MAME tamer

Keep your ROMs in line with this free manager that works in MAME and more.

ROMs are files that emulate and save data from read-only memory (ROM) devices such as video game cartridges, and most are just that: software images of old-time, old-school video arcade games, Atari games, and other obsolete gaming system cartridges that many gamers collect like trading cards. They use MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) software to recreate the original software environment for realistic play and preservation. ROMs can pile up on your hard drive quickly. ClrMamePro is a free ROM management tool that makes it easy to keep your game collection up-to-date with each new release and every deleted set. It's not just for MAME but can manage ROMs in practically all other systems, too.

ClrMamePro uses a series of small, efficient, and well-designed dialogs to configure and control its functions. The main interface is just a small toolbar with bright icons accessing each function, each with its own dedicated dialog: Scanner, Rebuilder, Merger, and Profiler. Breaking the controls into individual dialogs simplifies what would otherwise be a complex interface. For example, the Profiler is used to create, delete, load, and update profiles. Its dialog window simply displays a configurable list of ROMs with some basic control and options buttons below. There's also a dialog for choosing from several different emulators and creating a profile directly from it. Each function's operation is simple and intuitive, but regularly updated online help, including tutorials, is a click away.

ClrMamePro is freeware that works in recent as well as older versions of Windows.

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