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General / Exclude all arcade games that require a .chd
« on: December 07, 2018, 03:29:15 PM »
What ways are there to do this from the filter?

General / How to disable "the"-related sorting
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:04:42 PM »
I want the games to be sorted as they are literally called, no "Simpsons, The" stuff. For example, on PlayStation after "Grandia" I have "The Granstream Saga" - I'd like that to be placed on its place under T.

Themes / Basic questions
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:30:08 PM »
Hey guys. I'm trying to make a theme for AM. I have plenty of experience making them for various programs, but I've found it difficult on AM due to the reliance on "hardcore" programming parlance (I'm not a programmer), and the seeming lack of a standard (I looked at a bunch of themes, and they all seem to have a different structure).

I'm still on the display menu stage. Here's what I've built so far via the layout creator program: and here's what I'm trying to achieve: As you can see I'm far away still, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out with some of the questions that I have.

1. How do I center an object horizontally and vertically? - I need to apply this to the listbox.
2. How can I edit the selected item? - I need to increase its height so that I can fit the "X Games" info below and make it display the wheel image
3. How can I add some basic animations? - I'm looking to have some effect when scrolling through the listbox, and a fade or a slide when entering a system (like EmulationStation)

Here's the code I have (I reduced it the most I could from the output the program gave me, so that it's more readable):

General / Official AM icon
« on: November 06, 2018, 03:18:13 PM »
I was wondering if the AM icon bundled with the Windows build is the official one for the FE. You'd think it is, but the image of an arcade button with a person on it doesn't seem to be used anywhere else on the site or the community so maybe it's not. I ask because I use custom icons for the programs I launch from the dock, and I always base them after the official icons.

General / RetroArch works but shows a black screen
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:04:38 PM »
I'm having a really weird issue. I'm on Windows 8, and AM seems to load up games on RetroArch just fine, except all I see is a black screen. I know the game has loaded because I can hear the sounds, and I can control it with my joystick, but the thing is completely black. The only way I can see the game is if I Alt+Tab out of RA, and into it again.

It also doesn't happen if I launch them from retroarch.exe, without AM.

I have no idea what's going on. Here's my attract.cfg, and the .cfg for one the emulators: /

General / Meaning of "emulator" in regards to displays
« on: October 26, 2018, 07:17:13 PM »
Should I setup an "emulator" thinking on the display, or the emulator itself? Because, for example, I use Gambatte for both Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and those are two separate systems, for which I want separate displays. So should I make Gambatte (Game Boy) and Gambatte (Game Boy Color) as separate "emulators" (even though they're the same .exe)? Because otherwise I get confused with how to separate them into two displays - I mean, how would I do it, considering I'm providing "Gambatte" with both GB and GBC directories of ROMS, GB and GBC directories for artwork, etc.

General / Hyperlist.xml
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:52:14 AM »
Hey guys. Trying to set up AM for the first time. I come from RetroFE, were the metadata for games is handled from root folder > meta > hyperlist, were there are dozens of .xml files with the name of the systems, containing info for the games of that system. So the one for Super Famicom goes:

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <listname>Super Famicom</listname>
    <listversion>1.3 Final</listversion>
    <exporterversion>HyperList XML Exporter Version 1.3 Copywrite (c) 2009-2011 William Strong</exporterversion>
  <game name="2020 Super Baseball" index="true" image="2">
    <description>2020 Super Baseball</description>
    <rating>Other - NR (Not Rated)</rating>

The way it works is - if there is a filename matching the <game name>, it appends all its info to it.

So I'm wondering how can I import this into AM? If not possible, what's the equivalent?

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