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Description
EQ2_MainHUD_PerformancePanel v1.1

This User Interface Modification provides EverQuest II players the ability to:

Create and Save multiple Performance Profiles.
Quickly switch between 3 of these custom performance profiles during gameplay.
Provide on screen buttons for Mute On/Off and Music On/Off
Povide an on-screen button to amplify the flat ambient light. 'Kosmo's NightVision”

Files Included:
eq2ui_custompreset1.xml
eq2ui_custompreset2.xml
eq2ui_custompreset3.xml
eq2ui_custompreset.exe (Provided by Ger)
eq2ui_mainhud_performancepanel.xml
eq2ui_mainhud_startbutton.xml
eq2ui_muteall.xml
eq2ui_mutemusic.xml
eq2ui_nightvision.xml
readme.pdf
NightVisionON.jpg
NightVisionOFF.jpg
readme.txt

Important: In order to run the eq2ui_custompresets.exe you will need both:
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-034d1e7cf3a3&displaylang=en

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Service Pack 1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a8f5654f-088e-40b2-bbdb-a83353618b38&displaylang=en


How to Install a Custom User Interface Piece. (General)


Step 1. Download the *.zip file that contains the interface you wish to use.

Step 2. In your EverQuest II UI folder, create a new folder with any name BUT with no spaces or special charaters.
(Example: C:\Program Files\Sony\EverQuest II\UI\Custom)

Step 3. Unzip the user interface pacakge into your newly created folder.
Please make sure you dont have a folder inside of a folder when you do this.
Example: C:\Program Files\Sony\Everquest II\UI\Custom\*.xml (correct)
Example: C:\Program Files\Sony\Everquest II\UI\Custom\Mods\*.xml (incorrect)

Step 4. Open Windows NotePad. From your windows desktop click the windows [StartButton],
Select [Programs], [Accessories], [NotePad]
In the new window that is now open -
Type:
cl_ui_subdir UI/
cl_ui_skinname Custom
Choose [File], [Save As], Navigate to your main EverQuest II directory
Example; C:\Program Files\Sony\Everquest II\
In [File Name] Type: “eq2.ini” (WITH QUATATION MARKS,
Click [SAVE].

Step 6. Load up Everquest II and your new interface should be working.
TIP: Some User Interface Pieces will not show up automatically. Check the information for the User Interface.


How to Install and Use EQ2_MainHUD_PerformancePanel: (Specific)


IMPORTANT: If you have a previous version of this mod, delete all files from the previous mod.
You WILL need to re-create your profiles if you were using any custom profiles.


After following the above directions
Your directory structure should look something like this:
Assuming that you have EverQuest II installed on your C:\

C:Program Files/Sony/EverQuest II/UI/Custom/

eq2ui_custompreset1.xml
eq2ui_custompreset2.xml
eq2ui_custompreset3.xml
eq2ui_custompreset.exe (Provided by Ger)
eq2ui_mainhud_performancepanel.xml
eq2ui_mainhud_startbutton.xml
eq2ui_muteall.xml
eq2ui_mutemusic.xml
eq2ui_nightvision.xml

Step 1. Start EverQuest II, Once you are in game type:

/show_window MainHUD.PerformancePanel

This should bring up the new Performance Panel.
The Mod comes with three Profiles already.
They are set to:
#1 Very High Quality
#2 Balanced
#3 Very High Performance

Step 2. Test the buttons,
Make sure the game is switching between the profiles correctly.
Make sure the Mute On/Off, Music On/Off and NightVision Buttons are working properly.
Note: Users with more RAM will switch between the profiles much faster.
If you have an older system, the changes will take longer.

Step 3. If all seems fine;
Now is a good time to creat a macro command to show the performance panel.

Create a macro with the following command, or
type the command whenever you want to see the Performance Panel:

/show_window MainHUD.PerformancePanel - Shows the Performance Panel
/hide_window MainHUD.PerformancePanel - Hides the Performance Panel








Now for the fun part!



