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Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by Managarm » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:46 am

Hi Guys,

Is there a program that will easily allow me to launch all my ROMs from a single frontend in Windows 7? I tried downloading the XBMC Media Centre and using some plugins but it was a nightmare.

I want something that I can point at my emulators and if possible, show me thumbnails if they're available.

Thanks,
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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by psj3809 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:04 am

I've seen a couple of MAME bartops with some great looking software where you can flick easily from the list of MAME games to say C64-Speccy-SNES etc, whatever you set up.

Sure someone will let you know the exact name, might be GameEx though ?

http://www.gameex.com/

Also found...

http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/

http://maximusarcade.com/

(Maximus looks good)

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by thebear » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:59 am

I have one called Mala

http://malafe.net/

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Post by samhain81 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:15 am

That looks good. I love the NES library display.

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by thebear » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:45 am

you can get all kinds of layouts for it -

http://malafe.net/index.php?page=layouts
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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by Managarm » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:03 pm

Thanks guys. I'll give those a go.

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by AmigaJay » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:58 pm

I use Maximus Arcade, it's a great frontend and is customisable too, I have my PC linked to my TV so I just load the software and sit on my software and use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for computer emulators and bluetooth Xbox 360 pad for console emulators, though I may get different USB pads in the future.

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:29 pm

Mala is free and really very good if you take the time to learn how it works. You needn't get too deep, there's lots of preconfigured stuff for it, but you can make it launch just about anything and fairly easily change how the front end looks.

Maximus isn't free. I bought it, and tbh I found some of its restrictions rather annoying. You can work round some of them, but overall I'd say I preferred Mala.
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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by AmigaJay » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:41 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Maximus isn't free. I bought it, and tbh I found some of its restrictions rather annoying. You can work round some of them, but overall I'd say I preferred Mala.
True, but I found Maximus one of the easier ones to use and setup, plus I like the default icons and whole feel of it, each to their own, I just found this one better for my needs.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:45 pm

That's partly why I don't like Maximus, it forced me into doing things its way instead of letting me use emus I already had, so it was more of a faff to set up than Mala.

Its a bit sluggish on my laptop too, which it really needn't be. I've no idea why its so demanding, its not doing that much and my laptop is relatively speaking a bit of a beast.
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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by AmigaJay » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:11 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:That's partly why I don't like Maximus, it forced me into doing things its way instead of letting me use emus I already had, so it was more of a faff to set up than Mala.

Its a bit sluggish on my laptop too, which it really needn't be. I've no idea why its so demanding, its not doing that much and my laptop is relatively speaking a bit of a beast.
Yeah but as you said there are ways around that and I haven't had much trouble getting the emulators I had working.
I run mine on my main PC so speed isn't a issue, the only issue I had was getting my graphics card to display the PC display the same on two screens! Took an age to setup, was going split screen and tv main display, then I had to control across two screens to get back to the main monitor lol ah well, thought these things should have been made easy, well they look easy on Windows 7, I only have Vista though.

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by MikeFishcake » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:15 am

I had the paid version of GameEx installed on my PC, but I don't use it any more as I use WiiMednafen on my homebrew enabled Wii. For the short time I used it, it seemed very powerful though.

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Re: Multiple Emulator Frontend

Post by Managarm » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:26 am

I tried http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/ in the end and it's amazing. Can't recommend it highly enough. The frontend looks really good and it's easy to use.

Thanks for the replies all!

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