Dapplegrey 2.35

Dapplegrey, a great DosBox front end, was updated to 2.35. This was a maintenance update. Let’s scope the changes. As usual, download it from the Box File Widget on the right hand side of the Mac Emulators Blog homepage or go grab it from their website.

  • When mounting images, the boot command has been revised.
  • Also, to support multiple floppy disk images to be booted, now you can add more than one floppy image, rather than one floppy disk image like before. Remember, only *one* floppy disk image is supported by DOSBox to be imgmounted, if you need multiple floppy disk images imgmounted to a drive letter, you’ld need to boot that.
  • In rare cases, if you need/want to select a different Drive C: path (near the ‘or’ line in the ‘Drives’ section, the buttons to select a different folder or another disk image (disk image not supported for Toolbar entries) are working again now.
  • Recent DOSBoxSVN application will be recognized now (to get it, find the text string “DOSBox SVN snapshot for OS X (10.4-10.7 ppc/intel)” for example at Director Player Error?

Boxer 1.2.2

Boxer was updated quite some time ago, but I’m just now getting around to blogging about it. It now rests at version 1.2.2. Some substantial changes in this build, most notably the ability to paste text into the DOS Prompt to execute DOS commands. You can get this new version of Boxer from the Box File Widget or from their homepage. Let’s scope the rest of the changes.

Improvements to keyboard input:

  • Numeric keypad support for Macbooks and Apple Wireless Keyboards: Press Cmd+U or hold down Fn to make 789/UIO/JKL act as a numpad.
  • Toggling Numlock now displays a notification bezel.
  • Send Key menu now indicates the current Numlock and Scroll-lock status.
  • Insert key on non-Mac keyboards now properly acts as Insert key in DOS.

Improvements to the DOS prompt:

  • You can now paste text into the DOS prompt to execute DOS commands. (Pasting into DOS programs will arrive in a future update.)
  • DOS prompt now unpauses when drag-dropping new drives into the window.
  • Fixed REVEAL command ignoring the path you specify, and improved its error messages.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed regression in 1.2.1 that caused crashes during gamebox startup.
  • (Hopefully) fixed occasional hangs when starting up a DOS session.
  • Fixed savegames not getting saved correctly in Seasons of Sakura and 3 Sisters’ Story.
  • Fixed MT-32 detection for GOG.com release of Battle Chess II.
  • Prevented OS X’s own Ctrl+F7 shortcut from interfering with the DOS window.
  • Changed the default games folder location back to [home folder]/DOS Games. This does not affect existing games folders.

Boxer 1.2.1

Boxer, the awesome Dos game emulator built on DosBox, was updated and now sits at version 1.2.1. You can download it from the Box File Widget on the right hand side of the Mac Emulator’s blog home page or from their website.

Rendering fixes:

  • Eliminated screen-tearing in fullscreen and windowed mode, woohoo!
  • Fixed crappy fullscreen performance on certain Mac models.

Game compatibility fixes:

  • Fixed crashes and broken CD imports when importing GOG.com games that contain BIN+CUE images (affected Dungeon Keeper, Castles II, Redneck Rampage and others.)
  • Fixed CD copy protection in the GOG.com release of Pro Pinball: Timeshock.
  • Fixed hang when switching CDs in Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars.
  • Fixed crash when launching Comanche 3 installer.
  • Fixed hang when launching FIFA ’94 installer.
  • Fixed CD copy protection in abandonware rips of Steel Panthers 2.
  • Fixed juddering animations in Commander Keens 4–6.

Input fixes:

  • Updated Joypad integration to improve joystick mode switching.
  • Fixed keyboard lag in other applications when Boxer was busy and “Ignore OS X hotkeys while a game is running” was enabled.
  • Fixed (thankfully rare) issue where keyboard stopped responding after quitting Boxer, when “Ignore OS X hotkeys while a game is running” was enabled.
  • Improved mouse pointer behaviour when “Use seamless mouse pointer” is enabled.
  • Fixed keys sometimes getting ‘stuck’ if Cmd was pressed while they were held down.
  • Fixed controller axis mappings for Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS stick.

Other fixes and tweaks:

  • Removed choice of DOS Games folder location when launching Boxer for the first time. This now defaults to Documents/DOS Games, though the location can still be changed later from the Preferences window (or moved/renamed in Finder.)
  • Fixed bug in Inspector panel that was preventing changes to settings from getting saved occasionally.
  • Fixed notification icons and bootleg cover art being scaled incorrectly on OS X 10.5.
  • Boxer now always auto-pauses in the background while waiting at the DOS prompt.
  • Made help pages look tidier and prettier.

Boxer 1.2

Boxer, a great Dos Box tool, was updated and now sits at version 1.2. Boxer takes your Dos program and “boxes” it up using a little bit of DosBox magic, allowing you to run various Dos games or applications on your Mac. As always, grab the download from the right hand side of this blog or from their home page. Let’s check out the changes.

