When I took the WiF gamebox project and I see I had to create over 3000 counters in the gamebox I notice that it was almost imposible using the copy and paste feature. It was a work for Hercules! - I think.

I had several pdfs with the countersheets (available when you purchase the WiF Companion CD). So, when I found over the net Bill's Cyberboard (c) utilities I get amazed. When you download from you get several win32 applications that will run from your command line. After several test I begin to intensively use the scntobmp and bmptogtl applications.

The first application, scntobmp, reads a scan of countersheets in bmp format and cut it in several bmp files for you. You must only say in the configuration file the size in pixels of each image and the number of images you want. It runs and creates that number of bmps in the disk that you have specified.

The second application, bmptogtl, reads a configuration file with the list of bmps and it generates a gtl file, the format that can be used with cbdesign to import in the tile library. In a few minutes, you has a complete countersheet in you gamebox file easily.

But I noticed the resize option of bmptogtl application wasn't enough quality. So, I contact with Bill and asked him for the source code of the application. He gracefully send me the pack and with my programming notions in C (although I'm computer engineering my current duties are as sysadmin, not programmer) I get able to modify and compile it in a new version that supports two entries: the first for the list of full size bmp files and the seconf for the list of half size ones.

My patched version of bmptogtl now gives me that I want: full quality gtl files in one click (or at least only a few of them).

Views: 235


You need to be a member of ConsimWorld to add comments!

Join ConsimWorld

Comment by Barry Setser on April 25, 2008 at 10:31am
Now I have a few days to play around with this puppy.
Comment by Daryl Anderson on April 24, 2008 at 8:36pm
Manuel - this is very nice, thanks!
Comment by Barry Setser on April 23, 2008 at 9:52pm
Wow! I will have to have a look see at this.
Comment by Don Lazov on April 22, 2008 at 2:27pm

Thank you. I'll have to look this over at home.
Comment by Manuel P. Ron on April 22, 2008 at 1:51pm
Thanks Don for your words. I modify it to accept two configuration files: the standard bmptoglt.cfg whit the list of full size images and the optional bmp2gtl2.cfg with the list of half size images. In the zip you will see the v1.1 of this appication and sample bitmaps with configuration files ready to run and generate the output.gtl file.


I suggest if you are using the original features of this application run the unmodified 1.0 distributed in Bill's page. When I reworked it I must do a bug and it don't work fine with only the bmptogtl.cfg file.
Comment by Don Lazov on April 22, 2008 at 8:53am

Cool are you going to post your modified exes?

Very nice post by the way.

Help Center

Latest Activity

Scott Martin left a comment for Eric Walters
"I have been recently replenishing my collection of AH and SPI games.  AK or Stalingrad (or The…"
Scott Martin left a comment for Eric Walters
"Well it was current about 15 years ago, give or take... I've been in the SF Bay Area for the…"
Eric Walters commented on Eric Walters's group Marine Maneuver Warfare Wargamers
"New game out on small unit infantry combat in the Central Highlands of Vietnam--yes, it's all…"
Eric Walters left a comment for Scott Martin
"Sometime I should get into VASSAL--I just never have time for it these days with school,…"
Eric Walters left a comment for Scott Martin
"The current T-shirt looks terrific!  I like the "roll well and live" design on it!"
Chuang Shyue Chou replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"I have just started on the two volumes on French tanks by Steven Zaloga. This was sparked by…"
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "Black Mountain: An Isaiah Coleridge Novel" by Laird Barron. Isaiah is a ex-hitman…"
Scott Martin left a comment for Eric Walters
"We should set up a Vassal game sometime of a SPI or AH game."



CSW Related Links

Please be sure to check-out these CSW services.

© 2019   Created by John Kranz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service