Advanced Level Editor
|Level Editor redirects here. For the deprecated level editor, see Old Level Editor.|
The Advanced Level Editor, also referred to as the ALE or even Level Editor v1.2, is the latest version of the map editor, which was released along with the v1.20 update. The editor works best with webkit-based browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera Next, and Safari. Other browsers can use this, but some bugs will occur.
Unlike the old map editor, this editor is in beta status, and has not replaced the old one yet, although there have been some major differences between both editors, for example, opening a map constructed in the ALE will not load in the old editor, because both editors utilize different save files.
The Advanced Level Editor was last updated in version 1.32.
- 1 Tools
- 1.1 FreeEdit tool
- 1.2 Wall tool
- 1.3 Movable tool
- 1.4 Region tool
- 1.5 Pusher tool
- 1.6 Background tool
- 1.7 Water tool
- 1.8 Player/Enemy tool
- 1.9 Vehicle tool
- 1.10 Decoration tool
- 1.11 Gun tool
- 1.12 Light tool
- 1.13 Barrel tool
- 1.14 Trigger tool
- 1.15 Timer tool
- 1.16 Engine Mark tool
- 1.17 ScaleSelection tool
- 2 Controls and Keyboard Shortcuts
- 3 Known Errors
- 4 Open and closed source
- 5 External links
The FreeEdit tool is used for editing the properties of any object in the map. These properties include the size of walls, region type, and also the ID name of the object. Unlike the old map editor, new drop-down menus replace entering IDs for skins, materials, etc. and contains a list of selectable options for that object. Not only is it used for editing, it can be used to drag and resize walls, regions, pushers and all other resizable things in the map. Resizing can be done by either entering the size in the menu or by clicking the squares on the corners and dragging it around to the desired size.
The wall tool is for inserting walls into the map. Walls can be moved around and resized, and their material can be edited to one of the materials listed when selected. These materials include the following:
- Dark Plate
- Brown Concrete
Movables, more known as doors or elevators, can only be made by using the movable tool. Just like walls, it can be resized and moved around. Other things that can be edited for movables is its speed and its visibility. 'Speed' is set to 10 by default, but can be altered to any other number. 'Visibility' affects whether the door can be seen, with 'Yes' meaning that it can be seen, where 'No' means it cannot. Doors are also named automatically, with the first door being #door*1, and cannot also move by itself. Doors must rely on a trigger and region in order to actually move around.
The region tool allows users to make regions, which can be resized and moved around via FreeEdit. Regions are named automatically as #region*1 for the first, and affects how triggers are called. The 'Activation trigger' property defines what trigger is going to be called by the region selected, while 'Activation on' describes how the region is going to call the trigger. These include:
- Buttons (normal, red, blue, invisible with sound, invisible without sound, or visible without sound)
- Players entering a region (any, red, or blue)
- Character in or not in a vehicle
- Movable enters region
- All allies enter region
Pushers are areas that can levitate players a certain direction, or block off where players spawn in TDM and DM. Pushers are automatically named as #pushf*1, and can be resized and moved. In order for pushers to actually "push", a value must be entered to either 'Speed X' or 'Speed Y' spaces. Pushers set to levitate on Y speed will lift or drop entities vertically, with -Y being up and Y being down. The same goes for X, except X will levitate horizontally. -X is left and X value is right.
Stability damage affects the players/enemies who enter it. A value of 0 will do nothing, whereas 100 will knock the player down. Also, pushers can deal two types of damage to any player entering it, called base damage and slicing. Base damage just hurts the entity inside until death, whereas slicing damage slowly slices and hurts the entity until the body is sliced in half, similar to what killing rays do when a player/enemy walks through them.
Backgrounds can be made with this tool. They can be resized and moved around, and the material can be edited. These include:
- Ground and rocks
- White, Red, Green, or Blue
- Panel bright, dark, or default
- Impure canal
- Shadow background
- Custom background
This tool is for creating water. Just like walls and backgrounds, water can be resized and moved around. Water can also deal damage, although acid will appear and not water. Placing water on top of another area of water will darken it, making it more difficult to see if water is continously stacked on top of each other.
Players and Enemies are characters in the map, where players can be controlled and enemies cannot, unless they are allies and casual mode is on. Both have the same properties, with the exception of the ID names, where players are named as #player*1 and enemies as #actor*1. For a full list of skins and teams that can be set for both players and enemies, visit the map editor page. 'Hitpoints' determines what HP they begin with, while 'Max. Hitpoints' defines the maximum amount of HP they can have.
'Direction' indicates whether they first face left or right, and 'In car' determines if they will be in a vehicle, either by selecting a vehicle, or by setting this option to 'Detect automatically', which will place them in the nearest vehicle. 'AI behavior' should be used for enemies only, although players have this setting, too. This affects how enemies will behave, and ranges from following the player, to looking around, to simply standing in place. 'Trigger on death' will call the set trigger when the character's HP count reaches 0.
The vehicle tool is for creating vehicles to use in the map. These vehicles range from Corvettes to ropes and more. Vehicles are named #vehicle*1, when first created, and the direction they face can be changed from left to right. Vehicle models can be edited so that a drone, Corvette, or a Hound Walker-CS can be placed. The models that the vehicles can be changed with include:
- Mobile rO81-CS
- Hound Walker-CS
In order to equip a weapon to a vehicle, a gun must be created with the gun tool, and the gun model must be any vehicular weapon. The gun must be placed on the vehicle in the editor for it to be attached.
