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Old 1st January 2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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A new tool for a new and glorious year in hacking.

Announcing the glorious arrival of the first ever cross-platform and open-source map editor for Generation III games written by Shiny Quagsire and interdpth



Why?
We're going to put it nice and simple: Because AdvanceMap sucks. It always has, and it always will. AdvanceMap is the classic example of a tool that is the equivalent of Windows: People only use it because it's the only option that is supported widely. Once AdvanceMap overcame EliteMap nobody bothered to make a better map editor. That is, until two months ago. Like many glorious hacks, it started as an idea bounced around in RomHack.me's IRC. Then Linkandzelda made his titlescreen tool using Java and that got the ball rolling. I decided to make an LZ77 decompression tool and from there I decompressed graphics. Then one thing led to another and we had a map editor.

But that aside, why should you use MEH? Well, we have two words to answer that. Open Source. This means that is someone has a cool ASM hack such as karatekid552/Jambo51's 649 patch and they want to add support to MEH for all those extra Pokemon, they can take the code for MEH and implement it. Want to add Day/Night support? You can do that. Day/Night Pokemon? Sure. 3 Layer Tile Hack? Easy.

With MEH we are striving to create the ultimate map editor for all Generation III games. And to do this we are also adding support for plugins. Currently plugins are in a beta state but as the tool develops instead of redownloading an entirely new version of MEH you can just update individual plugins, even automatically, thus making it more expandable than ever.

Features
  • Cross-Platform Support - Works on any OS that can install Java. Period. (Linux users rejoice!)
  • Faster load times - Loads maps in seconds!
  • Threaded loading - No more freezing, no more pain.
  • Intuitive yet friendly interface - Fixes what was broken while keeping what worked
  • Revolutionary connections editor - Connection editing has never been easier! Now all it takes is a click and a drag to adjust connections, and edits are even mirrored onto opposite connections!
  • Lack of Leaf Green and Sapphire support - Because we never liked them anyways. Actually we're just lazy...
  • Safe freespace finding - No more corruption in Emerald, no mess in Fire Red, just safety and peace of mind.
  • And more to come!

What's Missing So Far...
  • Wild Pokemon Editing
  • Block Editing
  • Removing Connections
  • Anything else I forgot to remember

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Disclaimer and Downloads
Slow down there feller, this thing isn't stable yet. It could explode in your face and kill your grandmother. It could muder your family. It could do all sorts of things. Which is why you must agree to the following disclaimer for the duration of this tool's open testing period:

WARNING: THIS TOOL IS IN AN OPEN ALPHA AND IS NOT AT ALL SUITABLE FOR HACKING. WHILE WE DO ENCOURAGE USERS TO TEST IT, IT SHOULD NOT BE USED ON ANY ROMS THAT YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO HAVE UTTERLY DESTROYED. REMEMBER: ALWAYS MAKE BACKUPS BEFORE USING ANY TOOLS. BY DOWNLOADING THIS TOOL I AGREE THAT ANY DAMAGES IT CAUSES CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE TO EITHER INTERDPTH OR SHINY QUAGSIRE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...

That aside, feel free to download and try out MEH. Bug reports are welcome and will aid in the development and maturing of MEH

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Other than that, have a happy new year!
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Old 1st January 2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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I love you. AdvanceMap was revolutionary when it was created, but it thrived on a community that wasn't as reliant on repointing and expanding.

If I may ask, will this be (or is it already) compatible with detailed .ini files like the one used by PGE? Ever since PGE I've grown to love .ini files because they end up as a ROM map of what's been edited and where. AdvanceMap's .ini can be used to prevent Emerald corruption and...that's about it.

Either way a map editor built with the future in mind was long overdue. You win at life for working on this. Very much looking forward to the full MEH experience.
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Old 1st January 2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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So, this is still in alpha stage? So that alone, makes AMap better than MEH this time around.
I'll download this as soon as the stable version will be released.
As of now, AMap is more suitable for Hacking

Oh, and one question, what makes MEH better than Lu-Ho's AMap? =)
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Old 1st January 2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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So, this is still in alpha stage? So that alone, makes AMap better than MEH this time around.
I'll download this as soon as the stable version will be released.
As of now, AMap is more suitable for Hacking

Oh, and one question, what makes MEH better than Lu-Ho's AMap? =)
It's not going to be as buggy and the author actually talks with people.
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Old 3rd January 2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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It's not going to be as buggy and the author actually talks with people.
Hmmm.. Maybe your right, i mean your actually right
Thats the best part of this tool though. lol
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Old 3rd January 2014, 08:00 PM   #6
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"Works on any OS that can install Java. Period. (Linux users rejoice!)"

Wait, so with this, SEA, and my editor.... I won't ever have to boot XP again?:P
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"Works on any OS that can install Java. Period. (Linux users rejoice!)"

Wait, so with this, SEA, and my editor.... I won't ever have to boot XP again?:P
That's the whole point.
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Old 13th January 2014, 10:01 AM   #8
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Will it support inserting tilesets, like A-Map does?
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Old 13th January 2014, 01:38 PM   #9
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Will it support inserting tilesets, like A-Map does?
It reads data directly from the ROM, so yes.
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Old 14th January 2014, 02:25 AM   #10
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I love you =D
I have been waiting for someone to make something to compete with advancemap and gosh dang this is it! The map connections is probably the best feature and I'm excited to see what may become of this
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