10.15 / 20-05-2020

Launchbox

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Launchbox is a front-end wrapper for emulators. Not only does it automatically download box art for games, it also grabs fanart, screenshots, logos and more to create an immersive experience via BigBox.

 

It also supports arranging and filtering by genre, platform, ESRB rating, developer, publisher, genre, etc. It also includes automated import processes for your MS-DOS games, ROM files, and Steam in order to help get you up and running as quickly as possible. Game box-art and metadata can also be automatically downloaded from their Games Database or community-based online databases.

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Most Recent Changes

  • New Feature: An import process for Uplay has been added under Tools > Import > Uplay Games, working similarly to the latest Steam, GOG, and Epic import processes

  • New Feature: An import process for Origin has been added under Tools > Import > Origin Games, also working similarly to the latest Steam, GOG, and Epic import processes

  • New Feature: The game audit process has been overhauled with missing fields and the ability to audit all of the games in your collection at once instead of just single platforms

  • Improvement: The Big Box MAME high scores popup should now do a better job of displaying all of the information on screens with smaller resolutions

  • Improvement: Additional logging has been added to the debug logs to assist GreatStone with debugging hi2txt issues

  • Improvement: The default image priority settings have been streamlined; you may want to review your image priority settings under Tools > Options > Legacy > Images in LaunchBox to make sure that you don't have any unecessary/unwanted image types selected

  • Improvement: Buttons have been added to the image priority settings that will allow you to easily revert them to the defaults

  • Improvement: When editing an emulator and setting it as the default for a platform, LaunchBox will now prompt you to update all additional apps to use that emulator as well (in addition to the main games that it was prompting for previously)

  • Improvement: The included version of 7-zip has been updated to version 19.00, which provides some significant performance improvements when extracting files and creating archives, especially on 64-bit machines

  • Improvement: The included version of hi2txt has been updated to version 1.12, which adds support for new games and fixes various issues. Huge thanks to GreatStone for all his work on hi2txt!

  • Improvement: New "NavigationInProgress", "NavigationStartedCounter", and "NavigationEndedCounter" property bindings have been added for Big Box theme developers in order to provide better triggers for animations and improve performance

  • Improvement: The LaunchBox Big Box Custom Themes Documentation has been updated (available here: LaunchBox\Themes\Documentation.pdf)

  • Improvement: When using the Download Metadata and Media Wizard, the options to download or prioritize metadata/media for a given storefront will now only appear if you have titles from that storefront in your collection

  • Fixed: Introduced in 10.14, some interface elements were using the system's default language instead of the language defined in the Options

  • Fixed: Introduced in 10.14, running another instance of LaunchBox or Big Box was always showing the already running message box, even when using controller automation to focus LaunchBox or Big Box

  • Fixed: Rare threading error that could pop up when submitting MAME high scores

  • Fixed: Microsoft's DirectInput library fails to load up properly when starting immediately on Windows startup on some systems; we've added a workaround to hopefully prevent crashes in this case

  • Fixed: The Chromium Embedded Framework is apparently refusing to shut down in some cases, which has been causing Big Box to not exit properly on occasion. We're now killing it in that case, which should fix any related Big Box shut down issues.

  • Fixed: If a recent or favorite game was selected when Big Box entered attract mode, it would incorrectly launch the game

  • Fixed: Big Box losing focus no longer closes certain popup dialogs that should stay open

  • Fixed: Big Box background music was not respecting the shuffle setting in all situations

  • Fixed: Can now launch an additional application of a root game with a blank application path

  • Fixed: The LaunchBox Game Details Sidebar wasn't properly hiding the Retro Score when disabled in the options menu

  • Fixed: Clear logo and poster images were not always downloading properly from Steam when using the Import or Download Metadata and Media wizards