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Official Homepage for DBGL: DOSBox Game Launcher

An open-source, free, multi-platform frontend for DOSBox

Latest news: DBGL version 0.82 is available with some bugfixes and a few usability improvements!

If you're willing to volunteer to translate DBGL into another language, I'd like to know! Just know that you don't have to have any programming skills to be able to help! Simply follow these instructions. English, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portugese-Brazillian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Russian are already covered, although some translation are somewhat incomplete. Volunteers are more than welcome.


Introduction

Hi everybody,

DBGL is a Java frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.

DBGL serves as a frontend / Graphical User Interface to DOSBox (configuration). It tries to make creating DOSBox configuration files a little easier by offering a (relatively) simple interface, some shortcuts and a little bit of intelligence (DOSBox behavior). Once your DOS games are configured in DBGL, its very easy to setup or start them, or alter their configuration or associated DOSBox version.

Initial work for the frontend was done in 2006, and the product has gradually improved over the course of the years. Still, it is by no means finished, it's a work in progress. Source code for the complete program is available, please feel free to hack away.

Features

To name some of its features:

  • Multi-platform: Windows, Mac OSX and Linux (both x86 and x64) are supported, and DBGL should be easily portable to other systems.
  • Multi-language support; Currently, English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Russian translations are available (although some are incomplete).
  • Highly portable: DBGL uses relative paths so that you can use the same DBGL installation on whatever disk/folder/location, and even multiple operating systems.
  • DBGL supports all of DOSBox' official configuration options, and allows the user to add their own option values (if applicable). Most unofficial/experimental options are supported as well, such as Glide, vsync, pixelshaders and the like.
  • Multiple DOSBox versions support. You can configure/manage multiple DOSBox versions (v0.74, v0.73, v0.72, v0.71, v0.70, v0.65, v0.63 or custom/SVN builds) inside DBGL and associate a specific version per profile. What's more, it is possible to change the association to another DOSBox version either by keeping all configuration settings, or just the alterations from the default.
  • Templates support. DBGL comes with an extensive collection of example templates to simplify setting up a game for a specific PC era. And you can create your own templates on which to base your profiles.
  • A simple, yet configurable interface which keeps track of dialog sizes, profile list column settings and ordering, the last selected profile and much more. It also tries to assist the user when entering profile data (for example by pointing out when some information is missing, by reusing directory locations, by implementing auto-completion, auto-mounting, browsing inside ISO/BIN/(7)zip-files, etc.).
  • Many fields in which to define meta information about your games, such as its developer, publisher, status, URLs, PDFs, etc. Also available are 10 extra fields for user-definable content.
  • The ability to create desktop shortcuts on both Windows and Linux (Gnome and KDE) environments.
  • Internet information querying! DBGL can contact MobyGames, hotud.org or Pouet to receive information about a game or demo by using the profile's title. When multiple matches are found, DBGL will display a popup screen in which you may select the correct entry. Even cover-art and screenshots can be fetched and saved in DBGL.
  • Powerful multi-profile editing; selecting multiple profiles to edit will open the profiles editing dialog as usual, showing the common settings or greyed-out settings that differ among the profiles. You can then change the settings as you like (as you would normally do with a single profile). Whether its changing a DOSBox associations, querying MobyGames for information, creating desktop shortcuts or deleting certain profiles, its all possible in a single action.
  • Basic support for 'Windows system integration', meaning you can use the Windows Explorer, right-click on a game executable, and select Send To -> DBGL to add the game to DBGL's profiles list.
  • Easily create duplicates of existing profiles (ctrl-d).
  • Profile/Game Export: Just select the profiles that you want to export in the list, choose File->Export in the menu and go through the wizard to export your profile(s) or game(s).
  • Profile/Game Import: Click File->Import in the menu, and select a package (*.dbgl.zip) to import. You will once again enter a wizard that leads you through the steps. Review package information, select the profiles or games that you want to import and off you go! Some example game packages to try out are available here.
  • Filter tabs; you can add a filter to the profiles list by typing ctrl-f. This creates an inner tab in the profiles list showing a certain subselection of your profiles. For example, you can create a filter to only display profiles with the string 'quest' in it's name, but (much) more complicated filtering is also possible. When multiple profiles in the list are selected upon filter creation, DBGL will keep that selection in a filter tab.
  • Support for so-called Booter games.
  • Has the ability to export your game-list to a file, such as a plain TXT file, a basic .CSV or a fancy HTML page.
  • (7)zip-file mounting support (using a dosbox version that has PhysFS integrated, for example Ykhwong's or Gulikoza's).
  • Performance: DBGL can easily handle thousands of profiles (using the Java HSQLDB database engine and SWT GUI library, caching game screenshots and by using lazy loading when possible)
  • Support for setting custom environment variables to globally override certain DOSBox settings (as explained here).
  • No data replication; all DOSBox profile information that can be stored in the .conf file is stored in there, and only in there. Extra information such as the profile's Title, developer name, status etc. is stored in a single human-readable database file (database.script). What this basically means is flexibility: you can start a profile without even using DBGL (dosbox -conf dosbox.conf -conf profiles\lemmings.conf), if you want.
  • D-Fend profiles importing (both for D-Fend Reloaded and the original but discontinued D-Fend from MabusRaeen)
  • Fully automated build system. Anyone who wants to contribute something codewise, should be able to build the DBGL packages by just downloading the source package and using Apache Ant.

