Monthly Archive: June 2009

Style sheets / ZXMameCD 0.71

If you’ve not yet recognized the new support for Qt style sheets in 0.2.b10 SVN, take a look at our first style sheet experiments published on the style sheet page. Note that you really need the latest version from SVN if you dare to try them out (also note that there are some QtWebKit related issues with style sheets).

On a second note, Armin has released ZXMameCD 0.71 to fix problems with the Nvidia auto-configuration in 0.70 and to improve the USB installer a bit.

ZXMameCD 0.70

Armin Schmidhuber released ZXMameCD 0.70 today!

ZXMameCD is a multi-emulator Linux live (CD/USB) system using QMC2 as its front end for SDLMAME and SDLMESS. It’s using the latest SVN snapshot of QMC2 to be able to utilize the new style sheets :).

QMC2 0.2.b9 released

Today we proudly announce the release of QMC2 0.2.b9!

This version now includes some (hopefully useful) web-based features using the QtWebKit module. The most important one is the new MAWS lookup feature implemented as a new game detail tab containing an integrated web browser.

The QtWebKit module was introduced in Qt 4.4, but is only really working since Qt 4.5 (4.5.1 recommended), so unfortunately this also means that Qt 4.4 is no longer supported — please upgrade to Qt 4.5!

Note that on Windows — even with Qt 4.5.1 (latest stable release as of this writing) — QtWebKit still has some glitches like for example missing backgrounds when rendering web pages. Basically though, it works. On UNIX/Linux, there should be no (major) issues left. We have no report yet as to how it works on Mac OS X.

Configuration-wise, all MAME variants are synced with version 0.132. Template updates for MESS 0.132 will follow here if required, but as MAME didn’t introduce any new options since 0.131, this is not to be expected.

In summary, the most important changes since 0.2.b8 include:

  • Integrated (mini) web browser based on QtWebKit (with just a subset of typical browser features), including HTTP proxy support and a simple download manager
  • MAME variants only: new MAWS lookup feature as an additional game detail tab, including on-disk and in-memory caching of MAWS pages (this is using the global browser functionality intensively, but adds some optimizations to speed things up)
  • Free reordering & (de)activation of all available game/machine details
  • Qt 4.5.0+ required now (Qt 4.5.1 recommended)
  • On Windows, the executables (qmc2-emulator.exe) now include the respective application icon to make it look nicer in the Explo(r|d)er 🙂
  • General layout face lift for all UIs (especially smaller layout content margins, and some fixed minor UI bugs)
  • The option dialog now uses scrollable content to make it better suited for small resolution displays
  • A few (more or less important) bug fixes

See change-log for more information.

Have fun,

The QMC2 dev-team

Yet another ‘WordPress driven’ look

While hacking on the new QtWebKit based features for the upcoming 0.2.b9 release, and looking at the (old) homepage from QMC2’s built-in browser, I figured that the old look wasn’t really impressive. So I decided to give it a face lift, using WordPress to enable an easier administration at the same time.

All old archive entries were migrated to this blog, so nothing should be lost. But in case I missed something, the old site is still there:

The site’s theme and CSS is a slight variation of the Arclite theme made by digitalnature.

I hope you enjoy the new look. Don’t expect it to be perfect yet, though.

Special thanks to Vincent Bousquet for his administrative support on that matter!

Have fun, René