About This File
Author: ndix UR
Release: January 2020
Convert TGA images to TPC format for use in KotOR and TSL.
TPC files contain the information from a TXI file (so the TXI file is no longer needed when a TPC file is used), and can be uncompressed or compressed with either DXT1 or DXT5.
Advanced features like animation and cubemap layering are initiated by the presence of specific TXI directives like cube 1 and proceduretype cycle.
For some reason, the game really wants normal maps to be in TPC format. This will let you create and use full 32-bit color normal maps without having to make them into simple height maps by using indexed color.
The tool is free, open source, and cross-platform. Code is available at https://github.com/ndixUR/tga2tpc
How do I set it up?
Windows: unzip the package, run tga2tpc.exe
Mac: unzip the package, move tga2tpc.app to /Applications, run it
* This is not a signed application, so you have to do whatever is required to run non-MAS applications on your MacOS version.
How do I use it?
Drag files in and hit start. There shouldn't be much more to it than that. Using square and/or power of 2 sized textures is a good idea (sometimes required), TXI information is optional, and the settings are pretty much self-explanatory. The nature of TPC alpha blending is not necessarily intuitive so you may need to seek information to use it properly.
How Automatic encoding mode selects encoding for each texture in the queue:
- 24bpp TGA = DXT1
- 32bpp TGA = DXT5
- 8bpp TGA = 8bpp uncompressed
- isbumpmap1 or compresstexture 0 in TXI data = 24 or 32bpp uncompressed
- Create cubemaps
- Create animated textures
- Automatic compression selection based on trends from the vanilla game
- DXT1/5 Compression available (requires 2^n texture size)
- Horizontal/Vertical flip, for those pesky wrongly oriented TGA files
- Bicubic downsampling for mipmaps (precomputed lower detail versions of the texture, part of the TPC format)
- Control texture alpha blending setting (part of TPC format), can be loaded from TXI file comments of the form: "# alphablending 0.67"
- Cannot create uncompressed animated textures.
- Using 4:1 and wider size ratios for individual frames of animated textures seem to crash the game. 2:1 is fine, 1:4 is fine, etc.
- Only for converting from TGA to TPC. For TPC to TGA, use Kotor Tool, xoreos-tools, etc.
- Progress bar doesn't update as often as you might want.
- Bicubic downsample is not fast.
- The package size is large. This is the cost of easy cross-platform GUI support. All electron applications are large like this.
- You are likely to have problems trying to read TGAs from folders containing markup entities/encoded characters (like ')
DarthParametric for inciting the creation of this tool, and doing the testing.
DrMcCoy and all the contributors to xoreos, whose TPC decoding implementation provided the basis for the TPC library herein.
bead-v for moral support.
What's New in Version 2.1.0 See changelog
- New feature! Automatic is the new default encoding, it follows the vanilla encoding trends, giving you DXT-1 for 24-bit TGA, DXT-5 for 32-bit TGA, uncompressed for 8-bit grayscale, and uncompressed for normal maps. For specific batches, you can still select specific encodings as you had to do every time before.
- Faster and more efficient vertical/horizontal image flipping (including one necessary vertical reorientation that is part of every conversion)
- Handles 8bpp grayscale TGA input images (there are a couple old-timey bumpmaps using this in the vanilla TPC corpus). No other way to request grayscale output, however.
- Really fixed non-square texture handling, including the preview images
- New mode to read commented alpha blending numbers from TXI files when they are present, as in: '# alphablending 0.67'. This is not something any released TPC converters do that I am aware of, but it's easy to implement.