Main DBGL screen (Windows 7)



Importing D-Fend profiles... (Windows XP)



Editing a profile (Ubuntu)



DBGL in Chinese (Mac OSX)

Installation

Just extract the archive to any dir (*) and start launch.exe (Windows), or ./dbgl (Linux). Mac users can simply drag the DBGL icon into their Applications folder and start it. Please note that you MUST have the Java Runtime Environment 1.7 (or higher) installed, it will not work without the JRE1.7, or with an older version.

(*) Due to certain restrictions imposed by DBGL's envisioned portability in combination with Windows' UAC, it is currently not advised to store DBGL in a folder below "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)". A better location would be C:\DBGL or %USERPROFILE%\DBGL where UAC does not apply.

The archive contains DBGL with some pre-configured templates and the latest DOSBox release, so you can get going instantly.

Since the frontend was written in Java, it should be relatively easy to port to another platform. If anybody is interested in another build, please let me know.

Download

First-time installation Upgrading an existing installation
Download the appropriate archive for your operation system and extract it to a directory of your choice. Just download the JAR and overwrite the single file in this zip archive. It is always a good idea to make backups of your profile information when upgrading; this means the /profiles, /captures, /db and /templates folders.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.74: Some additional library files are necessary. Besides updating DBGL.jar, just put commons-lang3-3.1.jar and commons-io-2.2.jar in your DBGL/lib folder.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.76: One additional library file is necessary. Besides updating DBGL.jar, just put gallery-0.5.3.jar in your DBGL/lib folder.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.77: Two additional files are necessary. Besides updating DBGL.jar, just put gallery-0.6.0.jar in your DBGL/lib folder, and default.xml in your DBGL/templates directory.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.79: Multiple new library files are required. Besides updating DBGL.jar, start by removing all existing *.jar files in your DBGL/lib folder. Then download the full 0.79 package for your platform, and extract all files from the archive's lib folder into your DBGL/lib directory.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.80: One additional library file is necessary. Besides updating DBGL.jar, just put commons-lang3-3.4.jar in your DBGL/lib folder.
Special note for users upgrading to DBGL 0.81: Some additional library files are necessary. Besides updating DBGL.jar, just put commons-lang3-3.5.jar, commons-io-2.5.jar and jersey-2.25.1.jar in your DBGL/lib folder.

Windows

Extract and run launch.exe

Mac OSX

Open dmg and drag DBGL.app
to apps

Update

Extract and overwrite the jar

Legacy builds

Note 1: Java Runtime version 1.7(or higher) is required to run this application. If you can't use version 1.7 or 1.8 for whatever reason, try using a DBGL version prior to 0.79 which should run on older JVMs. DBGL does not run on Java 9, support will come in the next release.

