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Dimensionaut_
10-29-2004, 02:12 AM
The ultimate skin management tool.

The idea in short:
A skinner can add installation data to his skin packages.
With that information the downloader can install the skins with just one click after opening the zipfile.

If the skinner did not add that data, then you can simply choose a skin in the package and which aircraft you want it to be installed to. All names are the same as inside the game. So, if you ever had troubles figuring out in which directory a skin should go, this tool is extra helpfull for you!

Some wellknown skinners allready tested this tool and even started uploading packages to il2skins.com that are compatible for easy installation with this tool.

Here some details and screenshots:

FOR EVERYONE

The program starts in the modus for normal users.
http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman5.jpg
1. Browse for the directry where your downloaded skins are located (zip format)
2. Open the zip-file by double clicking of selecting and the 'Open' button below
3. Select the screenshot or skin you want to preview (thumbnail or big image on the 'Preview tab') Only JPG and BMP supported!
4. Default all skins and detected games (proper installation of the game is required) are checked for installation. Uncheck the ones you do not want.
Note: A skin will not be installed if it's directory does not exist. So, skins for FB only will not be installed into PF, creating a mess you do not need.
Also a skin for an aircraft of a newer version of the game will not be installed into an older version. At last, when due to error of the makers of FB/PF an directory does not exist, it will also not be installed (I plan a function to create missing directories later, to solve this.)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman6.jpg
1. Browse to see some more information
2. you can toy with zoom etc. (some extra unneeded functions are there, I cannot disable them, but it's nice when you are in a silly mood :P You cannot save the changes anyway.)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman7.jpg
Read the readme file and visit the site of the skinner.


FOR THE SKINNERS

Open the Window for skinners through 'Window - Skinners mode'
http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman2.jpg
1. Browse for the directory where you saved your skins for the package to create. You can also put JPG screenshots and other files here if you like.
Just make sure that the directory only contains files that should go into the final ZIP-file. Skinman will add anything in here to the ZIP-file!
2. the BMP files are listed here.
Select the skins one by one
3. Select the aircraft it is meant for (the list shows in game names of the aircraft)
And click 'ADD'
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all skins are done. This will create the SkinMan.sks file that will be added into the ZIP-file
4. You will see the skins added to the list.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman3.jpg
1. Select the Information page
2. Write your readme text
3. Write your name, packagename and website URL
And press the Save button.
This will create the README.TXT and skinman.ino files (only if the data is filled)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman4.jpg
1. Click on the Disk image. Select an output directory, and give a name for the ZIP-file.
2. Click Save and all files in the directory (skins, screenshots and the special skinman files, just anything) will be added to the ZIP-file

Now pick up your ZIP-file and do with it what you like. Upload it to il2skins.com for example http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Beta testers are allready encouraged to upload the packages created.
Wipzip has no problems with it and it will help future downloaders who use the skinmanager.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
What you see in WinZip, just two extra files that are very small.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
This screenshot shows the easy way you can install skins from packages that are not compatible with this tool. Click on the skin, select the aircraft it is for and click install.
No more browsing.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
Manage your installed skins:
Browse by aircraft name and view the skins. You can handle the files, rename them, delete tem as if you were working in the Windows explorer.

Dimensionaut_
10-29-2004, 02:12 AM
The ultimate skin management tool.

The idea in short:
A skinner can add installation data to his skin packages.
With that information the downloader can install the skins with just one click after opening the zipfile.

If the skinner did not add that data, then you can simply choose a skin in the package and which aircraft you want it to be installed to. All names are the same as inside the game. So, if you ever had troubles figuring out in which directory a skin should go, this tool is extra helpfull for you!

Some wellknown skinners allready tested this tool and even started uploading packages to il2skins.com that are compatible for easy installation with this tool.

Here some details and screenshots:

FOR EVERYONE

The program starts in the modus for normal users.
http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman5.jpg
1. Browse for the directry where your downloaded skins are located (zip format)
2. Open the zip-file by double clicking of selecting and the 'Open' button below
3. Select the screenshot or skin you want to preview (thumbnail or big image on the 'Preview tab') Only JPG and BMP supported!
4. Default all skins and detected games (proper installation of the game is required) are checked for installation. Uncheck the ones you do not want.
Note: A skin will not be installed if it's directory does not exist. So, skins for FB only will not be installed into PF, creating a mess you do not need.
Also a skin for an aircraft of a newer version of the game will not be installed into an older version. At last, when due to error of the makers of FB/PF an directory does not exist, it will also not be installed (I plan a function to create missing directories later, to solve this.)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman6.jpg
1. Browse to see some more information
2. you can toy with zoom etc. (some extra unneeded functions are there, I cannot disable them, but it's nice when you are in a silly mood :P You cannot save the changes anyway.)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman7.jpg
Read the readme file and visit the site of the skinner.


FOR THE SKINNERS

Open the Window for skinners through 'Window - Skinners mode'
http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman2.jpg
1. Browse for the directory where you saved your skins for the package to create. You can also put JPG screenshots and other files here if you like.
Just make sure that the directory only contains files that should go into the final ZIP-file. Skinman will add anything in here to the ZIP-file!
2. the BMP files are listed here.
Select the skins one by one
3. Select the aircraft it is meant for (the list shows in game names of the aircraft)
And click 'ADD'
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all skins are done. This will create the SkinMan.sks file that will be added into the ZIP-file
4. You will see the skins added to the list.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman3.jpg
1. Select the Information page
2. Write your readme text
3. Write your name, packagename and website URL
And press the Save button.
This will create the README.TXT and skinman.ino files (only if the data is filled)

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman4.jpg
1. Click on the Disk image. Select an output directory, and give a name for the ZIP-file.
2. Click Save and all files in the directory (skins, screenshots and the special skinman files, just anything) will be added to the ZIP-file

Now pick up your ZIP-file and do with it what you like. Upload it to il2skins.com for example http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Beta testers are allready encouraged to upload the packages created.
Wipzip has no problems with it and it will help future downloaders who use the skinmanager.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
What you see in WinZip, just two extra files that are very small.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
This screenshot shows the easy way you can install skins from packages that are not compatible with this tool. Click on the skin, select the aircraft it is for and click install.
No more browsing.

http://www.1java.org/sh/skinman/skinman8.jpg
Manage your installed skins:
Browse by aircraft name and view the skins. You can handle the files, rename them, delete tem as if you were working in the Windows explorer.

weeksy
10-29-2004, 03:57 AM
Hi Serval - I'm looking forward to this one, and thanks for all the hard work you are putting into it.

Cheers

Weeksy

SeaFireLIV
10-29-2004, 04:00 AM
With the expanding wealth of D\L skins this really will be indispensible for all! Really looking forward to it.

Diablo310th
10-29-2004, 08:07 AM
Serval....great looking program. I can't wait to use it too.

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-29-2004, 08:22 AM
Nice.

I have the current procedure down to an art, but simplifying it and making it more intuitive is always welcome.

Thanks Dude.

Dimensionaut_
10-29-2004, 03:31 PM
Welcome. Now it's the turn for the skinners to help the 'noobs' out... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif