Release notes and Readme file
e-mail me (Ben Morris) regarding DCK at:
Don't forget to check out READTHIS.DOC - it contains fairly important
information about DCK and Hexen Editing.
DCK can edit all five id/Raven games:
- Doom: Knee Deep in the Dead
- Doom 2: Hell on earth
- The Ultimate Doom
- Hexen: Beyond Heretic
DCK will never support Strife.
Changes since the last release
06-16-96 Release 3.62
- The item edit line wouldn't let you backspace; fixed.
- Changed the way the line dialog would ask you if you want to add a
second side: now, if you click the Side button while editing a bunch
of lines with _no_ second sides, will the dialog ask you.
- HEXEN.GD used "Gold Key" instead of "Castle Key"; fixed.
- You can use 'F' to find a new ID for Line_SetIdentification and for
PolyObject linespecials AND items.
05-28-96 Release 3.61
- Some of the arguments for Hexen linespecials did not show up; fixed.
- If a tool was run and it changed the directory, DCK screwed up; fixed.
- Putting a for() loop in a Hexen script crashed DCK sometimes. The ACC
compiler doesn't support for() loops at all, actually, contrary to the
information I received from Raven. Placing a for() loop in a script
will now generate an "unrecognised token" error.
- I placed an Earthquake special in SPECIALS.ACS. It is exactly the same
- There is no Find+Mark Items feature, contrary to previous versions of
- The unregistered version of DCK had problems with the Item Filter
- Changing a line to one-sided did not update the screen immediately;
- Some Hexen Items were checked for collision detection with other items
when they should not have been; fixed.
- I have added Consistency Checker features that check for:
- A Hexen PolyObject Anchor that does not have any matching
- A Hexen PolyObject Anchor that has the same PolyID as another
- I stopped making big version changes for small bug fixes -- wow!
05-18-96 Release 3.6
- I don't quite understand how this happened, but deleting lines did NOT
decrement the count of valid lines. "What?!" -- that's what I said! I have
no idea how this bug got in there or why I just noticed it now: after
deleting the four lines that made up the only room in a new level, moving
the mouse cursor around highlighted 0-length lines _all over the level_.
Anyway, it's fixed, but I still don't get it.
05-03-96 Release 3.5
- DCK used to hang sometimes when the Consistency Checker was searching
for "Sectors Not Closed." haha .. the reason for this was that DCK
couldn't handle Sectors in memory that weren't referenced by any
linedefs (ie: leftover Sector definitions.) Duh; fixed.
- You can now enter a number for a linespecial easily (in Doom/Heretic) by
typing the number and pressing ENTER twice. This didn't work before, but
it should have :)
- Due to some changes recently, DCK had problems working in very high
zoom settings. Fixed.
- I've removed the "Auto-Detect video card" selection: it caused more
problems than it solved.
- The consistency checker kept tellin' everyone that lines had a type, but
no tag -- fact is, it was WRONG. WRONG. I have fixed its insubordinate
04-18-96 Release 3.4
- Creating a secret door in any game but Hexen set the Door Lines' type
to -1, which would cause DCK to crash when the lines were edited; fixed.
- Switching to a game that had already been used in the current DCK session
told you that a bunch of Motif textures were invalid; fixed.
- Some people experienced a crash when moving into the PolyID field of
PO_xxx Items in Hexen; fixed.
- The "Load File" dialog box now starts in the directory that the loaded
.WAD is located in; if there is no loaded WAD (untitled), it starts in
the current game's directory.
- I've made the texture names on the status bar stand out a bit more.
They're also coloured in the background instead of the foreground, a la
04-05-96 Release 3.3
- Due to the recent (3.0) conversion to C++, DCK would sometimes crash
when the 'new' operator returned NULL because there was no memory left.
Now, DCK saves your work to _CRASH.WAD (as usual) and tells you there's
no memory left ...
