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FFCreate 2

November 8th, 2002
Score : 9.5 exceptional
Peasant Female
I had the same problem, namely that when using the original one (from the CD) the file was larger then the all the .bmp's together.
So I tested this .exe file on the same pack of graphics (a rather large one) and it turned out that the file was more then 1,5 times smaller when using this one then when using he original one. A big improvement indeed!
This version is definitely better.
June 21st, 2002
Score : 9.0 exceptional
Peasant Male Australia
Yes... Thank you Dan, a badly needed file. That original one with the bug of loading itself into it's own file... yikes. I wondered why in SOB the ff'd files were bigger than the sum total of all the bmps.

I used this file on "The Creeping Sands" it was excellent and without a bug.

Gotta agree with the Man who gave it to us: a 9.0

April 22nd, 2002
Score : 9.0 exceptional
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Might as well review this, even if it is my own file.

Basically, the original FFCreate included with Dink had some pretty big problems. Namely, it would actually include ffcreate.exe within the dir.ff file. The dir.ff file is sort of an uncompressed zip file, in that it can include many other files within itself. But with Dink, it only uses them for bmp files. So why didn't Seth make it so FFCreate only included bmps? I dunno.

Anyway, this wasn't really that big of a problem. Sure, it would add a few kB to the size of a dir.ff file, but that was a small price to pay for protecting your graphics. But then December 2001 came along, and I was done with FIAT. So I try to dir.ff the boss graphics... and the original FFCreate was actually including the dir.ff file within itself. So it was trying to create a file with infinite size... which is not something you want to upload on to the internet.

So I did a quick Google search, found some source to another version of FFCreate (Seth didn't create the format, Microsoft did) and modified it so it would only include bmps.

So thats the story of FFCreate 2.