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Title: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 10, 2008, 10:53:37 PM
Well, I'm just doing what the guys suggested. :P
Ill just right place it here even though I my entry is still not out. :P
If the admins doesnt like it please delete this. :)

Also I'll edit the details later. Too lazy.

Sorry for this ugly release, this is quite complicated to use also. :(
But for those who wanted to try please enjoy.

Nickname: Soulanger / Filipino Brewed
Project name : MENUdo Coffee Sabaw Demo Version
From : Philippines (lufet!)
Division : NDS APP
Original enterty : YES
Support Motion :Yes, moves similar to dpad.
In last NEO Compo this project have won in the top 10 : NO
Project description: Best way to describe it is by looking at the video. Basically it massively beautifies your Cart's gui, with an PS3 theme as a default gui. Has neat features like: sending PC2DS, DS2PC, seeing ingame footage while selecting your game, Total-convertion theme editing, etc. (This is just the demo these features are not yet implimented.  :-\ I'm not that good at describing my projects so just see it for yourself with my video. :P

Please watch the video before downloading this would introduce you to it.

Additional info:

Custom covers:
These are special type of screens that have videos or unique graphics in it.
As seen on the video.

MenuDo Assistant:
This would help you manipulate the ini easier. Like configuring what menu loads.

Sorry kinda sleepy while i was writing this.  :-\ I was really impressed by this version but it was the only stable one, sorry. :(

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyanE7Tx5fg

Notices:
Dldi before using! If you press A in a menu then loads and goes back, it means there is nothing to execute.
For beginners please download the customCovers.
If you have downloaded custom covers it could be run on default by pressing A on Games or by holding Down on autorun.


http://rapidshare.com/files/138772141/menudoSabawBin.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/138774262/MENUdo_Assistant.rar.html

Custom covers (Recommended for beginners)
http://rapidshare.com/files/138774703/haloDS.rar.html
HalzoDS by cobra dragon.

http://rapidshare.com/files/138778669/everlasting.rar.html
Everlasting Love by BeyonDS




Tutorial for those who are having a hard time:

The easiest way is to download Menudo including customcovers.
Then extract all contents including customcovers to the root.
If done correctly your root would look like this:

Root:

│   gameboot.smf
│   introboot.smf
│   menudoSabaw.nds
│   system_theme.ini
│   xmblite.rar

├───Games
│   ├───halo
│   │       Halo ds.nds
│   │       Halo_ds.gif
│   │       Halo_ds.ini
│   │       Halo_ds.nds
│   │       Halo_ds.smf
│   │
│   └───platformers
│           Everlasting.gif
│           Everlasting.ini
│           Everlasting.nds
│           Everlasting.png
│           Everlasting.smf
│           EverlastingTH.nds
│           NegativeSpace.nds
│           smfplayer.nds

├───navi_default
│       background0.gif
│       background1.gif
│       battery.gif
│       navitheme.ini

├───top_default
│       Application.gif
│       battery.gif
│       CartMenu.gif
│       EmulatorGames.gif
│       Games.gif
│       GBAGames.gif
│       Images.gif
│       SystemSettings.gif
│       ThemesSettings.gif
│       toptheme.ini
│       Videos.gif

└───xmb_default
        Appsmemory_icon.gif
        Appsmemory_name.gif
        Apps_icon.gif
        Apps_name.gif
        backgroundcolor.gif
        BG_ribbon.gif
        bottomtheme.ini
        Gamememory0_icon.gif
        Gamememory0_name.gif
        Gamememory1_icon.gif
        Gamememory1_name.gif
        Gamememory2_icon.gif
        Gamememory2_name.gif
        Games_name.gif
        Game_icon.gif
        Photomemory_icon.gif
        Photomemory_name.gif
        Photos_name.gif
        Photo_icon.gif
        Settings0_icon.gif
        Settings0_name.gif
        Settings1_icon.gif
        Settings1_name.gif
        Settings2_icon.gif
        Settings2_name.gif
        Settings_icon.gif
        Settings_name.gif
        Videomemory_icon.gif
        Videomemory_name.gif
        Videos_name.gif
        Video_icon.gif

Now dldi the menudoSabaw.nds then run it.
If done correctly this would work. Press A on Games to view games -> halo and everlasting.


