Tools

This page provides links to additional information about the tools you will use for your projects. XNA Game Studio Express is a free technology. To use XNA Game Studio Express, you must also install Visual C# Express 2005 (or a full version of Visual Studio).

Teams are strongly advised to use SlugForge, a free, web-based project management web site operated by the UCSC School of Engineering that provides version control (via Subversion), mailing lists, a project web site, and more.

XNA Creators Club Online  

Community web site for XNA Game Studio Express

Overview of XNA Creators Club

Overview of XNA Creators Club

XNA Downloads  

XNA Game Studio Express and Visual C# 2008 downloads page

Microsoft DreamSpark

Site containing free versions of many Microsoft tools, including Visual Studio Professional 2008.

XACT

XACT (audio tool) documentation from Microsoft

Ziggyware

Developer-oriented XNA news

XNADevelopment.com

XNA tutorials, see also links page for XNA links

GIMP

GIMP is an open source bitmap image editor (can be used to create/edit sprites)

Blender

Blender is an open source 3D model and animation editor (can be used to create/edit 3D game models)

StarUML

StarUML is an open source UML editing tool (can be used to create UML structure diagrams)

FX Composer

NVIDIA FX Composer 2.5 is a shader authoring tool that supports HLSL (and other shader languages)

SlugForge

SlugForge project management web site (similar to SourceForge)

Subversion

Website for the Subversion configuration management tool

TortoiseSVN

TortoiseSVN is a file system extension that provides common Subversion operations within the file browser of Windows

Subversion Book

A book describing how to use Subversion

FL Studio

FL Studio is a commercial music composition and remixing system, with a free demo version

Audacity

Audacity is a free, open source system for recording and editing sounds (Win, Mac, Linux)

New Grounds

New Grounds features music tracks licensed using a Creative Commons license, along with an extensive user rating system (use of tracks in your games may be OK, see license details)

Jamendo

Jamendo features music tracks licensed using a Creative Commons license (use of tracks in your games may be OK, see license details)