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Virtual Pinball Backup Manager (VPBM) is a backup manager aimed at generating and managing individual game backups for Virtual Pinball systems using the Pinup System. These backups can be browsed and compared to the live system, and restored/updated as needed.
VPBM processes a variety of game content including:
- Game scripts/files
- Backglass files, POV files, ROM and NVRAM files as well as alt colour/sound files (VPX)
- Game libraries required by game scripts (Future Pinball)
- Game specific Pinup Player Pup Packs
- Game specific Pinup Popper front end media files
- Copies of all stored game database settings
Copies of any game specific registry settings (VPX)
This is the first publicly released version of VPBM so feedback is welcome.
The contents of a games backup can easily be viewed within the application using the tree view, while an integrated Quick View bar provides users a quick visual indication of the presence of critical files - as shown in the screenshot provided. Additionally, a Pinup View displays Pinup media, in a manner consistent with how media is displayed within Pinup Menu Setup.
VPBM is not designed to replace Pinup System, in fact it depends on it to function - rather it tries to add features that make managing game files and settings easier. I found myself storing all files used by a game in a backup folder and then having to manually copy these files when I felt the need to update my system, VPBM automates this process.
VPBM has been designed to quickly highlight to users when a games backup has fallen out of synch with the currently installed version of the game, allowing users to use the functions provides to address the inconsistencies.
VPBM backup files are encrypted and locked to the machine that they were created on, however a mechanism is provided to export games to a known external system. For infromation on this feature, refer to the Export Path and Export Host Identifier settings within the Application Settings help pages. This process does not allow games to be exported and shared universally.
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