Finally, a new re-distributable version of the DS-Scene.net rom tool has been released. If you don't know what this is then you've been missing out on a really useful tool. It includes an AP Patch Database which is regularly updated by RetroGameFan and you can even view information for valid roms that are found right here on ds-scene.net. The latest addition to the DS-Scene Rom Tool is a partnership with the CMP team. The application will now check for regular updates of the CMP Cheat Database (the largest and most complete DS cheat database on the web) all totally free of charge of course!
The tool has had some extensive reworking since the last build any many bugs have been ironed out. If you are using an old version of the tool then we highly recommend you update to this version. There's really too many changes been made since the last re-dist pack to list here so please check the changelog provided within the application or the comments section below for more information.
Some of the menus have changed slightly in this version as they were getting a bit messy, please take your time to familiarise yourself with the new options. We have also taken note that some people have problems with the online updates so we have included RetroGameFan's AP Database v1.3.7 for your pleasure.
This update is of course also available directly via the application itself.
Requirements & Functions
Windows with Net Framework 4
Basic DS rom header information
Extract rom icon (png)
AP patch roms using an auto updating database (maintained by RetroGameFan)
Check for updates of the CMP Cheat Database (maintained by the CMP Team)
Auto updates for the application itself
Uses open patch format patches that can be extracted
Download information from DS-Scene.net
PLEASE DO NOT RE-PACKAGE UPDATES AND UPLOAD THEM TO OTHER WEBSITES
Here's the full changelog for those that may be interested:
DS-Scene Rom Tool Change Log
Version 1.0 build 1205 + Log Rom Changes option added to log CRC for edited roms. This enables exported roms patched or trimmed with the application to be recognised by the DS-Scene tab new time you load it. Default setting is enabled + Updates on start now launch the update menus rather than just a text warning + Missing files are downloaded once the application is visible so progress can be seen + Can now select which colours to be transparent in the icon + DS-Scene tab set to default tab, you can still disable it if you wish. + Batch process log file improved + Now auto renames files if the chosen name exists already. Batch process no longer deletes files in the selected output directory. + Data fields are cleared correctly if rom header is corrupt + Fixed bug in the trim process removing 1 byte too much when trimming a trimmed rom + Many icon and gui changes / improvements + Maximise button now disabled + CMP Database is now checked to see if the rom loaded has cheats (indicated on the DS-Scene tab) + Import / Export option added to AP Patch tab. Know how to find AP fixes? Now you can distribute your work encrypted so you get credited properly. Send them to us and we will include them in the official database if they are not already there.
Version 1.0 build 1204 + Quick fix as CMP GameList was not downloading + Hidden the buttons on the AP Patch tab that are not yet functional
Version 1.0 build 1203 + Quick fix to get rid of missing cmpGameList message + Please be advised, some buttons on the AP Patch tab are not yet functional
Version 1.0 build 1202 + CMP Cheat Database download, install and update check implemented + Added some icons to the GUI + AP Database now merged under the Databases option along with the CMP Database + AP Database now has it's own option for checking updates on boot + Text wrap removed on rich text boxes to improve reading of large text sections + Supported game views are now sortable (AP and CMP Databases) + Icon palette colour 0 now retains the colour stored in the palette instead of magenta + Now recognises many more maker codes (thanks to jimmysu for these) There are still a lot of unknown makers so if you know any more then please let us know. It could be they are un-used but if you see any unrecognised, please report the rom to a member of staff.
