- Release Datum
- Apr 8th 2019
- Update Datum
- Apr 8th 2019
- Dateigröße in MB
AngelLoader is a standalone FM loader where you can manage, install, and play all of your FMs in one place. Inspired by DarkLoader and NewDarkLoader, it supports Thief 1, Thief 2, and Thief: Deadly Shadows. It includes many modern features such as rating, game sorting, tag management, easy .dml patching, an extensive set of filtering options, and a fast and accurate scanner for detecting FM titles, authors, game types, etc. For taffers who are used to DarkLoader, fear not - AngelLoader detects game types accurately, every time. No more editing ini files for Thief Gold!
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- Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer.
- .NET Framework 4.7.2 or newer (the Windows version requirements are a direct result of this)
AngelLoader is a portable app, so it must be extracted to a non-protected folder (so don't put it in Program Files or Program Files (x86)). Put it somewhere like C:\AngelLoader or C:\Games\AngelLoader, etc.
For AngelLoader to work with your games, they must be patched as follows:
-Thief: Deadly Shadows must be patched with the Sneaky Upgrade (preferably 22.214.171.124 or newer; older versions have not been tested)
Once you extract the zip file, you'll find a manual in the doc folder - AngelLoader documentation.html. Alternatively, you can view the manual online.
- 3 Downloads
Fixed: When filters were set such that there were no FMs shown in the list, and then the filters were changed such that some FMs now showed up, the selected FM's readme would sometimes remain invisible
Fixed: In the same situation as above (going from no FMs listed to some FMs listed), the selected FM would sometimes be set to an outdated stored selection rather than the first FM in the list
Fixed: When scanning a .7z FM, the size was the uncompressed size when it should have been the compressed size
Fixed: If the FM scanner finds a valid but out-of-range date in fm.ini, it will now ignore it and continue on
Fixed: One of the error messages was not using the language-specific version of its text
- 10 Downloads
AngelLoader v1.1.2 is out.
Through a ruthless campaign of performance tuning and bloat-cutting, I've managed to speed up startup time by up to 150ms and cut the filesize down by 44k at the same time, while creating a more visually pleasant startup experience (the window will no longer appear before it's fully loaded and drawn). I've also allowed your FM selection to remain the same through a refresh or filter change in most cases, rather than always resetting to the first item in the list.
Keyboard navigation of the FMs list is also much improved. See below for more details on other fixes and polish.
User experience improvements:
-Substantially improved startup time
-Startup is now visually cleaner - window is no longer shown in a half-loaded state; instead it's only shown once it's fully loaded and drawn
-Improved performance in the case where one or more FMs are installed but no matching archive can be found.
-Improved RichTextBox mousewheel scrolling behavior for high-resolution mice and trackpads (thanks Xanfre).
-The main window will no longer "ding" when you interact with it during short zip extract operations
-You can press Esc to cancel dragging the splitter in the Settings window. Before, it would just close the form outright. It still closes it if you're
not dragging the splitter.
-Sorting and refreshing the list will now keep your previous selection, or the nearest selection if your previous one is no longer displayed in the list.
Changing the filters will in most cases do the same, except for title and author which will still jump immediately to the FM most closely matching what you typed.
-Fixed: In the filter bar textboxes, pressing certain keys (such as Ctrl-A) would cause it to act as if the text had changed, even though it hadn't.
This would cause a refilter of the list.
-Fixed: If the filter bar was shrunken enough to be scrollable and the game organization option was changed, the scroll buttons might not appear.
-Fixed: FMs list selection would in some circumstances pop back to the top of the list if you tried to interact with it with the keyboard. Due to this
fix, the FMs list DataGridView is now focused by default on startup.
-Fixed: pressing PageUp or Ctrl+Home when at the top of the FMs list, or PageDown or Ctrl+End when at the bottom, would cause the currently
selected FM to be loaded again even though the selection hadn't changed
-Fixed: When filtering by title, both the FM's title and its archive name are searched, but it was searching the FM's archive extension as well rather
than ignoring it, so if you typed "." it would match everything because every archive ends in ".zip" or ".7z" etc.
-Fixed: FMs marked as having no readmes were in some cases still having their archives searched for readmes.
-Fixed: the Title textbox in the Edit tab wasn't saving its data to disk when deselected, as the other Edit controls do
-Rescan For Readmes button now saves its data to disk as well
-Fix slightly mispositioned layout on Tags tab
-Fixed an off-by-one bug when loading in top-right tab data: it was possible for wrong data to not be corrected in certain circumstances (but you'd
have to have been manually editing files for it to happen)
-Fixed: If you deleted a tag from a category and the category wound up empty after the delete, it would not be removed from the global list and
the line "AngelLoader.Common.GlobalCatOrTag" would appear in the Add Tag menu
- 14 Downloads
-Fixed: if "[FM]" was not the very first line in FMData.ini, the whole read would fail. Not a likely case by any means, but an incredibly boneheaded bug anyway...
