Does the icon.dds and smicon.dds have to be in dds format?

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  1. Panigale

    Panigale Banned

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    Apologies if this is someplace, I looked and couldn't find a clear answer.

    Does the icon.dds and smicon.dds have to be a .dds? I tried replacing with icon.jpeg in the mas file, saved, then created a package. All went well, it installed, but when I go to select the series it is using what looks to be a default rF2 icon (different than the default icon if you don't change it at all).

    Can someone confirm if those icons have to be in dds format? Thanks. :)
     
  2. redapg

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    Stupid question :D: why don't you simply use DDS when jpeg don't works?
     
  3. canastos

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    Yes, if they have to be named icon.dds and smicon.dds I think you could be suspecting something ;)

    byyyyyyyye
     
  4. Panigale

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    DDS requires a plugin from Nvidia that I'm having trouble to get working in PaintShop Pro. The UI pdf from ISI has .psd icon samples, those are paintshop files. I haven't tried that yet but will today.

    Thanks for the helpful responses though... :rolleyes:
     
  5. redapg

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    Maybe tga format also works, didn't try it yet.
     
  6. Juergen-BY

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    PSD`s are Paintshop Files? That`s very new to me...
     
  7. Tosch

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    Have you tried this?

    http://developer.amd.com/tools-and-sdks/archive/legacy-cpu-gpu-tools/the-compressonator/

    Here is a good tutorial.

    http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/textures/making-dds-using-ati-compressonator.php
     
  8. Panigale

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    @Juergen, yes yes my bad, photoshop files, I can save as that in paintshop pro.

    @redapg, yes good point, the main ui is built of TGAs and BMPs and I can save my icon as a TGA so will give that a go. Got too busy yesterday to try anything.

    @Tosch, thank you Sir! I'm about as foreign to graphics stuff as possible. I'll take a look at that if the TGA format doesn't work.

    I was content I managed to hack the background image in Windows Media Center, messing with the rF2 UI and making new rfmods with custom icons is a bit more challenging. My end goal is to build a few rfmods, e.g. a FR3.5 series, using some custom icons, and apply a slightly different theme to the UI.

    Appreciate the replies and help! Cheers. :)
     
  9. PetraGTC

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    The older ISI content were using DDS, dxt 5 with alfa, the newer mods are simplified to dxt 1 without alfa, 1024x1024 for icon, and 512x512 for smicon.
     
  10. Juergen-BY

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    Afaik from now it`s 512x512, only...
     
  11. Panigale

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    Tosch, you are a prince among men. That tool and how to doc made this a couple minutes work. I have my icon.dds in the sim working for my rfmod.

    Petra, big thanks as well, I would have not know what to do with the dxt level.

    My first icon: (nothing amazing but working on buidling the skills)

    View attachment 16362
     
  12. Tosch

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    I'm happy that it works for you. :D

    Another very useful tool (at least for me, especially when I edit tracks with lots of textures) is Sagethumbs, because of the dds thumbnail view in Windows explorer and the extended info tips (shows the DXT format of the file).

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sagethumbs/
     
  13. Lazza

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    You could have posted this a day earlier... spent 15 mins yesterday ending up with this after searching for a .dds thumbnail viewer :p
     
  14. canastos

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    Really useful that Sagethumbs, didn't know it; thank you!

    byyyyyyye
     
  15. Gijs van Elderen

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    As far as i know ICON.DDS and SMICON.DDS can be just the same.

    ICON.DDS is used for offline
    SMICON.DDS is used in multiplayer.

    smicon is not small icon. :eek:
     
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    SMICON.DDS being used in multiplayer as opposed to ICON.DDS in single player was a bug in the 930 UI that was fixed with build 946. There is now no more need to add a SMICON.DDS as it was only used in the old pre-930 UI (it was used for this icon, to be precise).
     

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