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Announcing Pegasus Frontend



  • @fluffypillow Ive got a question about a possible functionality of this frontend:
    Ive had to leave on standby one new theme because of the daunting task of converting so many scraped images(Game covers) into a different perspective. The fact is that if I had something like a "cornerpin" function and an add Mode for mixing images it would be really easy and people could use their scraped images. I know Im maybe asking for too much, thx for your work.



  • @tronkyfran you can rotate every UI element by all three axes ("3D-like"), around a custom point, and you can scale horizontally and vertically. You can also write custom OpenGL shaders, which would allow you to do pretty much anything with a picture.



  • Every UI element means vídeo preview box is included? If thats right them I just would need to test if the raspberry gives enough performance to run my theme, awesome!!!



  • @tronkyfran yup, including the video. You can also animate these properties, making things spinning or moving things around the screen. Or make people feel dizzy :)



  • @tronkyfran said in Announcing Pegasus Frontend:

    enough performance to run my theme

    Wait, are you making a theme for Pegasus? how?



  • Got the analog navigation working, I'll clean up the code a bit tomorrow then merge it.



  • @lilbud Well, not exactly "making", I have a lot of assets for an emulationstation theme, but it implied to make a lot of custom game art for it and I simply dont have the time right now. But if I can reuse the scraped art somehow....thats a different thing. The fact is that I have now to take a look to the theming process here in pegasus and how to adapt the assets, so I have a long way to go yet, but at least there is a possibility for my idea to come true :D
    This were some sketches of it: I would need to reproject cart art and video preview, and suppose I will have to let go the depth of field blur and some other things. Took a look to opengl shading and it should help a lot... :D
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  • @tronkyfran Nice! Yes, it'd be possible to create such a theme, but yeah getting the cart art right might be slightly difficult (but not impossible). There's a bunch of built-in shaders as well, so for just blurring you won't need to write them manually. Here's a list of available graphical effects.



  • Weekly changelog:

    • Pegasus can now be controlled with more than one gamepad (in case you had problems before; also this item would need some testing)
    • added gamepad analog stick navigation support
    • the list of languages is no longer hardcoded
    • minor changes due to cleaning up the code


  • @fluffypillow Thanks for the analog controls. Seems to work fine.

    I just tried it now. Sad to see there's now spacing in between games. I really liked the way they were before. Hopefully you'll add choices in how it looks in the future. Have you thought on how to adjust the layout? I'd figure rows of 5, 4, 3, or 2 horizontal. 4 seemed really well for sfc and cd games. I'd like to see how well 3 looks for arcade games.



  • @darksavior Pegasus should show 4 columns for platforms with wide box art (eg. SNES) and 5 for tall ones (eg. NES). Previously it was manually set to 5 for the NES, but a few weeks ago I've changed it to guess the columns from the actual images. It should look like this:
    https://snag.gy/35f7we.jpg
    https://snag.gy/cOAIy6.jpg

    If there are random spacings around, that's likely a bug (can't test with all possible box arts after all).



  • @fluffypillow It looks so awesome!
    What's the status in regards to us non-coders, plain gamers?

    Does it make sense to install it now, or should we wait a couple of months?



  • @andershp it should be fairly stable and work fine for general use. Its just that it's not too user friendly yet, lacks documentation and some features are not yet done (game entry editing, system informations, custom config files, a clock in the corner). You can give it a try, see how it works for you.
    Steam support and RetroArchivements integration is also planned, a theme repository and an update checker might be useful too, and we'd need a nice logo/icon in the future as well.



  • @fluffypillow said in Announcing Pegasus Frontend:

    we'd need a nice logo/icon in the future as well.

    I'll be here if you need help



  • @fluffypillow Custom config files - as in retroarch.cfg files?



  • @AndersHP as in game list and system definition files. Currently Pegasus uses ES2's XML files, but it shouldn't depend on them.

    @lilbud I've made a GitHub issue for it previously, but didn't really made progress on it; I'll add some "inspirational materials" and details the weekend in case you want draw something nice.

    @dudleydes could you create a new issue for the controller problem? I'd be easier for me to see the related discussion in one place.



  • @fluffypillow I have created an issue at the Github page.

    I have installed Qt Creator on my desktop but I really can't figure out how to create a theme for Pegasus. I would be grateful if you could give a guide on how to get started.



  • @dudleydes yeah the theming is still not properly documented, but you can use the Flixnet theme as an example in the meanwhile (or the default theme, which has some more complex parts).

    In short, every theme needs a theme.ini metadata file and a theme.qml, the main QML file. These files should be under ~/.config/pegasus-frontend/themes/<theme name>/.

    The theme.ini is a list of key = value pairs, you'll need at least a name (other values aren't used at the moment). The format may also change in the future, eg. I'll likely start using : instead of =.

    The theme.qml is the QML component that'll fill the screen, which at the moment must be a FocusScope with active focus:

    import QtQuick 2.7
    
    FocusScope {
        focus: true
    
        // your code here
    }
    

    Other than that, you're free to use whatever QML elements you want (EXCEPT the Qt Quick Controls 1/2 items, as they aren't really for this kind of application and are not available in the automatic builds).

    To access the game data, you can use the similarly undocumented pegasus object:

    • pegasus.platforms is a list (= you can use as a model) of platforms
    • pegasus.currentPlatform is the currently selected platform
    • pegasus.currentPlatformIndex is the index of the currently selected platform (most parts are read-only, but this is a field is writable)

    Every platform has a shortName (eg. nes) and longName (which is currently empty as ES2 files only have one <name>) field, and games, currentGame and currentGameIndex fields, which work similarly as listed above.

    Finally, every game has the following single-value fields: boxFront, boxBack, boxSpine, boxFull, box (same as boxFull), cartridge, logo, marquee, bezel, gridicon, flyer, music, and the following lists: fanarts, screenshots, videos.

    Note that values may be empty (eg. no games for a platform, or no particular asset for a game). The field names may also change (we're still in alpha). Also in case you see .qmlc files, those are caches, no need eg. commit them to Git or such.



  • Weekly changelog: Nothing interesting this week, as I was working on another side project.
    In case you'd like to try drawing a logo and want to read my nasty comments about your entries, I've updated the relevant issue.



  • @fluffypillow My mistake for saying there was a change in the spacing. I just got used to some sections being 4 columns not 5. Changing column numbers should be about the last feature I'm waiting for along with exiting game going back to the game itself and not the beginning of the list.


 

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