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luke47ALPHATANGO

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#1 16 years ago

Does anybody know where i could find and download a SOD file extension for Adobe Photoshop 7 so i can edit some star trek armada 2 files




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#2 16 years ago

Ok:

First of all, you cannot edit .SOD Files in Adobe, or anything which is a graphics editting package. A SOD Files is a published Model (exported from .3dmax/.ms3d)

Secondly of all, you need either 3dmax (dont come cheap) or MilkShape 3D (a cheaper modelling tool)

Thirdly of all, to edit models you would need to "reverse-engineer" the ship you want to edit, then edit the .3dmax/.ms3d file

Fourthly of all, if you do last 3 steps, you should ask the Author of the model for permission to edit it (this should be done before releasing it to the public)

I hope this cleared things up abit




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#3 16 years ago

SOD

Storm Object Definition. Used as a means by Star Trek Armada 1 and 2 game engines as a template for each model mesh. Originally created using the program Soft Image (current version is around $10,000). As spectre quite correctly states you would require either 3dmax studio (current version is aprox $6000), milkshape 3d (aprox $20 to unlock the time restricted version), or Ultimate Unwrap 3d ($29 to unlock the program so it can save). Of these three only Ultimate Unwrap 3d can successfully reverse convert perhaps 95% of all SOD based models.

ODF

Ordinance Definition File. Used by both Armada games as a editable text file, which controls all exterior representation of the model. There is a hell of alot of information that you would need when editing these files, but using Notepad/Wordpad most of an ODF file is self explanatory.

TGA

Truevision tarGA. Again used by both Armada games to represent texture based images which ALL models use. Build Buttons, Wire frames, GUi images, and other images also use the TGA file type. Be warned though that practically all standard TGA files are saved as Uncompressed and in 24bit color (there is the odd exception).

A good place to start would be Westworld's "BIG BOOK OF MODDING". This contains a stack of useful information, tips and instructions on editing the many aspects of Armada based files. Grab this and it should answer most, if not all, of your questions.




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#4 16 years ago

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#5 16 years ago

there is supposedly a plug in for photoshop 6 that does SOD files and another that does MOD files (SFC) for import/export . I have downloaded them but i haven't tried them out (mostly b/c i own PS5x not 6)




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#6 16 years ago

I doubt photoshop can edit .SOD files seeing there published models, maybe they edit textures, because they can be edited, and applications such as photoshop are graphics editing software...