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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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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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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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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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 Demina,...
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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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'Binary XML' for game data?

I'm working on a level editing tool that saves its data as XML. This is ideal during development, as it's painless to make small changes to the data format, and it works nicely with tree-like data. ...
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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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Is there a tool to automatically pack individual textures into one big png? [closed]

I'm currently was 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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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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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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Tools for game script / storyboard

I am searching for a tool that will help in writing a game script. By "script" I mean the text core of a storyboard - without the drawing drafts, which may or may not be there (yet). What I'm ...
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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 paid ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...