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Sorry for not showing up earlier... I've been sick laying in bed during the last 4-5 days, but start feeling better now wink.

@ASH: I didn't say your idea is a non starter smile... it's just not what I was planning to do. However, as I haven't started changing anything with regard to it yet, I think I could take this into account, i.e. by providing sub-categories and different views within favorites. That is, on one page you would add your favorite games/machines and be able to setup your personal categories for them (that's basically what I originally intended), on a second page you could add device- or software-favorites... and both could be provided in at least two different views: in a "tree" and in a "grid". How about that?


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How about that?


Sounds good to me. Thanks.

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I don't know if this is possible but I think there should be an option to run a script with the software list that will load software on computers automatically.

for E.G.
I grew up with a ZX81,Spectrum,Sam Cˇupe,Amiga,PC then consoles (snes,n64 etc)

so for me loading software into the ZX Spectrum is a breeze press 'J' then 'Symbol Shift' and 'P' twice <enter>....this would give LOAD "" <enter>

BUT to load a game off a microdrive needed 'RUN' which was the 'R' key (and that was the boot option) if you needed a different file loading it would require something like this...

LOAD *"m";1;"program name"

even I had to look that up and I had a ZX Spectrum with Microdive (26 years ago)

so a script that would know what software needed which commands to get it running.

Running software on a system that I have never seen would be impossible if there is no help

and most people will give up if LOAD "" fails.

people could contribute scripts for system software and over time any game could be automatically loaded and used without knowing about every system in MESS.

of course this option could be disabled for people that like the old way of doing things.


Even if Mess has to change to accept this. I think it will be a step forward.

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Hmmm, that would require to (first record, then) playback an input file... it's theoretically also possible to do simulated input, but despite its peculiarities it's a platform dependent thing (which I want to avoid). I do this on X11 platforms in one case, namely to auto-pause embedded emulators, but it's not nice.

EDIT: perhaps a better idea would be to somehow (optionally) include the required inputs to start the software in software-lists, and adding an option to MAME/MESS to execute it?!

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perhaps a better idea would be to somehow (optionally) include the required inputs to start the software in software-lists, and adding an option to MAME/MESS to execute it?!


Yes, that might be better and QMC2 can then send this info to MESS if needed (or turn the option on in MESS if needed)
I suppose it would be like the copy paste function with a few delays for the system to start up.


Do you think the team would accept this?

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If 'someone' made a clean patch, perhaps smile. However, inp files contain binary data, which may be terrible to include in the XML...

Hmmm, reviving my long-standing idea of adding some IPC functionality to MAME/MESS, i.e. in the form of a telnet-like console (connection), it would even be possible to add a 'simulate-key' command or so... this would allow doing this stuff in a platform independent way. I actually talked to Micko a while back about the 'console server' idea, offering to add a patch at some point, and his answer basically was: as long as it doesn't cause any slowdowns or other issues to the emulation and doesn't impose any additional requirements, well, why not smile?


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BTW, before someone asks... work has been started in the background to eventually also support emulator embedding on Mac OS X! Thanks go to our new development team member Mario Sergio.


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Are there plans to add some HLSL templates (preset's) in qmc2?


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Not really, but when you have those presets in the form of .ini files they can already easily be imported (loaded) wink!


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Also, regarding HLSL presets themselves I think that the MAME/MESS/UME source distribution is a better place.


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