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#1725794 - 04/12/05 05:48 PM Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  
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As in the title. With Hex Editor which unusually revealed very understandable entries:

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chunk SMKR // smoker data types
{
// 0 - smoke none
string "BITMAP1"

byte 255 // red
byte 255 // green
byte 255 // blue
byte 255 // alpha
long.16 0.0 // start size in m
long.16 0.0 // max size in m
long.16 0.0 // emission rate
byte 0 // number of particles (max 50)
byte 0 // priority
byte 0 // diffusion (0, 1, or 2)
byte 0 // type (1 = SMOKE_TRAIL)

byte 0 // secondary

// 1 - missile "smokeless" trail
string "BITMAP1"

byte 216 // red
byte 216 // green
byte 216 // blue
byte 102 // alpha
long.16 0.0 // start size in m
long.16 4.0 // max size in m
long.16 5.0 // emission rate
byte 20 // number of particles (max 50)
byte 1 // priority
byte 1 // diffusion (0, 1, or 2)
byte 1 // type (1 = SMOKE_TRAIL)

byte 0 // secondary


chunk LTSR
{
long 6 // start day hour
long 18 // start night hour

// day colors
byte 130 // day ambient color, red
byte 130 // day ambient color, green
byte 180 // day ambient color, blue

byte 255 // day sun color, red
byte 255 // day sun color, green
byte 220 // day sun color, blue

// dawn/dusk colors
byte 65 // dawn/dusk ambient color, red
byte 65 // dawn/dusk ambient color, green
byte 90 // dawn/dusk ambient color, blue

byte 153 // dawn/dusk sun color, red
byte 110 // dawn/dusk sun color, green
byte 80 // dawn/dusk sun color, blue

// night colors
byte 12 // night ambient color, red
byte 12 // night ambient color, green
byte 24 // night ambient color, blue

byte 24 // night moon color, red
byte 24 // night moon color, green
byte 48 // night moon color, blue

// terrain lighting color
byte 225 // terrain lighting color, red
byte 153 // terrain lighting color, green
byte 120 // terrain lighting color, blue

// missile launch light color
byte 255 // missile launch color, red
byte 204 // missile launch color, green
byte 153 // missile launch color, blue

// missile trail light color
byte 153 // missile trail color, red
byte 122 // missile trail color, green
byte 92 // missile trail color, blue

// cannon fire light color
byte 255 // cannon fire color, red
byte 204 // cannon fire color, green
byte 153 // cannon fire color, blue

// flare light color
byte 255 // cannon fire color, red
byte 204 // cannon fire color, green
byte 153 // cannon fire color, blue

// fire light color
byte 255 // fire light color, red
byte 153 // fire light color, green
byte 25 // fire light color, blue

// sky background color
byte 160 // fire light color, red
byte 160 // fire light color, green
byte 255 // fire light color, blue
}

chunk END
{
}
Back to testing, but appears that one can change not only some particle effects here (smoke etc.) but whats important ambient color of the day, sky, terrain, moon, sun, fire even time of the day when the day begins and night ends. Pretty easy and clear isn't it.

So to all wannabe modders. No artistic skills here needed just HexEditor some patience and luck.

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#1725795 - 04/12/05 08:20 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  
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Cool!

I just had a thought, given that a number of mods are going to start to happen here soon, how about someone create a standard mod installer/platform? Something that will track and add mods as needed.

I'm thinking along the lines of F4 patch or LOMAN.

Might keep things simple!

#1725796 - 04/12/05 08:44 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  

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I'm curious... Does the game actually read the MIF file? The reason i ask is because this is a text representation of the IFF file with the same name, according to EA's IFF format. Unless the game reads the MIF file, it may be necessary to convert the IFF files between binary and text representations.

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I just had a thought, given that a number of mods are going to start to happen here soon, how about someone create a standard mod installer/platform? Something that will track and add mods as needed.

I'm thinking along the lines of F4 patch or LOMAN.

Might keep things simple!
Good idea! Also, it could be useful to maintain a small LB2 modding page, summarizing what has been acheived so far and what people are working on at the moment... or at least keep the most important topics at the top. In my experience, information is likely to get lost as some threads become less popular otherwise.

Mario

#1725797 - 04/12/05 08:46 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  
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The MIF file is a plain text file which can be opened with notepad, so a hex-editor isn't needed!
Cheers,
Keith

#1725798 - 04/12/05 09:33 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  
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Originally posted by HCl:
Also, it could be useful to maintain a small LB2 modding page, summarizing what has been acheived so far and what people are working on at the moment... or at least keep the most important topics at the top. In my experience, information is likely to get lost as some threads become less popular otherwise.

Mario
I can easily host a page, just send me what you want guys, I'll tack it up. I can only update it in the evenings though. Although now that I see XP has a VPN server (learned something new today) then I may be able to get at my box from work!

#1725799 - 04/16/05 05:09 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  

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+G, excellent! If you don't mind, i'll be sending you a set of files containing all my LB2 modding work: tools, source code, file formats and such.

Mario

#1725800 - 04/16/05 06:52 PM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  
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Originally posted by HCl:
+G, excellent! If you don't mind, i'll be sending you a set of files containing all my LB2 modding work: tools, source code, file formats and such.

Mario
Good deal, hopefully my Bandwidth counts won't go through the roof!

#1725801 - 04/17/05 12:58 AM Re: Appearance folder - exploring files DBITMAPS.MIF  

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You got mail :-)

Not to worry, i took out all the unnecessary temporary / test files, so the command-line programs and source code fit well under 1 Mb.

Mario


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