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PinCabView2D 1.3 by Aubrel

 

This patch is free and should remain free.
Not for commercial uses!!

 

I'm happy to release this patch! It will transforme completely many old PC pinball games and will make them alive again in your virtual pinball cabinet.
The main goal is to get a pincab view with exported DMD and backglass for most of the 2D PinballDreams-like PC games.
A "PinCabKeys" option is available in PinCabView2D.ini to get full support with standard VPX keyboard keys (used by default)
DMD's position and size can be set in PinCabView2D.ini
This pack doesn't contain any file of these games and will not modify them at all.

 

It supports perfectly 17 uniques games for a total of 78 unique tables! 🤯

I added the following features (nearly all the same than I did with ProPinball games) :

- Pixel perfect CRT effect (optionnal)

- Backglass on 2nd screen (with or without grill)

- DMD export (backglass or 3rd screen)

- Desktop or Pincab view

- And also full standard VPX keys support !


The "PinCabKeys" option is available in PinCabView2D.ini to get full support with standard VPX keyboard keys (used by default)
DMD's position and size can be set in PinCabView2D.ini

 

Here how it looks :

 

DreamsDx.png


Dreams2.png


FantasiesDx.png


Mania.png


Illusions.png


Absolute.png


P2000.png


P4000.png


Electronic.png


Silverball.png


Epic.png


Psycho.png


Ultimate.png


Thomas.png

 

Wizard2K.png

 

SLAMTILT1.png


 

The pack contains :
- PinCabView2D Launcher
- DOSBox "PinHack V3x" build (customized version, diff patch included)
- PinCabView 3.2 and CRTGeomMOD v3.2 ReShade's shaders (merged)
- Reshade's dll (opengl32.dll)
- dgVoodoo2's dll (ddraw.dg)

 

Supported games (perfectly working) :
- Pinball Dreams DOS
- Pinball Dreams II DOS
- Pinball Dreams Deluxe DOS/GOG (it includes Pinball Dreams 1 & 2)
- Pinball Fantasies DOS
- Pinball Mania DOS
- Pinball Fantasies Deluxe DOS/GOG (it includes Pinball Fantasies & Mania)
- Pinball Illusions DOS/GOG
- Absolute Pinball DOS
- Pinball 2000 DOS
- Pinball 4000 DOS
- Psycho Pinball DOS
- Ultimate Pinball DOS
- Epic Pinball Complete Collection DOS/GOG
- Silverball DOS
- Silverball 2 DOS
- Electronic Pinball DOS
- Thomas The Tank Engine's Pinball DOS
- Pinball Wizard 2000 DOS
- SlamTilt Windows

 

Tested but unfortunately not working :
- Extreme Pinball DOS
- Pinball Warriors DOS
- Tilt DOS
- Pinball Prelude DOS

 

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How to use :
- Create a directory and extract the full archive inside.
- Install your games here in their dedicated folders.
- Check the "autoexec" part at the end of the config files of the games you own (config files located in PinCabView\Configs\).
You can edit a little this "autoexec" part, but it should match your game installation. But don't change anything else.
- If needed set PinCabView2D.ini "CABVIEW" and "CABVIEW_ADV" options
Optionnal : the CRT effect will look better if you set your screen in portrait mode before launch
- Launch the launcher with the "ConfigName" of the game you want to launch as command
Optionnal : you can also send as 2nd parameter the number of the table you want to be launched directly.
- That's all, it should work :)


Examples:
"C:\My Game Folder\PinCabView2DLauncher.exe" DreamsDx
Will launch Pinball Dreams Deluxe (gog)
"C:\My Game Folder\PinCabView2DLauncher.exe" DreamsDx 3
Will launch Pinball Dreams Deluxe (gog) and will also launch directly the 3rd table of "Pinball Dreams"
"C:\My Game Folder\PinCabView2DLauncher.exe" DreamsDx 6
Will launch Pinball Dreams Deluxe (gog) and will also launch directly the 2nd table of "Pinball Dreams II"
(Quicklaunch is not available for : Epic Pinball, Silverball, Silverball 2, Pinball Wizard 2000 and Psycho Pinball)

