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Yeah, congrats on the wedding! Want any snow for Christmas? We've had 10 inches and then 4 inches just this weekend here in Liberty, Missouri, USA.

I gave up on nekolauncher, so I'm very interested in what you're trying, but not downloading yet. Just soaking in the screenshots and biding my time until we can offer feature suggestions! (Screenshot and history on same page at same time. And also "ranking" help... ability to give stars/ranks for enjoyment, put status for playability on my system(speed,controller compatibility,etc.), ability to apply Finder color codes w/o leaving the interface, and ability to add some comments of my own.)

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Originally posted by azrael:
Wedding? Completely off-topic, but I think a congratulation is in order.
Indeed! Congratulations to you and to the future Mrs. Vas Crabb. wink


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OK, an update for Christmas. Now you get:

  • Toolbar
  • Show ROM file in Finder
  • Control which columns are searched
  • Cabinet pictures and screenshots
  • Simultaneous display of picture and info
  • Splits behave better when resizing windows
  • Remembers split positions as long as no splits are collapsed


Only PNG pictures are supported, and pictures can't be stored in hierarchal trees (although ROMs and category files can). Pictures are scaled down to fit the image well, but never blown up.

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I am not quite sure about how to use it. I read your previous post, and my home/Documents/MacMAME User Data contains:
catver.ini
history.dat
hiscore.dat
mameinfo.dat
story.dat
Reports/MAME Game Info.xml

but once the frontend opens I only get a partial list of drivers (all in red), nothing in the categories above, no pictures.
I tried dumping the cache, but it would be recreated without changing.

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Sorry if anyone got a 404 - my hosting provider crashed and reverted to a backup from before the last round of uploads. Should be fixed now.

CRP: You need the MacMAME version of catver, from here . The MAME32 version is not the same.

You should unzip catver-Mac-0.97u1.zip and put the extracted files in ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Categories (the same folder that MacMAME looks in). The history.dat and mameinfo.dat files should go in ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Misc Support Files to be found.

So in order to get categories and the game list, you should have:

  • ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Categories/catver-Mac-0.97u1/Genre 0.97u1
  • ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Categories/catver-Mac-0.97u1/VerAdded 0.97u1
  • ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Misc Support Files/history.dat
  • ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Misc Support Files/mameinfo.dat
  • ~/Documents/MacMAME User Data/Reports/MAME Game Info.xml


Make sure you have the files in these locations, then dump the cache file and try again.

The pictures also need to be in the folders that MacMAME looks in. As I mentioned, only PNG files are supported. Also, the files can't be zipped, or they won't be recognised.

If you're still having trouble, maybe I've screwed up big time. Please let me know.

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Vas, it's at 404 again. If you email it to me, I'll mirror it for you. (You put enough in that I was finally going to try it! Cool, cool, cool.)

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Okay, mirror is posted here until Vas's hoster figures out if they're going to be naughty or nice...:
http://home.swbell.net/jonceram/macmameinfox_0.4.dmg

[edit after playing around myself] I'd recommend giving it a once over folks, pretty cool interface. Much faster for displaying images than native MacMAME. And has a search built into the interface. (Can do sub-sets of catver categories too).

A "bug" (er, um, "feature opportunity"?)as noted to Vas by email is that if you have multiple MacMAME versions on your system, it might not pick the one you want. Mine picks 0.66.2 on my dual boot OSX/OS9 iBook.

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Thanks for the help Vas, looks like it works now. Here's another problem, though: I, like many other people, keep mame data in a shared folder, and then have aliases in the "local" macmame folder. It looks like your app doesn't like such a setup, since it doesn't find screenshots or roms unless they're physically in the user's home directory...

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Thanks for the feedback, guys, and thanks for all the messages of congratulations.

jon: it picks up the first application called "MacMAME" in the LaunchServices database. I'll think about allowing a user-set path to a MacMAME application.

CRP: it supports symlinks, but not aliases. Would you consider using symlinks instead of aliases? I could support aliases, but it would be more work, and there are plenty of things that could potentially go wrong. I'll think about it.

Don't expect any big updates soon. I have Christmas, new year, wedding and honeymoon in Japan (where my soon-to-be wife and I fully intend to play some arcade games) all lined up in a row.

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vas, symlinks are ok wink

have fun in japan, enjoy some good onsen with your wife wink

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