Progress Report and Plea:
I've put some time into converting the Arnhem Historical Campaign into COTA, but progress is slow. The map is ready, and (with thanks to The Plodder for his work, which I borrowed!) the OOB is entered into the scenario editor. I have also altered the map textures so that (for this scenario) the colors are precisely those of HTTR rather than the Mediterranean theme of COTA.
However, here's the slow part: although the OOB is in place, each and every unit must have its unit type (from the Estab) entered manually. This is a process of selecting the original unit in HTTR to check its type, then clicking to open the unit in COTA, go to the Estab menu, select its type, drag it to the unit box, set the strength (since the default 0 is unacceptable to the program), and then closing the unit. This is a minimum of eight very precise mouse clicks for each unit.
This must be done for each and every one of the several hundred units in the scenario. If it is to be done, it will take forever, and that's just for Arnhem. The same will need to be done to convert Nijmegen and Eindhoven, since their OOBs are substantially different. I think converting one scenario alone will take a dozen very tedious hours.
Now my plea: the one thing that would be a godsend in this process would be the ability to cut and paste unit types in Excel. Right now the unit type is not represented in the Excel export from HTTR scenarios that can then be imported into COTA--this is why they must all be picked by hand from the Estab editor. Is it possible (or can it be made possible) to access the numbers that are associated with unit type so that we can use Excel cutting and pasting to carry the unit type over?
This is *not* a matter of translating or converting the HTTR Estab file into the numbers used by the COTA Estab file. Remember that these converted scenarios use the HTTR Estab itself, which is thankfully readable in the COTA scenario editor. The problem is just that the HTTR scenario Excel dumps don't include the unit type. I wonder if it's possible to crack open the HTTR scenarios so that their unit type numbers (or whatever is used) can be easily pasting into a COTA scenario Excel import. But I know nothing of these things.
Any advice or help is appreciated...