UDK Basics Getting Started in 11 Steps Part 1/3
UDK Basics covers the most essential tools and functions you need to know to get started with UDK. You'll be able to quickly jump into UDK and begin feeling comfortable using the most commonly used functions. UDK beginner tutorials.
In UDK Basics Part 1/3 you'll learn:
1. UDK DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION
Download latest version of UDK here.
Once you download the UDK Installer, go ahead and install the UDK. The default
Version Release will be the month and year of the UDK built that you downloaded.
2. UDK FOLDER STRUCTURE
1. Binaries: game/binary executables
For Environment Creation and Level Design most important folder is UTGame --> Content --> Environments. It contains all files you need to create your map.
3. LAUNCHING THE EDITOR
To Launch the UnrealEditor go to Start Menu -->Unreal Development Kit --> UDK Version --> Editor
Another way to launch the editor is to create a shortcut. Go to the installation folder C:\UDK\YourUDKVersion \Binaries\
Right Click and Select Send to Desktop.
Once on you have shortcut created on your desktop Right Click the shortcut and select properties. Then in the target box under the shortcut tab add "editor" at the end of the text.
It should look something like this.
Now double-click on the desktop icon and launch the UDK Editor.
When you first launch the editor you will have Auto-Save automatically enabled. This will save your map at a chosen timed interval. You can set how often it will automatically save by LMB clicking on the arrow on bottom right, Autosave Interval and choosing the time you want.
You will find the Auto-Save feature on the bottom right of the editor. If you enable auto-save, there are a few options such as Interval and Type.
Save manually by going up to File --> Save As
5. CONTENT BROWSER
Content Browser is where you will find of the game's assets. Placing static meshes (models), textures, sounds, game entities such as player starts, weapons etc can all be done through the Content Browser. You will be using Content Browser very often.
To open Content Browser click on the top menu bar.
Packages is where you will find specific items contained within the UDK. Things like static meshes are contained within a package. You can search for a package or just find the package you want o use and select it.
Top of the Content Browser contains a search box as well as Filter box. This is very useful. You can sort out the content in the browser by animation sets, material instances, static meshes, sounds etc. This helps a lot when looking for items.
Box below lists full names of the items within a selected package. You can sort by clicking on the name; type, tags or path and it will re-arrange the content's preview.
Content Browser is one of the most commonly used tools in UDK. Get comfortable using the Content Browser. Spend some time navigating around it.
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