ARC Browser
Arcade (Games)

ARC Browser is a rom collection browser and emulator frontend that maintains a database of all your games, presented in a user friendly way, and let's you play them using your favorite emulators. Suitable for both phones and tablets (provided you have a gamepad) and of course Android TV!

REGARDING SCRAPING: Currently TheGamesDB is used as the default database for scraping. They do occasionally have issues with their servers though, in which case scraping might fail. To get around this, you can try changing the "Scraper database" setting to "Arcturus (TheGamesDB cache)". It's a per-system setting, so you have to change it for every system you want to scrape.


FEATURES
* A searchable database of all your games, indexed by systems and categories
* Automatically scrape data about your games and download boxart and background images
* Support for native Android games aswell
* Roms with the same filename (excluding text in parenthesis or brackets) are automatically grouped and presented as a single game. When you press Play you can choose which version to load. Useful not only when you have different versions of a game, but also for multi-disc games
* More than 90 configuration templates for different emulators
* Can be used as default launcher


IMPORTANT
* Boxart, background images and game names in the Play Store screenshots have been blurred or removed to avoid copyright infringement
* This application does not include any emulators or games
* Many good emulators are not currently listed in the Android TV Play Store, but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't work on Android TV. You should read up on sideloading
* Gamepad required
* Artwork and metadata scraping from online databases requires the availability of third-party services. If you're having issues, please check server status first. The developer of this app is not responsible for the availability of such services


SCRAPING
Your roms should be named as close as possible to the original game name. There are however multiple settings that you can use to fine-tune the scraping process. For example, converting ", The" in a filename to "The " and ignoring text withing parenthesis and brackets. If no match is found, it will also try replacing any instance of " - " in the filename with ": " automatically.


BOX ART, BACKGROUNDS, THEMING AND MORE
All of the images in ARC Browser, including but not limited to box art and background, can be customized. For example, if you don't like the automatically scraped box art, you can use your own. You can also further change the look and feel of the app with themes. More information about this is available here:

http://nvidiashieldzone.com/arc-browser-support-site/arc-browser-artwork-customization/
http://nvidiashieldzone.com/arc-browser-support-site/arc-browser-themes/


HAVING ISSUES? GOT IDEAS FOR NEW FEATURES?
Send an e-mail to support@ldxtech.net!
If you're having problems, please send an e-mail before writing a review. Many issues can be quickly resolved that way.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Be sure to check out nvidiashieldzone.com for tutorials, image packs and more!
"Official" thread at the GeForce forums: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/874247

What's New
Version 1.19 (Apr 18, 2018)

New options/features:
* Edit genres for games
* Show side nav bar on start up
* Delete scraped artwork of a certain type for one or all systems
* Download template updates
* Use default aspect ratio for favorites and recently played games
* Hide genres and number of players on game cards
* Support for integer extras
Moved Systems and Collections into their own sub-menus in Settings
New templates
Bugfixes

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Version 1.18.1 (Jan 13, 2018)

Themes can now have background music
New options:
*Disable dimming the background
*Clear favorites
*Import favorites
*Alternative trigger button detection method
*Hide Artwork row in Game Details
*Don't show game-specific backgrounds in Game Details
*Background download modes: One fanart and the rest screenshots, or the other way around
New templates
Renamed the RetroArch Mednafen PSX template to Beetle PSX because the core has been renamed
Arcturus (TGDB cache) is now default scraper
Bugfixes

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Version 1.18 (Dec 18, 2017)

Themes can now have background music
New options:
*Clear favorites
*Import favorites
*Alternative trigger button detection method
*Hide Artwork row in Game Details
*Don't show game-specific backgrounds in Game Details
*Background download modes: One fanart and the rest screenshots, or the other way around
New templates: RetroArch Snes9x2002/2005/2010 and PX68k, Retro8, Yaba Sanshiro, Magic DosBox (complicated, please read the instructions)
Arcturus (TGDB cache) is now default scraper
Bugfixes

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Version 1.17.1 (Aug 18, 2017)

VERSION 1.17.1
* Fixed issue where the platform setting was ignored when scraping the Arcturus databases on some installs
VERSION 1.17
* New option to protect editing with a PIN
* New setting to use more than one background per game
* Added templates: Real3DOPlayer, IrataJaguar, Uae4arm beta
* Updated templates so they work with the latest emulator versions: VGB, VGBAnext, ColEm, ColEm Deluxe, fMSX, fMSX Deluxe, iNES, Speccy, Speccy Deluxe
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.17 (Aug 11, 2017)

