VGB-Android releases

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  1. fms

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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    I have released VGB-Android 3.6.1, the new version of GameBoy Classic, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy emulator for Android devices:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    As a temporary promotion, I am lowering the VGB-Android price to $2.49 or 1.99 euros. Unfortunately, at this price VGB brings home less than what it costs me to support users, so I will not be able to keep this price forever. So, get VGB while it's cheap :)

    Here is the list of new features and fixes in this version:

    * The action bar can now be toggled with a vertical fling gesture.
    * Added screenshots, autosaved state, and two more slots to the Freeze/Restore.
    * Cheatopedia now remembers the last open entry and recognizes the current game.
    * Made Cheat Editor save cheats reliably.
    * Optimized screen updates sync, for better framerates.
    * Now pausing gameplay immediately when opening Android menu.
    * Cleaned up handling of Android physical keys.
    * Fixed cut-off landscape display on Nexus7 and other tablets.
    * Fixed HBlank DMA transfer (Pokemon Crystal).
    * Fixed initial LCDCONT state in (Shadowgate Classic).
    * File selector now memorizes the last selected position.
    * Fixed Pokemon Silver Cheatopedia entry.
    * Added Italian translation.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Published VGB 3.6.2 this morning:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The main changes are in the file selector, which has now got quick navigation and larger screenshots. The Freeze/Restore feature has also been improved, and I have added the "custom cheats" option to the Cheatopedia. Finally, the button labels now show with the video acceleration enabled and the custom button layout will not reset after every upgrade.

    FULL CHANGE LIST:
    * Now showing button labels with OpenGLES acceleration enabled.
    * Added fast navigation with sections to the file selector.
    * Improved the file selector UI look and feel.
    * Enlarged screenshots in the file selector and Freeze/Restore.
    * Fixed duplicated images/labels in Freeze/Restore.
    * Added "Custom Cheats" option to Cheatopedia.
    * No longer deleting buttons layout on each upgrade.
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    Published VGB-Android 3.6.5 tonight:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    This version comes with all the improvements introduced into VGBA, iNES, and MasterGear over the last couple of weeks. It has got faster video, better file selector, and supports .IPS patches. With the new VGB, you should be able to use a wide variety of game translations that can be found here:

    http://www.romhacking.net/?page=translations&platform=8

    FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Added support for .IPS files. For "mygame.gb" use "mygame.ips".
    * Switched to surfaces and optimized Java-to-native sync for faster and smoother video.
    * Now disabling cheats on startup.
    * Made overlaid buttons have solid cues and stick to nearest screen edges.
    * Fixed legacy wire-frame joystick display.
    * Fixed a few bugs in the license verification code.
    * Made file selector load directory listings faster.
    * Added labels for CHT/SAV/IPS files to the file selector.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    With the VGB 3.6.6 release today, I am starting to introduce the automatic frame skipping feature:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    This feature can be enabled under the "Frames to Draw" option in the Settings. It makes VGB draw as many frames as your hardware allows, so the game play becomes very smooth on the faster hardware, while retaining speed on the slower hardware.

    Having said that, the automatic frame skipping may not be perfect yet. I hope the existing VGB-Android users will provide feedback and help me debug it to perfection.

    FULL CHANGE LIST:
    * Added automatic frame skip control (under "Frames to Draw" option).
    * Made display updates even faster by skipping unchanged areas.
    * Made directional joypad easier to control.
    * Fixed tactile feedback feature.
    * Now you can enable multiple cheats at once.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Hello, All!

    Finishing this week with the VGB-Android 3.6.7 release:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The main addition is the ability to upload your gameplay state to a server and download states uploaded by other users. Please note that a state is your position inside a game, not the actual game.

    I have also added the resizable virtual joystick, removed the thin garbage lines that appeared on some devices in the accelerated video mode, and made a few fixes to the way VGB applies cheat codes to a patched game (i.e. when .ips file present).

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added State Exchange feature letting users exchange their gameplay states.
    * Made virtual controls resizable via "Virtual Joystick Size" option.
    * Removed garbage at screen edges in accelerated OpenGLES mode.
    * Minor fix for cheats/patch interaction.
  7. Squall-Leonh@rt