 

PinCabKeys :
- "1" (repeat quickly) => F1-F8 (+Yes)
- "2" => Esc
- "5" => No
- "Enter" => Plunger (+OK)
- "Shift"s => Flippers (+Directions if needed)
- "Ctrl"s => Nudges (+Directions if needed)
- "z", "Space", "/" => Nudges

 

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Side notes :
- Some game's resolutions should be set as expected to work :
*Pinball Illusion should be set in default "VGA 360x350"
*Thomas The Tank Engine's Pinball should be set in "Small"
*Absolute Pinbal should be set in "VGA High"
*SlamTilt should be kept in "640x480" with "Zoom Off" and "DMD Small" (setting forced at game start)
*Others should be set in "High Res" when available
- Don't use the launcher to install your games, you can use directly the DOSBox included to do that.
- To use a different keys mapping, disable "PinCabKeys" in PinCabView2D.ini and set it as you want (Ctrl+F1 ingame with game windowed using Alt+Enter)
- The Windows DPI-Scale setting for high resolutions should be the same for all your screens.
- If the "QuickLaunch" command doesn't work correctly, you can try to increase the "TimerScale" option in PinCabView2D.ini (1.5 should be enough in most cases).
- You can acces some options in Reshade's UI using "home" key but most of them are set by the launcher and shouldn't be changed.
You can still use it to set the brightness of the table, the backglass, the DMD and to activate or not the CRT effect.
- For most of these DOS games you will have to check if the "autoexec" part at the end of the DOSBox config file is matching your game installation.
- A desktop mode is available (can be activated in PinCabView2D.ini) but to keep the CRT effect you will need a UHD screen ("CRT Effect" can be disabled in ReShade's UI with home key)
- The Reshade's dll (PinCabView\opengl32.dll) used by default is a custom one made by Ducon2016 for CRTGeomMOD (it removes the start message and improves the UI).
If this dll don't work for you (I saw only one case in 2 years where it doesn't work...), you can use the official opengl32_reshade_orig.dll included instead (just rename and replace)
- To work correctly and to avoid unexpected issues please install the games in their dedicated folders in order to match the config file settings.

 

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Changelog :

 

1.3
- SlamTilt (Windows) support added (doesn't use DOSBox at all but some informations in the "fake" config file are still used by the launcher)
To install SlamTilt, just copy the full CD content and past in the dedicated "SlamTilt" directory and that's all!
(only "SlamTilt" 1997 is supported by PinCabView2D, for "SlamTilt Resurrection" 1999 please use the "not 2D" version of PinCabView available in VPUniverse's forum too)
- Silverball2 native support added (same as Silverball but with up to 3 more tables)
- Desktop mode should be fixed (display/ratio)
- 180° Rotation should be fixed
- Some more shader improvements
- Some quicklanch timings improvements

 

1.2
- Keys mapping fixed for the standalone versions of Pinball Dreams, Dreams II and Mania
- Keys mapping improved for Pinball Illusions, Ultimate Pinball, Absolute Pinball (left&right nudges added)
- Direct launch fixed for Pinball Mania.
- DOSBox-PinHack-V3x : ratio code improved.
- DOSBox-PinHack-V3x : You can now set a ratio for the standard game resolution and an other for the expanded one.
- DOSBox-PinHack-V3x : Default ratio are now set to 4:3 for standard gaming and 9:16 for the expanded resolution (when used without the launcher)
- CRT effect is now removed by default when used without the launcher (can help to install and set the games before play)

 

1.1
- Full support added for Pinball Wizard 2000
- Native support added for the standalone versions of Pinball Dreams, Dreams II, Fantasies, Mania.
- Patch added to fix Pinball 2000 and Pinball Dreams II (standalone) intro and menu.
- Some key timing fixes for direct launch command (you can use TimerScale option in the ini to match better your machine speed).
- DOSBox Pinhack sources cleanups for release.
- A few changes in the config files and game folders.
If you already used the previous version please check again the autoexec section after updating.

