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Desktop Ponies - A Beginner's Guide

By Botchan-MLP
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A small step-by-step tutorial in which I create a tutorial pony and you are invited to join me. Doesn't go into too much detail but covers all of the basics as well as some of the more complex stuff.

This is not a spriting tutorial. It's just a guide how to code your own desktop pony using the program's built-in pony editor and is meant to be used with Desktop Ponies v1.50 and up.

Here are some downloads to go with it:

Tutorial Sprite Pack - contains all the sprites needed to recreate the tutorial pony.
"Tutorial Partner" pony - contains a simple desktop pony that can be used for the "interactions" tutorial.

Update: In case the direct downloads from deviantart don't work, here are some alternate download links:

I'm by no means an expert in creating these kind of guides, so if you find mistakes or have helpful suggestions for improvements, please tell me so. I'll try to keep this up-to-date for the time being.
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crystalhot1996's avatar

i need help making a pony, please?

Botchan-MLP's avatar

What do you need help with?

Botchan-MLP's avatar

That's a really broad field. If you can't tell me specifically what you have problems with, I can't help you.

And just to be clear: I have no problem with trying to help, but I'll not make your OC for you.

skyie-fyire's avatar

Any info on editing/changing houses?

Botchan-MLP's avatar

Well, there's really not much to it. If you want to edit a house, you just start the program, start the ponies, place a house, right click on it and click on the "Edit (name of house)" option. It will open a new window where you can adjust the house's options to your liking.


And if you want to create a new house, all you need to do is make a copy of one of the preexisting houses (the entire folder), replace the graphic and then edit the house.ini using any text editor so it has the proper name and points to the correct graphic file (the first two lines in the ini). Afterwards you can follow the above steps for editing the house.

skyie-fyire's avatar

Sounds good to me. Thanks for the tips.

Miko-The-Fox's avatar

The sprite pack in sta.ash apparently doesn't exist, is there another one somewhere?

Botchan-MLP's avatar
Oh, wow. Apparently all the downloads I have are broken now. I wonder if Deviantart is just having server issues (meaning the downloads might work again sometime later) or if this is permanent.

I also seem to have lost the files to the partner pony (maybe I'll recreate them if the download problem persists) but at least I managed to find the tutorial sprites:

www.mediafire.com/file/lcgur91…
Miko-The-Fox's avatar

I managed to figure out how to open the .7z file you sent me, and before opening it i wondered why you didn't simply give me a .ZIP file.


Then the program told me how much data was in the file and wow i see why now haha. The program I opened it with was put inside my program 86 file so going in there to open ti made me feel a bit smart

Botchan-MLP's avatar
Yeah, there's a ton of stuff in there. :)
Miko-The-Fox's avatar

It could be the recent switching to Eclipse has broken Sta.ash.

Botchan-MLP's avatar
That's what I'm fearing. If it's true, chances of the stash downloads being fixed are very slim.
MuzuMiru's avatar
Alright, so I did everything this guide said I should do. But still whenever I add the trot animation I get a error and have to close it all down. Know any solution to this? It says ''Could not load one or two animations correctly. Index lies out the matrix'' or something like that.
Botchan-MLP's avatar
Hmm, I don't know what could be the problem there. You should probably try and write about this problem in our ponychan thread since that's where the programmer can be found.
Alternatively, I guess you could send me the files you have so I can take a look at it. Maybe I can find out what's wrong then.
MuzuMiru's avatar
I'll send the files to you. Got a email where I can send the files to?
Botchan-MLP's avatar
You know you could just upload it to your stash and send me that link in a note?
But sure, no problem.
RachelMLP's avatar
are there templates for me to use? if yes, where can i get them?
Botchan-MLP's avatar
You can find a collection of templates in this group: :icondesktop-pony-team:
It's right in the first infobox where it says "templates & tutorials".
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