VGB-Android releases

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  1. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Today's VGB-Android 4.5.3 release switches UI to the Material Design theme and fixes several pesky UI bugs:

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

    I have also reviewed all the menus, removing unnecessary items and making the rest uniform throughout the app. See below for detailed changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Switched to the Material Design theme.
    * Added "up" buttons to all title bars.
    * Revised all menus, making them work uniformly.
    * Fixed black banding in the Palette Editor.
    * Fixed text color in the Gallery.
    * Updated all icons to the newest Lollipop versions.
    * Retired some icons, replacing them with better fitting ones.
    * Removed application name from all title bars, to save space.
    * Now defaulting to the "light UI" mode.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The next version of VGB-Android, my GameBoy Color and GameBoy Classic emulator, is now online:

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

    VGB-Android 4.5.4 adds initial AndroidTV support, improves the File Selector grid view, fixes screenshot sizes everywhere, and patches Moga and License Verification libraries to properly work with Lollipop APIs. As I have no real AndroidTV device myself, I would appreciate some feedback from AndroidTV owners. Does VGB work for you? If not, what are the problems?

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added experimental AndroidTV support.
    * Added tiles to the File Selector grid view.
    * Fixed screenshots and highlight in the State Selector.
    * Fixed Moga library to work on Android Lollipop.
    * Fixed LVL library to work on Android Lollipop.
    * Fixed screenshot sizes in the State Exchange.
    * Switched to android-21 API, as required by AndroidTV.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.5.5 is now online and ready to download:

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

    This update adds Material Design tiles and the top-left corner navigation menu to the File Selector. Please note that the "Show Tiles" option affects both normal and grid views. I have also enabled application-wide graphics acceleration, fixed the emulation settings not showing up from the File Selector and fixed custom key assignment dialog to work on devices lacking touch screen (e.g. TV). People, who wanted to have their own game database, can now place it into /sdcard/VGB/names.dat. Each line must contain the unique game ID (in "GB-*" format) and the game name.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Enabled application-wide hardware graphics acceleration.
    * Fixed Emulation Settings not showing up from File Selector.
    * Removed unnecessary group inside Emulation Settings.
    * Added navigation menu to the File Selector.
    * Added tile view to the File Selector.
    * Moved File Selector view toggles to the navigation menu.
    * Made "grid view" and "tile view" options separate.
    * Added "up" button to the main emulator title bar.
    * You can add your own game names database in "/sdcard/VGB/names.dat".
    * Cleaned up and beautified the grid view in the File Selector.
    * When assigning keys, DPAD_CENTER button confirms assignments.
    * VGB now shows up in the Google Play for AndroidTV.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have released VGB 4.6 for Android and Windows today:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb (Android version)
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ (free Windows version)

    This release fixes the GameBoy hardware window display (affecting menus in Duke Nukem) and lowers wave sound pitch (Pokemon Yellow, Baloon Kid, and many other games). I have also made some changes to the sound, which is going to sound more "metallic" now, just like the real GameBoy. Finally, cheaters among you will find more of what they like in the Cheatopedia, including codes for Lolo and Airforce Delta. :)

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released free VGB-Windows 4.6.
    * Fixed window display (Duke Nukem and other games).
    * Corrected wave sound pitch (Pokemon Yellow, Baloon Kid, etc).
    * Removed waveform interpolation for more realistic sound.
    * Fixed crash when detecting an outdated version.
    * Optimized wave sound emulation.
    * Added Adventure of Lolo and Catz cheats.
    * Added Alfred Chicken and Casper cheats.
    * Added Croc and Croc 2 cheats.
    * Added Airforce Delta cheats.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    Just published VGB-Android 4.6.1, adding floating action button and optimizing File Selector controls for Nvidia Shield and other gamepads:

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

    If you do not like the floating button, disable it via "Settings | General | Show Action Button".

