This Programm makes a resource file out of existing files.
The Compilers of Delphi and C++, both coming from
Borland/Inprise, allow the linking of additional resources on one hand,
but do not support the creation of those files on the other hand.
ResourceWorkshop, coming with Borland C++, is a good editor for that
purpose, but I do not know how to use it from the command line in order
to keep bigger resources up to date during program development.
MakesRes is my solution for this problem, that arised while
developing my card game Mau Mau.
The program reads a file that contains a list of the files to
process and creates a RC file (resource file as simple text file) from
it in a first step.
In a second step it calls the resource compiler of Borland in order to
compile this file.
The result is the RES file needed, that can be linked into a source
file by (*$R file.res*).
The input field "BRCC32" contains path and name of the
resource compiler of Borland, if it can be detected.
To do so MakeRes searches the registry for links for project files
belonging to the installed compiler.
If those entries are missing you will only get the RC file.
You can input any resource compiler that accepts the name of a RC file
as the only parameter.
The input field "Datei-Liste" ("files list") takes the name
a file that lists the files to process. The button "Liste Suchen"
("search list") calls aso called file open dialog.
Start the processing by pressing the button "Umsetzung
starten" ("start processing").
The list box in the lower half of the windows shown what happens. Look
here for error messages.
Unfortunately BRCC32 produces no error messages that I can handle. If
you do not find a RES file where you expect it, even if MakeRES tells
"erfolgreich" ("successfully"), BRCC32 may have hit on errors.
Each line contains three words separated by a space:
- the resource type,
- the resource name to use,
- the corresponding file to include.
A name for a resource of type STRINGTABLE will bee interpreted as the
first number to use for the strings within the string table and
therefore is a digit.
An Entry LANGUAGE is directly taken.
STRINGTABLE 500 readme.txt
DIALOG DLG dialog.dlg
BITMAP BILD4 picture9.bmp
The resource types ACCELERATORS, DIALOG, MENU and VERSIONINFO
should already be saved as a RC file or DLG resource script. It will
then be imported unchanged. The name contained in the file will be
replaced by the one given in the files list.
A file used as STRINGTABLE only containes text lines, one
All other types, being BITMAP, CURSOR, ICON, MESSAGETABLE,
RCDATA and user defined ones, are taken as binary files.
By the way: this is the initial reason for me to develop MakeRes. The
rest is included just for completeness.
MakeRes is Freeware.
The program needs an installed resource compiler.
It was tested under Win95 only.
At the moment there is no more documentation available than this text
and the examples.
ResourceWorkshop can (as far as I know) read RC files
containing a LANGUAGE line, but only until this file is written back to
disk! It crashes afterwards!
There is no warranty for the program.
The program is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either
expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied
warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The
entire risk as to the quality and performance of the program is with
you. Should the program prove defective, you assume the cost of all
necessary serving, repair or correction.
In no event will the author be liable to you for damages, including any
general, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of
use or inability to use the program (including but not limited to loss
of data or data being rendered inaccurate or losses sustained by you or
third parties or a failure of the program to operate with any other
software), even if the author or other party has been advised of the
possibility of such damages.
You accept the above by using the program.
Do not use the program in states where the above is against law.