GBArms 4 Alpha 3

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Costello, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. Costello
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    [current version: Alpha 3. Click here]

    Hey guys, a while ago I was asked to resume the development of GBArms

    I had started developping a nice version YEARS ago (screenshots here: http://djcostello.free.fr/prog/%5bsoft%5d%20gbarms/ )
    unfortunately I lost the source so I had to start it all from scratch.
    But I kept the nice interface/design. And it will even be skinnable!

    On this topic I will:
    - post Alpha versions ("work in progress" versions)
    - gather your comments and requests
    - answer to questions

    So here is Alpha 1:
    Download here 27/12/2006

    What's new:
    - skinnable interface rebuilt from scratch (cant swap skins yet)
    - program core written (dat loading, rom structures...)
    - dat loading

    What will be in the next alpha version:
    - swapping dats (multidat support)
    - showing screenshots, boxart, nfo, infos
    ...
     


  2. yee

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    Is this like OfflineList?
     
  3. Costello
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    Well, no... the very early versions of GBArms were released before OfflineList ... and I used to know the author.
    So you should be saying "OfflineList is like GBArms" [​IMG]
    I wouldn't say he copied my tool, I'd rather say we had the same idea at pretty much the same time.

    Anyway, yeah this is an offline list for GBA/NDS/(more...) that will have the following features:
    • a renamer (renames your roms/isos/files..)
    • a boxart & screenshot & NFO viewer
    • a "Trim & Send to" function so you can get your files ready to be stored on your flash cart / microSD [​IMG] I'm sure most users will like it
    • a search function
    • a filter feature
    • a "favorites" list where you can store your favorites from any Romdat (NDS/GBA/...)
    • an automatic updater with nice features like small MSN-like popups in the bottom right corner to notify you of new roms
    • it'll use the rating system of GBAtemp (you can view the rating & rate a game)
    • it's using GBAtemp's NDS & GBA database so the dat will be updated as soon as there's a new game posted on GBAtemp.net
    • a skinnable interface
    • shell integration (can manage roms inside windows explorer)
    and much more! I'm trying to make the ultimate rom manager [​IMG]
    I'm trying to design GBArms as a software that can be used by flashkit users... to manage their roms, trim them, etc.

    so stay tuned!
     
  4. lookout

    lookout GBAtemp Board Room

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    Yahoo! can't wait [​IMG]
     
  5. Costello
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    New Alpha version!

    GBArms v4 alpha 2
    What's new?
    - can display screenshot & boxart (1 screen & 1 boxart supplied in the zip)
    - can display rom information (basic view only! I'll work on the display later!)
    - settings core done
    - saves window settings in the registry, and reloads them
    - click on the boxart / screenshot enables or disables image stretching
    - .. probably more than I can remember

    Download here

    [​IMG]
    Notice the 3 tiny bars in the title bar?
    They tell you if you have the resources linked to this rom (left bar: if you have the NFO it's green, if you don't have it it's red. center bar: same, but for the screenshot. right: same for the boxart).
    Here there are all green as I supplied the 3 of them in the zip.

    [​IMG]
    Here the bars are all red.
    Note that this DS dat supports Ique & XXXX roms.
     
  6. Z_Hunter

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    This is going to be good, I know it. I've been waiting for this new version for a while.
     
  7. HugeCock

    HugeCock Oh My....

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    Great work Costello, downloading now!
     
  8. Vodka

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    Since you're taking suggestions, a lot of people are looking for a renamer that also supports 7zip [​IMG]

    One note, if you click NFO, SRCH, or RANK and then click a new ROM name, it doesn't clear what's in the right frame.

    Nice work so far [​IMG]
     
  9. Costello
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    Fine, I'll support as many file formats as I can. [​IMG] I'll need a good library for that.
    And yeah since the three buttons NFO/SRCH/RANK dont do anything, don't even bother clicking them yet.
     
  10. thegame07

    thegame07 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    yes i need something like this thanks:D
     
  11. squee

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    Great work [​IMG]
     
  12. nds_gamerz

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    this looks promising. what a good way to organize my nds rom list. good luck.
     
  13. Costello
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    I'm still working on it...

    I'll release a new build soon that contains some new specific features (not mentionned in the features list)
     
  14. Sekkyumu

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    Can't wait ! [​IMG]
     
  15. fluffykiwi

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    I used to use gbarms in its old incarnation and only switched to offlinelist when it stopped getting updated regularly. It was a very nice application.

    I didnt know you had lost the source, only thought you lost interest.

    Thanks for restarting.
     
  16. Costello
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    [​IMG]

    GBArms 4 Alpha 3

    What's new?
    - quick (ugly) module to update the NDS compatibility database
    - region now shows up fine
    - details on games can be ordered (in the .dat file) and even hidden. The "game id" is hidden by default now.
    - I worked more on the bottom icons (home/fav/srch)
    - quicksearch works fine


    Sooo... the compatibility module.
    GBAtemp is (secretly - only you readers of this topic know of this) building a compatibility list.
    It can be found here: http://gbatemp.net/gonline/listcompat.php

    Step by step:
    - To build this list, the only way is to use GBArms.
    - To bring the screen that you can see on the picture above, just double-click on a game in the list.
    - Select the slot-1 of your choice.
    - Indicate the firmware you're using (if you want to help build the list, please always use the latest firmware.. or at least the most compatible!)
    - Indicate the name of your removable media (except for DS-Xtreme)
    - Test the clean, legit rom on your slot-1. Of course the slot-1 requires a client for the games to work, do use it.
    - Indicate the results of your tests, and leave a comment if necessary.
    - It doesn't matter if you test a game that is already in the compatibility list.
    - Once you're done with a game, click "save & next".

    Thank you.
    Please don't use existing information from other websites. Respect their work, and produce genuine information here!

    Download:
    Click here
     
  17. Shinji

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    Darn, me without a slot-1 device... [​IMG]

    I'm still going to check this puppy out though, looks nice [​IMG]
     
  18. phoood

    phoood taking it to a whole new level.

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    To me personally, the compatibility list is a bit unnecessary. Since there is no patching fuss, it's either the rom works or it doesn't and you can't do anything about it. But I know it would be helpful to others since it includes other info like slowdowns and glitches.

    Great work.
     
  19. SynGamer

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    Personally, i would rather see a list of INCOMPATIBLE roms...
     
  20. Costello
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    yeah, that sounds right...
    incompatibility list would be more appropriate [​IMG]
    but then again, you don't have to report working games...