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Aro
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject:  Modding Tools Reply with quote

Heres some tools for TS Modding, the basics and the must-haves:
(many of these are also found on the left column of PPM's front page)

The XCC Utilities:
Essential for any modder. Download HERE. Made by Olaf Van Der Spek. Contains: XCC AV Player, XCC Editor, XCC Mixer (V 1.45), XCC MIX Editor and XCC TMP Editor.
XCC TFD Shortcut installer - Handy for TFD users.
XCC Radar Color editor
XCC AUD writer - This is a plug-in for WinAmp that allows you to create .aud files from .mp3 files. For WinAmp, and MP3 editing, see Sound related tools below.

XCC .dll pack - You might need these DLL files to run the XCC utilities. Put them in the same directory as the program you are having trouble running.

XCC Utils 1.45 U - with Visual Styles support http://www.vk.cncguild.net/TOOLS/DATA/XCC_Utils_U.zip
Mix Protector. Locks your mix files, this program helps to prevent asset theft. http://www.vk.cncguild.net/TOOLS/DATA/MIXProtector.exe

INI (.ini) related tools:

DCoders AI Editor - A program to help you edit the AI.ini file.
If the above link doesn't work, click HERE.

Most use notepad for editing the ini files, but some use other notepad-based programs. These are some good programs to edit the .ini files.

NoteTab
NotePad++


Voxel (.vxl) and HVA (.hva) related tools:
Voxel Section Editor III (VXLSE) - A program for editing .vxl files.
Cube Normalizer 1.5 - A program for normalizing voxels.
WILL'S Voxel Editor. An alternate voxel editor (as used by Mig Eater).
3DS2VXL - A program for converting .3ds files to.vxl files.
Some 3DS2vxl patches
these are obsolete
3ds2vxl latest complete version

OS HVA Builder 2.1 - A program for editing .hva files.
OS HVA Builder Quick Patch - Updates OS HVA Builder from V2.0 or above to 2.12.

OS Voxel Viewer - A program for viewing .vxl files.
OS Voxel Viewer Quick Patch - Updates OSVV from V1.5 or above to V1.75.

SHP (.shp) related tools
OS SHP Builder 3.36 - A program for editing .shp files.
Radar Color Editor Is a program put together by Nyerguds (GUI by IcySon55) which you use to modify the colors of your SHP's on the radar screen, a very handy tool.

TMP (.tmp) related tools:
TMP Studio - A tool for editing and creating TS and RA2 terrain files. (No longer available: the author no longer authorizes its distribution)

TMP Shop - A tool to edit many tmp files at once. Among other things, it allows to edit the radar color, terrain type, ramp type and do palette conversions.
It's not a tool to draw or create completely new TMP files.


Music (.aud/.mp3/.wav) related tools
For the XCC AUD writer, see the XCC Utilities Section at the top.

WinAmp - This program, combined with The XCC AUD writer, can create usable, ready to be inserted into TS, .aud files.

Audacity - A program for editing .mp3 and .wav files, which can then be converted to .aud files. Not required, but handy for making many new sounds.


2D Image editing software
Not a requirement of TS editing, but many modders use these programs such as PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro.

3D Image software
Commonly used for creating renders and buildings. Again, not required, but very handy to have.
Blender - A free, open source, easy to use 3D modeling program.
3DS MAX - An incredible 3D program. It comes at a price though. For a free trial, follow the link on the main page.
See also: 3DS to VXL above.
GMAX - A cut down, but free version of 3DS MAX. That site also has tutorials here and there, so make sure you check them out too.
Anim8or is a free 3D modeling program which is a favorite out of the free programs.
Cinema4D isn't a very popular 3D Modeling program, but it is extremely powerful and very user-friendly (Which Me and Droke personally use).
Caligari Truespace is another 3D modeling and rendering program which is for quite a while already for free available.

Hex Editing related tools (for editing GAME.exe) Note: These programs are NOT Decompilers/disassemblers.
C&C Executable Modifier - A tool that has a collection of hex edits that can be easily applied to different exe files (currently RA2, TS and FinalSun exe).

HHD hex editor - A tool for edting the TS game.exe. Note that this is an older version, but it is MUCH better than the new one.
Hex Workshop - A more complicated, but more useful Hex editor.

PE Explorer - A hex editor and resource viewer in one, with several other useful features. Only recommended for those with experience in exe editing though. Link leads to a download page for a 30 day trial.

Language.dll related tools
Resource Hacker - A tool for editing the TS Language.dll. Can also be used to edit the GAME.exe to a certain extent.
XN Resource Editor - A more powerful, but slightly more complicated resource editor. Can also be used for modifying certain parts of GAME.exe

Misc tools

Explosion Generator - Found by Triforce a while ago, this is a nice program that generates random explosions, which can be used in TS.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat. Here is my Addendum to the list.

