Hi, while I'm no stranger to 3D modelling or modding custom models (ive had experience with goldsrc/source engine stuff & 3d ripping/porting between games, I use 3Dsmax & milkshape3d) but ive run into multiple problems with just finding the required info on how to create Carma2 pedestrians.
While I did manage to get Plaything2 running on win7 in compatibility + 16milcolor monitor mode, some of its functionality seems to be lost on me as well as documentation as I spent hours navigating dead links or stuff that only described other things like cars. The best guide I found that still exists is missing a whole lot of info namley how to define pivot points and how to properly generate a pedname.txt file (the guide i saw didnt even tell how the bounding boxes or how the bounds work or what units.. the only info was "change to whatever hight your ped has" which does not help at all).
The furthest I got was getting a ported N64 model in 3dsmax, exporting as OBJ, import into milkshape just to save as ase with named parts as .DAT (since 3dsmax for some reason couldnt save ascii format that plaything2 needed, also seemed to rename all "."s with "_":
(I know one of the arms is bent wrong, but I was just focusing on getting model just to work)
Once imported into Plaything2 I noticed that it wasn't reading my .tiff texture file. I saved from photoshopCS6 without compression or alpha channel and I didn't see any other options that could have thrown it off. So I went ahead and just grabbed an existing texture just to test and it applied and showed up in the material editor fine while my TIFF still didnt.
Second problem is that I read about a hierarchy changes within Plaything2... but again no specific answer on how or where, just that the .ACT part has to be the top part in the list (or bottom?). Furthermore, does origin point of each body part matter from the 3Dmodelling program point, or is it defined in the ped.txt?
Third problem is that the "Carma2 tools ---> Generate Ped" txt gives me errors each time either with "cannot find default ped file" or "cannot write file".
Can someone who has experience help? Ive been chasing down broken links and whatnot for the past while and I cant seem to find any thing on these errors. I have plenty of content/ready models I want to put into Carma2 but this is frustrating.