GZDoom Builder 2.3. Based on Doom Builder 2 SVN rev. 1604.
GZDoom Builder is a fork of Doom Builder 2, started in march 2012. The aim of this project is to support more features from modern-day doom engines (namely, ZDoom, GZDoom and Zandronum) and add more editing tools to make map creation faster and simpler.
Help side panel, which shows most of actions, available in current mode.
Maps can now be loaded by dragging wad files on top of GZDB's main window.
Open Map Options, Map Options and Game Configurations forms: resources can be added by dragging them on top of resources list.
Game Configurations form: game configurations can be disabled. This setting is mostly cosmetic. When a game configuration is disabled, it won't be shown in "game configuration" dropdowns in New\Open Map Options and Map Options windows. If a map's .dbs file specifies a disabled configuration, it will be picked as a map configuration anyway.
Game Configurations form: game configurations can be copied and pasted (a context menu is now available in the game configurations list).
Numeric textboxes: in addition to '++NN' and '--NN' to increment or decrement by given value, you can use '*NN' and '/NN' to multiply or divide by given value.
Toolbar button groups can be toggled using context menu. Hold "Shift" to toggle several button groups at once.
You can save screenshots using Tools -> Save Screenshot (default key is F12) and Tools -> Save Screenshot (editing area) (default key is Ctrl-F12) menu commands.
You can save shortcut reference to html file using Help -> Export Shortcut Reference menu command.
New action: "Open Map in current WAD", avaliable as File -> Open Map in current WAD and via Ctrl-Shift-O shortcut.
New action: "Export to Wavefront .obj", avaliable as File -> Export -> Selection to Wavefront .obj. It will export selected sectors (or the whole map, if no sectors are selected) to Wavefront .obj model.
New action: "Reload MODELDEF/VOXELDEF" (Tools -> Reload MODELDEF/VOXELDEF).
New action: "Reload GLDEFS" (Tools -> Reload GLDEFS).
New action: "Reload MAPINFO" (Tools -> Reload MAPINFO).
Info about current selection is shown at the bottom of program's window.
Texture size is now shown in texture previews. You can disable this feature by unchecking "Preferences -> Interface -> Show texture and flat sizes in browsers" checkbox.
Several game engines can be used per game configuration.
Size of vertex handles in 2D modes can be changed in preferences.
Script editor: pressing "F1" opens keyword help instead of program manual.
Side panel auto hiding can be now toggled much easier.
Things can be filtered in Thing Edit form.
Added "Hints" side panel, which shows the list of actions, available in current editing mode.
Actions and Effects can be filtered (useful when you remember action/effect name, but don't remember it's number or category).
Actions can be filtered in Preferences form.
Added errors and warnings indicator to main window (bottom-right corner). You can click on it to open Errors and warnings window.
Enhanced scripting workflow (see the documentation).
Added support for multiple ACC compilers.
BCC script compiler (https://github.com/wormt/bcc/) is bundled with GZDB.
Script type can be chosen when creating or opening a map, and can be changed in Map Options form.
Classic and Visual modes:
[changed] "Toggle Full Brightness" action works in Classic modes.
[changed] "Toggle Highlight" action works in Classic modes.
[changed] "Increase Brightness by 8" and "Decrease Brightness by 8" actions work in Sectors mode.
Enhanced Tag support.
Map can be tested from camera position in Visual mode and from cursor position in Classic modes.
Selection can be synchronized between Classic and Visual modes.
Camera position can be synchronized between Classic and Visual modes.
You can use Color Picker plugin to edit dynamic light properties and sector's fog and tint colors in Classic and Visual modes.
You can use Tag Explorer plugin to view all tags and actions used in current map.
You can pick, which properties are pasted by "Paste Properties" action using "Paste Properties Options" window.
You can apply randomized transformations to any map element.
Image browser shows directory structure of Folder, PK3 and PK7 resources and can filter images by texture type and size.
Most controls of Edit Sector/Linedef/Thing forms now work in realtime (e.g. you can immediately see texture offset/scale/rotation changes while you are changing appropriate values). Action and Tag changes are still applied only after you press "OK" button.
