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A reference to all the various tooling that may be involved with developing Fallout 4. This page will include official, community made, and third party software projects.

Armor and Clothing Design[edit | edit source]

  • Marvelous Designer: A 3D digital painting and sculpting software for Model Files, specifically for clothing and armor.
    • Marvelous Designer
    • As of this writing, offers perpetual licensing as well as monthly subscriptions.
  • Outfit Studio: A 3D digital sculpting tool for Model Files, specifically clothing, armor, and body creation/conversion.

Audio and Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Audacity: Open source, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Sound Files.
  • Creation Kit ESM Version Check Patch: A patch to remove the ESM version check from 32-bit Creation Kit so that lip files can be generated after patch 1.10.162.

Character Design and Animation[edit | edit source]

  • F4Biped Animation Rig: An animation kit for first person, third person, and vanilla animation import for Actor Model Files.
  • Face Ripper: A tool to transfer the player character face from one plugin to another.
    • Face Ripper
    • Used for the creation of companion mods or unique NPC mods.
  • Fallout 4 Animation Kit: A detailed guide with tools and plugins for importing and exporting animations for Actor Model Files.

Documentation, Planning, and Promotion[edit | edit source]

  • Canva: A web-based multimedia design tool with which one can generate visual content for websites and social media.
  • Google docs: A web-based word processor.
  • LibreOffice: An open-source office productivity software suite.
  • OBS - Open Broadcaster Software: Open source software for video recording and live streaming.
  • Pastebin: A web-based text editor.
  • Scrivener: A word processing, metadata, note-taking, and outlining management software suite.
  • Trello: A web-based list-making application for projects.
    • Trello
    • Project boards are set up similarly to GitHub projects.
  • Free, open-source website management software.
  • Free and paid website hosting service using open-source code.

Plugin Management[edit | edit source]

  • Stupid Simple Plugin Manager: A plugin management software.
  • Wrye Bash: A plugin management software.

Textures and Models[edit | edit source]

  • GIMP: An open source image manipulation software for Texture Files.
  • Inkscape: A free vector graphics program for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
    • Inkscape
    • Used for complex paintings, illustrations, logos, poster art, HUD elements, etc. Adobe Illustrator's free competition.
  • Material Editor: An editor for Material Files, both .bgsm and .bgem extensions.
    • Material Editor
    • There is also a Material Editor that came with the Creation Kit in the tools folder.
  • Materialize: An open source PBR texture generation tool for creating custom Texture Files for Windows 64.
  • Mudbox: A 3D digital painting & sculpting software for Model Files and Texture Files.
  • Quixel Mixer: A PBR texture generation tool for creating custom Texture Files.
  • Substance Painter: A 3D digital painting software for Texture Files.
  • Texconv.exe: A command-line texture compression and mip-map generation utility.
    • Texconv.exe is found in the Elric folder under Tools in the Fallout 4 folder after installing the Creation Kit.
    • Microsoft Texconv documentation
  • TexconvGUI: A simple GUI for Microsoft's Texconv and can be used for grayscale heightmaps among other things if one does not have access to Adobe Photoshop.
  • XboxDDSTextureLoader: For use by qualified Xbox One XDK developers, allows you to see Xbox textures ("XBOX" FourCC pixel format) on your PC.

User Interface[edit | edit source]

  • SoThink SWF Decompiler: A Flash decompiler to convert SWF to FLA and extract SWF resources. Windows and Mac versions.

Utilities[edit | edit source]

  • 7zip: A free data compression tool for Windows and Linux. It supports RAR 2, 3, 4, and 5 formats as well as ZIP format.
  • Champollion Pex to Papyrus Decompiler: A command line tool to decompile PEX binary files into human-readable PSC files.
  • HxD: A binary file editing software for raw data manipulation.
    • HxD
    • Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code have plugins for viewing raw data.
  • Inspiration Pad Pro: A random data generation program.
  • StringBuilder: A utility for building incremental strings upon copy and pasting.
  • WinRAR: A Windows data compression tool that focuses on the RAR and ZIP data compression formats for all Windows users.

Version Control and Bug Tracking[edit | edit source]

  • AFKTrack: A bug tracking application designed for mod authors.
  • GitHub: A web-based GUI for Git that provides hosting for software development version control.
    • GitHub
    • You can also make static websites and have a wiki for your mod project.
  • Perforce: Free version control for up to 5 users and 20 workspaces.

Worldspaces[edit | edit source]

  • A web-based tool for real-world height map data.
  • Wilbur: A fractal map generator for terrain data height maps.
  • WorldMachine: A procedural painting and sculpting tool for generating terrain height maps for import into the Creation Kit.
    • WorldMachine
    • Free version produces height maps that are 512 x 512.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • There are plenty of other tools that can be used and listed.
  • If a tool would be linked to directly, multiple times, then consider creating a standalone tool page and adding it to the Tooling category.

See Also[edit | edit source]