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Texture Edit 2.01 by John F Jones

Texture Edit 2.01 Readme file:
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Copyright (C) John F Jones, 2001
All rights reserved

visit: http://www.3dactionplanet.com/tombraider
mail: tombraider@3dactionplanet.com

This document provides complimentary or late-breaking information
to supplement the Texture Edit 2.00 documentation. Please read
this file carefully as it contains important information about
Texture edit that may not be contained within any of the other
documentation.

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CONTENTS
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Texture Edit description
Acknowledgements
Support This Program
What's New since version 1.0
Program Requirements
Preparing Your Hard Drive
- If you have an older version of Texture Edit
Known issues
Additional Help

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Texture Edit 2.00 Description
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Texture Edit 2.00 doesn't just fix bugs from the last version of
the program but includes many new features and additions that have
been requested by you, the user. Existing users will notice a
number of differences in the interface. If you have a question
about the program and how to use a certain feature then feel free
to contact me (See Additional Help below). I wrote Texture Edit
because I found the task of aligning my Texture Tile Sets using
Windows Paint to cumbersome. After an initial week of programming
the original version was born and has since been recommended by some
top Internet sites including tombraiderchronicles.com and
primagames.com.

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Acknowledgements
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I would like to thank everyone who has supported Texture Edit since
its creation and to all those who have suggested improvements. In
particular I would like to thank Chris MacDonald for helping in adding
the wide range of Image format Support, and Bart Ramekers who
extensively tested the beta version of this program for a number of
weeks, and made a number of suggestion of which only a small percentage
have been implemented in the current version.

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Support This Program
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Because I have made this program available for free instead of slapping
a forty buck price tag on it when it left my door I ask in return that
people who use the program who create Texture Tile Sets with it to:

(a) Send me an email on "tombraider@3dactionplanet.com" saying that
you use it. You will be added to a mailing list so I can keep
you informed about updates. Don't worry your address will not
be giving to anyone else so you wont get any Spam.

(b) When you distribute your level containing the Texture Tile Set
you created using Texture edit, somewhere in your read me file
could you include the following: "Texture Map created using
Texture Edit available from www.3dactionplanet.com/tombraider".

If you have a web site and make the program available from your site then let
me know so I can add a link to you.

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What's New since version 1.00
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Texture Edit 2.00 includes significant enhancements for all Texture Edit users,
whether novice or advanced. Improvements to the Texture Edit Interface make it
more Windows-like than ever; for example, larger buttons, and the inclusion of
toolbars make up an uncluttered interface. And viewing those animations outside
of the Tomb Raider: Level Editor has been a bit of a problem, but with Texture
Edits new Animation Viewer makes viewing animations easy.

Details on these and many other enhancements follow.

More Windows-like interface

- The inclusion of Toolbars, larger buttons, and tabbed dialogs make for
a cleaner Windows-like interface. Not all of the options of the program
are directly available from the main interface but are placed in floating
tool windows which you can access any time you want. For example the
Flip Selected Tile options are no longer available form the main interface.
Instead they are available by clicking on the Flip/Rotate button.

- The Colour Palette has now been removed from the main interface and has
been replaced by the common Windows Colour Palette Dialog instead.

- Support for the Windows Clipboard allows you copy and paste images from and
to the Source Image Canvas, the selected tile panel, and the Target image.

- Dialog boxes now warn you of irreversible actions prompting the user to
decide what they want to do. You'll never forget that you haven't saved your
target Image again.

New Animation Viewer

- Texture Edit can now view animations so there is no need to worry about how
they will look in game. To use this feature, simply open a Target Image
containing an existing Texture Tile Set. Using the right mouse button select
an area you would like to animate. Take note you can only select from left
to-right and top-to-bottom without going outside the edge of the Texture
Tile Set. Once you have made a selection click on Animation Viewer from the
Target Preferences panel in the centre of the main window. In the window that
appears click on the Acquire Images button to grab the images from within the
area you selected. Using the scrollbar you can scroll through the selection of
images before clicking the Animate button to view the animation.

