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

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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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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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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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How does game creation software export to other platforms? [duplicate]

For example, how does Gamemaker, Game Salad, Construct 2, etc., make an executable that executes their code from their program. Do they have a runtime of "other" software the executable calls that is ...
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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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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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Tool to simulate color blindness

TLDR: 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 ...
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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, ...
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Create Fog of war polygon obstacles

I'm doing a game (At this moment it's only a prototype using love2D) and I made a fog of war using a mesh over other things, and actually it's working, but I've got some assets (decoration for the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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tool for visualizing simple 2d shapes

I'm drawing simple 2D line shapes using coordinate sets (for example, moveTo(x,y) drawTo(x,y)). I would like a tool that is like a sheet of graph paper. When I click on intersection points it records ...
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How do I prototype an online game?

I would like to know if you guys know of any libraries, engines, or even simply design patterns that heavily simplify the task of sharing information and sending of messages between networked ...
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Tools for 2D skeletal animation [closed]

What good free and widely used tools are there for editing 2D skeletal animations? Preferably, one that allows me to write custom animation exporters. One pretty good indie tool that I know of ...
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Tools for assembling textures into DDS files

There are plenty of tools for making images. I'm not looking for one of those; I have many tools for creating an image. I've got tools for compressing images, generating mipmaps, and even for poking ...
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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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Installing PhysicsFS on Mingw

I am trying to install PhysicsFS (icculus.org/physfs/) on my Win 7 with MinGW. But I am having hard time doing it. I googled it as well but still nothing - I have used linux environment and make ...
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A good 2D game creator to Linux which requires no language knownledge?

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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Sprites: Are there any tools to scale sprites individually without using Photoshop/GIMP? [closed]

I am using TexturePacker as tool to pack my 2D sprites, it is good but it doesn't provide the possibility to scale individual sprites to a specific scale. I am wondering whether there is any good ...
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GLSL Editor and Debugger for MacOSX with ES2 support

is there a GLSL editor for the mac? I need it for iOS OpenGLES2 shader. How do you best debug shader? Regards
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What tools should I consider if my aim is to make a game available to as many platforms as possible? [closed]

We're planning on developing a 2D, grid-based puzzle game, and although it's still very early in the planning stages, we'd like to make our decisions well from the beginning. Our strategy will be to ...
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What is a good tool for producing animated sprites? [closed]

Has anyone come across a software package that allows you to build animations in a similar way to how you can in Flash (i.e. using techniques such as tweens & bones & easings, etc) and then ...
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D20 java engine [closed]

I'm trying to incorporate PCGen into my application to avoid recreating the wheel for D20 system. (Are there any other libraries out there?) In other words I would like to use PCGen as a library and ...
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SFXR-Like Tool for Speech

Sfxr (and also Bfxr) is a great tool for generating sound-effects for games. Is there something like this for speech synthesis? Not every game development tool and platform has a speech synthesis ...
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How to edit specific mipmap images in a DDS?

I am looking for a way to edit individual mipmaps within a DDS file. To my knowledge, the NVidia Plugin only lets you create the largest image and then computes the smaller ones automatically. ...
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3D Paint tool in Maya

Hey everyone, could someone help me out on this question? When I am trying to texture objects in maya (for example a barrel) I want to texture it with a brush. When I try to use the 3D painting tool ...
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What level editor is Phil Fish using in Indie Game: The Movie?

Does anyone know what program Phil Fish is using to edit models of levels? Or is it it something he built himself? I'm new to game development and was looking for something to design levels with ...
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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 can I develop Flash games without expensive software?

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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Need an engine for MMO mockup

What I don't need is an MMORPG engine, at the moment. What I do need is a flexible easy-to-use engine that I can make a mock-up with. I don't need support for more than 10 players in an instance, so ...
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A tool to select points on texture, and obtain 0.0f .. 1.0f UV coordinates [closed]

If there is a need to create about 40 sets of UV coordinates for 40 different images. The sets can have 4 to ~16 UV points. Is there some way to make this easier? A tool similar to Inkscape would be ...