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GTAIV .Net Script Hook v1.7.1.7b BETA (for GTA 1.0.5.

0 and newer)
(C) 2009 Hazard (hazard_x@gmx.net)

based on the GTAIV C++ Script Hook from Aru <oneforaru at gmail dot com>

Classes Vector2, Vector3, Vector4, Quaternion and Matrix based on


sourcecode from SlimDX ( www.slimdx.org )

1. Description
--------------

This ASI plugin allows you to run ingame GTAIV scripts written
in any .Net language. Those languages are easy to learn and use,
while they are still extremely powerful.
One noteable aspect of this hook is, that the scripting functions
are organized in a .Net-typical class structure, which makes
finding functions intuitive and easy.
And since you are able to develop scripts with Visual Studio,
you'll get all benefits like code highlighting and IntelliSense.

You need an AsiLoader to use this plugin in GTAIV. See the


Requirements section below for more info.

Special thanks to Aru for his help and for his C++ Script Hook.
This plugin wouldn't be possible without it.

You can get Aru's C++ Script Hook here:


http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=390582

2. Disclaimer
-------------

This software is provided 'as-is', without any explicit or implied


warranty. The author(s) cannot be held accountable for any damage
that might be caused by this software or any of it's components.

3. Requirements
---------------

IMPORTANT:
To run older versions of GTA IV (1.0.4.0 or lower) download
"v1.7.1.7a for GTA IV 1.0.4.0 and older" from here:
http://hazardx.com/file/83-GTAIV-ScriptHookDotNet

Required to run this plugin are:

- A valid installation of GTA IV or EFLC patched to any of the following versions:


GTA IV: version 1.0.5.0 up to version 1.0.7.0
EFLC: version 1.1.1.0 up to version 1.1.2.0
GTA IV: version 1.0.1.0 up to version 1.0.4.0 (with different version of the
ScriptHook)

- Microsoft .Net Framework 4 installed on your machine


- Any AsiLoader installed for GTA IV
I've included download links below. If the application crashes or
behaves in an unwanted manner then download and install those
updates/tools.

The .Net Framework SHOULD be installed already after the GTA IV


installation.

.Net Framework 4 Download:


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a391abd-25c1-4fc0-919f-
b21f31ab88b7

YAASIL - Yet Another Asi Loader:


http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=394806

Alexander Blade's AsiLoader:


http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=380830

listener's XLiveLess, including an AsiLoader:


http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=388658

4. Installation
---------------

- EASY:

Extract the complete archive into your GTAIV installation folder.

- DETAILED:

Extract the complete archive into your GTAIV installation folder.


Make sure that the ScriptHookDotNet.asi and ScriptHook.dll files
are in your main GTAIV folder, or any other folder that is
supported by your AsiLoader.

There may already be a ScriptHook.dll present. This is fine,


because many mods use this file. In this case, check which
one of the two files is newer and keep that.

Only the ScriptHookDotNet.asi and ScriptHook.dll files are


required to run scripts.

All files in the "scripts\for Developers" subfolder are only


required if you want to write own scripts. Look at the "Writing
new scripts" section for more infos on this.

5. Script Installation
----------------------

Scripts for the DotNet Script Hook have to be copied to the


"scripts" subfolder of your GTAIV installation directory.
You may have to create the folder if it is not there.

DotNet scripts may have one of the following file formats:


*.vb - for plain VisualBasic.Net scripts
*.cs - for plain C# scripts
*.net - for compiled scripts in any .Net language
*.net.dll - for compiled scripts in any .Net language

6. Writing new scripts


----------------------

Look at the "scripts\for Developers" folder you extracted to


your GTA IV folder earlier. It contains example projects
to start with. You could just edit the vb or cs script files
with Notepad and copy the resulting script to the "scripts"
subfolder of your GTAIV directory.

However, coding will be MUCH more comfortable and easy if you


use Visual Studio 2010 to edit your scripts. Look below for a
free download. Open the SLN Project files with Visual Studio to
get ready-to-compile script examples. Use those examples as a
base for your own scripts.
If you want to create a completely new VS project, make sure
that you add a reference to the included ScriptHookDotNet.dll.
This file is ONLY required for coding. On runtime, your
scripts will automatically use the ScriptHookDotNet.asi that
is located in your GTAIV directory. Thus you don't need to
bundle your script with one of those files when you want to
release it. If you don't want to release the plain vb or cs
script files, you can use the compiled DLL. You just have to
make sure that the file ends to ".net.dll" or just ".net"!

