[RELEASE] OpenMSX Peashooter 1.1 for Mac OS X

By cesco

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17-11-2007, 16:04

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OpenMSX shooter is a frontend for OpenMSX that should run on any Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.4 or above. I have developed it because I think that, while being a superb emulator, OpenMSX suffers the lack of an integrated IDE to manage files.www.cescoware.com/beta/openmsx_peashooter_1_1.jpg

OpenMSX shooter is a frontend for OpenMSX that should run on any Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.4 or above. I have developed it because I think that, while being a superb emulator, OpenMSX suffers the lack of an integrated IDE to manage files. Launching games and applications from the terminal isn't very user friendly, and it's almost a pain in the *ss for a lot of users (well, at least that's true for me ^__^). That's why I wanted to develop something that the people could use in conjunction with OpenMSX to experience again some of the fabulous games made for the MSX standard.

What's new in this release:

* Improved compatibility for Mac OS X 10.5 (Tiger)
* Some bugs were fixed
* New games added to the internal database
* Now Peashooter can force OpenMSX to start in full-screen
* If you want you can embed OpenMSX.app inside Peashooter main package
* Support for homebrew games and apps. If you want you can put all the homebrew games made on ROMs, Disks and Tapes in a new folder and keep them separately from the other software. You can also use a different machine configuration for running the homebrew games and aps.

List of the currently available features:

* Its internal database can identify immediately over 1360 files, giving their real name, the year of publication and the publisher. But there's more: for many games (more than 700 actually) it can also show you a brief description of the game and a small screenshot of it
* Support for MSX-1-Mania disks as well, including the exact description of the contents of every disk released in the collection
* Manage ROMs, Disk and tape images in different subfolders. You can also keep MSX1, MSX2 and MSX2+ ROMs separated
* Create a list of your favourite MSX games: ROMs, Disk and tape images can be listed together in your very own favourite list
* Sort your files by their names, publisher and year of publication
* You can choose different machine configurations for each category... how about a good Philips VG8020 for the good old MSX1 games and a more performant NMS 8255 for MSX2 games ? Just remember to add the system ROMs into the proper openMSX subfolder in order to be able to use them...
* Universal binary

To use it, follow these simple tasks:

1) Download OpenMSX 0.6.2 for Mac OS X from this link:
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/openmsx/openmsx-0.6.2-mac-univ-bin.dmg

2) Download OpenMSX Peashooter from this link:
http://www.cescoware.com/beta/openmsx_peashooter_1_1.dmg

3) Uncompress OpenMSX 0.6.2 and copy the emulator into your Applications folder

4) Open the OpenMSX Peashooter .dmg file (an image file) and copy it into your Applications folder

5) The first time you will launch OpenMSX Peashooter, it will ask you the permission to create a folder called "OpenMSX User Data" under your Documents folder. Allow it.

6) Copy all your games and applications under the subfolders "MSX1 ROMs", "MSX2 ROMs", "MSX2+ ROMs", "Disks" and "Tapes" located inside the "OpenMSX User Data" folder

7) Close OpenMSX Peashooter, then relaunch it. You should see your stuff divided by filetypes (ROMs, Disk images and tape images)

That's it. Use your mouse or the cursor keys to select a file from the list, then double-click on it (or press ENTER key) to launch the game inside OpenMSX.

Have fun!

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