Note 2: On DBGL startup, Windows may or may not ask whether or not to allow the program to establish connections to other machines. You can choose 'Block' since DBGL doesn't need to connect to other computers, communication takes place on localhost only. In case you don't want to use the 'Send To' functionality, you can choose to disable it in the Settings dialog window, that will also get rid of the Windows popup.

Note 3: Some users have reported problems starting up DBGL. Please make sure you're using the right package for the right environment, and you have your JAVA_HOME environment setting properly configured.

Attention Linux users: Make sure you have the packages 'libsdl-sound' and 'libsdl-net' installed (sudo apt-get install libsdl-sound1.2 libsdl-net1.2), because otherwise the included DOSBox build will NOT run. /usr/bin/java should be (a symbolic link) pointing to the 1.7+ JVM (sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre). If you're having problems starting up DOSBox inside DBGL (some error message saying "Can't init SDL DirectFBCreate: Initialization error!") chances are you're using the GNU Interpreter for Java. It seems this Java distribution has a problem in the ProcessBuilder implementation. Please use openJDK or Oracle's Java Runtime as a workaround. When using DBGL on Linux with an older version of KDE, specifically using the library gtk2-theme-oxygen, you might experience crashes. If so, either use a different theme for GTK2, or try to update gtk2-theme-oxygen to 1.4.6 or later.

GamePackArchives

The following game pack archives can be imported into DBGL using the menu: Profiles -> Import...

Please note that you should not extract these archives. Just store the game.dbgl.zip file somewhere on your disk, and let DBGL import it. Enjoy the games!

  1. The Elder Scrolls: Arena

    This is the game as provided for free by Bethesda Softworks on elderscrolls.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.

    download (11 MB)mirrortorrent

  2. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

    This is the game as provided for free by Bethesda Softworks on elderscrolls.com, with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.

    download (174 MB)mirrortorrent

  3. Apogee Freeware Collection

    This is a collection of all the freeware games found on 3drealms.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Adventure Fun-Pak, Alien Carnage, Arctic Adventure, Beyond the Titanic, Bio Menace, Dark Ages, Kroz, Major Stryker, Monuments of Mars, Pharaoh's Tomb, Puzzle Fun-Pak, Stargunner, Supernova, The Thor Trilogy, Trivia Whiz, Word Whiz, Xenophage)

    download (87 MB)mirrortorrent

  4. Apogee Shareware Collection

    This is a collection of all the shareware games found on 3drealms.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Blake Stone, Boppin', Commander Keen 1+4+6, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Crystal Caves, Death Rally, Duke Nukem 1+2+3D, Hocus Pocus, Math Rescue, Monster Bash, Mystic Towers, Paganitzu, Raptor, Realms of Chaos, Rise of the Triad, Secret Agent, Shadow Warrior, Terminal Velocity, Wacky Wheels, Wolfenstein 3D, Word Rescue)

    download (50 MB)mirrortorrent

  5. Epic MegaGames Collection

    This is a collection of all the shareware and freeware Epic (Mega)Games found on classicdosgames.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Adventure Math, Ancients 1: Deathwatch, Brix (version 2.0), Drum Blaster, Electro Man, Epic Baseball, Epic Pinball, Extreme Pinball, Heartlight, Heros I: The Sanguine Seven, Highway Hunter, Jazz Jackrabbit, Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1994, Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1995, Jill of the Jungle, Ken's Labyrinth, Kiloblaster, LineWars 2, One Must Fall 2097, OverKill, Radix: Beyond the Void, Seek and Destroy, Silverball, Solar Winds: The Escape, Space Chase III: Showdown In Orbit, Super ZZT, The Adventures of Robbo, Traffic Department 2192, Tyrian 2000, Xargon, Zone 66, ZZT)

    download (46 MB)mirrortorrent

  6. id Software Collection

    This is a collection of all the shareware games from id Software found on classicdosgames.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Commander Keen: Keen Dreams, DOOM, Heretic, Hexen: Beyond Heretic, Quake, Rescue Rover, Spear of Destiny)

