pfeMAME version 1.008 has been released today
Ongoing development work has been keeping me quite busy with many new changes completed for this release and also in the pipe for future releases. This release includes a large number of under the hood changes and some other major changes. Please check out the changelog for full details, but here is a quick summary;
- Default size of the window is now a bit smaller so that on startup it works on laptops with smaller screens.
- You can now resize the window the application will take advantage of the extra space (you would not believe how long it took me to get this right)
- Systems programs MUST now be put in the ROMS folder, not a separate systems folder. This is how MAME expects it.
- The systems folder path is now no longer used and will be removed in a future release.
- Database refresh takes longer now as it parses the systems HASH (XML) files. If found it creates a short for the system program. When you run the program it uses the short name - this is required for system cheat support (e.g. SNES cheats using cheat.simple file).
- You can right click a system program and select to run without the short name - needed as some home computer files (mostly tape and disk) don’t seem to work with the short name (Not sure if this is my problem or not)
- The game information is updated VERY fast - notable improvement on slower systems and you can see that the scroll speed is greatly improved.
As per usual, all feedback is welcome.
My next release is going to focus on supporting some other emulation engines (so I can play Daytona mostly) and possibly skinning or at least allowing the application colors to be played with (grey is not what it used to be).
You can download this release from HERE.
Please read the manual as it has everything you need.
pfeMAME is a front end for the Multiple Arcade Game Emulator (MAME) written in Python. It is cross platform (tested on Linux - Ubuntu and Windows). It also includes a graphical Tile View designed for MAME cabinets which allows control using joystick / gamepad. It supports favorite game flagging, MESS systems, and a Tiled view for arcade cabinets. It was written with a minimalist view in mind but also because there were some features I wanted that other front ends just didn't provide.
You can download Windows 32bit / 64bit and Linux 64bit packaged distributions as well as the source code from here. Please also look at the sourceforge web page for screenshots.
Comments are freely welcomed as per usual.