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I think this is caused by the way Arcadeflow switches displays: if you are not using Arcadeflow for all your displays then it will not work as expected. Did it work in the previous version, with the same configuration? Basically what AF does is it triggers "next_display" or "prev_display" signals until it reaches the right display, then updates all its data. This means that, if the display layout is always Arcadeflow, the layout is never reloaded when switching displays. But if a display is _not_ Arcadeflow, all this trick will fail. I can add an option to use the "old" display load system in the next release.

That would be great as I don't see a reason why AF's navigation feature should not work with other themes.
I think that one of the strengths of AM is that we can mix whatever we want - it's super cool IMO to mix my great themes collection with arcadeflow and hyperspin (pcca) and I need to navigate between them of course. It's a legit prerequisite.

Well, I may have a bug for you for the next version.
AF's main menu sends me to the wrong system:

It consistently sends me to either the last system (In my case Game&Watch), or to the second system after AF which is Sega Model 2.
attached is my attract.cfg

Arcadeflow 8.9 is out!

From now on, the auto-update routine for windows should definitely work (fingers crossed!)

Here I come! 0_0

EDIT: Works! I mean the auto update doesn't crash when it's on. Next release we'll see if it updates. I've set it on download and install 0_0

hello, thanks for the answer, but I don't think I have explained myself well.
Those routes are clear to me, and they are defined in the emulator configurations.
but I am referring to the hyperspin layout (main menu), that is, only the main menu, then by emulators I have each one set, but in the main menu I want to use the hyperspin one.
If it loads the icons of the corresponding platforms (snes, mame, etc ...) on the wheel, but it is supposed to have some background videos of the systems, and it only loads a static image video.
that's my question, those videos for the systems, where are they supposed to go and what names do they have to have?
Thank you

The 'Hyperspin Main Menu Theme Mode' will look for it's videos in attract/menu-art/themes
and wheel logos in attract/menu-art/wheel

For general knowledge: In attract mode, there are three basic layers: the emulator, the display name assigned to it and the layout/theme that is assigned to that display name.
You can see all of them by launching attract mode, pressing the TAB button and going to either the emulator or displays menus.
For the main menu, there is a special display name defined by attract mode called 'Display Menu Options' listed at the bottom of the display configure list.

The 'Hyperspin Main Menu Theme Mode' layout will look for matching the display name of a system with the name of the videos and wheel logos in the
attract/menu-art/themes and attract/menu-art/wheel folders.
So if your display name for SNES is 'Super Nintendo Entertainment System", the theme background video and wheel logo must have the same name.
If your arcade collection's display name is called "Mame", then the background video should be "Mame.mp4" and wheel logo should be "Mame.png".
If your Sega-Genesis display name is "Sega Genesis", then the background video should be "Sega Genesis.mp4" and wheel logo should be "Sega Genesis.png".

I hope it answers your questions.

hello yaron, first of all, thank you for this wonderful job.
I have a question with the main theme hyperspin, because I do not get the videos from the systems, what is the route where I should place those videos?
Thank you

Hi, you are welcome.

For the Hyperspin Theme Mode (mine is set to a 'mame' folder in the 'art-menu' folder), place your wheel logos and theme videos
in these folders:
Wheel logos -> attract\menu-art\Mame\wheel
Theme videos -> attract\menu-art\Mame\themes

If you have more issues, look here:

Themes / Re: Arcadeflow theme v 8.8 [Release] Updated 10 September 2020
« on: September 20, 2020, 10:59:24 AM »
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?

Themes / Re: Arcadeflow theme v 8.8 [Release] Updated 10 September 2020
« on: September 20, 2020, 09:46:07 AM »
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

Themes / Re: Arcadeflow theme v 8.8 [Release] Updated 10 September 2020
« on: September 20, 2020, 05:45:06 AM »
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.

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« 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.

Download link on original post page:

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:

Download link on original post page:

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)

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