on the voting list again.. eatkinola amazing plug in did some cool stuff with that..

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12 hours ago, Jason Carr said:

Any PDF additional apps you add will automatically show up on the pause screen.

Awesome! Did not realize this was possible. I just tested that it works with pdf, jpg, gif and png files. I created a new folder called "Strategy Guides" with platform names within in it... similar to the folder structure of "Manuals". I Created an additional app for Mortal Kombat II for SNES and named it "View Strategy Guide" and set the path accordingly. It shows up right above the exit game entry on the Pause Menu. If you wanted to, you can also do this for box art and other images. Pretty cool! ...just no support for video at the moment for those old tv commercials.

Edit: Additional Apps is set to browse for executable files for the path, you have to change it to "all files (*.*)".

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8 hours ago, ALIE said:

unfortunately it has yet to be a high voted item which i dont understand 🥴.. but if multiple save states Retroarch for pause screen could be on the voting list again.. eatkinola amazing plug in did some cool stuff with that..

Yes, multiple save states is a must for a pause screen.  I'm sure if not this round, or the next round, or the one after that, eventually it will become a feature.

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12 hours ago, damageinc86 said:

Yes, multiple save states is a must for a pause screen.  I'm sure if not this round, or the next round, or the one after that, eventually it will become a feature.

oh no doubt about that.

Cant blame @Jason Carr he gives people what they want and understandable that is the highest voted items.  someday multiple save states hopefully will be voted high enough 🙏..

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12 hours ago, damageinc86 said:

Yes, multiple save states is a must for a pause screen.  I'm sure if not this round, or the next round, or the one after that, eventually it will become a feature.

 

1 minute ago, ALIE said:

oh no doubt about that.

Cant blame @Jason Carr he gives people what they want and understandable that is the highest voted items.  someday multiple save states hopefully will be voted high enough 🙏..

Hmm, i wouldnt of thought that would be to highly requested. I use save states all the time, but only ever one, i just constantly overwrite it, i never choose a slot or have more than one.

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12 minutes ago, neil9000 said:

 

Hmm, i wouldnt of thought that would be to highly requested. I use save states all the time, but only ever one, i just constantly overwrite it, i never choose a slot or have more than one.

Well apparently it isn't highly requested yet, but yeah I love utilizing all the save slots available for an emulator, just to have options.  RL's Pause takes a screenshot when you do a save state, so that you can quickly see where you were at as you scroll through slots to load. 

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On 4/5/2020 at 12:00 PM, Jason Carr said:

Any PDF additional apps you add will automatically show up on the pause screen.

What do you mean by this?

In order for me to create a 'View Moves List' under my MAME Arcade Mortal Kombat II game, I do the following...
- Create a folder named 'Moves Lists' under the LaunchBox folder; then an 'Arcade' platform folder under that. Then add the 'Mortal Kombat II.pdf' moves list to that folder.
- Open LaunchBox, then right click the Mortal Kombat II game, and choose Edit.
- Click on the 'Additional Apps' tab.
- Click on 'Add Application...'
- under the Application Name field, I type 'View Moves List'. This is what shows up in the BigBox Pause Screen.
- under the 'Application Path field', I have to browse to the exact PDF I want. In this case 'Mortal Kobat II.pdf'

Are you saying I don't need to do this for every game? I would rather I just create the new 'Moves Lists' folder and then just copy all the pdf's of the games I want in there... Like we can do with the default 'Manuals' folder. Otherwise, I am going to have to do the following steps for every game I want to add.

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2 hours ago, damageinc86 said:

Well apparently it isn't highly requested yet, but yeah I love utilizing all the save slots available for an emulator, just to have options.  RL's Pause takes a screenshot when you do a save state, so that you can quickly see where you were at as you scroll through slots to load. 

If i am not mistaken RetroArch has the screenshot option for savestats.

could be pretty slick if LB could pull those for a savestate menu.

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9 hours ago, ALIE said:

If i am not mistaken RetroArch has the screenshot option for savestats.

could be pretty slick if LB could pull those for a savestate menu.

It will be slick indeed.

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I think another thing I wanna see happen is if we can fix where it no longer sets a game back to the default Emulator when you search Search for Metadata. That can get kinda annoying when you want to get all the proper media and details set and then find out your game no longer works right because the Emulator got changed, and then you have to go back in to Edit and remember which one it was set to.

