Macro folder protip - share your mains macros with your alts.

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Macro folder protip - share your mains macros with your alts.

Post by Totien » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:24 am

Since the player IDs changed I thought I'd share how I handle my character macros. I have one folder in USER, and a bunch of links to the same folder. This way I only need to edit one characters macros and they're shared across all my characters.

You first need to find the hex value of you main characters folder. I suggest doing the same for your alts.

Open this tab, your calculator in programmer mode, and CMD as admin.

Search for your main and any alts from the URL above.
Convert the 5 digit number to a hex value.
Rename the folder of any alts, I used

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original hex - charname
In your CMD prompt, type

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cd C:\Program Files x86\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\USER
Now you'll create the links to the main directory. The command in CMD is

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mklink /D alt main
So to link the macros used by Altfortots to Totiens macros, I type

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mklink /D 9604 959b
A new folder will be created with the alts hex which is usable by the game. And that's it! If you want to edit the macros, you'll have to edit your main and relog your alt. Enjoy fam. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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Re: Macro folder protip - share your mains macros with your alts.

Post by Adolfcritler » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:52 am

I've taken this a step further for Windows users with PowerShell.

Open PowerShell ISE.
Copy/paste this script from into the upper script pane. You can save the script locally, if you wish, as a .ps1.
Edit the $ffxiDir variable with the full path to your \FINAL FANTASY XI\USER directory.
Edit the $Accounts variable (in the proper order, as specified -- pay attention to the comments.

Once those steps are completed, press F5 or click the "Play" button on the script, enter your FFEra login credentials and the script will take care of the rest.

Remember -- "Main" account in this context is whichever account you want to copy all macros FROM and the "Alt" accounts are all of the alternate accounts you want to copy those TO!

Explanation: This uses your FFEra login to retrieve character data from the Character Search function on the website. It converts those ID values into their appropriate hex formats, keeps backups of the original directories for each Character you entered, and created symbolic links to your main characters macro data. You only need to update your main character macros, then re-log on your alts to refresh any updates.

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