    download (21 MB)mirrortorrent

  7. PLBM Collection

    This is a collection of all the freeware games from PLBM found on plbm.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Abductor, Ack-Ack Attack!, Crawly-Pede, Galaxi, Gravity Well, Heli-Jeep, Hyper Tank, Island Hopper, Kerboom!, Meteor Rescue, Nitro!, Pong-Out, Revenge of Froggie, Roxx, Scud Attack, Spaced-Out Invaders, Speed-Kar, Splat!, Stalactites, Star Fortress, Submarine Fury, Swar, Viper, Zee Artillery)

    download (9 MB)mirrortorrent

  8. Soleau Collection

    This is a collection of all the shareware games from Soleau found on classicdosgames.com, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Alpha Man, Ant Run, Balloon Challenge, Banyon Wars, Battle for Atlantis, Blind Wars, Block Man 1, Block Man 2, Bolo Ball, Crusher, Crusher Castle II, Dotso, Doubolo, Gold Hunt, Isle Wars, Numlo, Sea Run, Sink'em, Spider Run, Tribolo, Wordle, Wordmax)

    download (3 MB)mirrortorrent

  9. Ancient DOS Games Collection

    This is a collection of freeware, shareware and demo games as reviewed by Kris Asick from Pixelmusement in his webshow called Ancient DOS Games, episodes 1 to 46. Also included are three of his freeware games, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Captain Comic, Command & Conquer, Cybersphere (Plus), Dangerous Dave, Descent, Flightmare, FX Fighter, Jade Fighter Arena, LineWars, Magic Carpet, Caverns of Zeux, Round 42, Sango Fighter, Snarf, Space Fortress, Star Gladiators 2, StarMines 2, Dark Forces, Stunts (4D Sports Driving), Supaplex, System Shock, Tank Wars, Teenagent, Thor's Hammer)

    download (93 MB)mirrortorrent

    ADG logo © Pixelmusement
  10. Ancient DOS Games Collection II

    This is a collection of freeware, shareware and demo games as reviewed by Kris Asick from Pixelmusement in his webshow called Ancient DOS Games, episodes 47 to 98, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Abuse, Amulets & Armor, Animal Quest, C-Dogs, Cash Invaders, Catacomb (Abyss 3-D), Caverns of Xaskazien, CD-Man, Crime Fighter, Cyberdogs, Electranoid, Excelsior Phase One: Lysandia, Galactix, Googol Math Games, Highway Hunter, Kosmonaut, Lacewing, MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat, Moraff's World, Paku Paku, Reaping the Dungeon, Scorched Earth, SkyRoads (Xmas Special), Space Adventure, Star Quest I, Star Wars: TIE Fighter, TechnoVenture, Telengard, Ugh!, Visual Star Trek, X-COM: UFO Defense)

    download (44 MB)mirrortorrent

    ADG logo © Pixelmusement
  11. Ancient DOS Games Collection III

    This is a collection of freeware, shareware and demo games as reviewed by Kris Asick from Pixelmusement in his webshow called Ancient DOS Games, episodes 99 to 133, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(3D CyberPuck (a.k.a. 3D Ball Blaster), Amulets & Armor Classic, Aquanoid, Betrayal at Krondor, Carmageddon, Crusader: No Remorse, Descent II, Earthworm Jim, God of Thunder, Impulse Tracker, Advanced Tactical Fighters, Lawn Mower, Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds, Out of This World (a.k.a. Another World), Rogue (a.k.a. Dungeons of Doom), Roketz, Sango Fighter 2, SimCity 2000, Skunny Kart, Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri, Words of Jesus, Worms, Worthy Opponent)

    download (225 MB)mirrortorrent

    ADG logo © Pixelmusement
  12. Ancient DOS Games Collection IV

    This is a collection of freeware, shareware and demo games as reviewed by Kris Asick from Pixelmusement in his webshow called Ancient DOS Games, episodes 134 to 176, complete with screen captures, customized DOSBox configuration and game documentation.(Amy's First Primer, Blood, Cannon Fodder, Chopper Commando, DreamWeb, Full Throttle, Jetpack, Nitemare-3D, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Slipstream 5000, Squarex, Squarez Deluxe!, Street Rod (Special Edition), Street Rod 2: The Next Generation, Xerix, Xerix II: The Caverns of Mars)

    download (158 MB)mirrortorrent

    ADG logo © Pixelmusement

Random bits of in-depth Information

To start a profile, press enter. To run the setup for a given profile, use shift-enter (as in D-Fend). Ctrl-enter and F2 bring up the profile-editing screen.