If a script does not run, take a look at the logfile


ScriptHookDotNet.log . It will write down all errors that
occur during compiling or runtime.

Do NOT include ScriptHookDotNet.asi or ScriptHookDotNet.dll


in the release of your script! Link to this thread instead!

Free Visual Studio Express 2010 downloads (registration is free too):


http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows/

7. Deinstallation
-----------------

Just delete the ScriptHookDotNet.asi from your GTAIV folder.

Scripts contained in the "scripts" subfolder can remain there


if you wish to keep them. They wont run or interfere with the
game when ScriptHookDotNet.asi is deleted.

8. Changelog
------------

Version 1.7.1.7b BETA:


- Version bundled with the C++ ScriptHook that works with GTAIV 1.0.5.0 and newer.

Version 1.7.1.7a BETA:


- Version bundled with the C++ ScriptHook that works with GTAIV 1.0.4.0 and older.
Version 1.7.1.7 BETA:
- Fixed Blip.Delete always causing an exception.
- Some more NonExistingObjectException checks.
- Added Vehicle.LightsOn property to determine whether the front lights are turned
on. (by LMS)
- Changed Vehicle.FixTire to also restore the correct tire model. (by LMS)

Version 1.7.1.6 BETA:


- Stability improvements and additional NonExistingObjectException checks.
- Added "Flip" command to the console to bring a flipped car on its wheels again.

Version 1.7.1.5 BETA:


- Accessing a member function of an object that doesn't exist in-game anymore will
now throw a NonExistingObjectException that can easily be caught in a Try-Block.
- Added InteriorLightOn, CanTiresBurst, IsTireBurst, BurstTire, FixTire methods to
the Vehicle class.

Version 1.7.1.4 BETA:


- Added support for GTA IV version 1.0.7.0 and EFLC version 1.1.2.0
- Added Game.CurrentEpisode property
- Added TLAD and TBOGT weapon names to the Weapon enumeration.

Version 1.6.1.3 BETA:


- Fixed a bug where the RelationshipGroup of Peds returned the wrong value.
- Fixed many potential crash issues.
- Added better way of handling metadata via the cool new dynamic objects introduced
in .Net 4 .
old usage: object.SetMetadata(Of Integer)("MyValueName", False, newvalue)
new usage: object.Metadata.MyValueName = newvalue
- The changes are non-breaking! The old way of handling metadata still works, but
is marked as "deprecated".

Version 1.6.1.2 BETA:


- Fixed a problem that prevented uncompiled .cs scripts from being loaded.
- Includes the "for Developers\bin" folder again, containing the
ScriptHookDotNet.dll
- Reference the above DLL in VS2010 script projects to get IntelliSense comments.

Version 1.6.1.1 BETA:


- MANY THANKS to LMS (zumkumzum@googlemail.com), who helped me to solve the
crashing problems i was unable to fix on my own!
- Added support for GTA IV version 1.0.6.0 and EFLC version 1.1.1.0
- Using .Net Framework 4 now (make sure to install it and also recompile your
scripts for .Net 4, too!)
- Changed versioning. Format: 1.(max supported game patch).(major release).
(revision)
- Changed the handling of Components in Ped.Skin/Player.Skin
- Blip.Display is an enumeration now
- Native.Function.Call accepts Camera objects as parameter now
- Warning: Phone dial events still do not work on Windows 7!

