Gonzo blogging from the Annie Leibovitz of the software development world.

Month: December 2001 (Page 1 of 8)

Greets. After a full day of getting SimExplorer ready, unfortunately I just won’t make it before the new year (MST that is). Just too many things to do and not enough time (the story of my life). However it’ll be along shortly along with blueprint. In the meantime, here’s some animated eye-candy of the new version (SimExplorer that is). The program has two modes for viewing IFF files. Simple and Advanced (the animation toggles between the two). In simple mode, you basically get a similar display to what is already in the current version (however it’s been updated to allow you to browse multiple objects and graphical states of each object). In advanced mode, well, you get the kitchen sink and more. Every resource type is displayed and most are interpreted for you and displayed in a readable fashion (for example the PALT resources are displayed as a 16×16 grid of colours). I’ll be adding more and more resource types over the next few weeks after the release so eventually all resource types will be viewed in a happy-happy-joy-joy form (rather than a default HEX view that it currently flips to if there’s no special viewer available). In any case, this should be an object hackers dream as you can pick apart IFF files (and others) to your hearts content and maybe discover something hiding in those objects that you never saw before. Click on the image to see the full size version. Oh yeah, happy new year and all that jazz.

Hi guys. Okay, two things for tonight.

First, the new blueprint will come along shortly in the new year (probably a week or two at the lastest). This is one of the main reasons I hate to give release dates because things come up and I can’t make them so I usually only give them when I’m sure of a date. With blueprint, I figured I had plenty of time between Christmas and New Years to get the final changes/fixes done and get it packaged up. Of course reality set in and there I was wasting visiting friends, running around shopping and generally being a normal citizen for a change. So sue me. In any case, it’ll be released shortly and you won’t be disappointed. Have I ever disappointed you before?

However, while I won’t be releasing blueprint for you I do have a verifiable kick-ass update to SimExplorer. Trust me, this is THE update you’ll want to get. I’ve basically been fixing things up lately and decided to give the program a spring cleaning while I was doing the update. My mind went wild and I started putting in gobs of features and things that people have been asking for. The new release for tommorow will feature the following:

  • New viewing capabilities, handles all Sim formats
  • New hex viewer for viewing unknown file types
  • Automatic detection of special IFF types like files that contain only strings
  • New text viewers
  • New image viewers with crop, pan, scale, etc.
  • On the fly conversion of binary skin formats to text and back again
  • Browse inside Far files
  • Select multiple objects and create new Far files
  • Archiving of objects, walls, floors, skins, etc. to any location (including zipping options)
  • Inplace editing of some attributes/files
  • Plus all the current features of viewing walls, floors, and other Sim content

To name a few. So stay tuned and if you’re not too inebriated tommorow then be sure to drop by and grab this update. Cheers!

Greets. As the year rolls to a close, I realize that I have almost a dozen programs for The Sims and for you, the user, it might be a PITA to keep abreast of the changes/upates to them. So I put together a nice little program called the blueprint Program Updater (couldn’t think of a funky name for it). It’s pretty basic. It loads up, checks what the current version of any of my software you have installed and checks to see if there are any updates on the website. You then select the ones you want to update, click on “Update” and the new versions will be automatically downloaded and installed for you. Simple huh? Even a child can use it. At least I think so. Here’s a screenshot. Watch for this program shortly.

Wow. What a week. Pretty much nothing done on the site or programs. Lots of playing games, lounging around the house and pretending I’m an Iron Chef. Anyways, have a good weekend. Guess everyone can take a few days off here and there. So that’s my allotment for the year. Back to blue.

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