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Any possibility of a MacMAME widget and Spotlight Plug-in in the future?

I'd have a crack at a Widget myself, but don't have a copy of Tiger (yet) nor access to the Dashboard SDK from ADC.

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What would a spotlight plugin do? What would the Dashboard widget do - something like the Konfabulator deal ?

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What would a spotlight plugin do?
I had a vision of a Spotlight plug-in which searches zip files and associates them with the MAME "long name", so you could type in "Pac-Man" and get pacman.zip or something similar.

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Originally posted by shortstop:
[b] What would a spotlight plugin do?
I had a vision of a Spotlight plug-in which searches zip files and associates them with the MAME "long name", so you could type in "Pac-Man" and get pacman.zip or something similar. [/b]
Sounds like a compelling "vision". wink

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so you could type in "Pac-Man" and get pacman.zip or something similar.
You mean "puckman.zip" right ? There's no such thing as "pacman.zip" if your Rom's collection is fully merged. wink

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[b]so you could type in "Pac-Man" and get pacman.zip or something similar.
You mean "puckman.zip" right ? There's no such thing as "pacman.zip" if your Rom's collection is fully merged. wink [/b]
Mine is not. wink But yes - presumably you'd get a list of relevant zip files, merged or not.

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Hmm... audit via spotlight? type in MAME 0.92 and get a list of zips that contain all the files needed? -should be possible, although it would be a heavy undertaking.

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Originally posted by Em Adespoton:
Hmm... audit via spotlight? type in MAME 0.92 and get a list of zips that contain all the files needed? -should be possible, although it would be a heavy undertaking.
I'm not really thinking about audits (that would be a bit brutal), just a correlation between zip name and MacMAME descriptive name.

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It wouldn't be hard to do... at least I don't think it would be.

The mdimport function is very powerful, and I don't think it would be hard to tweak things around to be spotlight-friendly. The easiest way would be to tackle on a new extension, for example. .mame onto the end of every folder/zip. But, this is a bit draconian, as while it would allow the game to open directly in MAME, would break MAME naming conventions.

An easier way would be to search by checksum and simply log in the mdimporter plugin every MAME game, and sync it with each release. Then, have MacMAME go in and change the filetype/creator on every MAME zip so that when you click on it in Spotlight, it bypasses OS X's BOM unzip tool and opens directly.

What? You want me to do it? Sorry, I just do the theory, someone else has to code it...

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Originally posted by Brad Oliver:
I'm not really thinking about audits (that would be a bit brutal), just a correlation between zip name and MacMAME descriptive name.
Forgive the naivete (especially from someone who hasn't actually installed Tiger yet), but doesn't Spotlight just index metadata contained within the files on the disk? So in order for Spotlight to (know how to) index a rom zipfile we'd need a Spotlight importer, but wouldn't the zipfiles also have to already contain the metadata associating it with the MAME descriptive name?

Not that it couldn't be done, but it seems like it would require adding metadata to the ROM files somehow.

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