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First post, by maYO

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Now there's some more info on the DOSBoxGui Wiki

Hi there,
as I wasn't able to find a decent dosbox frontend that runs on my new and shiny Ubuntu Linux I decided to create my own.
Here's a screenshot:

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It's coded in Tcl/Tk (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tcl ) so it should also run on other platforms but I didn't test it yet.
This also means that you will need an interpreter for TCL.

Download DOSBoxGui

It's pretty alpha so don't be too hard with me.

If you have ideas or issues, let me know...

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Reply 2 of 45, by maYO

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Did a lot of code clean up and added some features:
-language file selection
-choose the destination of the dosbox executable via the menu

Things to come:
-save default settings like: default directories etc.
-create possibilty to create profiles for executables
-add more options (like cpu cycles...)

DOSBoxGui - multi platform DOSBox frontend

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Reply 3 of 45, by maYO

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Hmm, there doesn't seem to be toooo much interest in a TCL frontend 😉
But developments are still going on...
Basic support for game profiles is now available.

Will post a new version of the TCL file when it's stable.

Attached is a shot of the latest version.

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Reply 4 of 45, by Nagra

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Hi maYO,

just noticed your thread about the gui. It is very nice, really. And I am hoping, that you will bring it to MAC OS X as well as for the other platforms.

You know, we MAC users usually expect things to just run or work after only a few mouseklicks. 😊

Very good work! Go on!

Nagra

Reply 5 of 45, by Guest

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Hi maYO,

just noticed your thread about the gui. It is very nice, really. And I am hoping, that you will bring it to MAC OS X as well as for the other platforms.

You know, we MAC users usually expect things to just run or work after only a few mouseklicks. 😊

Very good work! Go on!

Nagra

My intention is to get this gui to be as portable as possible, so MAC OS X is no exception there. The thing is, I don't have access to a mac so I can't test. So maybe you can help out there and let me know what's keeping the thing from running on your mac.

Maybe I'll have a look at pearPc (some kind of mac emulator), I heard that it's now supporting OS X.

Or hey, just in case you happen to have a spare iMac floating around, I could pass you my address so you can send it to me ... 😉

Reply 7 of 45, by DosFreak

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Yeah, sorry for not testing it but compared to other emulators DosBox is pretty simple to setup. I'll see if I can get around to testing your frontend though since a cross-platform frontend is very important for widespread DosBox usage.

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Reply 8 of 45, by HunterZ

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I would say that DOSBox is easier to get running than many other computer emulators due to decent default settings, but without a GUI there is a steeper learning curve when it comes to tweaking options (have to memorize hotkeys and/or edit config files).

Reply 9 of 45, by DosFreak

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Correct, I was referring to Bochs/VPC/Vmware/Qemu, etc.

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Reply 10 of 45, by maYO

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Just uploaded a new version (dosboxGui 0.3)

You can now create profiles for your games/executables and save them for later use.
Pretty convenient I would say 😄

As I'm currently pretty satisfied with the features of dosboxGui I'll try to focus on portability. Already did some tests on WinXP and there's definately some tweaking to be done (handling of filenames/paths etc.).
So hopefully this will become one gui for all (or at least the most) systems.

DOSBoxGui - multi platform DOSBox frontend

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Reply 11 of 45, by maYO

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Ooops,
last version contained some severe bugs. Got them fixed now in version 0.3a.
Oh, and got Windows XP support working, well almost...
Will need 1-2 days to have it working.
And basic support for language files is on the way, so dosboxGui can be easily translated into other languages - English and German will be packed with the next release hopefully.

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Reply 13 of 45, by maYO

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Anonymous wrote:

I can't seem to download it from your official site

Damn, got some of that wiki stuff set up wrong!
Now it's fixed. The download now works.

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Reply 14 of 45, by maYO

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Also got a new version out - DOSBoxGui 0.4
(really gotta think about versioning numbers ... 😀

Windows XP support got improved a lot, so if you had problems with the last release, maybe this one will do.

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Reply 15 of 45, by maYO

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Got some new features in heavy development:

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A dosbox.conf is now dynamically created with the launch of every game. So you can directly store settings like Cpu cycles or output and scalers directly in the game's profile.
Well, isn't that sweet ? 😉

Will release it in a few days hopefully.

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Reply 16 of 45, by Qbix

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./dosboxgui.tcl 
no initialSettingsDir, will create one: ~/.dosbox/
Error in startup script: mkdir: cannot create directory `~/.dosbox/': No such file or directory
while executing
"exec mkdir ~/.dosbox/"
("eval" body line 1)
invoked from within
"eval exec mkdir $initialSettingsDir"
("Linux" arm line 2)
invoked from within
"switch $OStype {
"Windows NT" {
exec cmd.exe /c mkdir $initialSettingsDir
}
"Linux" {
eval exec mkdir $initialSettingsDir
}
}"
invoked from within
"if { [catch { cd $initialSettingsDir } ] } {
puts "no initialSettingsDir, will create one: $initialSettingsDir"
switch $OStype {
"Windows NT" {
..."
(file "./dosboxgui.tcl" line 34)

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Reply 17 of 45, by maYO

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Hey Qbix,
what system are you using?

Seems to be some kind of Linux-flavor.
I'd like to understand why the shell command "mkdir ~/.dosbox/" doesn't work.

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Reply 19 of 45, by maYO

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Thanks to Qbix, who just discovered an ugly bug (which I just fixed for good hopefully), the new release is out now.

Feel free to get it here

DOSBoxGui - multi platform DOSBox frontend

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