GamePackArchives are plain zip files, optionally containing captures. In the root of the archive is a special file called profiles.xml which contains all the meta-data for the game(s) inside the package. The xml is human-readable and well-structured which should make it easy to understand.

Please note that there are certain restrictions (currently) when exporting complete games; For one, they have to reside in a directory below the dosroot.

DBGL can optionally use the DOSBox 'Multiple Config Files' functionality (which is enabled by default), to use incremental config files. What this means, is that your game profile only stores the differences compared to the main dosbox.conf file. Then, suppose you want to switch all profiles from say output=surface to output=opengl, you only have to alter the main dosbox.conf setting to instantaneously alter all corresponding child profiles. Another advantage is that the resulting .conf files are smaller and simpler. 'Multiple Configuration Files'-functionality is available in DOSBox since v0.70 (or CVS since october 2006). An example:

	[dosbox]
	captures=..\captures\9
	memsize=4
	
	[cpu]
	cycles=10000
	
	[autoexec]
	mount C "."
	C:
	cd \adv\amazonge
	amazon.exe
	exit

...As they say, beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder...

Profile information is stored in the various [ID].conf files in the 'profiles' subdirectory. Normally, only _changes_ (to the default settings) are stored in these .conf files. So, suppose you create a profile and you only change the cycles value and store the profile, then only that specific cycles setting is stored in the .conf file (well, together with the autoexec section and captures setting, obviously). Upon running the profile, dosbox is started with dosbox.conf as its base settings file, together with [ID].conf which overrides the cycles setting and contains a set of autoexec commands to run the game. However, if you should choose to disable the 'Multiple Configuration Files' setting (for example when using the official DOSBox release v0.65), ALL settings are stored in the [ID].conf file and only that file is handed over to dosbox to lauch the game. In that case, dosbox.conf is only used to provide default values for the profile-editing dialog.

Templates are stored in ./templates/[ID].conf files and also only contain differences between your settings and the associated dosbox.conf settings.

Config-files, captures, file-links and mounting locations are all relative to the dosroot folder, if possible. That's what makes DBGL highly portable; for example, if you have DBGL on an external harddrive with all your games stored in the dosroot, then changing the hdd's driveletter would be totally painless, all games would still work without any reconfiguration. You could even move the DBGL directory structure to another drive and/or subdirectory, everything would still work.
If you would decide to store your games in another location than the dosroot folder, absolute paths will be used. It will work, but you will loose the portability.

It works as follows: Two entries are used in Settings.conf to specify the locations of the 'DATA' and 'DOSBOX' directories (either relative to the DBGL dir, or using an absolute path). The DATA dir specifies the folder in which DBGL expects the 'captures', 'profiles', 'templates', 'export' and 'xsl' subdirectories. More importantly is the subdir below the DATA dir called 'dosroot'. If you would decide to move your game-files into that subdirectory, DBGL will treat all mounting and game-related information relative to that special location. Likewise for DOSBox versions; put them in a subdirectory of the DOSBOX directory setting to make them relative. If possible, document links are also stored relatively to the DATA folder. Note that the DATA and DOSBOX directories are '.' by default (i.e. the DBGL directory itself).

The migration dialog can be used to alter existing DBGL profile information with absolute paths to use relative paths instead. So, for example, if you select your '/Users/Me/Documents/Dosgames' as 'From' location, DBGL will update all profiles that are somehow using that directory location to use (a subdirectory under) the dosroot instead, to make it relative.

