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[UTILITY] Half-Life Launch Pad

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07 Jul 08, 12:33
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Half-Life Launch Pad
Development thread

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What is Half-Life Launch Pad?

Half-Life Launch Pad is an application to ease the process of loading mods and maps for Source and GoldSource. Supported games are:

WON Half-Life and mods
Steam Half-Life and mods
Source Games
Source Mods
(Stand alone games like Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat and Team Fortress Classic are not (yet) supported)

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What are its features?

- WON Half-Life, Steam Half-Life, Source and SourceMods support
- Filter support
- Launch a map in DeathMatch mode by checking the DeathMatch mode checkbox (WON & Steam HL only)
- Launches any mod/map installed on your system (note: does not read from PAK/GCF files!)
- Launch a mod/map by simply doublecliking the mapname in the list
- Can be send to the system tray. From there you can launch a mod/map by richtclicking on the tray icon and select a map from the contextmenu
- From the system tray, you also launch the game/mod without a map. This will bring you to the main menu of the game/mod
- Monitors paths and updates the list on the fly when it detects a change in directoryname or filename or when a directory of file is created or deleted
- Check for updates
- No longer uses the Windows Registry to store application settings (Except for the Start With Windows option)
- Start with Windows

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Current Version

The current version is 1.0.0.51, Released July 24, 2012.

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Screenshots






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Downloads

Half-Life Launch Pad 1.0.0.51

IMPORTANT! You need to have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed before you can run it. HLLP won't run without it. Get the Framework 2.0 package here.
The two dll files that come with the download are required by the application. Without them, the application won't run.


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Known issues and bugs in the current version

Launching a map from a Source mod does not seem to work, it'll only bring you to the menu screen of the mod.

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Final notes

I'd like to thank Archie for his launch button and Captain Terror for his excessive testing of my software. Thanks to him, tons of bugs and glitches have been eliminated. Thanks man!
We all know that bug-free software doesn't exist, so if you still find any bugs, please post them in this thread, or e-mail me. This is very important to me.
If you just want to tell me what you think of my application, please do so, it's greatly appreciated!

I hope you find my software useful. combine elite - :combine:
07 Jul 08, 12:34
By Captain Terror
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Downloading! I've used the beta version of your launchpad just about every day since you released. It's a faster way of locating and running your maps and mods, and saves repetitively pulling up the console and typing the filename.

Thanks Muzz!
= )
07 Jul 08, 12:38
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Well, you can delete that beta version as this version has a whole lot more to offer. Check the readme.txt file or click the Help button in the app for more information and to find more features.

You can use my Registry Cleaner tool to clean up the Registry keys that the beta version of my Half-Life launcher created (if you can't do it manually).
07 Jul 08, 13:43
By pepper
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Yah! Downloading, i'll give it a go tonight!

EDIT: Works perfectly, saves me the boring console work!

Maby also add a few standard commands like god mode or noclip mode? Or GL_wireframe 2 and r_speeds 1?
07 Jul 08, 13:51
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Quote:
Maby also add a few standard commands like god mode or noclip mode? Or GL_wireframe 2 and r_speeds 1?


Even better: ill make those commands toggleble. For example: you check the Noclip checkbox and a small textbox is enabled. You type in the letter N in that textbox and N will be your noclip toggle key.
07 Jul 08, 13:58
By Captain Terror
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I tested it in Steam and Won HL and it works great! Bravo Muzz! = )
07 Jul 08, 14:05
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Does the shortcut combo (Ctrl+Shift+S) work when the app is in the sustem tray (Make sure that a map is selected)?
07 Jul 08, 14:10
By Rimrook
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Guru
wasn't this originally called MuzzleLoader or something?

either way, its mega handy. thanks!
07 Jul 08, 14:29
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
The original was simply called Half-Life Launcher.