[UDMF] All UDMF properties (except "comment") can be edited using Edit Sector/Linedef/Thing/Vertex forms user interface.
Thing Edit Form has "Random angle" checkbox.
[UDMF] Sector, Linedef and Vertex info panels show additional info if a map is in UDMF format.
All drawing modes are avaliable in the Mode menu
Thing sprites are rendered in classic modes.
You can assign custom color to any combination of linedef flags, actions and/or activation. More info.
Enhanced rectangular selection.
New action: "Go To Coordinates", available in View menu and by clicking on cursor coordinates in the lower-right corner of UI.
You can use Paint selection action to select map elements easier.
Draw Rectangle mode.
Draw Ellipse mode.
Draw Curve mode.
Draw Grid mode.
Terrain Importer mode.
Snap map elements mode.
Selected things are now dragged while dragging vertices, linedefs and sectors.
You can hold the Alt key while dragging map elements to snap them to grid increments relative to their initial position.
You can place things on top of selected vertices in Vertices and Linedefs modes and inside of selected sectors in Sectors mode using "Place Things" action.
You can view all loaded thing types and some additional info using Thing Statistics form (Edit -> View Thing Types...).
You can override default sector properties, which are used to create new geometry, using "Draw Settings" panel (by default, when the new sector overlaps or touches existing sector, the editor uses textures, brighntess and floor/ceiling heights from that sector when drawing the new one).
You can disable Doom Builder's auto-clear textures behaviour by using this button in the toolbar:
You can change default sector brightness and floor/ceiling height (Preferences -> Editing -> Default sector settings). These settings are used when the new sector doesn't touch or overlap already existing sectors.
3D floor indication (color can be changed in Preferences -> Appearance -> 3D Floors, the setting can be disabled in Preferences).
Line angle and front side direction are displayed when a line is drawn in Draw Geometry mode.
[UDMF] Floor/ceiling texture offsets can be pinned using this button in the toolbar: . When pinned, textures will be aligned to a sector while it is dragged.
You can clear selection groups (default shortcuts are Ctrl-Shift-1 ... 0).
You can add selection to groups, select and clear groups using Edit menu.
Center of map is shown in Classic modes using Highlight color.
Things inside of selected Sectors can be moved when dragging Sectors. When enabled, all things inside of selected sectors will be dragged when dragging sectors. Otherwise, selected things will be dragged.
Sector Tag and Effect can now be shown on top of sectors. You can use "View Tags and Effects" button to toggle this overlay.
[UDMF] Create Brightness Gradient option can work in 5 modes.
Sector Info panel shows the number of sector's sidedefs as well as light and fade colors (UDMF only).
"Flip Linedefs" action is now available from Sectors mode. It will try to align linedefs, so their front (or back) point towards the same sector.
[UDMF] New actions: "Align Ceiling Texture to Back Side", "Align Ceiling Texture to Front Side", "Align Floor Texture to Back Side" and "Align Floor Texture to Front Side" (available in Linedefs -> Align Textures menu).
[UDMF] "Make brightness gradient" command is available in Linedefs mode.
[UDMF] Linedef info panel: relative UDMF light values are shown like this: 16 (128), which means "UDMF light value" ("total surface brightness"). Total surface brightness is UDMF light value + sector brightness.
When a linedef is within Split Linedefs range, it is highlighted using Info line color.
"Flip Linedefs" action will try to align linedefs, so their front (or back) point towards the same sector.
Several thing types can now be selected at once in Thing Edit form. If you do so, a type randomly chosen from selected ones will be assigned to each selected thing. More info.
You can filter selected things by type using Filter Things form (Things -> Filter Things...).
You can clone selected/highlighted things by holding "Shift" before starting to drag them.
New action: "Point Thing to cursor".
New action: "Select Things in Selected Sectors" (Default key is Shift+T).
New action: "Align Things To Linedef".
Z-height of a thing can be changed in absolute and relative mode in Thing Edit form.
Thing's X and Y position can be edited in Edit Thing form.
