The new EMFF 0.5 has a pretty easy skin system - every skin has its own directory in the "skins" directory, e.g. all the source files for the "standard" skin are in the directory called "standard".
In order to modify or create new skins you have to install a simple build system (no commercial tool needed, all programs are free software).
swfmillare in a directory of your PATH environment variable. That is important because otherwise the build program will not find the programs! Windows users may want to read this article.
swfmillon your console. The programs should be called and give standard help information. If not please return to step 4.
You installed the build system? Great, then we can do the next steps:
java -cp . CreateSkin. If Java is correctly installed the build program should give out a simple help information.
java -cp . CreateSkin standard. If an error occurs you did not install the build system correctly. If no error occurs: Congratulations, your build system is ready! :-)
You are now ready to modify existing skins or creating your own. The java program "CreateSkin" (that you have met already) reads the files in a skin directory and calls the MTASC and swfmill binaries - which means less work for you.
The build system does the following things:
Of course you may want to recreate all skins if you made global changes to the EMFF code. That's just a simple command away:
java -cp . CreateSkin ALL
To modify an existing skin, simply edit the files in its directory and call the command
java -cp . CreateSkin <skinname> in the "tools" directory. Note that some programming knowlegde is needed if you want to change the behaviour of a skin.
The following documentations can be useful if you go further:
To create your own skin, make a copy of an existing one and name the new directory to a name you want (only lower case letters, numbers and the character "_" are allowed). Edit the "SKIN" file to your needs.
Happy working! Please send me a copy of your skin - if it looks great I will add it to the official skin selection! :-D
The EMFF and all other contents (like the Code Generator and this documentation) are licensed under the GPL.
You can read this license in the file COPYING and online at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html.
You are allowed to use the EMFF in uncommercial and commercial projects (if you do not modify the EMFF itself).