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Contagion GUI - Cosmetic GUI mod for Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition

BG2 SoD UI mod 2017

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#1 frostysh

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:12 PM

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Contagion GUI (GUI mod for Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition)

This is a cosmetic GUI mod for BG2:EE which modifying a font colors, backgrounds for fonts, a side panels. Main purpose was to change white-on-dark to dark-on-light in-game texts.

Previews:

Side Panels, and Dialogue Box

BG2_EE_preview_Side_Panels_Dialugue_Box. CGui_Mod_preview_Side_Panels_Dialugue_Bo

Inventory

BG2_EE_preview_Inventor.jpg CGui_Mod_preview_Inventor.jpg

Character Record

BG2_EE_preview_Charrec.jpg CGui_Mod_preview_Charrec.jpg

Installation:

0. Download links:

Thanx to all machine gods *lay on hands*, now the mod is aviable on GitHub, the all releases with descriptions you can find there:

Contagion GUI mod releases

NOTE: Push on "Source code", download the archive, and then unpack anything that in folder like "CGUIM_v02beta_BG2EE" to your folder where Chitin.key, basically there must be ContagionGUIMod or ContagionGUIModmini folder +setu.exe file and *.tp2 file, or something like that - a standard stuff for WeiDU-based mods.

And the 4shared is now only a mirror.

CGUIM_v02beta_BG2EE.7z (~2,5 Mbyte)

CGUIM_v02beta_mini_BG2EE.7z (~2,5 Mbyte)

NOTE: Mini versions is means the version without modifications to the dialogue box.

To install this stuff :p extract the archive into folder with Chitin.key (i.e. D:\Program Files\Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition) , and then start to execute ContagionGuiMod_setup.exe.

Uninstallation

0. Just run again ContagionGuiMod_setup.exe, and follow instructions.

Compability

This mod can be installed on the any stage of the game, and no need to restart the game from beginning. This mod touching only cosmetic changes of GUI, not gameplay. Compability with other GUI modes - well, nope.
In this case you need to make modifications manually, - look at Readme.

NOTE: Dialogbox content is only in the test stage, if we do not want to install that, we must extract archive, and then delete ~/ContagionGuiMod/CGUIMOD/BOX5.PVRZ , and then replace modified fields from ~/ContagionGuiMod/CGUIMOD/UI.MENU, by default one - look at Readme.

Any help with moddinf of those crazy Dialogue Box appreciated. :p .




CGUIM for Siege of Dragonspear

0. Download links:

Contagion GUI mod releases - on GitHub, look for a note in a section about BG2EE.

4shared mirrors.

CGUIM_v02beta_SoD.7z (~1,8 Mbyte)

CGUIM_v02beta_mini_SoD.7z (~1,8 Mbyte)

NOTE: Mini version is the version without modification of dialogue box!

0.a Previews:

Dialogue box

So_D_dialbox.jpg So_D_dialbox_modified.jpg

Inventory

So_D_Inventor.jpg https://s25.postimg....or_modified.jpg

Character record

https://s25.postimg....So_D_Charec.jpg https://s25.postimg....ec_modified.jpg

1. Installation : just extract the stuff from the archive-file to the directory where Chitin.key, usually the root directory of the game. And then run ...

2. Unistallation: run ... again, and follow instruction.
It is WeiDU program.

Manual configuring and compability with the other mods:

Of course SoD UI is impressive, much more impressive than BG2:EE, but as for myself I liked old school black on white text-styles. So I decide to modify SoD UI too.
This mod can be installed any time during game progress, because this mod is only cosmetic and not changes anything that is not connected ti the graphical user interface, game parameters, save-game files, etc obviously including.
But this mod in the default installation just copying to "override" folder next files: BGEE.LUA, UI.MENU, INVENTOR.MOS + MOS57000.PVRZ, invstats.MOS, GUIREC2.MOS + MOS57001.PVRZ . So this mod will delete the all other UI mods ! To prevent this. if you want to use this mod with the other UI-mods, you need to install this mod, making a manual modification. I have listed the all modification that I have done in the files.

NOTE: *.MOS v2, is just a small "link" to the *.PVRZ data file, that is an image data-file that can carry an information about transparency. The game have limited numbers of *.PVRZ file-indexes. In the CGUI mod I have used the next indexes - MOS57000, and MOS57001, if the any other mod will use the same indexes for *.PVRZ data-files - will happens something horrible...

Basically there is the same changes in Baldur.lua, and in BGEE.LUA, as in the case of Baldur's Gate 2: EE.

Readme data file

Spoiler


Version History:

Version 0.3 for SoD - 02272017

Fixed bug, UI.MENU -- line 602: text style "normal" ---> text style "CGuiMod", there was Charrec panel, resistence, effects, etc field.

Version 0.2beta - 02212017

--- Added CGUIM for BG:EE + DLC "SoD", tested on version SoD 2.3673 or something like that.

--- Revised Readme file.

--- Added "mini" versions for both CGUIM, (mini - without modification too dialogue box).

--- Updated installer to WeiDU v2.4000 or something like that.


Version 0.2alpha - 01032017

Configured for BG2EE v2+ *.LUA stuff, minor changed to background images, deleted *.BAM content for spell icons. Upgraded Readme-file.

