|UT Screenshot Convertor 2003|
|Created by Willems Davy|
What is it?
I was fed up with my screenshots being a 1.5 meg BMP file and looked for some kind of mod for ut that could make them as jpg without any luck :( So i deceided to create a little tool that would convert it for me. The tool runs in the system tray (lower right corner of the screen) and it detects when ut is running. After ut is closed down the program will convert the bitmaps to JPG (in the background) and move them optionaly to another directory. So in short an automatic screenshot convertor for unreal tournament.
How does it work
When you first run the program it will ask u to fill in the options. Choose the unreal tournament's system directory (where screenshots are normally saved) and choose an optionally folder where u want the screenshots to be saved (in case u don't want them in the system folder anymore). The timer check value is something wich u can leave on the normal value of 250, it is used to check if ut is running or not! Choose the action what needs to be done after ut is closed down and your done. Press the X button to let the program run in the system ray, only then it is active! Run ut take screenshots and the program will convert them after u closed down ut. It will show a purple U icon while its converting! Right click the tray icon to show the menu of actions or left click it to bring up the options window. While converting this menu isn't availible nor will u be albe to call the options dialog! To close the program right click the tray icon (when options screens is closed down a tray icon will be made) and choose exit!
IF it is the first time you run the program, and you got a lot of screenshots in your system folder it wil take a while before all files are converted, this is normal ! Next time it won't take so long.
If you made some changes in UT, that made it save the screenshots somewhere else then the system folder (not sure if thats even possible), make sure u set it back to the system folder, the program checks for unrealtournament.exe being in the system folder!
The program only Allaws you to choose a fixed disk (so no cdroms, network drives etc) where you can save your screenshots. I did this on purpose this is not a bug! The ok button will be disabled when u select a directory on network drive or cdrive etc !
Screenshots are saved as ShotX.bmp or ShotX.jpg (where x is a nr) if u move them to another directory or let them convert. This is normal, i made my own counting system since ut will start from shot0000.bmp again whenever it doesn't find any screenshots. Also unlike ut i didn't do any checking on file deletions. If u got some files named shot1.jpg shot2.jpg shot3.jpg and u delete shot2.jpg the program wil not recreate shot2.jpg but will go on from the last filename it encounters so shot3.jpg -> +1 = shot4.jpg and so on.
If U enter an invalid system directory or screenshot directory and the option you choose needs those directory's, and u choose to close down the app instead of respecifing a valid directory, the program will reset the start up minimized option so you can respecify valid directory's next time it starts!
The program doesn't affect Unreal tournament gameplay What so ever it runs completely outside of ut. It won't take any longer to create a screenshot since the screenshots are only converted / moved AFTER Unreal Tournament is closed Down!
There is an option to compress the jpg images, for those that don't know 0% compression gives u the best image quality but the filesize is also bigger (still 10 times smaller as bmp) if u choose 100% compression image quality is the worst but filesize is very very small ! I've set a default value of 25%, its a good value since u can't notice the visual quality is lower. Feel free to experiment with it.