Yearly Archive: 2012

Introducing QMC2 Arcade

Here’s a little teaser for an upcoming new feature called QMC2 Arcade, a QML based new graphical mode for people that want to go straight into the games… it has been implemented as a standalone application which works only on the data in QMC2’s cache files, so it still needs the full-blown front-end, but once the emulator’s data is cached, QMC2 Arcade can run independently (and starts up rather quickly).

There’s currently only one theme called ToxicWaste which will work with MAME (or UME). A MESS-specific theme will be done in the not too distant future, and additional ones will be added for both on the long run.

Special thanks go to JacKc who did an excellent job in creating a beautiful cabinet overlay image! (BTW, clicking it will make it flip to its backside, which has some additional information about each game and a viewer for all related images.)

It’s already working quite nicely, especially when run in OpenGL mode, however, it still needs some polishing and the integration in QMC2’s main UI isn’t done yet.

QMC2 0.37 released

QMC2 0.37 has been released!

This major update synchronizes QMC2 with MAME, MESS and UME 0.147 which were released earlier today.

The most important changes in this release include:

  • As mentioned earlier on this channel: support for UME has been added!
  • The image support has been rewritten completely (code unification) and a new multi-threaded image-checker has been created as a replacement for the old one which didn’t support all image types and was slightly buggy.
  • A new system-notes detail has been added, and both the software- and the new system-notes can now also be auto-filled with HTML through a neat template-mechanism that even supports some template-logic through JavaScript.
  • The YouTube video player now supports local movie files as well. They can be attached to games/machines in the same way as YouTube videos.
  • The game/machine detail tabs can now also be reordered directly in the GUI by dragging them with the mouse.
  • MESS device-mapper: support for nested slots and real slot recursion was added, slot-setups are now stored with the configurations, and the BIOS used in slot-devices can be selected (if applicable).
  • Software-lists: available mount-devices are dynamically updated whenever the device/slot setup changes, <info> elements contained in a number of software-list entries are now displayed as well, and the value for the emulator’s -snapname parameter can be auto-adjusted for easier creation of software-snapshots.
  • HTML editor: added document preview in built-in browser as well as new-from-template and revert-from-saved-file functionality.
  • Replaced all QMC2 variant logos and splash-screens with improved versions from JacKc.

The source code is now available in the download section. Expect updated binary packages within the next few days.

See change-log for more information!

Have fun,

The QMC2 dev-team