Version 0.893 BETA:


- Fixed the Vehicle.Rotation property
- Fixed mixed-up parameter names in some SettingsFile.SetValue overloads
- Fixed some potential SettingsFile problems in other windows language versions
(hopefully).
- The graphcis scaling will be resetted to Pixel now before a Form gets drawn
- Errors will always be logged in english now.
- Added some descriptions to methods and properties that aren't self-explanatory
- Added boolean overloads for SettingsFile.GetValue and Setvalue
- Renamed the Vehicle.Color properties to Color, SpecularColor, FeatureColor1 and
FeatureColor2 for convenience
- AccessViolationExceptions correctly terminate the causing script now.
- Scripts with a filename in format "myscript.net.dll" also use the default
settings file "myscript.ini" now.
- Fixed a problem where Exists() still returned true for invalid vehicles

Version 0.892 BETA:


- Added Texture class and Graphics.DrawSprite methods
- Added TextureDrawingExample which draws a simple RPM gauge next to the radar
while driving
- Added GTA.Forms.Imagebox control
- Improved drawing performance of windows generated with GTA.Forms
- Integrated Vector2, Vector3, Vector4, Quaternion and Matrix classes from SlimDX (
www.slimdx.org ) for advanced vector operations
- Fixed ApplyForce to take world vectors and added ApplyRelativeForce for object
vectors
- Added Model.GetDimensions functions to retrieve the size of a model
- The player keeps weapons, armor, health and wanted level on a model change now
- Revamped the Timer class to be more convenient
- Several Font properties can now only be assigned on Font creation. This prevents
a potential memory leak.
- A bunch of new functions in several classes (thanks CoMPMStR and Intosia)
- Yet again some breaking changes. Check your scripts!

Version 0.891 BETA:


- Fixed a problem that resulted in keystrokes not being catched by other mods
- Fixed a bug that drew some text messages at the wrong position when using
ScreenUnits scaling.

Version 0.890 BETA:


- Using the same DirectX version as GTA4 now. No need to update it anymore. (thanks
to bean_xp for the hint)
- Fixed a problem with errors complaining about the missing method
WaitHandle.WaitOne(Int32)
- Fixed a major bug that resulted in a new object being generated every time you
retrieve a ped,
vehicle or object, even when you retrieved the same thing earlier. This broke
MANY things!

Version 0.880 BETA:


- Added support for game versions 1.0.3.0 and 1.0.4.0
- All drawing is done via Direct3D now (thanks to aru for the integrated Direct3D
hook)
- due to the switch to Direct3D many of the Graphics methods have changed a little
bit
- GTA.Timer has an Interval and a Tick event now. Tick will fire at each Interval
when Interval is > 0.
- Abandoned Blips and Cameras will be disabled and deleted on "ReloadScripts" now.
- Fixed a problem that prevented local metadata from being accessed inside
PerFrameDrawing
- Fixed a problem that prevented to get the position of a blip (including the
waypoint)
- Added "Teleport WP" console command, which teleports you directly to your current
waypoint.
- Added new GTA.Forms namespace for window and control drawing along with mouse
input.
- Added Button, Checkbox, ColorDialog, Keybox, Label, Listbox, Scrollbar and
Textbox controls.
- Added Light and Checkpoint classes to make them easier to use (DrawLight and
DrawCheckpoint methods have been removed)
- Added ability to save setting files (and renamed them from
GTA.value.ScriptSettings to GTA.SettingsFile)
- Added DriveTo tasks that do not require a specific car (will use the current car
or steal one)
- Added most Pickup functionality
- Added Garage functionality
- Added methods to retrieve ALL peds, vehicles and objects currently loaded in game
memory.
- Added method to get the Ped you currently aim at.
- Added methods to iterate through all active objects with a specific model
- Added SkinTemplate class and Ped.Skin allows you to edit components and props
now.
- Added a WindowExample script to show off some of the new GTA.Forms functionality

Version 0.860 BETA:


- removed Startup from scripts. You can now use all functions and also Wait()
inside the constructor.
- Replaced all events that required a method override with actual events,
conformant with the .Net standard.
- Updated the examples accordingly. Look at them to see how to apply the changes to
your scripts.
- The PhoneNumberDialed event is now also available in game version 1.0.1.0
- some other minor changes

Version 0.850 BETA:


- fixed serveral bugs in the new threading architecture
- fixed all reported AccessViolations
- fixed custom cameras. they work now as intended.
- added ScriptCommands to allow communication between scripts (see the included
ScriptCommunication example)
- added easy settings (ini) file support (just access "Settings" in your scripts)
- added methods to store Metadata for Objects. Metadata can be stored/read as long
as the object exists.
- added ability to catch dialed phone numbers in scripts (PhoneNumberDialed &
BindPhoneNumber)
- added "ScriptHelp" console command, which displays general info and bound console
commands of scripts.
- added more functions to the Graphics class.
- you can scroll in the console now using the PageUp/Down keys (hold Shift to get
to start/end immediately)
- use Shift + NumpadPlus/Minus to grow/shrink the console
- more stuff, as usual

