GBA-Shell version 1.61
General User Documentation
GBA-Shell is a free front-end that basically allows you to browse easily trough your GBA ROMs collection and start the GBA emulator, when a choice is made.
This program is dedicated to run with the GBA emulator VisualBoyAdvance.
Only ROMs, renamed with GBA-Renamer are supported.
Platforms supported: Windows 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP.
Current Version: 1.61 (July 2003).
Create SEPARATED folders for the ROMs, the images and the emulator.
You need Gameboy Advance ROMs, gba, agb, bin or zip, in order to run it.
The screenshots should at least have the same 4 digits as the dedicated ROMs.
Be sure to make a capture of a game with VisualBoyAdvance, after you rename it with GBA-Renamer to prevent any confusion.
GBA-Shell is supporting the following picture formats: JPG, BMP, GIF and PNG.
Up-to-date screenshot packages are available for download at the GBA-Shell website.
First create the folders (Rom, Start, and Ingame for example) and copy the files into it.
Then start GBA-Shell and select the location of the folders and emulator in the Settings box.
A timer can be turned on and off for toggle between Start and Ingame pics.
Select a ROM in the list box: the Start pic of the game should appear in the preview-window.
To lauch a game, just click on the Launch button or double-click on the selected ROM in the list box to start VisualBoyAdvance.
To search a ROM, enter a keyword or ROM number in the search box, use the button Clear to remove the search-entry.
When new ROMs are added while GBA-Shell is running, use the Refresh button to add them to the list.
There're 8 backgrounds (skins) available in GBA-Shell: just make a selection in “Background”: your choice will be saved.
A Web Browser is implemented with links to the GBA-Shell site, and forum.
To remove all saved settings at once, use Reset Settings.
Always uninstall any current GBA-Shell installation via Add or Remove Programs before any new setup!!
GBA-Shell is only supposed to work with VisualBoyAdvance.
If a screenshot isn't present or not conform to the dedicated ROM, a picture Screenshot not available will appear: check the location and name (first four digits) of the picture.
GBA-Shell cannot combine different types of Rom extensions in one folder: zipping the ROMs is the easiest solution in this case.
Don't copy the ROMs, screenshots and the emulator in a same folder: the shell cannot handle it. Make different directories for each type of files.
To add "beta" ROMs to the list, you have to rename them manually to XXX1, XXX2, etc instead of XXXX: the shell can't separate ROMs with the same number and country-code.
Main Code (Visual Basic), Optimizations, Fixes.
Optimizations, Graphics, Fixes, Help, Install, Website.
Thanks to Jorge for the Search-box and the Web Browser implementation.
Warning: you must own a legal copy of the games.
Gameboy and Gameboy Advance are registered trademarks of Nintendo.
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft.
GBA-Shell (c) Copyright 2003 by Đenus