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added floating action button that starts the last played game.
    * Added "Show Action Button" option to the Settings.
    * Optimized controls for Nvidia SHIELD Portable and similar devices.
    * FIRE-R, FIRE-Y, and SELECT buttons open File Selector main menu.
    * FIRE-X button opens File Selector navigation menu.
    * FIRE-L button opens Gallery from the File Selector.
    * FIRE-B button now exits File Selector.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB-Android 4.6.2 is out today:

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

    This release adds thorough support for AndroidTV and other gamepad-only devices. Most operations, including menus and custom key assignments, can now be done without touchscreen. By popular request, I have also added the "General | Reset All Settings" option, so that you do not need to uninstall the whole app to get rid of incorrect settings. Finally, I have lowered VGB-Android price to $2.99: it makes no sense to charge for it the same price as for the more universal VGBAnext.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Optimized app for AndroidTV, tested on the ADT-1 box.
    * Added overscan border on AndroidTV devices.
    * Added hints to the emulator and key mapping dialog.
    * Fixed crashes on devices with no web browser (e.g. ADT-1).
    * Replaced AndroidTV banner image.
    * Enabled gamepad-only emulation interface.
    * Press BUTTON_R1 to invoke File Selector context menu.
    * Press BACK on gamepad to exit emulation.
    * Press MODE or BUTTON_A+BACK to open menu.
    * Press BUTTON_X if you have no SELECT button.
    * Press BUTTON_Y if you have no START button.
    * Xperia CIRCLE button now acts as BUTTON_B.
    * Redesigned key mapping dialog.
    * Press same key twice to remove it from assignments.
    * Press same key three times to confirm key mappings.
    * DPAD_CENTER key no longer confirms key mappings.
    * Added "General | Reset All Settings" option.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.6.3, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, adds cheats for 12 more games:

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

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added cheats for Elmo in Grouchland and Emperor's New Groove.
    * Added cheats for Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Fish Dude.
    * Added cheats for Faceball 2000 and Fist Of The North Star.
    * Added cheats for F-1 Race and F-18 Thunder Strike.
    * Added cheats for Famista and Famista 2.
    * Added cheats for Frogger and Frogger 2.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Just published VGB-Android 4.6.4, fixing Joystick Layout Editor, adding second player support, and switching to Material Design icons:

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

    Please note that you will need to connect both gamepads to the device before starting VGB to make it detect the second gamepad.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Joystick Layout Editor to properly show labels and gravity.
    * Added second player, if you have two gamepads connected.
    * To play together, connect both gamepads before starting VGB.
    * Added Material Design icons everywhere.
    * Retouched virtual gamepad images.

    Enjoy!
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    I have just released VGB 4.7, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, now available for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb (Android version)
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ (free Windows and Linux versions)

    VGB-Android 4.7 lets AndroidTV and other gamepad players invoke the menu by pressing both thumbsticks at once and includes cheats for 15 more GameBoy games. I have also tested and optimized VGB for the latest Nividia SHIELD AndroidTV device.

    VGB-Windows 4.7 uses Direct3D textures to render the screen and adds the "Stretch Full Screen" option. I have also revised the full screen initialization code, so the new VGB should run in full screen mode on more different video hardware types.

    VGB-ANDROID CHANGES:
    * Tested and optimized for Nvidia Shield AndroidTV device.
    * On AndroidTV, press both thumbsticks down to invoke the menu.
    * Added cheats for Bonk's Adventure and Bonk's Revenge.
    * Added cheats for Atomic Punk and Avenging Spirit.
    * Added cheats for Battle Bull and Battle City.
    * Added cheats for Aerostar and Astro Rabby.
    * Added cheats for two Addams Family games.
    * Added cheats for two Adventure Island games.
    * Added cheats for two Blaster Master games.
    * Added cheats for Boomer Adventure.

    VGB-WINDOWS CHANGES:
    * Switched VGB-Windows to Direct3D textures-based rendering.
    * Added "Video | Stretch Full Screen" option to VGB-Windows.
    * Added "Hardware | Debugger" option to VGB-Windows.
    * Added -lcd and -nolcd command line options.
    * Added optional color palette by Roger Casella.
    * Added gblist to the package.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have published VGB-Android 4.7.1 this morning, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

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

    This release reenables the action bar on devices with physical MENU key. Notice that the "Cheats" option may move from the menu to the action bar. Click on the smiley face to access cheats. I have also fixed a crash in the State Exchange feature and added cheats for 12 more games, including Boy And His Blob and Bram Stoker's Dracula. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Reenabled action bar on devices with physical MENU key.
    * Fixed a crash in the State Exchange browser.
    * Added exception for LG Optimus Zone 2 (does not show submenus).
    * Added cheats for Boy And His Blob and Burai Fighter.
    * Added cheats for Burger Time Deluxe and Bust A Move 4.
    * Added cheats for Choplifter 3 and Caesar's Palace.
    * Added cheats for Catwoman and Cold Shadow.
    * Added cheats for Conker's Pocket Tales.
    * Added cheats for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    * Added cheats for Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
    * Added cheats for Buzz Lightyear.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB-Android 4.7.2 release is out this morning:

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

    This release adds support for custom virtual joystick skins. All you need to do is download a template image from my web site, edit it, and place it into /sdcard/VGB directory. After that, you can enable your skin by selecting it in the Joystick Layout Editor. I have also listened to the current users and disabled the action bar on devices that have physical MENU button. It appears that most people prefer plain menus to Google-approved action bar icons. For those who do like the action bar, there is the "Enable Action Bar" option in the Settings. Finally, I have added cheats for 9 more games, including Cyraid, Daikatana, and Cutthroat Island.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added joystick skins, place your own skin into /sdcard/VGB/Controls.png.
    * Sample joystick skin image available at http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/#Skin.
    * Use "Input | Layout Editor | Shape | Custom Skin" to enable your skin.
    * Made action bar optional on devices with MENU button (off by default).
    * Added "General | Enable Action Bar" option for devices with MENU button.
    * Added cheats for Cyber Tiger and Cyraid.
    * Added cheats for Daikatana and Darkman.
    * Added cheats for two Daffy Duck games.
    * Added cheats for Cool Spot Adventure.
    * Added cheats for Crazy Castle.
    * Added cheats for Cutthroat Island.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The next VGB-Android 4.7.3 release is ready for download:

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

    For this release, I have updated the backdrop image, so that it properly connects to the bottom of GameBoy screen. You can also have custom per-game backdrops: if you have Game.gb, place custom backdrop into Game.back.png in the same folder. On devices, where Android does not let apps write to the external SD card, VGB will now create /sdcard/VGB folder and use it for saving game states.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added new, nicer backdrop image in portrait mode.
    * You can have custom backdrop for each game in Game.back.png.
    * Changed the backdrop rendering, removing the gap below the screen.
    * Now automatically creating /sdcard/VGB if missing.
    * When VGB cannot write SD card, it will save to /sdcard/VGB.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB-Android 4.7.4 is now online:

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

    This release adds Cheatopedia cheats for 17 new games, including Grand Theft Auto, Game & Watch, Gargoyle's Quest and Galaga.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added 17 new entries to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for three Game & Watch Gallery games.
    * Added cheats for three Godzilla games.
    * Added cheats for two Grand Theft Auto games.
    * Added cheats for two Galaga and two Gex games.
    * Added cheats for Gargoyle's Quest and Ghosts & Goblins.
    * Added cheats for Gremlins 2 and The Grinch.
    * Added cheats for Go! Go! Tank and Golf.
    * Added cheats for Ghostbusters 2.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just released a major VGB update for Android, Windows, and Linux. VGB 4.8 adds EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms, optional color raster emulation, and fixes a bunch of Instant Replay bugs:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB -- homepage
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb -- Android version
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB48-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB48-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added special effects simulating individual CMY or RGB pixel components.
    * Added EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms.
    * Fixed memory corruption bug in the instant replay recorder.
    * Fixed instant replay not restoring successive states.
    * Fixed instant replay not recording the first state.
    * Added -rgb and -cmy command line options.
    * Added -epx and -eagle command line options.

    ANDROID CHANGES:
    * Added "Video | Color Mask Effect" selector.
    * Added "CMY pixels" and "RGB pixels" special effects.
    * Added "Video | Interpolation Effect" selector.
    * Added "EPX interpolation" and "EAGLE interpolation" effects.
    * Renamed "Soften Video" to "2xSal interpolation".
    * Merged "Scale Video" and "Stretch Video" into one selector.

    WINDOWS CHANGES:
    * Merged scanline options into "Simulate Scanlines" in VGB-Windows.
    * Merged scaling options into "Interpolate Video" in VGB-Windows.
    * Added "Apply Color Raster" submenu to VGB-Windows.
    * Added "RGB Raster" and "CMY Raster" options to VGB-Windows.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Just published VGB-Android 4.8.1, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

