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Old 30th September 2007, 03:17 AM   #1
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Unhappy a .ass exporter for halo 2 map editor would be nice

Anyone know if there is a .ASS exporter out there? if not then someone needs to make one. i got this program and thought it was the same as 3Ds Max, but i cannot find the exporter for H2 map editor, because i really want to make maps for the game, but don't want to pay for the over priced 3ds max. someone help me...
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Old 2nd October 2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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Is the specification publically available?
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Old 2nd October 2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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what do u mean. i just want to be able to create and edit things from halo 2. the .ASS file is a file for the halo map maker and I've only seen it used in 3dsMax, but creating file converter plugins isn't that hard, so someone should at least try. .ASS files is a Amalgam Scene Specification, i really dont know what this means i just looked it up on wikipedia...

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Old 4th October 2007, 01:51 AM   #4
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Default Re: a .ass exporter for halo 2 map editor would be nice

What I mean is, is an *explanation* of the file format publically available? i.e. "byte 7 should be the model name. byte 12 should be the position of the model.", etc.

Unfortunally, it's impossible to write an exporter without one. Well... not *impossible*... but more difficult and of questionable legality, as it requires reverse engineering which most companies don't look kindly upon. I'd rather not burn any bridges as I work with a lot of these people.

The 3DSMax exporter is released by Microsoft, so obviously they are ok with people doing mods, but it's unclear if the file format itself is public.

I'm working on a couple of different exporters right now for various things (back burner projects, not sure when they'll be done) and if the file format is easy, I'd certainly consider doing one for Halo 2. I have two teenage boys who are, of course, totally into Halo so I have good incentive to write one.
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Old 4th October 2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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Default Re: a .ass exporter for halo 2 map editor would be nice

Thank u, im just really into game design, and i dont have many resources to do so.
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Old 5th October 2007, 06:02 PM   #6
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Default Re: a .ass exporter for halo 2 map editor would be nice

That's the situation for a lot of people.

Say, do you have any good sample files that are free to share that I could take a look at?

Also, it looks like .ass is an intermediate format. Is the map editor that compiles the files available on Bungie's site. If so, do you have a link?

Thanks!
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Old 5th October 2007, 07:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: a .ass exporter for halo 2 map editor would be nice

http://h2v.halomaps.org/index.cfm?pg=3&fid=2162 this link is to a .ass exporter for 3ds max. i do have an example .ass file, but i dont know how to send to you. the .ass exporter will open automatically for only 3ds max 9. i will try to find just the exporter by itself. this exporter does have the code for the .ass export, so i hope this will help.
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Old 10th November 2007, 01:25 AM   #8
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ummm... just checking in to see how the exporter was coming along.
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Old 12th November 2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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I have an e-mail in to Bungie to see if it falls within legal terms of use. Haven't heard back from them yet.
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