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Manual

NOTE: Please take a look at the F.A.Q., too. Use "FONT=Fontname" in the section "MAIN" of the C64-Archiv.ini-file to choose the C64 charset of the preview.

Main window

  1. Menu "File"
  2. New/New database: Creates a new database.
  3. Open/Open database: Opens an existing database.
  4. File/Import file: Imports one C64 related files to the database.
  5. Folder/Import folder: Imports all C64 related files from a folder.

  6. Menu "Edit" (the menu appears by right-click on a file, too)
  7. Start: Starts a C64-program in an emulator. Please read the F.A.Q.!
  8. Details: Opens a property dialog either for the c64-window-file (when you select an item in the tree) or for the C64-program. Here you can change the window-filename or the name of the C64-file in the database. It is also possible to assign a category to a C64-file. The real C64-program name will not be changed in the original file!
  9. Delete: Deletes the selected item(s) from the database only. A window will prompt you to confirm the deletion process.
  10. Filter: For further information click here.
  11. Search: To search for records in the list, open the "Search" window and enter the column at which you wish to search, along with the term you are searching for.
  12. Refresh file: Refreshes the selected file.

  13. Menu "View"
  14. Language: Here you can choose your language. The use of language files (*.lng) allows the C64-Archiv to easily be translated into other languages or for individual text strings to be modified by editing just the language file. The files must be stored in the subfolder "Lang".
  15. Hide tree: Hides the tree view.
  16. Tree with subitems (slowly): If checked in the tree view a plus sign indicates, if subitems exist. Uncheck this to reduce loading time.
  17. Arrange columns: For further information click here.
  18. Preview: Shows the directory, picture or other contents in the main window
  19. Preview in a new window: Shows the directory, picture or other contents in a new window
  20. Mainfiles: Displays the main files.
  21. C64/single files: Displays all C64 programs or single files.
  22. Categories: Displays categories in the tree view.
  23. New files: Displays new imported files only.
  24. Last started: Displays all started C64-files in chronical order.
  25. Top 100: Displays the most recently started C64-files.

  26. Menu "Gamebase"
  27. Start view: Opens the Gamebase window.
  28. Verify own zip-files: The C64-Archiv is only able to recognize Gamebase-files, when they are zipped. This function checks if you have zip-files which are listed in the Gamebase database.
  29. Import genres: Opens a selection window. In this window you can choose what genres from the gamebase should be imported to the categories.

  30. Menu "Extras"
  31. Copy all to the clipboard: Copies all list items to the clipboard.
  32. Copy selected items to the clipboard: Copies the selected list items to the clipboard only.
  33. Generate missing MD5 hashes: Generate a MD5 hash from the selected filed
  34. Save directory as text file: Saves the directory from each selected files in a seperate text file
  35. Check database: Checks the database for missing files. There is the possibility to recover or to delete the files.
  36. Compress database at exit: This action will reduce the database size that has undergone considerable changes.
  37. Options: Opens the options window.

Gamebase window

  1. "View": Opens the window "Arrange columns".
  2. Arrange columns: For further information click here.
  3. Split vertical/horizontal: Toggles the window split between vertical and horizontal.
  4. Copy all to the clipboard: Copies all list items to the clipboard.
  5. Copy selected items to the clipboard: Copies the selected list item to the clipboard only.
  6. Search: To search for records in the list, open the "Search" window and enter the column at which you wish to search, along with the term you are searching for.

  7. "Filter": For further information click here.

  8. "Download": The C64-Archiv tries to download the selected file.

  9. "Start": Starts a C64-program in an emulator. Please read the F.A.Q.!

  10. "Options": Opens the options window.

Options

  1. Tab "Emulator profiles": On this tab you can manage the settings for the emulators. Depending on the selected item level in the tree view you can create, edit, copy, paste or delete emulators, profiles or parameters. If you select an emulator the button "Default emulator" is enabled and gives you the possibility to determine the favorite emulator. After clicking, the C64-Archiv tries to combine the profiles to the file extensions.
    Note: The "START"-submenu displays these profiles only, which checkboxes are marked.

  2. Tab "Profile allocation": To start a C64-file you need an emulator profile. Here you can set the associations between a file extension of a C64-file and the emulator profile.

  3. Tab "Database": This page contains database related settings.

    Import C64-files:
  4. "Create md5 hashes (slowly)"
  5. "Update existing files (slowly) ": If the C64-Archiv is searching in a folder for files and recognize an already imported file you can update the file once again. If you want to update one file only, go to the view "files", select the file in the tree and choose by right-click the function "Refresh file".
  6. "Update compressed files '.zip,..' (slowly)": Because of the time-consuming process to uncompress a file, the C64-Archiv normally uncompress the zip-file one time only. If you want to update a compressed file once again, check this option.
  7. "Search ZIP-files in the Gamebase (slowly)": The C64-Archiv is only able to recognize Gamebase-files, when they are zipped.
  8. "Ask for permission to uncompress files with size greater than:": Here you can set the minimal size (in MB) of compressed files which the C64-Archiv decompresses not until you give the permission.

  9. Check database :
  10. "Delete missing C64-files or add new one (slowly)": If marked the C64-Archiv will refresh D64-files once again.

  11. Files
  12. Here you can check the file types which should by stored by the C64-Archiv. You can also choose the path to your preferred text viewer.

  13. Tab "Gamebase": Contains settings to use the Gamebase database.
  14. Gamebase path: Path to the gamebase database (*.mdb) version 5 or higher.
  15. Screenshot path: To display the associated screenshots you can set the path to the screenshot folder, which normally contains subfolders 0, A, B,...
  16. Game/Download path: Here you can set the path to your games or the path, where the C64-Archiv should save the downloaded games.
  17. "Select path on every download": Every time you are downloading a game you will be prompted to choose the save path.
  18. "After download store file in the C64-Archiv": To start the file within the C64-Archiv it is nessesay to store it in the C64-Archiv-database.
  19. "Store only the game from GameBase files (recommended)": Often D64-Images from a game contain many more files, which will be reloaded during the game (e.g. Summer Games). It its recommended to store the main (start) file only.

Filter

  • Clicking one of the "Filter" buttons, e.g. in the toolbar or the "Filter" menu will open the "Filter" window. This window allows you to determine the settings of a filter to best suit your needs and then either activate and/or save the filter settings.
  • The "Filter" window allows you to define your selection in the text fields or select filter characteristics from the combo box. You can apply operators (such as: like, not like, greater, etc) by clicking the operator button
  • If you have changed filter settings or created a new one and wish to save the changes you have to click the "OK" or the "Apply" button
  • A new filter will then appear as a link in the filter tab

Column layout

  • To rearrange (hide/display) the columns of the list use the function "Arrange columns" from the menu or press CTRL + S
  • When you click one of the column headers, the list is sorted in ascending order based on that column. When you click the same column header again, the column is sorted in descending order (NOTE: In views "Last started" and "Top 100" it isn't possible to sort the columns)
  • You can move columns by dragging the column header to the new location

The documentation will proceed as soon as possible.

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