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

    This version adds cheats for 13 more games, including two Harry Potter games, Home Alone, and Hunt For The Red October.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added 13 new entries to the Cheatopedia.
    * Switched to android-22 platform and tools (Android Lollipop 5.1.1).
    * Added cheats for Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.
    * Added cheats for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.
    * Added cheats for Head On and Heavyweight Championship Boxing.
    * Added cheats for Holye Casino and Hello Kitty Cube Frenzy.
    * Added cheats for HexCite and Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver.
    * Added cheats for Horrible Demon 2 and Itchy And Scratchy.
    * Added cheats for Inspector Gadget and Hunt For Red October.
    * Added cheats for two Home Alone games.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    Just pushed VGB-Android 4.8.2 to the Google Play:

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

    This release fixes the Cheat Editor not finding the cheats for games placed to external SD card. People who complained about their BACK keys being broken should have them working now. I have also upgraded to the latest DropBox SDK and switched it to the newer authorization algorithm.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Cheat Editor not finding .cht files in private SD card folders.
    * Fixed BACK key on devices where it did not exit emulation.
    * Fixed the first/second gamepad detection.
    * Fixed a crash in the File Selector when showing grid.
    * Returned gradient to the action bar (sorry, Material Design).
    * Amplified pixel color raster effects.
    * Switched to v2 authentication in DropBox.
    * Upgraded to DropBox SDK 1.6.3.
    * Improved the What's New dialog.

    Merry Christmas!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.8.3 is now ready for download:

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

    In this release, I have made several changes to the DI+HALT CPU bug emulation, to make some corner cases work. As result, I was able to enable DI+HALT emulation by default, since it should work for all games now. You may want to reinstall the app to put new default settings into effect. Also added support for the unlicensed Karate Joe cartridge and the ability to save gameplay every few minutes (see "Settings | General | Save Emulation State").

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Disabled DI+HALT bug when DI occurs right before HALT.
    * Enabled DI+HALT emulation by default (reinstall app to activate).
    * Added support for cartridge type 0x97 (Karate Joe).
    * Robocop runs with DI+HALT emulation enabled now.
    * The Smurfs runs with default settings now.
    * Thunderbirds runs with default settings now.
    * Added ability to periodically save gameplay.
    * Added "General | Save Emulation State" selector.
    * Removed "General | Save State on Exit" option.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published the new VGB 4.9 release for Windows and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ -- product page
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB49-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB49-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

    This release modifies the DI+HALT CPU bug handling, something I previously introduced in VGB-Android and VGBAnext emulators. When the DI instruction immediately precedes HALT, the bug will not occur. Implementing this behaviour allowed me to enable DI+HALT emulation by default. I have also improved color raster effects, added a menu option to clear all file associations in VGB-Windows, and an option to play sound while the window in inactive in VGB-Windows.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Disabled DI+HALT bug when DI occurs right before HALT.
    * Enabled DI+HALT emulation by default.
    * Added support for cartridge type 0x97 (Karate Joe).
    * Robocop runs with DI+HALT emulation enabled now.
    * The Smurfs runs with default settings now.
    * Thunderbirds runs with default settings now.
    * Added "Play Sound When Inactive" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Added "Clear File Associations" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Made color raster effects stronger.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB-Android 4.9 update is now online:

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

    It fixes a Freeze/Restore dialog crash, reported by a user, returns disappeared FAB button, and adds cheats for 9 more GameBoy games. A while ago, I have also released the free VGB for Windows and Linux, available here:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released free VGB 4.9 for Windows and Linux.
    * Fixed Freeze/Restore dialog crashes (reported on IUNI devices).
    * Fixed disappearing FAB button.
    * Added 9 new entries to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for James Bond 007 and Judge Dredd.
    * Added cheats for two Jungle Book games.
    * Added cheats for two Jurassic Park games.
    * Added cheats for Jeff Gordon's Racing.
    * Added cheats for Jim Henson's Muppets.
    * Added cheats for Joe And Mac.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have published VGB-Android 4.9.1 this morning:

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

    Starting with this update, you can delete individual saved states in the State Selector and place shortcuts to your favorite games to the Android home screen. The on-screen FFWD button is optional now, for those who think it is more of a nuisance. See below for the complete list of changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Add home screen shortcuts via File Selector context menu.
    * Long press to delete state in the State Selector.
    * State Selector now starts with autosaved slot selected.
    * Fixed error messages when screenshots not found in State Selector.
    * Fixed individual slot heights in State Selector.
    * Added option to hide FFWD button ("General | Show FFWD Button").
    * Now disabling FAB button by default on AndroidTV devices.
    * Refactored and simplified all EMULib activities.

    Enjoy!

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