 

1.0
First Official Release

 

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Info / Support :  https://vpuniverse.com/forums/topic/5744-pincabview2d-most-old-dos-pinball-games-in-your-pincab

 

 

Thanks to Ducon2016 and Houb ^^ for the amazing "CRTGeomMOD" shader :D
http://www.emuline.org/topic/1420-shader-crt-multifonction-kick-ass-looking-games

 

Big thanks to Felipe Sanches, Joaquim Hilari, sirlee,... for the DOSBox "PinHack" version used to remove the game's scrolling
https://github.com/DeXteRrBDN/dosbox-pinhack
And thanks to all the others DOSBox "PinHack" build contributors too : https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=12424

 

ReShade home : https://reshade.me
DOSBox home : https://www.dosbox.com
dgVoodoo2 home : http://dege.freeweb.hu/

 

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Download  PinCabView2D  1.3 :   https://www.mediafire.com/file/k8op9ldls1gk4nw/PinCabView2D_1.3.rar/file

 

Enjoy! 👍

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  • Aubrel changed the title to PinCabView2D 1.1 : Most old DOS Pinball Games in your Pincab!

Very cool! I have some fond memories of playing Epic Pinball. I'm looking forward to playing it again, as well as trying out some of these other DOS games.

 

I started working on some wheels for Epic Pinball:

 

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20 hours ago, MrMan2k7 said:

Very cool! I have some fond memories of playing Epic Pinball. I'm looking forward to playing it again, as well as trying out some of these other DOS games.

 

I started working on some wheels for Epic Pinball:

 

 

Nice! Thanks!

Unfortunately Epic Pinball is one of the very few games with no directlaunch support :D

(ie : the full game is launched but you can't launch directly a specific table)

 

At this time these games don't have direct individual table launch support through the launcher  :

- Epic Pinball

- Silverball

- Psycho Pinball

- Pinball Wizard 2000

 

For all the others games their tables can be launched directly by command line.

 

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38 minutes ago, Aubrel said:

Unfortunately Epic Pinball is one of the very few games with no directlaunch support :D

(ie : the full game is launched but you can't launch directly a specific table)

 

At this time these games don't have direct individual table launch support through the launcher  :

- Epic Pinball

- Silverball

- Psycho Pinball

- Pinball Wizard 2000

That's too bad! Could this functionality be added indirectly with an AutoHotKey script?

I haven't set up any AHK scripts myself, but I know it was used to launch Zaccaria Pinball tables before they added command line launching natively.

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it can be done... that's nearly what's done for the others but it's a boring task... And for so few people...

(According to the replies here and elsewhere, we should be nearly the only guys interesting by these old games :D )

 

I saw a few mapping problems with some of the new games, so I will release again an update soon.

I think a wheel image per game would be already very nice and enough (and probably less time consuming for you too)

If you want to do that, it would be awesome ;)

 

 

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  • Aubrel changed the title to PinCabView2D : Most old DOS Pinball Games in your Pincab!

Nice to see some interest :)

 

Most of these games are "abandonware" and so can be found in websites proposing such content.

 

The game are very easy to install but it's not "plug&play" : for most of them you have to install the game in dos with DOSBox, you may also have to set the sound configuration to "soundblaster 16" and to check the autoexec part of the game config file to be sure it matches your installation (if not you will have to edit this part of the config file).

I would have been pleased to make them working "plug and play" but it can't be done for legal reasons.

 

Also I made it working for Landscape and portrait configurations BUT the CRT effect will look better if you have your screen in portrait mode before launch.

At first I made a script to rotate the screen before launch but unfortunately it doesn't work for all OS nor graphic cards... So if your pincab has the main screen in landscape configuration (it's my case) you better have to rotate your screen before launch with irotate or anything else (it will look better)

 

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Hi Aubrel!!! Great Project!!!!

 

I think that there is more people interested on this launcher, but it has no great visibility. I love this games and search for something like this several times. Thanks so much to this!!! (Sorry my crappy english, I'm form Buenos Aires)

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I'm having some issues with direct launching tables in a few of the games.

 

I downloaded the Pinball Gold Pack from GOG.

