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spawn.xdp is rules.ini if you like to play in the new game lobby and spawnam.xdp is aftrmath.ini

 

you can open them with notepad or any other text editor

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Alright I've got everything you guys have said. Appreciate the help so much. One last thing, spawn.xdp is saying it cannot open because the file is not supported or it is damaged.. It only gives me the option to open it with adobe.. Any last pieces of advice?

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Make a back up spawn.xdp and spawnAM.xdp than you can open the spawn.xdp and spawnAM.xdp with notepad.

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Alright I've got everything you guys have said. Appreciate the help so much. One last thing, spawn.xdp is saying it cannot open because the file is not supported or it is damaged.. It only gives me the option to open it with adobe.. Any last pieces of advice?

They already said it's an ini file. Just open it with Notepad. If you right click on the file you should get "open with..." in it, allowing you to choose the program manually. If not, you need to hold shift while right-clicking the file.

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Alright I understand notepad and how to open a file. I'm not a neanderthal. It's just the file I have that is labeled "spawn.xdp" Will not open, the error report is as follows...

 

"Adobe reader could not open "spawn.xdp" because it is either not a supported file type or the file has been damaged"

 

I also know how to use the "open with.." option, but that does not give me any other option than to open with adobe reader.

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Or just open notepad and drag the file into it. Or open Notepad, go to Open File, set the file type to *.*, and then open the file.

 

Clearly, you do NOT "understand notepad and how to open a file." :dry:

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Hi,

2 issues:

- OS SHP builder is in 3.37 Beta version, but more interesting, they have a SVN folder, so it's useful to avoid editing the link for newer versions;

- If you wanna try another notepad there is Scite, you might find it useful

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Do I just open a shp file with OS SHP editor to edit it (say, the spy) or do I do something else? Because it says some error. It's in the same folder as Red Alert and the OS SHP editor (the spy.shp) and I uninstalled it because it was useless.

Are there any other tools for editing shps?

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i just convert it to png with xcc and then i edit it with microsoft paint .. then just convert it back with xcc

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Well, now I have a new problem. I can't place anything in the Mix files (even using XCC Mix Editor). Also, just to make sure, if I have Iran's PortableRA, and I have small infantry enabled, where should I put my edited spy.shp file? Inside the small infantry file?

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extract the mix inside of the other mix, add the unit and then put the mix back in

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XCC Editor says insert failed, or either doesn't let me delete the smallinfantry.mix or spy.shp and the cursor shows the spy.shp can't be placed in the smallinfantry.mix

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I was able to do it, thanks (needed to make an EXPAND mix tho)

 

But for some reason the icons i made for the spy and Tanya crash the game when they are shown. What palette should i use for them in the SHP builder?

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You need to use Red Alert 1 snow.pal or temperate.pal but if you are getting a crash it is likely that the icon size has been changed from the stock size  of 64 x 48.

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Changed my icons to snow/temperate. Still crashes (I put it in my expand.mix) and its correctly sized.

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Yeah, and I believe we even need a new one, or at least some extended capabilities in one of the old ones. Lice copy/paste for templates, fixed trigger and teamtype syntax, smudges, etc. Oh well, I guess I shoud've strived to be a programmer after all... Nah.

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I was actually able to get in touch with that Olaf dude and emailed him a long-ass list of things which could use improving in XCC.  Among the improvements was a request for a copy/paste/hex edit option.  I'm not sure if he'll implement them, as I imagine TD is not high on the list of priorities, but he politely responded with some questions and didn't just blow me off.... (fingers crossed)

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heh heh... nobody uses ccmap anymore! these days it's all about the XCC!

No, I clearly prefer CCWMAP since it doesn't crash so often and doesn't mess up my .ini file.

ccwmap is easier to install and handle, too. :)

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Have you downloaded xcc utilities recently? a lot of that stuff has been remedied.  iirc the only thing messed up now is if you try to 'fill with water' in the desert theater. 

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