Tools are small to medium size programs that help you in a game development process.

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Shader authoring/editing tools for GLSL ES

Since Render Monkey has been discontinued (perhaps due to the complexity of today's shading languages), there are few successors that can match its functionality. Is there any useful tool for material ...
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Started game development no idea of computer graphics. Should I learn tools or concepts? [closed]

I am in 6th semester of my Computer science bachelor degree program, Working as Intern in a start up company. I started game development using AndEngine, things are going good because I have good hold ...
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Intercepting DirectX calls and optimizing the overal performance of games

I would like to use a DirectX proxy dll to intercept (and possibly optimize) the graphics calls being made by normal PC games. I am going to "screen cast" a game with ffmpeg or something similar and ...
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Framework to implement an in game gui editor [closed]

I need to do an in game gui editor. The game engine has his own widgets elements and I don't want a gui library that substitute it. The most difficult task is the implementation of the functionality ...
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Is there a command line ATI texture compression tool?

Is there a command line tool that can convert PNG and JPG files to ATITC compressed textures? I have my own export pipeline that converts all textures to PVRTC, ATITC, and DXT, so I have no use for a ...
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Using model tools as map editor

I want to make a game which would require a 3D map editor. Of course, I would like to avoid creating such an editor. My idea is now to use modeling tools (3DS Max, Maya, Blender) to create the map, ...
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Are bounding volumes created by artists?

I'm interested in where in the tool chain bounding boxes are created. Are they made by the artists? In the modeling tool? How are they exported? Can Maya/3DS Max/Blender/... mark geometry as bounding ...
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Is there an SDK to write console apps to simulate an Xbox 360 controller?

Is there any SDK I can use to write a console app that can connect to an Xbox 360 as a controller and simulate controller interaction?
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Implementing Tools in a Toolkit

I've been building a toolkit for my game and recently decided I needed a history system as well as clean out the mountain of event handlers building up in my code. To do this, I've started using ...
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Free voxel editor? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good free voxel editor and/or voxel-to-mesh converter?
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Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare modding?

I'm seeing a lot of Modern Warfare (the first one) mods out there, and I've come across at least one post that says that Activision released official modding tools for CoD4, but I can't seem to find ...
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What are the tools, programming languages and development processes of AAA games? [closed]

Only thing I am able to find about "big" games like ac, hl, bf, cod is engine used to run the game. But I am interested in what software development methodology, programming and scripting languages ...
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tile based 2d level editor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for creating 2d tile based maps I am Indie Game developer and I am looking for a tile based 2d level editor. I also would like to know the free ones as well as ...
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How far can you get with Garry's Mod and no money? [closed]

My sixth-grader is very interested in FPS game development but I don't think he has grasped the magnitude of the task ahead. He is a Halo fan and so his current goal is to make a similar game but ...
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What is the best digital audio editing software for sound effects for games [closed]

What is the best audio editing software to edit sound effects for simple games, like beeps, chimes, taps, button clicks etc. I'm a noob so I will prefer an easy and cheap one before I delve deep ...
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Level design: compute minimum time between two items for player traversal

Do any game toolsets offer a means of computing the minimum time it would take a player to move between two objects (or positions, more generally) in a level? I'm not asking about how one would go ...
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What is the most effective way to work with a friend on the same game?

We need something where we can check files out, edit them, check them back in and then build from the them. Something like Google Docs where we can edit the same code at the same time would be a ...
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Is there a sprite sheet creator that satisfies these requirements? [closed]

I'm looking for a decent sprite sheet packer. Features: Command line interface for Linux. Effective packing algorithm. Configurable padding between sprites in the sheet. Configurable fixed sprite ...
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What do you look for in a scripting language? [closed]

I'm writing a little embedded language for another project. While game development was not its original intent, it's starting to look like a good fit, and I figure I'll develop it in that vein at some ...
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What language and tools are good to start with for Linux game development? [closed]

I would like to start learning about game development and I would like to do it using Linux. My main experience has been with Java and a bit of C++, but that was for applications and not games. Now ...
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In tools development, what languages and technologies are currently in use?

I am an aspiring tools developer currently in university. Normally I use both C++ and C# to and from but as my time at university is coming to an end, what language and technologies are worth focusing ...
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Which programming language to use for tools?

I use C++ as my language as choice. However, I generally use Python to write helper utilities and tools. My worry is that as my game engine continues to grow it's getting tedious to reimplement some ...
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How is console game development done?

I'm curious what the process is for development for a game console such as Wii, Playstation, or Xbox. Do I need to use some game engine and compile for each platform? What IDE is used? Any C++ IDE? ...
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Tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels

What are good free and widely used tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels? I'm looking for one that allows exporting data to a custom format. One that I know of is Blender — a 3D tool, ...
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Which things to do in AutoCAD and which in 3ds Max?

I learned 3ds Max two months ago. I am not perfect in it, but I used it to make a model of a house. I am interested in house architectures. I used to model everything in Max. I have just started to ...
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Tool for creating complex paths?

