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General Overview

“fpclib” stands for “Flashpoint Curation Library” and is a powerful collection of functions and classes you can use and extend to hopefully curate any game/animation in existence through python3. If you’re not familiar with curating for Flashpoint and would like to know how to curate, first follow the Curation Tutorial page on the Flashpoint wiki. If you’re not familiar with using python or coding, you should read the official python tutorial before using this library.

Although there are already several useful tools you can use for manually curating games/animations for Flashpoint and downloading assets easily, such as Flashpoint Core, cURLsDownloader, and MAD4FP, none of these tools offer the ability to curate through code or automate the process; fpclib was created to fix that. Of course, you should still always manually check any curation you make with fpclib in Flashpoint Core to make sure it works properly.

There are numerous benefits of using fpclib to help you curate:

  • By default, fpclib downloads main game/animation files and puts them in the right file format based upon your launch commands.

  • Logos and screenshots can be automatically downloaded from online and converted to PNG files.

  • Curating similar games/animations from one or more websites is simple and easy thanks to the fpclib.curate() function.

  • Nearly every kind of Curation is possible to make with this library! This library and documentation were created with the intent of making it easy to overwrite the Curation class to make it do different things. Anything you can do in the “Curate” tab in Flashpoint Core you can do with fpclib, except test games.

Here’s some example code of using the library to curate “Interactive Buddy” from Newgrounds:

# Import fpclib curation
from fpclib import Curation

# Create a curation from a given url
curation = Curation(url='//www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/218014')
# Set the logo of the curation
curation.logo = '//picon.ngfiles.com/218000/flash_218014_medium.gif'

# You can set metadata through the object directly or through the set_meta method
curation.set_meta(title='Interactive Buddy', tags=['Simulation', 'Toy'])
curation.set_meta(dev='Shock Value', pub='Wrong Publisher')
curation.pub = 'Newgrounds'
curation.ver = '1.01'
curation.date = '2005-02-08'

# Add an additional app
curation.set_meta(cmd='http://uploads.ungrounded.net/218000/218014_DAbuddy_latest.swf')
curation.add_app('Kongregate v1.02', 'http://chat.kongregate.com/gamez/0003/0303/live/ib2.swf?kongregate_game_version=1363985380')

# Export this curation to the current working directory
curation.save()

You can also test the library by running the script directly or with fpclib.test(), which will also curate “Interactive Buddy” in the current working directory, delete the curation, and check an invalid curation.

More Reading

  • If you’ve never coded before in python, you should read the official python tutorial.

  • Check out the The Basics and Advanced Stuff pages if you want to dive straight into learning how to use fpclib.

  • Check out the Globals page for a complete page listing of every constant and function in the library.

  • Check out the Classes page for an overview of the Curation class.

  • Check out the About page to see who helped with making this library possible.

  • Check out the Index for a list of terms alphabetically organized.

Usage

You can install the library with

pip install fpclib

or you can put the “fpclib.py” script (check the releases page on github) in the same directory as your script.

If you choose the second option, you’ll also need to install these libraries through pip:

pip install requests
pip install beautifulsoup4
pip install pillow
pip install ruamel.yaml

Once you have all of that set up, you can put import fpclib at the top of your script to use it’s methods.