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A self-made rules.ini editor, GUI
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colt
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2022 12:15 am    Post subject:  A self-made rules.ini editor, GUI
Subject description: Any test, review, comments and suggestions are welcome
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Hi,

I am rookie to this forum and RA2 mod. But thanks to your great forum and information, I created a self-made RA2 rules.ini editor on my github:

https://github.com/coltlv1994/RulesChanged

Well, currently it could read and save RA2 rule file, rules.ini; I do have plan to extend its support on RA2:YR in the future.

I know that not everyone is interested into looking at codes and that's OK. I will briefly explain what the program does:

1. Read from existing rules.ini file;

2. For [InfantryTypes], [VehicleTypes], [AircraftTypes], [BuildingTypes], [SuperWeaponTypes] and[Warheads], the six fields with list like "1=AMCV", I will put them into a list and read every attributes from [AMCV], [NAPOWR], etc.

3. For [OverlayTypes]. [Countries], [SmudgeTypes], [Aminations], [VoxelAmims], [Particles], [ParticleSystems], [AIGenerals] and [VariableNames], they and their subfields will be put into a separate list, nothing changes to these lines.

4. All other fields like [General], [105mm] will be treated as the subfields in [Building/Vehicle/Aircraft/etc.Types].

5. Write the data back; first write lines in step 3, then lines in step 2, then lines in step 4.

Some improvement in my mind:
1. Better looking GUI. It is ugly now.
2. Sort out projectiles and weapons.
3. Extend support to RA2:YR.

Thanks! I do hope my work could save some time for your mod works.

How to use it:
1. Download from github. The executable files are in Examples/RulesChanged_x86.zip
2. It supports any 32/64-bit Windows 7 SP1 and newer OS; but you may want to download .NET Desktop Runtime from MS: https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet/6.0
3. If you don't want to download the runtime, you can try RulesChanged_x86_runtimeincluded.zip, the executable file is called RulesChangedWPFNET.exe

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Kerbiter
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Joined: 05 Jun 2018

PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Does it support arbitrary INI tags or do you have a way to describe new tags somehow without recompiling the program? if not - you really should consider implementing that, considering that Phobos is very much not dead.
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G-E
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Joined: 09 Feb 2015

PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Aside from the additional YR tags, I think the only structural difference is the General and AudioVisual sections were kinda smashed together in YR. Some of what was in AudioVisual is now in General.

I don't quite understand the purpose of the tool however? What does it provide over directly editing the rules.ini besides maybe undo?
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