Helpful Programs

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These programs can make the modding experience much easier! You don't need all of these, just choose the ones that best fit your needs.

Editing Code[edit | edit source | hide | hide all]

These are the text editing software and coding environments that will help with the more technical side of creating a mod.

  • Notepad++ - A simple text editor with more capabilities than the standard Notepad. Good for JSON editing.
  • Visual Studio - Microsoft's IDE and code editor. Perfect for developing C# mods.
  • Sublime Text - Another text editor. Good for search, can quickly search all files in a project.

Making Art[edit | edit source | hide]

These are the programs that will help to create or edit sprites.

  • Aesprite - Many pixel artists swear by Aseprite. It is a paid program, but you can compile it for free from their source code.
  • Paint.NET - A simple art program available for free.
  • Piskel - Good for making animated sprites, like characters or animals. Unfortunately setting up colour palettes is annoying, so consider making the first sprite in a different program and importing it. Can be used online or the program can be downloaded for free.
  • GIMP - Primarily for image editing, but can be used for art as well.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source | hide]

These programs don't fit into the coding or art territory, but are good to have when modding.

  • Tiled - Essential for if you plan on editing maps. Has a bit of a learning curve, but does more than enough to get the job done.
  • 7Zip - Makes extracting files easier.
  • StardewXNBHack - Allows for XNB files in the game to be unpacked, making it so they can be edited.