QMC2 0.66 released

QMC2 0.66 has been released. It’s synced with MAME 0.176 which was released earlier today!

Besides some more or less important bug-fixes and nice improvements related to building with system-provided zlib and/or minizip libraries (instead of using the built-in ones), work has been started on a long-awaited new feature called filtered custom views. While the views actually already run mostly fine (and are super-fast) it’s still incomplete. Most importantly the actual filtering doesn’t work yet, and it’s missing a tree mode (flat mode only right now). Because of this, the relevant code is WIP-ified at the moment, which means that you will not be able to try this feature in official builds (if you would like to test it, you’d have to build QMC2 from source and specify WIP=1 on the make command line).

You’ll also find a new database in QMC2’s configuration folder which is used to feed these views (<config_path>/mame-machine-list.db). This so called machine list database will automatically be (re)created each time the machine list cache is refreshed (also in official builds). Long-term it will likely replace the machine list cache (file) completely.

The source code is now available in the download section. As always, expect updated binary packages within the next few hours and days.

Have fun,

The QMC2 dev-team

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QMC2 0.65 released

Today we proudly announce the release of QMC2 0.65 which is in sync with MAME 0.175, released two days ago (sorry for the delay, but there’s also real life). The good news is that this delay gave me the opportunity to fix a last-minute Windows-specific bug which I was pointed to just in time by oddi (thanks!).

You should again see a much better start-up performance than before (once data from the emulator is cached, of course). QMC2 now skips the emulator identification step when the binary’s modification time hasn’t changed. Also, the ROMAlyzer’s collection rebuilder now handles CHD reproduction in a number of possible ways – I’d recommend watching the video tutorial linked to in the previous post for more information!

The source code is now available in the download section. As always, expect updated binary packages within the next few hours and days.

Have fun,

The QMC2 dev-team

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Collection rebuilder video tutorial

I’ve recently created a video tutorial about the use of the ROMAlyzer’s check-sum scanner and collection rebuilder sub-features. It’s also talking about CHD reproduction which is a new feature in QMC2 0.65 (not yet released, but stay tuned!).

Follow this link to watch or download the video:

The text is spoken through Google Chrome’s SpeakIt! extension. It’s generally producing acceptable speech quality, but there are some funny / unnatural pauses here and there. Oh, and if you hear birds singing… yeah, we have plenty here and my mic was on unintentionally :).