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Poll

What Front End are you using?

AdvanceMenu
12 (1%)
ArcadeOS
7 (0.6%)
ArcadEpic
0 (0%)
AtomicFE
42 (3.5%)
CabFE
0 (0%)
Command Line
0 (0%)
Dragon King
1 (0.1%)
EmuLaunch
5 (0.4%)
Emulaxian/3D Arcade
11 (0.9%)
Fronty
2 (0.2%)
GameEx
135 (11.1%)
GameLauncher
13 (1.1%)
HyperSpin
442 (36.4%)
Khameleon
1 (0.1%)
Kymaera
0 (0%)
MaLa
224 (18.5%)
MAMELOAD TNG
2 (0.2%)
MAMEUI
28 (2.3%)
Mamewah
90 (7.4%)
Maximus Arcade
166 (13.7%)
MultiFE
2 (0.2%)
PyreCade
1 (0.1%)
UltraMame
2 (0.2%)
Ultrastyle
2 (0.2%)
Wah!Cade
15 (1.2%)
XMAME-GUI
0 (0%)
Angry Bee
1 (0.1%)
Simple Touch Front End
2 (0.2%)
mGalaxy
8 (0.7%)

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #320 on: April 12, 2013, 07:20:35 pm »
I've tried a few different FE's and have to say Hyperspin is by far hands down the most feature packed, 'Does everything I want it to do', front end.  At first I was a little overwhelmed by everything with it, until I tried a few others and realized they just didn't even compare.  I ended up sticking it through and spent a little bit of time each day over a week playing around with it.  Once I got into it, it wasn't overwhelming at all.

I ended up purchasing the platinum membership, and a subscription to emumovies so I didn't have to manually download all the themes and movies for the emulators and games, but I do like that fact that you can download all that on your own if you don't have the money or aren't willing to pay.

I'm kinda with the others that to me for an arcade system, I'm not going for some elegant, snooty, ipad looking, media center looking front end  :P.  I want a 'slap your mama in the face', bold, bright, arcade looking, easy to get use to front end  :notworthy:!

Even my wife and kids love to use it.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #321 on: April 23, 2013, 01:21:55 pm »
Hi, I know this post has died down recently, but I will be adding my vote for MaLa, as I tried HS and had no clue how to get started.  Even just working out which of the many downloads I needed seemed complex.  I must admit though that I did not invest a huge amount of time trying.

MaLa worked right away, has loads of options, I created my own skin and edited the layout in no time at all, and it looks great / fast / simple to use.

Before I sing those praises too much though, I have encountered some problems, and also have a few doubts that could lead me to having a proper go at HS.

1. the last update to MaLa was 19/6/2011.  No update in two years...
2. Focus, on starting up with windows, the "start" button (but not the taskbar) is visible on bottom left and has focus.  I actually had to map some keys to alt+tab to get around this.
3. Intro video.  I have a video which then merges into the layout.  On launch from windows it's fine.  On startup I get a blank screen until the layout loads.  This means that with a kick as OC computer ad windows loading in 6 seconds from cold start, and replaced post / windows loading messages that all blend, my really kick ass "start up showing off sequence" is ruined by no video.

I really think that the lack of releases for it means that this won't be resolved, and I don't blame a developer who's not getting paid for getting bored of a project after a while, however this definitely pushes me towards HS again...

Can anyone speak for where MaLa is/is going?

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #322 on: April 23, 2013, 01:42:20 pm »
Can anyone speak for where MaLa is/is going?

I sent him an email Sunday:

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It takes a lot of hours to keep active

One day :-)
« Last Edit: December 07, 2013, 09:27:22 am by saint »
FrontEndHelper - This script was created to aide in removing the need for extra windows gui and buttons in a mame based arcade machine.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #323 on: April 25, 2013, 09:23:18 am »
weird to think that i have not heard of some of these. i am also surprised to see some of the results of the poll.
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #324 on: April 27, 2013, 04:19:37 pm »
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Yes, just ran out of motivation

It takes a lot of hours to keep active

One day :-)

Thanks for that, I shall try my query on the Mala help board then, rather than here.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #325 on: May 19, 2013, 07:57:34 am »
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I shall try my query on the Mala help board then, rather than here
You can always try PM'ing BYOAC member "Loadman" directly for MaLa help.  Not sure if he is still working on it or not, but I know he inherited the Mala code to work on from the original designer many moons ago.


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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #326 on: May 25, 2013, 04:01:24 pm »
Hi

I have started a thread for Build Your Own Front End.

If anyone is interested in creating their own front end. That can either operate on its own or as a parent to other emulators / front ends please let me know on the other thread.



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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #327 on: June 25, 2013, 08:53:39 am »
I've tried a few different FE's and have to say Hyperspin is by far hands down the most feature packed, 'Does everything I want it to do', front end.  At first I was a little overwhelmed by everything with it, until I tried a few others and realized they just didn't even compare.  I ended up sticking it through and spent a little bit of time each day over a week playing around with it.  Once I got into it, it wasn't overwhelming at all.

I ended up purchasing the platinum membership, and a subscription to emumovies so I didn't have to manually download all the themes and movies for the emulators and games, but I do like that fact that you can download all that on your own if you don't have the money or aren't willing to pay.

I'm kinda with the others that to me for an arcade system, I'm not going for some elegant, snooty, ipad looking, media center looking front end  :P.  I want a 'slap your mama in the face', bold, bright, arcade looking, easy to get use to front end  :notworthy:!

I really love hyperspin but I would have to disagree about it being the most feature packed............that honour would have to go to GAMEEX hands down in the feature rich department.
it semms the 4 most popular are HS,GameEx,Mala and maximus although why so many people love maximus I don't know guess each to there own.

Hyperspin is what I use when kids or guest are playing cause its so easy and professional looking(but a ---smurfette--- to set up.....especially when u got 50,000+ roms/emus and all videos in avi :angry:)            ....but yeah looks totally awesome

and when its just me using I like to run gameex just because there soooooooooooo much features and is awesome HTPC system but can get confusing for guest who never use it but hyper spin just scroll through wheel..........cant go wrong

Even my wife and kids love to use it.
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #328 on: June 25, 2013, 08:57:07 am »
I really love hyperspin but I would have to disagree with SILAR about it being the most feature packed............that honour would have to go to GAMEEX hands down in the feature rich department.
it semms the 4 most popular are HS,GameEx,Mala and maximus although why so many people love maximus I don't know guess each to there own.

Hyperspin is what I use when kids or guest are playing cause its so easy and professional looking(but a ---smurfette--- to set up.....especially when u got 50,000+ roms/emus and all videos in avi :angry:)            ....but yeah looks totally awesome

and when its just me using I like to run gameex just because there soooooooooooo much features and is awesome HTPC system but can get confusing for guest who never use it but hyper spin just scroll through wheel..........cant go wrong

my first build classic style upright cabinet..... MARVELOUS FIGHTER (FINISHED) http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,133066.0.html

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #329 on: July 10, 2013, 05:24:59 pm »
I don't like Hyperspin. Its too in your face. Are there any new ones out all the ones I've seen seem quite dated.
I heard there was going to be a Hyperspin 2.0 But that was some time ago and I've seen nothing since.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #330 on: July 11, 2013, 02:18:33 pm »
I don't like Hyperspin. Its too in your face. Are there any new ones out all the ones I've seen seem quite dated.
I heard there was going to be a Hyperspin 2.0 But that was some time ago and I've seen nothing since.