How to customize the menu.

The full customization relies on the ini.
There are two ways of editing via notepad or Menudo Assistant. This tutorial helps explain the functions.
Open up system_theme.ini. The ini is somehow similar to an html, honestly it feels like a scripting language to me.

Menu0runs   = fat:/TTMENU.nds
If you press A while on Goto Original Menu (Menu0) it would run:
fat:/TTMENU.nds

You can also change it make it to view a folder by linking  it with the folder instead.

Menu7runs   = games
When you run Menu6Runs(Games) it explores the games folder.

There are also special functions like:
gba - loads slot2
power - powers off

to use it just add it after the Menu(X)runs =
like so:
Menu8runs   = power

Misc Stuffs:

You can speed up the animation by holding the B button while navigating.

To open a file via stylus slide the name towards to the left.

You can hold the buttons in directions before you power on your ds to do autorun runs.
Ini Example:
startupUP   = fat:/TTMENU.nds
startupDOWN = games
startupLEFT = fat:/Halo_ds.nds
startupRIGHT= fat:/beup.nds
It uses the same style with the menu(X)runs.

If you can load any homebrews, try changing the ini:
//auto
//Chishm's DLDI Loader
//M3 Internal Loader
//GBAMP Internal Loader
//EZ-Flash IV (4) Internal Loader
//SuperCard Internal Loader

NDSloader = 0
the 0 variable runs auto detection.



The complexity of the customization would make it flexible.
Sorry but this demo is very unuserfriendly.  ~sm-31.gif~
Make sure you extract all to root then dldi. I just noticed this version is very complicated but still I Hope you guys would enjoy.  ::sm-02::
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: soulanger on August 10, 2008, 11:36:12 PM
This is still not considered as a first entry though (not released yet). :P

Edit: The post i was replying was deleted. :P
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: hillbilly - on August 10, 2008, 11:41:30 PM
I've been waiting for this one a whiles now! Woot!  :P
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: smealum on August 12, 2008, 09:20:47 AM
The video looks really cool. Can't wait.
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: soulanger on August 18, 2008, 09:50:02 AM
Damn im not sure if i am able to release this :(
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: GuSec on August 18, 2008, 04:49:48 PM
This is really nice, just a shame I got an R4.
Keep on coding Soulanger!
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: wraggster on August 18, 2008, 11:21:35 PM
only just noticed you posted the video, good luck with the comp :)
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: smealum on August 19, 2008, 12:16:56 AM
Does it run Crysis ?  ~sm-35.gif~
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: soulanger on August 19, 2008, 06:26:29 AM
Thanks for posting this on your site guys :) Only sad to say the release would only be a demo :(
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 12:04:15 AM
made it in time 11.53PM!

Ill post some customCover examples its not the game. so it would conflict with the rules.

Uploading halods, and everlasting covers.
Title: Re: MENUdo
Post by: Cid2Mizard on August 21, 2008, 12:22:49 AM
I didn't understand much, there is no Readme.txt or tutorial for MENUdo_Assistant please ?
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 12:40:20 AM
sorry Cid2Mizard. I was near deadline so i didnt do much on the description.
gotta edit now.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: condorstrike on August 21, 2008, 02:06:28 AM
i can't download the menudoSabawBin.rar  file, from rs.. link seems dead, please re-upload... cant wait.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: Cid2Mizard on August 21, 2008, 02:53:06 AM
Thanks Soulanger  ~sm-42.gif~
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: condorstrike on August 21, 2008, 03:14:11 AM
never mind, it was my dl manager,    Dude this rocks.... tanks so much. :D
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: KiraxYamato on August 21, 2008, 03:31:44 AM
will this work with a acekard2?
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: chaotictails on August 21, 2008, 10:59:49 AM
Is there a fix for the DS phat? This looks great but on the DS phat ( i don't have lite) i have trouble.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 11:51:00 AM
Phat or lite does not matter. If it doesnt work its probally that the files arent in the root and/or not dldied, or the your cart is having a hard time on running it.  :-X

