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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I load an AF setup?
Terrain editor uses
dds tiles instead of
pcx files that AF uses for terrain textures. Other than that, the terrain system used by all Falcon setups is identical. In order to edit your AF theater you need to follow these steps.
- Create a
ddsversion of your
pcxtiles or use the ones from
seasonswitcherif you have installed the same theater to other Falcon 4 setups (OF/FF). Only
Htiles are required (not
- Create a folder named
<Program Files>\Lead Pursuit\Battlefield Operations\terrdata\<theater name>\texturefolder (or where your theater's texture folder is).
- Copy the
ddsfiles into the folder you created.
- Open TerrainEditor and select
MANUALLY OPEN PATHfrom the list.
- Navigate to your theater's
tdffile (usually it is into the
<Program Files>\Lead Pursuit\Battlefield Operations\terrdata\theaterdefinition).
All files saved by TerrainEditor should work just fine with AF. The only discrepancy is if you want to add a new tile or set into
texture.bin file. To do that you need to have a
dds version of the tile(s) you want to add. The
texture.bin file will be saved just fine, but you have to manually add the new
pcx tiles into your
texture.zip (along with
T tiles). Moreover you have to make sure that all
pcx tiles that are in the same set, has a common palette (AF restriction).
I have a runtime error starting the program and I'm stuck in v3.1.1, since I cannot update.
Since you cannot start the program you cannot autoupdate but there is a workaround for this. First, try to fix the most common reason why the error occurs:
- Open the the file
theaters.lstfrom your Falcon folder with the notepad.
- Check to see that all entries in this file correspond to an actual file in your Falcon setup.
- If an entry doesn't, delete the whole line, or mark it inactive by adding a
#character in front of the line.
- Save the file and try again opening TerrainEditor.
If the above steps don't help, try the following:
- Download the TerrainEditor_UPD.zip, open it and unzip it in the installation folder of TerrainEditor (usually it is
- Run the
TerrainEditor_UPD.exe. This is a 3.1.5 executable, with it's version set to 3.1.4 though. This way, you can start TerrainEditor and perform a autoupdate.
- After the update is finished and the program is restarted, exit TerrainEditor and delete the
TerrainEditor_UPD.exefile you copied earlier.
- Now you can run the program as usual.
The third method (the preferred one) is to use the TE_Updt tool to update TerrainEditor:
- Download the TE_Updt.zip, open it and unzip it in the installation folder of TerrainEditor (usually it is
C:\Program Files\TerrainEditor). It should be only one exe file (
- Run the
- Select to check for update from the server or open an update file.
- TerrainEditor should start automatically after a successful update. If it doesn't, run
launcher.exe, found in the program folder.
Another issue that might happen is, your antivirus program might thing that the file Loader.exe that is downloaded with the update is a trojan and auto delete it. If this file is deleted, the update cannot be completed since, this file is responsible to replace the files that are opened during the update (exe and dlls). Try to disable antivirus during the update, or better, add an exclusion for this file (or the whole TerrainEditor folder) to your antivirus.
After upgrading to v3.6.1 I only see a blank map instead of tiles.
With v3.6.1 update a new feature was introduced that allows you to turn off tile rendering, in order to see other features clearly with a colored background. Unfortunately, the default value of this option is “off”, so just after the update, you should turn it on by checking the
Show Map checkbox. After selecting it for the first time, it should stay checked afterwards.
Enabling Debug Mode
Sometimes, in order to try and find out why a problem occurred, we need access to debug info. The latest TerrainEditor versions have a debug mode, which will output some debug information to a file.
To enable this mode, you need:
- Open the
TE.inifile located in the program's folder (e.g.
C:\Program Files\TerrainEditor) with a text editor (e.g. notepad) for writing (see info below).
- Find the line that reads
DEBUG=0(it should be under the
- Change the previous line to
- Run TerrainEditor normally and do all the actions to reproduce the problem. After that, exit the program (or crash it if this is the problem).
- A file called
Debug.txtshould be created in the program's folder.
- Send this file to me (email@example.com) explaining the problem.
TE.iniresides in a system folder, so to open it for writing, you'll need administrative rights (for Vista and later). You can do this in two ways:
- Press the
Start Menu, search for
notepad(or any other text editor you're using) and when the link appears, right click on it and select
Run as administrator. Then from the
TE.inifrom the TerrainEditor's program folder to a common folder on your computer (e.g. Desktop). Open the copy with your text editor, make the changes and save it as usual. After that, copy the changed
TE.iniback to TerrainEditor's program folder, replacing the old one.
DEBUG=0. I recommend deleting
Debug.txtas well to save disk space.