I like Mala. Can be skinned to fit any need/look. Free. Plays all emulators and PC games.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #331 on: July 16, 2013, 09:06:40 am »
I have been gone 10 years but still using mamewah but I may explore other stuff.  I have it configured for marquees and music while browsing and about 6 emulators.  Fits the bill but with little kids I am thinking about something more like maximus so I dont have to be involved when they turn it on.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #332 on: October 06, 2013, 06:05:03 pm »
I use GameEx on both of my MAME machines.  It is easy to use and works great with Windows XP.  The best part is that it has no problems with putting the PC to sleep and waking up from sleep, since that is how I have the power button on the arcade configured.  I like some of the other Front Ends, but I started with GameEx and I don't see any reason to switch.  My brother is a huge fan of HyperSpin. 
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #333 on: October 06, 2013, 09:05:08 pm »
I use Maximus Arcade because of how easy it was to set up and understand.  It was worth $25 to me for the ease of use.  Like a previous poster I have little ones that use this arcade.  Maximus is simple enough that a five-year-old is able to play Ms Pacman, Frogger and Joust with no issues. 

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #334 on: October 08, 2013, 09:55:16 am »
If it wasn't for the much needed parental controls, I would be using Mala. It's dead simple to use, lots of layouts (and easy to create one). It's just a shame that it isn't updated anymore, or open sourced.
I tried MA, but it did a weird bug on me where I could not update game lists at all, and Mame took ages to open only for it to stop working, so blah.

So I stuck with AtomicFE. Much less easy to use, layout editor is a PITA but it works very well.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #335 on: December 07, 2013, 05:15:49 am »
If it wasn't for the much needed parental controls, I would be using Mala. It's dead simple to use, lots of layouts (and easy to create one). It's just a shame that it isn't updated anymore, or open sourced.
I tried MA, but it did a weird bug on me where I could not update game lists at all, and Mame took ages to open only for it to stop working, so blah.

So I stuck with AtomicFE. Much less easy to use, layout editor is a PITA but it works very well.

I woke from my Coma  :dizzy:  Wow so this is the future then

The reality is that I have changed jobs three times in the last two years hence the lack time for MaLa.

.  Message me in the MaLa section with your perental control ideas  ;D
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #336 on: March 25, 2014, 10:28:38 pm »
My vote is for Mala. Easy to customize and looks great! I am very happy with it!


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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #337 on: March 26, 2014, 11:11:12 am »
Attract-Mode. It's the FE I've been wanting for well over a decade.
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #338 on: March 26, 2014, 12:40:17 pm »
If it wasn't for the much needed parental controls, I would be using Mala

I know the post about this is a bit old, but my Arqadium plug in for Mala has some support for parental controls. Basically, it prevents launch of any game tagged in the game list as adult. See my sig for the link.

It might not be exactly what you're after but I'm open for suggestions.

My votes still with Mala, although Raygun and Lechucks start wars front end is starting to look pretty sweet!

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #339 on: March 26, 2014, 12:55:04 pm »
If it wasn't for the much needed parental controls, I would be using Mala

I know the post about this is a bit old, but my Arqadium plug in for Mala has some support for parental controls. Basically, it prevents launch of any game tagged in the game list as adult. See my sig for the link.

It might not be exactly what you're after but I'm open for suggestions.

My votes still with Mala, although Raygun and Lechucks start wars front end is starting to look pretty sweet!

Props to Arximidis for that, I'm just the skin guy constantly flogging the whip on whoever stumbles into my path for an FE that actually does what I want  ;D

I was a huge proponent for MALA, and it still absolutely has a place in certain builds I do, but HTML5 FE is really starting to come along.  It's not quite there yet but man, it is well on its way to being something special. 

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« Reply #340 on: March 26, 2014, 02:59:26 pm »
My votes still with Mala, although Raygun and Lechucks start wars front end is starting to look pretty sweet!

My version for star wars is just a layout in the Attract-Mode frontend.

That's my vote too but i'm biased.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #341 on: May 13, 2014, 01:30:39 pm »
I beleive the battle is between hyperspin, MaLa, Maximus arcade and GameEx
All the others I don't think they really have a chance (and that it doesn't mean they are inferior)

If the community doesn't support them, soon or later they will die...  :(

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #342 on: July 06, 2014, 06:14:59 am »
Attract Mode for me. I've only tried it and MaLa.


  
 

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