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    Attract Mode ROM filters

    I'm building 2 new MAME Win 7 PCs one for a vertical setup and other for horizontal setup. Its been ages since I have done any ROM sorting, lists or filters etc.
    I'm using Attract Mode as the frontend.

    I can get list of MAME ROMs to show up but I can't get the filtering to work.
    I want to have Filters for No Clones and either Vertical games or Horizontal games and Cave games.

    I have tried what is on this page to see if I could get some filters working.
    https://github.com/mickelson/attract...xample-filters

    I have added Catver.ini to the import files and regenerated the list but SHMUPS list is blank and No Clones lists the same amount of games as All.

    My Setup is similar to this:

    http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1896.0

    Thanks for any help
    Last edited by Ryan555; 15th January 2019 at 07:36 PM.

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    Just to add to the info here, ROMlister isn't working correctly right? It doesn't spit out a proper list when you point it to your MAME dir?

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    Before trying the filters in Attract Mode I did also try Romlister and Simple Arcade Multifilter and a few others. Romlister filtered games but way to many it only had a small amount of games listed. Also with Simple Arcade Multifilter no matter what I choose to filter the ROMs it copied were 1084 in total each time, maybe a bug? (weird that its 1084, sort of like 1084 bytes)
    I have have not had any luck so far with any of the programs and Attract Mode was my last hope to get filtered ROMs.

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    What version of Mame are you using? From memory Rom Lister can't handle the newer formats as they changed and the author hasn't released an update since 2015 =(

    When I generate filtered lists I use an older version of mame and rom set

    Brad

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    I'm using 202 version of Mame. Yes Romlister has to convert the file for the newer format. I do have an older set but for this build I would try and have new updated version.
    Late last night I ended up getting some of the filtering working with Attract Mode by taking out some of the filter options. I will muck around with it some more when I get a chance.

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    I have more of an understanding on how the filtering works, also SpudJones send me his cfg file so I'm well on my way to finally having the filtering working. I will post my config file once I finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan555 View Post
    I will post my config file once I finish it.
    Yeah that would be cool. From memory i had trouble with AM's filtering and gave up and culled roms instead

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    Ok this is what I have so far.
    Below are the 2 files that need editing in Attract Mode. First file is Attract.cfg in the installed directory and the the other mame.cfg is in the sub directory of emulators.
    Groovy Mame includes the ini files needed.
    Build a games list in Attract mode and the filters should work.
    The filters that show up in Attract mode are Classics that only show 1977 to 1984, SHMUPS that only show vertical shooters, Cave only show Cave made games, Horizontal show only Horizontal games and Vertical only show vertical games (with out adult games).

    Attract.cfg

    # Generated by Attract-Mode v2.5.1
    #
    display mame202
    layout Attrac-Man
    romlist mame202
    in_cycle yes
    in_menu yes
    filter All
    filter Classics
    rule Title not_contains bootleg|prototype|Sports|Trivia|Quiz|Mahjong
    rule Year equals 1977|1978|1979|1980|1981|1982|1983|1984
    rule Control contains joystick
    rule Control contains 2-way|4-way|8-way
    filter SHMUPs
    rule Category contains Shooter
    rule Category contains Flying
    rule Category contains Vertical
    filter Cave
    rule Manufacturer contains Cave
    filter Horizontal
    rule Rotation not_equals 90|270
    filter Vertical
    rule Title not_contains prototype|Trivia|Quiz|Mahjong|Mature|Adult
    rule Category not_contains Casino|Tabletop|Electromechanical|Quiz|Trivia|Mahj ong|Adult|Fruit|Mature
    rule Rotation equals 90|270
    filter Favourites
    rule Favourite equals 1




    sound
    sound_volume 100
    ambient_volume 100
    movie_volume 100

    input_map
    configure Tab
    prev_letter LControl+Up
    next_letter LControl+Down
    filters_menu LControl+Left
    next_filter LControl+Right
    configure Escape+Up
    edit_game Escape+Down
    add_favourite Escape+LControl
    prev_letter Joy0 Up+Joy0 Button0
    next_letter Joy0 Down+Joy0 Button0
    filters_menu Joy0 Left+Joy0 Button0
    next_filter Joy0 Right+Joy0 Button0
    configure Joy0 Up+Joy0 Button1
    edit_game Joy0 Down+Joy0 Button1
    add_favourite Joy0 Button0+Joy0 Button1
    back Escape
    back Joy0 Button1
    up Up
    up Joy0 Up
    down Down
    down Joy0 Down
    left Left
    left Joy0 Left
    right Right
    right Joy0 Right
    select Return
    select LControl
    select Joy0 Button0
    default back exit
    default up prev_game
    default down next_game
    default left prev_display
    default right next_display

    general
    language en
    exit_command
    exit_message
    default_font arial
    font_path %SYSTEMROOT%/Fonts/
    screen_saver_timeout 600
    displays_menu_exit yes
    hide_brackets no
    startup_mode default
    confirm_favourites yes
    confirm_exit yes
    mouse_threshold 10
    joystick_threshold 75
    window_mode default
    filter_wrap_mode default
    track_usage yes
    multiple_monitors no
    smooth_images yes
    selection_max_step 128
    selection_speed_ms 40
    move_mouse_on_launch yes
    scrape_snaps yes
    scrape_marquees yes
    scrape_flyers yes
    scrape_wheels yes
    scrape_fanart yes
    scrape_videos no
    scrape_overview yes
    hide_console no
    video_decoder
    menu_prompt Displays Menu
    menu_layout

    intro_config
    param detect_aspect Yes
    param layout_rotation none
    param play_intro No
    param video_16x9 intro.mp4
    param video_3x4 intro_3x4.mp4
    param video_4x3 intro_4x3.mp4
    param video_9x16 intro_9x16.mp4
    param video_default intro.mp4

    Mame.cfg
    # Generated by Attract-Mode v2.5.1
    #
    executable C:\groovymame64\mame64.exe
    args [name]
    workdir C:\groovymame64\.
    rompath C:\MAME202ROMs(merged)/
    romext .zip;.7z
    system Arcade
    info_source listxml
    import_extras C:\groovymame64\ini\catver.ini;C:\groovymame64\ini \nplayers.ini;C:\groovymame64\ini\UI_files\mature. ini
    artwork marquee c:\groovymame64/marquee
    artwork snap c:\groovymame64/artwork/snaps

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    I use LightSpeed MameLister to generate lists, you launch ROMs straight from the results, right click and remove games you don't like and then export to Attract Mode. I find its much easier to use than the others and it works great. Although some versions are better than others, I think 0.183_Beta1 gave me the best results. Last time I check though the developer had given up on the project, a real shame.

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    I did hear about that software recently but have not tried it. I will download it and try it out one time. It would be good if someone could keep updating it to carry on from the original developer.


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