Version 1.0 build 1201 + Fixed patch list wrong font colour + Fixed patch list ever-growing on database version info open + Fixed batch log would always show .nds file as output
Version 1.0 build 1200
+ Batch Process for rom trimming, AP patching and repacking roms + Supports repacking of roms to .7z and .zip + List of all supported games added to the database version viewer + Updates are now downloaded in .rar format, provides better support for updates + Updater sub-application is downloaded if it is missing + Updater sub-application now has it's own version number + Old updater is un-installed on boot + .7z and .zip extraction speed improved + Progress bar now updates correctly on .7z and .zip files + Fixed an error on some patches with out of chronological order offsets + Temporary directory is now cleaned regularly + Option added to auto download info from DS-Scene.net (default disabled) + View full game serial, instead of just Game code (TWL serials for roms with a TWL offset) + Newer country codes added for DSi roms + Fixed file name when exporting from a rom that was in an archive + Attempted a fix for an application crash apparently occuring on opening a second file. Could not reproduce this though at all... fixed? + Now uses the Meiryo UI font for rom header info if it is installed (Windows only) This increases the readability of Japanese characters + Some maker names changed to reflect company changes + Additional maker codes now supported (if you know more, please let us know!): 6K, 8M, AR, DQ, FP, FR, G0, GT, HF, HG, JF, JJ, KR, L9, M5, MJ, ML, MP, MV, NK, NP, NR, NS, PE, PQ, QC, N0, NS, RB, S5, WR, XJ, XS
Version 1.0 build 1103
+ Added support for .zip, .rar and .7z files via external .dlls + The application will attempt to download the 7z.dll file if it is missing + The application will attempt to download the unrar.dll file if it is missing + Required directories will be restored if they have been deleted
Version 1.0 build 1102
+ Fixed error if you open the app then close it without doing a database update + Fixed unable to download database if not downloaded on first boot
Version 1.0 build 1101
+ Quick fix to allow minimise/maximise
Version 1.0 build 1100
+ First public release + Changed url for downloads + Added functions to make the app run better in an emulated windows environment on Linux + Made trim sequence a bit faster + Added error messages to stop crashes in rare scenarios
Version 1.0 build 1007
+ Added a mention that retrogamefan is maintaining the database + Added AP database changelog viewer + Added AP database update viewer so you can see what's new before you download
Version 1.0 build 1006
+ Updater fixed to kill all instances of the tool that are running + Updater fixed to retry the update a few times before failing + Updater fixed to reply with better error messages on failing
Version 1.0 build 1005
+ Fixed patch parse error + Changed trim technique to use less memory + Added failsafe to update process
Version 1.0 build 1004
+ Small changes made to display creator names better + Full patch is now displayed + Can copy the patch to the clipboard
Version 1.0 build 1003
+ Added changelog viewer + Added creator name to AP Patch info, database update to follow + Added options menu to disable certain things to make the app run faster + Added DS-Scene.net tab to enable parsing of info from the website
- Removed some code making initial rom parse slower than it needed to be
Version 1.0 build 1002
- Removed zip support to save supplying dlls
Version 1.0 build 1001
First release information
Windows with Net Framework 4 ~50mb RAM
Basic DS rom header information Extract rom icon (png) Trim rom AP patch roms using an auto updating database Auto updates for the application itself Uses open patch format files Download information from DS-Scene.net
In addition to the main download link, we are now providing permanent links to the latest versions of the databases available in the tool. When an updated database is available and if the online update fails, you can now update manually using these files. Please copy the AP Database to the data/databases/ directory to install it for use with the tool. The stand-alone CMP Cheat databases cannot be installed for use with the rom tool.
No information was downloaded for this rom (error:hash not found), try refreshing in the ds-scene.net tab to update the information
Is weird, because the only rom (I will not test all roms I have lol) that works for now is Alice in wonderland that gives me all the info. But some others roms like Assasins Creed 2, Call of Duty and a long etc... still not giving me info from ds scene.
Oh!, Pokemon Black works too. Is because the rest of teh rom are trimmed? If is for that, is not funny D:. I get all other info already in the other tabs, so could be nice to recognice the roms from that data instead of teh hash that can be different if have a rom patched, trimmed, etc.. (well Im just assuming that it work in that way.. but I dont know ;P). So people could get more info and go to those threats even if the rom is already patched and trimmed ^^.
Thanks anyways for this awesome tool :3__
Comment on: DS-Scene Rom Tool v1.0 build 1205 re-dist
Trimming the rom changes the crc and we only use the crcs for untouched scene releases. The ds-scene side of the tool is mainly useful as validation that you have the untouched release listed on the site.
It wont work with trimmed roms for a number of reasons. One being that each software works differently to the next one, so for example 3 different trimming tools could all produce a unique crc where they are all using slightly different methods to trim.
This would be an absolute nightmare to support because each rom on the site would need a bunch of crcs listed in the database. It would have to be like:
Clean trimmed with ds-scene rom tool trimmed with tokyotrim etc etc.
Its unrealistic to support all these combinations in the rom database. The tool was made with clean scene releases in mind and that's what it's best used with. I understand what you are saying but in order to please you, retrohead would have to completely change the way the tool gets it's information from ds-scene.
Comment on: DS-Scene Rom Tool v1.0 build 1205 re-dist
Hmm...the tool didn't trim HP Deathly Hallows pt2 even though I told it to, not even one byte, but NDSTokyoTrim took over 4MB off. But the tool did AP fix it, or at least I assume so since it seems to be working on a CycloDS. I didn't actually bother trying it without the AP fix, what with TC going silent as of late. It also failed to show the DS-Scene info for that game (error:hash not found), though I assume that's because the game just got released?
One other thing I noticed is that the tool seems to write games directly to the SD very slowly, and I mean VERY slowly. I end up just saving it to my HDD and then copying it over as that is MUCH faster.
Not complaining or anything, just reporting my observations to try and help you work out any bugs. I really like this ROM tool, very nice!