The Ultimate Stunts track editor (ustuntstrackedit)
The Ultimate Stunts track editor will allow you to make new tracks and edit
existing tracks. Currently (version 0.7.6), the track editor is still very
limited: it is only possible to place/remove tiles on the track,
and to import tracks from the original Stunts game.
Currently, the user interface is still quite simple. In the main window, the
following items are visible:
The tool bar contains buttons for things like loading and saving tracks.
- A 3D view of the track
- The name of the track on top of the 3D view
- A Statusbar below the 3D view
- A tool bar on the top of the screen
- The edit tool on the left
Most items can be used with the mouse. For moving around in the 3D
view, the following controls can be used:
The "cursor" position is visible as the position of the blinking tile. The
vertical column of tiles on the cursor position is also visible as a white box
- "Dragging" with the left mouse button: rotate the camera view
- "Dragging" with the right mouse button: zoom in / zoom out
- Arrow keys: move the cursor left/right/forward/backward
- PgUp/PgDn keys: move the cursor up/down
The "blinking" of the cursor shows two states of the track: the current state,
and what it will look like when you press the Enter key. Sometimes there will
be no difference, and in those cases, you won't see the blinking.
Ultimate Stunts will support multiple editing tools, but currently (version
0.7.6) there is only one tool, which allows you to insert/remove individual
tiles. The user interface of that tool can be seen in the left part of the
screen, but there are also keyboard shortcuts.
The default mode of this tool is to replace the tile on the cursor position
with the selected tile. So, when you click on the OK button in the tool
interface (or press Enter), the selected tile is placed on the
cursor position. Any existing tile on that position will be removed in the
The "+"-button is similar to the OK-button, but it does not replace the tile
on the cursor position. Instead, it Combines the existing and selected tile.
The other two buttons can be used for rotating the selected tile, and for
erasing the existing tile on the cursor position.
The following keys can be used as shortcuts:
When you place tiles on the track, you can see that the route information is
automatically updated. Whenever the program detects a problem in the route,
it will display a question mark at the last correct tile of the route.
- Enter: place the tile (like the OK button).
- Insert: place the tile (like the "+"-button).
- Delete: remove tiles on the cursor position (like the eraser
- Tab: select another tile model.
- Shift+Tab: select another tile model (browses tile
models in opposite direction).
- r: rotate the tile model (like the rotate button).
- Ctrl+z: undo the last action.
- Ctrl+Shift+z: redo the last undone action.
Currently, the sizes of the track cannot be changed, and environment settings
(background, lighting etc.) cannot be edited. With the current version (0.7.5),
all those things need to be done manually in the track file.
Managing the tiles collection
Sooner or later, you'll want to use a certain tile type, but you can't find it
in the tile collection of your track. In this section, you can read how to add
and remove tiles to/from your tile collection. The tile collection tool can be
accessed by clicking on its button in the toolbar (see image).
The main screen of the tiles collection tool looks like the image below. All
tiles currently available in your collection are visible, and you have several
options for changing this collection:
Removing a single tile from the collection can be done by clicking on that tile,
and then choose the option to delete it.
- You can change the settings of an existing tile by clicking on it
- You can add a new tile to your collection
- You can remove all unused tiles. It's a smart thing to do this once your
track is finished, because it will make the track load faster.
- Finally, you can leave the tile collection tool and return to the main menu
Changing the scenery settings
With the scenery settings tool, some settings can be changed that control things like
the background image and the lighting conditions. The scenery settings tool contains a
preview of what the settings look like. The preview is not a 100% accurate
representation, but it should give you a rough idea of what it will look like.
Resizing the track
Resizing the track can be done with the resize tool. When you click on this tool,
the track editor asks you how much the track needs to be resized in each of the
compass directions (north, south, east, west). Note that the 'north' direction is
displayed in red in the compass (bottom left of the screen). You can increase the size
of the track in a certain direction by entering a positive number, or you can decrease
it by giving a negative number.
The effect of increasing the size of the track is not immediately visible, because the
new tile positions are still empty. However, you can move the cursor into the newly
created space and fill it with tiles.
Importing Stunts tracks
One of the options in the track editor toolbar is to import a track from the
original "Stunts" (4D Sports Driving) game. If you feel like the current track
editor is still too limited, you can make your tracks in Stunts and import
them in Ultimate Stunts. You can also use this function to import your large
collection of Stunts tracks.
Configuring the Stunts import function
Note: this is an advanced topic. You can use the import function without knowing
how to change its settings. The default settings are probably good enough for most
The Stunts import function can be configured by modifying a file that is
located in the Ultimate Stunts data directory: misc/trackedit.conf. In this
configuration file, almost the entire track import process can be customized
with the variables in the [trkimport] section.
This import process has the following steps:
1: Load a template track
Ultimate Stunts loads an ordinary Ultimate Stunts track file, which will act
as a starting point for the converted track. This track will be modified later
depending on the contents of the .trk file. The filename of this template
track can be set with the templatefile variable, for instance:
templatefile = misc/trackedit.template
The template track has to be at least 30*30 tiles wide and long, and at least
2 tiles high, or more, depending on the configuration of the rest of the
import process. All the tiles and textures that will ever be used in the rest
of the process should be present in the template track. The initial state of
the tiles should be a flat, horizontal ground.
2: Load the terrain
next, the terrain and tile item bytes in the .trk file are processed. All the
byte values here are hexadecimal values, but without the usual 0x prefix.
What happens here, depends first on the terrain:
When a terrain byte with the hexadecimal value xy is processed, it is
done according to the variable terrain_xy in the conf file. When an
item byte with the value pq is processed, it is done according to the
variable tile_pq. Finally, for the terrain bytes between 07 and 0a,
processing a combination of terrain byte xy and item byte pq is
done according to the variable terrain_xy_pq.
- If the terrain byte is 00 (flat ground), only the item byte is
- If the terrain byte is is between (including) 01 and 05
(water), then first a water tile is placed by processing the
terrain byte, and then the item byte is processed.
- If the terrain byte is 06 (high flat ground), then the item
byte is processed, and afterwards the tile height is
- If the terrain byte is between (including) 07 and 0a
(diagonal ground), then a tile is placed depending on the
combination of terrain and tile byte
- For other tiles, only the terrain byte is processed (on other
tiles a Stunts track never has any item
All values of the variables terrain_xy, terrain_xy_pq and
tile_pq have the same format. This value contains zero or more units
of the following form:
Every of these units causes one tile to be changed. The values x,y,z tell which
tile will be changed. tileID/rotation/altitude are the new settings of the
tile, with the same meaning as the three values in the track file format.
x,y and z are a position relative to the tile that is being processed. x and y
are the relative horizontal position in the track, and z is the layer in the
track (the vertical position). So, 0,0,0 is the lowest tile on the processed
position, 0,0,1 is the second-layer tile on that position, etc.. Positions
like 1,0,0 or 0,1,2 are outside the tile that is being processed, but changing
them is allowed to support for large tiles.
The "large tile" item values fd, fe and ff are not processed.