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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #50 on: 18:06, 18 November 19 »
Yeah, absolutely, I'd love to see your list. Since I'm rescanning & redumping everything (I already have about 2/3 done), even common software can be of interest to me. There's really no rhyme or reason to what I'm looking for :)
As a general rule, I offer to pay for shipping both ways & it takes around 3-4 weeks to process 100 games. I prefer to not work under strict timeframes but I can do it if absolutely necessary.
Anyone with originals & willing to lend them can feel free to contact me directly via PM.

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #51 on: 21:31, 18 November 19 »
Is there a way we could dump our stuff to your standards without having to send it back and forth?

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #52 on: 22:02, 18 November 19 »
Well, yes & no. The tapes would be alright I imagine, I'd have to check. For the disks, dlfrsilver uses the SPS hardware to dump the software, so I'm not sure there's much of an alternative.
But beyond the dumps, I am mostly interested in the scans & I'm super peculiar about how they're done, so it's typically easier if I do them myself. I have tried before to have some people help me with the scans & it backfired, so I'm not super keen on trying again.
Obviously I understand the trust aspect of doing it my way & there's not much I can say or do to prove I'm reliable... Only do it if you feel comfortable doing it.
That being said, as I mentioned before, I already have most of the rare stuff, so a lot of the software I'm looking for is typically common or uncommon at best.
« Last Edit: 22:04, 18 November 19 by ldaneels »

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #53 on: 11:25, 23 November 19 »
Got it on my seedbox, gonna leave it there for a while. So far it's upped exactly 1.000  copy :D


I thought you had upped 1000 copies!  :) That would mean a real hit and run for most of the downloaders. I checked just now, 2 seeders.

I am mostly interested in the scans & I'm super peculiar about how they're done, so it's typically easier if I do them myself. I have tried before to have some people help me with the scans & it backfired, so I'm not super keen on trying again. Obviously I understand the trust aspect of doing it my way & there's not much I can say or do to prove I'm reliable... Only do it if you feel comfortable doing it.

Thank you for great work. I will be downloading it soon.
How do you scan magazines for best quality? Just wanting to learn...
« Last Edit: 11:26, 23 November 19 by Gryzor »

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #54 on: 19:56, 24 November 19 »
Hi Ivarf,
Well, for one I always use the same scanner (a Canon Canoscan LiDE 400 or any model within that family) and scan at 400DPi. I never use any kind of image enhancement or correction. I also use the standard settings for brightness & contrast.
When it come to saving the scans, I prefer JPG and use as little compression as possible through the scanning software (including for the conversion to PDF).
I use the "Magazine (Color)" setting to scan pretty much everything.When scanning, I press on the scanned object with a hard cover A4 book of some kind. 
Preferably the cover has a darker color & does not have any drawing.
In case you're scanning smaller items, I recommend scanning perpendicularly to the front of the scanner to minimize the appearance of folds (I'm not sure if I'm making much sense here. Let me know if you need additional info or a photo of how I do it).
There's a lot more to the way I do it, but that's the basics & should give pretty good results already.
Cheers,

Loic

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #55 on: 01:30, 23 April 21 »
Hi Idaneels,


Are you still working on this project? A V34 maybe? I have a few games that aren't in your database - are you interested in these?

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #56 on: 09:30, 23 April 21 »
Hi,
Yes, I am still working on the database & don't plan on ever stopping.
I am currently integrating all RAW/IPF files to the database, testing all software with CPCEPower & doing a big cleanup of the database.
It's slow going, but it was high time I did it.
As for games that are not in the database, I am most definitely interested, provided they are original physical versions. To be honest I have put scanning & dumping a bit on the back burner at the moment, but I really need to get back to that.
Cheers,
Loic

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #57 on: 11:15, 23 April 21 »
Great to hear Loic! It's an awesome project. So you're only interested in games that were released physically? So no type-ins, PD or anything like that? One example is "12 Lost Souls".

Also, have you had any thoughts about switching to one of the popular emulation "frontends", such as Launchbox? I think that would widen your userbase considerably. I use Launchbox already, have a number of systems in it and would love to add your collection, but don't know of an easy way to do this.
« Last Edit: 11:17, 23 April 21 by extracampine »

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #58 on: 11:54, 23 April 21 »
Also, have you had any thoughts about switching to one of the popular emulation "frontends", such as Launchbox? I think that would widen your userbase considerably. I use Launchbox already, have a number of systems in it and would love to add your collection, but don't know of an easy way to do this.
I hope not...Gamebase is much more flexible, and free too.

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #59 on: 12:01, 23 April 21 »
Launchbox is nice, but GB has all I need honestly... ok, LB may look somewhat better but it's not like I'm sitting there admiring the front-end!

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #60 on: 12:37, 23 April 21 »
I understand that there will be differing views. Would just be nice to have it as an option, and I think it would be good for the project overall given the size of the Launchbox userbase.

Another suggestion for Loic regarding Gamebase - currently the various box art images are grouped together under "packaging" - this tends to include front, back and whole cover scans. When opening this, the front and back appear very small because the artwork resizes to fit in the largest scan, which is the whole cover scan. It would be nice if these different scans could be separated out in the menu, so that you could just select the front, or whole cover for example.