Support for over 20 Image Formats including Truevision Targa

- The original Texture Edit program only supported bitmap images requiring a third
party program to convert Texture Tile Sets to the Truevision Targa Format used by
the Tomb Raider: Level Editor. In version 2.0 the program supports direct reading
and writing of the Truevision Targa Format so there is no need for a third party
program. The program also supports: Bitmap Files (*.bmp), Device Independent Bitmap
Files (*.dib), Enhanced Metafiles (*.emf), Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif), ICB Files
(*.icb), Icon Files (*.ico), JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg;*.jpeg), Portalable
Bitmap Files (*.pbm), Photo CD Files (*.pcd), Portable Gray Map Files (*.pgm), Portable
Network Graphics (*.png), Photoshop Files (*.psd), PaintShop Pro Files (*.psp), RLE
Files (*.rle), SGI Files (*.sgi), Tagged Image File Format (*.tif;*.tiff), VDA Files
(*.vda), VST Files (*.vst), WBMP Files (*.wbmp), Windows Metafiles (*.wmf), and Zsoft
Paintbrush (*.pcx). Take note that Texture Edit will only save in the Truevision
Targa Format.

Other Changes

- New Sizeable Double Size Window. Those 64x64 pixel square tiles can be difficult
to view and even more difficult to check for alignment errors. Now with the
inclusion of the Sizeable Double Size Window you can see if Source Image Tiles
overlap and correct using the Precise Selection. Drag the Sizeable Window to any
size you want to see a tile in more detail if you wish.

- The Precise Selection arrow buttons of previous versions has been replaced with the
right mouse button. On the Source Image press and hold the right mouse button.
Drag the red box round the image for a precise line up.

- The original program featured two flip buttons that allowed you to flip a Selected
Tile vertically or horizontally before placing it on the Target Image. Now available
from the Flip/Rotate button you can also rotate Selected tiles.

- Resize the Source Image by a few pixels to make a image fit just right by clicking on
the Resize button from the Source Image Toolbar.

- Multiple Source Image Canvases allow you have more than one Source Image open at a time.
The original program only allowed the loading of one image at a time. Version 2.00 allows
up to five separate Source Image to be open at any one time.

- Undo Toolbar buttons allows you quickly Undo the last action you performed on the Source or
Target Image. Whether it you resized a Source Image or added a new tile over a previous one
you can go back to before you made your mistake.

- Miscellaneous improvements to documentation

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Program Requirements
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Texture Edit version 2.0 is written in Visual Basic 6 and therefore requires the Visual
Basic Runtime files available from Microsoft.com. The required files you need have been
included in the installation version of the program.

NOTE: If you are running Windows Me, the Visual Basic Runtimes do not need to be installed
as they are already included with Windows Me. Also if you have a later version of any of
these files it is recommended that you keep the ones you already have.

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Preparing your hard drive
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To ensure that the installation of Texture Edit is trouble free, you should check to see
that your hard drive and file system are both in good working order and are tuned for
optimum performance. Windows 95/98/Me comes with two utility programs that find and fix
errors and optimize your hard drives perfromance. The first of these programs
is called ScanDisk. ScanDisk will check you hard drive for problems and is capable of
fixing any that it finds. You can run ScanDisk by first clicking on the START button
from the Windows 95/98/Me Taskbar, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System
Tools, and finally ScanDisk.

Once ScanDisk has finished running, you should next optimise your hard drives performance
by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking
on the START button from the Windows 95/98/Me Taskbar, followed by Programs, then
Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Defragmenter. For further information
on these two utilities you should consult you Windows 95/98/Me documentation.

If you have an older version of Texture Edit
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Although there are no known compatibility issues between version 2.00 of Texture Edit and
older versions of the software it is recommended, as a precaution, that you first remove
fully any previous versions of the program before installation.

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Known Issues
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Due to the height of the "City", "Title", and "Karnack" texture maps when loaded into
the editor you will have alignment problems. This is not an error caused by my editor
but by the programming language I use. As I can't correct the error myself I suggest
you increase the height of the image(s) in question. This will help because texture
maps with a height of between 35 - 40 tiles will cause the problem described above.

All other bugs listed in previous versions have been corrected.

To report any bugs you encounter through the use of Text Edit then please visit the web
site address listed below.

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Additional Help:
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For more information on Texture Edit, please visit:
http://www.3dactionplanet.com/tombraider


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I hope you enjoy Texture Edit 2.01
John F Jones
14/05/2001
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