This homebrew was tested with TTDS, incase you guys are wondering.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: KiraxYamato on August 21, 2008, 12:05:00 PM
yah i think acekard2 is having a hard time running it i put everything at the root rename the nds to acekardmenu4.nds it launch and show the neoflash boot but afterward it just turn black and shutdown

P.S. I extracted everything to my acekard2 root menu launch the INI Program press set and launched in my ds.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 02:05:07 PM
Confusing. :( This works 100% with acekard 2 as I also use acekard 2.
Again, I deeply apologize on how complex this version is.  :-\

On another note people had confirmed that it works with r4 but some also confirmed that it didnt.  ~sm-40.gif~

Im poofed.  ::sm-07.gif::
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: KiraxYamato on August 21, 2008, 02:08:58 PM
-EDIT-

I got it to work thanks!
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 02:19:07 PM
It does look correct. Did you dldi it? If it still doesnt work please download the customCovers then add it to the root also.
Lastly could you attach what is in your system_theme.ini?
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: KiraxYamato on August 21, 2008, 02:22:14 PM
i got it to work thanks A MILLION!
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 02:25:56 PM
how did it work? you downloaded the customCovers? or dldi it?
Also, if it doesnt load something it means it couldnt find the folder, nds or invalid function.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: KiraxYamato on August 21, 2008, 02:27:46 PM
I had to dldi twice thats about it lol
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 02:35:31 PM
Thanks.  :-* any opinions?
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: strata8 on August 21, 2008, 04:19:42 PM
It works for me fine on Sakura (not using iTouch menu). It boots up fine and runs perfectly. I didn't even need to DLDI it.

Some critisism:
-When you select any option other than Games, the whole menu just reboots.
-The game selection screen is really glitchy. Pressing anything other than up or down instantly shuts down the DS.
-The background (I'll suppose it's a video) cuts itself off horizontally occasionally.
-My DS is constantly being shut down, without warning.
-Wasn't the beta better than this?

Otherwise, it looks really good. Just needs ALOT of improvement.

BTW: Once it's been improved, I use this as my auto-boot (in place of the iTouch)  :D
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on August 21, 2008, 04:36:25 PM
Thanks.  :)
I haved received great appreciation and critisms that I was expecting (function, etc) thank you all so much. This day is indeed the best, this would remain vastly in my heart.
Again thank you. Even though this version is not that good, and is only a demo. Additional thanks for those who knew that this was only a demo, and didnt took it like it was a final release.
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: blaziken14 on August 26, 2008, 06:14:42 AM
 ~sm-39.gif~ this is complicated ~sm-39.gif~
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: Conle on September 02, 2008, 06:43:10 PM
Can you create a pre-configured package with just a theme ?
It seems to much trouble to mess with...


Thanks.

edit - it seems "custom covers" are pre-configured...i'll give it a go...
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: Conle on September 02, 2008, 11:39:16 PM
Hmm ,i like the menu design and all , but................ all options display only a small intro on the top screen , then the screen turns black , and i can only return to main menu...

Hmmmm ~sm-34.gif~
Title: Re: MENUdo [Coffee Sabaw Demo]
Post by: soulanger on September 03, 2008, 10:02:16 AM
It goes back to the main menu when you went to a menu that was assign to a non existing folder. Basically if it couldnt access something it would return, to the main menu.
So make sure you assign the ini with existing folders or .nds files.
Title: couple of q's
Post by: snakehead on December 04, 2008, 05:47:01 AM
Questions:
Does this replace the card loader for example sakura on m3?
So this doesn't boot non homebrew .nds files? IE New Super mario bros
Does it use bootlib?


And I guess it doesn't work on G6Real because I have it set up right and it don't load, probably something to do with ram limitations.