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TheMadGuy

WinntbbuED

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Hi Evry1!

I'm not sure if i am too late with this, since not much happening here anymore...

But anyways, i had a little spare time and was tired of the work needed to modify texts in the winntbbu.dll, so i put together a little VB-Application.

I tried to keep it as tight as possible, so if i am not mistaken all you will need to run this are the vb6 runtimes (which, if you dont run winxp anyway, can get from ms directly).

WinntbbuEd.bmp

Note, this is the first release, consider it Beta, there are limitations, much room for improvements, and surely there will be bugs. But i will try to work on this as my free time allows.

Ok, to make it bit more clear heres the list of current limitations:

In its current Version this editor only allows editing of
the following in Winntbbu.dll:

  *Colors
  *Fonts (Large & Small)
  *Headlines & Billboards
  *Step Texts
  *Pictures (HighColor & CDBoot only):
       Backgroundimage
       Step Images
       Top-Left-Logo
       Processinganimation

----------------------------------------------------------

Preview:

 The Preview is currently only available for small
 resolution setups. Only changes made to the appropiate
 Resources will take visual effect. Of Cource all made
 changes get written to the dll.

SysSetup:

 Though for visual completeness Texts from syssetup.dll,
 if present in the same directory as the selected
 winntbbu.dll, are displayed, they are, at least at the
 moment, not editable.

Pictures:

 There are no validation Checks on the Bitmaps
 that you might use, so have to take care yourself.

 All Pictures are limited to the use of Bitmap Images.

 Every Bitmap has a display in the pictures editor
 with its current size, hold the mouse over that,
 and you will get a tip with the size microsoft has
 intended.

Fonts:

 The font that you use MUST be present and registered
 at the time of setup.

 Since only Fontname and Fontsize are stored in the .dll
 even though the dialog for fonts allows it, you cant use
 styles like bold etc.

Dont Knows:

 There are still some aspects in the resources
 i dont know what they are good for, any additional
 information is welcome.

Comments & Suggestions are very welcome

Last Update: 29.07.2005

Current Version 0.3.1

Mirror = http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/WinntbbuED_3.1.exe

Hope you'll like it

Greetz

The Mad Guy

Edited by Kelsenellenelvian
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OOOOOOOOooooooooooooo Looks very nice and handy!

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Could you make it so it can modifype after saving the file?

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Hiya,

Looks great! Have jcarle's compressionbin installed anyway, so modifype's not a problem...will be trying it out today.

Thanks!

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this program is impressive...allowing on the fly changes and even a simulation of the final product is really handy. If this helps, i'll note that all of the text on the billboard showed up in english correctly except for "Installation will complete in 39 minutes". Instead, it said:

Installation abgeschlossen in ungefahr 33 minuten

which i'm guessing to be german or something along those lines.

Hope this helps, keep it up.

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Could you make it so it can modifype after saving the file?

Hi!

i guess you mean the checksum update that is done by modifype, right ?

Thnx for pointing it out, i really forgot about that.

Next version will do so :)

Greetnx

The Mad Guy

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this program is impressive...allowing on the fly changes and even a simulation of the final product is really handy. If this helps, i'll note that all of the text on the billboard showed up in english correctly except for "Installation will complete in 39 minutes".  Instead, it said:

Installation abgeschlossen in ungefahr 33 minuten

which i'm guessing to be german or something along those lines.

Hope this helps, keep it up.

Thnx,

the text you are talking about it not in the winntbbu.dll, it is in the syssetup.dll which is (not yet) supported by the editor. The text that is displayed, indeed german, is hardcoded in the editor and only shown for visual completeness, so that you get a better idea how the final thing will look like.

which btw is already pointed out in the limitations on the ? menu in the editor :D

Greetnx

The Mad Guy

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Hi!

as promised heres a little update:

a - added
f - fixed
r - removed
c - changed
n - note

V0.1.1 Checksum Correction

a - IMAGE_OPTIONAL_HEADER Checksum now gets updated while saving.
    thnx 2 kelsenellenelvian for pointing that out

so no need to run modifype anymore...

OLD VERSION REMOVED

Have Fun!

Greetnx

The Mad Guy

Edited by TheMadGuy
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looks good so far.. may I advise you that the best way to stop people from downloading the first release is to update the visrt post as you release a new version, just saves people downloading earlier versions and complaing of probs ;)

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I must say this is a very impressive app!

couple little things, very little, just a few spelling mistakes :P

please see the attached images where I have highlighted incorrectly spelled words

I named each attachement with the correct spelling for you

like I said, nothing to be concerned about, but if you plan on making upgrades to this software, might as well fix the little things too

:thumbup

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post-58663-1120822873_thumb.png

post-58663-1120822912_thumb.png

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looks good so far.. may I advise you that the best way to stop people from downloading the first release is to update the visrt post as you release a new version, just saves people downloading earlier versions and complaing of probs ;)

Hi!

thnx for the hint, edited the first post and will do so in the future aswell!