- ... BUT, if the low memory situation was preventing you from running
DCK, read on! Borland's PowerPack documentation says that the DPMI
server will use virtual memory (temporary hard drive storage) if no real
memory is available. This is correct, but ONLY if the MAKESWAP utility
is run first. This _minor piece of information_ was left out of the
documentation, and I've only just been told about it by the _third_ tech
support person I've queried regarding the problem.
IF you don't experience any crashes or "out of memory" problems, you
don't need to worry about MAKESWAP.
If you DO have problems, simply run the MAKESWAP utility in DCK's
directory. I've written a replacement for Borland's utility that
not only performs the same function but also modifies DCK.BAT in order
to tell DCK to use the swapfile.
MAKESWAP creates a permanent swapfile of specified size in megabytes on
your hard disk -- the default size is 4 megabytes. You can delete the
swapfile (DCK.SWP) if you're not using DCK, but you will have to re-run
MAKESWAP if you want to use DCK again. If you buy more memory, you can
probably delete the swapfile permanently. Hard drive space may be at a
premium on your system, but it's far easier to come by than RAM.
- The "Snap Objects to Grid" command (Ctrl+V) did not work correctly;
- Editing a linedef, picking a special and then editing another linedef
would crash DCK; fixed. What a dumb bug -- thanks to all the people who
convinced me it wasn't some low memory thing =)
- I've neglected to mention the full capabilities of DCK's cut and paste
operation for some time now (about a year!) --
- If you cut or copy outside sectors to the clipboard, and then
paste them inside an existing sector, DCK will convert all the
appropriate one-sided lines from the original outside sectors
into two-sided lines whose second sides now reference the sector
they were pasted into.
- Vice-versa: cut or copy inside sectors, and paste them outside --
DCK will convert the appropriate two-sided lines into one-sided
This is really really useful in some situations. Next time you need to
move outside sectors inside, or vice-versa, try it. Remember, you must
be in Sector mode when you CUT/COPY and PASTE.
- The clipboard's behavior has also been changed. If you cut or copy
lines to the clipboard, DCK will always switch to line mode to paste
the lines. This is basically unchanged from previous versions except
that the editor automatically switches modes now.
The difference arises when you cut or copy sectors: if you paste the
Sectors you copied while in Line mode, DCK will always switch to Sector
mode to paste copied Sectors. It was too easy to forget that you wanted
to cut/copy/paste entire Sectors, and the undesirable results of pasting
Sectors in Line Mode weren't immediately apparent, causing many
So, the rule stands clear now: if you want to copy/paste Lines while
maintaining their sides' sector references (eg: one-sided pillars), you
must copy the Lines while in Line mode. And if you want to create new
Sectors by copying existing Sectors and pasting them elsewhere on the
map, you must copy the parts of the map in Sector mode. I think this
arrangement makes the most sense.
03/18/96 Release 3.2
- All the game parameters (when you run your map) are now written to a
response file by DCK (I should have done this ages ago...) -- all the
settings work properly now.
- Deleting a line to join sectors sometimes deleted other lines as well,
or crashed the system. This was just a symptom of an insidious problem
that I only just slew.. um, slaye.. um.. "got rid of."
- The palette was still screwed up after running a tool. It is now fixed.
- You can now register DCK online via Compuserve. Type GO SWREG and enter
id number 10392.
- If you have questions about DCK, please email me at the following new
03/07/96 Release 3.1
- The .GD files still didn't use ZenNode properly.. sigh. Fixed.
- Sometimes, a level would not run properly due to the misuse
of ZenNode; fixed.
- If you included a texture file in the Textures list that had levels
in it, DCK would incorrectly run THAT wad instead of your wad when you
pressed F9; fixed.
- After running a Tool from the Tools menu, the main menu bar disappeared;
fixed. Also, the palette was screwed up; fixed.
- Some of the game data arrays weren't as big as were needed, and memory
was being overwritten. This is a bug that's been there since
2.2 -- jeez.
+ This has been here for the last couple releases, but I forgot to mention
it: While you're dragging anything except Items, hold down Ctrl to have
the reference cross "snap" to the line that the cursor is over. This is
great for creating connected regions.
02/28/96 Release 3.0a
- Create Outside Region bug fixed.
