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#1 Atsche

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:41 PM

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What the tutorial will deal with:

* Setup Editing Tools 2
* Preparing the Working folder
* Setup Visitor & The Landscape
* Binarizing your world properly.
* Adding Objects
* Add more Surfaces
* Base sample map for understanding

ArmA_2_Terrain_Tutorial

PS: Plz only serious Q&A inhere. pm@snake

Edited by Atsche, 02 September 2009 - 02:08 PM.


#2 IceBreakr

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:48 PM

SgtAce *thumbs up*!
You've been a great help (I've managed to fix Panthera v2.0 clutter & configs for A2) and its absolutely amazing to see that community helps out "noobs" in editing and not BIS itself...

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#3 Snake Man

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 03:03 AM

SgtAce are you the P85 TEAM person in BIS Wiki?
PMC Editing Wiki opened for ArmA 3 information, guides, tutorials, etc!

PMC Tactical - Operation Flashpoint, Armed Assault and ArmA 2 addons / mods / missions.
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#4 ph00nix

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:06 AM

hi,

I have a problem. When I want to pack the addon file I get this error message:

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My P:/ca folder looks like this:

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(I have an arma1 folder in which contains old files from other tutorials)

The copy_cpp.bat created me a folder thats includes arma1 in the path: P:\TUT\ca\arma1\SampleMap\config.cpp. Wheres I have all files of the project in the TUT\TUT_samplemap folder.

So I have 2 config.cpp one with 2 kb one with 12 kb.

Edited by ph00nix, 02 September 2009 - 10:10 AM.


#5 Sgt.Spoetnik

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:18 AM

Thx SgtAce, great stuff that tutorial, Island making have become a little easier:D

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:46 PM

Great work SgtAce, this will help a lot of people in the future. :)

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:24 PM

I have follow the Tutorial, but I the following error "Cannot load material file tut\tut_samplemap\data\layers\p_000_000_l00.rvmat."

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#8 Atsche

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:26 PM

Check the final pbo if the stuff is really in there (you can also check the BIN Temp foldier), otherwise you missed something.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:05 AM

@Landdon

Did you select text mode for saving the rvmat's as mentioned when importing the satellite & mask?

#10 El Mariachi

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:09 PM

Note:
if importing a greyscale .png, make sure it is set to 16 bit and greyscale in the png options (for instance, in Photoshop cs2, the "mode" option at the top should be set to greyscale and 16 bit). Else, your imported terrain will be pinched vertically in visitor (i.e. a 2048x2048 texture will show as 2048x1024 and will be 'stretched')

8 bit rgb color for both the satellite mask and terrain type mask.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:57 AM

Everything is fine until I get to import the P:\TUT\TUT_SampleMap\Source\mask_lco.png, and I get the error :

error loading p:\tut\tut_sampleMap\source\mapLegend.png

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:50 PM

- Have you filled in the TOOLS->PROJECT PREFERANCES per the instructions?
- Is the mapLegend.png in that directory?

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 09:20 AM

apologies, I seem to have put the directories as P:\TUT\TUT_SampleMap\TUT_SampleMap and this caused the import to fail. Correctly unpacking in the format as explained works!

Thanks, sorry for the misaligned post, hopefully at least others will not make the same unpacking mistake I overlooked.

#14 ebanks129

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 02:31 AM

When i connect to buldozer no textures show up. Is that normal? or is it just suppose to be a white terrain?

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 02:32 AM

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#16 Atsche

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:16 AM

When i connect to buldozer no textures show up. Is that normal? or is it just suppose to be a white terrain?


Did you impoirted the Sat and Mask, otherwise you missed something.
(will try to update the whole thing a bit in the next days)

#17 Sgt.Spoetnik

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 10:16 AM

hi, I have same problem when connecting to buldozer, i get a message saying;
"arma2-Cannot load texture tut\tut_samplemap\data\layers\s_000_000_ico.paa"
i followed all the steps but dont know where the problem is,all maps and files are in there place.
even in visitor i cant see the textures, only the height map.
later

#18 Planck

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 12:37 PM

Presuming your tools suite and P: drive is set up correctly ...

If you have generated your layers, by using Tools ... Import Satellite + Mask with your .pew file loaded into Visitor, have you have set your 'Folder - Textures' path correctly.

Tools ... Project Preferences
This tells Visitor and Buldozer where your terrain textures and layers are.

For example:
myislandprojectfolderinP:root\data

This mean, my island project folder (in P: root) contains a data folder where the files can be found.
If this is not set correctly then Visitor and Buldozer won't find them.

Incidentally, when generating your layers files make sure Buldozer is not running.


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 01:51 PM

Incidentally, when generating your layers files make sure Buldozer is not running.


But start Buldozer after you have imported the Layer config, Sat and Layer PNG files.
A DOS box should appear and it'll tell you its converting a bunch of textures.
Once its finished and after a short time delay, that box will disappear, and then you can click on the Buldozer window to (hopefully) view you terrain.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 05:20 PM

Hi all,

I just created this in half an hour, i will provide you with 2 download links, 1 is the empty project, you have to do all the compiling, importing your terrain(provided) and importing of the textures yourself. You also have to setup your P: drive yourself. The empty project is ONLY the PROJECT FOLDER !, so read the manual from SgtAce carefully, specially about the ADOONS in your P:\CA folder ! Aslo pay attention to the extraction of all the *.CPP config files to your "TAG" folder( part about the XCOPY in manual from SgtAce).

link empty project: ftp://ftp.fraghaus.com/arma/satpics/testmapempty.rar

The second download is the whole project, all is done for you, you can open it up in visitor and start editing or start BinPbo it straight away, if you have setup your P:\CA folder correctly. As a refferance you can see the P:\test\ca folder for what addons to extract.

link full project: ftp://ftp.fraghaus.com/arma/satpics/testalldone.rar

Its all in the "config" file, where most people go wrong, i wont say mine is ok, because i still have problems too, maybe the clutter part in this sample is buggy too, i have not had the time to check it out, i just needed myself an easy small and quickly compilable test map to test out things quickly. In the end it became a whole island, and why not share it with you guys.

This island making is taking a long time, i'm still months away from a test version. :(
Still i hope more people will take the time to make them, it can make the game so much more fun.

Greetings,
Alphons

P.S. For BIS guys, what about your Plant, Roads and other addons from game 1, This is going to give compatibility problems, are we allowed to release them with our own created islands ? (copyrights), i mean in the first game we have been given the open roads, so we could edit with them. People now, who NOT have bought "game1", and i give them the Game1 roads pbo's ???? Please elaborate with me.