VGB-Android releases

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  1. fms

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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.9.2 is now online:

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

    Starting with this version, you can assign special functions (save/restore, ffwd, etc) to hardware buttons on your device. This new "Input | Assign Special Keys" setting replaces and extends several older settings related to the media keys. I have also fixed the high-frequency noise volumes to account for human hearing limitations.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Input | Assign Special Keys" setting.
    * Use new setting to assign functions (menu, ffwd, etc) to hardware keys.
    * Removed "General | Use PLAY/RECORD Media Keys" option.
    * Removed "General | Use FFWD/REWIND Media Keys" option.
    * Fixed volume for high-frequency white noise.
    * Added a "Rate Me" FAB button to the Settings (disappears when pressed).
    * Cleaned up the Java side, removing deprecated code.
    * Merged pre-Gingerbread and post-Gingerbread native code.
    * Removed some debug messages from the native side.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.9.3, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Android, is now online:

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

    This release fixes several issues in the Joystick Layout Editor and adds cheats for 11 more GameBoy games, including King Of Fighters '95, Killer Instinct, and Kid Icarus. See below for the complete list.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Layout Editor to always save changes before emulation resumes.
    * Made Layout Editor always rotate when device rotated.
    * Removed outdated org.apache.http.* API from the State Exchange.
    * Added cheats for 11 more games.
    * Added Karate Joe and Karateka to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Kattobi Road and Kid Dracula to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Kid Icarus and Killer Tomatoes to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Killer Instinct and King Of The Ring to Cheatopedia.
    * Added King Of Fighters '95 and Kingdom Crusade to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Ken Griffey Jr Presents MLB to Cheatopedia.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB 4.9.4 for Android is now online:

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

    This release adds separate joystick layouts for portrait and landscape modes (see "Settings | Input | Edit Joystick Layout") and extends Cheatopedia with cheats for 13 more games, including all four Konami Collection titles.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Layout Editor got separate layouts for landscape and portrait modes.
    * Added cheats for 13 more games.
    * Added Klax and Klustar to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Knight Quest and Land Before Time to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Knockout Kings and Lazlo's Leap to Cheatopedia.
    * Added four Konami Collection Games to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Konami NFL Football to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Las Vegas Cool Hand to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Last Action Hero to Cheatopedia.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.9.6 is now online and ready for download:

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

    This release fixes several old but elusive File Selector bugs, reported by the users. I also made the Layout Editor draw dashed lines again. Apparently, Android's hardware renderer has a bug preventing them from showing up without a workaround.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
    * Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
    * Fixed dashed lines display in the Layout Editor.
    * Optimized default preferences update on startup.
    * Removed dormant ChartBoost SDK library.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have published VGB-Android 4.9.7 this morning:

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

    This release adds an option to control overscan margins on AndroidTV devices. If your AndroidTV has a system-wide setting to enable overscan, you can disable VGB-specific overscan by unchecking the "General | Add Overscan Margins" option. I have also fixed interoperability with third-party file managers (like Astro or ES File Explorer) on newer Android devices. Finally, I have added cheats for 18 more games, including Lemmings, Lucky Luke, River King, and multiple Looney Tunes games. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "General | Add Overscan Margins" option for AndroidTV.
    * Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
    * Added cheats for 18 more games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for four Looney Tunes games.
    * Added cheats for two River King games.
    * Added cheats for two Little Mermaid games.
    * Added cheats for two Lion King games.
    * Added cheats for LEGO Alpha Team and Lock'n'Chase.
    * Added cheats for Lemmings and Little Monster.
    * Added cheats for Lethal Weapon and Lunar Lander.
    * Added cheats for Little Nicky and Loopz.
    * Added cheats for Lucky Luke.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 4.9.8, released today, adds fixes previously introduced into my other emulators:

