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

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.

Boxer Updated (04/21)

Boxer, a dos emulator for Mac OSX, saw an update a week ago. It’s “The Dos game emulator that’s fit for your Mac”. It now sits at version 1.0.2. Download it from the Box File Widget on the right hand side of this blog, or from their website. Let’s peep the changes.

Improvements to game importing:

  • Physical CD-ROMs are now ripped as disc images during game importing: fixes copy protection in many games and makes CD audio into a part of the gamebox.
    If you’ve had copy protection trouble with a game you imported from CD, try importing it again now.
  • Better progress messages, option to skip lengthy CD rips, and various other tweaks to game import UI behaviour.

Better PowerPC compatibility:

  • Fixed corrupt graphics in CGA and Tandy emulation modes on PowerPC Macs.
  • Reverted default CPU speed back to 3000 cycles, to improve PowerPC performance and fix timing issues in several old games.
    If you find that any of your older games now run too slow, please send me a bug report!

Fixes to mouse and keyboard handling:

  • Mouse input is now enabled for all games, not just ones that ask for the mouse. Fixes mouse control in Space Crusade, Fantasy Empires, Precision Simulator and others.
  • Tweaked three-finger tap gesture to prevent accidental clicks and work more like OS X’s own single and double-taps.
  • Fixed mouse getting unlocked whenever the window size changes.
  • Tweaked how key repeats are handled, fixing misbehaviour in some games when holding down a key.

Shoutouts to my MT-32 bros:

  • Added documentation for making games play through a real MT-32: search for “mt32” from the Help menu.
    No MT-32 emulation yet, for now Boxer only supports the real thing.
  • Optional MIDI delay for early-model MT-32s to fix lockups and missing instruments (see documentation for details.)
  • Fixed CoreMIDI output leaving notes hanging when you pause or quit.

Other nice things:

  • Per-game option to close the window once the game exits to DOS. Off by default but can be toggled from the Game Inspector panel.
  • Fixed crashes when launching programs from Finder while a DOS session is open.
  • Doubleclicking a gamebox in Finder while it is waiting at the DOS prompt will now start the gamebox’s default program.

Boxer: The DOS Game Emulator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boxer is a new application for Mac OSX. It is essentially very similar to winebottler. It is based on DOSBox and “boxes” your DOS based game into a nifty little application that you can run through Mac OSX. It comes with four games so you can start playing right away. It comes with Commander Keen 4, Epic Pinball, Ultima Underworld, and X-Com: UFO Defense. This new app is still in Beta mode but you can find it in the Box File Widget or from their homepage.

Graphical DOSBox Frontend for Mac OSX

Dapplegrey is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for DOSBox. DOSBox is a free DOS emulator for Mac OSX. Run old school games like Advanced Civilization, Battle Chess, Doom, Quake, and many more of your old DOS favorites. This new version now looks for other DOS executable files within the folder you select and displays them in a nice little window. Download this from the Box File Widget or from their homepage.

Classic Games Formatted for Mac

While cleaning out and rearranging our storage the other day I found all my old PC games. I found a CD binder filled with games. Games like Red Alert, Shogun, Duke Nukem, Heretic, Quake, and Sim City. I was a little bummed that I couldn’t play them though. My main computer is a Mac Book Pro and won’t play the old games I found. I figured that most of them should play while running Dosbox or Crossover and so, I went looking on the internet. I found a little more than what I was looking for.

There are several torrents floating around the nets with tons of classic games bundled in dosbox apps. The games come complete with icons and there is no need to start dosbox prior to running any of them. Simply double click on the game you want to play and get ready to rock. It took a minute to get the correct keys down but after that I was off and running. I would like to take the time to tell you that you only keep what you still have lying around at home or in storage. You could also support the business by finding some museum that sells old games and buy them. Have fun with these great classic games formatted for mac. Download the torrents directly here at Mac Emulators or grab them from Pirate Bay.