Hello, When I take an rfa file from BCV, unpack it with winRFA and repack it, it jumps from something around 10 - 15 megabytes to something like 45 Megabytes with a capital M. Is there some technology held by DICE that allows for superior compression, or is winRFA storing other things in the rfa, like maybe unused golf clubs, or perhapse a stash of herb? Also, how do I keep winRFA from tucking away it's most secret things in my rfa file? I'm pretty sure it's somehow storing a small nation in them...I do not authorize or endorse the use of drugs, but I demand that if pornographic videos are being stored in those rfa's, that I be granted uncompressed access to those materials!
What sort of modding are you doing?
I have done some Server side modding and I dont unpack the .rfa just edit the .con files and save.
Well I have done the same thing when modding for myself. i wanted to make a mod and be able to use the aircraft carriers from the ww2 mod.......no luck because the files were gigantic. Seriously. Who would want to download my mod when It is really huge, and not even a total conversion. Do some research in the bfv tools, I have come across one that helps get rid of the files that you dont need. I have yet to use it. If I come across it I wll repost with the link. I am sure someone will know the name of it. A good google search goes a long way...I think it was from file planet.....vietnam section....in tools.
I can edit .con files to an extent (keeping the file compressed), but the tools in BCV are inadequate for making larger changes. I did get the free plugin for photoshop that allows you to edit .dds files, and I was playing with that as well, but it doesn't seem worth it if you repack the file and it's as big as a conversion (props to defton for mentioning that, that IS the size of most conversions). Is there a better tool for editing the .cons without unpacking them, or are you referring to just unpacking the .cons and packing them back in? I would also be interested in this tool for removing unused files.
I'm going to use default installation folder locations for ease of explanation... If you download and install the MDT toolkit, a RFAPack program is in there (and no, I'm not talking about WinRFA) It's called RFAPack. Explore the installed directory. C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield Mod Development Toolkit\RFA Tools If you unpack your map with WinRFA, you can repack your map with this thing and check off the COMPRESS box and it will be small. You have to know how to set it up. The RFAPack program needs to be in the C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield Vietnam\Mods\BfVietnam\Archives folder and you map UNPACKED, should be in the C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield Vietnam\Mods\Apocalypse\bfVietnam\levels\YOUR_MAP_NAME_HERE folder (with all your map files inside) Make your changes and open the RFAPack. Select to compress and choose your map from the left pulldown menu, then click the big green PACK MAP button. When it is done, you'll have a much smaller map.