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

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Milkshape3D Animation on Windows 7 64-bit

when I run Milkshape 3D on my 64-bit Windows 7 machine, certain joints expand when I try to rotate them. For example, my model's leg has hip, knee, foot and toe joints. So to do a walking animation I ...
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How to use particle editor for libgdx?

In the libgdx wiki, this particle editor is recommended. And this blog was helpful. But the problem is that I am not sure yet how to use it for my game. Let's say I want to have a fire-effect in my ...
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Plugins for creating and styling custom Editor Windows like C#/C++ Form Designer or “Web Inspector”?

Unity3d allows to construct window with custom UI. Just need to use EditorGUI/EditorGUILayout classes and their static methods. Example of custom window: The problem is that all the components have ...
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Great realtime shader tool? [closed]

I often develop 2D games. I would like to know if there's a program like EvalDraw out there, that makes it easy to quickly make (for example) a square, out of a black quad, and then write some shader ...
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Tools for creating 2d tile based maps [closed]

What are some tools I can use to create 2d tile based maps? Please provide the information below, and try to limit to one tool per answer. Name Link to website General features Export format ...
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How do I call the sprite auto-slicer from a script in the Unity editor

First of all let me start with an apology. I know this may not be the right place for this question, but the good people over at stackoverflow did not answer me and neither did I get a answer over at ...
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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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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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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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How can I develop Flash games without expensive software? [closed]

I've been playing with writing flash games in my spare time, but up to this point, I've just been using a trial version of Adobe Flash Professional. I'm aware of FlashDevelop, but their documentation ...
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How do I simulate color blindness for accessibility testing?

Is there an application I can download (or some configuration of Windows, or something) that will let me see how my game will appear to users with different color-blindnesses? There are already good ...
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How can I quickly check if my sprite tiles well?

I am trying to create tilemap sprites that tile nicely, but checking how well they tile is really cumbersome. Ideally, I'd like to have an image editor that shows a layout like this, so I could see ...
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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. (FYI that's from Glimmar's ...
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2D sprite making tool for huge project?

I recently bought spriter 2D but it was a disaster, it is not a finished product at all and i encountered so many bugs and crashes with it, so please don't suggest it. I am looking for a 2D sprite ...
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How to design enemies pattern in non-bullet-hell shmups in Unity? [closed]

I am making a top down shooter. Enemies will come in waves and attack in many different patterns (i.e. wave of 10 enemies flying in a elliptic curves, or a huge boss floating and shooting at you, etc....
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Create ROI tools for analysis

I want to create some ROI tools on my game for personal analysis. Let's say that I have 3 different level of special powers with a recursive cost and certain bonus. So, I want to see when certain ...
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Where in old code would you know what to include to compile the complete program? [closed]

I got the source code to a couple of outdated games that I was trying to either clean up, or use the tools they did to create a new game from the same engine. I am just not quite sure about how to ...
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Sprites saved in INA and AN format?

I'm not sure if this is a suitable question but I found a game that had all it is sprites and stuff saved in INA and AN format and I got curious to know which program is it. Or is it some sort of ...
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How can I ease the work of getting pixel coordinates from a spritesheet?

When it comes to spritesheets they're usually easier to use, and they're very efficient memory-wise, but the problem that I'm always having is getting the actual position of a sprite from a sheet. ...
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Recording Xbox controller button presses?

I would like to generate some sort of log file of xbox gamepad events while playing an existing game on PC, such as Call of Duty. I am not developing a game necessarily, I just would like a static ...
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What events invalidate the Unity machine identification? [closed]

I bought a new solid state drive, cloned the old one to the new using CloneDrive, removed the old drive and booted. Everything went well, but when I tried to start Unity I got this popup: I am ...
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converting HSLS gives error

I'm using the following parser: https://github.com/unknownworlds/hlslparser I also have the following code: /* * Bo Sun, Columbia University, All rights reserved * --------------------------------...
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How is console game development done? [closed]

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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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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What is “tools development?”

I have been looking at different jobs in the games industry and a lot of the jobs that I have seen advertised are for a "Tool Developer" position. I do not know what this actually is. Could someone ...
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A good 2D game creator to Linux which requires no language knownledge? [closed]

Pardon me, I know it's important know a programming language to develop games, however I'm looking for a game creator to make games for Linux. Construct Classic from Scirra is a nice 2D game creator, ...
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At what scale do I need to make tools? [closed]

In making a game, if I'm writing my own engine, at what sort of scale of team should I invest time in making a level editor tool? If it's just me on my own will it be worth it? Or when there's a team ...
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How can I architect my game tools to allow for easy extension?

