document was created to clarify some facts about TREP utility. After
one year of development, opinions related to TREP became highly
biased. Many people think of TREP as good program that allows many
things that weren't possible in TR level editing before, but unfortunately,
they don't know another, dark side of TREP — the dark side of a
clumsy program which was created through doubtly-successful
bug-fight, technical failures and misfortune events.
builers praised all new features introduced by TREP. A lot of thank
words were said in various forums, a lot of people downloaded and
used these patches believing that it's the beginning of the new
era of bug-free TR level editing. However, it is highly doubtful
that usage of TREP will not result in various unknown bugs. If you
want to use TREP, you must know that initially this utility was
programmed by amateur non-talented smatterer, who even didn't
know DirectX API, Windows API, assembly language and couldn't tell
debugger from hex editor. As result, many undiscovered bugs
may surface after thorough testing, and you must note that using
this program is somewhat walking on the edge.
For example, few people compained at TombRaiderForums
that they have unexpected crashes and item disappearing with «Increase
enemy / object limits» option. It means that it's highly doubtful
that 256 object limit is broken.
Next problem is «Remap
scene memory» option. It was programmed long ago, and depsite
the fact that it allows to use much more complicated geometry without
crashes, it doesn't work without Bump Mapping option activated,
so it was hardly programmed that if you'll use this option, TREP
will also force bump-mapping. This technical flaw resulted in massive
(and objective) TREP critic in italian TR forums.
What if TREP's patches were not completely tested in
all possible circumstances? What if some so-called «new»
option will sometimes produce ridiculous bug which result in game
crash? Or it may result in messing-up gameplay, corrupted animations,
etc. etc.! For example, not too long ago there was a patch that
allowed you to climb from ladder to monkeyswing. When this patch
was released, many people complained that it allows Lara to grab
monkeyswing even if there's large gap between her and ceiling. Then
author of the patch supposedly fixed it, but what if there
are many other bugs left? No one knows...
patches are on their way
TREP is not only program used to
patch TR4 engine. There are great, independent, stand-alone patches
by other people, and they can do things that isn't possible in TREP
(like weather, increased amount of objects in WinRoomEdit, more
TexInfos for Tom2PC.exe converter etc.). Moreover, there are MUCH
MORE wonderful patches on the way, and these patches will be
programmed by professionals. Of course, these new patches aren't
released yet, but sometimes it's better to wait for a better solution
than to use dubious software.
Moreover, right now TPascal programs
his absolutely new, free clone TR engine designed especially
for custom level building. You already can read some info on his
So think now, what is better — to use new engines and level
editors with enormous
possibilities or to use TREP and badly patched 7-year-old executable?
Besides quite unstable and buggy code,
TREP also discriminates MAC (Macintosh) players. There are
A LOT of Macintosh TR custom level players, and when TREP was released,
they've faced an unfortunate situation — they were left all alone
and without possibility to play custom levels bundled with EXEs
modified by TREP! Now think about it - how you will feel, if after
years of enjoying newest TR levels someone will simply release
some «new» utility and say: «Sorry, but this utility
is for PC only, and you can't use it for MAC». This is catastrophe.
No one will throw out Mac and change it to PC only because there's
no patches for Mac.
Fortunately, many custom levels with modified
EXEs still CAN be played on Mac. 99% of modified executables contain
only cosmetic changes, like bar or font colours and distance limit
increase, and all these levels STILL CAN BE PLAYED on Mac. Right
now, almost no one is using so-called «new features»
like Filpeffect Editor etc. in their levels, so these levels are
fully playable on Macintosh.
think, and think harder:
YOU REALLY NEED TREP?
you ready to face undiscovered bugs? Are you ready to make such a
doubtful compromise? Are you ready to leave Mac players all alone
with sadness in their hearts? Hopefully, you can make a right decision.