VERSION 1.17
* New option to protect editing with a PIN
* New setting to use more than one background per game
* Added templates: Real3DOPlayer, IrataJaguar, Uae4arm beta
* Updated templates so they work with the latest emulator versions: VGB, VGBAnext, ColEm, ColEm Deluxe, fMSX, fMSX Deluxe, iNES, Speccy, Speccy Deluxe
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.16.4 (Jun 18, 2017)

VERSION 1.16.4
* Option to apply gaussian blur to backgrounds (Global UI Settings)
* Option to crop boxart to fill boxes in lists instead of shrinking to fit (Global UI Settings)
* Background images are now shown for recommendations on the Android TV launcher
* New templates: RetroArch Final Burn Alpha 2012, RetroArch ParaLLEl N64, PSPe+ Pro
* Updated templates: Tendo64, MasterGear

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Version 1.16.3 (Apr 12, 2017)

VERSION 1.16.3
* New option to redownload artwork for scraped games
* New option to hide the YouTube button in game details
* New options to generate thumbnails, might help with scrolling performance
* New Theme.txt option: Collections.TitleText.Color default #FFFFFF
* You can now edit game descriptions
* Fixed SuperRetro16 templates to match latest version
* Fixed issue where text containing the & character was handled incorrectly when restoring a backup
* Other bugfixes

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Version 1.16.2 (Mar 11, 2017)

VERSION 1.16.2
* Backup/restore is now much more memory efficient and more stable
* R2 can also be used to find random games now
VERSION 1.16.1
* YouTube button should now work correctly on Android TV
* Collections are now sorted by game name by default
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.16
Many new features and fixes, too much to put here (500 character limit). Full changelog: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/874247/shield-tv/arc-browser-official-support-now-available/post/5100093/#5100093

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Version 1.16.1 (Mar 06, 2017)

VERSION 1.16.1
* YouTube button should now work correctly on Android TV
* Collections are now sorted by game name by default
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.16
Many new features and fixes, too much to put here (500 character limit). Full changelog: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/874247/shield-tv/arc-browser-official-support-now-available/post/5100093/#5100093

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Version 1.16 (Mar 05, 2017)

Many new features and fixes, too much to put here (500 character limit).
Full changelog: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/874247/shield-tv/arc-browser-official-support-now-available/post/5100093/#5100093

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Version 1.15 (Dec 21, 2016)

VERSION 1.15
* New settings:
** Maximum image size for downloaded artwork
** Hide system name/header on rows in classic mode
** Change default preview artwork to box back or background
** Modify the All Games icon in classic mode just like the Grid View icon
** Show a loading screen with the game box before launching a game
* Reicast template now matches latest version
* Double spaces are now replaced with single spaces when scraping
* Fixed an issue that caused high CPU usage
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.14.1 (Dec 07, 2016)

1.14.1
* Different settings for the "Grid View" text
* Bugfixes
1.14
* You can now add the results of a search to a collection
* New sorting options for templates when adding a new system
* Template: DosBox Turbo
* New settings:
** Set boxart aspect ratio per system
** Ignore filenames starting with...
** Group games by scraped name
** Order games in collections by release year
** Auto-add Android games during scanning (Android 5+)
** Organize Favorites by system instead of game name
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.14 (Dec 05, 2016)

VERSION 1.14
* You can now add the results of a search to a collection
* New sorting options for templates when adding a new system
* New template: DosBox Turbo
* New settings:
** Set boxart aspect ratio per system
** Ignore filenames starting with...
** Group games by scraped name
** Order games in collections by release year
** Auto-add Android games during scanning (Android 5+ only)
** Replace "Grid View" text with system name
** Organize Favorites by system instead of game name
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.13.5 (Oct 08, 2016)

VERSION 1.13.5
* ARC Browser can now be set as the default launcher
* Fixed graphics glitch at the bottom of the screen on certain devices
VERSION 1.13.4
* Bugfix to correctly handle permissions in Android 6 and 7
VERSION 1.13.3
* Android 7 bugfixes
VERSION 1.13.2
* Reorganized settings
* Added option to switch to the settings from a different template without having to recreate the system (or do a lot of typing)
* Experimental support for Android 4.2
* Added template for Retroarch P-UAE

