Blog posts tagged "freeware" – 4 posts found:

2013-05-26: MIDI Selector tool created

Posted at 2013-05-26 05:34:30 by SHD

Windows Vista and later no longer include the MIDI mapper that was used in earlier Windows versions to route MIDI output to the preferred device. Vista did away with this, supporting only the rather underwhelming "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth". While this is adequate for most users, it simply won't do if you have a proper MIDI synth for retro gaming or for playing MIDI files through Media Player. There exist several tools on the net that can change the default MIDI output device, but it appears there are differences in registry keys used between Windows Vista and Windows 7. The tool for one simply won't work on the other, so unless you knew which one to use, you'd still be stuck with Microsoft's softsynth.

2013-05-25: Update to RunExit tool

Posted at 2013-05-25 18:07:47 by SHD

This is an update to the RunExit tool I created a few years ago for Windows 3. The original tool just plain ran the program and waited for it to complete. It didn't set the working directory for the program it ran (which messed up some programs, such as the games from Microsoft's Best of Entertainment pack) and didn't pass parameters, which may limit the usefulness in some other cases.

2010-01-26: Created RunExit tool

Posted at 2010-01-26 02:03:31 by SHD

A user at the VOGONS forums posted a question about being able to start Windows 3.1 (inside DOSBox) with another application and shutting down that Windows instance (and thus DOSBox) immediately when that application exits. This would normally be accomplished by setting the application as the shell in place of the default (Program Manager) by changing the shell=progman.exe line in SYSTEM.INI to the path of the application's executable.

2007-12-19: PC Paint 3.1 available for download

Posted at 2007-12-19 21:15:06 by SHD

Pictor/PC Paint has been my bitmap editor of choice for many years. In May of 2007, I created a small patch for version 3.1 of PC Paint to enable it to run properly in DOSBox. Having seen this, Canadian software developer Bill Buckels sent me an e-mail and contacted John Bridges asking him for permission to distribute the program for free. As John graciously agreed, I am delighted to be able to offer you the original version of PC Paint 3.1 for download. I've set up a separate page for it.