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Yaron2019

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The Great Themes Collection v5.2 [Final Release]
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:26:40 AM »
I am releasing 'The Great Themes Collection v5.2' which adds a gentle fading shadow to the edges of CRT TVs or monitors featured in arcade, console or computer themes.
It gives a nice authentic look to these type of themes and better connects the frame of the cab/tv/monitor to the games snap videos.

This is also the last release of this collection. I have achieved far more than I initially aimed for, learned a lot in the process and feel satisfied with the level
of polish the collection has reached.

All the best,
Yaron


Demo video:
https://youtu.be/nkw0JO4Q3IQ


Download the Collection:
https://mega.nz/file/hZ1wgKwK#T1qhPBtz-90ha4VHzoAtBDZ_O8B5o-de_Rf50PbG-WQ


LINUX users who encounter issues with the new aspect ratio system in version 5.0 and higher, can download version 4.0 of the collection here:
https://mega.nz/file/5RtTmZ4Y#Ymkf4pfyR45qTYb1tI27xrdgWS1bgSJY3DxjXOVRBzI


Those who want to build additional themes for this collection, here are all the art files for each theme in xcf format (Gimp):
https://mega.nz/file/5JNXAQgb#CUo1xcZo5X_a7e43kXedLoVZEKhnGTJAaPYWAqqiABw



Instructions on how to use the collection:

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This is a theme collection for the Attract Mode front-end (v2.6.1).
It is best suited for wide screen displays.


Stage 1: Prepare the games roms and media for the emulated system
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Download all the game roms and media and place them in folders of your choosing.
For example, for MAME, place the roms in  'C:\my_games\mame\roms'

You can download all the media you need from emumovies.com (wheel logos, videos, cart art, box art, etc)
In attract mode's 'menu-art' folder, create a folder for your system, example:
'C:\attract\menu-art\mame'

In this folder create the following folders:
C:\attract\menu-art\mame\wheel
C:\attract\menu-art\mame\videos
C:\attract\menu-art\mame\boxart
C:\attract\menu-art\mame\cartart

Copy the relevant files to each folder (wheel logos to 'wheel', snap videos to 'videos', etc).

Now you need to connect the emulator to the media. For each system attract mode has an emulator cfg file located in
...\attract\emulators

In our example it will be: C:\attract\emulators\mame.cfg
You can edit this file with notepad or from within attract mode's menu system. Here you will tell attract mode what emulator to use, where to find all the art, etc.

It should look something like this:

# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.6.1
#
executable           E:/Arcade/Attract/apps/Mame/mame64nonag.exe
args                 [name]
rompath              E:/Arcade/Attract/apps/Mame/roms
romext               .zip;.chd
system               Arcade
info_source          listxml
exit_hotkey          Escape
artwork    marquee         c:/attract/menu-art/mame/marquee
artwork    snap            c:/attract/menu-art/mame/videos
artwork    wheel           c:/attract/menu-art/mame/wheel
artwork    boxart          c:/attract/menu-art/mame/boxart
artwork    flyer           c:/attract/menu-art/mame/flyer

As you can see, the "artwork" label tells attract mode to find wheel in 'c:/attract/menu-art/mame/wheel', snap (videos) in 'c:/attract/menu-art/mame/videos'
etc.

Replace the paths in the example to the ones you have, save and close the file.


Stage 2: Set up the collection as your themes of choice
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1. Copy the contents of the included layouts folder to your attract\layouts folder.
2. Copy the sounds and videos folders to your main attract folder (where the attract.exe file is)
3. Launch attract mode and assign the themes (layouts) that you want to the emulators you have:
Pressing 'Tab' will bring the main 'Configure' menu on screen. Then go to 'Displays', choose the display you want to configure by
pressing 'Enter' and choose a layout from the 'Layout' option (navigate the layouts list with up/down arrows or joystick).

Attract Mode should now know what emulators to use, where to find the art it needs and what theme to use for each system you assigned it for.



The themes included in this collection are best suited for wide screen displays

Currently there are 88 themes for 75 systems in the collection (including variations):
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Main Menus:
Hyperspin Main Menu Theme Mode (featured in the demo video)
Main Menu theme

Arcade:
At-The-Arcade
At-The-Arcade Candy
At-The-Arcade HD
At-The-Arcade Sega Model 2
At-The-Arcade Sega Model 3
At-The-Arcade Naomi
At-The-Arcade Naomi v2
At-The-Arcade Atomiswave
At-The-Arcade SNK MVS
Hyperspin Theme Mode