When editing a profile, you can doubleclick on the mounting list to add or edit an entry. The dosroot (.) is used as the default mounting location. If you browse and select a game executable with no mounting locations defined, DBGL will autocreate one.

To create a filter showing a certain subselection of your profiles, use ctrl-f. For example, you can create a filter to only display profiles with the string 'quest' in it's name by simply creating a filter with that title. To remove a filter-tab simply click on its close button, or double click on a tab to change it. More advanced filtering is also possible; for that you'll have to write a sql 'where clause' in the filter's condition field. Some examples:

When using Gulikoza's or YKHWong's special DOSBox builds, you may have to place glide2x.ovl and the Shaders folder into DBGL's dosroot folder for it to work properly. This is necessary because DBGL's dosroot folder is the directory from which all DOSBox versions are started ('current working directory'). Those special DOSBox builds expect these files to be in the cwd, apparently.

dosbox.conf is never manipulated in any way by DBGL, but DBGL does have a button for launching a text-editor so you can manually edit the file. Changing the dosbox.conf settings is not recommended since its defaults are wisely chosen. Only system-specific settings - such as the output setting - should be changed from the default if that works better for a particular videodriver/platform combination.

Changelog

v0.82 (10/25/2017)

v0.81 (01/31/2017)

v0.80 (11/27/2015)

  • Added basic event logging and a new dialog (File->Log..) to view DBGL's log (history), sort it, filter it (right-click on a table field), enable or disable it, or clear the log.
  • Implemented basic statistics for profiles, DOSBox versions and templates such as creation time, number of starts, etc.
  • Fixed grabbing screenshots and cover-art from MobyGames.
  • Many improvements for Linux and Mac users; Implemented alternative DOSBox startup mode for both platforms which should help when using for example YkhWong's DOSBox builds (Lewis). Also fixed the automatic creation of dosbox.conf for a newly added DOSBox version (Jan Baumann) and improved the logic for opening the associated application upon clicking a link.
  • A workaround on Mac systems where browsing for the DOSBox executable inside a DOSBox.app wasn't very user-friendly. Now you should be able to simply point to your DOSBox.app (Jan Baumann).
  • A few improvements for the Add Game Wizard: Allow for choosing the DOSBox version in the wizard when installing a game from source media, and fixed a weird error message when using CD cue+bin images located in the dosroot folder or below.
  • Some minor GUI improvements here and there such as button sizes for high-dpi systems.
  • Major cleanup of source code layout and the translation files. Updated SWT to 4.5.1 and commons-lang to 3.4.


The new LOG dialog.

v0.79 (03/08/2015)

  • Implemented DOSBox configuration sharing - share your DOSBox configurations with the community. A small database and HTTP RESTful service allows for submission and retrieval of configurations. The submissions are moderated by hand for the coming time. Once accepted, your submitted configurations become available to other DBGL users so that they can use them for setting up their game configuration. If you're a developer and are interested in using this public RESTful service, please contact me via Vogons or e-mail.
  • Added support for the -fs and -size parameters when using the DOSBOx imgmount command. If you'd like to use the hdd image-mounting feature using an existing DBGL installation, you need to make a manual change in settings.conf. Please find the line for imgmount_type (around line 278) and add hdd, like so: imgmount_type=iso floppy hdd
  • Added support for booting from a specific drive letter (for example 'boot hdd.img -l C').
  • Fixed a regression (since version 0.75c) when using multiple booter images, on opening of the profile-editing dialog only the first image-file would be filled in.
  • Refactored and improved boot/mount/imgmount command parsing.
  • Improved opening links associated with a profile so that the correct external application is used (Jan Larres).
  • Fixed importing GamePackArchives with very specific files on Windows systems (Neville).
  • Fixed a couple of rare crash-issues, various minor interface improvements.
  • Added a Greek translation by BraiNKilleR, a Slovenian translation from R33D3M33R, a Finnish translation from Joona Murtovaara and a Portugese-Brazillian translation by Odmar Miranda. Some translation improvements for Spanish and Polish done by Neville and ZeroX4.
  • Upped the system requirements from Java 1.5 to Java 1.7.
  • Updated launch4j, commons-io, commons-lang and Junit. A jersey-2.13 lib was added and SWT was updated to 4.4.2. On Linux systems, GTK2 is used in favor of GTK3, for the moment.