[UDMF] Vertical offsets of a vertex can be edited in Vertex Edit form and are shown in Vertex Info panel.
When a linedef is within Split Linedefs range, it is highlighted using Info line color.
GZDB Visual mode:
GZDB Visual mode is the result of merging Doom Builder's Visual mode and GZDoom Visual mode.
Warning: GZDoomEditing.dll and UDMFControls.dll plugins are no longer supported by GZDoom Builder and should be removed from "Plugins" folder.
New rendering features avaliable in this mode:
Dynamic lights (all types) are rendered in Visual mode. You can use Rendering panel to toggle dynamic lights rendering and animation.
Dynamic lights defined in GLDEFS are rendered in Visual mode (only one GLDEFS light per actor is currently supported).
Fog rendering in Visual mode (including colored fog in maps in UDMF format).
New action: "Render selected/all models".
New action: "Toggle dynamic lights animation".
New action: "Toggle dynamic lights rendering".
New action: "Toggle fog rendering".
New action: "Toggle models rendering".
New action: "Toggle GZDoom effects".
Event lines for PatrolPoints, cameras and InterpolationPoints.
Translucent 3D floors are rendered correctly.
Things with zero Height and Radius are rendered.
Plane Copy effect (118) is supported.
Several new 3d floor flags are supported:
"16: Use a sidedef's upper texture to draw the sides".
"32: Use a sidedef's lower texture to draw the sides".
"64: Render the 3D floor using additive translucency".
"Ignore bottom height".
When the thing category has sprite, and the thing doesn't, category sprite is used.
Doom-style shading on walls (walls going from west to east are slightly darker than walls going from north to south). This effect is affected by "vertwallshade", "horizwallshade", "evenlighting" and "smoothlighting" MAPINFO properties.
New editing features avaliable in this mode:
You can Shift-Select (usually Select action = LMB) to select all adjacent surfaces with same texture, Ctrl-Select to select all adjacent surfaces with same height. Ctrl-Shift-Select will also work as expected.
[UDMF] Vertex height offsets ("zfloor" and "zceiling") can be edited.
[UDMF] Using "Increase/Decrease brightness" actions (bound to Ctrl+Mouse Wheel by default) on walls and ceilings will change sidedef/ceiling brightness, using them on floors will change sector brightness, using them on 3d floors will change brightness of 3d floor.
You can use "Toggle geometry effects" action (default key is Tab) to toggle GZDoom's geometry effects, such as slopes, 3D-floors, transfer brightness effects etc.
You can hold Shift while dragging a texture to lock movement to horizontal axis, and Ctrl to lock it to vertical axis.
You can hold Ctrl-Shift while dragging a texture to snap texture offsets to current grid size.
New action: "Align Textures X and Y" (default key is Ctrl-A).
"Auto-align Textures Y" action takes surface peg type into account. It also applies vertical scale of first (highlighted) surface to the rest of aligned surfaces (UDMF only).
[UDMF] Auto-align textures actions now affect sides of 3D floors.
[UDMF] "Auto-align textures" actions now work on floors and ceilings.
[UDMF] New action: "Match Brightness": this action makes the brightness of selected surfaces the same as the brightness of highlighted surface.
New actions: "Lower Floor/Ceiling to adjacent sector" and "Raise Floor/Ceiling to adjacent sector" (default keys are PageDown and PageUp). By default, they will find next lower/higher surface in sectors, adjacent to selected ones, and lower/raise selected sectors to this height. If you hold Ctrl, they will lower/raise sectors to lowest/highest sector inside selection. And they will also drop selected things to ground or align them to ceiling.
[UDMF] New actions: "Scale Texture Up (X)", "Scale Texture Down (X)", "Scale Texture Up (Y)", "Scale Texture Down (Y)" actions. Default keys are Num6, Num4, Num8, Num5.
[UDMF] New actions: "Fit Texture" (default key is Ctrl-Alt-A), "Fit Texture's Width" (Alt-A) and "Fit Texture's Height" (Alt-Shift-A).
