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I think you are using it properly, it's auto update that is giving me headaches. I'll try to replicate the issue in Windows 10 (that's your system, right?), the main problem with auto update is that it uses external software I have few control on, and if something goes wrong it can mess with attract mode and hang it.

Yes, I'm using windows 10 v1903. I didn't know that the auto update was an external API - this can be a real issue if it's a black box. What are you using?

But before anything else, try disabling the "automatically check for update" feature from the "Update" options menu... just in case something weird happens when the layout tries to auto update

Ok, it's the auto update for sure.

As for the mame.favdate file - it was empty and after after deleting it it still crashed.
Changing from 1 to 2 rows and back doesn't crash the layout and audio on/off works as well.

Only when I enable auto update it crashes.

If it's not a bug, you didn't make it idiot proof. So let's make sure I am using the layout properly:
I am unzipping it and copying the Arcadeflow_88 folder to my layouts folder. That's basically it   :D

This is a consistent crash on my win10 pc. A fresh copy of AF_88, AM 2.6.1 of course.

Switching from 2 rows to 1 and then from 1 and 2 rows?

Yes A is different than a on linux..that is the way it is with all unixes. Not sure why but always has been. Tripped me up at first when starting with linux  :P

I am glad you were able to get that working Yaron2019! I am sorry i didn't poke around like I normally do and be more help!  ::)

This information will help others with making their themes in the future! :)

Thank you for not leaving us linux users on our own!  ;)

You are welcome.

Hello Yaron and thank you again for your awesome work !!

I have modified the module.nut file in Keyboard-search folder to align the letters by collumns and the final raw with "del - space - clr - done " buttons aligned too ...

If for you is good i can post the string modification for the file . Let me know !

Your best !

You can post it here for other people to use but for now I'm done with updates.

Themes / Re: Verticools Deluxe
« on: September 15, 2020, 01:10:36 AM »

Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.6 [Released!!!]
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:13:34 AM »
Release v5.5 must be one of the shortest living updates in this forum's history because release v5.6 is here and it's all about Linux compatibility!

It annoyed me that despite all my hard work, using the same frontend with the same modules with the same layouts I couldn't get the same results on linux. Animations where missing, background art was not loading, letters were not showing and even the Amiga 500 png image refused to show. So enough was enough, I had to investigate. I found out two issues:

1. Some attract mode modules don't work the same on Windows and Linux - I found two of those: 'Fade' and 'Pan-and-Scan'.
For example, 'Pan-and-Scan' has two functions: PanAndScanArt() and PanAndScanImage(). On windows PanAndScanArt() loads images both in and out of the layout folder but in linux it doesn't! In order to load images from the layout folder you must use PanAndScanImage() which is dedicated to that purpose. This is why my hovering animations didn't show when running on linux.

2. Apparently, linux is case sensitive but windows is not. For linux, "amiga500.png" and "Amiga500.png" are two different things. Luckily I had only ONE of these case sensitive issues. So the Amiga Forever! theme now works properly. As for the Leters, "a.png" and "A.png" are also distinct in linux so now all letter packs are lower case ("a.png").

So, The Great Themes Collection should now work on Windows and Linux! HURRAAA  8)

I tested with attract mode 2.6.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 VM.

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Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.5 [Released!!!]
« on: September 07, 2020, 01:25:01 AM »
The Great Themes Collection v5.5 is here and it includes 3 main updates:

1. The collection now supports a hyperspin feature called 'Letters' - as you press the next/previous letter hotkey when navigating the wheel, the collection will now show a graphical representation of the current letter. It makes it more comfortable to navigate the wheel and it looks cool.
The user can also assign letters per system display name by adding his own letter packs to the newly formed letters folder and setting 'Enable Letters' to 'By System Display Name' from the layout options. I have included a few of these dedicated system letter packages as an example. The letters feature can be turned off as well.
Don't forget to copy the letters folder from the download and place it in your main attract folder.

2. I have re-encoded the animated backgrounds for the At-The-Arcade theme series to mp4 H264 1080p 30fps. Any device on the planet (even a Pi) should be able to run this format without a hitch!

3. I have included a dedicated font for the on-screen keyboard-search so it shows capital letters instead of lower case ones (looks better).


Version 5.5 update video:

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Themes / Re: layout showcase on youtube
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:53:07 AM »
Also, here is the PCCA layout (beta 1.09) - the layout that allows attract mode users to run native Hyperspin themes. It already works great.

Themes / Re: layout showcase on youtube
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:49:52 AM »
The Great Themes Collection reporting!  8)

Themes / Re: ((( Heder AM Layout Unified BOX-Brasil v1.0
« on: September 03, 2020, 11:46:55 PM »
Just tried it out. The wheel is really cool and overall the theme looks good!  :D

I know that the developer of AM is working on a much better image loading and caching code which should, to my best understanding, improve the delay that happens with the background when you navigate the wheel.

Looking forward to seeing the final version.

Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.4 [Released!!]
« on: September 03, 2020, 05:16:02 AM »
Beautiful Yaron theme doing a great job as always thanks for sharing your knowledge.👏👏👏👏

Lindo tema Yaron fazendo um √≥timo trabalho como sempre obrigado por compartilhar seu conhecimento.👏👏👏👏

Thanks my friend!

Themes / Re: ((( Heder AM Layout Unified BOX-Brasil v1.0
« on: September 03, 2020, 05:15:38 AM »
This is awesome and original  :)
Can you please post the theme on mega or something that doesn't require registration, I want to check it out!

Themes / Re: Nostalgic Bedroom By Pademonium
« on: September 03, 2020, 05:12:27 AM »
It all looks very good, waiting to check it out!

Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.4 [Released!!]
« on: September 02, 2020, 05:51:11 AM »
Hot on the heels of the last release comes version 5.4!
After playing around with attract mode's built-in filtering system I decided that the collection can better express the four most important filters:
Name, Year, Manufacturer and Favourites. Name and Year are already there so I added:

- Ability to show/hide a favourite game marker (golden star) to the left of the wheel logo or at the bottom with the game info.
- Ability to show game name with or without manufacturer name.
- Fixed a crash in the 'Commodore Amiga Forever!' theme when background image is set to "Wings" and Enable startup animation is set to "No".

These relatively small additions have a real positive impact on the user ability to manage the presentation of his games collection on screen!
As attract mode's filtering system is just awesome, there was no need to create one of my own.


Demo video:

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