2d Programs.

GIMP or MS-Paint. #Tongue
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Painter.
Fireworks.
Illustrator
Flash.

3D Programs/Utilities

Maya.
Z Brush
Mud Box

X Normal
CrazyBump.
UVW Unwrapt.

XSI.
MilkShape.
3d Explorer.

Video Editing,Composting. etc.

Bink and Smacker.
After Effects
Premier


Audio
Sound Forge
Acid.
FL Studio.
Garage Band. (mac)

Web.

Dreamweaver.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot Photoshop #Tongue (but I'm not sure if they have a free trial)
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Aro
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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2D Image editing software
Not a requirement of TS editing, but many modders use these programs such as PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aro, I suggest to add Anim8or to your list of 3D Image SW because it's free and I think it's easy to handle. It gives you all the tools and goodies to cretae great art work.

http://www.anim8or.com/

Otherwise good job with your list.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For people editing harvestable resources and terrain SHPs:

SHP Radar Colour Editor
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Object not found! Reply with quote

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INI (.ini) related tools:

DCoders AI Editor - A program to help you edit the AI.ini file.


this link gave me this
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Object not found!
The requested URL was not found on this server. The link on the referring page seems to be wrong or outdated. Please inform the author of that page about the error.

If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.


your doing a great job aro better than any thing classy or banshee have done recently im supprised youve not got more power.
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Aro
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the links may be bugged. I'll go over them another time and fix them up, maybe add some more up-to-date and recent tools. Oh, and thank you. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DCoder's AI Editor is on this page: http://dc.strategy-x.com/files/

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Aro
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your addition to the list, I'll edit it into my post later.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About videos, if I want make a video for TS is there any tool ?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To convert the video into vqa you can use XCC Mixer iirc.
To create the video itself is up to you if you use 3dsmax and render one or if you use one of the various video editing tools.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could not run the XCC Mixer (visual styles version) without the DLL files I attached, maybe the pack should be added.

It contains libpng13.dll (PNG support), jpeg62.dll (JPEG support), libbz2.dll (???) and zlib1.dll (no idea why zlib.dll wasn't enough).


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the last two might be related to PNG, since PNG makes use of ZLIB.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing is it easier if i edit my AI.ini with notepad?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zinkin wrote:
Laughing is it easier if i edit my AI.ini with notepad?

It's personal preference, really. I prefer using Notepad for everything, but some like tools that make things easier, and help find errors.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the one to TMP editor is dead somebody know where i can find it now?

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Nikademis Von Hisson
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:04 pm    Post subject: tools Reply with quote

Hate to bump this topic, but if any1 is looking for the TMP Studio I have it, I was given permission to send it through email or PM
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http://www.ppmsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27714

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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C&C The First Decade: Tiberian Sun v2.03 mod fix Written by Nyerguds
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This program will make TS mods using a custom EXE file run on The First Decade.

Usage:
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Drop the file you want to patch on the ts_modfix.exe program to patch it.
ts203modfix.zip

This can be useful for users of TS Freeware version,trying to play old mods that ask for cd.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone upload the "TMP Studio" please?

All links what I found are off. :/
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TMP Studio is no longer being distributed because the author no longer authorizes its distribution.

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is bad, the XCC tmp editor do not load my new *.pal
I want to make a new terrain...


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:38 pm    Post subject: tmp studio Reply with quote

I was given permission to send out the TMP Studio, I just can't post it if any 1 is looking for it
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Aro
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone needs TMP Studio send me a PM.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can change the pallet in XCC TMP Editor by going to palet > load. The pal file need to be in the same format that the games uses & not the MS or PSP versions.
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Shadow Hunter
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to BUMP this...but errr....someone has the link to the aro's final sun "goodies? :B Like the thing that lets you use framework mode and all(?) #Tongue

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://ppmsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18786
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh lol, thanks Aro, can't do cliffs without that. Razz

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im using Beyond Compare 3 to compare many different versions of rules.ini, art.ini, and temperat.ini =)

it is also able to compare Excutables (Hex-compare), folders, pictures, databases ans many more...

On the left Side we can See (the vertical colorbar) where are differences in the Files =) And can copy the differences to the other file (via the yellow arrows)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used BC a few times, its not a bad tool actually...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's neat.

Since it's already a bump, might as well add these.

zzattack's Map renderer.
RA2/YR only version
TS/RA2/YR version
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THe AI editor interests me the most.

I downloaded it but when I try to launch it is says...

Application failed to start because its side-by-side configeration was incorrect.


I read the readme and theres nothing I can see that says about this, anyone know what to do !!

thx

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look here.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump:

I'd like to request if a leet haxor could make a C&C tools bundle for the community.
It would be really nice to have an organized, complete assembly of the latest and greatest C&C tools. At the very least, combining shp builder, VXLSE, and HVA builder, since they all share many similar files.
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