New action: "Toggle slope" (default key is Alt-S). Select or highlight upper/lower walls then call this action to add slopes. Select or highlight floors or ceilings then call this action to remove slopes.
New action: "Look Through Selection" (default key is "Y"). This action places visual camera at the same position as selected/highlighted thing and rotates it to match thing's angle. Special handling is available if targeted thing is AimingCamera, MovingCamera, SecurityCamera or InterpolationPoint.
New actions: "Auto-align Textures to Selection (X)", "Auto-align Textures to Selection (Y)" and "Auto-align Textures to Selection (X and Y)".
New actions: "Rotate Clockwise" and "Rotate Counterclockwise", which can be used to rotate things and [new][UDMF] floor/ceiling textures.
Things can be moved horizontally using "Move Thing Forward/Backward/Left/Right" actions.
Things can be moved to cursor position using "Move Thing To Cursor Location" (default key is Ctrl + Middle mouse) action.
Things can be inserted at cursor position using "Insert Item" action (default key is Insert).
Selected things can be deleted using "Delete Item" action (default key is Delete).
Selected things can be cut/copied/pasted at cursor position.
[UDMF] Floor/ceiling texture rotation is now taken into account when moving texture offsets with arrow keys.
[UDMF] New action: "Reset Local Texture Offsets (UDMF)". It will reset upper/middle/lower texture offsets, texture scale and rotation.
[UDMF] "Reset Texture Offsets" action works on floors and ceilings.
Integer (Random) custom field type.
Decimal (Random) custom field type.
Map Analysis mode:
Map Analysis mode can check the map for unconnected vertices.
"Check overlapping lines" finds duplicate linedefs (e.g. when 2 lines have the same start and end positions).
Map Analysis mode can check the map for overlapping vertices. This will check if a vertex is on top of a linedef or another vertex.
Map Analysis mode can check the map for invalid sectors (sectors with less than 3 sidedefs or sectors without area).
Map Analysis mode can check the map for unused textures.
Map Analysis mode can check the map for missing flats.
Map Analysis mode can check the map for unknown things (things, which type is not defined in DECORATE or current game configuration).
Map Analysis window now have "Apply to all errors of this type" checkbox.
Analysis results can be saved to a text file.
Find and Replace mode:
Find and Replace mode now have "Sector Brightness", "Sector Floor Height" and "Sector Ceiling Height" search modes.
Find and Replace Mode can find things and linedefs by their flags.
Find and Replace Mode can find Action with specific argunemts. Syntax is "[Action]; [arg1] [...]".
Nodes Viewer plugin supports ZNODES in "XNOD", "XGLN", "XGL2" and "XGL3" formats.
Selection groups are saved the map's .dbs file.
(G)ZDoom features support:
MD2 and MD3 models rendering in 2D and 3D modes.
More complete TEXTURES support.
Partial MAPINFO support.
ACS scripts with #include directives are compiled properly.
PNG and PCX image formats are supported.
PK7 archive format is supported.
See Changelog.txt in the program directory.
Notice: these components are installed automatically when using GZDoom Builder installer.
Notice: alternatively, you can grab them as a single archive from DRD Team.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) (required only by the Nodes Viewer plugin).
Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5. Notice: if you already have .Net Framework 4.0 or later installed, you'll still need to install 3.5 version, because newer versions are not backwards compatible with it!
DirectX 9.0 Runtime. Notice: required even if you already have DirectX 10, 11 or 12 installed.
• 2.4 GHz CPU or faster (multi-core recommended).
• Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10.
• Graphics card with Pixel Shader model 2.0 support.
If the manual doesn't work (Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10):
a) Right-click the .CHM file that you are trying to view and choose “Properties”.
b) On the “General” tab, click the button labeled "Unblock".
c) Click on “Ok”.
Incorrect UV-mapping on some of MD2 models.
Other stuff which may interest you:
Simple Quake Launcher - a ZDL-inspired map launcher for Quake.
Download GZDoom Builder 2.3 Installer (includes required prerequisites)
Download the latest SVN build from DRD Team
GZDoom Builder at GitHub