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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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, ...
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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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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, <...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Early stages of games development - create 2d animation images for iOS games?

I am in the early stages of developing a game. I don't have an artist or graphics person on board yet. How can I create simple images for animation to work through the early stages of game development?...
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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 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 inside) and ...
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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 code'n'...
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What do you use to create sprite graphics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation? What do you folks suggest for creating sprite graphics and sprite sheets? I fiddle with pixelformer and tilestudio. ...
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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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) Specify ...
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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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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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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? As ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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?
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Platform for DS/Gameboy Dev - Managed Memory, Tools, and Unit Testing

I'm interested in dabbling in Nintendo DS, 3DS, or GBA development. I would like to know what my (legal) options for development tools and IDEs are. In particular, I would not consider moving in this ...
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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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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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Need help in determing what, if any, tools can be used to create a free Flash game

Yes I proudly -and sadly- declare that I am a complete nincompoop when it comes to Flash, and I have been fishing around the big wide web for information. The reason for this is that I have been ...