Soulstorm's OS X Launcher

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Setting up FreeSpace Open with Soulstorm's OS X launcher

After downloading Soulstorm's launcher, open the .dmg and copy the .app to your FreeSpace2 folder.

To fix the "Flag file not found!" error message, click on the "..." button at the bottom of the launcher and then find the FSO build that you want to use. Choose a build that doesn't have the word "debug" in the name. [Debug builds are only for generating debug logs. You shouldn't use them if all you want to do is play.]

Click on the "Customize..." button to change the screen resolution.

If you want to use the checkboxes, this page describes what they mean.

If you decide to get the MediaVPs, then to set up the launcher to use them, select the MediaVPs mod (either MediaVPs_3612 or mediavps, depending on which version you got) on the Gameplay + Speed tab.

To use the flags mentioned in the MediaVPs release thread, check these checkboxes (grouped by tab):

  • Graphics: -spec, -glow, -env, -missile_lighting, -normal, -3dshockwave (personal preference)
  • Gameplay + Speed: -3dwarp, -warp_flash (personal preference)
  • HUD + Audio: -snd_preload

You can type the lighting values for the Custom Flags into the white boxes on the Graphics tab.

Important: If you try one launcher and then the other one and then run into problems, see below.

If you have problems when you use one launcher and then use the other one

Some necessary background: The launchers store information about your selected mod and flags in a file called cmdline_fso.cfg. On Mac OS X, that file can be in either your home folder (Macintosh HD/Users/<YourUsername>/Library/FS2_Open/data/) or in your FreeSpace2 folder (by default, Macintosh HD/Applications/FreeSpace2/data/). If there's a cmdline_fso.cfg file in both places, they can conflict with each other and cause problems.

Soulstorm's launcher saves cmdline_fso.cfg in your home folder, and wxLauncher saves it in your FreeSpace2 folder. Therefore, depending on which launcher you want to use, either delete or rename the copy of cmdline_fso.cfg that's in the folder that your launcher of choice doesn't use.

Lion and Mountain Lion users: The Library folder is hidden by default on Lion and Mountain Lion. To temporarily unhide it, open Finder (or click on the Desktop), and while holding down the Option key, click on the Go menu at the top of the screen, then click on the Library folder option on the dropdown menu.