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Downloading SLADE[]

Slade can be downloaded from the official site (official builds) or from the DRD Team SVN site (development builds).

Note: The official builds are compiled with Microsoft Visual C++ 2010. They are therefore incompatible with Windows 95 or 98, and are dependent on the MSVC 2010 runtime library, which can be obtained from here. If you do not have them installed already, you will get an error message syaing that MSVCP100.dll is not found. You have to install the library using the above link; downloading just the DLLs won't work. The SVN builds are compiled with Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 and do not have these requirements.

Installing SLADE[]

All that is needed is to extract the files from the downloaded archive in a directory. An archiver such as 7-Zip can do this task.

A SLADE directory should contain the following files:

  • Slade.exe
  • Slade.pdb (optional, separate download)
  • slade.pk3
  • FreeImage.dll (windows only)
  • audiere.dll (windows only)
  • portable (optional)

If a file named portable is found in the SLADE directory, SLADE will work as a portable application and will create and store its configuration folders in the same directory. Otherwise, it will create and store them in the system-provided user directory (typically, C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Slade3 in a Windows Vista or 7 system). The content of the file does not actually matter; its existence is all that is needed.

Slade.pdb is only used to generate the stack trace when SLADE crashes. If the file is not present, the crash report will not contain useful data. In normal circumstances, it is not needed.

FreeImage.dll is a library created by the FreeImage project used to handle most standard graphic formats (BMP, JPG, TGA, GIF, PCX, etc.). Different versions of this library exist, and they are not all compatible with SLADE: older versions may lack a needed function, newer versions may have altered previous behavior. For instance, SLumpEd uses an older version of FreeImage and both cannot be placed in the same directory as a result. For this reason, an appropriate version of FreeImage.dll is included in a SLADE3 download.

Slade3.log contains a log of all console message, as well as a copy of the crash report, if any.

Slade.pk3 is a zip file which contains the resources and definitions needed by SLADE to function properly. When run for the first time, SLADE3 will generate two directories, named config and palettes. They mirror the organization of slade.pk3 and allow users to add more content without having to modify this file.