Creating Custom Performance Profiles


Step 1. In the game click the EQ2 (StartButton), Select [Options], Select [Display].

Step 2. Go down the list and set each option of the display configurations to your custom preferences.

HINT: You may find it useful to load one of the pre-defined profiles,
and then tweak specific settings up or down for your preferences.

Eample: Load the Pre-Defined Balanced Profile,
Under Display:Shadows: Un-Check [Shadows]
Under Display:Water: Environmental Cub Map Updates:
Choose[Fastest (One Time)].

Step 3. Click the [ACCEPT] Button. This is an important step!
Clicking the [ACCEPT] Button updates the “eq2.recent.ini” file.

Step 4. Press [ALT+ENTER] to go into Windowed Mode; Minimize the EQII Game Window.

Step 5. Navigate to your custom UI EverQuest II directory.

Example: If EverQuest II is installed on the C:\ drive;
Double-Click [My Computer], [C:], [Program Files], [Sony],[EverQuest II], [UI], [Custom]

Step 6. Double-Click on the program 'eq2ui_custompresets.exe' to run the program.

Step 7. Select the button you want this profile to be saved to.
Button #1 is the Top Button.
Button #2 is the Middle Button
Button #3 is the Bottom Button.

Step 8. Select 'Kosmos Style' and Click 'GO'.
This will Copy your Display Settings from the 'eq2_recent.ini' file
and create a new .XML file called 'eq2ui_custompreset*.xml'.
The * will be the number associated with the button you have chosen.

Step 15. Click [Exit] to close the Custom Preset Parser Window.

Step 16. If you wish to create two additional profiles, return to the game window and continue from Step #1.

Step 17. Once you have completed the creation of each of your profiles associated with the buttons.
You will need to exit and restart the game.

The next time you run the game, the new .XML files associated with the buttons will be loaded.
You will now have your 3 custom profiles available to swtich between at any time you prefer.



Enjoy!

Kosmos
Lucan D'lere Ranger

Special thanks to Ger for providing the Custom Preset Parser.
Additional thanks to Laffs for testing, encouragement/feedback and fixing those darn frames.
Thanks to all of the others that have had a hand in the developement of this mod.
Without the Eq2Interface Forums and Insomniac's post for 'THE /LIST', this little project would have never been possible.


Release Version eq2ui_mainhud_performancepanel.xml v1.1


Update: 3/5/2005

Added Kosmos NigtVision
Files changed:
eq2ui_mainhud_performancepanel.xml
eq2ui_nightvision.xml
eq2ui_custompresets.exe

Ger's changes to the Custom Presets Parser.

Rewritten in C# to combine the front and back end EXEs into a single EXE
Improved processing speed
Changed output window display to real-time it had been on an 0.25 second delay
to allow the back end to write the log before the front end tried to read it)
No more extraneous preset_parser.log file
Added a filter to add a single decimal place onto integers
Fixed spelling and default value of r_reflectionsinhouse
Changed default eq2_recent.ini location to "C:\Program Files\Sony\EverQuest II\eq2_recent.ini
Combined drive, directory, and file selection boxes into a single open file dialogue (... button)
Changed profile selector from a drop-down to a radio button set
Added output style radio button set to select between Kosmos and Laffs style XMLs
r_splashes set to 3.0 when 1.0 is read from eq2_recent.ini
o_max_farplanes now rounded up to 120.0 if value detected is less than 120.

Update: 3/9/2005
v1.2 Package:
Added information for .NET Framework requirments for the eq2ui_custompresets.exe parser.
Added an additional .ZIP version that includes a version of the panel that automatically shows up.
File changes for the Auto-Show Version1.0.
eq2ui_mainhud_performancepanel.xml
eq2ui_mainhud_startbutton.xml
eq2ui_nightvision.xml
AutoShowVersion.jpg.

