Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker ver.11


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Welcome to the ASU Frequently Asked Questions.

Does Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker work on Linux or Mac OS?
No, ASU is Windows only I'm afraid, I am considering writing a Java version or, more likely a simple online version.

Does Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker work on Windows 7 / 8?
Yes, ASU was developed on Windows 7 and has been tested on Windows XP, Vista and 8.

How do I keep the original colour pallette / table / index?
Just click the 'Options' button and then tick 'Preserve Pallette'.

How do I remove the transparency from the exported backgrounds?
Just click the 'Options' button and then untick 'Make background transparent'.

How does Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker work?
For a detailed explanation please see this blog post
Or you can now browse the source code here:

Why has Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker exported the spritesheet as a single frame?
Some spritesheets have frames really close together so ASU has a hard time determining where one frame starts and another ends. This can sometimes be resolved by clicking the 'Options' button and then changing the 'Distance between frames' value, setting this to 1 will help to unpack tightly packed spritesheets. If ASU still can't upack it then I'm afraid you're going to have to unpack that spritesheet manually.

How do I uninstall Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker?
You don't need to uninstall anything. Just delete the application folder. Job done.

When I click the 'Export selected' button Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker just freezes, what the cuss?
This is weird but happens on some people's PCs. The error occurs because ASU is trying to ask you which folder you'd like to export the sprite frames to but for some reason the operating system is preventing the 'select folder' form from showing. To solve this (works for most people) click the 'Options' button and then untick the 'Prompt for Export Folder' check box. Now ASU will just export the frames to whatever location you've entered in the long text box on the main form. See this post for more details

An error has occurred | It doesn't work | I think it's broken!
For general troubleshooting please follow these steps:

  • Ensure you've downloaded, and are using, the latest version
  • Make sure you're unzipped and extracted the application files and are not running the application directly from the zip
  • Make sure you're running the file called 'Alferd Spritesheet Unpacker.exe'
  • Make sure all the application files are in the application folder - every file downloaded in the .zip are needed for ASU to function correctly
  • Make sure you have .NET 2 (or greater) installed (see this MSDN article for details
  • Try running the application as an administrator
  • Try moving the application files to a different location such as 'My Documents' or a folder on your desktop

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