THE VEHICLE SHARE.
What is vehicle share? (aka vehshare.wtd)
wehshare.wtd is a file located in the vehicles.img that contain the most frequently used texture.
For example the license plate that appears on every car, but also the undercarriage, tires or windows.
Rockstar use this file to save video ram, by avoiding the same texture to be loaded several time.
Unfortunately, modders don't use this file*! For a better compatibility, they all use their own wtd file, with all the texture they need in it.
This is one of the reason why your vehicle.img file is going bigger and bigger every time you add new cars.
There is a lot of replicated texture, there is a lot of poor resolution texture, there is lot of way too big texture...
Some are nice, some are ugly, But most of the time you find the texture on two or tree cars!
(*) Stiopa is the only modder I've ever seen using the vehshare.wtd file.
Sorry to say that, but that was pretty useless, as he is the only one who ever use the texture he added.(and that's too bad)
What do we find in this file?
A texture used for a lot of genric part, like the license plate and stuff (with normal and spec):
A texture for the generic wheels, with normal, spec and dirt texture:
Some 256px texture used for the generic metallic paint effect, burn texture, door shunt and hood:
Two 512px textures used for dirt and mud:
a 512px texture for generic interior:
a 256px texture used for glass:
a 256px texture used for police decal (this one cans be deleted if you don't use any standard police car)
and a tiny texture named, witch I don't know what she's used for!
THE COMMUNITY VEHICLE SHARE.
So, I'm a texture lover, and I like to work on this little modern paint that the artist is going to use to make his art.
This is why I've started to create an optimized vehshare.wtd file.
A wtd file witch contain all of the original Rockstar textures, tweaked, optimized and resized.
Plus all the "community texture" that contain some of the most used material.
Here are the texture contained in the community vehshare:
vehicle_generic_tires 'n stuff: tires, brake disk, radiator, rims, pedal, license plate...
WARNING: This is early WIP, I need the modders community to determinate witch texture to use.
vehicle_generic_grill: all kind of grill, opened and 60% black version.
For each of these texture we will have 2048x2048 texture for the HD version, and 1024x1024 texture for the SD version.
Nothing. For now this project is completly useless (and that's why it's beautifull)
Since nobody use this file at the time, my texture will remain unused for ever.
But as soon as a few modders will decide to use it and makes "CVS version" of their mods, it could become one the coolest thing ever! (just after boobs)
This is why I need your advice, This is why I need some modders to stop here and tell me if they would use this kind of file.
Let me know your toutgh about that project gentleman.
Especially if you're a car modder, would you use this file or no?
Edited by Gus-84, 03 May 2012 - 10:30 PM.