Dota Theme Manager
This software is one of my favorites. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE USED THIS SOFTWARE YET, DO INSTALL IT. It’s awesome!
What I write henceforth are the words of Infriosis who is the creator of this software.
Latest Version: Dota Theme Manager V4
Download Link 1 (zip file)
Download Link 2 (rar file)
About the Software:
Did you ever think that playing DotA on the very same terrain all the time is boring?
Is -terrain snow just not good enough? Are you looking for change?
Well, that’s absolutely no problem!
I proudly present:
The DotA Theme Manager
The DotA Theme Manager – in short: DTM – allows you to change the look of the terrain while still allowing you to play with people who do not use the DotA Theme Manager – on battle.net, garena, hamachi, just everywhere.
Multiple themes are available: Beach, Barrens, Snow, Hell, City and Highlands, all of them having a unique design!
Many of you will wonder how it works…well, it is simple: The DTM exchanges textures of terrain, trees and doodads in the MPQ files – basically the storing files for WC3. The process is easily reversible, not harming WC3 at all, and it causes no problems in the interaction with other players who do not use the DTM. A tiny negative point is that is also changes the textures for other maps which might look a bit bad, but if you restore it to original it works again, so it is never problematic.
How to Install:
Since many people have problems installing the DotA Theme Manager, I advise you to follow the installation guide.
1. Download the newest version of the DotA Theme Manager
2. Unpack* the file IN your warcraft folder – in most cases C:\Program Files\Warcraft III.
You can find the paths the files should have below!
3. DO NOT move or rename any of the files you unpacked. The path must be: “\Warcraft III\DTMV4\”
4. If you want it on your desktop, create a shortcut of the exe file.
5. make sure both your WC3 and your World Editor are closed!
Note: needs to be ‘Run as administrator’ under Vista to run entirely properly (thanks to Dagguh for this information!).
*) you need WinRAR to unpack it.
The DotA Theme Manager uses the following paths for the files:
Warcraft III Folder\DTMV4
-this is the folder you should see when you open your WC3 folder.
In it, you should have:
Warcraft III Folder\DTMV4\DTMV4.exe
-the application itself. Use this executable to start the DotA Theme Manager.
Warcraft III Folder\DTMV4\Data
-the Data-Folder, containing all necessary data the DTM needs to work.
Don’t change anything here!
Q: It starts and installs the theme when clicking a theme, but the terrain does not show, what have I done wrong?
A: In most cases, people who had this error did not read the installation guide, escpecially step 2.
Q: It starts, but gives an error when clicking a theme, how can I fix it?
A: Probably WinMPQ does not work. WinMPQ is in the “Data”-folder, get help here.
Q: What do communities like DotA-League say to this? Can I play in the communities with a theme activated?
A: This depends on the community:
DotA-League.com accepts the DTM.
Garena/GGC seems to have no problems with the DTM, though I got no CLEAR answer from an admin.
dotapickup.euro bans DTM users*.
Since the DTM does not affect gameplay, no community SHOULD have a problem with it, but if you are unsure,
tell me the community and link it to me and I will ask them (let me do it, I know the exact mechanical stuff ).
Q:Can this be made as a command like -ts?
A: No, because the cliffs can not be changed ingame.
Q: How does the DTM work?
A: It replaces the textures of terrain and trees in the MPQ.
Q: Can you add a theme-fitting minimap?
A: After trying this in several different ways, I came to the conclusion that it is not possible to do that at all.
Q: I use MAC, does it work for me?
A: No, it won’t work for you. However, a MAC-Version is being worked on.
*this would require that they recognise it, so you would have to upload a screenshot while using the DTM.
More Screenshots will be added later…