You can find the new 'share' function in the profile-editing dialog; one button to share your configuration with the community, and one to search for a configuration in the on-line database, based on the game's title.

v0.78 (04/12/2014)

  • Fixed mobygames.com information querying, added support for querying TheGamesDB.net.
  • Multiple smaller GUI-related improvements; a fix which should properly remove a Gallery's tooltip on deactivation of the main shell, properly update main Gallery image after returning from a DOSBox session when the DBGL thumbs pane is not showing, flush cached image data when removing a thumb, so that when a new image is captured inside DOSBox, the Gallery will show the new one (instead of the old, removed one), a fix to prevent very large images from extending way beyond the edges of the screen.
  • Added 'open captures folder' to profiles list context menu. (Baldy_Old_Fart)
  • When using the "Confs In game directory" mode, the relative captures folder inside the profile's .conf was broken for DOSBox versions after 0.72. This has been fixed. (Baldy_Old_Fart)
  • A fix to prevent saving .conf files in DBGL's main directory (when in "Confs In game directory" mode) whenever the profile's main game directory cannot be determined (incomplete [autoexec] section).
  • An improvement to prevent changes to .confs when switching the associated DOSBox version in multi-edit-mode - some combo lists could get set to 'altered' while their value was not actually changed.
  • Allow D-Fend (Reloaded) import on systems other than Windows as well. (krull1981)
  • Added Arabic translation from Mohammed.
  • Implemented some resource bundle pre-processing to remove duplicate translations, and no longer include extended debug information inside main jar to reduce package size.
  • updated launch4j to 3.3

Adding a new game profile in DBGL using Windows 8.1.

v0.77 (10/14/2013)

  • Fixed mobygames.com, pouet.net and hotud.org information querying (as all sites were altered recently, DBGL was unable to parse their search-results).
  • Redefined the entire default templates list, and provided the possibility to add the new list to an existing DBGL installation (Templates -> Import default templates). PLEASE NOTE that a new file is required for this to work. Simply put default.xml in your DBGL templates directory. The new list was made using Trixter's TOPBench to more accurately match the speed of a particular system, and contains all kinds of specific machine configurations that could be useful.
  • Implemented (rather basic) D-Fend Reloaded DOSBox profiles import. Currently, profile meta-data, links and captures are imported. You can find the feature in the main menu (Profiles -> Import D-Fend (Reloaded) profiles); Please note that after importing the data, I would strongly recommend to also migrate the imported profiles (Profiles -> Migrate profiles). This action will adjust all absolute file and link locations to use relative locations instead. After the migration, you can simply move all game data to DBGL's [dosroot] folder, and you're done (Dark_Oppressor).
  • Revamped and restyled the main menu somewhat, and fixed some bindings on OSX such as for 'Preferences' and 'About'.
  • More improvements for the OSX build: Fixed possible dead-lock when quitting (main DBGL dialog would close but the application remained active in dock), fixed DBGL version info (IIGS_User), and altered shortcut keys to use the standard modifier CMD instead of CTRL.
  • Implemented template duplication and .conf viewing by using the mouse right-click context menu, and moved dosbox .conf editing from the editing dialog to the context menu.
  • Implemented drag-'n-drop support for confs, gpas, etc.; simply drag these files onto the profiles list to open them.
  • Added assistance in creating a profiles filter; by selecting one (or more) category value(s) in the tree on the right side of the filter creation dialog (as shown in the image on the right) you can make them required. Adjusting the tree selection(s) will instantly update the filter condition, and consequently the 'Result' text-field. Note that some values can be expanded one more level deeper, in which the individual words that make up the value can be selected. For example, the value 'Action, Adventure' in the category 'Genre' will have the subitems 'Action' and 'Adventure'. Selecting one of these items will create a 'Genre LIKE %' subcondition, as to filter on any genre with the substring 'Action' or 'Adventure' in it.
  • Implemented a (crude) DOSBox installation detection function to help defining an initial DOSBox version when no DOSBox version is included in the DBGL package (such as in Linux packages). Should work on Windows (%programfiles%), OSX (/Applications) and Linux (/usr/bin), but it only detects DOSBox version 0.74 as of now.
  • Allow for proper cancellation of a multi-edit dialog (correctly stopping threads) so that the the profiles list is correctly updated and no exceptions do occur.
  • Implemented workaround for (rare) crash-bug in Gallery, see https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=416476.
  • Added box-sized tiles in gallery view mode, and made the background color changeable (for now just by hand editing settings.config ([gui] gallerybackgroundcolor=r g b, for example gallerybackgroundcolor=215 215 215).
  • Included a Spanish translation update from Neville, and a completed Polish one from ZeroX4.
  • Updated Launch4j to 3.1.0-beta2, SWT to v4.3 and Gallery to v0.6.0 .

