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Getting PCGen to work - Won't show skills / feats?


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Downloaded PCGen and booted up. Loaded Pathfinder source (I've tested both with the DM and player variants).

Can't see any skills or feats in their respective sections. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Anyone else knows?

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I dunno, but I just got a similar error with equipment using 5164. Several reinstalls later, I updated pcgen to the recent 51717 beta, and that fixed the problem.
I usually stick to production releases, but so far I am really pleased with the new release.


Often this is caused by using Java 7 (or 1.7) instead of Java 6. Newer versions of PCGen may not have this problem.


Distant Scholar wrote:
Often this is caused by using Java 7 (or 1.7) instead of Java 6. Newer versions of PCGen may not have this problem.

Thanks a lot, that may very well be the issue! Can one have more than one version of Java at the same time?


More specifically, can one force PCGen to use Java6 if it is installed (while keeping the installation of Java7 for minecraft?)


Probably. I don't know enough about Java to tell you how, though.


Does anyone know if PCGen will work on the Android operating system? My wife and I both have Android tablets now and since HeroLab isn't going to show any love for Ice Cream anytime soon, I'm looking for an alternative character creator that I can whip up on my tablet while I sit at work. I love HeroLab, but my boss might not be so sympathetic if there is a copy floating around on the corporate network. :)


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stringburka wrote:
More specifically, can one force PCGen to use Java6 if it is installed (while keeping the installation of Java7 for minecraft?)

Yes, and it's very easy. You just need to type a few things.

Note however that latest beta should run under Java7 just fine.

1. Go to the folder of your java6 installation, there find bin\javaw.exe. Copy the path, like this:
c:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe

2. Go to your pcGen installation folder. Find pcgen_low_mem.bat file there.
Make a copy of this file, for example:
pcgen_mine.bat

3. Edit the file. This is a plain text file, so just start your trusty Notepad and open the file. Inside the file change last line from:
java -Dswing.aatext=true -Xmx96m -jar pcgen.jar

to:
"c:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe" -Dswing.aatext=true -jar pcgen.jar

4. Save the file.

Note that I have changed file extension (just a cosmetic change), removed maximum memory limit (i.e. -Xmx96m switch). Also remember to add double quotes.

Regards,
Ruemere


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Lord Manticore wrote:
Does anyone know if PCGen will work on the Android operating system? My wife and I both have Android tablets now and since HeroLab isn't going to show any love for Ice Cream anytime soon, I'm looking for an alternative character creator that I can whip up on my tablet while I sit at work. I love HeroLab, but my boss might not be so sympathetic if there is a copy floating around on the corporate network. :)

No, it will not. Android is not Linux.

There were some ways around that but as far as I can tell they are no longer viable.

Regards,
Ruemere


ruemere wrote:

No, it will not. Android is not Linux.

There were some ways around that but as far as I can tell they are no longer viable.

Regards,
Ruemere

Android doesn't do Java? 'Cause I thought PCGen was fairly generic Java code.


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What ruemere said....

PCGen pre 5.17.11(10?) only works with Java 1.6, aka Release 6.

PCGen after the above release works with Java 1.7.

I created a one line bat file (DRBPCGen.bat) that contained this:
"C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe" -jar -Xms256m -Xmx1024m pcgen.jar

wanted a minimum and maximum size.

-- david
Papa.DRB


Lord Manticore wrote:
I love HeroLab, but my boss might not be so sympathetic if there is a copy floating around on the corporate network. :)

Heya Lord, IF you have java on your work system just download the zip file distribution and unzip that oneo a flash drive. Then it's completely portable between computers :)

That said AFAIK PCGen doesn't run on Android, I remember some people saying that they were trying to get it working, but they haven't reported back. And I don't think we have any Android developers in the code team that I'm aware of.


ruemere wrote:

to:

"c:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe" -Dswing.aatext=true -jar pcgen.jar

Did this (and we have the same file locations, double and triple checked) and it still wouldn't start. When running the bat outside CMD it just blinked away and when in CMD it gave a "could not find or load main class" error.

Downloaded the beta instead, AND IT WORKS! Thanks a lot!


You can also force a new version of java to run as an older one by using the -version switch.

That's what I've been doing for the last while -- I don't want to rebuild my existing characters and LST files from my existing campaign.

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