- Editing linedefs in non-hexen maps crashed DCK. duhh; fixed.
- Editing multiple linedefs in non-hexen maps didn't set up the
dialog box properly and resulted in wacky linedefs; fixed.
- Rotating and Scaling lines/sectors would ask you if you wanted
to join vertices after you'd finished -- fine, but DCK would join
vertices to themselves; fixed.
- The motif editor treated the wall/flat textures as fields (you
could move into them, which served no purpose); fixed.
- The "Create Door" menu would sometimes appear partially offscreen;
- The Popup Help would sometimes obscure the dialog box it was
helping you with, which _didn't_ help; fixed.
- The Polygon tool didn't work! -- oops; fixed.
- Marking lines/items and switching to sector mode left the same
numbered objects marked; fixed.
- Adding to / removing a file from the list in the Textures dialog
didn't update the displayed list; fixed.
* Changed the background colour of dialog box fields to something darker.
Now DCK doesn't look so much like Windows 95, and is probably easier on
the pink eyes that doomers are all born with :)
* The tag of a line is now displayed regardless of the line's special.
Features Added (by popular request):
+ Added v2-style line grid -- use the 'G' key to toggle between no
grid, dot grid and line grid.
+ Created a hybrid between the v2-style selection mechanism (Categories
and Items) and the new v3-style (Search Item List.) Chock eet awwwt.
+ Hold down Ctrl and left-click once to quickly create the last kind of
Item you edited in Item Mode.
02/20/96 Release 3.0
- DCK and HCK combined.
- Many little bugs fixed.
- Mirror feature - use the Object menu.
- "Tips" feature added on startup. You can't get rid of it unless you
- "Replace Textures" (Alt+R) feature works again.
- Because I'm such a dissident, DCK now calls THINGs "Items."
- Full Screen Mode - press 'F' to toggle, or use the Edit Menu.
- Built-in version of DEACC by Luc Cluitmans.
- Line-length display while dragging is more intelligent.
- Hexen: The "create door" dialog box created doors that were activated by
_crossing_ the door lines. Useful? no. Fixed? yes.
- Hexen: The ';' search key now searches for Items with the same TID
as a Line, and Lines with the same TID as a Items.
- Hexen: The Auto-Tag utility (Ctrl+T) now tags Items to Lines, and
- Hexen: No more compiler problems - the file ACC.DLL is a loadable
version of the script compiler, which is run right inside DCK now.
- There's a customizable TOOLS menu, just like Windows programs.
- Hexen: The Consistency Checker (Alt+C) now checks for Lines that require
TIDs but don't have them.
- Hexen: The Consistency Checker now checks for a Player 1 Start that has
a blank arg0 parameter (which is required if you just -warp to a
level in Hexen.)
- Hexen: Player Starts now have an editable arg0 parameter.
- The status bars are about 25% smaller, so you get more map space.
- Hexen: Item and Line Properties dialog boxes now have a "Clear" button
that sets all the unused special args to 0.
12/07/95 Beta 3
- There were STILL problems with the "find Hexen" feature. This has been
- The "Create Door" feature never set the Repeatable flag, even if the
checkbox was set. Fixed.
- Saving a new map didn't prompt for a filename - DCK just saved the map
as MAP01 in UNTITLED.WAD. DCK now prompts for a filename.
- The save status window was a little messed up.
- A couple minor interface changes.
- Editing multiple THINGs with different TIDs set all the TIDs to the
first selected THING's TID. Fixed.
- Creating a new THING set its TID to that of the last thing edited. It
is now set to 0.
- Deleting sectors didn't work.
- The auto-tag-set function didn't work properly.
- The Sector number is now displayed on the Sector info status bar.
- Deleting a line to join two sectors didn't work properly.
- The beta testers didn't work properly.
- I'm joking!
12/06/95 Beta 2
- If your copy of Hexen wasn't in C:\HEXEN, DCK would crash when it
first loaded, after scanning and finding Hexen. It was work-around-
able, but what a dumb bug! This is fixed.
