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Last Resort Launcher v0.7 beta 2 - December 27, 2015

I finished the changes to the Last Resort Launcher to include a backup and restore button for the Swat.cfg file.   Why is this useful?   If you have a game crash or if you use the Galaxy app to verify your Swat 3 files the Swat.cfg can get damaged.   All your key assignments are lost and you have to manually re-assign everything including your sound and video settings.

With a backup/restore button this is no longer a big issue.

This new feature is also useful if you use dgVoodoo since you can backup your Swat.cfg once you have it configured properly (makes it easy to restore to a working copy of Swat.cfg if you once again get that "Can't set 2D mode" error).

I haven't released this version of the beta test yet since I wanted to go over all of the Last Resort Launcher code for any other ways I can improve the code and make it more "idiot proof".

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Last Resort Launcher v0.7 beta 1 - December 21, 2015

For those who want to see a preview of the latest version of the Last Resort Launcher, or if you are having some problems with it under Windows 8 or 10, you can now download the v.0.7 beta.

This is just an improved launcher for the Last Resort mod.   It doesn't include all the graphic improvement that I have been working on yet.

I am calling it the "beta 1" because I still want to add a button to backup your Swat key configuration so that you don't have to re-assign all of the keys after a Swat 3 crash.

Please view the README in the .zip file for install instructions.

version 0.7 beta 1 - December 21, 2015

  • Fixed crash of LR Launcher if no 16-bit colour modes available (Thanks Windows 8 & 10)
  • Moved LastResort.ini to AppData folder
  • Added custom chat support in Last Resort
  • Modified LR Launcher mod list background
  • Added blinking arrows on LR Launcher mod screen
  • Fixed text error on LR Launcher 2D menu screen
  • LR Launcher now replaces corrupt Swat.cfg and CustomChat.dat after a Swat 3 crash
  • LR Launcher tabs now "roll over" with mouse to give feedback to user
  • Fixed LR Launcher updating proper screen resolution info
  • Added feature to only show resolutions with same aspect ratio as desktop
  • LR Launcher itself now changes website URL in Swat.ini instead of LR installer
  • Update link to LR website that explains the command line arguments
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Website updates & Star Wars - December 20th, 2015

After finally figuring out how to get dgVoodoo to work with Swat 3 I decided to update a few pages on this website to reflect this new information.  Some of the pages were long overdue for an update.

I should also add the information about running Swat 3 in a window to help with frame rate issues but I will do that sometime in the future.

I should get some sleep right now though (almost 3am).   I need to wake up moderately early for the first showing of Star Wars (10am) today.   I prefer to wait until a movie is almost out of the theaters so I don't have to fight the crowds but with each passing day there is a risk of spoilers.   The local theater near me only had Sunday morning's showing with good seats so I went ahead and bought them Friday.    I caved in and bought 4 tickets for $68 CAD.  It better be good Disney.

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Hardware update - November 27, 2015

I decided to upgrade my main PC by ordering enough parts to build a new machine.   Gotta love Black Friday sales.   I ordered an unlocked 4th generation I-7 CPU and 16GB of RAM (and other parts) so I can play Fallout 4 and Arma III.   I haven't had an Intel CPU since my very first PC so it will be a nice change from AMD products.   It won't be a top of the line PC but it will probably be the closest to the top that I have ever built (usually I stick to mid-grade components).

Work is expected to slow down around Christmas so I will hopefully have free time to package up the newest version of the mod for a beta test release in about 2-3 weeks.

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Domain Renewal and Other Stuff - November 1, 2015

I renewed this domain name for another year so rest assured I am still committed to this (very) part-time project.   I should take this moment to once again thank Haystakk for very generously hosting this website for free.

I want to continue working on packaging up the newest version of the mod for release but my real life job has once again got in the way.  I will be busy on a Canadian TV show called Murdoch Mysteries until the first few weeks of December.   I have worked off and on this show for most of it's 9 seasons and right now we are working on a Christmas special (we have to use fake snow because there isn't any on the ground yet).

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SCNeditor Fixes - October 13, 2015

One of the most important tools I use every day for the making of this mod is AlienAbducter's SCNeditor that can be found in our download section.  This is a tool that would only be useful to mod makers that want to modify the textures in existing maps when you don't have the original .RMF files.

AlienAbducter was kind enough to include the source code in the release so this weekend I decided to see if I could figure out how to modify and then recompile the code.   I know nothing about CPlusPlus coding so I had to do some fast researching about the language.   I also know nothing about 3D geometry in games and I don't have the time or patience to learn about it now.   I was able to fix a few very minor issues with the app (such as the arrow keys being somewhat backwards when switching between texture resize and move modes).

I also noticed he had experimented with an exporter to dump the map in .OBJ .3DS and .MAP formats.   I reactivated that feature but sadly it wasn't working properly like I hoped (I suspect partially because of how the geometry is built in a compiled map).  There were far too many geometric glitches for it to be useful.

Sometime this week I will upload the newest version with the few minor changes that I made.

After having spent the weekend looking at his source code I am amazed that both he and Furrycat (maker of SCNhacking) have been able to reverse engineer so much about the .SCN file.  It is rather humbling to look through their code. 

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