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Chao exporter/Importer Usage tutorial

A Tutorial for Sonic Adventure 2

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1.        Introduction

1.1.    What is Chao Exporter & Importer?
Chao Exporter & Importer is a program, which lets you export and import your chao from .chao file. Originally importing and exporting was possible thanks to Fusion’s chao Editor, but after disappearance of the creator of the tool-Fusion, it became dangerous to use FCE, cause it could result in progress loss while using mods like CWE(Chao world Extended). This situation led to creation of Chao Exporter & Importer, safe and mod friendly way to do the same with little extras features.

1.2.    Why have I created this tutorial?
This tutorial was created to give step-by-step usage of the tool, common problems and solutions and every explanation how does the tool work and everything it can do. Everything from simple exporting and importing to inserting random chao from folder. In addition, gifs and pictures will be provided to help and guide people in the process.

2.        Starting with tool

2.1.    Downloading and Installing
If don’t have this tool yet, but got interested, you can download this tool from here. You will be redirected to Gamebana tool page called with a tool called Chao exporter & Importer. After, scroll down until you see Files section. 

Click the download button and .7z file will be downloaded. You will need a program to open it like winrar or 7zip. Press on the downloaded file and open it. Extract all the files to folder of your desire. In this example I will be using winrar.

2.2.    Avoiding problems - run as administrator
To make sure that program runs correctly I strongly advise to run it as administrator or tick the box that it would always be ran as administrator.

2.3.    Recommendation before editing if something goes wrong
Before starting to edit your chao I would strongly recommend to make a backup of your chao data. It can be done by pressing 

This way you can save your current chao save data and load it anytime you make a mistake like importing into wrong slot, deleting someone you did not want or any other mistakes you might face. If you have forgotten to make a backup chao save, do not worry, there is still another way to reset your progress. First of all MAKE SURE YOU DON’T LEAVE THE GARDEN OR CHAO lobby. Right click your game in taskbar and select “Close window”

After that, you will be prompted that your progress will not be saved by doing like that, select yes and this way your chao will be reset to previous save point, which was made.

If you have made the chao save file, you can simply use

and select the file(.ChaoSave) to load the whole data back.

3.        Simple functions

To make tool load your choa, make sure you are in the chao garden lobby(SA2B) or in Chao garden itself(SADX).
While clicking on chao slot you will be able able to export/import/export as a friend your chao.

3.1.    Exporting
When clicking export, a window will appear asking where do you want to save your chao, select your desired location and file will appear in that place.

3.2.    Importing
When clicking import, a window will appear asking what .chao file to do you want to import. When you select the chao, in that slot that specific chao will appear. If there was a chao in that slot already, that chao will be completely overwritten and your chosen chao will take it’s place.

3.3.    Exporting as a friend(CWE Feature)
Exporting as a friend works exactly as simple exporting, it simply changes last character of the name to heart, this way in CWE(Chao world extended), you can create a guest chao.
Description(Taken from post from Chao Island) of the guest chao from CWE mod:
“A Guest chao is a chao from a friend in your chao world, what's the difference well here the difference: 
- a guest chao can't love you
- a guest chao can't change form
- a guest chao can't lvl up
- a guest chao can't die/reincarnate
- a guest chao (if it's a baby) can't evolve”“

4.        Advanced functions

4.1.    Export all Selected

To use this function you have to select at least 1 chao slot to be exported. When you press the button, the window will appear asking you where you want to save these .chao files. When location was chosen, with short delay, chao will appear one by one. Empty slots even if selected will not be exported.

4.2.    Delete all Selected

When using this function, at least one slot must be chosen. When you will press this button, the window will appear asking if you are sure about this decision, prompting the user, that this can’t be undone, unless user has .chaosave or forces the game to shut down without saving. (Look 2.3 for that information)

By pressing yes, all selected chao will be deleted.

4.3.    Import Chao Files

To use this function you have to select only one slot, if chosen more the button will become grey indicating that function is not available. When you choose 1 slot and press the button, window will appear asking what .chao files you want to choose. You can choose as many chao you want, yet they will be inserted alphabetically downwards. So for example if you choose slot 22, yet you select 5 chao(Example: Apple, apple2, boing, boing2, cido), only 3 chao will be inserted which are Apple, apple 2 and boing. Other chao will not be inserted as there are not enough slots below selected slot as max limit of chao slots is 24. 

Problem which you might face: By choosing slots, you have to make sure below slots are empty or have unneeded chao, otherwise chao you have selected might overwrite the existing chao.

4.4.    Import Random Chao

This function becomes available when 1 or more chao slots are picked. To make it work, you have to make sure that you have folder called “Random Chao” in the folder where is your exe located. After, make sure there are enough chao files for all the slots you have selected, otherwise chao principal will prompt you that there are not enough chao are in the folder. So for example if you have chosen 10 slots, there must be at least 10 chao files in Random Chao folder.

Common problems:
Chao imported from another game doesn't appear, yet is show in the calculator:
Fix: Make sure you have enough space in your main chao garden(Station square in sadx or Neutral chao garden in Sa2b), max limit in garden is 8

Chao save import doesn't work:
Warning: Chao save import usually only works with the game you exported it from, chaosave from sadx might not work in sa2b, sa2b can't work with sadx, importing wrong chao save might result in chao being shown in the program, yet only 8 chao will appear in station square, other will exist in "none garden". So make sure you don't mix Chao saves.

Thank you all for the support and making till the end! I hope this tutorial has helped you and if you have any questions or suggestion, feel free to comment below.
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    BlueStreak35 Joined 1y ago
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    so i tried importing some of my chao from SA2 into sadx and it didn't seem to work. i followed the tutorial and there files show up in the importer/exporter, but not in game.

    there a way to solve this or is it not meant to transfer chao between the two games?
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