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OtakuD

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Favourite themes?
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:42:26 AM »
Hi Peeps!
First things first, thanks for everyone's hard work here, I Attract Mode is my favourite front end so far and I think it's certainly the most user friendly to setup though it could use a few more guides on more advanced features.

Anyways I feel that a lot of the really good themes are somewhat lost here, I almost gave up on the front end in the beginning because I couldn't find one that appealed to me i.e. looked a bit flashy while not being too minimalist and showing off 3D box art/carts.


That all changed when I found the HyperPie theme which is my current fav so I was wondering what else I might have missed and what you guys all use?  ;D



Just as a note, I think the best scraper for this is Skraper which allows you to get custom image types for all your games (like 3D box art instead of flat) in a nice easy fashion with UI. You will need an account on ScreenScraper.fr though but that's fine with me. Thanks again, and I can't wait to keep improving my build!
« Last Edit: February 13, 2020, 01:50:08 AM by OtakuD »

PSOGene

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Re: Favourite themes?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 07:41:54 AM »
 :o I never haer of this skarper thingy, can you pretty please tell us how does its work and also show how can we added to my pc, I had to go threw a huge struggle dealing with emumovie and older scraper that came with attrack mode, because Im been using two frontend that NxL for my Main One for My custom Cutie Candy Capcom Arcade and I use Cosmo 1.1 theme for my PC
can you teach us how to add it so I can have 3d box art for my custom arcade pretty please.  :o






« Last Edit: February 13, 2020, 07:44:46 AM by PSOGene »

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Re: Favourite themes?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 08:21:31 AM »
also when I try to register to skraper website its wont let me send my registration  :'(
what Im doing wrong please I did click send button but nothing is happening. its like wont let send my registration :(

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Re: Favourite themes?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 10:35:08 AM »
Cool arcade machines!  :o

Ok I'll try to help:

Scraper Database
  • Make an account here: https://www.screenscraper.fr (There is language select at the top left with country flags)
  • Check your spam for activation (it seems to go there) or try to login again and resend activation which worked for me.
  • Download Skraper and unzip/install it somewhere

SkraperUI


  • Click the (+) at the bottom left to add your systems
  • Select the "Games/Front End" tab at the top and make sure the rom folder is correct
  • Select the "Media" tab at the top
  • Click the "Add Media" button and add as much media as you want to scrape for your systems, I use 3D boxes, gameplay videos, wheels and cartridge pics (called support)
  • Once done, click the big "Play" button on the bottom right to get your files. This can take a few hours if you have a big collection!

Now you will see a "media" folder in your rom folder like above, you will want to rename the folders for what your theme/layout needs.


Copy all these files to your Attract Mode/scraper/"Emulator Name" folder name you want to use (There should be a folder here else you need to scan for games in attract mode). Now you want to rename these folders so attract mode can use them. For my layout (HyperPie v2) I rename the following:

Rename Folders
  • "box3d" to "flyer"
  • "support" to "cartart"
  • "wheelsteel" to "wheel" (I like the wheel steel for most, sometimes I use carbon, look at the images to decide for your own style.)
  • "screenmarqueesmall" to "marquee"
  • "video" to "snap"
  • "images","manual" and "overview" I leave the same, the other copies I delete for this theme.

 I now go to Attract mode and make sure my Layout/Theme for the emulator is selected and it should all work. You can tweak a number of themes to use different folders too if they are using images you don't like:

(Tab menu -> Displays -> Emulator -> Layout/Layout Options )

Let me know if you have questions  ;D
« Last Edit: February 13, 2020, 10:43:31 AM by OtakuD »