QMC2 0.1.b10 released

This is release 0.1.b10 of QMC2, which we proudly present to the public!

Included in this release there are many new features such as image- and sample-checkers, individual ROM checks, more sort criteria (year + manufacturer) and game icon support. Also, there have been some major improvements to the build system to allow for distribution-dependent configuration and to make it easier to use Qt libraries supplied by distributions.

QMC2 0.1.b10 now also supports Qt 4.3! However, please note that with Qt 4.3 it takes a few seconds for QMC2 to exit. Be patient, it WILL exit gracefully, and therefor we don’t see it as a real bug. Nevertheless we will try to “fix” it as soon as we find a clue to what could cause this :)…

See change-log for more information.

First beta of ZXMameCD-64 released

Armin Schmidhuber has just released a new beta of his great MAME Live CD – this time for 64-Bit systems. It includes a fairly recent SVN snapshot of QMC2 as its frontend (same as in the 32-Bit version).

I’ve done some tests myself and was impressed! You really should try this out if you don’t want to bother with setting everything up. ZXMameCD makes it very easy: you don’t have to install anything… just enjoy the emulation (and QMC2, of course :)!

I have to admit that for optimum performance and to be able to save/restore your configuration, you will have to do some changes to the Live CD, but this is very simple.

See the ZXMameCD homepage for more information!

Online docs from SVN repository / Development status

To better keep you informed of any changes made to the project documentation, the online docs presented here are now directly taken from the SVN repository. This also makes it easier to keep this site up-to-date :).

You’ll see that we are making great progress with 0.1.b10. The only missing feature – of those planned for this release – is the removal of obsolete image or sample files. Also, some of the new features (esp. the new sample checker) haven’t been tested with XMAME yet.

Current development status / QMC2 included in ZXMameCD

It’s been a long time without any news… but that doesn’t mean the development of QMC2 has stopped – it’s the opposite :)!

There have been a lot of updates to the SVN development tree in the meantime. Apart from the usual bug fixes and minor enhancements, QMC2 now also supports Qt 4.3 (pre-release at the time of this writing). The build system has been improved to accomplish the use of distribution-supplied Qt libraries more easily than before, and the look and feel of some GUI elements has been improved as well.

It’s not yet finished, though, because there are some items on the todo-list which need to be completed first (new features). Additional to the changes so far, 0.1.b10 will include new dialogs to check sound-samples, preview- and flyer-images. The current way of checking previews is crap and definitely needs some polishment… you will also be able to check the state of ROMs individually when 0.1.b10 is ready. It will probably also include support for game icons (MAMU’s icons for example).

Stay tuned (and/or use the SVN codebase :)!

On another story, I just recently recognized that QMC2 0.1.b9 is included in ZXMameCD 0.45 (a MAME live CD project)! That’s great news. QMC2 appears to gain some momentum in the community. Thanks!

QMC2 0.1.b9 released / Flyer compression and clone view

QMC2 v0.1.b9 has been released today. Thanks to all who contributed to this release, which is a major step forward to our goal of a 0.1 final version! However, many of the planned features for 0.1 are still in the works, so we call it a beta, even though it’s fairly stable for what has been implemented already (don’t blame us, if not :).

There are several new features this time, the most important ones being the support of preview / flyer compression and a new hierarchical parent/clone view to the list of games.

See change-log for more information.

QMC2 0.1.b8 released

Today we proudly announce the release of QMC2 v0.1.b8!

This version includes a fair amount of work to fix and improve issues regarding SDLMAME and system-wide (pre-)configuration. It also introduces several new features such as support for flyer images, built-in GUI style support and a ROM state filter.

Please note that Qt 4.2.0+ is required now, Qt 4.1 support has been dropped! This release has been developed using Qt 4.2.2.