I want to create some fairly complex 2d predefined paths for my AI sprites to follow. I'll need to use curves, splines etc to get the effect I want. Is there a drawing tool out there that will allow ...
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Is there a 3D animation tool that meets these requirements?

I'm searching a 3D physics / transforms animation editor. It should be able to import 3D meshes from OBJ or FBX, then it should be able to animate transforms. I need such a tool for my 3D games, where ...
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What use for a 3d browser based multiplayer online game?

Can you help me choosing the right tools for this project? It's a 3d browser based multiplayer online fighting game. A few 3d functions are necessary for positioning, but no heavy rendering will ...
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Very easy game builders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good game development programs for kids? I want very easy game builder for a kid - somebody who knows nothing about programming games (how they work ...
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On 3d ripper DX and other 3d asset tools that can help boost 3d artists learning

Aside from 3d ripper DX does anyone know any other 3d asset tools to help 3d artist in learning modelling and/or animations.
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Best cross-platform solution for building 3D toolsets?

I am looking to develop an in-browser game in Unity3D, but I would like to write my builder tools for my project on a more powerful platform. The assets I am building for the game are not traditional ...
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What tools are needed for making 3D games? [closed]

Hi I'm new to 3D games developing, I can a little c++, C#, VB.Net, 3D Max, ArchiCad ..etc. my problem is where to get started, which tools I need to start a own 3D game like GTA, I have tried some ...
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How do “game maker” tools like Blitz3D create .exe files?

There are several applications like Blitz3D or other kinds of game construction tools that compile scripts or other game data to a single executable file. How do they do that?
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Image drawing tools (that aren't Photoshop) that work in the sRGB colorspace

I'm looking for a way to create sRGB raster images. Now, I could use Inkscape and just have it render to a raster format, but are there any image drawing tools other than Photoshop that work in sRGB? ...
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Shape editor with custom format?

I'm trying to determine what format the shapes in my 2D game should be stored in and also what software I should use to aid in making the actual shapes. Up until now I used PhysicsEditor from ...
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Use of solid brushes and CSG in level building

Since Quake 1 (I think it was the first), level design tools for FPS games have used solid brushes and CSG operations to define level geometry instead of more conventional poly modeling tools you see ...
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Non-destructive way to edit alpha channel in Photoshop/Gimp image

Looking to make textures for Unity3d, and I'm stuck at what seems to be a simple stage. My goal is to create an RGBA image, with color information for every pixel, and a separate alpha channel. These ...
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3d level creation for small teams

What sort of tools and techniques are available out there for 3D level creation? In particular for small teams where you might not have the time and resources to make your level creation tools from ...
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What can I use to generate 2d vector graphics as a list of coordinates?

I am working on a game that uses simple 2d vector graphics. I want a tool that will let me visually draw things like arbitrary polygons by placing points. A perfect tool would present a grid that I ...
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Tools for creating an item database

I'm working on a project for which I will need to create a large item database, with plenty of different types of items which will all have different data structures and attributes. I'm hoping to ...
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Vector Art Tool: Size, Position, Shapes, Symbols

I'm looking for a vector art tool for gameart, similar to Flash, but preferably free. It just needs the following capabilities: Create vector images (can scale up/down without losing quality) ...
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Why should I not use glTools/glut when developing complete applications?

I've started learning how to use OpenGL a while back, using the OpenGL SuperBible, Fifth Edition, and I've had people arguing about the fact that the book doesn't really teach how to use OpenGL but ...
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Texture resources [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Can anyone recommend any resources for free images that can be used as textures - sky boxes/spheres, dirt, gravel, bark, etc? ...
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What 3D level development tools are available to indie developers? [closed]

People who build in Unity or UDK have immediate access to a 3D level editor. People who build their games in XNA or from scratch have no such thing. I'm looking for 3D level development tools ...
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Software Design/Modelling method and tool for games?

I've heard that UML is a great modelling language for software design. However, for software, such as game, that will certainly encounter major changes during the development, I doubt that UML will ...
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resources on creating world editor / game IDE

The craftyjs javascript game engine is in the process of creating a game builder that will assist the developer in map design, sprites, animations and that kind of stuff. Are there any good resources ...
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Is it possible to develop games using Google's App Inventor?

Google's App Inventor is a WYSIWYG application development environment for Android. It allows you to control logic of your program using jigsaw type pieces. Is it possible to develop games using ...
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Is there a tool to automatically pack individual textures into one big png?

I'm currently working on a texture pack for minecraft (but this question is not restricted to that). All terrain textures are squared and stored in one big terrain.png, see e.g. here (FYI that's from ...
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Beginners' Guide to Development

So I have some experience programming in Java, and at the moment I am learning how to use Python. I have read on the process of game design and such. I also have media covered, got experience with ...
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What kind of skills are required to work in a content pipeline department in a high level role

I'm looking more for high level role such as producer/manager of the group making the tools for a content pipeline. This would be for a large AAA studio. Also what kinds of tools are they creating?