Roland MT-32 support:

  • Emulates the Roland MT-32/CM-32L Sound Module, beloved of Sierra and Origin fans everywhere. Big kudos to the Munt project for their emulation! Emulation requires MT-32 or CM-32L ROMs, which aren’t legal to bundle with Boxer. Drag your own ROMs into Boxer’s Audio Preferences to enable the emulation.
  • Displays secret game messages from the MT-32’s LCD in a spiffy bezel overlay.
  • Detects if you’ve got a real MT-32 plugged in, and pipes MT-32 music to that automatically. No configuration needed: just a MIDI-to-USB cable.
  • Autodetects MT-32-compatible games: just tell the game to play MT-32 music and you’re all set.

Easier CD-swapping for multi-CD games:

  • Adding a new CD will replace any previous one, using the same drive letter. No more shuffling drives around when you need the next disc!
  • The Drives Inspector displays inactive CDs along with the currently-active one, so you can swap back and forth between CDs quickly. (You can also cycle through CDs with Cmd+Shift+left/right.)
  • Extra CDs can be imported into the gamebox from the Drives panel while playing, making them always available to swap between.

Much more reliable importing from Good Old Games:

  • Custom DOSBox emulation settings are now imported along with the game files, to ensure the game works as it should: no need to fix sound settings or mess with drive mounts.
  • These settings are used to pick the right program to launch automatically, so you can get playing straight away.

A laundry-list of other improvements and bugfixes:

  • No more switching Spaces by accident! OS X’s own function key and arrow-key hotkeys are now suppressed while playing, in all OS X versions. May require a tweak to your Universal Access preferences: see Boxer’s Preferences panel for details.
  • Added options to Mouse Inspector to modify/disable Boxer’s Ctrl+click and Ctrl+Opt+click mouse button shortcuts, to fix games that give these key combos their own behaviour.
  • Improved game startup times.
  • New look-and-feel for program panel to fit in better on Lion.
  • Tweaked fullscreen scaling to reduce stretchmarks.
  • Added friendly explanations when a drive could not be mounted or unmounted.
  • Game import can now be cancelled while it is scanning a game folder.
  • OS X 10.5: Suppressed “This game appears to be ignoring your joystick” warning when Gamepad Companion or ControllerMate are running.
  • OS X 10.7: Fixed mouse disappearing ‘behind’ the Inspector panel in seamless mouse mode.
  • OS X 10.7: Fixed drives disappearing from Drives panel when dragging them around.
  • OS X 10.7: Fixed occasional mis-importing of CDs.
  • OS X 10.7: Fixed spurious drive-added/drive-removed notifications when starting a game.
  • Fixed incorrect D-pad directions on Playstation 3 controllers.
  • Fixed trackpad taps not getting registered in certain games.
  • Fixed crash at startup when scanning disc images that have unreadable files (affected some releases of Theme Hospital.)
  • Emulation fixes for Siege, The Incredible Machine, Wizardry VII, Car & Driver, Cannon Fodder, Broken Sword, Jetfighter 2, F-14 Tomcat, Terminators 2029 and Rampage, Elite Plus, Ignition, The Pandora Directive, Mechwarrior, MDK, A.T.A.C, B-17 Flying Fortress, Dogfight, Harrier Jump Jet, Angel Devoid, Screamer, Turrican II, The Lion King, Wolfenstein 3D, Geekwad, Return of the Phantom, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Dawn Patrol and Xenon II. (phew!)
  • Game import fixes for Super Tetris, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Quarantine, System Shock and Wing Commander III.

Weather Plus Addon for XBMC

A while back I blogged about an addon (plugin) for XBMC. XBMC is a great GUI a lot of people use for HTPCs. There is also a version for Mac as well. Either way, this little addon has been updated and now sits at version 2.3.2 beta. Grab it from the Box File Widget or from their google code page. Cheers!

Virtual Box Updated (v.4.1.4)

Virtual box has been updated to version 4.1.4. It has seen a couple updates since I last blogged about it, but things have been crazy around here and I haven’t gotten around to blogging about it. For those of you who don’t know, Virtual Box is a great way to run Windows on a Mac. You can also run other operating systems if you choose to do so, and all within a “virtual box” running on your Mac. Download the latest version from the Box File Widget (I had to break it up into parts) or from their homepage. The following is a list of the changes from the changelog.

Virtual Box Version 4.1.2

I tend not to blog every time Virtual Box has an update, but it has been quite some time since my last post on the illustrious virtual OS application. You can run linux or Windows on your mac using the virtual environment set up by Virtual Box. Virtual Box is similar to VM Fusion or Parallels, except it’s free. You can find it on Oracles website or broken up in pieces, and in the Box File Widget. Let’s check out the changes to this version.

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added: