Zelda Classic Manager
Hey everyone. I’m announcing something that I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks: Zelda Classic Manager. In what is pretty much a spiritual successor to Nick’s Zelda Classic Catapult, ZCM is basically a launcher for ZC with some organizational tools and that brought into the RC3-era.
So why should you switch?
It’s true that there is a launcher prepackaged with the ZC (for the Windows and Linux versions), the launcher is very outdated and doesn’t utilize all of ZC’s newer features. So, I’m going to highlight some of the features ZCM includes.
Do you use a large screen and are tired of a small ZC window? Or, do you have a widescreen monitor and hate how full screen Zelda Classic always appears stretched? Well, ZCM solves those problems with the option to automatically detect the resolution it should use.
Tired of your ZC folder being a huge clutter? Tired of your ZC and ZQ screenshots being lumped together? ZCM can help clean all of that up for you. You can specify four directories: one for Zelda Classic, one for quests, one for saves, and one for screenshots. Once you set those, just let ZCM handle the rest. There’s also built in screenshot organization functionality that can sort your screenshots while ZC and ZQ are running too. It can also rename those screenshots based off the date and it can even resize ZC screenshots (Note: Resized ZC screenshots won’t be able to be ripped from.). So, you can say goodbye to that evil clutter in your ZC folder!
Ever want to take ZC with you on the go? Have multiple computers you’d like to play quests between? Peace of cake, then! Just put ZCM and ZC on a flash drive and enable portable mode.
Multiple Save Files
Sometimes save files can get cluttered too. So ZCM will let you create multiple save files. Have one for your quest development. Have one for playing other games. However you want to use them, ZCM will let you have as many save files as you want.
- A simpler, cleaner interface for quick launching.
- The ability to have other applications be started alongside ZC and ZQuest (such as a script editor).
- Add other command line arguments to ZC and ZQuest.
- Have key bindings for ZCM to both launch ZC/ZQ as well as terminate them should they crash and burn.
- The ability to disable Windows Aero for if ZC/ZQ lag too much in windowed mode.
- It has a cucco for the icon! What more do you need?
ZCM requires at least Java Runtime Environment 1.5 or above. Go here if you don’t have Java installed. If you’ve ever used the IRC chat through PZC’s site, then you should be able to run it.
Version 0.9.4 (Changelog)
Linux (148kb) – Make sure to set the script as executable.
Both (Java Jar File) (163kb)
For the Future
ZCM certainly isn’t done yet. But, the nature of how it progresses is in everyone’s hands. If Java doesn’t seem to be a problem, then I’ll stick by it. However, please let me know if you have issues. If there are problems with Java, then I may make it using C++ or something. Either way, some things I plan on doing are adding a tab to customize the controls for ZC as well as make a Mac port. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know.