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Everything You Need to Make KiSS Dolls
Want to learn how to make KiSS dolls? Here are some helpful documents and tutorials and some useful tools to help you do just that.
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Documents
KiSS/GS
The Kisekae Set System General Specifications is a technical document detailing the format for KiSS CNF, CEL, and KCF files.
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KiSS/GS

FKiSS Specifications
The most recent KiSS viewing programs now support the FKiSS animation and sound extensions. This document details the FKiSS extension format based on discussions with Yav, the originator of FKiSS.
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FKiSS
Specifications

FKiSS 2 Specifications
FKiSS 2 is a new, even-more-experimental-than-before extension to standard, experimental FKiSS. FKiSS adds variable translucency, if-statements, and new types of movements. For more details about FKiSS 2 and FKiSS 3, see Chad Randall's FKiSS and FKiSS 2 Documents.
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FKiSS 2
Specifications

Eventi e Comandi per lo Standard FKiSS/FKiSS2 Part 1 and Part 2
Translated to Italian by KD2 Graph, based on documentation by Chad Randall.
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Eventi e Comandi per lo Standard FKiSS/FKiSS2 (Part 1)
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Eventi e Comandi per lo Standard FKiSS/FKiSS2 (Part 2)

Disposición del fichero KiSS .cnf, referencia de comandos FKiSS/FKiSS2
Translated to Spanish by Dominatrix, based on documentation by Chad Randall.
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Disposición del fichero KiSS .cnf, referencia de comandos FKiSS/FKiSS2

FKiSS 1-4 Specifications
Further development of the FKiSS animation extensions has led to FKiSS levels 3 and 4 with support for variables, if-else conditionals, and subroutines. Nick Roberts maintains a page documenting the FKiSS code all the way up to version 4.
Follow the above link and click on "FKISS Reference".
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FKiSS 1-4
Specifications



Tools

DOS and Windows
NeoPaint
NeoSoft created NeoPaint, the DOS paint program Dov uses the most. Now they have a Windows version! Dov heartily recommends this paint program. (The other ones are good too but Dov hasn't used them as much and so cannot say much about them yet.) NeoPaint doesn't have as many of the fancier effects of other paint programs but it does support GIF, PCX, and BMP in a variety of palette modes including 16 color, 256 color, grayscale, and TrueColor. This is a shareware paint program; you can download it and use it for free but it will stop working after the trial period is over. Still, the price is actually pretty cheap for a quality paint program and well worth the price.
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NeoPaint
For Windows
D-Pixed
D-Pixed is a very popular Freeware paint program in Japan and is frequently used to create KiSS dolls there. It has support for some very useful add-in tools (currently only in Japanese but you can probably figure them out with a little experimentation).
Update (10/3/2009): The japanese site is no longer available, however an English language version of D-Pixed is available at Flat2D (http://www.flat2d.fr/dpixed_en.aspx), a site dedicated to drawing programs.
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D-Pixed
For Windows

7-zip
7-Zip is an easy-to-use, open-source archival program that can handle virtually all of the popular archive types including LZH and LHA, which are used in KiSS programs.
Get 7-Zip
7-Zip
For Windows
LHA v2.55e
KiSS dolls are always distributed in LZH-compressed files. This simple DOS command-line utility will allow you to compress and decompress LZH archival files. Please note that, if you use Direct KiSS, you don't need this program since Direct KiSS can create the LZH archive for you.
How To Use
LHA is a DOS-based, command-line utility. If you're using Win95 and have no idea how to use an DOS-based utility like this one, you're probably going to be a little lost. This short document might help point you in the right direction.
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LHA v2.55e
For DOS
65,704 bytes

GIF to CEL for Windows
This is a simple Windows-based utility to help you convert GIF images to CELs and back again. It supports drag-and-drop and you can convert multiple images at once so it's handy for working with batch conversions. It can also make KCF palette files.
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GIF to CEL
For Windows
22,169 bytes

Tail's TLCK Utilities
Tail has developed several excellent KiSS utilities designed to help help KiSS artists who work in Photoshop to turn their PSD artwork into CKiSS dolls. TLCKV should be of particular interest - it even writes the basic CNF for you.
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Tail's TLCK Utilities
For Windows
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Dov's DOS KiSS Utilities
This collection of simple DOS KiSS utilities includes...
  • A GIF-to-CEL Converter
  • A CEL-to-GIF Converter
  • A CEL Offset Minimizer
  • A CEL Offset Incrementer
  • A KCF Merger
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GIF to CEL
For DOS
141,201 bytes

