Wiimms SZS Tools

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Wiimms SZS Tools
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Author: Wiimm
Operating Systems: Linux (i386,x86_64),
Windows (Cygwin).
Software Type: File manager, decoding and encoding toolset.
Compression Formats: Yaz0, Yaz1, WBZ.
Archive Formats: SZS, U8, WU8, PACK, RARC, BRRES, BREFF, BREFT.
File Formats: BMG, BTI, KCL, KMG, KMP, MDL0, PAT0, TPL, TEX0, PNG, OBJ, StaticR.rel, main.dol, CT-CODE, LE-CODE, LEX, ObjFlow, GeoHit, ItemSlot, minigame.
Image formats: I4, I8, IA4, IA8, RGB565, RGB5A3, RGBA32, C4, C8, C14X2, CMPR.
Current Version: v2.13a, 2020-02-15
Website: szs.wiimm.de

Wiimms SZS Tools has a spelling error, you should see but as a brand name.

Introduction

Wiimms SZS Tools is a set of different tools to manipulate SZS, U8, RARC, BRRES, BREFF and BREFT archives and BMG, BTI, KCL, KMP, MDL0, TPL, TEX0 and StaticR.rel files. All tools are command line tools and run without any interaction. The tools are available for Linux, Mac and Windows. The main goal is to run them in batch files and scripts to automate recurring jobs. At the moment there are 8 tools:

  • wszst : Wiimms SZS Tool (handles SZS, U8, RARC, BRRES, BREFF and BREFT archives)
  • wbmgt : Wiimms BMG Tool (convert and patch BMG files in binary and text format).
  • wimgt : Wiimms Image Tool (convert and patch image files of Mario Kart Wii).
  • wkclt : Wiimms KCL Tool (convert raw KCL files from/into obj format).
  • wkmpt : Wiimms KMP Tool (handles raw and text KMP files, read text files like a compiler).
  • wpatt : Wiimms PAT Tool (handles raw and text PAT0 files, read text files like a compiler).
  • wstrt : Wiimms StaticR Tool (handles StaticR.rel and main.dol files of Mario Kart Wii).
  • wctct : Wiimms CT-CODE Tool (handles CT(GP)-CODE to allow >32 tracks).
  • wlect : Wiimms LE-CODE Tool (handles the LE-CODE extension by Leseratte)

One main goal is the fully automated track name replacement. The tools together can do this. Another goal is to extract all sub files recursively and transforming they into user friendly file formats (like text of png files) and support recreation of the original source files.

There is also a little How To.

Main Features

  • The tools are command line tools. This means, that there is no GUI support. The main advantage is, that you can place commands into scripts (batch files) for fully automated execution → More about command line.
  • wszst is the main SZS tool. It has a fast Yaz0 compressor with the best compression rates.
  • The wszst command CHECK can help you to find bugs in your track.
  • The new wszst command SLOTS makes a track proposal for working and non working slots.
  • The KCL tool wkclt can create KCL files from scratch (they become as small as possible) by reading an OBJ file. It can also export an existing KCL to an OBJ file with colors to make a KCL visible.
  • The KMP tool wkmpt can decode and compile (yes, it's a real compiler with loops and other control structures) KMP files.
    • While compiling, it can overide some parameters for debugging or optimization.
    • The KMP compiler can use the KCL to find optimal vertical positions of objects and route points. This is good for visual debugging.
  • The wkmpt command DRAW creates an OBJ file with KCL and add route positions and other objects of the KMP.
  • The wszst command PATCH can transform whole tracks inkl. KCL, KMP, MODEL, MINIMAP and VRCORN. Transforming means any combinations of scaling, rotating and shifting with different factors for each axis.
  • The wszst command MINIMAP can center the minimap automatically. You can use this command with SZS, U8, BRRES and MDL0 files.
  • The image tool wimgt can convert images of all formats:
    • It can convert the file formats TPL, TEX0, BTI, BREFT and PNG to any other.
    • It can convert the Image Formats I4, I8, IA4, IA8, RGB565, RGB5A3, RGBA32, C4, C8, C14X2 and CMPR to any other.
    • It supports the palette formats IA8, RGB565 and RGB5A3.
    • It can automatically create mipmaps, or it can use user defined mipmaps and create only missed mipmaps automatically.
    • It can patch images with other images.

Last Features

BMG

As of v2.08a all 4 known BMG encodigs (CP1252, UTF-16, Shift-JIS and UTF-8) are supported. The attribute size has been increased from 16 to 36 bytes to support some more games.

LE-CODE

LE-CODE is a new MKW extension and works like CT-CODE. To support it, the new tool wlect was created. The tool and the complete LE-CODE support is experimental. No documentation is available, support will be denied for the moment, and there currently is no way for normal end users to create a LE-CODE distribution.