Im already adding new features. grin - :D
07 Jul 08, 14:32
By Rimrook
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Guru
what kind of new features, also is the Compilator done?
07 Jul 08, 14:59
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Read Peppers posts. smile - :)

The Compilator is almost done, but i still have a lot of (small) things to do.
07 Jul 08, 15:06
By pepper
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I like how your programs work fast without any bullshit, i constantly use both the launchpad and compilator!
07 Jul 08, 15:09
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Thanks!

Eventually ill add some of the features of HLLP into The Compilator as well.
07 Jul 08, 15:30
By pepper
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Jolly good grin - :D Just gotta watch out i dont accidentally press the quikstart combi tongue - :P .
08 Jul 08, 13:02
By Daubster
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Vault Dweller
Wow, you're really improving! Implementing hotkeys was probably fairly complex. smile - :)

A few suggestions:
- You could make the window a bit more compact, considering this is a fairly simple tool.
- A LAUNCH button would be more convenient and self-explanitory than double-clicking the mapname.
- You should add in a textbox for any more complex commands. The user would type them in manually.

Overall - useful lil' tool. Fix that mod-listbox-not-becoming-active bug, implement all the stuff you've mentioned and you'll have yourself a winner.

EDIT: Heh, this has also removed the multiple shortcuts on my desktop to various mods I use for quick debugging/testing. Kickass. :>
19 Jul 08, 11:27
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Version 1.0.1 released!

Check the first post for updated screenshots and a list of new features!

grin - :D
19 Jul 08, 11:50
By HLGenius
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I like it! You really like the orange backrounds. Very TWHL-ish...but its nice...very nice..dling
19 Jul 08, 12:54
By pepper
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Yahz! I recognize the map selected laughing - :lol: tongue - :P grin - :D
19 Jul 08, 13:49
By Striker
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Well I see you are a good programmer . This utility sounds fun smile - :)
19 Jul 08, 14:29
By Tetsu0
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Tet Soo Oh
Hotkeys are piece of cake in VB.
Muzz this is a very nice program. You should make a half-life tools kit and distribute it.
Have the compilator and the launchpad in there. smile - :)
and anything else you've made.
19 Jul 08, 15:57
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Yeah well, i need to make some more tools before i make a toolkit.
Eventually, most of the features found in HLLP will be used in The Compilator as well.
19 Jul 08, 17:16
By Captain Terror
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I agree with Daubsters comments. (LAUNCH button is a MUST if for no other reason than the lulz. A rocket engine sound would be pimp too but that might be a little crazy)

I've been using the launchpad with WON Half-Life everyday since you released it, and with Steam to a limited extent. Works flawlessly... i love it!

KEEP IT UP!
= )
19 Jul 08, 17:28
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
There IS a launch button, Captain Terror. tongue - :P
19 Jul 08, 17:32
By Captain Terror
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lol you just blocked my edit, i just tried the new version and noticed! I like the togglable options to make the launch window smaller too (though i thing the black arrow is quite nondescript, and it would look nicer with better style.

Anyway, sweet. = )
20 Jul 08, 00:47
By saw1833
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Member
Lovin it Muzzy. Works perfectly. No problems with Vista either in case you want to state that.
20 Jul 08, 05:57
By Daubster
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Vault Dweller
Been using it for 6-D debugging ever since you released it. Lovely lil' tool - the updates make it even nicer (custom commands for next version pl0x?)

Great stuff! :>
20 Jul 08, 06:21
By Penguinboy
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Haha, I died again!
a toolkit is a great idea, i could pitch in some of my work too. i have a twister update coming and another tool in the works.
20 Jul 08, 06:46
By pepper
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That would be pretty cool!

Muzz, could you make it so that it doesnt close down when you launch it? Also, the short-cut doesnt seems to work for me.
20 Jul 08, 10:01
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Pep, the shortcut only works when the application is moved into the system tray. Click the Send to Tray button to send it to the system tray.

Next version will not close itself when you launch a map.