Version 0.840 BETA:


- Complete rewrite of the internal scripting and thread structure. Crashes on Game
& Script reloading should be gone now!
- added easy to use Euphoria (NaturalMotion) helpers to the Ped class
- added BindKey and BindConsoleCommand to Scripts - thanks to diryboy for the idea!
- added ApplyForce function to Peds, Vehicles and Objects
- the Font width is now determined based on the screen resulution. Use
Font.EnforcedWidth to set a custom width.
- added "Scaling" to the Font class, which allows you to scale fonts by Pixels,
FontSize or ScreenUnits.
- added Euphoria example (demonstrating Zombie-like movement)
- added BindKey, BindConsoleCommand and PerFrameDrawing examples
- even more stuff

Version 0.820 BETA:


- added an ingame console (tilde key) and some commands for it. type "help" for
infos.
- added ConsoleCommand function to scripts, to allow custom console commands
- added console command to reload all scripts during the game and another one to
minimize the game window.
- added PerFrameDrawing function to scripts to allow drawing of a simple GUI for
scripts
- added Font class to allow custom font styles in PerFrameDrawing
- added basic support for NaturalMotion messages (NmMessage class)
- added simple custom console command example
- key events will trigger now for ALL keys in ALL scripts now. Don't forget to add
key checks to your KeyDown events!!!
- WatchKey is no longer needed and was removed
- improved ragdoll commands
- added more functions for positions, directions, offsets, etc. to several objects
- lots of other new functions and bugfixes, as always

Version 0.800 BETA:


- added support for game version 1.0.2.0 (thanks to aru)
- fixed several crashing problems in the constructor of scripts
- Improved performance alot (especially when accessing many objects)
- You can now call Wait() inside Startup() of your script
- It will now reject to load scripts in ranked Multiplayer. thanks to C06alt for
the great idea!
- Added basic Object and Animation support
- Added a script example that uses an external configuration file. thanks to
CoMPMStR for the idea!
- Added a script example that'll make you smoke a spliff. ;) thanks to
iriedreadlock23 for the infos!
- Added a script example that syncs ingame time with realtime
- Improved existing examples
- some minor renames again
- Added more functions, tasks and a bit of everything

Version 0.730 BETA:


- renamed Ped.Tasks to Ped.Task ( sorry, i HAD to do it... it was ugly ^^)

Version 0.720 BETA:


- Scripts reload now if the game reloads
- Fixed wrong color values
- Renamed many functions to make more sense (don't complain, i warned you ;) )
- more examples (including the more complex AnyTaxiScript)
- new Classes/Functionality:
- Many Tasks and TaskSequences for Peds
- Native Function support (Native.Function.Call)
- Minimal Camera support
- Minimal Blip support
- MANY more small things... :)

Version 0.700 BETA:


- First public beta release

9. Known Issues
---------------
Not all script functions have been tested. Some of them may not
work as desired or may even lead to crashes.

10. Troubleshooting
-------------------

If you get a "MSVCR100.dll not found" error, install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010
Redistributable Package (x86):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a7b7a05e-6de6-4d3a-a423-
37bf0912db84

If you get crashes and are using GTA IV version 1.0.4.0 or older, try to install
this
older version of the C++ ScriptHook, which works fine with the current .Net
ScriptHook:
http://aru.mtasa.com/gta4/GTAIVScriptHook_0.4.0_Redist.zip

11. Infos for Webmasters


------------------------

Feel free to add this plugin as a download to your site


as long as you give proper credit. However, as long as
it is technically possible, please DON'T upload it to
other webservers. Best way would be to link to a
official release thread or at least direct-link my
download from your page to assure that people always
get the latest version!

Official Release Thread:


http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=392325

Direct-Download:
http://hazardx.com/file/83-GTAIV-ScriptHookDotNet

12. Facts
---------

Data Files:
ScriptHookDotNet.asi

Author:
Hazard (hazard_x@gmx.net)

Releasedate (yyyy-mm-dd):
2010-12-23