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Does anyone know how to unpack data from games amde iwth Visual Novel Maker engine? In the particular game I'm looking at, the resources are actually "open", but the fle format is encrypted. The file would say "PNG" but it cannot be opened. And when I looked at it with a Hex editor, it's detected as a mysterious file format .

 

On 2/5/2019 at 9:44 AM, sena_kaito said:

Using this tool,
http://dnrv2.cyriaca.net/makuta/projects/hello/hate2.exe

How to use,
Open CMD on hate2 folder
Then type:
hate2 "input file" "output folder" (without quotes)
hate2 X:\img.dat X:\img (example)
And voila!

Nb: maybe you need turn off your antivirus, in some case, they treat as fake detection.

Good luck!

Sorry for quoting an old post, but I saw this link and when I tried it, it's dead.

Do you know an alternative link for it?

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Is this thread still useful? Honestly i have a lot of time on my hands and a fairly decent grasp of the Japanese language so i want to start working on some translations in my spare time to both help others play these games and improve my skill at the same time, my problem has always been this part of it though - actually pulling out the files and stuff that you need.

For example the visual novel i am looking at doing only has three files, live.dll, a save and a huge exe file. And the opening post basically doesn't go in to this at all beyond Crass which is seemingly quite hard to find now especially to get it working. Is there anything more up to date you guys can recommend to read up on?

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22 hours ago, Triggerhappy said:

Is this thread still useful? Honestly i have a lot of time on my hands and a fairly decent grasp of the Japanese language so i want to start working on some translations in my spare time to both help others play these games and improve my skill at the same time, my problem has always been this part of it though - actually pulling out the files and stuff that you need.

For example the visual novel i am looking at doing only has three files, live.dll, a save and a huge exe file. And the opening post basically doesn't go in to this at all beyond Crass which is seemingly quite hard to find now especially to get it working. Is there anything more up to date you guys can recommend to read up on?

What is the title of the game.

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Hello! I'm pretty new to visual novel extraction, but I've been trying to work my way around somehow converting the CMV video files that are part of Purple Software games (like Hapymaher/Chrono Clock) to another format. If anyone has any clues how could I do that, I'd be very grateful!

 

Edit: Turns out it was possible using crass and a specific cui made by zeas.

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Once more hath I created a new tool. This one is not so big as previous ones, but still very important.

There is Silky Engine, on which where are many interesting visual novels. Some time ago I hath created a script editing tool for it's mes scripts and wrote an article of it... And all the time I through there were good enough tools for it. But I checked and... Some tools can just extract data from it, other (some tool from regonme) can pack, but, alas, without compressing files per LZSS implementation, used in Silky Engine. Therefore files was getting too big and there was no method to create actually normal enough Silky's arc archives.

But that time hath come to the end. I hath tested this LZSS implementation and created SilkyArcTool, by using which thou can both extract and pack Silky archives, using this LZSS compression algorithm (I hath implemented not only decompression, as in many tools, but also a compression algorithm).

Therefore Silky Engine's (and Ai6WIN/Ai5WIN's (probably) .arc archives has fallen completely.

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Updated: AI6WIN (and probably AI5WIN) .arc not supported. Still I have already hacked AI6WIN .arc archives, so tool will be released soon.

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Now AI5WIN's, father of AI6WIN and grandfather of Silky Engine, .arc archives had also fallen. Alas, I hath nor archives of ancient AI1-AI4 engines, nor the means (I could find only AI5WIN ports of the games) to obtain it. Therefore I hath no choice but to stop hacking archives of Elf-Silky archives line. But probably it is not the big deal, since games on earlier engines does not work on modern operating systems.

Here is the tool -- AI5WINArcTool. As usual, unpacking and packing with correct (de)compression at both operations.

AI5WIN's .arc probably is the most complicated from Elf-Silky archives line. Data compression and storing are like in the other archives in this series, and header not very far from AI6WIN's, but... creators of the engine decided to obfisificate header with 3 (!) different keys. Fortunately, the way they implemented it was not too problematic to deal with to the extend that I implemented system that authomaticaly hacks all three keys from any (well, there are some conditions, but I could not find any archives that does not match it) AI5WIN .arc archive (yes, even not from .exe) and therefore should work with all it's games.

 

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