Mian's PCX to CEL Converter
This is a very good KiSS-making utility which allows you to convert PCX format graphics images into KiSS CEL bitmap files. It also can create 12-bit KCF palette files and can convert CEL files back into PCX files. Both 16-color and 256-color versions are included.
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PCX to CEL
For DOS
240,930 bytes

Klavdij Voncina's KiSS Cel Workshop v2.0
A great Windows 95 utility for creating KiSS CEL and KCF files from BMP or GIF images. It includes color-remapping and even batch conversion functions. Now available in self-installing format!
Note: The KiSS Cel Workshop v2.0 includes the KiSS CNF Editor v1.2 built-in.
Warning: KiSS Cel Workshop will not work in Windows XP or Windows Vista unless you set the Compatibility Mode to "Windows 98/ME" (look in the Windows help about "Compatibility Mode" for instructions).
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KiSS Cel Workshop v2.0
Self-Installing Version
For Windows 95
968,574 bytes
Klavdij Voncina's KiSS CNF Editor v1.11
A good companion to the Cel Workshop, Klavdij Voncina's CNF Editor allows you to easily edit KiSS CNF files and includes CEL viewing abilities. This version includes experimental support for CKiSS and a new interface.
(This file is archived in LZH format so you will need a LZH decompression utility.)
Warning: KiSS CNF Editor v1.11 is not compatible with Windows XP or Vista.
Note: The KiSS Cel Workshop v2.0 includes the KiSS CNF Editor v1.2 built-in which does work in Windows XP and Windows Vista (in Compatibility Mode).
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KiSS CNF Editor v1.11
For Windows 95
280,467 bytes

Hyuu's WSVC ver0.11a
A great Windows tool for creating multiple CEL and KCF KiSS files from BMP or MAG images. It includes a tutorial, WKSMAKE.TXT on how to make CEL and KCF files with this utility. Note: This tutorial only explains making CEL and KCF files. It does not explain making the essential CNF files. Be sure to get the Walk-through or KiSS/GS.
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WSVC ver0.11a
For Windows
153,187 bytes

Hyuu's WCEL Ver1.08e
This KiSS Cell Viewer/Saver allows viewing of 16/256 color CELS, conversion of BMP files to CEL format, and margin setting.
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WCEL Ver1.08e
For Windows
42,950 bytes



Macintosh
MacLHA v2.22
KiSS dolls are always distributed in LZH-compressed files. This Macintosh utility will allow you to compress and decompress LZH archival files. (French KiSS can do this on-the-fly for KiSS dolls but you may need it if you want to make new KiSS dolls or work with LZH files in general).
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MacLHA v2.22
For Macintosh
139,904 bytes
MacLHA v2.13
Here's an older version of MacLHA, in case you have trouble with the newer one.
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MacLHA v2.13
For Macintosh
47,374 bytes
John Stiles' Cel Maker
Macintosh users can create KiSS dolls using the Cel Maker utility available written by John Stiles. You may still find the Walk-through or KiSS/GS useful.
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Cel Maker
For Macintosh
39,458 bytes
LemkeSoft Graphics Converter
If you use a Power Mac, you can pick up Graphics Converter from LemkeSoft which supports the creation of CEL and KCF files. This is a very useful piece of shareware at a very low price. It works very well in conjunction with Photoshop or by itself.
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Graphics Converter
For Power Mac
Get It Here



Amiga
Michal Durys' Personal Cel I/O Library
The Personal Cel I/O Library for Personal Paint will allow you to load and save CEL files.
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Personal Cel I/O Library
For Amiga
Get It Here



RISC OS
!MakeKiSS
!MakeKiSS is a KiSS doll editor and creator for RISC OS machines.
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!MakeKiSS
For RISC OS
Get It Here

Mailing List
KiSS artists may be interested in joining the KiSS mailing list, a discussion group for KiSS artists and program developers. You can join by going to the KiSS ML Admin page and filling out the form there. Be sure to read the rules of the ML too!
NOTE: This is NOT a simple announcement list for technical discussion of KiSS dolls and discussion traffic is sometimes quite high. Please subscribe from your own e-mail address.

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There are a couple of clubs and message boards that new and old KiSS artists and fans may want to try:

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