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WinDinkEdit Plus

May 12th, 2010
Score : 6.5 fair
Peasant Australia steam 
Here is the ever popular replacement to DinkEdit, and supposedly WinDinkEdit: WDE Plus. This builds on the original by adding features such as "Auto-script" and snap-to-grid. Despite the claims that it "fixes bugs" this is a total crock.

First of all, in the newest version the file required for auto scripting is not included. The downloader must get the older version with bscripts.ini in it for that feature to work. Once this major hurdle is overcome it can make placing hearts and stat potions quite simple. Which is nice. The personal Sprite Library is also very useful.

The snap to grid feature only seems to work properly when using the S key to stamp sprites. Otherwise, when placing a sprite with a mouse click, it seems to position itself a bit off of the "grid" which is utter crap, and makes placing Inn tiles and walls a whole other chore particularly. If you have a steady hand, it's often better to just place them yourself, as the results can come out looking quite unnatural otherwise. This is probably useful to some, but I don't think it's worth it.

The other "cool" feature of this is the "Hardness Polygon" which allows you to draw a shape of hardness through holding shift and clicking a few times. This may seem great at first, but it crashes ALL THE TIME!Which means you have to save first, then proceed with caution, and then possibly relaunch and start over.

On the sprite edit page, clicking the "Auto Base Walk" button automatically reverts any changes you have made on the page since last saving, which means that if you set all the other values first, then click "Auto base walk", they get changed to their original value. This is an utter pain, and a major oversight.

Strange quirks can also occur whilst accidentally holding buttons such as shift, ctrl and then clicking on things. Often the program will fail to respond after that, and must be relaunched. This is utter bollocks, and grows tiresome. Graphical glitches such as screens not appearing in map preview and whatnot also occur causing you to have to restart. Often I try to save and tells me I "don't have permission!".

When I save using CTRL + S, if I have a tile saved on the clipboard, it interprets this as the S key which as well as saving, stamps a tile as well which is stupid.

The inbuilt "Launch DMOD" function doesn't work. Though nobody uses it anyway.

The program uses dinksmallwood.ini (or something like that) in a Windows System folder to determine where to look for the original program. GNU Freedink seems to delete this file upon launch and it sucks, though this is Freedink's fault, it would be better if it didn't do this as it screws up everything. You have to specify where it should look, which doesn't work for more than one launch.

What I am trying to say is that this program is absolutely full of bugs, and to claim that they don't exist is a travesty. Someone should get the source code and fix it up (a programmer who knows Win32 API or VB .NET or whatever it's programmed in.) Or better yet, start from scratch, and make it cross-platform.

Despite this, it is fairly usable for a lot of things. It's just a shame that one of the only editors out there for this game is for a single platform and is buggy as an entomologists house.
May 19th, 2008
Score : 8.9 good
This is so much easyer thaan dinkedit I reccomend this to everybody
including newbies you can edit your .c files whilst editing your map.
December 11th, 2006
Score : 9.9 exceptional
Peasant Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
I love this editor, it's much easier to use than the normal dinkedit program that comes with Dink Smallwood. Windinkedit has tons of new features, and the new version comes with Auto Script which attaches scripts to barrels, chests, etc. automatically. I give this 9.9 because it makes it way easier to make Dmods.
March 1st, 2006
Score : 7.5 good
Peasant Male
I don't know if I am the only person but the this program seems extremely buggy to me even more so then the original WinDinkEdit. For example while using it to develop a dmod after about 10 minutes it begins to get graphic glitches like the menu bar disappearing the buttons on the menus going black and also slowing down and sometimes crashing. Also there is problems with looking at the hardness tiles I got this problem only once and I am not sure if just related to the first problem or was a standalone problem. Anyways the other annoying thing was the WinC editor. After using it to edit a start file saving became impossible since I supposedly did not have access to the file it said. Amazingly though exiting the program pops a message asking if I want to save changes and it does it then. Also it took about 10 trys for it to finally stop asking for me to define where the dinksmallwood directory was, Even though I defined the path many times.

There is some very good though behind this program. It launches the dmod successfully and doesn't crash something the old windinkedit did. Also I like its hardness features much better. WinC is an awesome Idea which i wished worked. AutoSaving is also an amazingly good idea. Snap to Grid is awesome. I like many of the new features and idea and I am almost tempted to use the program spit the bugs but having to restart the program every ten minutes because the menu disappears and the whole program slows to halt stops me from giving it a better rating!
February 26th, 2006
Score : 9.5 exceptional
A very good replacement for WinDinkedit and Dinkedit (which isn't really any good compared to WinDinkedit or WinDinkedit Plus). WinDinkedit Plus has all of the advantages that WinkDinkedit has over Dinkedit and more. Such as: a built in midi player, a "Edit Ini" option in the Display menu and a built in C editor (WinC), both of which are quite handy. However there is a problem with WinC. Which is this: you can't use the delete button unless you've selected text. I'd also advise the author look at easy DinkC for ideas on new features to add to future versions of WinC. Also if you have both WinDinkedit and WinDinkedit Plus open with the same dmod you can't open the map file on the one that was opened second.
February 26th, 2006
Score : 9.9 exceptional
Peasant Male
Although I havent checked all the features but I hope the littele bugs have been have been corrected. Thumbs up to the download...
February 10th, 2006
Score : 9.5 exceptional
Peasant Female Canada
I just downloaded this and tried it and it is awesome! Super easy to use.
Everything works right and so quickly, I only wish I had gotten it sooner.
I really like being able to check my scripts and visions right there in the
side bar too.It's going to take a while to get used to being able to use my
mouse to move things around in the editing process but I think it will
definately make 'dmod making' much easier for me.
I highly recommend this for editing dmods.