In the code for the toolkit for my game, I have a concept I've been calling "contexts." Each context refers to, essentially, different tools (SelectionContext, DrawTerrainContext, et cetera) and ...
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Tools to generate convex collision geometry

Does anyone know tools to generate convex collision geometry from given 3D model? For example, UDK's Static Mesh Editor can do this; Valve instead recommends to use smoothing in 3D editor. Desired ...
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How to access Maya Bonus Tools 2012 in Maya 2014

I have been trying to use the paint geometry tool for Maya 2014 but it isnt showing up. I downloaded Bonus Tools 2012 and installed it. Where can I find this tool in Maya 2014?
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Game treatment collaboration tools [closed]

Other than using a wiki, what good (or purpose-built) tools allow for collaborative work on a game treatment? I have a couple ideas I'd like to get fleshed-out and built, and have a small team who ...
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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 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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Free voxel editor? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good free voxel editor and/or voxel-to-mesh converter?
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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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Interesting/Innovative Open Source tools for indie games [closed]

Just out of curiosity, I want to know opensource tools or projects that can add some interesting features to indie games, preferably those that could only be found on big-budget games. EDIT: As ...
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MonoGame hosted in a control/form

I would very much like to host my monogame window inside a Form so that I can take advantage of the nice gui elements in the C# framework when creating a simple level editor. I have looked online, but ...
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How can I unpack a sprite sheet into multiple images? [closed]

I need to take a sprite sheet and convert it into multiple images, one for each frame of the sprite sheet. How should I go about this? I would prefer an offline method or a tool to do so -- I found ...
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Speech synthesis book? [closed]

When I was a kid, everything had a speech synthesizer in it, more or less. A couple years back I started to wonder where the technology is going after all these years, and after some research found ...
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How can I move keyframes further apart in ToonBoom?

I've created an animation entirely out of screen capture fragments and keyframes, and I haven't allowed enough time for one portion. I'd like to simply stretch out the time between two keyframes, ...
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Tool to create a bitmap font from a true type font [closed]

What tool do you use to convert ttf fonts to bitmap fonts? Following is a list of features I'm looking for. I'd be happy with any tool really, but one that had these features would be better. ...
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Working with tiledata of different sizes [duplicate]

I recently bought an asset for my game, basically a tilesheet, with seperate pngs as well, but where as previously I've created tilemaps out of identically sized tiles these are all in varying sizes ...
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How can I measure the “creative/entertainment value” of video-game requirements?

I realize this question is complex and subjective, but bear with me for a moment. I firmly believe that video-game software is essentially different from, for example spreadsheet software, as from a ...
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Effective Methods to utilize 3d Scanners to produce game development resources [closed]

Once upon a time I was quite passionate about game development. About four years ago at the height of my game development aspirations, I was involved in a number of activities. I worked with a team ...
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Cinematographic camera manipulation techniques for a 2D adventure game [closed]

I'm coding a subsystem to manipulate camera for our 2D adventure game. I plan to support panning and zooming. Also, perhaps, rotation (but current scenario does not call for that). We also support ...
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What are some good tools for prototyping map layout and design? [closed]

I'm curious as to what the best method for sketching out and prototyping a map is, and if there are any tools available to facilitate this. Pen and paper is probably a good place to start, but I ...
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Developing GLSL Shaders? [closed]

I want to create shaders but I need a tool to create and see the visual result before I put them into my game. As to determine if there is something wrong with my game or if it's something with the ...
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Should I use a visual tool or code myself? [closed]

I've been writing a small game in Python that generates random dungeon rooms with creatures for the player to fight. It's all text based, choose your own adventure style. A couple months of working ...
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Tool to convert Textures to power of two?

I'm currently porting a game to a new platform, the problem being that the old platform accepted non power of two textures and this new platform doesn't. To add to the headache, the new platform has ...
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Is there any way to make animations using physical dolls?

I've had trouble animating characters using 3D applications. It is too slow and difficult. I've programmed my own 3D animator that uses only the keyboard to change key angles. The results are much ...