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CNC Zero Hour

GenTool Documentation

Upload Mode
GenTool's Upload Mode will collect screen shots, the replay and additional information as text and upload them on a file server after a multiplayer match was completed. During upload, you can still start a new game. If you attempt to quit the application during upload, the game will pause and wait till upload is complete. All uploaded files are available online and can be viewed by anyone. This feature is always enabled by default. You can toggle it on/off in GenTool menu.
Benefits:
  • Allows opponent to see images on how you saw your game
  • Saves all replays on your Computer
  • Instant uploads your replays without extra work
  • Generates quick replay information
  • Easy to use - requires no extra program launch or registration
  • Transparent results accessible for anyone
Downsides:
  • Additional internet traffic
  • Does not prevent cheating of others
  • Results are not live


You can toggle upload mode in GenTool's menu to 4 different settings:
  • OFF
    turns upload mode off
  • ON
    uploads all data but does not save anything on the users machine
  • SAVE REP
    uploads all data and keeps replays in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GenTool
  • SAVE ALL
    uploads all data and keeps all files including images in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GenTool

Technical Details


Files for upload are stored on the disk temporarily. A folder will be created at %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GenTool (Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\GenTool ; type in Windows Explorer).

All collected replays and text information will be stored in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GenTool\replays\_game_\_data_\. Make sure you have a little disk space left for storing files. Data for Generals (ccg) and Zero Hour (zh) are split in separate folders.

Use as Replay Saver
You can use GenTool as an automatic replay saver. However it will not store replays smaller than 5 kb or with less than two human players.

Generating an image in your game will pause your game for 5 to 10 milliseconds. This is a 100th of a second or 0.01 FPS. That means it will not influence your gaming experience at all.

If files fail uploading, the program will retry the operation later.
If you attempt to close the game during an active upload, the shutdown sequence will idle till the upload is done.

All uploaded data can be browsed at: http://gentool.net/data

Download many files at once
You can use plugins like DownThemAll to batch download many files from GenTool's file server.

All upload mode file actions are logged in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GenTool\gentool.log. This file is erased when you restart the game.