PalettestealerSuspender

A tool to prevent color problems in old Directdraw games PalettestealerSuspender is a launcher tool which allows you to play Directdraw games in fullscreen on Windows Vista and Windows 7 without color problems.

See this post for a full description of the problem and solutions.

Changelog

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Usage (GUI)

Startup

After opening the program automatically places itself in your notification area and loads your saved settings. Settings are saved in “save.xml”; you may delete this file and start the program again to start with a blank slate if you desire to do so. Only one instance of the program can run at once.

The program places itself in your Windows notification area after starting it.

Right click menu Right clicking the notification area icon brings up a menu with the following options:

Right-click menu after starting the program for the first time.

The configuration screen

The “Games”-menu shows a list of added games. Entries can be checked from this menu to monitor them.

The configuration screen (brought up by choosing “Configuration…” in the right-click menu or double clicking the notification area icon) allows for the following:

There are two ways to play your games. The first one is to “manually start” your games with the right-click menu. PalettestealerSuspender will automatically suspend all palette stealing programs and resume them when exiting the game.

The other way is to let PalettestealerSuspender monitor your list of running processes to see if a game has been started. To allow PalettestealerSuspender to monitor a particular game, check its entry in the configuration screen or through the right-click menu itself. This option provides the most flexibility, as you can just configure a list of games you want to monitor in the configuration screen, make sure they are checked, and then just hide PalettestealerSuspender and forget all about it. It will automatically react when you start a game, while still allowing to “manually start” games from the right-click menu as well.

Usage (Console)

As of April 2011, the program also contains a console mode, look in “readme.txt” for usage instructions.

License and Disclaimer

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Belgium License as stated at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/be/.

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