Good Point :)

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I must say this is a very impressive app!

couple little things, very little, just a few spelling mistakes :P

please see the attached images where I have highlighted incorrectly spelled words

I named each attachement with the correct spelling for you

like I said, nothing to be concerned about, but if you plan on making upgrades to this software, might as well fix the little things too

:thumbup

Thnx for your time and efforts here, i am currently cleaning up the project anyway, so the next version is in the making, and i'll surely correct these misspellings in the process aswell.

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I must say this is a very impressive app!

couple little things, very little, just a few spelling mistakes :P

please see the attached images where I have highlighted incorrectly spelled words

I named each attachement with the correct spelling for you

like I said, nothing to be concerned about, but if you plan on making upgrades to this software, might as well fix the little things too

:thumbup

and "appropriate" (you left out an 'r'- see 3rd screenie, above misspelled "Cource")

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So how is the new vesion coming.

P.S. This little app is freakin Awesome.

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So how is the new vesion coming.

P.S. This little app is freakin Awesome.

Thnx :D

The new version is coming pretty good, actually i discovered something quite nice,

though i really could use some help on analyzing how winntbbu.dll is used / works.

there are still some strings, that i dont know what they are good for (especially the Id's 18 & 20 make me curious), and i found 2 more color values i cant make any sense with. Beyond that i dont really understand how the placing of text and images is handled if you use ones with other dimension then the original ones. Making the Preview only a good one if you dont change sizes, elseway you end up with quite a mess.....

And VisualBasic is giving me a hard time with image handling stuff, havent worked out a few things yet, keeping me from adding a feature i would consider nice to have....

Anyways,

Before i will go into more deep research on those things, i will release my current version (actually in a few minutes) cause its already worth a new build :D

Hope you'll like it

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Hi All!

It's update Time Again!

may i interduce:

V0.2.0

a - added
f - fixed
r - removed
c - changed
n - note

V0.2.0 Cleanup and Fixes

f - a few spelling errors, thnx to those who pointed them out.

f - first String in a Stringtable sometimes wasnt updated

f - the last Stringtable never was updated

f - when changing fonts, the Headline in the Preview lost its Bold
    property
   
f - updating failed on Stringtables which were empty or contained
    zero length strings

r - a lot of left overs from early development stages in the code

c - handling the resources is now really object orientated code
    (redone some code, and applied optimizations)

c - About Dialog Credits, just saying thnx to those who take their
    time for constructive feedback.

a - if syssetup.dll is located in the same dir as the winntbbu.dll
    then now the two strings from it in the preview are actually
    fetched from syssetup.dll (though no option to edit them yet)

a - MakeCab Feature, when makecab is found on the system, an Extra
    menu is enabled which lets you execute makecab on the currently
    loaded file.
   
a - Most Recent Used (MRU) Menu

a - Settings Dialog

a - when saving, makecab is executed automaticly if enabled in
    the settings.

a - Expand Feature, when expand is found on the system and you have
    enabled the Auto Expand option in the settings, its possible to
    select a compressed winntbbu.dl_ File for editing. This file,
    if possible, will then be expanded into the same Directory.
    And the uncompressed Version will be used for editing instead.

a - Loading Progress Window (cause expanding might take a little)

a - new spelling errors, just a guess, but i am almost sure :)

a - 'Dirty' System for the Strings, now only actually changed ones
    are updated, this speeds up saving a lot in most cases

a - Transparency to the Step Images in the Preview

n - While testing with the actually Setup, it showed that the Step
    Images are drawn with Transparency
   
a - Step Images Transparency color to the edit colors Dialog
    (Yep, you can change that too)

OLD VERSION REMOVED

So Grab WinntbbuED 0.2.0 and let me know what you think.

Any Help researching winntbbu.dll and the way setup uses it is very welcome

Edited by TheMadGuy
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can u make one for the boot screen?

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Rapidshare link doesnt work for me.

can any1 upload WinntbbuED 0.2.0 somewhere else.

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Rapidshare link doesnt work for me.

can any1 upload WinntbbuED 0.2.0 somewhere else.

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Rapidshare works!

At the bottom choose - free, another page opens then wait or click to download.

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