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GameBanana Desktop (Windows Alpha Version)

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  • Added 32-bit Windows version (see alternate downloads)
  • Chat now supports infinite scrollback
  • Added chat console and relegated connect, disconnect & error messages to it
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New Alpha version
  • Fixed various bugs
  • Improved readme
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About

GameBanana Desktop is an experiment in taking some elements of GameBanana to the desktop. Right now it only includes chat, but soon more areas will be added.

Installation

Unzip and extract the folder to your desktop, then run GbDesktop_[version]-win32-x64.exe within. No installation wizard currently exists.

Operating System Compatibility

GameBanana Desktop currently works in Window only. Please test in your Windows environment and let me know whether it works in your version, and I will add it to the list. 

  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Works
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Works
  • Windows 7 (64-bit) Works

Developing Custom Skins

Skinning GameBanana Desktop requires CSS skills:

  1. Make a copy of the default skin folder (resources/app/skins/default)
  2. Rename the folder copy to your choosing - avoid spaces, slashes and special characters. For this guide, we'll rename it to my_skin
  3. Set the Skin parameter in resources/app/config.ini to my_skin
  4. Set ShowDevConsole to true in resources/app/config.ini
  5. Relaunch GameBanana Desktop and start customizing the style using the Chrome dev console
  6. Copy your changed CSS into my_skin/style.css

Skinning Tips

If you're familiar with Javascript, you can also edit my_skin/layout.js, but be careful, you can easily break the GUI.

If you break something, you can revert to the default skin by switching Skin back to default in resources/app/config.ini

If you know Javascript and want to change or add to the core UI (the titlebar, etc), you can disable core UI by setting DisableCoreUi to true in your skin's params.ini - be sure to copy over the core UI file contents into your skin's layout.js and style.css - then you can decide what to keep and what to change.

Submitting Custom Skins

Upload your custom skin to the GUI section inside the "GameBanana > GameBanana Desktop" category. Be sure to include good screenshots!

How the App works

GameBanana Desktop performs several operations at launch. These are:

  1. Repair any missing required files
  2. Check for updates (by looking at the VERSION file)
  3. Load the config (config.ini)
  4. Check and load the skin files
  5. Load the skin parameters (params.ini)
  6. Finally, launch the window - showing the login page or the chat page if you're already logged in

config.ini Variables

ShowDevConsole (default: false)
Shows the Chrome developer console on launch. Useful when skinning. 

ClearCacheOnLaunch (default: false)
Clears cookies, sessions and other data from previous launches. Useful if you want to see the login screen again.

ShowWindowFrame (default: false)
Show or hide the native OS window frame.

InitialWindowWidth (default: 800)

InitialWindowHeight (default: 600)

Skin (default: default)
Sets the skin to be used. If an invalid skin is specified it will revert to default.

Bugs

There will be bugs! Please report them here or in the bugs section!

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    Got this during 16 people meltdown:

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    Seems like it was urara's doing.
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    26 days ago:
    Sweet, I'll  give it a shot tomorrow.  You should look into making an app for smartphones as well, that would be pretty awesome.
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    26 days ago:
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    Could you add 32-bits support and compatible with Windows 7?
    Can you try the current exe? it may work
    I don't know, when i trying to run the exe, it says me "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you are running." I used Google Translate.

    Please try the 32-bit Windows version:

    http://files.gamebanana.com/bitpit/gbdesktop_alpha6-win32-ia32.zip
    Works correctly :)
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    Could you add 32-bits support and compatible with Windows 7?
    Can you try the current exe? it may work
    I don't know, when i trying to run the exe, it says me "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you are running." I used Google Translate.

    Please try the 32-bit Windows version:

    http://files.gamebanana.com/bitpit/gbdesktop_alpha6-win32-ia32.zip
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    28 days ago:
    Gonna test to my laptop. :]

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    Posted by Matias-TM

    Could you add 32-bits support and compatible with Windows 7?
    Can you try the current exe? it may work
    I don't know, when i trying to run the exe, it says me "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you are running." I used Google Translate.
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    29 days ago:
    I'm on Win 8.1. That shifting up is not very bad, but it hides half of avatar.
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    Posted by MPD

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    I noticed the text input box clips with the bottom bar of the application.

    Also, if you write multilnes (shift + enter) top of the screen gets pushed up and becomes no longer visible.

    What OS are you using?
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