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Things you may not have known...


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1. You can Search for designs by specific factions.

2. You can limit Search results to designs for which you have a miniature.

3. You can re-order the weapons in the listings, however you want them.

4. A quick way to select an existing weapon from the weapon listing.

5. You can get the weapons from designs with custom weapons.

 


1. You can search for designs by specific factions.

When choosing 'Mechs, vehicles or whatever from any of the HeavyMetal programs, you can select designs that are used only by specific Inner Sphere houses or Clans. To do this, go to the Tech Base dropdown, which defaults to All, and also has Inner Sphere, Clan and Select. Choose Select, and a screen will pop up from which you can choose specific factions from. Whatever factions you choose here, the designs selected will have access to them.

I downloaded and installed the latest HeavyMetal Pro update, but when I run it I get an error message saying that the weapon files are not up to date and to reinstall the program. What do I need to do, reinstall?

No, chances are you don't need to reinstall. What you've done is unzipped the new update file into a directory other than the HeavyMetal Pro main directory (normally c:\Program Files\HeavyMetal Pro). When you run the new file from its incorrect location, it can't find the weapon and other support files, as they're not in the expected directory, and gives this error message. To fix this, simply copy the update file(s) (normally Hvypro.exe) to your HMPro directory, overwriting the older file, and run the program with the standard Start menu shortcut.

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2. You can limit search results to designs for which you have a miniature.

Just like with 1 above, searching for specific factions, you can use the extra Clan or Inner Sphere factions to indicate whether or not you have a miniature of the design. Then you selections can be limited to those where you can put your "iron" on the table. Of course, you have to first go through and load and save designs that you have minis for.

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3. You can re-order the weapons in the listings, however you want them.

Especially with HeavyMetal Pro, whenever you exit the Distribution screen, the weapon order can change. And with the other programs, the weapons stay in the order you enter them. But you don't have to leave them that way: Just select any weapon, and press the Control Key while pressing the Up or Down arrows; the weapon will be moved to the new location. You can change the order any way you like, using this feature. (I like to have my bigger weapons, or weapons I tend to forget about, like Anti-Missile Systems, up top, to make sure I don't forget about them. ;-)

A system using Windows 95 or above, at least a Pentium Class processor, 16MB RAM, 10MB hard drive space, a video card capable of displaying VGA (640X480), 256 colors (800X600, 24-bit color recommended), a CD ROM (if you have downloaded the program, this is not needed), a mouse or other pointing device, a printer for record sheets and other forms. More complete requirements are shown on the Program Requirements page.

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4. A quick way to select an existing weapon from the weapon listing.

Lots of time you want to make changes to a specific weapon, so on the Weapon Selection screen you choose it, make some changes, and hit Replace, only to find that you didn't first select the weapon you were using. A quick and easy way of selecting it is to double-click it in the current weapon listing. Doing so will highlight the weapon in the list above, and even set the quantity, location and ammo quantity, in the listing. From there you can easily make changes, say to the ammo quantity, and hit Replace.

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5. You can get the weapons from designs with custom weapons.

When someone sends you a neat design, which includes custom weapons, you probably know that the weapons are actually within the file itself, so will print correctly. What you may not know is that you can "absorb" the custom weapon from the design into your custom weapons database, and then use it in your own designs. To do this, highlight the weapon in the Weapon Selection screen, and click on the Absorb button. Confirm that you want to absorb it, then it's ready for your use on other designs.

I can't figure out how to change the number of arm actuators. HeavyMetal had checkboxes for this purpose, but I can't find anything like that in HMPro. Where do I do this?

HMPro uses a different method for adding or removing arm actuators. Go to the Distribution screen and right-click with the mouse on any arm actuators. A popup menu will appear which gives you the options you need to add or remove arm actuators. You can also armor the actuators in the same way.

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