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Thanks and Pinball

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:03 pm
by Vic20Ian
Thanks to all the Gamebase creators. I have enjoyed looking through some of them...still some more to find like the Dragon but in the meantime I started looking at creating one myself.

I never had much success with Virtual Pinball and read the threads on here with similar comments.

I searched some sites and found Future Pinball and have started creating a Gamebase and testing each table. It works very well so far.

Is there a way to scan the directory and create entries automagically or do I have to add each one by hand?

If someone has already done this Gamebase then please let me know, otherwise I will keep going and upload soon.

Cheers
Vic20Ian

Re: Thanks and Pinball

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:27 pm
by OX
Hi Vic20Ian good to welcome a new GB creator, A Pinball Gamebase sounds like a great idea and not been done as far as I know so crack on with it :D

Unfortunately there are no Gamebase tools afaik that will scan a rom or game image directory and populate a database on it's findings, It's something we've all wanted in order to cut down on the labourious task of adding game entries tbh, maybe in the next GB version?

Just one thing learned from experience - keep up to date backups :wink:

Re: Thanks and Pinball

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:24 am
by .mad.
Vic20Ian wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Is there a way to scan the directory and create entries automagically or do I have to add each one by hand?
If you just want to link 1000's of ZIP files.

You scan the folder with RomCenter or CLMAMEPRO DIR to DAT.
Then you can import the RC dat into GameBase.
GameBase only reads old RC v2.50 dat files, so you will need to convert the .dat with datutil.exe and edit the version number in the created dat file to 2.0. before gamebase will accept it.

This will make the GameBase 'game name' the same as the ZIP name.
it can be a problem if the zip filenames are short or just numbers.
as you will need to edit all the game names afterwards. But all files will be linked. :)

Another way is to use dir to text from the windows command line.
from the root of your games folder enter.

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dir /s >listmyfolder.txt
this will generate a list of all files and folders and sub folders in a directory tree.
you can then use various text utils to copy the ilnes you want.
example: all lines containing ".zip"
then paste that into the MDB [filename] column using Microsoft Access 2003.

Re: Thanks and Pinball

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 11:26 am
by manguan
Any progress in this GameBase? :D