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Opening Japanese Models in MikuMikuDance – Sometimes they don’t work!

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Opening Japanese Models in MikuMikuDance
– Sometimes they don’t work!

The Japanese have been into MMD for years and they Broken Models are often caused by scrambled file names.have created and shared thousands of models online. Of course they name their files in Japanese! … and our computers, in the USA, use a different character set … don’t speak Japanese … with the result being scrambled file names. We need to use a new “program set” to open those Japanese zip files while keeping the original file names.

I found a solution to share with you: https://learnmmd.com/Applocale7zip/. Following the instructions, there, you will download a zip-file software, 7-Zip, and a Microsoft program: AppLocale. Read and follow the instructions carefully, like I did, and you will have no problems.

Note: 5/28/2016

Another method for keeping the Japanese file names as you open a Japanese model zip folder is to use the free Bandizip software
with the Code Page dropdown set to Japanese.
See the Bandizip article.

The only place I hada question was about saving a batch file that we will use in the future to open that Zip program. We want to make a simple icon button for our desktop that we can double-click when we want to use 7-Zip in combination with AppLocale to open a new model. The author gives us the command line:

C:\WINDOWS\AppPatch\AppLoc.exe “C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM.exe” “/L0411”

and he assumesthat we know what to do with it … but it has been a long time since I have thought about DOS!   What you do is open NOTEPAD on your computer; copy/paste that line of type into an empty NOTEPAD screen and SAVE AS … as a “.bat” file. Your SAVE AS window should look like this:

Save to the Desktop with ALL FILES selected.

At the bottom of the save window the drop-down will show “Text Document .txt” … you change that to “All Files” … designate your Desktop, and name your file like he did:   7-Zip as JP.bat    and SAVE. A “gear” icon will appear on your desktop. Double click the icon and 7-Zip will open. A gear icon will appear on your Desktop.You use 7-Zip to extract your downloaded model’s zip file.

That’s all there is to it “:o).


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  1. Misaki Misaki
    March 21, 2019    

    You can use Info-ZIP, which other programs might even be using since it’s open-source. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Info-ZIP

    A Japanese person, actually, submitted a patch to it to add options to specify character encoding; this is in the output from –help, but not in the manual pages.

    On the command line, you would navigate to the directory you want to decompress the files to (it can be easier if the zip file is there too), and run one of the following:
    unzip -O cp932 archive.zip
    unzip -O sjis archive.zip

    It’s important the ‘-O’ is capitalized. sjis means the Shift-JIS character encoding; cp932 is the more advanced one that can do circled numbers and some other stuff that Shift-JIS can’t. Chinese computers often use the gb2312 character set.

    Advanced unzipping: https://superuser.com/questions/1319606/zipfile-character-encoding-challenge https://superuser.com/questions/1309341/how-to-convert-this-string-to-japanese-using-gnu-linux-tools

  2. animefangirl101 animefangirl101
    December 9, 2016    

    I have windows ten so regular aplocale doesn’t work on my computer so i dont know what to do because im sure some of the steps are different. can i get help?

  3. Seven Seven
    August 1, 2015    

    After hours trying to make applocale working with win 8.1 (is difficult because everythink is changed in this “tablet”-like Operative System) I’ve foud the definitive solution:
    -Download BANDZIP
    ( Is a free zipper very similiar to 7zip, but supports Japanese )
    -During installation you can choose if making it your default zipper. You can set “NO”, there no need to replace your 7zip
    -Once installed, every time you want to extract a Japanese model go on your file, right-click and “open with…” BANDZIP
    -There is a “green word” icon on the right. Select “Japanese”, then extract, and you are done. Japanese names will be correctly exctracted.
    see you!

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