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    Easy Launcher

    Games like Empire, Napoleon and Shogun 2 have made harder not only the modding but also the running of the mods. Players often feel the ugly experience that they have to be modders themselves in order to install and run their favorite mod(s). Soon, the game installation is fool of several mod files causing crashes and the re-installation of the game is not a rare case at all. These problems can be reduced significantly with the use of a launcher which is able to automate the procedure. Creating a launcher is my most favorite modding work (well.. after startpos editing...). Some of the most popular mod use one of my launchers and that helped me in getting know better the needs of the players for running a mod and maintain the game/mod installation unharmed. For some time now, I was working on making a utility that would speed up the procedure of creating a launcher and would save me a lot of time by automating some of the coding routines. On the way I decided to expand further this utility and offer it to the community.
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    Easy Launcher is a “developing” tool that will help the user make a launcher for a mod in a few minutes, without the need of entering a single line of code or scripting! All you need to have is a... working mod! The produced launcher will run mod easily, with only one.. click!

    Easy Launcher futures:


    • Creates a launcher for any mod Empire, Napoleon and Shogun 2 Total War games, in just a few minutes.
    • Friendly user interface and detailed documentation.
    • No need of coding or scripting.
    • Fully customizable produced launcher. Add your own background image, music, etc.
    • Add easily campaigns and options menus.
    • Log report that helps player and modder to troubleshoot.
    • Easy sub-modding.


    Created Launcher futures:


    • Powerful and friendly user interface.
    • Click'n'play.
    • Can handle unlimited campaigns and options.
    • Can manage: mod, movie and boot pack files, startpos and region.esf, saves and ui.templates, and scripting.lua.
    • Creates/edits game's user script automatically.
    • Checks game's data folder for possible errors.
    • Keeps backup and restores vanilla files if needed.
    • Auto or manual game start.

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    Produced launcher will be more powerful and simpler than those used by American Civil War or Empire DarthMod, which are considered my best launchers.

    Easy Launcher is not addressed only to modders. It is suitable to players as well , who want to use a mod or a combination of mods they like. With Easy Launcher players can make a fancy launcher where they would be able to enable/disable and run those mods with one click!

    Current Version : 0.2 Beta

    * Fixed a problem with updating of game path locations.
    * Fixed a problem with checking Napoleon data folder.
    * When uninstalling a backup of saves is created in Documents.
    * Added some more infos in Help like web, etc.

    Older versions:
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    0.1 Beta

    * Infos dialog added in menu Settings, Properties.

    When you first creat the launcher, wizard asks you some infos. These infos were not editable.
    Now you can edit them with Properties menu.
    Installation

    Download and extract Easy Launcher Beta_02. Run included Easy Launcher
    Beta_02.exe

    Download: Easy_Launcher_Beta_02.7z


    If you update from an older version: when you will load older saves to work with, select menu Build -> Repair, to update your launcher with the new files.

    To uninstall Easy Launcher run uninstall.exe, located in Easy launcher directory.

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    Tutorial

    In Help menu except the detailed documentation for Easy Launcher there is also a detailed tutorial. If you want to study tutorial perhaps you'd like to have the files as well, so here they are:


    Download : tut_files.7z

    First download the tut_files.7z, extract and place a) the ETFL mod folder where ever you like, b) the etf_l.sav in Easy Launcher's directory, Archive folder (that is the saves folder). Start Easy Launcher and recreate a new ETFL launcher following tutorial and using the included files.

    Or load the included etf_l.sav and check its content. For having etf_l.sav fully functional, after loading, you have to go in Settings, Properties and change the modfolder path. Enter there the path where ETFL folder is now in your machine. Then select Build, Preview to update new path and you are good to go.
    If you update from an older version of Easy Launcher select Repair before Preview.
    Last edited by husserlTW; August 20, 2013 at 06:32 AM.




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    Wow. This...is...superb.

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    Amazing! Many thanks for this tool

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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    Updated to 0.2 (fixes and additions).




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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    Isnt win 8 compatible, keeps getting This app cant run in your PC, please fix this bro

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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    Sorry, I do not have Win 8 so I cannot "see" the problem in action. The application is made on Win7 and should have no problem on any Win (XP and later).

    When exactly you receive the error? Can you install the program at all?
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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    Did you laucnher requires a .Net framework pack or a c++ stuff, because somes dont have default as in win 8

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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    No, it requires only some lua libraries which are included (lua51.dll and lua5.1.dll).

    I goggled your problem and I see that it is a common problem with win 8 and several apps and games. Here is a proposed solution:

    For a simpler solution you can turn off SmartScreen, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center > click the Security drop down menu and then click change settings under Window SmartScreen.
    Also check this: 10 things to try when applications won't work with Windows 8
    Last edited by husserlTW; May 28, 2013 at 03:17 PM.




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    Husserl, you're a wizard! Thank you a lot! +rep


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    Great Husser!
    BTW, Downloaded onto a extended hard drive and ran the application and I didn't receive any errors (I am using windows 8)
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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    Quote Originally Posted by VENNONETES View Post
    Husserl, you're a wizard! Thank you a lot! +rep
    Indeed. Not only is there EasyEsf and now is this launcher modding tool available for anyone to make their own mods more complete.
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    This is seems like great tool iam trying to make a launcher for a mod in shogun 2 i cant seem to get it to realize game file path i tryed manual setting it and auto is there something iam missing?

    sorry to revive a dead thread any info would be appeciated thanks

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    Default Re: Easy Launcher (updated 26/05)

    This installer is a fantastic tool, but sadly, it doesn't work anymore (at least on Shogun 2). It can't find the game path. Even if you manually set it to. Could someone fix this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzi View Post
    This installer is a fantastic tool, but sadly, it doesn't work anymore (at least on Shogun 2). It can't find the game path. Even if you manually set it to. Could someone fix this?
    The only one who can fix this is husserlTW, but he has retired from modding.

    So, you can either send him a PM on TWC or go here, join Game Labs forum if you're not a memebr, and send him a PM there as it is likely he will respond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardo View Post
    The only one who can fix this is husserlTW, but he has retired from modding.

    So, you can either send him a PM on TWC or go here, join Game Labs forum if you're not a memebr, and send him a PM there as it is likely he will respond.
    I don't know. Game Labs is a gaming developer (indie) studio. And i am not sure if he can do that (out of ethical reasons). I will try. Thanks

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