Update: 3/16/2005
v1.3 Pacakge:
Replaced file eq2ui_custompresets.exe with new version provided by Ger.
The new version fixes a bug with the file output location of the created eq2ui_custompreset*.xml files.
Removed .jpb picture files to reduce package size.
Edited readme.txt (readme.pdf, not changed at this time.)















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Unread 12-23-2006, 12:14 PM  
skatoolaki
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This is a lifesaver; I've been looking for something to turn graphics down, but not lose my original settings! Thank you so much for creating this!
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Quote:
Originally posted by DamageInc
[Now all we need is a clear underwater vision.]

You need to be lizard to have this, called aquavision
No, underwater vision is bugged. Even for lizards with aquavision.
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Quote:
Originally posted by sharzor
plz help im probley stupid lol but when i loaded this my start button in eq2 in small but nothings taking up the rest of this space and my night vision window is this little bar with 2 boxes in it 1 mini box above a red switch works but ...... doesnt look like yours..

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If you are still having trouble. Please post your question at the the following link:
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Please re-read the instructions, I'm sure that it was a simple mistake of missing a step, or the files not going into the correct location after you parse them.
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plz help im probley stupid lol but when i loaded this my start button in eq2 in small but nothings taking up the rest of this space and my night vision window is this little bar with 2 boxes in it 1 mini box above a red switch works but ...... doesnt look like yours..
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Excellent addition to the game. Great work.
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[Now all we need is a clear underwater vision.]

You need to be lizard to have this, called aquavision
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Quote:
Originally posted by Ricki
I cant seem to get it to write my own Graphics Presets.. i have .net 2.0 and have followed your instructions.. now i have my EQ2 on my D: and my UI Folder is myui.. dunno what i might be doin wrong.. please help i love this mod though
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Hi!

I'm sorry for the slow response, I do not get email notification from this thread, there is a link on my first commented post that is the best place for discussion if you have further problems.
This updated version now has a way to direct the output of the .xml files from the .exe program.

If you had installed the game on D: drive, than you will have three files in your EQ2 Directory now.
eq2ui_custompresets1.xml
eq2ui_custompresets2.xml
eq2ui_custompresets.3.xml These will probably be in the Your Eq2 directory.
cut those files from that directory and past them in your custom UI directory, and overwrite the three that are already there, and you should be good to go.


you can also download the new version of the custompresets.exe and re-create the files, but you already have them, they are probably just in the wrong spot because you had a directory structure other that C:/...
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Other Drive

Can't wait to install this, but saw your last comment about EQ2 installed on other drive. What do you do if it is not installed on the C: drive?

Thanks,

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I cant seem to get it to write my own Graphics Presets.. i have .net 2.0 and have followed your instructions.. now i have my EQ2 on my D: and my UI Folder is myui.. dunno what i might be doin wrong.. please help i love this mod though
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I do not get email notification if you comment on this thread. If you hare having any trouble getting the Mod to work. Please follow the link on the first comment, and post your questions there.

Thanks.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Arkanjul
When I try to run the EXE it says that the file failed to initialize properly... and it won't run. Any suggestions?
Well, people are being pretty quiet, which is actually a good thing.
There is no know bugs with this version at all. If you have the previous version v1.0 then you will want to get the new version.

As far as the .exe failing to initialize I'm not sure.
It's all been tested, tested, and then tested more.

I would go over the instructions once more and make sure you didn't skip anything.
The only other thing I can think of is that If you have EverQuest installed on another drive other than C:/Program Files/Sony/EverQuest II/

What operating system are you using?
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When I try to run the EXE it says that the file failed to initialize properly... and it won't run. Any suggestions?
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OMG... it is one of my favorite mod. No more pink vision. Thanks!
Now all we need is a clear underwater vision.
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Awesome tool, i am loving it right away :P
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Re: Nice work

Quote:
Originally posted by Sano
Very nice, this is something that alot of people should get a use out of. I generally tend to switch my graphics up a notch when hunting as opposed to when im in a big city area, with this it will be much easier. Nice work.
Thank you for the feedback. please spread the word.
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