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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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11 minutes ago, Johnny T said:

Yesss!! My favourite "Integrate MAME High Scores and Show Community Scores" is in the Top 20!! Thanks to everyone who voted for it.

And a massive thanks to Jason for making it happen!

Just look after yourself @Jason Carr - don't take any unnecessary risks - try and stay away from busy roads and high places - if possible don't leave the house at all - you carry my dreams in your pockets - (thank you!) 🙂 🙂 🙂

It's been like ten years since I jumped out of a plane; I'm waiting to take my son when he gets old enough.

9 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

Aaaand marquee support missed out again by only a couple places. Missed the cut this time by 14 votes. 🤬🤣

To be honest, I will probably eventually improve the marquees regardless, at least once I finally get my own marquee screen in place on my cab.

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8 minutes ago, Chris Kant said:

will these the potential features for Launchbox / BIgBox X aka 10?

These are the features we'll focus on for the foreseeable future, yes.

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8 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

To be honest, I will probably eventually improve the marquees regardless, at least once I finally get my own marquee screen in place on my cab.

I know, that's why I get tempted more and more to ship you one. 🤣

I am here for the long haul with Launchbox so I never really fuss about things. 

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Because this is the only feature thread now, I do not know where to ask about it. So here it is.

Why can't we set steam banners as a default box type in platform settings? We can set banners etc. but why not steam banners?

I have those "messy" images now in my "mixed platform" playlists just because this option is missing.

This was added just a while ago. And I cannot understand why all types of images were not included? Was there any time consuming obstacle? Or maybe just an oversight, I wonder?

Now if I merge banners with steam banners to get the result, it will break other things. Because this is not meant to be done.

@Jason Carr just has not finished implementing this feature yet :) That's my theory. Probably it will take 5 minutes to edit/add it. I hope so.

Thanks!

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6 hours ago, Pixel said:

Because this is the only feature thread now, I do not know where to ask about it. So here it is.

Why can't we set steam banners as a default box type in platform settings? We can set banners etc. but why not steam banners?

I have those "messy" images now in my "mixed platform" playlists just because this option is missing.

This was added just a while ago. And I cannot understand why all types of images were not included? Was there any time consuming obstacle? Or maybe just an oversight, I wonder?

Now if I merge banners with steam banners to get the result, it will break other things. Because this is not meant to be done.

@Jason Carr just has not finished implementing this feature yet :) That's my theory. Probably it will take 5 minutes to edit/add it. I hope so.

Thanks!

Unless I am misunderstanding exactly what you mean by "set steam banners as default box type" you can actually do this. In image priorities in the Launchbox >Tools>Options just tick steam banner and move it to the top of the list for Box Front (you may have to refresh the image cache to affect a change). Additionally under Image Group you can set the default view in Launchbox for any platform to "Steam Banner".

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18 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

Unless I am misunderstanding exactly what you mean by "set steam banners as default box type" you can actually do this. In image priorities in the Launchbox >Tools>Options just tick steam banner and move it to the top of the list (you may have to refresh the image cache to affect a change). Additionally under Image Group you can set the default view in Launchbox for any platform to "Steam Banner".

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Thanks for your answer!  Actually, this is a pretty new feature that not everyone knows about yet. Just feels very unfinished to me.

You go to manage platforms, then edit platform to set a default platform in the "Images". Currently, there are only 4 types of images that you can set as a default in a platform.

Steam banners are missing!2.thumb.png.fecf72018060196517cd8720a23cb35a.png

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8 minutes ago, Pixel said:

Thanks for your answer!  Actually, this is a pretty new feature that not everyone knows about yet. Just feels very unfinished to me.

You go to manage platforms, then  edit platform to set a default platrom in the "Images". Currently, there are only 4 platforms you can set a default image for (1 per platform)

That feature is not new. It has been there for a while. Those options are not to set game images for platforms. Those 4 images are for the platform itself (Such as a clear logo, banner, fanart say for the Sega CD console itself). Steam would probably not have a banner for hardware. Images for games within a platform are controlled by the Image Priorities. 

What Jason did add to that specific section was the ability to add a "Default Box", "Default 3D Box", "Default Cart" and "Default 3D Cart" for games that are missing those image types so you don't have just a blank square with a name. Is that what you are looking for? To set a "Default Steam Banner" for games missing Steam Banners?

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11 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

That feature is not new. It has been there for a while. Those options are not to set game images for platforms. Those 4 images are for the platform itself. Steam would probably not have a banner for hardware. Images for games within a platform are controlled by the Image Priorities. 

What Jason did add to that specific section was the ability to add a "Default Box", "Default 3D Box", "Default Cart" and "Default 3D Cart" for games that are missing those image types so you don't have just a blank square with a name. Is that what you are looking for? To set a "Default Steam Banner" for games missing Steam Banners?

I see. I just wanted to have one type of image per playlist. Currently, they are mixed. It is something that does not look nice to me. Is there a way to do it, currently?

 

Like here: steam banners mixed with boxes etc.44.thumb.png.03b04d1fb9c4e508da49a261c65727bb.png

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15 minutes ago, Pixel said:

I see. I just wanted to have one type of image per playlist. Currently, they are mixed. It is something that does not look nice to me. Is there a way to do it, currently?