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

    The controls placed in the Joystick Layout Editor will no longer shift to unexpected positions after you save them. Menus should now work on AndroidTV, when you press both thumbsticks inside the emulation. Finally, you can assign a custom hardware key for toggling cheats on and off.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed button placement in Joystick Layout Editor.
    * Buttons no longer shift from where you set them.
    * Custom screen rectangle goes where it should go now.
    * Button labels will not distort when custom screen selected.
    * Fixed the menu on AndroidTV.
    * Added a menu workaround for Google's political idiocy.
    * Replaced options menu with context menu for AndroidTV.
    * Added "Toggle cheats" special key function.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB-Android 4.9.9 is now online:

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

    This release switches accelerated video rendering to GLES2, for better performance and coming special effect shaders. It also makes life easier for AndroidTV users and other people without touchscreens. Starting with this release, pressing the X button will apply changes in Cheatopedia, Cheat Editor and Palette Editor. Pressing Y will cancel changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Switched to OpenGLES2 rendering for accelerated video.
    * OpenGLES2 is faster and allows for future special effects.
    * Press X to apply cheats, Y to discard them in Cheatopedia.
    * Press X to apply changes, Y to reset them in Cheat Editor.
    * Press X to apply changes, Y to reset them in Palette Editor.
    * Now disabling Joystick Layout Editor on devices with no touchscreen.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    In the spirit of the current Pokemon Go craze, I have released VGB-Android 4.9.10 today:

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

    This release adds new Cheatopedia cheats for the original Pokemon Red, Blue, Gold, and Silver games for GameBoy. I have also fixed errors and corrupted entries in the existing cheat lists for these games. Please note that for a lot of these cheats, you need to disable the cheat after it has been applied once. Your modified stats or items will stay after disabling the cheat.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added many new cheats for Pokemon games.
    * Fixed Pokemon Red, Blue, Gold, and Silver cheat lists.
    * Added new cheats for Pokemon Red/Blue.
    * Added new cheats for Pokemon Gold/Silver.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Today's release of VGB 4.9.11 for Android comes with a bunch of high-quality, accelerated scaling algorithms and special effects:

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

    Make sure you have "Video | Hardware Acceleration" enabled, then select desired combination of a scaler, scanlines type, and color mask from the "Video"tab.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms using GLES2 shaders.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new algorithms.
    * Select scaling algorithm via "Video | Scale Video".
    * Added high-quality scanline effects using GLES2 shaders.
    * Select effect via "Video | Scanline Effect".
    * Added color raster effects using GLES2 shaders.
    * Select color raster effect via "Video | Color Mask".
    * You can combine scaling, scanline, and color raster effects.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published VGB 5.0, a major update to my GameBoy emulator, for Android, Windows, and Linux:

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

    The main additions are the new Scale2x scaler and a selection of mono, sepia, green, and amber CRT simulation algorithms. The Android version uses GLES2 hardware shaders for all the scaling and special effects algorithms. See below for all the changes.

    WINDOWS AND LINUX CHANGES:
    * Added Scale2X scaling algorithm.
    * Added Monochrome, Green, Amber, and Sepia CRT emulation.
    * Added -scale2x and -raster command line options.
    * Added -mono, -sepia, -green, and -amber command line options.
    * EMULib-specific command line options now processed inside EMULib.
    * Added "Scale2x Algorithm" and "LCD Raster" options on Windows.
    * Renamed "Color Raster" menu to "Color Filter" on Windows.
    * Deprecated -notv and -nolcd command line options.

    ANDROID CHANGES:
    * Added 2xSAI and Scale2X scaling algorithms using GLES2 shaders.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new algorithms.
    * Select scaling algorithm via "Video | Scale Video".
    * Added Monochrome, Green, Amber, and Sepia color filters.
    * Select your color filter via "Video | Color Filter".
    * Renamed "Color Mask" option to "Color Filter".
    * Added "In Android Gallery" option to File Selector menu.
    * Uncheck it to stop Android Gallery from indexing the current folder.
    * Automatically excluding /sdcard/VGB from media indexing.
    * Added CPU-only Scale2X algorithm implementation.
    * Optimized EPX and EAGLE scaling shaders.
    * Fixed TV scanlines and raster settings.

