Jazz 2 Utilities

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9.5
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4
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833
Date uploaded:
26 Oct 2008 at 19:08 (Minor update on 27 Oct 2008)

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Author
HorvatM (More uploads by HorvatM)
Type
Utility
Credits
All done by myself
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100%
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JJ2Utils.zip (43.8 kB)

File contents

EpisMngr.exe 62.00 kB 26 Oct 2008
JCSLnch.exe 26.50 kB 26 Oct 2008
JJ2Lnchr.exe 38.00 kB 26 Oct 2008
HlpEpman.j2u 3.44 kB 26 Oct 2008
HlpJCSL.j2u 1.89 kB 26 Oct 2008
HlpJJ2L.j2u 3.70 kB 26 Oct 2008

Description

Jazz 2 Utilities is a set of three programs that make life with JJ2 easier. They are related to playing and making levels rather than hosting them. The three utilities are:

Episode Manager – We all know the pain of the 256-level limit of the HCL list and we know the pain of the 8-episode limit. Well, not anymore. This is a program which lets you ‘activate’ and ‘deactivate’ J2E files so JJ2 will no longer crash when displaying the SP/co-op episode menu.

JCS Launcher – Up to now, we started JCS, clicked File, then Open, and then slowly scrolled through the massive list of levels. This program changes that. It has a list interface with a real-time search feature that displays file names as you type.

Jazz2 Launcher – Similar to JCS Launcher, this utility is for launching Jazz2 with the very same list interface. This is not meant to be a replacement for Captain Cook – it is just a simple utility to test levels, although it can also be used for casual playing.

Comments? Questions? Bugs? Suggestions? Contact me via electronic mail or a personal message and I’ll try to respond as quickly as I can.
I am looking for translators to translate J2U into other languages – see any of the three help files for more information. (Help files are files ending with .j2u – they are optional and not needed by the programs, unless you want help)

Thank you for reading this description. Now please go download the programs :)

Edit: Note that for the programs to work they must be in your Jazz2 folder.
You probably already have the required Visual Basic 5.0 runtime files. If not, find them with a search engine.
Also, this has not been tested with TSF, although it should work.

Edit 2: You don’t need to extract all the utilities from the archive. Just extract those you need.

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Quick Reviews Average: 9

RecommendedCrimiClown rated 8.0

Very nice tools, quite useful indeed. Only the Episode Manager appeals to me, though, as JCS is able to open files by itself easily and the JJ2 launcher doesn’t search on filename AND level name. Maybe you could implement that, too?

Otherwise, good job. Recommended download.

RecommendedNarsist rated 10.0

Oh, we see 3 different programs which making JCS more useful.

With Episode Manager, you can make your Jazz Jackrabbit 2 or something like that, but I’m not sure that we really need JCS Launcher and JJ2Launcher, you can use the folders with F3 button.

Anyway, DL recommend – good job.

Edit: I NEED THEM ALL. 10!


User Reviews (Sort by Helpful Index or Date Posted) Average: 10

RecommendedReview by PT32

Posted:
28 Oct 2008, 05:10 (edited 28 Oct 08, 22:02)
Jazz Jackrabbit (202 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings171 Featured reviews4 Average helpfulness61%
Rating
10

Wow. That was the one word that came to mind when I ran this. It delivers what is promised and more (The JCS launcher, however, doesn’t work :() and does so with the touch of a professional.
The episode manager is easy to figure out, it tallies up all the episode files in your Jazz2 directory [as long as you unzip the files there], tells you how many more you can put in there before the program will crash, gives you the options of deleting the extra episodes, or deactivating them [which has the same effect as deleting, except you don’t lose ‘em], tells you the name of the episode, and if it is activated or not. Very spiffy, no bugs detected there.
The Jazz2 launcher is even better: It totals up all the levels in your JJ2 directory and puts them into a giant list. You can delete any number of levels. It will also tell you how big each level is, and when it was last modified. Then, if you select “run”, it will give you a host of options, ranging from using a spy window, to keeping game logs, to detecting joysticks, to detecting hardware, to even safe mode! It bypasses any passwords, essentially pulling the “save and run” trick in JCS, but without the JCS. Very neat! Again, no bugs.
The one thing that saddened me was the fact that despite its amazing potential, the JCS launcher fails to send the knockout blow. It is essentially the same thing as the JJ2 launcher, but runs JCS instead, and obviously doesn’t have the graphics options. But when you hit “run level”, it gives you a runtime 53 error! Oh well, maybe it’s just missing a file or something. But that is a huge bug, and perhaps the only one of its kind in this[these] progs.
Since my primary JJ2 directory is TSF, I of course tested it [all three] there and found to my delight that it worked! Yay!
So to wrap up my critique, I’d like to saya few things about RedJazz’s Jazz 2 Utilities program bundle. Very, very well done, only one outstanding bug, prompt and quick. I was truly amazed by the usability factor of it, and how incredibly easy it was to pick up and learn. This will definitely be a big help in my level testing and episode managing in the future, and I heartily recommend downloading it. It’ll be something you’ll appreciate as I do for the rest of your gaming days!

EDIT:
I need to take back what I said about the JCS bug, because I figured out the problem! Here’s the scoop: The JCS launcher will not work if you rename your jcs from “jcs”. It needs to be named jcs in order to work. SO I’ll raise you to a 10, accordingly. Again, great work!

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Review by Stijn

Posted:
27 Oct 2008, 13:26
Auto-Reviewing Zombie (449 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings279 Featured reviews14 Average helpfulness86%
Rating
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Oha, the episode manager sounds pretty useful, and will hopefully encourage people to start including J2E files for their packs since the “but it might crash jj2!” excuse doesn’t really apply if you include a warning to use this.

I don’t actually have JJ2 installed at the moment so I can’t really give a proper review, but I can imagine the use of these apps.

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