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To all the potential VB graphics artists (or programmers who have to make their own resources):

You could do much worse than this program called GraphicsGale:


It’s completely free if you don’t need .ANI, .CUR or .GIF exporting support (which you don’t, for VB games).

The UI has some quirks, but it’s highly customizable, so you can probably make it fit into your work-flow pattern.

It supports layers, alpha-blending, animation, and 1, 4, 8, 16, 24, and 32 bpp editing.

Have fun! πŸ˜€

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That’s pretty sweet, but is there any way to set this to english or are just the installers in a different language?

I didn’t find a language option either in the program itself…



I don’t think there’s an option to change the language, since the English and Japanese versions have separate installers.

The copy I downloaded had an English installer and UI (except for the template list in the new file dialog, but you can still understand it).

Are you using a non-english version of Windows? If so, maybe it (wrongly) tries to auto-detect.

Is it possible that you downloaded the Japanese version by mistake? I downloaded setgalefreeus.exe from:


I hope you can get it working…

Yes, I do have a Japanese OS, however, with things as special as GFX, I would like to have English with that.
I’ve already tried changing the locale via applocale, setting the LANG variable etc. Nothing worked to far. I’m out of options short for debugging and hacking the exe…



Let me see if I have this right:

1. You’re running Japanese Windows.
2. You’re running English GaleGraphics.
3. GaleGraphics is trying to display English text (menus, etc.) but Windows is giving it Japanese characters, so it’s unreadable.
4. For some reason, you don’t want to use the Japanese version of GaleGraphics.

Do I have that right?

I have no experience with Japanese Windows, so I can’t give any specific help, but one solution would be to run an English copy of Windows in a virtual machine (like VMware or Virtual PC) but it seems like a lot of trouble for a simple paint program…

Sorry. That’s all I can think of. 😐

Nope, it may have two different installers, however, it’s in perfect Japanese. Indeed, when I try call it with English locale, only the Tabs are garbled, because that control is not using Unicode but Ansi. All the rest is all the same in Japanese πŸ™

Like, I would like to use it in English… Just because I’m not familiar with GFX specific terminology in Japanese anyhow..



Well, I think it’s cool that you know enough Japanese to use the J. version of Windows. It’s a pretty intuitive program, maybe this is a good opportunity to learn some graphics terms…

On the other hand, the fact that it (mostly) auto-detects the system language tells me that it should be a relatively simple hack to enable the English interface. It could be as easy as using RegMon to see if it looks in the registry for the system language setting, and then faking it.

Maybe you could write to the author about installing a language switch option.

It does query a few registry keys that essentially are related to language, however, most of these do not exists (as most are MUI keys).
I tried to create some, but it would always have a buffer overflow and I could not find any info on these keys with a quick google either.

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\CachedMachinePreferredUILanguages

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\PreferredUILanguages

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\LanguageConfiguration


The funny thing is that it checks somewhere for Japanese locale and it does not seem to be set on my Japanese system either..

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\CustomLocale\ja-JP does not exists…

Maybe I’ll ask the programmer what I would need to change to change it. It seems odd thought that SBAppLocale and stuff does not work. (Not mentioning that the original AppLocale by Microsoft does not work on Japanese Vista though it says everywhere on the Web it does for English… sucks to be running Japanese OS it seems)



So I finally tried Applocale on it (which has failed me multiple times with other programs alread by just not working).

And what should I say… now I can enjoy it in English. SBApplocale wouldn’t do the trick, which does the trick for some other apps. It’s really interesting that some stuff works with some apps, other stuff doesn’t for other apps… Anyway, just to help anybody with the same problem tho I doubt it πŸ˜€



nice app find!! πŸ™‚

realyst wrote:
nice app find!! πŸ™‚

Thanks 😎

If you make something VB-related with it, post some examples in here! πŸ˜€


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