Version 0,1alpha

initial release for version BG2EE 1.3.2, many *.BAM file also changed

Further improvements in the future:

- - The main future improvements is to create a single mod with an options of components installation and adding the indivisible/green blood component.

- - I will create a dialogue boxes backgrounds with proper transparency, if I will realize how...

- - Changing dialogue's subtitle colors, for now I do not know how too...

- - Adding cool Blender-like effects for GUI.

- - Changing the filehost server for a mod

Special thanks to G3 community, and Jarno Mikkola, argent77, lynx, agb1, Fiann of the Silver Hand, without yours help I will never finish that stupid mod :p .
Also thanx to user lefreut from forums.beamdog.com, for exposing the file of dialoguebox background image "box5.pvrz", or something like that.


Further information in README_contagionguimod.txt

----UPDATE1----

Added Screenshots with high resolution for mod's previews .

----UUPDATE2----

OMG! After ~4 hours of uploading 10mb to the file host server it is DONE at last! :D .

----UUUPDATE3----

Deleted information about bad way to install mod, added the future improvements (in the text not in the mod :p )

----UPDATE4----

I have spent money to bought SoD ~20 cahsi dollars, this money was enough to support me for a few months :( . And ~150 hours of downloading, that was awesome... :(



P.S. I am not a "coder/modder" or something, and this mod is mainly - Just for myself, so probably will be a many "bugs".

Edited by frostysh, 04 March 2017 - 12:44 AM.

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#2 frostysh

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 09:46 AM

I have found interesting thing, maybe it will help to someone else.

This is MOS V2 file created by myself with MOS57000.PVRZ data linked file in Free HEX Editor Neo.

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HEX A8DE ----> HEX DEA8 ====> DEC 57 000

And this is a GUIWRSP.MOS V2 in HEX

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HEX 5E00 ----> HEX 005E ====> DEC 94 ,

so if you will look in NearInfinity (%java -jar NearInfinity.jar) for MOS0094.PVRZ you will find a proper graphic data for the game right side panel.
"The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind."
- Eric Hoffer

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
- Albert Einstein

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
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#3 Mike1072

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 12:35 PM

I like the spell description UI, but I'm not so keen on the others.

4shared is a pretty awful filehost - I got to a screen that wanted me to wait 60 seconds before I gave up trying to download it. I'm not sure what other filehost would be a better choice. If you can figure out how to use GitHub, it is nag-free and has the benefit that when you want to upload a new version, only the files that actually changed have to be uploaded.

I recommend excluding the mod installation information about copying files directly into the override - that's not a good practice for people to get into again. Using the WeiDU installer is easy enough and it gives you the ability to properly uninstall the mod as well.

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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:36 AM

Thanx for the answer and the advices .

I like the spell description UI, but I'm not so keen on the others.

I do no know, I playing with this GUI and feeling myself very fine :p , at least much more fine rather then with default GUI (for now my party in the Athankctla and ,moving to the de'Arnise Castle ;P). Suddenly I have a low contrast and a low resolution monitors. ;/
But yeah, I think left side of the INVENTOR is need for little bit redrawing, maybe I will change RIGHT_SIDE_PANEL to something aaa little bit less purple :p and yeah DIALOGUE_BOX is little bit sux, because I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CHANGE FONT COLORS :( and add a proper transparency not ZERO or FULL like it is now.
And I will add priest spells with improved contrast in the quick panel too.

4shared is a pretty awful filehost - I got to a screen that wanted me to wait 60 seconds before I gave up trying to download it. I'm not sure what other filehost would be a better choice. If you can figure out how to use GitHub, it is nag-free and has the benefit that when you want to upload a new version, only the files that actually changed have to be uploaded.

60 seconds! Whuhahhaha. This is a nothing if it comparing to the frikin` 4 hours! (and two frikin' days for finding of the filehost...) that I spent to uploading it! :D . I will try to use that GitHUB but I think that GitHub is forbidden for the Tor Network users.

I recommend excluding the mod installation information about copying files directly into the override - that's not a good practice for people to get into again. Using the WeiDU installer is easy enough and it gives you the ability to properly uninstall the mod as well.

Okey-dokey smoky :p

Thanx again , advices are useful.
"The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind."
- Eric Hoffer

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
- Albert Einstein

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
- Steven Weinberg

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:06 AM

Does anybody have a simple recipe how I can modify in such way new 2+ version of BG2EE?
I need to change backgrounds and font colors, like in ma mod for version 1.3. There is still the same *.MOS and *.BAM, and *.CHU ?

Thanx.
"The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind."
- Eric Hoffer

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
- Albert Einstein

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
- Steven Weinberg

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 11:02 PM

Does anybody have a simple recipe how I can modify in such way new 2+ version of BG2EE?
I need to change backgrounds and font colors, like in ma mod for version 1.3. There is still the same *.MOS and *.BAM, and *.CHU ?

Thanx.

https://forums.beamd...ow-to-use-it/p1



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:53 AM

https://forums.beamd...ow-to-use-it/p1

Tank you for this very helpful thread, but my browser cannot normally download it because of many large images there :(. I will ask questions in the Q&A Modes thread.

I almost done Contagion GUI for v2+, only left this stupid dialog box with which I need some tips.
"The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind."
- Eric Hoffer

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
- Albert Einstein

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
- Steven Weinberg



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