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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted June 24, 2021 10:56 PM
Edited by fanofheroes at 16:26, 09 May 2022.

HD Interface Mod

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Version 1.04


I would like to present to HC my HD Interface Mod.  I would like to acknowledge many here who have helped me with their advice and their work.  Firstly, those involved who helped make the original New Interface mod by KSWDIY and 552388389 and those who contributed in the Chinese Forum to create Chaos Upgrade 1.31 (thank you Archer30 for the link!).  And I never knew that all their work was taken from King's Bounty (thank you FirePaladin for the reference).

Thank you to fred79, avatar, RerryR for your input and advice while I was trying to make this interface.  And finally thank you Baronus for your patience giving me a step-by-step explanation to creating images that would allow for the banner colours to change on the images.  I figured out an easier way to do it, but I really tried the way you explained it and could not do it that way.

So what's new and different? well I was able to create a new image when heroes meet.  Now the banner colours appear correctly for each one.

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I searched through and found all the buttons or screens that had not been converted to this colour scheme, or needed translation to english and adapted it:

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Since I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the banner colours and re-doing many buttons, I didn't think it would be too much to add my own load game screens:

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or menu screens:

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The Necromancers are my favourite race to play, so many of the images are of dark castles etc, but I also tried to make a load screen for every race, and it randomly appears each time it loads.  Plus I made a picture of Mordor because I'm a fan of LOTR, but only the volcano is recognizable, the tower is not

I made a version that is compatible for Advanced Class Mod.  I like that mod so much, I could not resist to make a new interface for that either (thanks RerryR for the approval!)

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I also made a version for those who use the 10 secondary skill window look.  Just make sure you arrange the 10Sskill interface above the HD interface mod.  they both use heroscr3 and heroscr4 images and overlap one another.  

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but it also works for the 8 secondary skill look too:

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As other's keep updating their mods, I will update mine too, to keep up with the new graphics they're using.  

I made my mod compatible for Battleque, and Game enhancement mod and basically anywhere else I saw that brown background in buttons or screens, and substituted them for the king's bounty blue.

I played through quite a bit to see if I missed any buttons or anything.  If I had, please let me know and I'll fix it for the next update.  

Hope you all like!


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Liso1
Liso1


Known Hero
posted June 25, 2021 08:39 AM

It looks great, finally a complete new interface!
But, could you upload it as one file? This way it can only be downloaded one file at a time.

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VampMarcie
VampMarcie


Hired Hero
posted June 25, 2021 02:38 PM

Liso1 said:
It looks great, finally a complete new interface!
But, could you upload it as one file? This way it can only be downloaded one file at a time.


Zip files please!

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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted June 25, 2021 07:54 PM

VampMarcie said:
Liso1 said:
It looks great, finally a complete new interface!
But, could you upload it as one file? This way it can only be downloaded one file at a time.


Zip files please!


Done.  Sorry, this was my first ever contribution to HC so I didn't think to make them a zip file

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VampMarcie
VampMarcie


Hired Hero
posted June 25, 2021 09:59 PM

fanofheroes said:
VampMarcie said:
Liso1 said:
It looks great, finally a complete new interface!
But, could you upload it as one file? This way it can only be downloaded one file at a time.


Zip files please!


Done.  Sorry, this was my first ever contribution to HC so I didn't think to make them a zip file


No worries! Many thanks

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asandris
asandris


Hired Hero
posted June 25, 2021 10:51 PM
Edited by asandris at 22:54, 25 Jun 2021.

Nice work!

If you`ll need original ACM graphics as transparent 32-bit png, notify me.

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RerryR
RerryR


Promising
Supreme Hero
Researching Magic
posted June 26, 2021 09:00 AM
Edited by RerryR at 10:29, 26 Jun 2021.

fanofheroes very cool, thanks for sharing. Will download now and try it!

