There have been countless of threads appearing in various places around the forums concerning what software/tool to use for [insert modding field here]. This list compiles as many possible known tools, free and paid, used among the Warcraft III communities for modding in each separate field, from Music to 3D Modelling and Skinning to Triggering. Hope this helps! 3D Modelling Tools Name Link Free Paid Additional Information Autodesk 3ds Max Here ✓ ✓ Blizzard used Autodesk's program to create much, if not all of the default models in Warcraft III. Very expensive though. Here you can try to test the free software, as long your products don't make profits. Milkshape 3D Here ✗ ✓ Less expensive that Autodesk and relatively useful for low-poly modelling. However, you will require a plugin for it downloadable here or here. Gmax Here ✓ ✗ A free modelling application based of Autodesk's 3ds Max for the less privileged. Despite it being less powerful and extensive as Autodesk's paid software, Gmax is more targetted at game content creation, perfectly suited for Warcraft III modelling. Project was discontinued in 2005 with the latest version being version 1.2. Oinkerwinkle's MDL Tools Here ✓ ✗ The tool of choice for many MDL editors. Oiker's site recently went down but fortunately, Tim at wc3c.net managed to save all of his tools in their latest version. Completely free and good choice for any first time modeler. Magos's Model Editor Here ✓ ✗ Another user-made modeling tool. Magos's Model Editor, also available here on the Hive, contains both a Model Viewer and Editor completely dedicated to Warcraft III modding. There is also a built-in MPQ Browser. Mdlvis Here ✓ ✗ Yet another fan-made modeling software, except Mdlvis is primarily used for animation and boning models, instead of actual creation. Warcraft III Viewer Here ✓ ✗ Not so much as to creating models, WC3 Viewer is used to view any 2D/3D objects in Warcraft III and make file conversions. Blender Here ✓ ✗ A free open-source modeling software that enables animation, UV unwrapping, 3D modeling, texturing and the thousand and one other things required to make a working model. The one downside is that there is isn't any plugin that supports the latest version of Blender. Killabong is making a workable plaugin for Blender though! Cheer him on and show your support here! Matrix Eater Here ✓ ✗ A customized, cross-platform version of Oinkerwinkle's Vertex Modifier. It features multi-tabbed editing and a powerful import feature. The tool is still under construction and is written in Java. Triggering Extensions Name Link Free Paid Additional Information Jass NewGen Pack v5d Here ✓ ✗ One of the many mandatory tools part of an aspiring triggerer's arsenal of extensions, Jass NewGen is a collection of various other tools to make it more convenient for people to begin modding. Includes JassHelper and pJass as well as Reinventing the Craft. Jass NewGen Pack v5e Here ✓ ✗ A user-update of Jass NewGen Pack v5d. This new version includes an updated TESH, pJASS, JassHelper, a grimExt hotfix, and an extra tool for vJASS campaign building. Jass NewGen Pack 2.0 Here ✓ ✗ A user-update of Jass NewGen Pack (it is in its beta stage at the moment). It includes all of the features of previous JNGP versions, as well as a multi-session tool, shell-extensions, and custom test map configurations. JassCraft Here ✓ ✗ Another extensive tool used by much of the triggering community. Like any other triggering extensions, it was fan-made, created and developed to use JASS, Blizzard's custom scripting syntax which made Warcraft III. AdicHelper Here or Here ✓ ✗ cJass is an extension to Blizzard's JASS2 language, which is compatible, but not without bugs, with the popular vJass syntax. The goal of this tool is to grant coders more possibilities to create high-quality and simple code. 2D Art Software Name Link Free Paid Additional Information Adobe Photoshop Here ✗ ✓ Adobe Photoshop is the extremely popular among both professional and amateur artists, for reasons well deserved. One of the most extensive and powerful 2D editing platforms, Adobe Photoshop is, despite it's price, very popular even among the Warcraft III community, utilizing it's powerful engine for skinning, texturing and even map-making. GIMP Here ✓ ✗ A free photo editing software which has also gained quite a reputation among the digital artists, GIMP is a free and at the same time good and well-used image editing software usable by anyone. Extensive tutorials exist that can help even the dumbstruck gain grasp on GIMP. Corel PaintShop Pro Here ✗ ✓ Corel PaintShop Pro, whilst not as popular as our previous two, is an excellent photo editing