A TWHL toolkit would be awesome!
20 Jul 08, 10:29
By pepper
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Im afraid it neither works in the tray, the old version did that just fine.
20 Jul 08, 10:38
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Very strange. It works for me. Anyone else having issues with the short cut key combo?
20 Jul 08, 12:18
By saw1833
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Yeah I can't get that to work either.
20 Jul 08, 14:44
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Hmm, just tried it myself and noticed that the default shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+S doesn't work. But anything else does. Try a different shortcut key combo, Ctrl+Shift+A for example, or whatever.

Edit: after trying many different combo's, Ctrl+Shift+S now all of a sudden does work.

Weird... Ill look into it.

Edit2: it seems that the shortcut doesn't work as soon as the app is started. It'll work again if you type in a different key.

Im sorry for the inconvenience.

Edit3: Shortcut issues fixed.

Get version 1.0.2 from the first post.

DO NOT USE THE CHECK FOR UPDATES FEATURE IN VERSION 1.0.2!
i've made modifications to the check for updates code in V 1.0.3 which made the check for updates code in V 1.0.2 incompatible. Once V 1.0.4 is out, you can use the check for updates button in V 1.0.3.
20 Jul 08, 14:47
By pepper
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Excellent! It works perfect now! Great that the program stays open when you launch it from the main screen!

If you still dont have this, then get it right NOW, it really makes a great workflow together with the compilator!
20 Jul 08, 16:03
By saw1833
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Member
First post still says 1.0.2 and you said it say 1.0.3? im not seeing it
20 Jul 08, 16:39
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
What? 1.0.2 is the latest version, released today. In this version, the shortcut key has been fixed.
20 Jul 08, 17:02
By Penguinboy
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Haha, I died again!
Read your last post again, specifically just after the "Edit3" line. Do you have the version numbers mixed up?
20 Jul 08, 17:33
By pepper
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Member
I think it means that he already is working on V1.0.3 and modified a portion of code that 1.0.2. tries to acces.
20 Jul 08, 17:34
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Woops.

Fixed.

Edit: No Pepper, that is not the case.
20 Jul 08, 17:35
By pepper
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Oh well, it was plausible, i think:).
06 Jul 09, 14:16
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
VERSION 1.0.3 RELEASED!
06 Jul 09, 15:36
By Tetsu0
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Tet Soo Oh
Holy crap why don't i have this!?
Must download now. But wait! I'm at work!
Woe is me unhappy - :(
06 Jul 09, 15:45
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
Cool. This may come in handy...
Thanks!
EDIT: Is there a way to make it input console commands at startup? If for instance, I had a MP mod that I wanted to play with bots, could I tell the HLLP to put in the command "addbot" 8 times?
06 Jul 09, 16:14
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Type in addbot 8 in the additional parameters textbox. Hopefully that should work.
06 Jul 09, 17:01
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
Thanks.
But I've also been getting an error;
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Unable to launch the game.
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Did I install it wrong, is it not supposed to be put in the HL directory? it's set so read from my HL directory, and all my mods are there...
06 Jul 09, 17:19
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
It doesn't matter where you put it, as long as all the files from the zip (including the dll's) are together.
Finally, try not to run the exe from the zip file, extract all file first.

Do you have use WON HL or Steam HL?
How did you launched it (via the contextmenu or via the UI itself (by doublclicking an item))?
06 Jul 09, 19:32
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
I am using WON, and I was trying to use the UI.
The files are in my HL directory.
07 Jul 09, 12:03
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Any way i can talk to you via instant message?
Are you on Steam, MSN or IRC? It would be much faster for me to figure out the problem.
07 Jul 09, 17:52
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
:/
I have steam (JeffMOD) but I haven't been able to update so I've been offline for 1-200 something days. X(
I may try reinstalling steam again to see if that helps. I'll let you know if I get it working.
08 Jul 09, 12:11
By The Mad Carrot
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Karottenjung
Please try to hurry up, i want this fixed, this is important to me.
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