See also PMC Editing Wiki: Tools.
This page is about editing tools, which are NOT specifically for the game titles we feature in our site. They are just the backbone of any good developers arsenal.
Check out PMC Tactical forum General Editing (tools) area.
The heavy hardcore industry standard 3d modeling and animation program.
Gmax is a light version of 3DS Max, aimed for gaming community, its free of charge but is not supported anymore.
Quite popular free of charge program.
Another well known, big bulky modeling program.
Polygon Cruncher (3DS Max Plugin)
3DS Max Plugin that will remove polygons from your objects, can easily help by creating lower poly resolution LODs.
Model, paint, render, animate, sculpt. Their homepage also has nice coverage of video tutorials. Modo is becoming (if not already) industry standard for 3D modeling.
Free 3D modeling software.
Freeware 3D modeling software.
UV Mapping software.
UV mapping software.
Tree, bush, plant, vegetation generator software.
ngPlant, powerPlant, treeD and arbaro.
The best archive / packing software today, both for Linux and Windows. Only use 7-Zip. Its archive util which has more powerful packing capabilities than RAR, however its not scene accepted at 2021 yet (being reason for Linux support or whatever, its just not there yet). RAR and 7-Zip are compatible between each other.
7-Zip has command line version available for both Linux and Windows, this is very useful packing backups and addons/mods.
When you use 7-Zip makes sure to have enabled archive format: 7z, compression level: Ultra and compression method: LZMA2. These options create extremely small file size .7z archive packets.
RAR was good and still is scene accepted archive program, both for Linux and Windows. It will make the packets much smaller than zip, maybe even 25-50mb on large files, its amazing difference. RAR can also open zips and many other archive formats. DO NOT USE RAR anymore, you should use 7-Zip instead.
ZIP was hardcore the good old times, now it has died. DO NOT USE ZIP anymore, just use 7-Zip nowadays as its better in all areas.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Free and open source software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
Free open source command line image converter. GraphicsMagick Image Processing System. Must have for all serious addon/mod developers.
Free open source command line image converter. Use GraphicsMagick instead, its more advanced.
Commercial garbage image editing proprietary program, somewhat difficult to learn for beginners but this tool really is feature rich and good to use (once you master it).
Crazy Bump is nice tool to create normal/specular maps. Its command line driven and has free and commercial versions.
Jasc Paint Shop Pro
PSP is much lighter and easier to use than Photoshop. Jasc was purchased by Corel, so now they say PSP is located in their web page, go figure if its the same tool anymore.
Homepage (Corel) here.
Discontinued. Luxology's seamless texture generator, stand alone and Photoshop plugin. ImageSynth v2.0 is the last version released before they discontinued it due bugs and lack of support.
Image viewer mostly, but can also batch convert images to other formats. Excellent image viewer.
Seamless texture generator.
Substance Designer and Substance Painter 2
3D Painter and Seamless texture generator.
3D Painter, Normals toolkit etc.
The Foundry MARI
3D Painter, Texture Mapping etc.
Normal map and seamless texture generator.
Normal map generator.
Normal map generator.
Used for lots of stuff. Check out Active Perl for Windows (Linux has Perl built in or easy to get etc).
PowerGREP is a powerful Windows grep tool, its very useful to search, replace/modify several text files with simple to complex regexp search phrases.
RegExpBuddy is powerful regexp software for all your regular expressions needs. It can be linked to other editors like EditPadPro. Learn, Create, Understand, Test, Use and Save Regular Expressions.
TortoiseSVN is an SVN client, used to version control a source codes etc. Check out tutorial how to install this client here.
Cool Edit Pro / Adobe Audition
Cool Edit Pro changed its name to Adobe Audition. Integrated audio recording, mixing, editing, and mastering. Record, mix, edit, and master digital audio files with powerful tools that bring flexibility and control to your desktop studio.
GoldWave is a top rated, professional digital audio editor.
Steinberg WaveLab 6
WaveLab 6 - Audio Editing and Mastering Suite. WaveLab 6 is the all-in-one solution for professional mastering, high resolution multi-channel audio editing, audio restoration, sample design and radio broadcast work right through to complete CD/DVD-A production.
Some sort of audio editing tool by ex Sony nowadays Magix
The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor. Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Its a terrain generator which uses all sorts of “advanced” stuff to create the terrain in steps.
Wilbur is a free terrain editor, this is very easy to use and even has some terrain erosion features.
You never ever should use windows notepad or wordpad to edit OFP/ArmA configs or rvmat etc scripts. So here is few much better text editing utilities which include syntax highlighting and such.
Excellent text editor with syntax highlighting and other features.
Its a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.
Powerful Text and Hex editor, can search and replace text in multiple files / directories.