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Detect Info Files

In order to use the Info Tabs (see Navigating for more), you'll need to attach info file(s) for each entry. For example, in order to view snapshots of a game, you need to select the snapshots you want for that game then to assign them. The Launcher is capable of doing this automatically, and this process called DETECT.

  1. In the main toolbar of the Launcher window, click DETECT button.
  2. Then the Detect Mode Selection will be opened for you. Select the mode you want to detect files for. For example, choosing Snapshots will detect snapshot files and set them for the games.
  3. Then the detect window will be shown, it should look like this picture for Snapshots (this tutorial is about Snapshots. This work the same for covers, Info and Manuals):
  4. Use Add button to add folder(s) which include the snapshot files. It's a good idea to use the Snapshots folder of My Nes (see Paths)
  5. In the Extensions to use, enter the image file type extension(s) to use spitted with ';,'. This can be used to include extension or to exclude an extension from the search.
  6. Activate Include subfolders in search if you want to search the sub folders of folders in the list.
  7. Don't assign same file to more than one entry: this option will force the search engine not to assign a file to more than one entry if match. This may improve speed but may lose detects especially if a game have more than one snapshot.
  8. Use entry name instead of entry file name: normally the search engine uses the entry file name to compare it with the searched file name. If the entry has no file assigned, the entry name is used instead (to compare with the searched file name of course).
    This option force the engine to use the entry name always, even the entry has a file assigned or not.
  9. Use entry name when the path is not valid: same of the above option:  normally the search engine uses the entry file name to compare it with the searched file name. If the entry has no file assigned, the entry name is used instead (to compare with the searched file name of course) only if this option is enabled. If this option is disabled, this entry get ignored (no search applied to it).
  10. Search mode: The most important option, effect the search result slightly. You should choose the search mode carefully depending on entries and snapshot files. The modes are:
    Search mode Entry in file: In this mode, the search engine will look for the entry name (name or file name, here will call it name) inside the searched file name. For example, let's say we have this entry name "Super Mario Bros" and this snapshot file "Super Mario Bros Snap 1". In this mode, this is a match because of the "Super Mario Bros" is included in "Super Mario Bros Snap 1". Thus, choosing this mode will be wise if the snapshots file names are larger (in length) than the entry names/file names.
    Search mode file in Entry: In this mode, the search engine will look for the searched file inside the entry name. For example, let's say we have this entry name "Super Mario Bros" and this snapshot file "Super Mario Bros Snap 1". In this mode, this is NOT a match because of the "Super Mario Bros" does NOT include "Super Mario Bros Snap 1". Thus, choosing this mode will be wise if the snapshots file names are smaller (in length) than the entry names/file names.
    Search mode both: This mode is not recommended although it's nice and easier. This mode will make the search engine to decide which mode of the previous modes to use. Generally, this may cause errors in many cases.
  11. Clear old detect files for entry: Indicates if the search engine should clear previously detected snapshot files that assigned to the entries first.
  12. One file per entry: this may understood as same as Don't assign same file to more than one entry but it is not the same. In this option, the entry take one snapshot file only for an entry but that file will STILL be available for other entries. While the option Don't assign same file to more than one entry is meant to set the snapshot file to one entry then that snapshot file get dropped from the search list and won't be used again.
  13. Match case: Indicates if the search engine should care about case: for example, if Match case is enabled, "Car" will be treated different than "car". Otherwise "Car" and "car" will be treated the same.
  14. Match word: Indicates if the search engine would use word match instead of char match. For example if you search for "Car" inside "Cartty", with is option DISABLED this is a match because of "Car" is included inside "Carttly". While this is not a match when the Match word is not enabled because of the word "Car" doesn't match "Carttly".
    Another example is searching "car" inside "my car is nice", in this case Match word option has no effect and always match!
  15. Text search type: The most important option too, effect the search result slightly. You should choose the text search type carefully depending on entries and snapshot files (here will assume the search mode is Entry in file, see step 10):
    Start with: this means the searched file name should be started with the entry name. Example: "Super Mario Bros" is started with "Super Mario" thus this is a match while "Mario Bros" will considered as not match.
    Contains: this means the searched file name should contains the entry name. Example: "Super Mario Bros" contain "Super Mario" and "Mario Bros" thus both words considered as a match.
    Ends with: this means the searched file name should be ended with the entry name. Example: "Super Mario Bros" is ended with "Mario Bros" thus this is a match while "Super Mario" will be considered as not match.
  16. After choosing the right settings, click Start button. The search progress should take only few minutes (maybe more or less). After that, you can test the result by selecting an entry. The Info Tabs should show the detected files (snapshots for this tutorial)

NOTES


  • The search progress may take minutes, more or less depending on games collection.
  • The previous tutorial was about Snapshots. This work the same for covers, info and Manuals.
  • You can repeat the DETECT process as many times as you like with different settings. You may want to enable Clear old detect files for entry option.
  • It's a good idea to use the Snapshots folder of My Nes (see Paths ) since My Nes save snapshots with formula <GameName>_<SnapNumber> (Example: Super Mario Bros_0.jpg) and thus it can be detected easily.