There are no plans to update this to work on newer versions.
For legal reasons, the source code can not be released.
Please do not contact me asking about a new version.
The NoLimits Pack Extractor enables Mac users to extract the track files and extra media objects in "SFX Track Packs", which are self extracting track packs in Windows executable format, and the newer ".nlpack" files. It works on MacOS X 10.2 and newer.
No. Only SFX Track Packs with a version number of 1.3.0 or higher can be opened with this version of the Pack Extractor. Most tracks packaged after January of 2004 will be in the newer format. Some sites (such as CoasterSims.com
) have asked track authors to repackage older tracks specifically so that you can open them with this program. Please show your appreciation to those sites.
Not at the moment. Future versions may include this feature.
Simple. You just download the program via the link above and expand the download (this may be done for you automagically). You may place the application where ever you like, but it most likely belongs in your system's "Applications
" folder. The first time you run the application, it will ask you set the base install folder. Simply select your NoLimits application folder. Then when you download a track pack from a site such as CoasterSims.com
, open the track pack with the NL Pack Extractor (either by dragging the file on to the application, or by opening it when prompted to after double-clicking the NL Pack Extractor icon). After that, it is rather self explanatory, as demonstrated by these screen shots:
Step 1. Click the Install Button.
Step 2. Wait a second or two for the installation to complete.
Step 3. Click the "Ride!" button to open the track with the simulator.
It just looks past the windows executable code and extracts the file data with zlib, which is included by default with MacOS X. Really.. Nothing too exciting.
Yes. On some systems this is enabled automagically. On others you must do the following:
- Download a Track Package.
- Right/Control-Click on the file icon and choose "Get Info" from the contextual pop-up menu.
- Navigate to the "Open With" section.
- If the NoLimits Pack Extractor is not in the pop up menu, choose "Other" and select it.
- Press the "Change All" button.
Note that you should only enable double-click opening of track packs if you don't have any other reason to be opening windows executable files on your Mac (such situations do exist, though they are rare).
Yes. Simply set the folder you wish to install to in the preferences. You will be asked if you really want to do that, to make sure you know what you're doing. Note that the "Ride!" button is disabled if you install to a folder that does not contain the simulator application.
Either you didn't install to the NoLimits application folder (see above), or your NoLimits simulator application has been renamed. The correct name is "NoLimitsSimulator
" (no spaces).
First, be sure that you are selecting the folder that contains
your NoLimits applications, and not another folder inside of it. Your NoLimits simulator application might have been renamed as well. The correct name is "NoLimitsSimulator
" (no spaces).
Phil Hilton wrote it, with the consulting assistance of Jennifer "Tia" Lynn (the person who wrote the windows version and laid out the SFX file spec.).
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to send a message to Phil. Sorry - This is just an anti-spam measure.
Last Update: October 8th, 2004