This release comes with a new set of templates using speed measurements made with TOPBench ...



... and a tool to assist in creating filter conditions.

v0.76 (06/16/2013)

  • Implemented "Gallery View" mode; instead of using a table to browse through your profiles, DBGL can now display the profiles as icons (in 3 different sizes; small, medium, large) as well. This was implemented using the Nebula Gallery SWT Widget which allows for nice custom styling and good performance. It supports multi-select, and should thus behave mostly the same as the regular 'Table View' mode. Hovering over a profile-icon will display the extra information about the profile that is normally shown in the table columns.
    PLEASE NOTE: You will need the new gallery-0.5.3.jar file if you want to upgrade an existing DBGL installation!
  • Some interface improvements; implemented showing/hiding of profile screenshots and notes (Neville), made web-search results table sortable by clicking on columns (kolano), and optimized thumbnail caching somewhat.
  • Fixed crashbug when trying to import GamePackArchive containing native commands, but with at least 1 profile without actual native commands. (Neville)
  • Implemented data dir redirect in case of set env. variable (dbgl.data.localappdata=true or dbgl.data.userhome=true) or read-only DBGL dir. All DBGL data is written to %LOCALAPPDATA%/DBGL (on Windows) or ~/.dbgl (on Linux and OSX) in that case. Also, if no dosbox version is included in the DBGL folder, then no default dosbox version and templates are generated on first startup. Also, a generic Linux ANT target (without pre-compiled DOSBox and templates) was added. All these changes should provide for easier inclusion in Linux Repositories such as AUR (dostux) , and makes it possible to put DBGL in a read-only folder such as [c:\program files\dbgl]. Please note that for this to be implemented, I had to make the database folder relative to the data folder (thus no longer relative to the main DBGL folder).
  • Implemented a workaround for a potential DBGL startup problem regarding SWT not being able to write its dll files to a specific directory below user.home, by redirecting that location to DBGL's lib directory, instead. (Jurjen Bakker)
  • Added support for the DOS "loadhigh" command.
  • Improved custom autoexec parsing.
  • Fixed a minor regression regarding changing a custom column's name. (kolano)
  • Added (partial) Polish translation from ZeroX4, and updated the Italian (code120), French (Max Buttjer) and Korean (ykhwong) translations.
  • Updated SWT to 4.2.2

DBGL using "Gallery View" mode.

Legacy builds

Screenshots


The main dialog showing a list of profiles


Access the contextmenu by right-clicking


Click the Templates tab in the main window to manage them


This shot shows the profile's general information


Set the associated Dosbox version or load a template
with preconfigured settings

More profile settings; the audio section


The mounting tab where one
can select the mount location and game.exe

Editing a template is very similar to editing a profile


Click on a capture to view it enlarged, like this

Future work

Contact the author

Hi there, my name is Ronald Blankendaal, you may contact me by mail, or use the information provided at Vogons (rcblanke).

Of course, bug-reports and/or suggestions are very welcome. Please let me know what you think!

License

DBGL is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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