Mipmaps

As of v1.65a, the mipmap creation and the related options changed. Follow the links to SZS Docu for more details:

History and Download

Wiimm started the development of his SZS Tools in March 2011. The first goal was to automate the insertions of the track names for Wiimms Mario Kart Fun distributions. Therefore 2 tools have been needed: A SZS extractor and creator and a BMG manipulator. The 2 tools wszst and wbmgt were ready in April 2011. After this, Wiimm implemented an Image-Tool (wimgt), an StaticR.rel tool (wstrt), a KMP tool (wkmpt) and a KCL tool (wkclt). Other tools were added later. The last added tool is wlect to manage LE-CODE and LEX files. All tools are command line tools to support scripts and fully automated operations.

Latest Change Log

szs v2.13a r8146 - 2020-02-15

 - XPF: Added support for negation flag of references to definition objects.

 - New keywords for option --kmp:
    - RM-LECODE: Remove all objects from section GOBJ, that are only relevant
      for LE-CODE. The result is a minimized section for standard code.
    - PURGE-GOBJ: Remove all objects from section GOBJ that are neither a
      valid object nor a definiton object for LE-CODE.

 - wszst ANALYSE + Check KMP: Analysis of KTPT, ENPT and ITPT to find values
   outside range +-131071 where items can not be used online. Additionally a
   recommendation for using option --shift and/or LEX section SET1 is printed.


szs v2.12b r8135 - 2020-02-09

 - Bug fixes for LEX parser:
    - Section TEST: Command @ENGINE wasn't implemented.
    - Symbols LEX$OO_AUTO and LEX$GM_AUTO were not defined.

 - New option: --lex-purge: Delete LEX sections without any impact. Delete
   sub-file course.lex if it no longer contains a section.

 - Tools wstrt option --clean-dol: HTTPS modifications are now also reset.


szs v2.12a r8129 - 2020-02-07

 - Parser: Bug fix for shift-right operator if shifted value is an integer.

 - If using --force or --kmp=force, the KMP scanner ignores the size stored in
   the file header and uses the file size instead.

 - New command: wkmpt diff: Compare the KMP of two or more sources (KMP,
   KMP-text or SZS). Each KMP will be converted into the internal format,
   fixed and patched controlled by options. The known sections are compared,
   some of them sorted before.

 - New option to support wkmpt diff: --diff=list: List of KMP sections names
   that should be compared. Additional keywords possible.

 - New option to support wkmpt diff: --epsilon=float: When comparing floating
   point numbers, 2 numbers are considered identical if their difference is
   less than or equal to epsilon.

 - New option: --repair-xpflags: Load a KMP file and use it to repair the
   settings of the extended presence flags, if they are destroyed by another
   KMP tool. --repxpf is a short cut for this option.

 - Option --auto-add was broken for objects, if flags (bits 10-12) were set.
   Bit 12 is used by extended presence flags (XPF).

 - Support of random selections of KMP/GOBJ objects:
    - 6 random scenarios supported.
    - New keyword for option --gamemodes: RANDOM.
    - Command wkmpt GAMEMODES can list and command wszst DUPLICATE can create
      up to 1573 variants now.
    - Added a LEX/TEST parameter to force a random mode for testing.

 - New LEX section SET1 for various settings. The first parameter defines 3
   factors to increase the range for items outside -131071 and +131071.

 - New LEX section HIPT: Define places, where the position tracker is hidden.

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Tools Overview

wszst (Wiimms SZS Tool)

wszst is a command driven tool to manipulate archives:

  • Supported archive formats: SZS, U8, RARC, BRRES, BREFF and BREFT.
  • It can extract all subfiles of any archive.
  • While extracting some file formats can be decoded (converted to text or PNG files).
  • It can create all (but not RARC archives) while readind and scanning a directory structure. Decoded files are encoded automatically.

Tool wszst: Features, commands and options

wbmgt (Wiimms BMG Tool)

wbmgt is a command driven tool to manipulate BMG (message) files.
Tool wbmgt: Features, commands and options

wkclt (Wiimms KCL Tool)

wkclt is a command driven tool to convert KCL files into/from binary KCL from/into Wavefront OBJ files.
Tool wkclt: Features, commands and options
General parser syntax and semantics
KCL export and import guide

wkmpt (Wiimms KMP Tool)

wkmpt is a command driven tool to convert KMP files into/from binary from/into text files. A special compiler is used to allow variables, expressions, if..then..else, loops, macros and user defined functions while reading a KMP text file.
Tool wkmpt: Features, commands and options
General parser syntax and semantics
KMP text syntax and semantics
KMP parser functions
How to edit KMP files

wimgt (Wiimms Image Tool)

wimgt is a command driven tool to convert and aptch graphic images:

  • wimgt supports the file formats BREFT, BTI, TEX0, TPL and PNG as export and import type.
  • wimgt supports the internal image formats I4, I8, IA4, IA8, RGB565, RGB5A3, RGBA32, C4, C8, C14X2 and CMPR (and also different PNG formats).

Tool wimgt: Features, commands and options

wstrt (Wiimms StaticR Tool)

wstrt is a command driven tool to manipulate StaticR files of Mario Kart Wii.
Tool wstrt: Features, commands and options

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