Now, on to the good stuff:
What's new for 3.0?
- Hexen support, of course! DCK contains lots of Hexen-specific
- Pop-up choices for Arguments, where available - for example, you
can pop up a list of THINGS to spawn for the Thing_Spawn...
- Built-in version of the ACS script compiler;
- Edit your map's script right from DCK, using your favorite DOS
- Fully supports THINGS that take Arguments;
- Highlights the relationship between THING TIDs and Lines whose
Specials reference those TIDs.
- No more built-in nodebuilder, so you can use whichever you prefer.
- "Drag-and-align" texture alignment. Besides having a really crafty
name, this feature is very useful: DCK displays the texture you
want to align and allows you to drag a crosshair to exactly the
point that you want DOOM to start displaying the texture.
- Integrated vertex and line modes! No more switching back and forth
in order to make structural changes. This is a BIG timesaver.
- A totally new user interface. It looks and acts a lot more like
Windows, and is much easier on the mouse hand.
- More responsive dialog box controls, drag-scrolling listboxes,
and so on. Buttons actually push DOWN now - incredible!
- PopUp help in dialog boxes. If you like, DCK will display a
description of the field you're editing in a Pop-Up window beside
the dialog box. You can turn this on and off in File|Configure.
- A nicer-looking, proportional font.
- More configuration options.
- A much quicker method of finding what you're looking for in lists
of items, specials and so on: type a couple abbreviated words and
DCK displays all the items that contain those words. You'll see
what a difference this makes when you're looking for that bloody
green thing, but you can't remember what its proper name is!
- A real mouse cursor instead of that awful green thing.
- A full-screen texture browser with multiple zoom levels: view
textures from 256x128 all the way down to 32x32. The new browser
will optionally display names only (with one picture at the bottom),
so you can view most of the textures available for picking without
having to page-down the list.
- More informative status bars contain all the information for Hexen
- Small features like:
- Shift-key flag toggling. In line mode and thing mode, you can
turn on and off any of the object flags just by hitting a
- Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right rotate THING objects.
- Horizontal and Vertical mirroring.
- You guessed it: And even More!
All the good old features of previous releases:
- Graphical THING display: shows graphics of the Things in the game,
right on the map!
- Rectangle and Polygon tools.
- A fast wall and floor/ceiling texture browser.
- Runs the game right from within the editor, so you can test your
levels out and get right back to editing!
- Seamless support for custom textures.
- Automatic texture-alignment tools.
- A clipboard with Cut, Copy and Paste - even between levels!
- Full drag and drop functions.
- An easy-to-use and thorough map "error checker."
- An UNDO feature.
- A powerful, built-in WAD management tool.
- Motifs: named sets of wall and floor/ceiling textures for "coloring"
areas of your map quickly and easily.
- There WILL be a much-nicer-looking help system sometime soon, with
hypertext links and other cool stuff.
- This is a maybe, but a texture-creation facility has always been on
my to-do list. If I find the time..!
- Project files. Hexen maps have script functionality, so you have to
have some way of telling DCK which script goes with the map you're
editing. Project files also allow you to specify multiple sequences
of "level-building" - for example, you could have a sequence that
builds the BSP at a draft level and runs the map so you can check out
your texture alignments quickly, and a sequence that builds the entire
10-level PWAD you're working on and zips it up for distribution.
These are simple descriptions, because projects are totally
configurable. Kind of nifty.
- Deleting multiple sectors in one operation never worked before.
- The crashing bug has been fixed -- i hope.
What's in the registered version
- The WAD manager.
- Graphical Item display.
- Item Display Filter (for example, to display only those
items that appear on skills 1 and 2.)
- A feature to find the selected object's associated-
- No more welcome windows.
- A printed manual!
Where can i get it?!
DCK is available at the following locations. It should be under the
filename "DCKnn.ZIP" (where nn is the version, eg: 30 for 3.0)
ftp.islandnet.com (T1 link) /bmorris/
(Registered users can find updates here.)
Compuserve ACTION forum, browse for DCK*.ZIP