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Staying Up To Date

While we like you checking back here often, by signing up for the HeavyMetal Group Newsletter, we'll notify you when new updates are available. In addition, you'll receive news about new HeavyMetal products, web site changes and more. Please check out the HeavyMetalPro Newsletter and Group, and sign up.

Custom Weapon/Equipment Data Files for Total Warfare

While the current HeavyMetal programs do not completely support all of the new equipment, Leon Shirow has generously supplied custom weapons files for all of the programs, making it possible to design using all of the latest equipment. These files are installed using an automated setup program, which can update all of your HeavyMetal programs at once. Down the setup from the Data Files for Programs page.

What about Vista and Windows7 or 8?

While we're all in a learning process with Vista, and especially Windows7, please visit the Running HeavyMetal on Windows Vista/7/8/10 page for the latest in instructions and information on running the HeavyMetal program on Microsoft's latest operating system. The bottom line is: YES! You can run your HeavyMetal programs on Vista and Windows7/8/10, even 64-bit versions. Bill just has some hoops he'd like you to jump through first!

Updating Instructions

Please click on the link for the program update desired. Also, see the Updating Instructions below the update links for more important information.

Only 1 Update Needed

With any of the HeavyMetal programs, you only need the last update; you do not need any previous ones, in order to get all of the benefits of the new release. Therefore, if you have any version of HeavyMetal Pro, from 5.00 on, just install the latest update, and don't worry about having any intermediate updates. All you ever need for these programs in order to stay completely current is 1) Any version of the full Setup program, and 2) The latest Update.

Determine the Correct Directory

Be sure, when installing any of these updates, to install them to the correct directory. Normally, the Setup program determines this and prompts you with it, but especially if you have installed to more than one location, you need to be sure you use the right directory. Also, while the separate programs usually install to, for example,

   "C:\Program Files\HeavyMetal Pro"

HeavyMetal Plus will instead install to

   "C:\Program Files\HeavyMetal\Pro"

If you install to the wrong directory, 1) You will not update your operating version of the program, and 2) The update will not run on its own.

HeavyMetal Pro Updates

Two updates are available for HeavyMetal Pro:

IMPORTANT - HMPro BV2 Weapon Correction

Even if you've previously downloaded HMPro V5.22 R3, it's best to download again, if you haven't done so since 03/05/2015. My previous update in December of 2014 included bad weapons data files, making most Mixed Tech weapons unavailable, and messing with the Rules Levels. Installing the update available below will correct that problem, so is highly recommended.

BV2: Now available is an update which includes the modified weapon Battle Values, and the updated Battle Value calculations from the new BattleTech TechManual, commonly called BV2. HeavyMetal Pro V5.22 R3, posted 03/05/2015, is the latest release using the newer Battle Value (BV2) calculation method. While the new equipment from the TechManual is not included in the program, the BV calculation method is consistent with the new rules.

BV1: Also available is an update which includes the modified the original BV values and calculations from BattleTech Master Rules. HeavyMetal Pro V 5.10 R3, posted 09/22/2008, is the last release using the original Battle Value, and is provided so that the user can continue to use the old BV, which is consistent with BVs from the other HeavyMetal programs. You can view the HeavyMetal Pro Revision History, information which includes both the updates above.

IMPORTANT - Battle Value and Battle Value 2

Please read more about BV and BV2, as well as suggestions on how to make use of both on your computer, at the Battle Value versus BV2 page.

HeavyMetal Vee Updates

Two updates are available for HeavyMetal Vee:

Now available is an update which includes the modified weapon Battle Values, and the updated Battle Value calculations from the new BattleTech TechManual, commonly called BV2. HeavyMetal Vee V2.21 R3, posted 03/21/2009, is the latest release using the new Battle Value (BV2) calculation method. While the new equipment from the TechManual is not included in the program, the BV calculation method is consistent with the new rules.

Also available is an update which includes the modified the original BV values and calculations from Classic BattleTech Master Rules. HeavyMetal Vee V 2.07 R8, posted 10/14/2008, is the last release using the original Battle Value, and is provided so that the user can continue to use the old BV, which is consistent with BVs from the other HeavyMetal programs. You can view the HeavyMetal Vee Revision History, information which includes both the updates above.

HeavyMetal Lite Update

The latest update is HeavyMetal Lite V 2.07 R3, posted 09/22/2008. You can also view the HeavyMetal Lite Revision History.

HeavyMetal Aero Update

The latest update is HeavyMetal Aero V 1.06 R7, posted 09/22/2008. You can also view the HeavyMetal Aero Revision History.

HeavyMetal Battle Armor Update

The latest update is HeavyMetal Battle Armor V 1.03 R7, posted 03/21/2009. You can also view the HeavyMetal Battle Armor Revision History.

HeavyMetal Map Update

The latest update is HeavyMetal Map V 1.01 R2, posted 06/03/2011. You can also view the HeavyMetal Map Revision History.

German Translations: Thanks to Fabian Meierhans of Swizterland, the Readme (Liesmich) and QuickStart (SchnellStart) documents are now available in German. Just download and unzip the German Map Downloads zip file.

HeavyMetal Plus

Please download the individual updates for Pro, Vee and Lite, in order to update HMPlus. Be sure you install to the correct directory, usually "C:\Program Files\HeavyMetal\Pro", etc.


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