D-Fend Reloaded / News: Recent posts

D-Fend Reloaded 0.4.1 has been released

This release is a bugfix release with no new features. The changelog:

  • When using the option to minimize D-Fend Reloaded while DOSBox is running and
    DOSBox is changing the resolution, D-Fend Reloaded will no longer rely on the
    Windows window placement and restore its correct position itself.
  • Some smaller speed improvements when working with large profile lists.
  • [Fix] Access violation when opening a screenshot from a profile containing
    more than one screenshot.
  • [Fix] Error message when trying to run a D-Fend Reloaded desktop game link
    while "Minimize when DOSBox starts" is activated.
  • [Fix] When selecting the default template in the template editor the "Delete"
    menu item was not disabled (like the toolbar icon and the item in the context
    menu).
  • [Fix] DOSBox did not start if the given DOSBox language file did not exist.
  • [Fix] Closed some memory leaks in screenshot viewer, setup dialog and program
    info dialog.
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-05-22

D-Fend Reloaded 0.4.0 has been released

This is a major release which brings a lot of new features and also fixes all currently know bugs. Ths changelog:

  • Simplified Chinese language file (thanks to muzuiget)
  • The new profile wizard has been completely redesigned. With the new auto
    setup templates new profiles (for games known by the D-Fend Reloaded
    database) can be setup by only entering the game name and the filename.
  • ScummVM based advantures can be configurated and listed together with the
    DOSBox based profiles now.
  • If you define a QBasic interpreter in the setup dialog, you can define bas
    files as normal program files for games. When executing a bas file profile
    D-Fend Reloaded will automatically execute it in QBasic in DOSBox.
  • A new first run wizard makes setting up language and updates for new users
    much easier.
  • The content of image files can be extracted to a folder now.
  • You can build a floppy image from the content of a folder now.
  • If you copy prof files to the "Confs" folder while D-Fend Reloaded is running
    they will be added to the games list immediately.
  • Icons form outside the "IconLibrary" folder can now also be used as profile
    icons (and can be transfered with the profile and included to installers just
    like the icons in the default icons folder).
  • If you delete a profile file while D-Fend Reloaded is running it will ask you
    if you want to restore the deleted file.
  • Now you can setup a codepage to be used in DOSBox for each profile.
    Additionally there is a default codepage stored in each language file which
    will be used if the codepage is set to "default" in the profile.
  • Now you can (optionally) define a key mapper file for each profile. (If no
    key mapper file is defined, the DOSBox default key mapper file will be used.)
  • A list of batch commands which DOSBox will run after the end of the game can
    be defined now (some kind of complement of the Autoexec.bat commands).
  • Now you can also make installer packages from your profile templates.
  • The templates dialog now has an option to change multiple templates at once
    (like the multi profile editor for normal profile).
  • More option to configurate low-level access to mounted CDROMs.
  • When creating floppy images you can choose to make the image bootable now.
  • The tray icon has a context menu for direct starting and adding of profiles.
  • The transfer profiles function can create a portable version of D-Fend
    Reloaded (by copying files from the current installation and modifing the
    configuration) in the destination folder before copying the profile data.
  • Now you can define if the path to the game and the setup exe file should be
    interpreted absolute (in the physical file system) or relative (to the file
    system in DOSBox).
  • Now you can configurate in the setup dialog if D-Fend Reloaded should show
    configuration options in the profile editor which can only be used with
    DOSBox CVS builds (like multiple floppy images per drive, PhysFS support,
    setting the number of text mode lines, VGA chipset and video RAM, Glide
    emulation and printer support).
  • When changeing multiple profiles, creating installers etc. now you can select
    and unselect profiles also by any user defined information. (Until now
    selecting was only possible by the predefined fields like language,
    developer, year, etc.)
  • Profiles (conf and prof files), screenshots and captured sound can be
    imported by drag&drop now. Dragging program files to the D-Fend Reloaded
    program window will open the new profile wizard with the chosen file.
  • Within the multi profile editor you can add, change and delete user-defined
    information fields now.
  • For each profile you can define some extra files which will be transfered,
    uninstalled and packed into installer packages together with the other game
    files (like it is already possible with the extra directories).
  • The profile editor will show a warning if the user trys to create a new
    profile with no game program filename (and is not using a boot image option).
  • When opening the select game exe or select setup exe dialog from the profile
    editor or the wizard the path of the setup exe or the game exe (if already
    defined) will be used as initial directory instead of the games base
    directory.
  • When a checksum error (changed or exchanged game program file) is detected,
    D-Fend Reloaded now also offers the option to turn off checksums for the
    profile (until now only keep old checksum or create new checksum).
  • The checksum driven game file change detection can be turned off in the setup
    dialog now.
  • The mount dialog will show a warning if the users trys to use the same drive
    letter for two mounted drives.
  • The mount dialog will show a warning message if the users trys to mount the
    the root directory of a drive.
  • The dialog for playing captured game sounds has been improved: You can jump
    to any position in the file via a slider and the captured wave sound can be
    encoded to mp3 or ogg directly from the dialog now.
  • The screenshot view dialog has been improved: You can cycle though the
    screenshots of a profile via two new toolbar buttons (or by using the cursor
    keys or the mouse wheel) without closing the dialog. Additionally the zoom
    level is set to 100% when a new image is loaded.
  • The import conf file function now trys to make mount records from the mount
    commands of the autoexec section.
  • Now you can setup which icons should be visible on the toolbar.
  • The tooltips in the games list now also show the last modification time of
    each profile.
  • Some new icons in the modern and classic profile editor (thanks to Banjo).
  • [Fix] Even if you choose "Restore profile on disk with version from memory"
    when a file conflict occures the profile on disk will not be changed and
    the version in memory will be lost as long as you do not make any changes to
    the profile in memory before closing D-Fend Reloaded.
  • [Fix] The boot from floppy image function did not work if you used a single
    image file.
  • [Fix] When using D-Fend Reloaded in portable mode the path to the DOSBox
    language file was not updated properly what could DOSBox prevent from
    starting.
  • [Fix] The main activation of DOSBox IPX support is not written to the
    DOSBox conf file when starting a profile with IPX support enabled.
  • [Fix] When installing D-Fend Reloaded in user directory mode (the default
    installation mode) the templates were only created for the user account the
    installer was run from.
  • [Fix] The column visible status was not saved when closing the setup dialog
    if the columns were not in default order.
  • [Fix] When changing the filename of a profile all character after the first
    "." in the new filename were removed.
  • [Fix] The capture folder settings were ignored when importing conf files.
  • [Fix] User defined fields were ignored when exporting a games list.
  • [Fix] Wrong language in dialogs after changing the program language but
    closing the setup dialog with "Cancel".
  • [Fix] When using the "Minimize to tray" option together with "Start
    minimized" the application is minimized to the taskbar instead of the tray
    area on programm start-up.
  • [Fix] When adding a new profile via the wizard the information fields (genre,
    developer, etc.) of the new profile always showed "Not set" until restart of
    the program.
  • [Fix] Wrong default icon in the profile select dialog which opens when
    clicking on "Template from profile" in the templates dialog.
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-05-14

