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Author Topic: Best way to display info image on game launch?  (Read 1701 times)

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Best way to display info image on game launch?
« on: March 09, 2017, 10:46:03 am »

My brain doesn't seem to be fully operational today, so I thought I'd just ask...  ;D

All I want to do, is display a full-screen info image (showing how to add credits and exit back to menu etc.) whenever a game is launched. I then want this image to remain displayed until any control/button is pressed, then launch the game in MAME as usual.

I've never looked into control panel viewers, but it sounds like they're overkill for me, as I just want the same image displayed, no matter what game is launched.

The MaLa launch window isn't any good, as it's too small for starters, and the full-screen one has a bug that crashes MaLa, if you press the launch (P1 START) button more than once. Also, you can only set a display time, and not have it simply wait until a key is pressed.

There's probably a simple way to do this (hopefully), so any ideas while I wait for my brain to wake up?  :P


[edit] OK, it looks like I can achieve this buy writing a little prog to display the image and wait for a key press. Then I just tell MaLa to launch it as a CP viewer whenever a game is launched.
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Re: Best way to display info image on game launch?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 06:47:18 am »
I use vjpeg in batch script wrappers to display images. You can get as complicated as you want but by default it can display a full screen image until ESC is pressed.

However, Control Panel Viewers are not that difficult. I use Johnny5 to display control screens for Mame and all other consoles.