Author : -gnartsch-
"TDS Text Extractor & Checker" is a small Java-program that allows you to extract all the texts from a TDS fan mission and which also checks for a couple of formal issues that could be found within.
The texts in TDS are hard to review, since the texts contain a lot of TDS
specific formatting which is not really relevant when it comes to proof-reading
Also, the files are distributed over various directories and keeping the content consistent may become difficult, if you do not know which text refers to which topics.
The tool can help here a lot, because it
So, you can pick the output file that was created by the tool and
OK, so far I told you only half of the story ;-)
Besides extracting the texts, the tool also automatically scans the text-files
for common problems, which may cause the content to appear broken IN-GAME.
You will see such problems in the outputfile being commented with ### ATTENTION ###, followed by a description of the problem.
There are a couple of known issues, which may cause text to appear broken or not at all in-game:
The tool identifies such issues and the warning stated in the output file should tell you what to look at.
TDSTextExtractor (TDSTextExtractor_v0.5.2.zip, 11 KB)
After download, extract to any folder of your choice. E.g. into
In order to use "TDS Text Extractor & Checker" you need to have :
tdschecker.bat C:\games\TDS_FMS\my_mission english
Now you can fetch the file and give it to someone for review, feed it to your favorite spell-checker, or simply scan the file yourself in order to see if some texts are not translated yet...