D-Fend Reloaded provides a graphical front end for DOSBox, that makes it much easier to use.
If you've ever tried to run very old software on a modern PC, particularly DOS games, then you'll know it can be a real problem. And while DOSBox can help in many ways, it will force you spend most of your time at the command line. D-Fend Reloaded can help out, though, every step of the way.
Setup is very easy, for instance. D-Fend Reloaded includes the latest version of DOSBox so there's no need to install it. But the program will use an existing DOSBox installation if you have it already.
D-Fend Reloaded comes with setup templates for around 350 popular games, allowing it to configure these for DOSBox entirely automatically. And if it doesn't recognise a particular program then a helpful wizard will walk you through the setup process.
It doesn't take long to build up a list of your installed games, then, which can be searched, sorted and filtered in any way you like, then launched at a click. But that's just the start. D-Fend Reloaded also creates folders where DOSBox can store screenshots, for instance, and these are also viewable from the program's interface, making it a perfect way to save and see all your favourite game moments.
And the program has a host of advanced features. It can be installed as a portable app on a USB flash drive, for instance; you can use ScummVM as an emulator, as well as DOSBox; you're able to manage both Windows and DOS games from a single interface; the program can create images from CDs or floppies that can be used as DOSBox drives, and more.
Version 1.40 brings the following:
- When downloading game information now The Games DB (thegamesdb.net) can be used as data source, too.
DOSBox, ScummVM and Windows games can be set up to be started with admin rights. (This option is turned off by default and has to be enabled on the security page of the program settings dialog.)
- When choosing "max" for the CPU cycles in the profile editor additionally a limiting value can be defined now.
- The lists in the data package manager can be sorted now by clicking on the column headers.
- [Fix] When internet connection is cut during download of a package manager file the download dialog is not blcoking the whole program anymore.
- [Fix] Sometimes a video file was still clickable in the meda tab after being deleted from disk.
- [Fix] Viewing the DOSBox conf file fails when using a custom DOSBox installation.