[TOOL] Picture Editor (800x600)

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[TOOL] Picture Editor (800x600)

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Title
Picture Editor (800x600).

Category
Tool.

Created By
Eidos/SI Games.

Description
This is the default Picture Editor that comes with the game, allowing you to create background images or menubars for the game using a 600x600 resolution. If for some reason, you have not got the Picture Editor in your Championship Manager directory, you can download this and save it to the directory instead. Please note that you can also run the installation of the game again to install the Picture Editor.

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TBC.

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Installation Instructions (Windows 10)

Step by Step Instructions
1) Download the game by clicking 'piced.zip' in the opening post beneath 'Download Link'.
2) Once downloaded, click 'piced.zip' and it will open in File Explorer.
3) Extract the file 'piced.exe' to a preferred location on your device.
4) Copy the file 'piced.exe' to the default Championship Manager directory (usually 'This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Championship Manager 01-02'.)
5) Right-click 'piced.exe' and click 'Properties'.
6) In the 'Compatibility' tab, tick 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and choose 'Windows XP (Service Pack 3)'. Under 'Settings', tick the option to 'Run this program as administrator'. Click 'OK'.
7) Go to the 'Pictures' folder (usually 'This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Championship Manager 2001-2002 > Pictures') and rigjt-click the file 'pics.cfg' and click 'Properties'. Within the option for 'Attributes', untick 'Read-only' and click 'OK'.

The picture editor should now be ready to go, but do you have your picture/s ready? If not, the following steps will hopefully assist you through the process creating your own background picture if you do not want to use any of the background packs that we have available in our Downloads area:

1) Source or create your picture. Google is very handy for this as you can search for your preferred image as select 'Large' to get the best quality.
2) Open your image in MS Paint. Click 'Resize', ensure 'By:' is set to 'Pixels', then enter 800 for the Horizontal field and 600 for the Vertical field. If the image is not able to resize exactly, untick the option 'Maintain aspect ratio', or simply crop part of your image until it fits the exact resolution. If you are using a different resolution, you can enter that resolution into these fields instead.
3) Click 'File' > 'Save As' > 'BMP Picture'. Ensure that the file is saved as a 24-bit Bitmap, which is the only format that the game's Picture Editor will recognise.
4) The image itself should be saved into the 'Pictures' folder in the Championship Manager directory (This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Championship Manager 2001-2002 > Pictures). If you are told that you are unable to save the picture to this folder due to administrator privileges, you can save it to another location, then copy and paste into this folder.
5) Run 'piced.exe'. Click 'Load' the 'Background Bitmap. In the 'Directory' field, type 'Pictures'. Your image will then appear in the list. Click on this image and then click 'OK'.
6) Your image should now appear in the background of the Picture Editor. If you are happy with this, click 'Save' and 'Background'. Now you can choose whether you wish to create the image as a new image in your existing background pack, or whether you would like it to replace an existing image, or even make it the default image. Either give it a new name as a new image, or click on an existing picture to replace it, then click 'OK' and 'Exit' the Picture Editor. Your picture should now be created (or updated) in your Pictures file as a .RGN file.
7) You can skip this step if you have replaced an existing image, as this should now appear in your game automatically. But if you have created your image as a new image to be added to your backgrounds, you now need to go into your Pictures folder (This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Championship Manager 2001-2002 > Pictures) and find the 'pics.cfg' file.
8) Open the file and it will open in a text editor. Depending on the type of picture you have saved, it needs to be added to the relevant section. For example, if you have saved a picture of a club, this needs to be entered under the [CLUBS] section. You must be careful about the text as these need to match an aspect of the database (you should load cm0102ed.exe if you are not sure) and is also case sensitive. Here are some examples:

[CLUBS] The full name of the club as it appears in the database must be entered first, followed by the name of the file you have created:
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt: your-file-name.RGN.
[NATIONS] The full name of the nation as it appears in the database must be entered first, followed by the name of the file you have created:
Bosnia-Herzegovina: your-file-name.RGN.
[COMP] The full name of the competition as it appears in the database must be entered first, followed by the name of the file you have created:
Brazilian Gaúcho State Championship: your-file-name.RGN
[STADIUMS] The full name of the stadium as it appears in the database must be entered first, followed by the name of the file you have created:
Ewood Park: your-file-name.RGN
[STAFF] The full name of the player or staff member as it appears in the database must be entered first, followed by their date birth, followed by the name of the file you have created:
Jordan Henderson 17/6/1976: your-file-name.RGN

9) Having entered the relevant text into the relevant section, save your pics.cfg file. If you are getting an error in trying to save the file to your Pictures folder, save it elsewhere (such as your desktop) and then copy and paste the file into the Pictures folder, overwriting the existing one. Be sure that your text editor hasn't saved the file as 'pics.cfg.txt'. If so, remove the '.txt' part before copying it into the Pictures folder.
10) Load the game, go to the relevant screen and test that your picture is now appearing.

Video Instructions
TBC
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[TOOL] Picture Editor (800x600)

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FAQs and Technical Support

Have you followed the instructions above to the letter and watched the tutorial video but have come across an issue? If so, then do not worry!

We have worked hard to put together a FAQ specifically to this type of download so all you need to do now is click on the link below and you'll be taken to our 'Technical Support' area where you will hopefully find a solution to your problem.

However, if you find that no solution has been provided, then please do use this same thread to report your issue and in order for us to help you, please be as detailed as possible. If a solution has been found, we will then update the FAQ with your own issue for others who may come across the issue in the future!

viewtopic.php?f=43&t=883

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