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Version 1.13.4 (Sep 19, 2016)

VERSION 1.13.4
* Bugfix to correctly handle permissions in Android 6 and 7
VERSION 1.13.3
* Android 7 bugfixes
VERSION 1.13.2
* Reorganized settings
* Added option to switch to the settings from a different template without having to recreate the system (or do a lot of typing)
* Experimental support for Android 4.2
* Added template for Retroarch P-UAE
VERSION 1.13.1
* Added templates for MasterGear
* Exported game lists now include system name
* Performance enhancements
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.13.3 (Sep 14, 2016)

VERSION 1.13.3
* Android 7 bugfixes
VERSION 1.13.2
* Reorganized settings
* Added option to switch to the settings from a different template without having to recreate the system (or do a lot of typing)
* Experimental support for Android 4.2
* Added template for Retroarch P-UAE
VERSION 1.13.1
* Added templates for MasterGear
* Exported game lists now include system name
* Performance enhancements
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.13.2 (Sep 12, 2016)

VERSION 1.13.2
* Reorganized settings
* Added option to switch to the settings from a different template without having to recreate the system (or do a lot of typing)
* Experimental support for Android 4.2
* Added template for Retroarch P-UAE
VERSION 1.13.1
* Added templates for MasterGear
* Exported game lists now include system name
* Performance enhancements
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.13.1 (Aug 21, 2016)

VERSION 1.13.1
* Added templates for MasterGear
* Exported game lists now include system name
* Performance enhancements
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.13 (Jul 31, 2016)

VERSION 1.13
* Now supports voice search, and global search on Android TV!
* Added option to scale down the UI
* Added option to not show game-specific backgrounds in lists
* Added option to not download front box art
* Added option to use the old method of drawing game boxes in lists (not recommended)
* Added template for Mupen64Plus FZ
* Added scraping support for Neo Geo CD, Sega Pico, TurboGrafx CD and Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.6 (Jun 02, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.6
* New option to display favorites as a standalone system
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.12.5
* Fixed two memory leaks (AKA better performance and less prone to crashes)
* When games are grouped by name on the main screen, all numbers are now grouped as # instead of individually
* When scraping, "_" (underscore) is now replaced with " " (space) in the filename
VERSION 1.12.4
* Added support for HuiJia SNES USB adapter
* Sorting now ignores leading "The " in the game name
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.5 (May 10, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.5
* Fixed two memory leaks (AKA better performance and less prone to crashes)
* When games are grouped by name on the main screen, all numbers are now grouped as # instead of individually
* When scraping, "_" (underscore) is now replaced with " " (space) in the filename
VERSION 1.12.4
* Added support for HuiJia SNES USB adapter
* Sorting now ignores leading "The " in the game name
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.4 (Apr 25, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.4
* Added support for HuiJia SNES USB adapter
* Sorting now ignores leading "The " in the game name
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.12.2
* You can now customize artwork for the Android system. Just create a new subdirectory called "android" in your theme directory and put any images you'd normally place in the rom directory there
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.3 (Apr 24, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.3
* Added support for HuiJia SNES USB adapter
* Sorting now ignores leading "The " in the game name
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.12.2
* You can now customize artwork for the Android system. Just create a new subdirectory called "android" in your theme directory and put any images you'd normally place in the rom directory there
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.2 (Apr 16, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.2
* You can now customize artwork for the Android system. Just create a new subdirectory called "android" in your theme directory and put any images you'd normally place in the rom directory there
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.12
* Support for native Android games, fully integrated with the scraping system! You'll find this at the same place as other systems
* You can now add custom images for Collections
* New option to display Collections as a separate system in modern layout
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12.1 (Apr 13, 2016)

VERSION 1.12.1
* You can now customize artwork for the Android system. Just create a new subdirectory called "android" in your theme directory and put any images you'd normally place in the rom directory there
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.12
* Support for native Android games, fully integrated with the scraping system! You'll find this at the same place as other systems
* You can now add custom images for Collections
* New option to display Collections as a separate system in modern layout
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.12 (Apr 12, 2016)