Decorations can be created with this tool, and are usually used to decorate the map. Decors cannot be resized, but they can be moved around, and are named as #decor*1.
The gun tool is used to create weapons throughout the map for vehicles and players/enemies to use. Like decors, they cannot be resized, the model chosen depicts how the gun will look and perform in-game. Guns can be set to be picked up by all players, or players in a specific team. Also, their upgrade levels can be set. These levels have a minimum of no upgrades to a maximum of level 3 upgrades. A full list of models that can be selected can be found in the map editor page.
The light tool is used to create lighting around the map and can only be moved. Lights are first named as #light*1, and its power can be changed. Power is how bright the light will be in the map and can affect map loading time. By default, the power is set to 0.4, but as stated, can be changed. Flares indicate whether the light is visible or not. This does not affect the light's brightness, and will still light up a certain area.
Barrels can be created with use of this tool. There are only three models to choose from: the orange barrel, the blue barrel and the red barrel. Each does different amounts of damage, and can be moved around as desired.
Triggers can be made with the trigger tool, and automatically names them #trigger*1. These cannot be resized, but they can be moved around. There are two ways to call a trigger, by region or by a timer. Triggers have over 50 actions to call, but can only call only 10 actions per trigger. These can be disabled when the map starts, or can be enabled as soon as the map starts. Timers or regions must be required in order to call a trigger, otherwise, it will not work. Each action has a different impact, and can directly affect a character, but can be used to affect certain things in a map.
Timers are a way of calling triggers, mostly after a set amount of time. Using the formula of 1 second = 30 value, timers can call triggers with one or more action set, depending on the trigger and what it is used for. They do not call anything else, besides triggers. Timers can be disabled when a map starts, but can also launch on start. Disabled timers will need a trigger to enable them, where they will start counting from 0, up to the set time limit.
Engine Mark tool
Engine marks are special objects that mostly affect the map. Engine marks allow users to change the sky background, create falling snow, set the maximum amount of grenades that can be used, and more. Some marks include a parameter that must be selected from a drop-down menu, or a typed-in value. These have no ID name, and can affect how a map looks and how it works, for example, setting the maximum amount of grenades that can be used can affect a multiplayer map by limiting grenades.
ScaleSelection modifies the size of walls, backgrounds, and other applicable items that can be scaled. To use ScaleSelection, select an object or objects that can be resized. Then select the ScaleSelection tool and enter any number (which will be the percentage of the scaling). This can be any number such as 110, 120 or 30. However, because the level editor counts one pixel as 10x10, numbers such as 125 or 225 will not work and will instead be rounded to a value that follows the 10x10 scaling.
Controls and Keyboard Shortcuts
- WASD keys - Move the screen around. You can move around faster by holding Shift while using any of the WASD keys.
- Q - Removes the user interface, leaving only the grid view of the map. Can be pressed again to return the UI.
- Ctrl - Selects an object. You can select multiple objects by holding Ctrl and clicking the objects you want to select.
- Alt - Deselects an object. This can be used to deselect objects that have been selected when trying to select certain objects.
- Left Click + Drag - Selects multiple objects within a rectangular field created by dragging the mouse in any direction.
- Left Click - Selects an object. Unlike Ctrl, this only selects one object at a time.
- Right Click + Drag - Pans screen.
- Mouse Wheel - Zoom in or out of the level editor. Scroll down to zoom out; scroll up to zoom in.
- Ctrl + C - Copy selected objects to the clipboard. You can save in a clipboard using Ctrl + 0-9 as well.
- Ctrl + V - Pastes objects saved in clipboard. You can also paste from different clipboards using the 0-9 keys.
- Delete or Backspace - Deletes selected objects.
- Ctrl + Z - Undo last operation or action.
- Ctrl + Y - Redo last operation or action.
- H - Mirrors selected object horizontally.
- V - Mirrors selected objects vertically.
- Top left GUI messages: inputs unknown to the ALE entered; the GUI will register this as an error message on the upper right of the screen for every unknown input entered in. This can be almost anything, such as trigger actions with an argument (meaning the trigger is not set up properly) or unknown models/values that the ALE does not recognize. It can happen after seeing about 20 errors, if you take the gun_m4a1 to this editor, then click it alot of times. 
- Unknown player/weapon black model on screen: Players or weapons that do not have a known model selected will show up in the editor as a completely black weapon or character. To fix this, simply select the model of the weapon/character.
- Yellow input field: Unrecognized symbols entered in an input field - this ranges from apostrophes to quotations marks. The input will still work, though the unrecognized symbols will be removed upon pressing Enter in the level editor, e.g adding quotation marks to a trigger that shows text will remove the quotation marks. The normal text will still remain.
- Red input field: Unknown/argumentative input entered. This is when an input completely unknown is entered, e.g words entered instead of numbers or random symbols instead of numbers. Red input fields cannot be entered by pressing Enter in the level editor - this is to prevent any possible arguments/problems with a logical object/input field.
Open and closed source
This is a feature that was added alongside the Advanced Level Editor. When a player publishes their map as open source (it is set to closed source by default), other players can see how certain mechanisms work, such as doors, explosions, cloning, etc. As well as viewing the map, players can also copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) objects to their own map. However, other players cannot edit or make changes to the original map belonging to the author.
On the top right corner of the editor, it can be seen what rights each user has to the map. The map creator has full rights and complete control over editing when viewing the map, and may change/edit the map. Those who did not make the map but are viewing it are referred to as visitors and can only view or save a copy of the map to their account.