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2 hours ago, RULLUR said:

I think another thing I wanna see happen is if we can fix where it no longer sets a game back to the default Emulator when you search Search for Metadata. That can get kinda annoying when you want to get all the proper media and details set and then find out your game no longer works right because the Emulator got changed, and then you have to go back in to Edit and remember which one it was set to.

Can not say I have ever had that happen. Just tested updating metadata/medua for a handful of games and some of them I changed to random emulators before I did to see if it changed. Mame is set as my default for Arcade so changed several games to Retroach and a couple to FBA and ran media updater. All games stayed what I changed them too and of course the ones listed as Mame stayed as well.

This might be something you want to start a thread and troubleshoot.

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53 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

Can not say I have ever had that happen. Just tested updating metadata/medua for a handful of games and some of them I changed to random emulators before I did to see if it changed. Mame is set as my default for Arcade so changed several games to Retroach and a couple to FBA and ran media updater. All games stayed what I changed them too and of course the ones listed as Mame stayed as well.

This might be something you want to start a thread and troubleshoot.

Yeah..like I have several versions of MAME going for certain titles that may not work with the newest versions, so when I search Metadata it will roll to the default MAME I have set as the newest one available when I may actually need to run a certain older version of MAME or possibly FBA. I guess I'll try making a thread later when I can though, and there are some other topics I need to do such as trying to figure a way to set my Hyperkin Admirals for only N64 RetroArch games & etc.

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On 7/12/2019 at 11:37 PM, Jason Carr said:

Welcome to the LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll! This list was community sourced from BitBucket, the forums, and vetted over via a live stream with the community. Please vote above on all features that you would like to prioritize for LaunchBox development.

Feel free to ask any questions about poll items below. The poll will be live until Monday, July 22nd. Happy voting. :)

Edit: The poll is complete! Here are the detailed results in a format that makes slightly more sense:

 

 Filter to Games with Missing Media 590 34.75%
       
       

 

Hi!

Sorry for being late with this question I wanted to ask ages ago. Any chance on a future update to add to the Missing Media options "Box Back" ? Would be great!

And thank you Jason & everyone involved for making Launchbox/BigBox and building the database! it's been a pleasure/hobby building from nothing a collection I've never thought of doing otherwise, and enjoying the presentation in BigBox. I've also learned a crazy amount of additional Gaming history on the way, even discovering titles I never knew existed. Brilliant!

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10 hours ago, RULLUR said:

Yeah..like I have several versions of MAME going for certain titles that may not work with the newest versions, so when I search Metadata it will roll to the default MAME I have set as the newest one available when I may actually need to run a certain older version of MAME or possibly FBA. I guess I'll try making a thread later when I can though, and there are some other topics I need to do such as trying to figure a way to set my Hyperkin Admirals for only N64 RetroArch games & etc.

Well that sounds like more of a issue of you having a mish mash of different roms from different versions that you are trying to use in one "system". You would be much better off getting a complete romset and using the correct version of MAME with it.

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Hello Launchbox team! What are the chances of this feature coming into a near future release? " Add Alternate Names, Game Type, Max Players, Wikipedia Link, and Video Link fields from the LaunchBox Games Database to LaunchBox " as it seemed to win 8th place according to this tally by @Jason Carr

I'm particular interested in having the app incorporate the "Max Players" and the "Cooperative" fields so I can auto-populate my playlists for console 2 player and 4 player games. This feature would be very useful to me and from what I'm finding on the forums for a lot of others too and hopefully it wouldn't be too difficult to implement.

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19 minutes ago, richardoswald said:

Hello Launchbox team! What are the chances of this feature coming into a near future release? " Add Alternate Names, Game Type, Max Players, Wikipedia Link, and Video Link fields from the LaunchBox Games Database to LaunchBox " as it seemed to win 8th place according to this tally by @Jason Carr

I'm particular interested in having the app incorporate the "Max Players" and the "Cooperative" fields so I can auto-populate my playlists for console 2 player and 4 player games. This feature would be very useful to me and from what I'm finding on the forums for a lot of others too and hopefully it wouldn't be too difficult to implement.

It's definitely coming @richardoswald. We'll be tackling all top 20 items before the next poll.

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34 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

It's definitely coming @richardoswald. We'll be tackling all top 20 items before the next poll.

Excellent news! Can’t wait! I can definitely test in the beta when introduced.

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