    Enjoy!
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    I have released VGB 5.0.1 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy emulator, this morning:

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

    This release adds CRT vignetting simulation, where screen corners become darker than the center. It also lets you assign special functions to gamepad buttons, so you can now quickly save, restore, or rewind gameplay without having to touch the screen. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added CRT vignetting simulation effect.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new effect.
    * Check "Video | Apply CRT Vignette" to enable vignetting.
    * Special functions (freeze, restore, etc.) can be assigned to gamepad.
    * See L1, L2, R1, R2, THUMBL, THUMBR under "Input | Assign Special Keys".

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB-Android 5.0.3 is out today and ready for you to download:

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

    This version fixes several issues with the File Selector, makes "What's New" dialog fill the screen and corrects the version name.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed code that selects app to run when opening a cart, tape, or disk.
    * Fixed inconsistently initialized preferences.
    * Fixed version name to show up properly.
    * Fixed "Quit" option in the File Selector menu.
    * Made "What's New" dialog fill the screen.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have pushed VGB-Android 5.0.4, a new version of my GameBoy emulator, to the Google Play this morning:

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

    In this version, I have switched to the newest Android SDK and NDK versions, as well as CLANG C compiler and other up to date tools. Since CLANG is much more serious about reporting problems with the code than GCC, I had to refactor all the native code to get rid of the new warnings.

    VGB now supports split window mode on Nougat devices, as well as freeform windows, as soon as Google enables them (or you can enable them yourself in Nougat). Since I do not have any real Nougat devices to test on, I would appreciate any help testing split and freeform windows on the real Nougat-running hardware.

    Finally, the new VGB will explicitly ask you to grant some permissions on startup. Please do grant them, or the app may not work properly. See below for all the changes in this release.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Switched to Android Nougat platform (android-25).
    * Switched to JDK 1.8, NDK 13, CLANG toolchain, newest ANT and ProGuard.
    * Refactored all native code, fixing CLANG warnings.
    * Added split window support on Android Nougat.
    * Added freeform window support for upcoming Androids.
    * On Marshmallow+, app asks for permissions on startup.
    * Fixed scalable images used for tiles in the File Selector.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    VGB 5.0.5 for Android, published this morning, adds the same improvements and enhancements as iNES 4.6.7 released the last week:

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

    The GLES shaders, used for scaling and special effects, have been optimized. The new "Audio | Sampling Rate | Automatic" setting lets you choose the best sampling rate and buffer size that your Android hardware reports. At this setting, you should have the minimal audio latency. Just keep in mind that the hardware latency gets added up on top of the "Audio | Latency" setting you choose. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Optimized OpenGLES shaders used in scaling algorithms and filters.
    * Added "Audio | Sampling Rate | Automatic" option for best available sound.
    * Added "Audio | Sampling Rate" options for 24kHz and 48kHz sound.
    * Always using optimal rate and buffer size when "Automatic" selected.
    * Made audio render without glitches at custom sampling rates.
    * Now always hiding FAB buttons on devices with no touchscreen.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGB 5.0.6 for Android is now online:

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

    It adds an option to force the 4:3 "television" screen dimensions (relevant for Super GameBoy mode) and cheat codes for 21 more games, including Pocket Pool, Animorphs, Bowling, Alleyway, and Asteroids. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Video | Scale Video | Stretch to 4:3 Ratio" option.
    * Added Cheatopedia cheats for 21 more games.
    * Added cheats for Pocket Pool, 10-Pin Bowling, 720o.
    * Added cheats for Action Man, Bug's Life, Animorphs, Amida.
    * Added cheats for Adventures of Smurfs, Aladdin, 102 Dalmatians.
    * Added cheats for Alice in Wonderland, and several Asteroids games
    * Added cheats for All Star Baseball, All Star Tennis, Alleyway, 1942.
    * Added cheats for 4x4 Racing, ATV Racing, Arthur's Fun Day.

