Hey all, wow, this thread took off a bit and I apparently lost track of it; sorry for that. It's great to see all the use that LaunchBox for DOS is getting. I just put out the first official version of LaunchBox for Android, and stumbled on this thread again.
Anyways, I can always use a break from "real" development every once in a while, so let me know if there's anything you guys are missing from the app. Also, if you haven't updated, I did put out an update to version 2.0 last year with the following:
- Many new fields are available for each item: Genre, Series, Developer, Publisher, Release Year, Status, and Favorite
- Can now sort items by Title, Favorite, Release Date, and Status
- Can now filter items by Genre, Series, Developer, Publisher, Release Year, or Status
- LaunchBox now remembers your last selection
- List titles and counts have been added
https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/9 … pecial-edition/
Also, some clarifications. I built the original version of this app in 2 days, probably only spending around 12 hours on it. I've probably put in another 12 hours or so in updates since then. For software development, that is lightning fast, and I was able to build it so quickly because I built it in Microsoft Visual Basic for DOS 1.0. It's ridiculous that VB for DOS even exists, but it does, and it's perfect for a launcher like this. And the funny thing is, that development time included the time it took for me to learn VB for DOS (not much). So VB for DOS is a pretty well-kept secret; I found it fairly unbelievable that no one had built something like this with it already.
That said, the reason for the 286 requirements is that VB for DOS only supports 286s and higher. So unfortunately, there's no way for me to add support for earlier processors. That's a disappointment for me as well, as I'm currently having to run Direct Access on my 5160. Direct Access is really awful, but at least it ticks the nostalgia boxes.
Anyways, thanks for keeping this thread alive guys. 😀