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Emulator Release: VGBA-Android 3.9.9 with improved Cheatopedia

fms

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Hello, All!

This week's VGBA-Android 3.9.9 release further automates Cheatopedia by making it automatically detect what game you are playing and memorize the last page you have been on. It also makes things a bit more comfortable for tablet owners, who now can toggle the action bar with a vertical fling gesture. I am still puzzled at the reasons Google had for replacing the MENU button (physical or virtual) with the screen-eating action bar, but at least you can flick it away now in VGBA.

Get VGBA-Android here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Full list of changes:

* The action bar can now be toggled with a vertical fling gesture.
* Cheatopedia now remembers the last open entry and reopens it.
* Cheatopedia automatically opens entry for the current game.
* Minor fixes to Pokemon Emerald cheats.
* Minor fixes to Italian translation.

VGBA-Android 3.9.8 changes:

* Added screenshots, two more slots, and the autosaved state to the Freeze/Restore feature.
* Improved GameShark / ActionReplay emulation, more cheats work now.
* Fixed Mario&Luigi hangup when entering the main city.
* Fixed Fire Emblem Cheatopedia entry, all Fire Emblem cheats now work.
* Fixed Porygon2 cheat and added "Buy Master Ball" cheat to the Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia entry.
* Made Cheat Editor remove spaces from input and save cheats reliably.
* Added Italian translation.
 

fms

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VGBA-Android Release Announcements

The new VGBA-Android 3.9.11 published to the Google Play Market:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Changes in this version:

* Fixed "missing M1 board" problem in Pokemon Leaf Green and Fire Red.
* Fixed duplicated images/labels in Freeze/Restore.
* Fixed Final Fantasy 4 cheats in Cheatopedia.
* Added Final Fantasy 5/6 cheats to Cheatopedia.
* Added Tales of Phantasia cheats to Cheatopedia.
* Fixed support for importing 128kB VBA .SAV files.
* Improved detection of Flash/EEPROM content changes for saving.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Another morning, another VGBA-Android release:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

In the VGBA-Android 3.9.18, I have added support for patch files in the .IPS format. So, everyone who likes playing JRPGs and other Japanese games should now be able to play them in English, using patches that can be downloaded from here:

http://www.romhacking.net/?page=translations&platform=10
http://www.romhacking.net/?page=hacks&platform=10

I hope you also like the little labels in the file selector that show which games have saves, cheats, or patches.

FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
* Added support for .IPS files. For "mygame.gba" use "mygame.ips".
* Added labels for CHT/SAV/IPS files to the file selector.
* Added Breath of Fire 2 to the Cheatopedia.
* Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban now saves games properly.
* Fixed button labels not showing up on accelerated video.
* No longer deleting buttons layout on each upgrade.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Released VGBA-Android 3.9.21 tonight:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

The main changes are smoother, faster non-accelerated video and fixes to the license check code. Basically, trying to make it as unobtrusive as possible, although Google isn't making it easy. The current incarnation should only check once every three weeks and not require any network connection in between. If it does, please, let me know: it has to be fixed.

FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
* Switched to surfaces for faster non-accelerated video.
* Further optimized sync between Java and native code for smoother video updates.
* Made button labels solid.
* Fixed legacy wire-frame joystick display.
* Fixed support for FILL patch chunks inside .IPS files.
* Fixed crash on failed license verification attempts.
* Fixed the license verification response handler.
* Made file selector load directory listings faster.
* Cleaned up file selector labels.
* Added Mother 3 to the Cheatopedia.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Quick fix release of VGBA-Android 3.9.22 this moning, to fix a non-working Cheatopedia issue reported by some users:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

CHANGES:
* Fixed Cheatopedia cheats, sorry for breaking them.
* Made overlaid buttons stick to the nearest screen edges.
* Prevented overlaid buttons from going off-screen.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Finishing this week with a VGBA 3.9.23 release:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Mainly expanding the Cheatopedia with more games, such as Dokapon, Castlevania, and Spyro.

CHANGES:
* Added Dokapon Monster Hunter to the Cheatopedia.
* Added Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance and Circle of the Moon codes to the Cheatopedia.
* Added Spyro Season of Flame and Season of Ice codes to the Cheatopedia.
* Made overlaid buttons stick to the nearest screen edges.
* Prevented overlaid buttons from going off-screen.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

There is a new VGBA-Android release today:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

VGBA 3.9.24 finally lets you enable multiple Cheatopedia cheats at once. This is still somewhat experimental, so I greatly appreciate feedback about this feature. Also added more games to the Cheatopedia.

FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
* Now can enable multiple Cheatopedia cheats at once!
* Added FZero Maximum Velocity, GP Legend, and Climax to the Cheatopedia.
* Added Mario Kart to the Cheatopedia.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Finishing week with a VGBA-Android 3.9.25 release:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

This version makes directional control easier, fixes previously broken tactile feedback option, and further optimizes screen updates by cutting down on the number of copied pixels.

FULL CHANGE LIST:
* Now can enable multiple cheats at once!
* Made display updates even faster by skipping unchanged areas.
* Made directional pad easier to control.
* Fixed tactile feedback feature.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

This week's VGBA-Android 3.9.26 release is out:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

The main addition is the automatic frame skip control that you can enable under the "Frames to Draw" setting. It is supposed to produce smooth game play on fast devices, while keeping things fast on slow devices. This feature is still experimental, so give it a try and report your experiences on the forum.

I have also added much requested "Have all HMs&TMs" and "Have all Pokeballs" cheats to the Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia. And the cheats for the first Fire Emblem game, too.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added automatic frame skip control (under "Frames to Draw" option).
* Fixed handling of conditional ActionReplay and CodeBreaker codes.
* Added "All HMs&TMs" and "All Pokeballs" cheats to Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia.
* Added Fire Emblem 1 cheats to the Cheatopedia.
* Added file selector labels for new files, MIDI and VBA savefiles.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

New VGBA-Android 3.9.27 can be found here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

The main change is the ability to change virtual joystick size.

ALL CHANGES:
* Made virtual controls resizable via "Virtual Joystick Size" option.
* Added automatic skip rate control via "Frames to Draw" option.
* Removed garbage at screen edges in accelerated OpenGLES mode.
* Fixed Fire Emblem 2 Cheatopedia entry.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

I have added a significant new feature to VGBA today:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Starting with VGBA-Android 3.9.29, you can now swap your gameplay states with other users. In order to do that, select "Exchange States" from the menu. You will see the list of states for the game you are playing, uploaded by other users. You can either select a state to download or upload your own state.

Note that a game state is not an actual game, but just a frozen point in a game. In order to use it, you still need to have the actual game file, as well as own the game cartridge. Please, do not play games you do not own with VGBA.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Finishing week with the VGBA-Android 3.9.30 release:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

This update fixes a bunch of small bugs I have been going to take care
of for a while.

CHANGES:
* Localized all prompts in the State Exchange feature.
* Now deleting .CHT file when all codes removed in Cheat Editor.
* Now stopping native thread on startup, in case previous instance has been running.
* Fixed screen updates in Advanced Settings.
* Added Easy Catch cheat to Pokemon Fire and Leaf entries.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

For a long time, people complained about audio quality in VGBA. I have been working to fix the problem and finally released VGBA-Android 3.9.31 today, with much better audio:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

The new version reduces latency so many people complained about and removes most of the background noise. A bit of noise may still occur in some games. Please, report these games to me.

ALL CHANGES:
* Greatly improved audio quality and reduced latency.
* Fixed sound in Pokemon Fire Red, Leaf Green, and other games.
* Switched to more precise sound rendering method.
* Limited audio buffer size to 150ms, rounding it to nearest 4 bytes.
* No longer losing audio samples when audio DMA restarts.
* Properly assigning timers to DMA channels when draining audio.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Another week, another VGBA-Android release:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

VGBA-Android 3.9.32 adds the ability to change how virtual joystick looks (via "Virtual Joystick Skin" option) and extends Cheatopedia with entries for Monster Rancher games.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added "Virtual Joystick Skin" option to change virtual gamepad look.
* Added alternative virtual joystick skin from Miroslaw Kocur.
* Added Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 to the Cheatopedia.
* Now showing the "NEW" label only for files that have recently changed.
* Removed unused bitmaps from the package.
 

fms

Member
Re: VGBA-Android Release Announcements

Published VGBA-Android 3.9.33 today:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Starting with this version, the file selector shows full cartridge information, including producer's name, language, ROM size, etc. Also made many fixes to Cheatopedia navigation, should be flawless now.

ALL CHANGES:
* File selector now shows full cartridge information.
* Fixed Cheatopedia navigation.
* Fixed disappearing checkmarks in Cheatopedia.
* Now saving Cheatopedia path when cancelling cheat selection.
 

fms

Member
VGBA-Android Release Announcements

There is a somewhat urgent VGBA-Android 3.9.34 release today:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

Many users reported that after the last VGBA update, some Cheatopedia cheats turned into empty folders. The new VGBA version fixes that and adds a new virtual joystick skin, for those who liked the old circular directional pad.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed Cheatopedia bug that made some cheats turn into folders.
* Added joystick skin with round directional pad.
* Moved invisible and wireframe joystick settings to "Virtual Joystick Shape".
* Added more options under "Virtual Joystick Opacity".
 
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