Hey everyone. I'm a long time fan of MacMAME. Incredible job Brad & to all the contributors. Looking forward to the new direction of the front end.
I was lurking through this thread and felt like giving some input to the front end. I'm not a programmer and I don't really know how to use Interface Builder. Gave it a shot anyway and here are the results. It's not original but it has the right mix I think. Some iTunes elements & some familiar UI pieces from the current MacMAME.
The tabs up top were retained with the addition of the Browse tab. In iTunes I find the 3 column browse view to be very powerful. The only problem when using this in MacMAME is that there would really be no 'root' level to drill down from. -I don't see a logical root... So, instead MacMAME should have the root that can be changed. The other two levels can be changed also just by clicking on the header or dragging the order. screen shot 1
For the left source view there should be plain playlists, smart ones and net based items. The net playlist could have custom views for anything anyone cares to serve up just like iCal subscriptions. It would also be nice to be able to subscribe to cheats, replays and hi-scores if possible. Here\'s the info tab...
It looks a little cramped but it should spread out when the window is enlarged. The video tab...
Here you'll see the familiar controls for video. In addition there's a preset menu to set the video configuration for each game independently or globally. There should be an option to select the presets right in the games list just like the EQ settings in iTunes. Here\'s your basic audio tab, reports tab and miscellaneous tab.
I haven't figured out how to align every piece to one another so it scales evenly but I'm sure it's possible.
If you want to play with the nib file I'd be happy to send it to you Brad.