D-Fend Reloaded 0.3.2 has been released

This release is a bugfix release with only some smaller improvements. The changelog:

  • French language file (thanks to Christophe Bertrand)
  • Russian language file (thanks to Alexander Katz)
  • The installer and the data package installers are now also available in all
    five currently supported languages.
  • All available CDs can automatically be mounted at DOSBox start (optional,
    configurateable per profile).
  • Floppy images can be written back to real floppy disks.
  • The profile files will only be updated on disk on program close if this is
    really needed. (This makes using multiple instances of D-Fend Reloaded at the
    same time easier.)
  • A warning message will appear if you try to run a game from a profile made
    for some other game. (With each profile checksums for the game and the setup
    exe will be stored automatically compared with the real exe when trying to
    run the game.)
  • A warning message will appear if you try to run a program file which is not
    reachable via any mounted folder.
  • The function that builds the autoexec commands to run the game now also looks
    on mounted CDs for a path to the file and when there are overlapping mounts
    it will use the shortest path instead of the first matching path.
  • The screenshot capture folder will be chossen automatically for new profiles
    (until now screenshot capture folder was only setup automatically when adding
    profiles via the wizard). This feature can be turned off in the setup dialog.
  • It can be configurated now what should be shown in the games list if there
    are undefined values for genre, developer, etc. (by default "not set").
  • [Fix] Mounting of real CD drives does not work if no CD is in the drive when
    starting DOSBox.
  • [Fix] Changes made to "Window resolution", "Fullscreen resolution" and
    "Scale" in the multiple profile were not saved.
  • [Fix] The default profile cannnot be changed with the modern style profile
    editor because when closing the dialog an "You have to define a name for the
    new game." error occurs.
  • [Fix] In the language editor the last language string of each section was not
    shown.
  • [Fix] The "Set default screenshot folder" button in the profile editor does
    not detect and remove illegal characters in the profile name.
  • [Fix] The sound prebuffer value written from the profile to the DOSBox config
    file was wrong.
  • [Fix] The "Reopen last active profile editor page" does not work when using
    the modern profile editor.
  • [Fix] When changing the language in the setup dialog the "window size at
    program start" dropdown box was reset to the default value.
  • [Fix] When starting the first run wizard by deleting the DFend.ini a second
    "DOSBox DOS" profile was created instead of reseting the existing one to the
    default values.
  • [Fix] Pressing the "Insert" and "Delete" keys in the environment variables
    editor table may changes the the list of environment variables in unexpected
    ways.
  • [Fix] When browsing for a installation directory in the program installer and
    in data packages installers always a "\D-Fend Reloaded" was added to the
    choosen folder.
  • [Fix] When opening the multi profile editor the second tab (things to change)
    instead the first tab (selecting profiles for change) was active.
  • [Fix] Untranslated button caption in language select dialog for language
    editor and misspelled string in profile editor.
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-02-29

D-Fend Reloaded 0.3.1 has been released

This release is a bugfix release with only very few new features. The changelog:

  • CDs can be ripped to ISO images and used as DOSBox drives.
  • Floppy disks can be ripped to IMG images and used as DOSBox drives.
  • Screenshots and captured sounds can be renamed.
  • Captured screenshots can be set as windows wallpaper image.
  • If DOSBox is started in window mode, the DOSBox window can be centered on
    screen.
  • [Fix] CPU cycles settings "Auto" and "Max" in the modern profile editor
    dialog did not work.
  • [Fix] In the "Edit multiple profiles" the "Fullscreen resolution" did not
    work.
  • [Fix] When using the "Restore window size on program start" option the games
    list keeps empty until you click on a category on the left at program start.
  • [Fix] When pressing enter in the setup dialog shown at first program start
    you got an "No game is selected in list." error.
  • [Fix] Choose DOSBox directory as current directory when starting DOSBox to
    make DOSBox find files in its own directory.
  • [Fix] The "Use as default profile" option in the template profile editor did
    not work.
  • [Fix] When changing the language in the setup dialog the "Mode" dropdown
    box shows an empty value until you choose one of the two modes again.
  • [Fix] Default values for "Resolution" corrected.
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-02-18

D-Fend Reloaded 0.3.0 has been released

This release is brings many new features. The main new feature categories are:

  • More DOSBox settings (some of them using the FreeDOS tools):
    Different DOSBox installations for each profile configurateable, Reported DOS
    version, Key status for num, caps and scroll lock, 2-button mouse mode,
    sound volume, ...

  • Easy profile handling:
    New profile editor (the classic D-Fend style editor is also still avaible and
    up-to-date with all new settings), managing captured wave sounds with option
    to encode them to mp3 (encoder not included; can use lame for example) or ogg,
    filtering profiles by user-defined categories, ...... read more

Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-02-08

D-Fend Reloaded 0.2.0 has been released

This release is mainly a new features release (but a lot of old bugs are fixed too):

  • New dialog for changing multiple profiles at once.
  • The serial port settings can be changed via a dialog now.
  • If installed with the FreeDOS commandline tools, 4DOS can be set up as commandline interpreter in profile editor.
  • If installed with the FreeDOS commandline tools, DOS32A can be used as a replacement for the DOS/4GW protected mode extender.
  • Now you can specify multiple CD images for one drive mount and switch between them at DOSBox runtime.
  • Now you can specify multiple floppy images for booting from floppy image and switch between them at DOSBox runtime.
  • If a game has a data folder, D-Fend Reloaded can not only open this folder but also open a specific file in the data folder now (selectable via a directory list in form of menu).
  • Installer packages for single games can be built directly from the the profile context menu.
  • The DOSBox png screenshots can be saved as jpeg, gif or bmp image files now.
  • The creation of the games list is much faster now.
  • The DosBox program icon is used for the "DosBox DOS" default profile.
  • The game info tooltips in the games list can be turned off and on now.
  • More icons in the menu.
  • Updated DOSBox links in the help menu.
  • Added the vogons to the "Old games" link collection.
  • [Fix] The serial port settings were ignored when starting DosBox.
  • [Fix] Long lines in "Autoexec.bat" and "Custom setting" were split into two lines which can damage commandlines.
  • [Fix] Numerial values were not stored when closing profile editor if you entered less digits than the edit field allows.
  • [Fix] Added missing default value "auto" for joysticks.
  • [Fix] Fixed some spelling mistakes in the English language file.
  • [Fix] Wrong info text in DOSBox folder select dialog in setup dialog.
  • [Fix] I/O control is always shown as "No" in the drives list independend of the real state of I/O control.
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-01-16

D-Fend Reloaded 0.1.2 has been released

This release is like the last release was mainly a bugfix release but also has some new features:

  • [Fix] Missing translations for Shortcuts
  • The function of the add button in the toolbar is now configurable
    (normal add, add with wizard or popup menu for operation).
  • [Fix] After changing the program language the categorys list on the
    "default values" page of the setup dialog contained the values in the
    old and the new language.
  • New setup option: Start on Windows boot (default: off)
  • New setup option: Start minimized (default: off)
  • [Fix] Missing translations for menu items in the games list popup menu
    and the screenshots popup menu
  • [Fix] Missing translation of message dialog captions and buttons
  • The program info dialog shows the names of the authors of the language files.
  • The games list can now be sorted by any column just by clicking the
    column header.
  • Spanish language file (Thanks to Neville from vogons.zetafleet.com)
Posted by Alexander Herzog 2008-01-04

D-Fend Reloaded 0.1.1 has been released

D-Fend Reloaded is a graphical environment for DosBox. In some way D-Fend Reloaded is a successor of the discontinued software D-Fend. Both environments look alike and D-Fend Reloaded contains all the features of D-Fend. Even the D-Fend config files are compatible with the current program. However, unlike D-Fend, D-Fend Reloaded is open source. The development objective for D-Fend Reloaded was (besides 100% D-Fend compability) to make the program operation more simple with respect to DosBox beginners. Simultaneously more features for administration and configuration became available.... read more

Posted by Alexander Herzog 2007-12-18