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Game Maps Editor: MAPeD-SMS (win/linux)
Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:49 am
Last edited by 0x8BitDev on Thu Apr 07, 2022 8:32 am; edited 2 times in total
Hi!

Not so long ago, I did a post about the sprirte editor tool - SPReD-SMS. In continuation, I adapted the mapping tool for the SMS.
The MAPeD-SMS is a tool for building a game levels for the SMS games from scratch.
The tool can be run on Windows and Linux.

The main features are:


    - tiles drawing/composing tools
    - building a game map using 2x2 or/and 4x4 tiles
    - tiles patterns manager
    - data optimization tool
    - several game maps in one project
    - detachable UI
    - entities editor
    - tile properties editing ( can be used as collisions data etc )
    - import of tiles and game maps from images*
    - export to WLA-DX with wide variety of options:

      - 2x2/4x4 tiles
      - column/row data order
      - RLE compression
      - modes: multidirectional / bidirectional scrolling, static screens switching
      - tiles properties per 1x1/2x2 tile
      - level topology options
      - entities

    - export to SjASMPlus ( ZX Spectrum assembler )
    - export to JSON format
    - built-in Python script editor for writing custom data export scripts
    - NES <=> SMS data conversion**


* Smart import of images with checking of duplicate CHRs/blocks/tiles and flipped CHRs with automatic palette applying for both the SMS/NES tools.
** You can load a NES project into SMS editor and vice versa.

Examples of tiles and maps images from real games: ./data/tiles-maps
Example projects (.mapedsms): ./data

Also there are some WLA-DX samples of various tilemap renderes: ./samples/sms
Here you can find sources and binaries of multidirectional / bidirectional scrollers and static screens switching samples.

p.s.: <F1> - Quick Guide
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The tool sources and additional info you can find here:
https://github.com/0x8BitDev/MAPeD-SPReD
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MAPeD v0.67b:

- Updated Python API v1.8 and Quick Guide
- Added screen mode with 2x2 blocks and switching between 2x2 and 4x4 tile data
- Added support for custom screen size multiple to a 2x2 block
- Optimization and speed-up of work with tiles
- Added screen data alignment by 9 positions when loading another platform project or a project with a different screen size
- Added asynchronous project loading/image importing operations with a progress bar
- Added a separate option to import CHRs (1x1 tiles) from images
- Added checking of matched blocks (2x2), to identify similar data in the optimization process
- Added import of indexed images with an ordered array of 16-color palettes
- Entity properties changed from decimal to hexadecimal values
- NES: added user defined palettes array
- SMS: added support of two 16-color palettes
- SMS: added import of 32-color images
- SMS: added support of RLE16 when exporting static screen (VDP-ready) data
- SMS: added column ordered palette
- Added ZX version with example projects and native samples (SjASMPlus)
- Various bug fixes and improvements

SPReD v0.61b:

Minor changes:
- SMS: added column ordered palette
- Various fixes

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MAPeD v0.69b:

- Updated Quick Guide
- Added PCE version with example projects and native samples (HuC/asm)
- Screen editor: speeding up drawing of tiles when the layout mode is active
- Added automatic graphics update of a selected block (Blocks (2x2):ON)
- Added a color selection with the LMB+mouse move
- Added highlight to a selected tile/block
- Added canceling of a tile pattern creation and placement on the screen by the RMB
- Added option to clear blocks properties
- Fixed a bug in the calculation of adjacent screens that affects exported data and the screen editor functionality
- Data export: added export of tiles/blocks images as MxN rectangular image
- Data export: fixed exported data for maps that share the same CHR bank
- Data export: fixed adjacent screen indices data, removed null data holes
- Import of raw CHR data with automatic addition of new CHR banks when data overflows

SPReD v0.62b:

- Updated Python API v1.2 and Quick Guide
- Added PCE version with example projects and native samples (HuC/asm)
- Added support for exporting of indexed PCX images
- Added support for importing of compressed PNG images
- Fixed import of indexed PNG images
- SMS/PCE: added ability to swap two selected colors without changing graphics
- Added a color selection with the LMB+mouse move
- Disabled optimization during the data packing operation

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Compiled executables & samples:
https://github.com/0x8BitDev/MAPeD-SPReD/releases

[The latest development build can be found here]
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_01.png (513.22 KB)
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_01.png
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_02.png (168.19 KB)
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_02.png
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_03.png (103.93 KB)
MAPeD-SMS_v060b_03.png

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:38 am
That really looks excellent. Thanks for sharing.

I'm currently still having some difficulties getting to grips with the huge amount of options, not least because I have to adapt to all the NES terminology that's prevalent in both the program itself and the quick guide, but I'll try to wrap my head around it.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:04 am
@Kagesan Thanks! Feel free to ask any questions.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:40 pm
MAPeD v0.67b:

- Updated Python API v1.8 and Quick Guide
- Added screen mode with 2x2 blocks and switching between 2x2 and 4x4 tile data
- Added support for custom screen size multiple to a 2x2 block
- Optimization and speed-up of work with tiles
- Added screen data alignment by 9 positions when loading another platform project or a project with a different screen size
- Added asynchronous project loading/image importing operations with a progress bar
- Added a separate option to import CHRs (1x1 tiles) from images
- Added checking of matched blocks (2x2), to identify similar data in the optimization process
- Added import of indexed images with an ordered array of 16-color palettes
- Entity properties changed from decimal to hexadecimal values
- NES: added user defined palettes array
- SMS: added support of two 16-color palettes
- SMS: added import of 32-color images
- SMS: added support of RLE16 when exporting static screen (VDP-ready) data
- SMS: added column ordered palette
- Added ZX version with example projects and native samples (SjASMPlus)
- Various bug fixes and improvements

SPReD v0.61b:

Minor changes:
- SMS: added column ordered palette
- Various fixes

Download here:
https://github.com/0x8BitDev/MAPeD-SPReD/releases
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2022 8:36 am
MAPeD v0.69b:

- Updated Quick Guide
- Added PCE version with example projects and native samples (HuC/asm)
- Screen editor: speeding up drawing of tiles when the layout mode is active
- Added automatic graphics update of a selected block (Blocks (2x2):ON)
- Added a color selection with the LMB+mouse move
- Added highlight to a selected tile/block
- Added canceling of a tile pattern creation and placement on the screen by the RMB
- Added option to clear blocks properties
- Fixed a bug in the calculation of adjacent screens that affects exported data and the screen editor functionality
- Data export: added export of tiles/blocks images as MxN rectangular image
- Data export: fixed exported data for maps that share the same CHR bank
- Data export: fixed adjacent screen indices data, removed null data holes
- Import of raw CHR data with automatic addition of new CHR banks when data overflows

SPReD v0.62b:

- Updated Python API v1.2 and Quick Guide
- Added PCE version with example projects and native samples (HuC/asm)
- Added support for exporting of indexed PCX images
- Added support for importing of compressed PNG images
- Fixed import of indexed PNG images
- SMS/PCE: added ability to swap two selected colors without changing graphics
- Added a color selection with the LMB+mouse move
- Disabled optimization during the data packing operation

Download here:
https://github.com/0x8BitDev/MAPeD-SPReD/releases
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