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Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:06 PM

The file is a self extracting arj file. Change the extention from .ex_ to .exe and run it in your main UFO directory. It will spit out a big DOS batchfile called chanjmap.bat and two .com files called yesorno.com and getakey.com. Let me know what you think?

I will update it from time to time and place the updates here.

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Posted 24 February 2003 - 02:22 PM

Okay here's V1.1, I added more maps.

As above this is a self extracting archive. Download the file, change the name to Chanmap.exe, run it.

I particularly like the Shantytown map and "Shoot-out @ Mega Mall". =b

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Posted 25 February 2003 - 12:57 PM

Ka maaaaaaaaaan! Has nobody tried this?

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Posted 25 February 2003 - 01:10 PM

Installed it but not sure what to do with this. Only something to choose... What am I suposed to do? ;)
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Posted 25 February 2003 - 01:43 PM

Does it run? You should have ran the self extracting exe from the Game main directory. Once doing that it wants to install a backup set of files. If it can't find the files to backup then the stuff wasn't dearchived in the main game folder. If it does create the backup then it's in the right place. Reading the batchfile itself will show how it works. For now play with the change maps feature (select "[e] Change an entire map" I believe) it presents a choice of terrain types. Pick one. Whatever you pick has a set of maps it will replace the "default" or previous version with. It only effects the particular terrain type. If you just change a desert map but land in farm land nothing different will happen.

If you decide to erase it remember to run "[g] Safely remove the generated backup" from the main menu first. It will put all the game maps back to their origninal settings and then remove the backups.

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Posted 25 February 2003 - 02:54 PM

Yep, it runs. I changed the urban map to the shootout at the mall map, and started the clock spinning. What do ya know? The first UFO went on a terror mission and I got to try the new map. All that open 'parking' space proved fatal to my poor unarmored rookies as they were cut down trying to rush the mall from the other end of the parking lot.


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Posted 25 February 2003 - 03:29 PM

Stewart, giggling unabashedly like a school girl on her birthday, suggests you try the "Shanty-Town" map under cultivated.

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Posted 01 March 2003 - 03:14 PM

At last I put it to work... Looks nice :D. But it's impossible to bring own maps into game, right?
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Posted 05 March 2003 - 11:29 AM

What do you mean?

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Posted 05 March 2003 - 12:01 PM

I mean that this editor do not allow to create completly new map. I mean placing everything myself. I worked with it a little and as far as I know its only changing original maps to other ones.
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Posted 05 March 2003 - 12:46 PM

If you mean, put stairs here put a tree there etc. then yep you can't do that. It just rearranges already existing maps. I think there is an actual map editor out there, I think it's in German though.

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Posted 15 March 2003 - 12:37 PM

Das ist night so good! :P

I am SURE to download that. Sounds great!

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Posted 15 March 2003 - 12:45 PM

It does not work. It just says that it can't fint a program to run it, and it asks you what one. :cussing: Stupd XP security messures! What can i do???

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Posted 17 March 2003 - 09:17 AM

The way it works is that it runs then quits then you start-up XCOM. I'm suffering with 95, so here's an idea but an XP user would be best to answer this.
1) Go to the finder.
2) Search for command.com
3) Run command.com
4) Navigate to the directory with chanjmap.bat
5) Run chanjmap from there.

Make sure that yesorno.com and getakey.com are in the same directory as chanjmap.bat, and that all of these are in the main UFO directory. Let me know.

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 06:29 AM

Oh no! Not dos! :crying: i beg you! anything else then dos!

<_< have not used DOS since windows 3.2 <_<

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 10:19 AM

Maybe you can tell it that command.com is the "app" to run it with. Besides the actual "DOS" you'd have to do (assuming you installed it right) is:
1) cd c:\games\UFO (assuming thats where it is)
2) chanjmap

That's not so bad even for Gen Y types who've know nothing but GUI.

Let me know.

Has anyone tried the "Shanty Town" map in cultivated?

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Posted 20 March 2003 - 11:22 AM

...ILL TRY. i just forgot how to manuber arrround in the digital opaque space.

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Posted 20 March 2003 - 11:25 AM

hmmm. " 'Chanjmap' was not reconized as a intern or ekstern command, program, or batchfile"

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 03:49 PM

Have you expanded it first? Are the following files on your hard-drive.

chanjmap.bat
yesorno.com
getakey.com

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Posted 27 March 2003 - 02:21 PM

no. i have cjanmap.ex_ only. The problem is that i CANNOT exband it.

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Posted 29 March 2003 - 01:28 AM

I forget all the commands for DOS. It's been so long since I had to navigate through there, fortunantly.

I think I'll play the game through once before I subject it to these unusual manipulations.

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 10:25 PM

no. i have cjanmap.ex_ only. The problem is that i CANNOT exband it.

No problem rename the file to have .exe at the end then run it.

So has anyone tried the shanty town map replacement for farmland?

