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General / Is There A Program?
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:57:59 AM »
Is there a program that I can feed a list of games (even rom names) that will output an attract-mode compatible romlist on the other end?

I ask as KLOV maintains a "All killer no filler" multiple lists of games that has a batch file that will copy the specific roms in these lists to a folder.  I then need to be able to create ROM lists from that group of files or from the original list of files from within the batch file.   

Scripting / Now Loading - Plugin
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:43:21 PM »
Ever wanted an easy way to add a "NOW LOADING" type of screen after you select a game?   Turned off by having to futz around with Rocket Launcher to accomplish such a task?  This is the plugin for you...

"NOW LOADING" ... a simple plugin that adds a "NOW LOADING" screen when you select your game.  Includes 20 different loading screens to choose from...or you can add your own.

You can read more about it and download it at my blog site which is linked in my signature... or you can go directly to the blog post by clicking HERE.

Scripting / "Now Loading" Plug-in BETA
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:13:53 PM »

For a while I was asking about how to easily create a "now loading" type of screen after game selection.  Evidently there wasn't a very simple solution out there... at least I couldn't find one.

I happened across some code (yes,  I am a hack!) that I found did exactly what i wanted. 

Me, being who I am,  couldn't leave well enough alone.  I've put together this ALPHA-stage plugin... I've literally done minutes of testing on it... but it seems to work MOSTLY.

I am having problems with the screen popping up during the Animated Attract intro.  I don't care frankly... I don't use the animated intro... but I would really love some help preventing it from doing that so I don't ruin a lot of people's days...

Aside from that... it seems to be working well... for me.

Opinions??  Help with preventing it from screwing up intros would be great! 

AGAIN... THE ACTUAL CODE WAS PILFERED... will update this post when i find the author.

Scripting / Show Image For X Seconds?
« on: June 23, 2019, 06:01:16 PM »
How do I show an image for only x seconds then have it turn off?

General / Blanking...
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:29:58 PM »
For some reason,  attract-mode has stopped "blanking" when I press a button to select a game.  Now,  it will simply freeze the front end for a couple seconds while the ROM loads/prepares to run then it kicks in to the ROM... Pi version allows for a LOADING screen... how does that work with the PC version?

General / Exit Name?
« on: June 06, 2019, 06:15:07 AM »
OK... in the DISPLAY's menu there is an option to EXIT ... if I create an EXIT image to use in my custom display layout,  what name do I give the image so it appears?  Just 'exit.png'?  (I've not tried,  I just keep seeing that black space knowing it's an exit and keep saying I need to make an image for it but get to the whole "what do I call it" question and figured I'd ask...)


General / Attract Mode @ 640x480i
« on: May 30, 2019, 09:05:36 PM »
System: New MAME rig I've built using a JPAC and CRT Emudriver...

My desktop is at 640x480i (interlaced) because my arcade monitor is a 15khz Wells Gardner K7000.

My front end layouts are at 640x480.

I was under the impression that Attract Mode used the desktop resolution?  Then can someone explain how I can stop attract-mode from kicking to 640x480p (31khz) VGA when I load up?   When I exit it kicks back to 640x480 interlaced (15khz).

What do I do to prevent attract mode from switching from interlaced to progressive modes?

Themes / DisplayView - A Theme for your Display Menu
« on: April 28, 2019, 08:22:38 AM »

DisplayView ... A theme for your display menu!  Check out how easy it is to set up a nice graphical way to switch between multiple ROMLISTS/Displays!

As with all my themes,  this was built for my low-resolution arcade cabinets.  It works fine with the PC and Pi3 ... and I imagine the Mac as well.

For more info... visit my arcade blog at the link in my signature or directly HERE.

Themes / DisplayBeta Theme
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:50:17 PM »
I've put together a pretty simple DISPLAY MENU theme for my own arcade cabinet use... I'm considering putting a little work in to it to release to the general public.  I'm not sure if it's worth doing though as I am not sure if anyone uses display menu themes much on their arcade cabs.  In any case... here is a quick demo of what I have...

Themes / Opacity Wide - A Horizontal Low-Res Layout
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:24:58 AM »
I am following up my Opacity layout from last week... which was a dedicated vertical oriented layout... with it's horizontal brother...

You can read more about and download Opacity Wide at my blog site (linked in my signature) or directly at the post HERE.

Themes / Opacity - A Low-res Vertical Layout
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:35:11 AM »
I've just posted Opacity... a new low-res vertical layout that works for the PC and the Pi (and likely the Mac) designed primarily for arcade monitor use...

You can read more about it at my blog site HERE.

Scripting / Snap Question
« on: March 29, 2019, 08:25:01 AM »
OK... just like most folks,  I have both my movie files and static snap PNG's both in the "snap" folder...

If I use the "snap" variable in my layouts,  it chooses the movie file (if available).  How do I force the PNG file to display rather than the movie file?

Themes / Shuffle & Slide
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:29:32 PM »
Shuffle & Slide (Shuffle v2.0),  another arcade machine low-res layout, can be found at my blog...

Here is a quick video of it in action...

You can visit my blog site at (Attract Mode layouts can be found in the AM LAYOUTS link on the menu bar) or you can drop straight in to this layout's page by clicking HERE.

General / Joystick Data
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:04:54 AM »
OK... I can make my layouts display PLAYER NUMBERS... as well as CATEGORIES...  and now I want to display CONTROLLER TYPE...


Any easy code to do so? 

Scripting / Magic Token Word Wrap
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:07:49 AM »
What am I doing wrong?  I want the TITLE of a game to WORD WRAP ... amazingly,  i've never done this... but I want to... from what I gather I should code it:

title.word_wrap = true

But that doesn't work.

What am I doing wrong?


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