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Jetfreak

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#1 10 years ago

Sorry to disturb, but what is Hex editing?




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#2 10 years ago

Its semi complicated to explain.

Computers record everything in Binary which is a long series of 0 and 1's. Binary is the base in which everything is then done.

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There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those that don't. :)

Binary counts up like this:- 64 32 16 8 4 2 1

So this is 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 This is 19 0 0 1 0 0 1 1

The relevance of this is that we look and edit files at a higher level, where everything is easily put in ASCII for us which makes it easy to read. Programs that edit files can be restricted by putting passwords in, for instance. You can't restrict a binary/hex edit, because your directly editing the file. In addition, when you do an edit at this level programs at a higher level (like windows) may not actually notice you have made any changes provided.




HMS Frontier

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#3 10 years ago

you dont normaly use it in moding a2 but some other games you do some times like MTW2




[Sonic]uk

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#4 10 years ago

However you can use a Hex editor (in a basic fashion) to edit campaign files, nothing major can be done with them for A2




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#5 10 years ago

I think what Jetfreak is asking about is in relation to HardPoints on models. I have seen the phrase "hex edit" used in some recent posts about changing the position/facing of hardpoints.




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#6 10 years ago

Yeah, you could do that through hex editing. All hex editing means is directly editing the binary data instead of using the program you would usually use. (ie milkshape, in the case of a model)




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#7 10 years ago

omg, I sort of assumed that it was easier than that... I evidently wasn't bothered enough (by not knowing what Hex was) to do a google search! So the only way to do certain things is to insert/edit actuall binary code? Or are there programs that can 'translate' whatever you need?




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#8 10 years ago
exodus_499;4052275omg, I sort of assumed that it was easier than that... I evidently wasn't bothered enough (by not knowing what Hex was) to do a google search! So the only way to do certain things is to insert/edit actuall binary code? Or are there programs that can 'translate' whatever you need?

These days you can do pretty much everything without resorting to hex edits, but they do let you do a few things that would not be possible otherwise.

Most hex modern editors show a split display with binary and ASCII which makes it relatively possible for unskilled people to work with binary.

Just feel for those of us that actually needed to learn this sort of stuff. GUI's spoil people. You don't have to learn anything to use a PC these days.