LaunchBox Version 1.1 Released

LaunchBoxVersion 1.1 is out! The most notable new features include pretty new graphics for the games to make them look more like game boxes, new notes and status fields, easy editing of the default DOSBox configuration, quick access to the game folders, and just an overall smoother experience. LaunchBox now also comes with game demos for the original Need for Speed, Descent, WarCraft, and The Secret of Monkey Island!

LaunchBox 1.1 Screenshot with game demos

Download LaunchBox 2.6 here. Again, the app does not require installation; simply extract the zip file to a location of your choosing, run LaunchBox.exe, and start playing! The latest version of LaunchBox uses a WinRAR-built setup, but you can choose to extract the files from the EXE manually with WinRAR, if you’d rather. Be sure to check the changelog under the Help menu in the app for the full list of changes.

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LaunchBox: New DOSBox Frontend and Game Launcher

LaunchBoxLaunchBox is a new Windows frontend for DOSBox, but it’s a whole lot more than that. Originally, I went looking online for a portable DOSBox games launcher for Windows that displayed the games using the game box art, much like Boxer for Mac. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find one, so I decided to put in the time and build one. Development went extremely well, and all-in-all I’ve put a lot more time into the project than I originally envisioned. Thus, I’m left with what I consider to be an excellent application for managing and playing portable (and not portable) Windows and DOSBox games:

LaunchBox Screenshot 1

LaunchBox Screenshot 2

Here are some of LaunchBox’s best features:

  • Uses relative paths wherever possible in order to ensure that the app behaves properly in a portable environment (such as on a USB stick or in your Dropbox, the app will work on every computer you have synced).
  • Supports both DOSBox and regular Windows games, so you can organize your entire gaming library, not just your DOSBox games.
  • Sort, arrange, and filter your games by title, release date, genre, platform, rating, developer, and publisher.
  • Easily configure your games to launch in DOSBox just by choosing the game’s EXE.
  • Supports mounting additional drives in DOSBox with an easy-to-use interface.
  • Maintains separate DOSBox configurations for each game, allowing you to fully configure the DOSBox settings individually for each game.

I believe the app to be very stable at this stage, and ready to use to manage a serious game collection. That said, development will not stop here on the project, and I have some very cool features planned for the near future.

Download LaunchBox 2.6 here. The app does not require installation; simply extract the zip file to a location of your choosing and run LaunchBox.exe. The latest version of LaunchBox uses a WinRAR-built setup, but you can choose to extract the files from the EXE manually with WinRAR, if you’d rather.

I am very interested in your feedback! If you run into any issues or suggestions, please do let me know in the comments below.

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AudioLog HD v1.9 Released

AudioLog HDIt’s been a while since I’ve posted about an update, so we’ll backtrack a little here to get up to speed. Since the last post about version 1.4, I’ve added full support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets and phones, made the app entirely accessible for blind and visually impaired users, and fully tested (and fixed the rough edges) on a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

I had the pleasure of working with J.J. Meddaugh of AndroidAccess.net to identify which parts of the app would need modified to make it fully accessible to blind users, and I’m happy to say that we were successful in making the app completely accessible for use with a screen reader. J.J. was kind enough to post an accessibility review that documents everything here:

http://androidaccess.net/details.php?id=1631

I’m also excited to say that Android Tapp has also reviewed the app! Toni McQuilken reviewed the app as a “no frills” app that “works perfectly.” You can read the review here:

http://www.androidtapp.com/audiolog-hd-sound-recorder/

Finally, I’ve trimmed all rough edges for the app’s experience on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.0). The majority of things worked as expected due to my testing on the Android emulator, but there were a few surprise bugs that needed squashed. Regardless, the experience is better than ever on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Thanks everyone! Enjoy the app and let me know if you have any suggestions. :)