software that could possibly rival even Photoshop. Cheaper than Photoshop but also less extensive and powerful, PaintShop is still, nevertheless, a good tool for any 2D Artist. Paint.NET Here ✓ ✗ This open-source photo editing software that packs a load of features and meat for it's size, a mere 1.3MB and at the same doesn't coat a single cent is a very good all-round started for any artist scarce on hard drive space as well as cash. IrfanView Here ✓ ✗ Just like Paint.NET, IrfanView is another budget-tight piece of software that can get any artist excited. Not only does it edit photos, but it also batch processes them into different formats, useful for your screenshots and optimizes the filesize of your photos so it doesn't claw up so much space. Multimedia Name Link Free Paid Additional Information Audacity Here ✓ ✗ Audacity, a name familiar to many sound and music developers, is an excellent and free sound recording and editing program. Don't let the free-of-charge part fool you. Audacity is still an excellent software, rivaling even some of the paid software that is used by professionals. Fraps Here ✓ ✓ Fraps is a popular screen capturing and recording software primarily targeted at gamers who require to make videos. This software is perfect for creating YouTube videos for your new Warcraft map! The downside is that there is a free version and a paid version of Fraps, of which the latter has a much more capable tool. Dxtory Here ✓ ✓ Dxtory is a movie capture tool only for DirextX/OpenGL application. The codec of Dxtory can record original pixel data as it is. A quality can be pursued to a limit with video source without degradation. Miscellaneous Software or Extensions Name Link Free Paid Additional Information ConvertShots Here ✓ ✗ In case you didn't know, Warcraft III screenshots file types are not compatible with any online image hosting website. However, ConvertShots has ended that problem. Not only can you convert them, but they're also extremely fast and simple to do as well as easy to install and can also convert your 1001 screenshots in a giffy! Button Manager Here ✓ ✗ A nifty tool to create borders for Wacraft III files with a friendly user interface. If your antivirus detects this program as trojan, you probably have McAfee, Comodo, eSafe or Prevx. They don't know anything about exe-optimization-by-hands and UPX. One downside is that it is only compatible on Windows OS only. Vexorian's Map Optimizer Here ✓ ✗ Vexorian's Map Optimizer is generally a name known to all Warcraft modders, new or old. Optimize maps and make them smaller or protect your map from being openable and pirated in the World Editor. WinRAR Here ✓ ✓ WinRAR is an extremely popular file compression tool used by many large mapfiles in order to decrease download time. Used for all file formats, including non-Warcraft III maps, WinRAR is useful as both a modding and general-purpose and possibly one of the few mandatory tools required by users. WinRAR has both a trial and paid version where the former has a 30-day trial version, much like most of Adobe's software. 7-zip Here ✓ ✗ Unlike it's popular conterpart, WinRAR, 7-zip is an open-source, something WinRAR is not, and completely free. Although not used as much, 7-zip is probably just as good in terms of compression. MPQ and BLP tools Name Link Free Paid Additional Information MPQ Master Here ✓ ✗ MPQ Master is probably one the most powerful MPQ tool available in all aspects. From replacing to browsing. BLPConverter Here ✓ ✗ BLPConverter.exe converts BLP files (Blizzard's proprietary texture file type) into standard PNG files and back again. Rest assured! The link I'm sending you is not a UI for WoW, it's a standalone program. BLPConverter uses a Windows command line interface which allows it to be easily incorporated in batch files/scripts and give the user a great amount of control about the conversion and the created file's format. BLP Lab Here ✓ ✗ Short for BLP Laboratory, BLP Lab is an excellent tool for viewing and converting, as pointed out by PurgeandFire, majority of the used file formats used in Warcraft modding, from BLP to PNG, even BLP2, which is the file format used by Blizzard's WoW textures! It would be helpful you would post any other known software that maybe you use! Share with us! It would also be very helpful if anyone could create a good short and simple description for some of the tools, especially the ones under Triggering Extensions as I do not have any experience whatsoever in this area of expertise. Hope it helped. Changelog 10 / 29 / 2012 - PurgeandFire Updated MDLVis download link. Added Dxtory. 7 / 1 / 2013 - PurgeandFire Added Matrix Eater. Fixed some typos.