Tips and Tricks

Tips and things you should know about Sc2gears

This dialog is also available inside Sc2gears: Help menu => Show "New to Sc2gears?" dialog.
  1. In order to auto-save replays, display Map view charts, launch StarCraft II etc. ensure folders are set correctly.
  2. Yes, you can change how auto-saved replays are named. Edit the Replay auto-save name template.
  3. By default players are listed as they appear in the replays. You can put your name to the first place if you add your name to the Favored player list.
  4. By default real time and real APM values are displayed and used which differ from values displayed in StarCraft II. You can switch back to game time and game APM if you wish.
  5. Sc2gears can automatically store ALL your replays securely online if you have an Sc2gears Database account.
  6. You can run a diagnostic test to see if your settings are correct.
  7. For advanced users: you should check out the Tips dialog.
  8. Limitation: Sc2gears operates on replays. Replays contain limited amount of information which sometimes may differ from the actual game (for example more train actions than units actually trained).
  9. Yes, Sc2gears and all of its features are legit by Blizzard's terms of use.

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Tips and Tricks

This dialog is also available inside Sc2gears: Help menu => Show Tips dialog.
  1. If you associate *.SC2Replay files with Sc2gears.exe, they will be opened in Sc2gears if you double click on them.
  2. Use CTRL+number hotkeys to fast switch between charts.
  3. Tables are sorted by up to 3 columns. 2nd and 3rd sort columns will be the previous sort columns.
  4. You can add a shortcut to Sc2gears.exe in your Startup menu and set Sc2gears to start minimized to tray.
  5. You can export the data of any table in Sc2gears, just press CTRL+C to copy the selected table rows to clipboard.
  6. You can pass any SC2 replays, Sc2gears replay lists and Sc2gears replay sources to Sc2gears.exe, and all will be opened.
  7. Sc2gears replay lists are standard CVS files so you can open them with Excel for example for further processing.
  8. You can set the start folder when opening replays in the Folder settings.
  9. You can narrow a search result by refining the search terms and perform the search again or set the results as source and define new filters.
  10. You can restrict the Multi-rep analysis to any subset of the replays if you pre-filter them in the Replay search.
  11. Use the "Filter actions" and "Filter out actions" fields in the Replay analyzer to display only the actions you're interested in.
  12. You can customize the data displayed on the charts in the Replay analyzer if you select the "Use listed actions..." check box and you filter the actions.
  13. Add your StarCraft 2 account name to the favored player list, and you will always be displayed as the first player.
  14. Use the Full-screen mode (F11) to view charts and everything in big.
  15. Most of the commands and actions have hotkeys. Memorize those to use Sc2gears more efficiently.
  16. If a drop-down list is focused, you can start typing to jump to the element that you're looking for.
  17. Use the "Group by teams" function in the Replay analyzer to easily compare overall team performances.
  18. Use the "Group by teams" function on the Map view chart to display buildings of team members with the same color.
  19. Enable "Minimize to tray on Close" in the Window menu to prevent accidental close of Sc2gears.
  20. In the Results tab of Replay searches you can press ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER to open the selected replays for analysis.
  21. In the Hotkeys chart of Replay analyzer move your mouse over the assigned hotkey numbers to see what units the player assigned to that group.
  22. Every chart can be zoomed in the Replay analyzer. If a chart is zoomed, you can simply drag it to scroll (or traditionally use the scroll bar).
  23. You can disable the "Preload SC2 icons on startup" function for slightly faster startup and smaller initial memory usage.
  24. Press F6 to switch between the navigation tree and the active window.
  25. Press F8 and use the cursor keys to resize the navigation bar.
  26. In the Replay analyzer right click on the charts shows the Replay Operations menu, right click on the player check boxes shows the Player menu.
  27. Saved replay sources and replay lists automatically appear in the navigation tree if (and only if) you save them in the default folder that comes up when saving.
  28. Middle click (net scroll) on the charts in the Replay analyzer enlarges the charts! Middle click again restores the original.
  29. Manual replay rename and the replay auto-save can group your files into sub-folders if you use backslash ("\") for specifying folders in the name template.
  30. You can enter a comma separated list of player names in the search filter to find replays that include all the listed players.
  31. You can export the actions of a replay as text. Simply select the actions you want to export and press CTRL+C to copy them to the clipboard.
  32. You can zoom the charts with CTRL+wheel scroll in the Replay analyzer.
  33. If you have multiple accounts or you used the name change feature of SC2, you can list your names as aliases and statistics will be summarized.
  34. You can list map name aliases to display the name you wish and to summarize statistics for them (for example localized map names).
  35. You can define custom date and time formats on the Internal tab of the Miscellaneous settings dialog.
  36. You can drag and drop replays, folders, replay sources and replay lists onto Sc2gears, and all will be opened respectively.
  37. You can drag and drop replays and folders onto the source list of the Source tab of Replay searches.
  38. Most input text fields can have a pre-defined value list. Add the terms you use often to the pre-defined list.
  39. You can easily apply saved search filters: right click on the replay source or replay list in the navigation tree and choose "Apply filter".
  40. You can run a diagnostic test from the Tools menu if you think something is broken or not working.
  41. You can activate a grid on the charts in the Replay analyzer to see how well you perform periodic tasks like Spawn Larva or Chrono Boost.
  42. Sc2gears can automatically store ALL your files securely online if you have an Sc2gears Database account.
  43. You can change your portrait picture to anything you like, and everyone who opens a replay in Sc2gears with you in it will see that as your portrait.
  44. Rename your replays by adding the MD5 hash of the replays ('/h' symbol) to EXTREMELY speed up search and analysis.
  45. Enable Global hotkeys in the Settings menu and you can control Sc2gears while you're in StarCraft II.
  46. The Game info dialog shows you info about the players you just played without having to ALT+TAB out of StarCraft II.
  47. You can change the size of the On-Top APM display with the + and - keys.
  48. Clicking on the Game info dialog will stop its auto-closing timer.
  49. You can rearrange and hide columns permanently in the Replay list table to your liking if you click on the "Column setup" link above the table.
  50. You can lock On-Top dialogs by right clicking on them and choosing "Lock" to prevent accidental move or close. You can unlock them the same way.
  51. You can enable Proxy configuration if you use Sc2gears from a network which has internet access only through a proxy server, or you use Sc2gears from China.
  52. Record columns in the Multi-rep analysis sort by (wins-losses). You can use this to see which maps to vote down (the bottom of the list).
  53. The replay list table can color wins to green and losses to red if you add your name to the favored player list.
  54. Share/upload multiple replays at once: pass multiple replays to the Share replays dialog, and you can upload all at once or one-by-one with different description.
  55. You can view and edit private replay data directly from Sc2gears on the "Private data" tab of the Replay Analyzer if you have a valid Authorization key.
  56. You can rate and discuss replays on the "Public comments" tab of the Replay analyzer. Your comments remain private if you don't share your replay.
  57. There is a Free Sc2gears Database package for Everyone. You just have to ask. Details are on the home page.
  58. You can share your Sc2gears Database account with your friends, ideal for teams to share their replays with the team. Details are on the home page.
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