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    no ups support?
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    Please, explain what "ups" is. It is possible that I can add support for it, if you tell me what it is and where to get documentation on it.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    I have introduced the GameLink emulation into the latest VGB-Android 3.7.0, available here:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The GameLink emulation lets users play with each other over a local network or the Internet, as if their emulated "GameBoys" were connected with a real GameLink cable. To establish connection, use the "Connect NetPlay" option in the Android menu.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added GameLink emulation letting users play with each other over the network.
    * Now showing the "NEW" label only for files that have recently changed.
    * Added "Virtual Joystick Skin" setting.
    * Added alternative virtual joystick skin from Miroslaw Kocur.
    * Now deleting .CHT file when all codes removed in Cheat Editor.
    * Now stopping native thread on startup, in case previous instance has been running.
    * Fixed screen updates in Advanced Settings and Debugger.
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    i went looking for the implementation details of ups, but couldn't find it >.<

    its a format created to address some limits of the ips system, and required by patches for games like Mother3, of course that would only matter for GBA emulation :<
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    In byuu's almighty wisdom as the self-proclaimed Messiah of emulation, he replaced UPS as soon as it arrived, with another implementation, BPS, which uses a completely different patch format. >_>
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    Mghm. :eyemove: Ok, just tell me what the latest format is and where to find its description - I will do the rest!
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  14. Squall-Leonh@rt

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    funny how nobody uses bps :D
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Just published VGB-Android 3.7.1:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The main addition is the "Share" menu option for letting others know what you are playing. Also, the file selector now shows the cartridge hardware information on each file, and there have been important fixes to Android 2.x display operation and Cheatopedia UI.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * File selector now shows cartridge hardware info.
    * Added "Share" menu item for letting other people know what you are playing.
    * Added joystick shape with round directional pad.
    * Added automatic game title recognition.
    * Moved invisible and wireframe joystick settings to "Virtual Joystick Shape".
    * Fixed Cheatopedia navigation and disappearing checkmarks.
    * Now saving Cheatopedia path when cancelling cheat selection.
    * Fixed button labels and keyboard display on Android 2.x devices.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Today's release is VGB-Android 3.7.2:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    This time, I have added popular Pokemon, Super Mario, and Donkey Kong games to the Cheatopedia. The new version will also show game making company names in the File Selector.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Now showing company names for GameBoy Classic/Color ROMs in File Selector.
    * Added Pokemon Red and Blue to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Super Mario Land 1 and 2 to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Wario Land to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Donkey Kong Country to the Cheatopedia.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Just published VGB-Android 3.7.3, a new version of my GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy emulator:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

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    In this version, I have added the gallery-like 3D browsing mode to the File Selector, and also added two much requested games to the Cheatopedia: Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon Crystal.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added gallery-like 3D browsing mode to the File Selector. Use the picture button or the "Gallery" menu option to enter new mode.
    * Added Pokemon Yellow to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Pokemon Crystal to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Change Log dialog that shows up after each upgrade.
    * Added "Rate Me" button to the change log dialog.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    New VGB-Android 3.7.4 has been published:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    This version should be more modest on the license checks, and I have also added all Castlevania games to the Cheatopedia.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed licensing check problem where app tried checking license on every run.
    * Added Castlevania to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Castlevania Legends to the Cheatopedia.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Finishing week with the VGB-Android 3.7.5 release here:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    I have improved the file selector to better handle folders with many files and fixed its alphabetical index. Also, added the Legend of Zelda cheats to the Cheatopedia.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Optimized File Selector to show large directories faster and without crashing.
    * Now showing more file information when there is no screenshot.
    * Fixed alphabetical index in the File Selector.
    * Added Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX to the Cheatopedia.
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    I have released VGB 3.7.6 for Android this morning:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The new version natively supports MOGA gamepads from PowerA, shows real game names in the File Selector, and fixes a bunch of real and potential crashes. See the full list of changes below.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added native MOGA gamepad support.
    * File Selector and Gallery show real game names.
    * Settings shows current preference values.
    * Fixed GBC game ID computation.
    * Fixed occassional crash when returning from Cheat Editor or Cheatopedia.
    * Fixed occassional crash when rotating device.
    * Fixed crash when scrolling Settings with Japanese locale.
    * File Selector no longer resets when device is rotated.
    * Optimized ID-to-name conversion for faster File Selector.
    * Gallery has got a new background.
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    VGB-Android Release Announcements

    Hello, All!

    Starting week with a fresh VGB-Android 3.7.7 release:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb

    The main addition in this version is the RumblePak emulation. VGB will now make your device vibrate whenever a game uses its "rumble" feature. Also added the full-screen joystick mode, letting you use the whole screen as one huge directional pad, and added a few popular games to the Cheatopedia. You will find new cheats for Dragon Warrior and Zelda series.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added RumblePak emulation.
    * Added progress dialog to the File Selector.
    * Added full-screen virtual joystick mode (see Settings).
    * Now locking screen orientation when tilt joystick being used.
    * Fixed Donkey Kong Country Cheatopedia entry.
    * Added Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Dragon Warrior Monsters to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Zelda: Oracle of Seasons to the Cheatopedia.

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