Formerly known as GTL Text Editor (his name was his main feature then), this windows application created by Jeff Fisher allows edit gtl files exported with CBDesign (or created with Bill's Cyberboard Utilities as I commented in a previous blog post). The dot gtl files contains in a internal format used by Cyberboard three bitmap image of each tile: full, half and small size.

Meanwhile full and half size keeps a ratio 2:1 (as his name says) the small size has a fixed size that allows you paint with only one solid colour. Although it seems full size is the most important bitmap, I think very designers forget get a decent rescale in the half size bitmap. Even more, completely ignored, a correct colour coding in the small bitmap is a mark of excellence.

Although the tool was not very reliable (I remember older versions having crashes after changing zoom) the new version can be a very handy tool for your work when you get a bit of experience in his use. The main features for easy counter creation, in my humble mind, is the border features, allowing you to clip or bevel a bunch of previously done counters. Besides, it mades smooth half size images from full size ones, and allows you easily fill colour in the small size tile.

Another interesting feature, besides the powerfull help to adding text yo your counter, is the batch process to create individual bmp files for each tile from the gtl file. Many vassal designers ask how can they get the counters from a cyberboard gamebox out. Here is the answer: export the entire counter sheet in a gtl file from CBDesign and open the file with GTL Editor. Then click File > Create BMP files... voilà!

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