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Old 10-11-18, 20:57   #1
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Default TE - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am newbie level builder. Should I use TRLE/NGLE or TE?
A: For newbie builders, TE learning curve should be less than TRLE learning curve, because generally TE has less compatibility problems and generally more user-friendly interface. However, TE workflow differs from original level editor workflow, so certain TRLE tricks and legacy tools may be not applicable or compatible with TE - for example, meta2tr or direct usage of NG plugin triggers (see explanation below). On the other hand, TE offers many features which were either unavailable in original TRLE or require special setups and workarounds. So general advice is - try both and decide which one fits your needs.

Q: I am die-hard TRLE/NGLE level builder. Should I migrate to TE and port my existing projects?
A: If your level uses meta2tr, and if you're on final stages of production - it's not recommended to port your PRJs to TE. If you're not using meta2tr, plugin triggers and just started designing your level, then you can try to port your NG project or start TE project from scratch - it shouldn't cause problems.

Q: Can I use TE at all? I heard it is so broken and unstable!
A: Past beta versions were really unstable and had lots of bugs. Right now TE is in stable state.

Q: Is there any tutorials for TE?
A: Yes, there are several video tutorials available at YouTube. Also, there is an ongoing German-language wiki project by illyaine with different TE tips and tricks.

Q: Is there any text or PDF manual for TE?
A: Unfortunately, no. Right now, dev team don't have enough human resources and time to write extensive manual or make example project. However, there is a detailed getting started instructions in this forum message. Also, if you have enough free time and you're already familiar with TE - you can help with writing basic manual for it.

Q: Which original TRLE features are not yet available in TE?
A: Negative timer values, static lighting for moveables, crack mode and NGLE vertical 2D map (you can use depth bar instead).

Q: Does TE support TRNG?
A: Yes, it does. Since version 1.2, almost all NG-specific features such as specific triggers and flipeffects are supported, excluding direct application of plugin triggers and partially animated textures.

Q: Why TE doesn't support TRNG plugin triggers and animated textures like river-rotate or P-frames?
A: Because TRNG is a closed-source software and Paolone is not available anymore to provide us with source code, details or documentation on how exactly plugin triggers and animated textures are programmed and how it should be implemented.

Q: I need new TRNG plugin triggers. What should I do?
A: There is a workaround for that. You must create a TriggerGroup featuring needed plugin trigger (exported in NGLE) and fire it in your script.

Q: Will TE work with non-trigger TRNG plugins?
A: Since non-trigger TRNG plugins doesn't depend on level editor itself - yes, it will.

Q: I can't see TRNG triggers in trigger window and any other TRNG-specific controls!
A: Switch Game version to target in level settings window to TRNG.

Q: Can I use meta2tr with TE levels?
A: Levels generated with latest TE versions can be loaded into meta2tr, however, meta2tr can't properly identify and parse sub-pixel texture coordinates which are extensively used in TE-generated levels. This results in corrupted textures and de-animated animation ranges. It happens because presumably meta2tr uses different formula to convert texture coordinates. Since meta2tr programmer is also not available anymore and meta2tr is also a closed-source software, we can't fix this issue without his assistance.

Q: If TE isn't compatible with meta2tr, how can I use custom geometry?
A: There are two ways to use custom geometry - imported geometry and merged static meshes.

Q: What's the difference between imported geometry and merged statics?
A: With first one, you can directly import custom geometry in TE in various formats, like OBJ. You must note that custom geometry won't have any collision so you must appropriately edit room geometry. As for merged static meshes, the feature is similar to meta2tr feature with same name, and it will retain "soft" collision of original static meshes. Also, merged statics have a special option to apply room vertex effects, like glow and movement - refer to Level Settings -> Static Meshes dialog for details.

Q: I am used to meta2tr workflow and I want to export my room geometry, edit it and import it back. Is it possible?
A: Room import/export function was planned for a long time and was available in past versions, but it was never finished. Currently it is disabled. Functionality will come back when Monty will find time to finish it.

Q: Will TE support freeform mesh editing and more wall subdivisions?
A: Not in forseeable future. Alternatively, you can use imported geometry feature mentioned above.

Q: Why some TRLE tools display messed up textures on rooms and/or objects in levels generated with TE?
A: Same reason why meta2tr fails - because almost no any TRLE tool properly parses texture coordinate format, which was unknown before the end of 2017. Known tools which properly parse TE levels are FexMerger and latest FexInspect builds by sapper.