Edit: Posted on ERA Discord Server https://discord.gg/p4qq2j4m

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Archer30
Archer30


Adventuring Hero
posted June 26, 2021 10:05 AM
Edited by Archer30 at 11:37, 27 Jun 2021.

What a surprise! It's so enjoyable just watching your screenshots. Truly amazing work

Edit: Just want to correct the development history of New Interface Mod

Original: New Interface Mod by FCst1 and NI team
Chinese version: Chaos Upgrade by KSWDIY and 552388389

and now we have HD Interface Mod by fanofheroes

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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted June 28, 2021 03:29 AM
Edited by fanofheroes at 03:35, 28 Jun 2021.

asandris said:
Nice work!

If you`ll need original ACM graphics as transparent 32-bit png, notify me.


Thank you!!

RerryR said:
fanofheroes very cool, thanks for sharing. Will download now and try it!

Edit: Posted on ERA Discord Server https://discord.gg/p4qq2j4m


Anytime!  I've been a mooch here long enough.  I wanted to do what I could to contribute as well!

Archer30 said:
What a surprise! It's so enjoyable just watching your screenshots. Truly amazing work

Edit: Just want to correct the development history of New Interface Mod

Original: New Interface Mod by FCst1 and NI team
Chinese version: Chaos Upgrade by KSWDIY and 552388389

and now we have HD Interface Mod by fanofheroes




On a separate note, it just occurred to me this:
When you install the HD interface, you have to make transparent the first images in cprsmall.def (CPrS0000.bmp) and twcport.def (CPrL0000.bmp) .  They have the brown backgrounds and it will appear in the screens if you play necromancer and you turn units into skeletons, or if you sacrifice them at the "Altar of Sacrifice".  I didn't include it incase people added their own units etc.  But maybe I should make a template version based from basic wog and that way it can be modified later.  

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4h4h270
4h4h270

Tavern Dweller
posted June 28, 2021 11:49 PM



i got problem, im using vanilla version, but hero special are ACM's.
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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted June 29, 2021 12:54 AM
Edited by fanofheroes at 00:56, 29 Jun 2021.

4h4h270 said:


i got problem, im using vanilla version, but hero special are ACM's.



Thank you for the heads up.

I spent so much time making it work for ACM, I forgot about the small details for Vanilla.  I'll fix it for the next update.

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Baronus
Baronus


Promising
Legendary Hero
posted June 30, 2021 02:48 PM

Wonderfull to see effect! If you know easiest way to manage all these colors share us. Maybe spmeone will help. And for compresion not zip but 7z is the best! Especially compression lvl ultra lzma2 method!

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DreamTale
DreamTale

Tavern Dweller
posted July 10, 2021 08:12 PM

Really appreciate this gorgeous Interface pack, but how I can fix this problem:
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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted July 13, 2021 04:57 AM

DreamTale said:
Really appreciate this gorgeous Interface pack, but how I can fix this problem:



when I made that graphic, I couldn't balance the frame colours either.  So I just made that graphic transparent.  I tried all sorts of ways to get the gold trim around it.  In my version it works well. try putting it at the top of all mods in the mod manager.  I notice you also have brown shown in the bottom right corner where it shows the hero stats etc.  

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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted July 13, 2021 05:27 AM
Edited by fanofheroes at 05:30, 13 Jul 2021.

Update

Version 1.01

I re-wrote all the stuff for the specialty icons, so now the vanilla version should be accurate.  

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I also decided to make hero's with creature specialties in the vanilla version have non-upgraded  creature icons, and ACM version has upgraded creature icons in their specialty screens.



I also added a transparent image to the twcport.def file, so the skeleton transformer should not show the brown squares.  This is good for up to WOG.  if users have 3rd Upgrade mod, you should add a transparent into the first frame of that def and it'll work just as fine.  

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Archer30
Archer30


Adventuring Hero
posted July 13, 2021 11:19 AM
Edited by Archer30 at 12:53, 13 Jul 2021.

Hi! Thanks for the update.