Pinball Illusions works fine, but I'm having problems with Pinball Dreams Deluxe and Pinball Fantasies Deluxe.

 

In Pinball Dreams Deluxe, when I add any numbers as launch commands, it loads quickly to the table menu, but it does not launch a specific table.

 

In Pinball Fantasies Deluxe, adding 1 or 2 as launch commands correctly loads up the Party Land and Devils tables, but any number above this does not work correctly and just loads into the Pinball Fantasies section of the game instead of the Pinball Mania section with the other 4 tables.

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these timings are a pain... depending on your computer spec some game load faster or slower on some machines.

that's why I added a TimerScale option, try to increase this value to approx 1.5 and it should work ;)

(with 1.5, all the launch timings will be 1.5x longer than the default one)

 

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9 hours ago, Aubrel said:

these timings are a pain... depending on your computer spec some game load faster or slower on some machines.

that's why I added a TimerScale option, try to increase this value to approx 1.5 and it should work ;)

(with 1.5, all the launch timings will be 1.5x longer than the default one)

 

 

Changing the TimerScale fixed it!

1.5 worked for Pinball Fantasies Deluxe, but I had to increase it to 2.5 to get Pinball Dreams Deluxe working properly.

 

Thanks again!

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Nice! Thanks for the feadback :)

I will try to improve these timings a little for the upcoming version

It should be released very soon and will have full SlamTilt support (4 very nice 2D tables!!)

 

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PinCabView2D 1.3  released! :)

 

- SlamTilt (Windows) support added (doesn't use DOSBox at all but some informations in the "fake" config file are still used by the launcher)
To install SlamTilt, just copy the full CD content and past in the dedicated "SlamTilt" directory and that's all!
(only "SlamTilt" 1997 is supported by PinCabView2D, for "SlamTilt Resurrection" 1999 please use the "not 2D" version of PinCabView available in VPUniverse's forum too)
- Silverball2 native support added (same as Silverball but with up to 3 more tables)
- Desktop mode should be fixed (display/ratio)
- 180° Rotation should be fixed
- Some more shader improvements
- Some quicklanch timings improvements

 

SLAMTILT1.png

 

SLAMTILT2.png

 

SLAMTILT3.png

 

SLAMTILT4.png

 

I'm very happy to get the original SlamTilt working too : this is 4 very nice tables to discover or to remember! :)

 

Enjoy!

 

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I found a few problems with SlamTilt : the DMD size initialisation seems to be not working in some cases...

And also the performances are very poor: I made some more testings with a less powerfull computer and the game runs very slow...

A patch will come soon :)

 

Edit : discrete update the launcher in the archieve available from now should fix the issue with SlamTilt.

For now only the launcher is updated (if you have already installed the 1.3 version you can just replace "PinCabView2DLauncher.exe"

The performances will still be very poor but a true update with a very optimized shader will follow this night.

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16 hours ago, frogopus said:

Thanks, for this. I'm loving having my old Epic games on my table.

Thanks!  :)

I still didn't updated anything but I made very big progresses.

A big update will come for PinCabView and PinCabView2D (and most probably CRTGeomMOD too :))

 

I have nearly rewritten again the full shader to get betters results and betters performances (and also to fix a few old issues...)

I made my best to get the full features of CRTGeomMOD without having anything broken nor performaces lost in the process and in fact it's nearly 40% faster now :D

That wasn't very simple but I think I have now something very nice, it will fix and improve CRTGeomMOD a lot too.

 

On the next update the 6 Wildfire Studio games will be supported (most probably with a new dedicated launcher)

It includes: "Austin Powers Pinball", "Balls Of Steel",  "Devil's Island Pinball", "Dirt Track Racing Pinball",  "Kiss Pinball" and "Ultimate Gold Pinball"

So a total of nearly 50 new supported pinball tables! 🤯

 

duke.png

 

austin.png

 

kiss.png

 

dirt.png

 

devil.png

 

ultimate.png

 

 

PincabView2D will also get a full external database feature so you will be able to set everything as you want per games and add/try all the games you want too :)

 

So stay tuned!!

 

PS: And if you have some issues or requests it's now time to repport!! ;)

 

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