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JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9648] Sun, 12 September 2004 04:22 Go to next message
Tyco is currently offline Tyco

 
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Where can I find a clean install of the JA2 Beta editor? Or does the one with UC utilities can work with any other JA2 version without overwriting it with UC data?

Also, what map format does the JA2 Beta Editor read?

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9649] Sun, 12 September 2004 13:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bearpit is currently offline Bearpit

 
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Beta Editor is designed to work with a specific type of map file format, it wont handle normal JA2 maps.
You must convert them to Beta Editor format .... there is a tool in the UTILITIES pack which does this courtesy of Batman.
This utility only converts from JA2 type 1 to Beta format so if you have UB maps .... convert to JA2 type 1 first.

Oops nearly forgot.
I think you must add .BETA behind the JA2 type 1 files, then convert otherwise it wont work.

You can reconvert them back to JA2 or UB format after you've finished.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9650] Mon, 13 September 2004 09:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Khor1255 is currently offline Khor1255

 
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What is this utility that Batman made called? I'm asking because I'm also interested in making Ja2 maps but can't get the Beta to completely work. The method I used was to extract the MAPS .slf into it's own folder and I think a few other .slfs but can't quite remember which ones.

What happens is that I can create maps in the regular Ja2 format but the Beta Editor crashes when ever I try to add items to either the map or anything I've placed.

Finding the correct way to use the Beta would help me out quite a bit.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9651] Mon, 13 September 2004 21:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wodan is currently offline Wodan

 
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I think you can also just download the beta exe at Lords of the bytes. To fire up the editor,
you add -autoeditor to the command line.
For UC, we used a batch file to do that. Check it in the utils pack if it doesn't work.

Since the exe used for the beta editor is the German beta exe and thus not the same as the JA_uc.exe, I reckon you can use the one in the UC-utils pack without problems.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9652] Tue, 14 September 2004 23:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tyco is currently offline Tyco

 
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Im getting an error massage when trying to load a converted UB map (from UBEditor format to JA2 Type 1 and then to BETA format).

Says that the map version is greater then current version. How do I get around this?

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9653] Wed, 15 September 2004 00:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Batman is currently offline Batman

 
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It sounds like you have not converted the map correctly. Follow these steps:

1. Load a Map into the UB Editor.
2. Ensure that the Map is utilizing Tilesets 1-49 Only (Other Tilesets are not supported in JA2)
3. Ensure that the North, South, East, West and Center Entry Points are all defined. If these are not, the JA2 BETA Editor will not be able to load the map once converted.
4. Change the Name Field in the UB Map Editor to "BETA" (without quotes). I have found that if you change the Name Field of the Map, you must also make some other change on the map (preferably with ground tiles) in order for the new name to be saved.
5. Save your map, then re-load it to verify that the new name of "BETA" has been saved.
6. Load "Gold's Map Converter" and Convert the Map to "JA2 TYPE 1" Format.
7. Load the "BETA Map Converter" and select the "Source" Folder where the map file is located.
Note: The BETA Map Converter will convert entire Folders only, not individual files.
8. Select the "Destination" Folder where the converted file(s) will be stored.
9. You may use the "Browse" Buttons next to each field (Source/Destination) to browse for a folder.
10. The "Verify" Button will re-read the Source Folder in the event changes have occurred.
11. Select the "Convert" Button to convert the file(s) to the JA2 BETA Editor Format.
12. Load the "BETA Editor" and check the map, then re-save it.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9654] Wed, 15 September 2004 01:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tyco is currently offline Tyco

 
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Thanks Batman, works fine now.

Change the Name Field in the UB Map Editor to "BETA".
Did you mean the Sector Description (where it usealy says "Forest, Swamp, Town etc.) or the file name itself? Cause I put in BETA in both and it works.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9655] Wed, 15 September 2004 01:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Batman is currently offline Batman

 
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I haven't used the UB Editor in probably a few years now... It's the field on the left side of the screen not the actual file name...

Thanks,

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9656] Wed, 15 September 2004 02:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yeah, sector description. Alright, thanks.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9657] Sat, 30 July 2005 17:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Any idea where I can get my hands on the Batman's Utility pack now days

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9658] Sun, 31 July 2005 01:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Khor1255 is currently offline Khor1255

 
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I have those things. My e-mail is listed in my profile.

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9659] Mon, 29 August 2005 18:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Longshot is currently offline Longshot

 
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Yeah so, dl'ed utilspack in the same folder as UC, found the betabat, double clicked it...and it hangs forever...

this was with the 1.12 version I have.

So, I tried it with 1.03...same thing. I must have missed something. checked readme. It pretty much just says to unpack everything into the same file as JA2(UC) then click the .bat file.

Now I got this to work in my regular version of JA2 but I don't remember the exact steps I had to follow to make it happen...

Just for grins I clicks I clicked on the beta.exe and it runs the whole the intro sequence then hangs forever. If I try to left click to skip the intro, it just hangs.

Any ideas or tips would be appreciated...(and I did check lotb first too...)

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Re: JA2 BETA Editor - where?[message #9660] Wed, 31 August 2005 10:24 Go to previous message
Longshot is currently offline Longshot

 
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*sigh*

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