Consoles:
SNK Neo Geo CD
SNK Neo Geo AES
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo 64
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Simple
Nintendo Super Famicom
Nintendo Super Famicom - Simple
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System - Lava
Nintendo Famicom
Nintendo Famicom Disk System
Sega Dreamcast
Sega CD
Sega CD - Dark
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn Japan
Sega 32X
Sega Genesis
Sega Mega Drive Japan
Sega Master System
Sega SG-1000
Daphne
Sony Playstation 3
Sony Playstation 2
Sony Playstation
Panasonic 3DO
Commodore Amiga CD32
NEC PC Engine-CD
NEC PC Engine
NEC Turbografx-16
NEC Turbografx-CD
Microsoft XBox 360
Microsoft XBox
Amstrad GX4000
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Atari 7800
ColecoVision
Mattel Intellivision
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Bally Astrocade
Emerson Arcadia 2001
GCE Vertex

Computers:
PC Games
Commodore Amiga Forever!
Commodore Amiga-Memories
Commodore 64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Atari ST
Atari 8-bit
Amstrad CPC
Windows 3.x
Sharp X68000
MS-DOS
MS-DOS Vintage
MSX2
MSX
Apple II

Handhelds:
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo DS
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Nintendo Game Boy Color
Nintendo Game Boy
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Sony PSP
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
SNK Neo Geo Pocket
Sega Game Gear
Atari Lynx
Bandai WonderSwan Color
Bandai WonderSwan
Nintendo Game & Watch
« Last Edit: July 11, 2020, 12:50:24 AM by Yaron2019 »

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Re: My entire theme collection [download]
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 11:56:09 AM »
Many thanks Yaron2019!!!!!!!    ;) :)

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Re: My entire theme collection [download]
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 08:38:28 AM »
This is a great collection. I'm having trouble getting the cartridge artwork to show up though. What folder am I supposed to put them in?

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Re: My entire theme collection [download]
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 08:47:20 AM »
This is a great collection. I'm having trouble getting the cartridge artwork to show up though. What folder am I supposed to put them in?

I put it in 'cartart'

for example, the Atari 2600 will be:
Attract/menu-art/Atari2600/cartart

This is how the Atari 2600 emulator config file looks on my system:

# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.5.1
#
executable           E:/Arcade/Attract/apps/RetroArch/retroarch.exe
args                 -L cores\stella_libretro.dll "[romfilename]"
rompath              E:/Arcade/Attract/apps/atari2600
romext               .bin
system               Atari 2600
exit_hotkey          Escape
artwork    boxart          $PROGDIR/menu-art/atari2600/boxart
artwork    cartart         $PROGDIR/menu-art/atari2600/cartart
artwork    snap            $PROGDIR/menu-art/atari2600/videos
artwork    wheel           $PROGDIR/menu-art/atari2600/wheel

Cheers

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Re: My entire theme collection [download]
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2020, 12:31:21 PM »
Update 1.1 Released!
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- Updated 'Hyperspin Theme Mode' to the latest version
- Added the new 'Hyperspin Main Menu Theme Mode' theme (demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qcmgzOejQs)

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Re: My entire theme collection [download v1.1]
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 02:52:55 AM »
Thank you!  ;D

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2020, 09:29:12 AM »
Version 2.0 Released!
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- All themes now have a 'Startup Animation' meaning that when you first go into the theme, the graphical parts of the layout will "assemble" unto the screen. This happens
only when you go into the theme, it's sweet, short and doesn't bother you when you navigate the wheel. IMO this is the way to do animations unless you want to create unique animations
per game (a' la hyperspin themes). All startup animations can be turned off through the layout menus.
- All themes are now compatible with both 16:9 AND 16:10 screen aspect ratios.
- New original themes for Sega Naomi, Neo Geo AES, SNES, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, Sega Mega Drive Japan, Sega Master System, Daphne, GCE Vectrex and Commodore Amiga (Amiga Forever!)!
- Some themes have several versions - when I was not sure what version was better, I included all of them!
- Most themes for computers now feature original mouse and keyboard click sounds!
- All menus have been rewritten and reordered to provide an easier access to features.
- Many bugs were fixed but above all, a nasty memory leak was fixed in the random wheel sound function (I hereby bestow a medal to Oomek for guiding me how to fix this issue!)
- Updated sounds library (separate download below).
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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2020, 10:30:08 AM »
Really great collection, Yaron!!

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2020, 10:44:02 AM »
Really great collection, Yaron!!

Thanks  :D

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 01:00:33 PM »
please continue !

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2020, 02:02:43 PM »
What a fantastic job my friend, thank you so much for sharing something so well done


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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2020, 05:14:39 AM »
please continue !

Thanks, I intend to.

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2020, 05:15:28 AM »
What a fantastic job my friend, thank you so much for sharing something so well done

Thank you, this is a really nice thing to say!  :)
More improvements and new systems are on the way.

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Re: The Great Themes Collection v2.0 [Released!!]
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2020, 09:52:14 AM »
it nice collection but you dont have Nintendo 64 OR Old Nes or GameCube or PS2 Nintendo Wii, I feel you include all the consoles theme
also I notice that your theme is so close to Cosmos themes that he created. another thing is when I switch to Hyper spin theme the video dont play. also I wonder if you can add a hyper pie theme this I can share with you hyper pie system intros. if you need them. but all in all its cool collection just that you should of include all the console themes