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 Version 1.1.1

Boxer, the DOSBox front end, now sits at version 1.1.1. This makes running your old DOS games even easier. Download it from the Box File Widget or from their homepage. Let’s check out what’s new in version 1.1.

Joystick improvements:

  • Better controller mappings for:
    • Logitech Dual Action, RumblePad 2, and Fx10 series gamepads
    • Logitech Formula Force, MOMO Racing and G25/G27 series wheels
    • 3rd-party XBOX 360 controllers
  • CH Flightstick Pro throttle emulation works better with gamepads and displays the current throttle level on-screen.
  • Per-game option to disable joystick emulation, to avoid interfering with external tools like Gamepad Companion.
  • If a game seems to be ignoring your joystick input, Boxer will remind you to turn on joystick control within the game.
  • Reduced axis deadzone from 25% to 20% to make sticks more sensitive.
  • On most controllers, buttons 5-8 are now also bound to the four DOS joystick buttons.
  • Improved gamepad detection to more reliably apply twin-stick racing wheel layout.

Better disk handling:

  • The program panel now discovers programs located on ISOs and floppy-disk images, and can set them as the default program for a gamebox. This makes it much easier to play games that have left all their programs on the CD.
  • Drives are scanned for available programs in the background, resulting in quicker gamebox startup.
  • Added support for .IMG and .VFD floppy-disk image formats.
  • Fixed floppy-disk images hanging on PowerPC Macs.

Fixes for 10.7 Lion:

  • Fixed nasty fullscreen lag under Lion.
  • Fixed occasional Lion crash when tapping the DOS window’s close button on a trackpad.
  • Disabled restore-windows-at-startup in Lion, to prevent numerous startup bugs and general misbehaviour.

General fixes and tweaks:

  • New bezel notifications for switching to fullscreen, pausing, adjusting CPU speed and adding/removing drives.
  • Flicker-free fullscreen transitions, smooth crossfades in program panel, and other cosmetic improvements.
  • Automatic configuration for Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Metaltech: Earthsiege.
  • Disabled blur effect behind Inspector panel in preparation for App Store compatibility.
  • Removed Growl support, now that it has been superseded by built-in bezels

Dapplegrey 2.29

Dapplegrey, a good graphical front end for DOSBox, now sits at version 2.29. It works with DOSBox versions .65 – .74. Download it from the Box File Widget or from their homepage. Cheers!

Dapplegrey for Mac 2.24

Dapplegrey for Mac now sits at version 2.24. Get it from the Box File Widget or grab it from their homepage. Cheers!

Dapplegrey 2.23

Dapplegrey, the great DOSBox front end, now sits at version 2.23. Great GUI for running all the old classics. Download it from the Box File Widget or grab it from their homepage.

Dapplegrey 2.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dapplegrey now sits at version 2.20 and is available from their website . Let’s scope the changes.

  • If no Scaler type is selected, which could happen accidentally only, the scaler type will be set to “Normal2x” now. Previously, in this case no scaler type has been sent to DOSBox.
  • CPU Core & Type settings has been re-created (‘dynamic’ selection to CPU Core is now back in Dapplegrey).

Dapplegrey 2.19.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dapplegrey, the front end for DOSBox, was updated to version 2.19.1. You can find it in the Box File Widget or from their homepage. Cheers!