VERSION 1.12
* Support for native Android games, fully integrated with the scraping system! You'll find this at the same place as any other system
* You can now add custom images for Collections (see app description for details)
* New option to display Collections as a separate system in the modern layout
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.11.3 (Mar 20, 2016)

VERSION 1.11.2 / 1.11.3
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.11.1
* Game descriptions in modern view now scroll automatically if the text doesn't fit (speed can be changed in settings)
* Better support for high-DPI displays
* Fixed SuperRetro16 Lite template and added SuperRetro16 (full) template
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.11
* New scraping source: OpenVGDB 22.0

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Version 1.11.2 (Mar 14, 2016)

VERSION 1.11.2
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.11.1
* Game descriptions in modern view now scroll automatically if the text doesn't fit (speed can be changed in settings)
* Better support for high-DPI displays
* Fixed SuperRetro16 Lite template and added SuperRetro16 (full) template
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.11
* New scraping source: OpenVGDB 22.0

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Version 1.11 (Feb 26, 2016)

VERSION 1.11
* New scraping source: OpenVGDB 22.0
VERSION 1.10
* New way to organize your games: Collections (kinda but not really like favorites and also more of them)
* New option to hide a system from the main screen
* New per-game option to use a different emulator
* Added scraping support for more platforms

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Version 1.10.2 (Feb 19, 2016)

VERSION 1.10.2
* Fixed Wii, Wii U and Sinclair ZX Spectrum scraping
VERSION 1.10
* New way to organize your games: Collections (kinda but not really like favorites and also more of them)
* New option to hide a system from the main screen
* New per-game option to use a different emulator
* Added scraping support for more platforms

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Version 1.10 (Feb 11, 2016)

VERSION 1.10
* New way to organize your games: Collections (kinda but not really like favorites and also more of them)
* New option to hide a system from the main screen
* New per-game option to use a different emulator
* Added scraping support for more platforms

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Version 1.9.0.1 (Jan 29, 2016)

VERSION 1.9
* Performance enhancements
* Added %rom_filename% and %rom_filename_noext% variables
* Updated Dolphin template to match latest version
* Updated Tendo64 template to match latest version
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.9 (Jan 28, 2016)

VERSION 1.9
* Performance enhancements
* Added %rom_filename% and %rom_filename_noext% variables
* Updated Dolphin template to match latest version
* Updated Tendo64 template to match latest version
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.8.2 (Jan 06, 2016)

VERSION 1.8.2
* Added option to "translate" MAME/NeoGeo filenames to actual game names. Should help with scraping.
* Added Dolphin template! Requires Dolphin 4.0-8532 or later (https://buildbot.dolphin-emu.org/builders/release-android/)
* Added Gearoid template
* Added option to hide Genres row in Modern layout
* Added options to hide Favorites and Recently played rows
* Added option to disable downloading box back art
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.8.1 (Dec 24, 2015)

VERSION 1.8.1
* New layout available!
It's enabled by default for new users. Existing users can enable it in settings. And don't worry if you don't like it, Classic mode isn't going anywhere.
* Support for handhelds (Android 4.4 and above)!
Please report any issues. Tested on GPD XD 64GB.
* Added option to view game art fullscreen in the Tools menu
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.7 (Nov 16, 2015)

1.7
* Theming support! See NVidia Shield Zone for more information (http://nvidiashieldzone.com/index.php/arc-browser-support-site/arc-browser-general-information/)
* Using L1/R1 to jump between letters now works on the main screen
* Minor bugfixes

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Version 1.6 (Oct 29, 2015)

1.6
* Added a favorites row (add games via the Tools menu)
* MD5 file hashes can now be used for improved game matching (enabled by default)
* Press X to show the Tools menu for the selected game without going through the game details screen
* Press Start to play the selected game without going through the game details screen
* Systems are now sorted case insensitive
* New option to hide the fast lane (side nav bar) when it's not needed
* New template: RetroArch PicoDrive

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Version 1.5.4 (Oct 18, 2015)

1.5.4
* Fixed issue with crash on some installs
1.5.2
* Fixed issue where settings wouldn't be saved under certain conditions
* Modified RetroArch templates for increased compatibility (should fix issue with no gamepad input)
* Added option to list all games in the database. Useful for verifying/fixing scraping results (some fields will be unpopulated unless you rescrape)
* Added about and controls dialogs
* New templates: My Boy! (free and paid), My OldBoy! (free and paid)
* Minor bug fixes

