This is a small .big editor (yeah that clears it up :D)
An unofficial C&C Generals .big file "editor" readme ----------------------------------------------------- Installation: Ok, if you have managed to extract this file, then extracting bigedit.exe isn't very hard. Just do that and put it wherever you want and you are done. What it is, excuses and such: So what is this thing? It lets you view and extract the content of the .big files used in C&C Generals. This is all... at least yet, but there is not very much more things that one can do. First I was going to make it possible to create new files and add content to the existing ones, but there wasn't really any need for it and adding a single file to, lets say music.big, would require a rewrite of the whole file (~150mb) to the disk. It isn't worth the time it takes (this is why "editor" ended up with ":s, it really isn't an editor). How to use: There are 8 things in the program worth looking at. The first on is the list with files. The other things are the buttons that let you do things with the files in the list. Here is a summary of the buttons: Load - Loads a .big file Extract selected - Extracts the files selected in the list. Extract to file - Extracts the selected file (can only extract one at a time like this) to any file you want. Extract all - Extracts all files in the .big file. About - A very advanced button Associate .big files - This lets you bind any .big files on your computer to bigedit.exe so that when you doubleclick on them, they are opened by this program automaticly (yeah, like magic). Quit - Ouch, hard. I don't know what this does. And that's it. Or is it? There are some things worth to note. The Extract selected and Extract all functions needs the InstallPath for C&C Generals set properly in the registry, but if you have the game installed and it runs, then it is probably set all right (at least it was for me). They also overwrite any existing files with the same names without prompting! This is not a big problem if you have a fresh install of C&C G. but it might overwrite any files added to the system by a patch, or anything like that. It might be a good idea to check on your directorys before hitting these buttons anyway (if a files says Data\INI\Armor.ini, then it will en up in that sub- directory of the C&C G. install directory). The worst thing that could happen would be that you screw up some files and need to reinstall C&C G. Also, if you have any other program that uses .big files, then maybe you don't want to hit Associate .big files, because it brakes other bindings of .big files. You also have to hit this button again if you move bigedit.exe. Also, in case you want to remove the binding (if you deleted bigedit.exe for example) then, in explorer, go under Tools->Folder options (or something like that, I don't have an english version of windows) and select Filetypes and locate C&C Generals .big file (extension .big) and hit delete (or remove, or something). The program also assumes that there won't be any paths longer than 256 characters. It will probably crash if there is. And that's really it, I think. Btw, you can do some really fun cheats after extracting the ini-files and modifing them a bit ;) I might also add, that I don't know if they will work in multiplayer, and I really hope they don't. My guess would be that the computers would get out of sync, or not even allowing you to connect. But I haven't tested things much. Now on to the big question, does anyone really read this? Legal stuff: EA Games made C&C Generals, they own the rights (as far as I know). They own the data in the .big files, so don't go around ripping things (some very nice textures, for example). EA Games have nothing to do with me or this program. I haven't spoken to them, and they haven't spoken to me. I really hope they don't have a problem with this program. The only thing I would be able to se as a problem is the icon i used for the program. It is a mix of the C&C G. icon and winzip. But this counts as free commercial... right? Anyway, I don't have any money, so there isn't a big point in suing me. Any use of this program is on your own risk. This program was written by me, Jolle, and you can do whatever you want with it (except illegal stuff, or say that you are the author of it and that stuff). Any comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org You can also check http://neolite.net/jolle, but it hasn't been updated in a while (but it will be, when time comes and knocks at my door...) Sorry for the ramblings, now go and make your humvee godlike. Version history: 002: Only fixed a MessageBox which wasn't modal. Not a reason for an update really. Yeah, and fixed like two words in the readme, and added this. 001: (like 0.01) First release, yay. Nothing special.
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