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Extracting Files from SF2 series “cat” files (by MigBuster)

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The CATPack no longer works after the SF2 May 2011 Patch and has been replaced by Thirdwires own file extractor - available from Thirdwires download section

 

 

 

 

 

Extracting Files from SF2 series “cat” files

 

 

 

You can only extract files from files with the .cat extension.

So as an example I want to get the stock F-4D_data.ini file which will be inside a cat file in the objects “folder”.

 

 

Note: the Catpack tool we are downloading works for cat files in the SF1 series also.

 

 

 

1. Download Gerwins CatPack Archiving utility from the SF/Wo* Utilities/Editors section in the CombatAce downloads. Download means “Save” the file when prompted to an area you can find it again like your desktop!!

 

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2. Find the catpack.zip in the location you selected, right click on it and select Extract to Catpack\ which will stick the extracted files in a folder called catpack:

 

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3. Now in the folder you have 2 files CatPack.exe and CatPack.txt:

 

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4. Now you must find the cat file you need – for that you need to go into the games main install location (so be careful!!!).

Here I make a COPY of ObjectData006.cat (note ive got a merged install – hence loads of objectxxx.cat files) – don’t cut or move cat files what ever you do!!

 

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Then I stick the COPY only into the folder with the catpack.exe:

 

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5. Now drag the cat file onto the catpack.exe file (hold left mouse button down on cat file, move it over the catpack.exe and let go) – it will autoextract all the files:

 

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When finished it asks you to press the enter key

 

 

 

 

6. So I can now delete the COPY of the objectdata006.cat file and we are left with a folder called ObjectData006 with all the extracted files:

 

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So open it up and find / copy files as normal

 

 

 

If you don't know - once you have changed the file you need (i.e. F-4D_data.ini ) all you do is put it in the correct folder in the special mod folders. (see section 1 of my guide on converting jets to work in SF2! - or old threads etc)

 

If you have space and do a lot of modding extract all the cats to folders – modding has never been so easy!

Edited by MigBuster
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Additionally with this topic (one that actually spurned it), is that for SF1 users, the "Flight" folder has to be created in the User\Saved Games\ThirdWire\SF2-Game\Flight. Much like putting Terrains, some of the stuff (Silverbolt's Modded Viewlist.ini for me) I'm used to having can be moved over to SF2.

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