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AudioLog HD v1.4 Released

AudioLog HDThis is a quick bugfix release that resolves a force close issue on Android Honeycomb 3.0 and 3.1 devices. My Honeycomb testing was performed on version 3.2, hence this particular issue wasn’t caught.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jasoncarr.audiolog

New features are on the way! Feel free to comment on the new features you want most…

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AudioLog HD v1.3 Released

AudioLog HDThe big new feature in version 1.3 is the ability to record in the background, both while other apps are open and while the screen is locked. Several other important bugfixes are also included, as documented in the Changelog in the app and in the “What’s New” section in the Android Market:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jasoncarr.audiolog

Once again, thanks everyone for your support. Please let me know if you run into any issues. This latest round of changes was a beast but I plan on putting out a new release with many more features very soon. :)

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AudioLog HD v1.2 Released

AudioLog HDVersion 1.2 is mainly a bugfix update, but it’s an important one. The new version fixes a glitch which sometimes closed out the current project when switching between applications (or bringing up the Share and Play with External Player screens), and fixes a rare force close upon stopping recording. Also added is a prompt to view the changelog upon application updates.

Once again, here’s a link to the app on the Android Market:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jasoncarr.audiolog

Thanks again, all. Hope everything is working great and I trust that you’ll let me know if you find any issues!

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AudioLog HD v1.1 Released

AudioLog HDAudioLog HD’s first update just hit the Android Market, version 1.1. The big addition with this update is the ability to “star” or “favorite” projects and recordings. This helps to more easily keep track of important projects and recordings, or recordings that you need to come back to, for example. A few bug fixes made it into this release as well; all are listed under What’s New in the Android Market (and in the app under the changelog). Take a look at the latest version here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jasoncarr.audiolog

Here are a couple of screenshots of the new star functionality in action:

Thanks to all who have jumped on the app already! Looking forward to adding many more features and users. :)

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New Android App: AudioLog HD Released

AudioLog HDI just completed and published an Android application called AudioLog HD. The app records using the microphone on your Android device in high quality, up to CD-quality 16-bit 41000 Hz stereo audio. The app is available in the Android Market here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jasoncarr.audiolog

See the listing on the market (link above) for full details on the features of the app.

I’m looking forward to any and all feedback on it, so please feel free to share your experiences here. Feature suggestions, issues, and both negative and positive feedback are all welcome. Thanks everyone! :)

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UpSync Version 0.7 Released

Update on November 25th, 2012
This application has been retired, as there are much better solutions available for free; please check out FreeFileSync instead.

The new version is here! As always, it is recommended to upgrade as soon as possible. Here are the major changes:

  • Administrator permissions are no longer required to run the application from the Program Files folder; application settings and logs are now stored in the Windows program data folders.
  • The application has been tested with and should now work fine with UAC under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • Summary logs have been added to the end of the logging to report count totals for the various operations.
  • Fixed a bug in the new syncing empty folders functionality that caused a neverending loop when the root of either folder was empty.
  • Added a “File Filter” property to mapped folders to allow the use of wildcards (*.txt) to restrict which files to sync (as requested by Jason Saul).

Simply run the setup to upgrade to the latest version.

[Download links removed]

Remember to share your thoughts and suggestions!

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UpSync Version 0.6 Released

Update on November 25th, 2012
This application has been retired, as there are much better solutions available for free; please check out FreeFileSync instead.

I have a new version of UpSync to put out today! If you are regularly using the application, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade because the stability of the sync process has been greatly improved. Here’s a brief list of some of the more interesting changes:

  • Significantly improved error handling
  • Delete prompts are now all displayed at once (instead of throughout the process)
  • A new “stop prompting and do this for x remaining files” feature has been added
  • Code is now StyleCop-compliant (as well as code analysis-compliant)
  • Empty folders are now synced properly based on their creation date

You may simply run the new setup and it will automatically upgrade over whatever old version you have installed.

[Download links removed]

Please remember to comment and share your thoughts on the application! :)

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