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It is a software that is not widely used in United States because it is shareware, but since there was a free version in the past, I sometimes see American blogs that explain them.

Above all, it is a software that you definitely want to purchase and use in the sense of supporting such excellent software. There are some parts that look like a dangerous site, but in reality it is not so, and since it supports PayPal payment, you can purchase without giving credit card information, so you can rest assured. I’m lonely because it hasn’t been updated much recently, but it may be that there is no room for version upgrade because it covers almost all the necessary functions. If you want to explain this software in an easy-to-understand manner, it would be an overseas version of “Joy2Key“.

It is software that converts gamepad input into keyboard operation and sends it. You can play games that only support keyboard operation with your favorite gamepad. I used to use Joy2Key a lot around the beginning of 2000. It’s convenient, it’s free, and it’s good software, but I felt it was out of reach, so I was looking for a software that was easier to use. (Joy2Key at that time was free software and had only the minimum necessary functions.)

In the article around 2020 of this blog, when I was trying to use another gamepad auxiliary software “JoyAdapter”, more I was wandering around the net looking for software that could intuitively assign keys. Joy2Key is also good, but it was difficult to use because it is easy to make a mistake in the setting unless you check the button number of the gamepad in advance.

(However, in recent versions, when you press the button on the gamepad, the color of the corresponding item changes, which makes it much easier.) At that time, I learned about the existence of Xpadder, and the graphical setting screen and high functionality I was fascinated by it and became a fan of Xpadder. It’s love at first sight.

The screen of Xpadder above uses the one registered in the forum image of Xpadder (many other photos taken with a digital camera are registered …) The game I own from the forum You can search for the image of the pad, or load the image of the gamepad by taking a picture and processing it yourself into Xpadder, and you can freely arrange the button chips according to the image from the controller setting screen.

You can customize the setting screen in detail by loading the image in the controller settings like this, pressing the stick, digital pad, and various buttons to call up the button tip parts, dragging with the mouse to place the button tip at the desired position. I will. The pink (magenta) background is a transparent color, which is the area where the background color on the Xpadder side can be seen through.

This is the original image loaded on the setting screen above. If you normally put the button tip on the button, the small button will be hidden and you will not be able to see it at all, so by shifting the place to put the button tip from the button and including it in the image, it is designed to improve visibility and make it easy to set.

Xpadder not only displays the defined keys, but also has the ability to display keywords as to what the function is. I set the WASD keyboard layout that is often used in FPS games as the default profile, so I set the keywords like this. You can define as many profiles as you like and call them freely, and there is also an auto profile function that detects programs and automatically switches profiles.

Also, if you associate the key definition file with Xpadder, you can switch profiles by simply double-clicking the key definition file. Using this, you can easily switch the key definition file from CatShanty2.

 In the previous article, Xpadder was defined in program 2 in the emulator settings, but by specifying a key definition file called “Null.XpadderProfile” that does not define any key, it is a Steam game that supports XInput. I was trying not to generate extra key input.

Returning to the story, the Xpadder function explained so far is a function that is also installed in Joy2Key, which has been made into shareware and enhanced, and Xpadder is the part where you can intuitively define keys while looking at the screen.

It’s an advantage, but I don’t think that alone motivated me to switch from Joy2Key. However, the left and right stick customization function explained below is a unique function that can only be realized by Xpadder, and it is no exaggeration to say that Xpadder has been used mainly because of this function.

As you can see from the screen above, the stick and digital pad are key-defined only diagonally. You can create settings that can only be entered diagonally! This kind of setting should not be possible with Joy2Key.