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#26 2020-08-23 21:35:56

Rangi
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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

Version 3.2.1 is released! It's mostly an internal improvement, using new C++17 features and fixing some issues found with static analysis. It does make the Image to Tiles dialog's Palette checkbox on by default, since that's the common setting, and it improves editing for Pokémon RBY maps.


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Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#27 2020-11-01 10:04:50

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

How do you extract tile maps, tile sets and palettes from a Game Boy Color ROM?

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#28 2020-11-13 17:59:45

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

For Friday the 13th, here's another Tilemap Studio update; version 3.2.2.

The most visually obvious new feature is the Brushed Metal theme:

https://i.imgur.com/53Vf5oB.png

Besides that, it also supports the pokegold-spaceworld Town Map format (prototype Gen 2 ended its Town Map data with $00 instead of $FF):

https://i.imgur.com/fYsPPvs.png

There's also F11 Full Screen mode, and some other improvements described in the release changelog.

Koop the Koopa wrote:

How do you extract tile maps, tile sets and palettes from a Game Boy Color ROM?

With a hex editor, disassembler, or whichever other appropriate tools you want.


My projects:
Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#29 2021-06-01 22:34:44

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

The first release of 2021: Tilemap Studio 3.3.0 is out!

The biggest feature is that Image to Tiles can output its palette as an indexed PLTE chunk in the tileset PNG, instead of a separate file: just pick PLTE for the palette format. Other changes include remembering if the window is maximized or fullscreen, and some minor bug fixes and UI tweaks.

https://i.imgur.com/bhv3qD4.png


My projects:
Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#30 2021-08-29 19:25:10

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

A major update today: Tilemap Studio 4.0.0! The linked release changelog lists many new improvements, but I'll go over some notable ones here.

• Tilemaps can be imported and exported in formats that aren't just raw binary. GBDK users who like "unsigned char" data arrays can import and export their C files. CSV is also supported, and RMP in case anyone has such files lying around from the old days of using Sphere Game Maker and NTME.

https://i.imgur.com/N0RQRj0.png

• The Image to Tiles tool is more powerful. It supports more formats for tilemaps, tileset images, and palette files, including the NSCR tilemaps used by DS ROMs. It can start at a nonzero palette index (like how the Gen 3 Town Map's 8bpp tileset starts at index $70). If you don't want any extra blank tiles in the output tileset, check the box to have it pick a width that's an exact rectangle. And drag an image onto Tilemap Studio to load it right away in the Image to Tiles dialog.

https://i.imgur.com/nKsbzfM.png

• A right-click-and-drag selected area in the tilemap can be erased, X/Y flipped, or copied to the clipboard (via the Edit menu); or you can Crop to Selection (via the Tools menu).

• Flood fill (Shift+click) supports pattern fill with multiple selected tiles. If the X and/or Y Flip buttons are enabled, they'll apply to the filled pattern.

https://i.imgur.com/9yG2n4z.png

• View→Transparent (F10) makes the window transparent. Potentially useful for seeing an image underneath the window and designing your tilemap on top of it.

https://i.imgur.com/rr73Oe5.png


My projects:
Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#31 2021-09-21 11:51:04

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

is it possible to add a feature for transposing of maps? when binary data is an array of columns, but not rows, which is common for side scrollers?

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#32 2021-11-01 20:39:41

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

Tilemap Studio 4.0.1 was just released! The main addition is that it can import and export .asm tilemaps: files with 'db' sequences of tile IDs. It also adds support for 1bpp and 2bpp .ncgr graphics files and .col palette files; confirms before closing a modified tilemap to open one from Image to Tiles; and has improved compatibility with international characters in filenames.

toxa wrote:

is it possible to add a feature for transposing of maps? when binary data is an array of columns, but not rows, which is common for side scrollers?

That's not yet possible, but maybe it could be added. Are there any examples of such tilemaps in open-source projects?


My projects:
Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#33 2021-11-02 04:26:39

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

Rangi wrote:

That's not yet possible, but maybe it could be added. Are there any examples of such tilemaps in open-source projects?

"black castle" by 0x7f

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#34 2021-11-06 15:46:14

Rangi
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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

toxa wrote:

"black castle" by 0x7f

It will be in the next release. smile
https://github.com/Rangi42/tilemap-stud … 843a2fef8c


My projects:
Tilemap Studio: GB+GBC+GBA+NDS+SNES tilemap editor
Polished Map: Pokémon map+tileset editor
• Pokémon Polished Crystal and Red★/Blue★

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#35 2022-01-13 20:04:20

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

Rangi wrote:

Here that ends up saving four tiles:

https://i.imgur.com/m9nrLYS.png

Excuse my ignorance but, aren't background tiles supposed to not be able to be flipped on the gameboy? Are you saying that title screen is composed of sprites? hmm

Last edited by erich (2022-01-13 20:05:47)

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#36 2022-01-14 01:24:30

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Re: Tilemap Studio 4.0.1: a tilemap editor+creator for Nintendo handhelds

erich wrote:

Rangi wrote:

Here that ends up saving four tiles:

https://i.imgur.com/m9nrLYS.png

Excuse my ignorance but, aren't background tiles supposed to not be able to be flipped on the gameboy? Are you saying that title screen is composed of sprites? hmm

The Game Boy Color can use flipped background tiles, but not the original Game Boy.

In the case of that screenshot you can see it has GBC TIlemap  + Attrmap selected, so presumably it's operating in Game Boy Color mode.

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