A few suggestions here
1) Please remove a few resources from your mod

tavernnames.erm
It is from the tavern videos mod. Totally not needed here.

Also twcrport.def
You never want to interfere with creature portraits. That would make your mod incompatible with other mods that changes creatures (TUM for example)

2) Use SN:R erm command for resources replacement. With this, a separated mod for 10 skills is no longer required.
Quote:
Version 2.8.7
[+] Added new ERM command SN:R^old resource name^/^new resource name^, redirecting lod/pac/mp3 resources to other names.
   The command is a thin wrapper over RedirectFile exported function. Pass empty name as new resource name to remove
   redirection. All applied redirections are local, stored in saved game and reverted on map exit.
   '*.mp3' redirection works on all mp3 files at once.

Mod for testing

I believe you can do the same to ACM. No more UN:G required, just SN:R all the way.

3) Use png
Quote:
Version 3.8.0 (05/2021)
[+] Added support for pcx replacement with png images. Replaced pcx files may not exist if corresponding png file exists.
   To replace pcx image with png image place png file in the following location:
   "Mods/YourMod/Data/Pcx/[any directories, possibly nested...][pcx file name without extension].png".
   Example: "Heroes 3/Mods/Mixed Neutrals/Data/Pcx/Test/zpic1005.png" for main menu background (zpic1005.pcx).

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Version 3.6.0 (04/2021)
[+] Implemented def frames replacement with png images. Replacement occurs on the fly when game asks to draw def frame.
   Real def frame may be missing, but a def file itself must exist. It may have any dimensions, but preferrable height should
   be greater or equal to maximum height of all frames. Png frame may have different size, but will be always drawn at (0, 0) def coordinates.

An example of PNG replacement

With the new PNG support from ERA, the quality of images can be improved a lot. Also, the replacement of def frames allows you to have the transparent background in TUM without replacing the whole def, which I believe is a better solution.

Let me know if you need help on these. I'm available as Archer from the ERA discord if you are interested in a closed discussion.

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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted July 13, 2021 05:17 PM
Edited by fanofheroes at 17:46, 13 Jul 2021.

Archer30 said:
Hi! Thanks for the update.


Thanks for the tips! I'll make the adjustments and update it later today.


The PNG stuff sounds great.  I'm all for improving the quality of the game, so that will definitely inspire me.  I'll go through those forums and see what I can learn.  Same with the SN.  If I see an example I can learn quickly so I'll read through those links and see if I can pick it up quickly.  

*is it me, or is there an easier way to download RAR files?  mine is taking longer than usual (and yes it's me, figured it out lol).  

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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted July 13, 2021 10:14 PM
Edited by fanofheroes at 20:51, 24 Jul 2021.

Update

Version 1.02

Thanks to Archer30, the 10sSkills interface is incorporated with the mod now.  So there's just the versions vanilla/ACM.  


I also removed the extra fluff like the tavernames and twcport.def files.


*i'm working on trying to use the SN: syntax for ACM... that will be for another update later

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Jimmymtt
Jimmymtt

Tavern Dweller
posted July 21, 2021 03:09 PM

Very nice
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fanofheroes
fanofheroes


Famous Hero
posted July 24, 2021 08:50 PM

Update

Version 1.03

Once again a special thanks to Archer30.  He has worked with me to basically make this mod into one file making it much more easy to work with and take up less memory!!  No more 3 versions, now just one that combines the 10sSkills interface with the Vanilla/ACM interfaces that activate if you have those other mods running separately.  

From here on in, I'll be adding small graphical changes when other mods that I like pop up, or are updated like in ACM.  Every once and a while, I'll comb through 'Game Enhancement mod' or others that I play to see if new graphics were added, so that I can update them as well.  Also, if there are any requests to add graphics to mods that I do not usually play, feel free to ask, and I'll work on adapting them as well.  My ongoing goal is to make this interface mod compatible as much as possible with all the amazing mods out there, so it'll be a work in progress.




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