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 10:31 AM

Yup, I've tried it, works cool in combination with my savegame :beer: . Your mapeditor doesn't work with xcomutil tho...
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Posted 08 August 2003 - 02:08 PM

What do you mean?
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Posted 08 August 2003 - 02:18 PM

That savegame I made in xcom1 savedgames. Good for some variation (since that one leaves R&D out) and when trying to use xcomutil it just crashes to desktop when launching a mission.
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Posted 08 August 2003 - 07:46 PM

Try starting a new game but first before you run Xcom setup some maps. Then run Xcom and XcomUFO and see if it still crashes.
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Posted 09 August 2003 - 06:07 AM

Well, it DOES work now with xcomutil... Don't know what I did wrong last time. Oh well, great editor stewart :beer:

Edited by j'ordos, 09 August 2003 - 07:08 AM.

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Posted 09 August 2003 - 07:31 PM

Thanks, I have anouther useful batch file in mind; just gotta do some figurin'!
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 02:47 PM

While Stewart is figuring out his new batch file, I took the liberty to create a GUI for chanjmap. (I THOUGHT it'd be rather easy, and practise my programming skills(*cough*) a little. Seems like it required a lot more work than I thought, so I'm putting it up here :beer: .

chanjmapGUI
download the file, rename&extract 'chanjmapGUI.exe'.

Edited by j'ordos, 22 November 2003 - 10:45 AM.

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 02:56 PM

GUI, for it? How's that?
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:03 PM

What it says... It wasn't necessary, but I grew tired of that dos interface, and I thought it'd make good practise (easy 2 do, and still useful (more-or-less :) )
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:08 PM

Oh so you took the non interface commands out of the batch file and stuck them in a program you wrote from the ground up? Or does it actually run the batch file?
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:10 PM

No, I built it from the ground up :wacko:.

Edited by j'ordos, 19 August 2003 - 03:10 PM.

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:13 PM

Okay got it, or rather I understand. I have gotten it yet.
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Posted 21 October 2003 - 01:10 PM

While Stewart is figuring out his new batch file, I took the liberty to create a GUI for chanjmap.

Oh crap! Forgot about this! :Blush:
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 03:05 PM

well, now you brought this back up, I noticed the link to the file had a password protection? :huh?: . Oh well, as I now have some room at my personal webspace again, I uploaded them there...

Also, note that with this post, I'm ahead of gangsta :happybanana:

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Posted 29 February 2004 - 09:43 PM

Right here Blehm :rolleyes:
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Posted 29 February 2004 - 09:51 PM

uhhhhh, it just the chanjmap file...isn't it supposed to have something ele....also, how do i get it to work for XP
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Posted 29 February 2004 - 09:57 PM

Read this thread from the beginning; all of it.
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Posted 01 March 2004 - 11:28 AM

Read this thread from the beginning; all of it.

you cannot change the .ex file in XP. if you add .exe, its name is just chenjmap.exe.ex.

can't someone upload a zipped down .exe instead?

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 02:09 PM

you have to turn off 'hide known extensions' in windows explorer (tools-map options->display, or whatever it's in english windows, let alone danish :) )
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Posted 01 March 2004 - 09:29 PM

can't you do it via the command prompt?
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 04:00 AM

is it that hard to just go (in a windows explorer window) to Tools > Folder Options > View tab > disable Hide extensions for known file types?

note: applies to any windows :)

too bad, now you will never know the ancient secrets of supsupers long gone avatar ;)

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 07:15 AM

Here it is, all in one pretty picture. I hope it helps.

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My first order of business: Homeless people make cheap rookies, and are great at opening UFO doors. Heck, they're so cheap, I'm going to replace all personel with them!
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 09:24 AM

start the command prompt:

1 ) under "start" click on run
2 ) type cmd in the text field (command prompt starts up.
3 ) navigate to the directory using "cd". "cd .." goes up a directory, "cd " enters a directory.
4 ) in the directory with chanjmap type "dir chanj*"
5 ) type "ren chanjmap.exe"
6 ) type "exit"
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 11:04 AM

got it now, but doesn't work. I can't get xcomutil or any otherthing to it either.

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 02:11 PM

Here it is, all in one pretty picture. I hope it helps.

wow, Large Fonts! :blink:
oh, and why the "censoring" of folder names? i doubt someone'll hack your computer with that :P

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 03:13 PM

wow, Large Fonts!
oh, and why the "censoring" of folder names? i doubt someone'll hack your computer with that

I have a 15" Screen. My large fonts are the same size on my screen as your small fonts are on yours. :crying:

The "Censoring" makes the Jpeg much smaller. I don't know how much, exactly, but every bit helps.

Oh, yeah, and I don't need everyone checking out my "collection". :)
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Thirdly: We have a new colonel. His name is Facehugger, he loves aliens, and I want you all to treat him with respect.
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Posted 15 September 2004 - 07:26 AM

this sux, my tools doesnt have a folder options so i cant get to the view tab to disable hide extensions

ive been trying to figure out how to do this for monthes and i thought this would be it but im still stuck (if i do get it to work can i change .wmf music files to .mp3 format with it?
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Posted 15 September 2004 - 09:27 AM

if i do get it to work can i change .wmf music files to .mp3 format with it?

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Changing the extension does not change the file format. Depending on the players you have installed, they may or may not be able to play the files again.