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #61 on: 13:40, 23 April 21 »
Hi,

You got me :) I do include type-ins, homebrew, freeware, cover disks/tapes,... I do add them little by little as I find the time & motivation (typically if I enjoy the game). For your information, I have over 500 of these to add to GBCPC & I know where to find many more, so it's rarely an issue of finding these.

As a base, you can check CPC Power & the CPC Wiki forums: if you have something that's not there, you can let me know so I can add them to my to-do list, although I do have several other sources, but that should cover 99,9% of everything.

I focus heavily on physical software because they will be the first to disappear. Physical data will not last forever, so I need to deal with these in priority.

As for other frontends (or launchbox in particular), they are not flexible enough to encompass all the data I need for Gamebase CPC. I have tried many different options, but they are not adapted to my project. I do like Launchbox, though (which is entirely free, btw, you only have to pay if you want the Big Box feature, which is nice, but far from essential).

One of the roadblocks is the fact that it is not really possible to automate the transition to another frontend. I had tried with Launchbox & Hyperspin, but the results were really not satisfactory & the manual conversion was a pain to handle.

So I will stick with Gamebase until someone comes up with a useable frontend for the project. I do wish James continued working on Gamebase, but it seems this is a pipe dream. And forks of Gamebase are not really bringing anything to the project.

But, as always, I'm open to suggestions if they are really workable & bring something interesting to my project. One of the things I am interested in is the ability to play automatically small clips (akin to an attract mode) on the right side of Gamebase, above the pictures for the software.

As for the extras present in GBCPC, separating individual scans in the various PDFs would be an absolute nightmare in terms of useability & would not really add anything compared to PDFs. Also, the front cover is always present on the right side of the screen in Gamebase (I always have the front cover + title screen + 2 screenshots)

You can automatically resize images inside a PDF by selecting view/zoom/fit page in the menu (I use Adobe Acrobat, so the menu path may vary depending on the program you use).

I hope this helps,

Loic
« Last Edit: 13:43, 23 April 21 by ldaneels »

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #62 on: 15:30, 23 April 21 »
Launchbox is not "entirely free". Big Box is just one of the extra features in the Premium version, most important of which compared to Gamebase is the ability to use custom filters.

I use it sometimes because it's set by default in eXoDOS. It's okay, but not something I'd pay 70US$ for, when there's a free and arguably superior alternative available.

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #64 on: 21:35, 23 April 21 »
Yeah eXoDOS is a main reason that I stuck with Launchbox rather than other platforms, including MiSTer. And Win3Xo of course.

When you say "automate the transition to another frontend" Loic, do you mean from Gamebase to another frontend? It's maybe not possible to have it entirely automatic, though it should be possible be editing the Launchbox XML and maybe doing some bulk file renaming if necessary. There is some talk about it on the Launchbox forums -

https://forums.launchbox-app.com/topic/29647-import-from-gamebase/page/2/

As you probably know, Launchbox can play game clips in the game details pane. Attached is a screenshot of my CPC games in Launchbox.

As an aside, does anyone know how to add Retroarch as an emulator is GamebaseCPC? I have Retroarch set up to output to my CRT.
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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #65 on: 10:02, 26 April 21 »
That's a nice setup :)

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #66 on: 16:03, 26 April 21 »
Hi Loic

I want to add CPCEPower to the database but I can't get the script file to work,
do you have one that you want to share?

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #67 on: 18:56, 26 April 21 »
Hi,Sure, I thought it was already in the current version, but if not:
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||cpc||6128)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||crtc||0)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||mem||128)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Interface||gunstick||no)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||dsk0||)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||dsk1||)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||cdt||)
Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||auto||)
If Key_GUNSTICK CONTAINS(Yes)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Interface||gunstick||yes)
End If
If Key_CRTC CONTAINS(1)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||crtc||1)
End If
If Key_CRTC CONTAINS(2)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||crtc||2)
End If
If Key_TAPE CONTAINS(YES)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||cdt||%gamepathfile%)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||cpc||464)
    Add_CLP( -e)
ElseIf Key_6128 CONTAINS(YES)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||cdt||%gamepathfile%)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||cpc||6128)
    Add_CLP( -e)
ElseIf Key_6128+ CONTAINS(YES)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||cpc||6128+)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||dsk0||%gamepathfile%)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||auto||%autotype_value%)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||crtc||3)
Else
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||dsk0||%gamepathfile%)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||auto||%autotype_value%)
End If
If Key_MEM CONTAINS(64)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||CPC||mem||64)
End If
If Key_DOOMSDAY CONTAINS(YES)
    Set_INI_Value(%emupath%\cpcepower.ini||Files||dsk1||E:\Gamebase\Amstrad CPC\Games\To Redump\D\Doomsday Lost Echoes (E) - Disk 1B.dsk)
End If
Run_Emulator()

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Re: Gamebase CPC V33 happening soon
« Reply #68 on: 23:14, 26 April 21 »
Thanks Loic

Now I can start and load file to cpcepower but have problems with
auto start, my screen shows "% autotype_value%" and syntax error.

I have set default = no to be able to change in the "CPCEPower.ini"
file but can not figure out why it is not running.