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Version 1.5.1 (Sep 22, 2015)

VERSION 1.5.1
* You can now override the default grid view image on a per-system basis with a file called grid_view.png. See app description for details.
* Pressing L1 or R1 in game lists now moves directly to the game without scrolling/animating. Much faster and doesn't look bad.
* Performance tweaks
* Clarified the Mupen64+ AE templates
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.5 (Sep 17, 2015)

VERSION 1.5
* Added a setting to move downloaded images to external SD card (currently no support for moving to USB drives due to Android permission limitations, sorry)
* You can now scroll to the previous/next letter in game lists with the L1/R1 buttons (might be a bit slow, because Android insists on scrolling through every game on the way there...)
* Added a setting to hide the All Systems row
* New template: MAME4droid
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.4 (Sep 10, 2015)

VERSION 1.4
* New setting to enable/disable searching subdirs for roms
* New options:
** Manually scrape by online database ID
** Remove roms from the database
** Hide roms
** Scrape a single system
* Random rotating backgrounds instead of default background (can be turned off)
* In the rom directory selection dialog the Browse button will now be selected by default
* When the app is started, the first item on the All Systems row will now be selected by default
* New template: Tendo64
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.3.3 (Sep 06, 2015)

VERSION 1.3.3
* Fixed the PPSSPP Gold template, it should be able to successfully launch games now
* Added a per-system download mode setting for backgrounds: No download, Prefer screenshots, Prefer fan art, Only screenshots, Only fan art
* Systems are now listed in alphabetical order
* Added templates for about 40 different RetroArch cores
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.3.2 (Sep 04, 2015)

VERSION 1.3.2
* Added an option to hide the top-right ARC Browser logo
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.3.1
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.3
* The colored genre boxes can now be overridden with custom images
* Scraper now downloads rear box art aswell (you'll need to rescrape existing games if you want this for them)
* Subdirectories to the configured rom directories are now searched for games
* The "Fix match using different name" dialog now has the rom filename filled in by default
* Bugfixes

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Version 1.3.1 (Sep 02, 2015)

VERSION 1.3.1
* Bugfixes
VERSION 1.3
* The colored genre boxes can now be overridden with custom images (see description for details)
* Scraper now downloads rear box art aswell (you'll need to rescrape existing games if you want this for them)
* Subdirectories to the configured rom directories are now searched for games
* The "Fix match using different name" dialog now has the rom filename filled in by default
* Tuned the scraper code a bit for more accurate matching
* Various bugfixes

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Version 1.3 (Aug 30, 2015)

VERSION 1.3
* The colored genre boxes can now be overridden with custom images (see description for details)
* Scraper now downloads rear box art aswell (you'll need to rescrape existing games if you want this for them)
* Subdirectories to the configured rom directories are now searched for games
* The "Fix match using different name" dialog now has the rom filename filled in by default
* Tuned the scraper code a bit for more accurate matching
* Various bugfixes

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Version 1.2 (Aug 26, 2015)

VERSION 1.2
* Added a simple directory chooser
* Added a feature to use custom boxart and background images for games
* Added an option to rescan rom directories without scraping
* Added an option to ignore scene numbers ("#### - ") when scraping
* Fixed the component setting for the C64.emu emulator template
* Set default rom file extension for the ColEm emulator template to "rom"
* Added configuration templates for these emulators: ColEm Deluxe, fMSX Deluxe, Speccy Deluxe, PPSSPP Gold

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Version 1.1.1 (Aug 11, 2015)

VERSION 1.1.1
* Fixed configuration template for Reicast to match the latest versions
VERSION 1.1
* Added a service to add games to the Android TV recommendations row
* Added an option to show games instead of genres on the main screen (Options -> Main screen display mode)
* Added a configuration template for Play! (Playstation 2 emulator)

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Version 1.1 (Aug 09, 2015)

VERSION 1.1
* Added a service to add games to the Android TV recommendations row
* Added an option to show games instead of genres on the main screen (Options -> Main screen display mode)
* Added a configuration template for Play! (Playstation 2 emulator)

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Version 1.0 (Jul 26, 2015)




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