In the past months, I have been busy with many stuff not Dragon UnPACKer related (1 month holidays in Peru, finishing Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2).
But I also played a bit with Freepascal & Lazarus. I must say, the more I get into it, the more I am disappointed. I was starting to make progress but now the compilation just fails with error message on my Error.pas class (maybe that's the problem, I used a reserved name...).
To be honest I only tried with a snapshot of FPC/Lazarus (0.9.29 with 2.4.1 FPC) both beta products. I will have a look with 0.9.28 and 2.4.0, but I don't hope much...
On the bright side, Virtual TreeView (latest version), which is the main component used by Dragon UnPACKer is now fully adapted to FPC/Lazarus.
I am thinking that I should stick with Delphi 7 for 5.x branch and maybe re-start under Lazarus for v6.x. The good thing is the plugin will not need rewriting (I know it compile & works already with FPC/Lazarus). I will try to fix the broken HyperRipper in 5.5.2. Honestly I think starting from scratch for the UI will just be easier and faster...
Some overdue news regarding Dragon UnPACKer...
Sorry for my lack of communication but I am very busy with the configuration of the new intranet server of my company. The go live is this weekend, so I might have more time afterwards.
Still I worked a little bit on Dragon UnPACKer, mainly trying to migrate the core program to Lazarus. It proved to be more complicated than I anticipated. Many features just don't exist in Lazarus (or are just quite different). I think some Windows 7 features I introduced will be lacking in the next version.
I think I will also switch Dragon UnPACKer from registry use to file based configuration (per user).
Time for the second unstable version of 5.5 series: 5.5.1 Beta !
So what's new?
- Bug fixes, mostly cosmetics ones but bugs nonetheless...
- HypeRipper 5.6 Beta 2: Fixed searching file formats. Speed should be a little bit better!
- No new games file formats supported in this version.
Look at the change log to know the details about what is new!
To download this new version, head to the Dragon UnPACKer > Downloads section.
In the last couple of days I worked again on Dragon UnPACKer, fixed some cosmetic bugs, added Windows Vista/7 progress indicator in taskbar support and most importantly fixed the HyperRipper. I will release a v5.5.1 Beta soon with the fixes & features. In the meanwhile if you plan on using the HyperRipper don't use 5.5.0 Beta (BMFind is wrong therefore most file formats are not found).