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Questions tagged [tools]

Tools are small to medium size programs that help you in a game development process. Use this tag for help developing and coordinating tools in your pipeline, not to request lists of existing programs.

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Creating scriptable object with scene data in editor

This question is about the use of scriptable objects. I am currently developing a game which should have many levels. I already created a system to stay in one scene and load the data from an ...
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Workflow for authoring hitbox data for a 2D fighting/platformer game

I understand that collisions in fighting games are detected using hitboxes and hurtboxes associated with specific frames of the animation I am looking for techniques to author the data for these ...
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Built-in Terrain analogs search: is it worth to use imported 3d-model?

I think 3d-model is better than the built-in terrain-component in Unity when it comes to optimization. But when it comes to texturing terrain made in 3rd party 3d-modeller, how to apply resulting ...
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How can I improve the visibility of an object transform gizmo?

I'm developing a 3DSMax like move gizmo, and I'm struggling with how difficult it is to see, especially on modern high resolution displays. Is there a good way to make the RGB axis lines more visible ...
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How could I generate a document that catalogs a collection of 3D models?

I have a lot of 3D models (.obj and .fbx) I can re-use in some games, but sometimes I forget them. So I want to create a (for instance) Word document with the images of all my 3D models. This can ...
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Workflow for tagging a sprites with collision boxes

I have some hundred of sprites and I need to mark collision boxes of them. What kind of workflow can I use to help this proceed smoothly? I've thought of using Tiled initially, however one of my ...
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Tool used to create adaptive music [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that I came across a few months ago but can't track down anymore. This tool helped create "adaptive" music, where adaptive music refers to music that changes depending on what ...
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Game engine tool generating game entities

I'm writing a game engine with an editor that allows you to create individual components like sprites, fonts, and particles. Then you're able to combine these individual components into what I call an ...
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Take an image and cut it up into a tile map

So I am attemping to make a game in Phaser. I am trying to think of the best way to cut this image up and make it in to a tile map OR do I try and lay this entire image as a back ground to the game ...
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Is there an engine-agnostic tool for editing curve animations? [closed]

I am looking for a tool that allows to edit 3D animation curves. What I want is something similar to how the animation system works in Unity or others. Being able to create a timeline of ...
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Running Unreal Build Tool with CreateProcess vs command line

I'm working on a tool that generates some files for Unreal Projects. The only thing is if I try to get it to compile the project through CreateProcess the command doesn't run the same as the command ...
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Text tool for designing gameplay elements [closed]

I'm still in the design phase of my game and I'm realizing that there are too many elements to keep track of and it just looks like a mess in the plain text that I created it in. My notes are ...
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Do I really need an engine to make a great game? [duplicate]

I made one simple game, and now I'm working on a second version. I make games in Java, but everyone around me uses tools and engines. I do not understand some of the stuff that is in Unity. In Java, ...
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Unity Collaborate Error: “It looks like you don't have any data yet”

On the Unity Developer page, my partner has added me to his team. I can see his project. I clicked Go to Collaborate: That brings me to the "Assets" tab, saying "...
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What tools do professionals use to create pixel art with animations? [closed]

I've been looking for the right tool for creating my own pixel art, but I've been having a few difficulties finding the right one. What I've tried so far: ProMotion NG - seems to have lots of ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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: ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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. However,...
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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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Problem with Ogmo Editor (is Tiled Editor a solution?)

I made a level editor for a puzzle game with Ogmo Editor and gave it to our designer/level designer. When he downloaded and started Ogmo, his CPU went to 100%. I looked at my CPU usage while Ogmo is ...
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Are there tools for testing multiplayer code?

Are there reliable tools that can simulate real life-like network conditions e.g. networks with different bandwidth, different latencies, packet loss etc...?
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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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Are there tools available for building hierarchical sprite-based objects in games like Vector Man or Gunstar Heroes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for 2D skeletal animation I'm looking for a tool that would let me build multi-part sprite objects of the kind you can find in Sega Genesis games like Vector Man and ...
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Sprite sheet generator

I need to generate a sprite sheet with squared sprite for a 2D game. How can I generate a sprite sheet where each frame has x = y? The only think I have to do is to "insert" some blank space between ...
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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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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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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, ...