Q: Why TE have inverted world coordinates, like North/South instead of East/West and vice versa?
A: It's a legacy problem and a bug of winroomedit, which flips X/Z room coordinates. Historically, TRNG was built around this bug, so various TRNG constants are also wrong here. For example, MIR_ set of constants used for mirrors should be used like this:
  • If you need a mirror on the NORTH wall you have to put MIR_WEST_WALL;
  • If you need a mirror on the EAST wall you have to put MIR_NORTH_WALL;
  • If you need a mirror on the SOUTH wall you have to put MIR_EAST_WALL;
  • If you need a mirror on the WEST wall you have to put MIR_SOUTH_WALL;
Q: I don't have any sounds in my level with version 1.2.8!
A: Since version 1.2.8, sound system was changed. You need to manually add sound catalog(s) and click "Autodetect" button in Level Settings -> Sound Infos. For more info on new sound system, refer to this thread and latest video tutorial.

Q: I've got my sound catalogs right, but now sound info list says [ missing ] for every single sound!
A: You may need to manually specify folder with .wav sample files. TE tries to guess all potential folders with samples, but sometimes it fails to do so. Go to Level Settings -> Sound Sample Paths and add path with your samples to a list.

Q: What is WadTool? Is it WadMerger replacement? Can I use it instead?
A: Indeed, WT is meant to be WM replacement. It features completely revamped animation editor, you can easily merge objects from different wads and levels, import new meshes from numerous 3D formats, as well as import new animations. For detailed description, refer to WadTool thread.

Q: Is it safe to use WT at this point?
A: Yes, WT was overhauled in version 1.2.8 and it's generally stable and easy to work with.

Q: I have used WT before version 1.2.8. Can I use old wad2s?
A: Unfortunately, no. Dev team spent a lot of time making pre-1.2.8 wad2s compatible with 1.2.8 sound system, but there was another issue with changed start/end animation speed format which sneaked into 1.2.8 unnoticed. If you will use pre-1.2.8 wad2s with TE/WT 1.2.8, most likely you will face issues with wrong Lara speed, inability to rotate her while in movement, and maybe other movement bugs. So better idea is to recreate wad2s from scratch with WT 1.2.8 and never use pre-1.2.8 wad2s.

Q: Can I import whole model in WT, apply shiny to faces, remap vertices for joints and hair like in StrPix, etc?
A: Since version 1.2.9 it's possible to replace whole model for a given moveable. You should make sure that meshes are numbered in same order they are exported by TRViewer. Also, to make Lara's model import correctly, you must correct vertex indices order (this is possible in Blender), otherwise Lara skin joints will turn into triangle soup. WT also imports "shininess" and blending mode attributes from models made in external 3D software. If you need other specific StrPix functions, like direct vertex and face manipulation, it's recommended to use legacy proxy wads for them and edit such attributes in StrPix and then reimport edited objects via WT.

Q: Can I export models and animations in WT?
A: Not now. Model exporter and animation exporter is planned, but not currently implemented.

Q: Can I save to old wad format in WT?
A: Unfortunately no. WT uses some features which are not supported by old wad format, such as UV mapping, subpixel texture coordinates, floating-point bone rotations, etc. Probably lossy wad exporter could be implemented, but currently TombLib lacks such function.

Q: Will TE support TR1, TR2 and TR3 file formats?
A: At some point of development, there were plans for TR1-3 file format support. Currently there's no such plans due to compatibility problems and lack of free time.

Q: I see there is TR5 and TR5Main targets in Level Settings. What does it mean?
A: You can also compile levels for TR5, although support is experimental. TR5Main support is also experimental and format is subject to change as TR5Main project develops further.

Q: I am a programmer and I want to contribute to TE development. Can I do it?
A: Sure! Tomb Editor is not proprietary or privately owned software. Contact MontyTRC for further assistance.

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Old 11-11-18, 04:30   #2
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Thank for the FAQ! Answered all my questions I had and looked to ask for. Make this a sticky.
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I don't know if this is the place to post this but in the Tomb Editor my items preview is cutoff and the lighting window is to, probably more, I can't find anything to fix this

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Old 06-12-19, 20:23   #4
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Yeah, it's better to ask in general TE thread, but since you already asked - probably you just need to move these dockable tool windows around to better fit your resolution
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@Lwmte, I tried that but I can't raise my item preview, I can still place items in my scene, but that item preview would be a big help.

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