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This is a big release. The audit system has gone thru some changes and now many, many MAME games are audited correctly. Thanks to Frédéric for helping me with tests.
Merged clone sets that have CHDs and/or bios/device sets but all game ROMs are tagged "nodump" are detected correctly. Sets with only CHDs and bios/device sets (no game ROMs) are detected correctly. Other minor fixes.
Another change for games that use CHD files and ROM files. If the CHD is found, game is now set as "missing ROMs/CHDs" even if you don't have the main gamename.zip set. Previously, the frontend would tag these games as missing.
Moving on. I added support for MAME manuals in .pdf format. Yes, you can view PDF game manuals with your favorite PDF viewer application. You must associate a program for .pdf files in Windows for this to work. Only unzipped files are supported. Emu Loader will never unzip files into your HDDs / SSDs. You can view manuals in games popup menu or clicking the PDF button in images tool bar buttons. No auto-load feature, you must do it manually.
Support for scores3.htm so you can view MARP scores again. The file marp.dat is no longer available. Make sure to download the file from the following internet link into MAME's dats folder. Emu Loader will try to read the scores for each game. http://replay.marpirc.net/txt/scores3.htm
- Setting "Add Leading Zero to Version Info Column" was always running after close preferences screen, even if you don't change it
- Fixes and tweaks to MAME/HBMAME audit system; you must re-create MAME/HBMAME games lists to apply, no way around it
*merged tag was not set in several clones
*added two new fields in the game info to improve clone sets audit; generated in RAM while loading ROMs database "mame.elrom":
."Set with all game ROMs "nodump" state: just for the game ROMs (exclude bios/device ROMs and parent ROMs)
."Set with all parent game ROMs "nodump" state: check if parent set have only "nodump" ROMs (excludes bios/device ROMs and clone ROMs)
*several MAME sets that have game ROMs were tagged as "set with no game ROMs"
.filter "Games With No Main Set" was showing games that shouldn't be there
.games audit system was also affected, specially if clone sets were merged into their parent
.most affected: games in "Konami System 573" and several other MAME machines with similar ROMs/CHDs configuration
*several MAME clone sets were not audited correctly because all game ROMs from parent set are tagged as "nodump" and the frontend could not finding "parentsetname.zip" file (not required by MAME when all ROMs are tagged as "nodump")
*sets were all game ROMs have "nodump" tags but also have CHD files were not audited correctly, showing up as "missing"
*Sega Chihiro games are now properly audited; SHA-1 checksum for "seganetw" device set wasn't handled correctly due missing to "CRC32 collision" tags
- Games popup menus "Select Set" were not working properly for bios/device sets
- Tweaks to "Game Details" screen
*"Game Files" section now shows a green text if clone game is merged into parent set
*sets with all game ROMs tagged as "nodump" now show in green with a "(nodump)" text
*the ROMs list panel now shows "have/miss" proper info and icon even on "missing" games
*other minor tweaks
- Games list font settings do not change anymore when using "available/missing filter" in tool bar buttons
- Added "Arcade Italia" URL links to the "Internet Game Info" feature (Preferences screen, "General" tab)
- Support for MAME PDF manuals (.pdf files)
*select a folder in MAME Settings screen, "Folders" tab or in Preferences screen, "MAME Game Docs" tab
*no zipped files support, .pdf files must be unzipped
*relative path support (relative to MAME base directory)
*default folder is "manuals"
*parent set manual can be opened with clone games
*files are opened with the Windows associated application for .pdf files (external utility)
*setting saved in "arcade\sysimagefolders_arcade.ini" file, "manuals_directory" entry in [MAME] section, but it's not part of the image categories
*access in games popup menu and in images tool bar buttons
- Support for "scores3.htm" so you can view MARP info again in "MAME Game Docs" feature
*you must download "http://replay.marpirc.net/txt/scores3.htm" link from internet and put file into MAME's "\dats\" folder or the folder you selected for data files
*the frontend will try to read the file and show the scores info
*file "marp.dat" is still supported, but cannot be used not together with "scores3.htm"... pick one