Unfortunately they are mixed since the Playlists pull images from each specific platform and box image shapes/sizes vary by platform. I am not sure there is much that can be done right now as is. Pretty much any image type varies platform to platform. Even looking a screenshot gameplay, fanart, flyers they all vary.

Steam Banners would be nice since they are uniform, but I am not sure Steam has a library of banner images for all the systems in emulation.  

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21 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

Unfortunately they are mixed since the Playlists pull images from each specific platform and box image shapes/sizes vary by platform. I am not sure there is much that can be done right now as is. Pretty much any image type varies platform to platform. Even looking a screenshot gameplay, fanart, flyers they all vary. 

After changing it to Steam banners, I get somethig like this. Images are missing, even though there are front boxes for those games etc. I think, it should find it automatically for Steam banners to fill it if the banners are missing.12.thumb.png.4698b69a875832091b13fe6f1abd751b.png

Only Plague Inc. stayed the same (steam banner) after changing it from Steam banner to boxes. Don't even get it why?

 

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@Pixel Each image category has it's own set of priorities, as @Retro808 shared above. Step 1, alter your image priorities for Box Front to put Steam banners on top. Step 2, select your platform in LaunchBox. Step 3, use the Image Group drop down in the top right of the main LaunchBox interface to select Boxes for that platform. Step 4, select all your games and then right click and select Refresh Selected Images. That last step is only required after changing the image priority settings. It's probably just best to refresh all images in your collection after changing image priority settings.

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24 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

@Pixel Each image category has it's own set of priorities, as @Retro808 shared above. Step 1, alter your image priorities for Box Front to put Steam banners on top. Step 2, select your platform in LaunchBox. Step 3, use the Image Group drop down in the top right of the main LaunchBox interface to select Boxes for that platform. Step 4, select all your games and then right click and select Refresh Selected Images. That last step is only required after changing the image priority settings. It's probably just best to refresh all images in your collection after changing image priority settings.

I did it and that is the result that I got. Yes, it filled the missing images.

4545.thumb.png.4370da66e116713612f2d691cb2e5f80.pngI still wish that there was an option to set one type of image per playlist, however. I have no idea if this could take you a few minutes or many hours to implement?

Anyways, thank you for your help! And sorry for trouble.

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Just now, Pixel said:

I did it and that is the result that I got. Yes, it filled the missing images.

4545.thumb.png.4370da66e116713612f2d691cb2e5f80.pngI still wish that there was an option to set one type of image per playlist, however. I have no idea if this took you a few minutes or many hours to implement?

Anyways, thank you for you help! And sorry for trouble.

There's not much difference between adding Steam Banners to that Image Group drop down or not if you're missing images. If you don't have Steam banners for everything, they won't show up anyways. It's actually not a quick job to add Steam banners there. Not hard, but the code changes would be significant.

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Do any of the features that were polled cover handling merged sets better? Looking through the list, it wasn't obvious to me.

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I love big box, but clearly this software is more attractive to the non-cabinet, heavy console games user.  XBOX controller priority?  No one with ANY street arcade cred would tolerate using an XBOX controller to play MAME.  I'll continue to use Launch box/Big box for my console emulation while i'm sitting on the couch, but Hyperspin is the way to go if you want the arcade cabinet experience.  And I acknowledge that Hyperspin is a pain in the a*$ to work with.  #marqueesupportdies

 

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1 minute ago, thogar480 said:

I love big box, but clearly this software is more attractive to the non-cabinet, heavy console games user.  XBOX controller priority?  No one with ANY street arcade cred would tolerate using an XBOX controller to play MAME.  I'll continue to use Launch box/Big box for my console emulation while i'm sitting on the couch, but Hyperspin is the way to go if you want the arcade cabinet experience.  And I acknowledge that Hyperspin is a pain in the a*$ to work with.  #marqueesupportdies

 

You do realise you can get xinput arcade sticks right? So my arcade stick is seen as a xbox controller.

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And you play Q'bert, Arkanoid and Tron with that?  It's not that i don't see the usefulness of further xbox, ps3 controller support, i'm looking for something more customizable for arcade cab builds. 

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My HTPC is setup with a TankStick which is using a keyboard encoder and works just fine, no Xinput or XBox controller connected.

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21 minutes ago, thogar480 said:

I love big box, but clearly this software is more attractive to the non-cabinet, heavy console games user.  XBOX controller priority?  No one with ANY street arcade cred would tolerate using an XBOX controller to play MAME.  I'll continue to use Launch box/Big box for my console emulation while i'm sitting on the couch, but Hyperspin is the way to go if you want the arcade cabinet experience.  And I acknowledge that Hyperspin is a pain in the a*$ to work with.  #marqueesupportdies

 

What exactly are you missing for your cab? This came out of the blue as your first post and just comes off as straight fanboyism. I'm glad you like Hyperspin, but absolutely nothing you've said tells me *why* you like Hyperspin better. Tell me why, and I'll either help you to figure out what you're missing, or at least consider adding what you're missing.

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