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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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Thanks for the update :-)
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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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Paradroid901 wrote: Wed Jan 24, 2024 5:30 pm Thanks for the update :-)
Np, thanks for bringing up the issue. Good feedback!
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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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One of the features of HDmenu is the ability to designate any game as a "favorite". This allows quick access to your favorite games without having to scroll through a list of all the titles. So how does the "favorites" feature work?

There are two ways, one is done graphically from within the launcher itself and the other is a manual method.

For the graphical method we'll start with a database with no favorites assigned.

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To see your favorites, press the F5 key. Here after pressing F5 we can see there are no favorites assigned.

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To designate a game as a favorite, press the <Space Bar> with the game highlighted. This will toggle the game's favorite status on/off. Here we have designated some games as favorites. You can see that a "*" is now shown before the games' names to indicate they are favorites.

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Now pressing F5 we can filter the list to show only the favorites. Here we see the list has changed to indicate this. When viewing the favorites list, everything works the same as with the full list; games can be launched, the list scrolled, screenshots can be viewed, text files read, save states launched, etc. If at any time you press the ESC key you will will exit the favorites list and return to the main full list.

(for advanced users, keep in mind the "favorites" features also works within Category lists)

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If you want to clear a favorite, press the <Space Bar> and it will no longer be a favorite. Here we have cleared the favorites status for the game "Wolfchild".

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If you want to clear all your favorites at once, press Shift-F5. You will be prompted to make sure you really want to continue.

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After confirming with the 'y' key, all the favorites in the list will be cleared.

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To retain any changes to the list you might have made, the database can be saved using the F7 key. Responding with 'y' to the prompt will save your new CSV file so that any changes to list will be active the next time the launcher is run.

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The manual method to designate a game as a favorite involves editing the CSV file directly. Using a text editor, place a "*" character immediately before the game name and the next time the launcher is run, the game will show up as a favorite. In this snippet from a CSV file, you can see the game "Wolfchild" has been manually designated as a favorite by placing a "*" before the name.

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Wizmo;C:\GAMES\W\WIZMO\RUNME.TOS
Wizz;C:\GAMES\W\WIZZ\RUNME.TOS
*Wolfchild;C:\GAMES\W\WOLFCHIL\RUNME.TOS
Wolfenstein 3D;C:\GAMES\W\WOLF3D\START.TOS
Wolfpack;C:\GAMES\W\WOLFPACK\RUNME.TOS
Wonderboy in Monsterland;C:\GAMES\W\WONDBM\START.TOS
Wonderland;C:\GAMES\W\WONDERL\RUNME.TOS
To summarize, the "favorites" feature is a convenient way to quickly see a list of your most-liked games where they can be quickly launched. I hope you find the feature useful.
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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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New version of HDmenu is available.

Changes:

- Text viewer can optionally use Medium Rez for clearer text. Set in F2 config menu.
- FONTS directory location can now be specified in HDMENU.CSV.
- MUSIC directory location can now be specified in HDMENU.CSV.
- A default Category to display at start can be specified in HDMENU.CSV.
- HDmenu now recognizes if run from AUTO folder or Desktop.
- When selecting Music or Fonts with Shift-F2/Shift-F3 the list will jump to the current SND/FNT file if one is active.
- Added support for Apollo V4SA computer.

Enjoy!

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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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New version of HDmenu is available.

Changes:
- Comment lines in CSV file. Comment lines should start with ';' and are persistent.
- Support for CT60

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Re: HDmenu game launcher

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New version of HDmenu.

Changes:
- can display text files in either 40 or 80 columns in low rez. Set via F2 config menu.

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