    Enjoy!
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    VGB 5.1 for Android is now online:

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

    This version adds HQ4X scaling algorithm and a way to disable GLES linear filtering (that adds slight "fuzz" to the scaled picture). I have also made Layout Editor hide title bar, so that the button layout there looks exactly the same as in the actual gameplay. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added HQ4X scaling algorithm (GLES mode only).
    * Select "Video | Interpolation Effect | HQ4X Interpolation" to enable.
    * Added option to disable GLES linear filtering.
    * Select "Video | Interpolation Effect | Disable Interpolation" to enable.
    * Disabled GLES linear filtering when scaling algorithm selected.
    * Further optimized GLES scaling algorithms.
    * Made title bar transparent in Layout Editor, when "Hide Title Bar" enabled.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have published VGB 5.1 for Windows and Linux today:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ -- homepage
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB51-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB51-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

    This release adds options to disable linear interpolation on Windows and force 4:3 "television" screen ratio. I have also fixed several issues with MIDI sound playback and recording, stopped VGB-Windows from overwriting the last loaded game filename, and updated its icon. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Nearest Neighbor" option to disable linear interpolation.
    * Added "Force 4:3 Screen" option to VGB-Windows.
    * Fixed "Hit MIDI Drums" option in VGB-Windows.
    * Computing effective waveform power when simulating samples via MIDI.
    * Fixed 44kHz sound hiccups in VGB-Windows.
    * VGB-Windows will not overwrite last .GB file name with .PAL or .STA names.
    * Keys [1]-[4] will toggle individual sound channels in VGB-Windows.
    * Key [0] will toggle all sound channels in VGB-Windows.
    * Added -4x3 command line option to VGB-Unix.
    * Updated VGB-Windows icon.

    Enjoy!
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    I updated VGB-Android to version 5.1.1 today:

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

    This release fixes a couple of issues in the Layout Editor and MIDI recording. I have also released free VGB 5.1 for Windows and Linux, available here:

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

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released free VGB 5.1 for Windows and Linux.
    * Tap screen to toggle title bar in Layout Editor.
    * Items no longer jump in Layout Editor when you start moving them.
    * Analog gamepad triggers now mapped to L2/R2 buttons.
    * Fixed MIDI drums option that simulates noise channel with drums.
    * MIDI now computes and uses effective power of a waveform.

    Enjoy!
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    A new version of my GameBoy emulator for Android, VGB 5.1.2, is now online:

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

    This version removes tiny text cues from joystick skins which have their own cues, fixes analog gamepad triggers, and adds cheats for 13 more games, including Beetlejuice, Austin Powers, and Bionic Battler. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Removed text cues from joystick skins that have them already.
    * Fixed analog gamepad triggers mapping to L2/R2 buttons.
    * Added Cheatopedia cheats for 13 more games.
    * Added cheats for two Austin Powers games.
    * Added cheats for two Barbie games.
    * Added cheats for Banishing Racer and Beethoven Second.
    * Added cheats for Baseball and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure.
    * Added cheats for Beetlejuice and Billy Bob's Hunting And Fishing.
    * Added cheats for Bart Simpson's Escape From Camp Deadly.
    * Added cheats for Best Of The Best and Bionic Battler.

    Enjoy!
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    VGB 5.1.3 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, is now on Google Play:

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

    This version fixes special effect filters on low-precision GPUs (such as Mali-400 found in Rockchip and other chipsets). I have also added Cheatopedia entries for 10 more games, including Bob The Builder and a bunch of Bugs Bunny titles. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed CMY/RGB filter shaders on low-end GPUs (Mali-400).
    * Fixed scanline simulation shaders on low-end GPUs (Mali-400).
    * Added Cheatopedia cheats for 10 more games.
    * Added cheats for four Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle games.
    * Added cheats for Black Bass and Boarder Zone.
    * Added cheats for Bob The Builder and Burning Paper.
    * Added cheats for Bugs Bunny and Bugs Bunny And Lola Bunny.

    Enjoy!

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