-Fixed: it was theoretically possible to get an extraneous alert dialog after a scan attempt in extremely rare cases
-Fixed: the Apps key (the "mouse menu" key between the right-hand Windows key and right-hand ctrl) would in some cases bring
up the wrong menu when used with the FMs list focused
-Settings window now opens faster, and canceling no longer causes a noticeable delay, unless the language has to be changed back
-Small, "every little bit counts" improvements in startup time
- 14 Downloads
-Added support for Thief 2 1.27's new multiplayer mode. If you have Thief2MP.exe in your Thief 2 folder, you can choose to optionally play an FM or
original Thief 2 with this executable.
-Plain-text readme files can now optionally be displayed with a fixed-width font. This matches DarkLoader's behavior.
-Top-right tabs can now be individually shown and hidden using a drop-down menu. The expand/collapse button has been moved to the right side to
accommodate this slight layout change.
-Better reader mode for RichTextBox (thanks Xanfre).
-Added ability to scroll the FMs list horizontally by tilting the mousewheel (thanks Xanfre).
-The tags filter window now has a search box.
-"Disabled Mods" column now takes disable-all into account when sorting.
-If you had an invalid tag in the tag-search textbox and then selected a valid tag from the menu, it would reject it.
-Improved handling when certain settings are missing or malformed in Config.ini.
-"Comment" and "Disabled Mods" columns now sort content-first for a better user experience.
-Improved speed of certain file I/O operations (cold startup is now faster, and a few other places are as well).
-Significant speedup in sorting the FMs list (this also improves startup time).
-Redesigned Settings window with a more vertical layout, and made it resizable. This is to allow for more complete support of autosizing elements to
fit translated strings, and to allow arbitrarily many elements per page without the fixed-size restriction of the old window. I don't make such large UI
changes flippantly, but I hope you'll understand it was for a good reason.
-Some dialogs with a "Don't ask again" option and a Cancel button will now ignore any change to the "Don't ask again" value when Cancel is clicked,
in order to be more in line with what a Cancel button should do (ie, it should leave everything unchanged).
-Decoupled languages from the main distribution - they'll be separate downloads now, so I can release new versions with new text without waiting on
- 25 Downloads
-Optimize new scrolling for high-resolution mouse wheels and trackpads (Xanfre)
-Fix the mouse cursor flicker exhibited when entering reader (middle-button auto-scroll) mode (Xanfre)
- 23 Downloads
German (thanks Maitre Malterre)
Italian (thanks Ramone)
-Size column text is now aligned right
-"Show junk" checkbox has been replaced with a button whose tooltip is more descriptive (Show FMs marked as "unsupported game or non-FM archive")
Mousewheel scrolling now happens in evenly-sized chunks rather than "lines" (where a "line" could be as short as fine print or as tall as an entire image), making scrolling
a much more pleasant and predictable experience (fix contributed by Xanfre)
Fixed cursor flickering when the mouse is to the left of a non-left-justified line of text (the right-arrow cursor will now appear in that case) (fix found with the help of Xanfre)
-Fixed when choosing to play an original game and another loader was set up as the FM selector in cam_mod.ini, AngelLoader wouldn't set itself as the loader and therefore the
other loader would run in that case, rather than just going straight to running the original game with no loader
-Fixed when installing an FM, the progress box might close and reopen between tasks, rather than just changing its display data, causing a noticeable flicker effect
- 25 Downloads
Added French translation - thanks Stefan_Key!
-Fixed regression: preview date label now once again autosizes to prevent cutting off the first checkbox text
-Fixed only a maximum of two languages would ever appear
-Fixed an extremely improbable situation where FMScanner might return too many items if it's fed bad data (which I don't think can ever happpen for AL, but you never know)
- 22 Downloads
-Rating display style change now works properly with FMs list zoom
-Added missing localizable string
-Fixed rating display style "Use Stars" wasn't being read in properly. Embarrassing. I should code-gen the config reader/writers to prevent this sort of thing happening
- 24 Downloads
- -Basic support for un-converted FM installed dir names.
- -Moved install / uninstall button away from play button
- -Added option to confirm on uninstall
- -Added option to hide install / uninstall button
- -Better ask dialogs
- -Removed troublesome timed-show of progressbox. Replaced with a more basic but reliable check.
- 22 Downloads