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Simplivery - skinning cars is not rocket science (anymore)

Discussion in 'RACE 07 - Official WTCC Game' started by Björn, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Hey folks,

    Let's be honest, creating liveries for R07 (and many other racing games, I'd say) isn't exactly the most straight-forward thing, and I think that's what keeps many people away from it or drives (no pun intended) them towards 3rd party skins. So I was thinking, there should be something in between handling those layers, alpha values, dds compressions and ini files on one side and using pre-made skins on the other.

    Enter Simplivery.
    With this tool, you can now create basic liveries in only a few clicks - enter your info, select some colors and add some other graphical elements from those available and color them. Hit export, wait a moment and start your engine :)

    While this is technically 1.0 and the successor to CooperColours, it's not feature-complete - windows cannot be designed yet (though I'm unsure whether this will be implemented, honestly) and there are "only" three cars, though more will follow, along with an editor to create your own templates.

    So, without further ado, here's the download link. Play around with it, use the presets, unleash your creative self and have fun! Also, shoot me some feedback if you want to ;)

    (the file's safe, check this virustotal report or do one on your own :))​

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2014
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  2. Connor Caple

    Connor Caple
    Slowest Racer in Town...

    Excellent app! I have never been able to skin a car before because I just didn't understand how to do it - now I have a skinned Mini with my number 13 on it :thumbsup:

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  3. Thank you so much for this! Just found it today, but I am rather short on time as I have things planned, but I will definitely use this! Freaking awesome, I love this :thumbsup:
  4. Can you use it for gtr 2? What kind of paint program do I need? Thanks.
  5. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Thanks for the feedback so far guys! :)

    Phew.. frankly, I've never really played GTR2, given that I've only been into Simracing for about 2 years (hence the development of a tool for a 7-year old game :D) - judging by a few skin downloads, I'd say the livery structure is quite different in GTR2, though, so I'm afraid this won't work. Not without major adjustments to the export process, at the very least. However, these could possibly be made by someone knowing about the livery format once the sourcecode is released ;)
    You don't need any paint program, that's pretty much the point of it ;) If you want to open up the generated DDS files, I'd suggest using Paint.Net, available at http://www.getpaint.net for free.
  6. O.K.,Thank you!
  7. Ok, cool program, but when I click export, I get a message basically saying it cannot load the Magick.NET-x86.dll file. I checked my folder, and it's there, any tips?
  8. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Yikes, seems like a requirement went over my head - could you check whether Microsoft's "Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012" is present in your installed programs list in Windows' control panel? It often gets installed alongside different software and games and is then already present, hence I didn't notice, whoops :)
    If it's not present, you can download it over at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679 (after hitting "Download", you will be prompted with a choice of up to 3 versions, get the x86 one, CC is compiled 32bit-targeted :))

    If this shouldn't solve the problem, could you post your Windows version (Vista/7/8, 32/64-bit would be enough info for now) - I can then get an identical virtual machine up and try to reproduce the problem.

    Will add this info to the first post, thanks!

    Also, I'll hopefully find some time to get back to planning a more feature-rich version of this tomorrow :)
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  9. That did the trick, thanks for the help!
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  10. This looks exciting, though I think you'll find even more interest from Assetto Corsa, PCars and rFactor 2 drivers, assuming the app can easily be adapted to those sims.

    Although I'm teaching myself Illustrator an Photoshop in order to replicate my favorite liveries, an app that could take my .psd file and prepare it for the intended game would be very useful. While your app also handles the design elements, it seems as though it can also convert the design to a R07 specific dds and place it in the appropriate R07 folder. Adding this functionality for various games would make it a game independent skin manager, vastly increasing its potential user base.

    Perhaps it is more involved than it would seem to add exporting for other sims, but if not, perhaps down the line you might consider expanding the export functionality.

    In any case, I'll definitely experiment with it. I really appreciate your thorough instructions, and expect you have the competence to really develop a useful sim racing app!

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  11. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Thanks for the feedback :)

    Targetting other sims as well came to my mind, too - however, I have little (read: no ;)) experience in skinning for other titles than R07, hence the idea to open source this once it's done. Though I might just look into a few other titles at some point.
    The general process of combining the image layers should be pretty similar across most sims, not sure about other sims' file formats, though.

    Actually, I got pretty much everything I want to include in the next version laid out but admittedly, I've kinda put a hold on this until the lobby is back up, because.. well, just in case I would be wrong about it coming back for sure ;) Considering Sonat's update mere minutes ago, however, I might pick work up again this week :)
  12. ajokay

    Real-ish Racer

    That's pretty damn epic Bjorn. Nice one!
  13. What a great idea, Björn.:thumbsup: Hats off!

    I would like to try it out with another car. How can i add one? I was just copying the "Mini"-folder as a test, and changed the info.xml, but i can't select a different car.

    And may i add a suggestion? Some kind of load/save functionality for selfmade liveries would be nice.:)

    And a second suggestion: How about adding functionality to import decals. As an example ..... if i have created a new decal like this:
    ...it would be nice to have an import-button to automatically add this new decal as a new element to the "info.xml" (without having to edit it manually). With this feature new decals (created by someone else) could easily shared and imported. :cool:
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  14. H34d5h07

    No money, no team racing.

    WoW great stuff. Gonna try this out right now, right here!

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    And here is the results :D


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  15. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    feature ideas noted ;)

    As for skinning a different car right now - as you've already guessed, you would have to edit the XML to list the files you want to use. Still, it has to stay in the Mini folder - that's the only one being used right now, the combobox in the tool is pretty much just a glimpse at what's coming ;)

    How.. how did you do this? :confused: (Talking about overlaying/filtering the explosion details with the curved decal ;))
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  16. H34d5h07

    No money, no team racing.


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  17. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Still alive!

    eh.. in case you were wondering ;)

    I really hope to speed the development up a bit in the next few days - until then, here's an outlook on what's to come:

    Basic settings, preview to test color/font combos before taking care of the "real deal":

    Settings for the livery's chassis:
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  18. Björn

    Ävver et Hätz bliev he in Kölle

    Well, well.. work, a cold, christmas and plain old laziness slowed down my progress a fair bit, but I got quite a lot done yesterday. Considering I'd like to release a first version with more than "just" the Mini... any wishes? The Accord? Cruze? Alfa? IFM? :)
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  19. A "custom slot", would be fine. :whistling:
  20. Reik Major

    Reik Major

    Wow, great one Björn! :thumbsup:

    Gonna try it soon, because I might take place in the Mini Race on 23rd Jan.

    Does it work on my Win-XP system?