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ISBoxer is the most feature-packed multiboxing software available, and over the last few years has also become the easiest to use. As such, there are a lot of guides and videos available, some of which go into great detail on various features, many of which have been superseded by newer and easier to use features.
This guide will help you find the quickest and easiest way to get started multiboxing EVE Online with ISBoxer, and how to get the most out of ISBoxer without confusing yourself. We will try to cover in detail all of the topics a brand new multiboxer might need to know.
If at any point you don't understand something in this guide, please feel free to stop by the ISBoxer Chat Room for help.
Before configuring ISBoxer
Before you can configure ISBoxer, you will need to make sure that Inner Space (installed by ISBoxer) is running in the system tray (usually next to the clock, where all the icons are). ISBoxer is going to generate configuration for Inner Space, based on what you set up in the ISBoxer software.
If EVE Online was auto-detected by Inner Space, it will already be listed in the Inner Space menu, and may have an EVE Online Default Profile for you to use with ISBoxer. If not, you will need to select "Add Game" from the Inner Space menu, and point it to EVE Online.
- To skip the launcher, point it at the EVE Online client, exefile.exe (in the bin folder). Unless playing on Singularity, you do not need to enter anything in the Parameters box, just click OK.
- If playing on Singularity, paste the following in the Parameters box: /server:Singularity
- If you cannot skip the launcher because the game no longer allows it, point Inner Space at eve.exe instead -- You can just drag your Desktop Shortcut for EVE Online into the Add Game window; More information about working with EVE's new launcher here: http://isboxer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4056
Note: The EVE Online launcher has a handy option to "Only display the launcher window when there is an update" to the game. If you point Inner Space at exefile.exe as directed here, make sure to enable this option in the launcher! To find this option, open the EVE launcher and click the wrench button in the top-right corner near the X (close) button, then in the "EVE Launcher Settings" window click the "Startup" tab and it is a check box there.
Start by using the Quick Setup Wizard, easily found in the Wizards menu. The Quick Setup Wizard is pretty much self-explanatory, and has as few options in it as possible.
After setting up your configuration in ISBoxer, Export the settings to Inner Space to activate the configuration. This can be done from the File menu. ISBoxer does not need to be running during play, but it is common to leave it open in case you want to make changes during gameplay. We do recommend trying out your configuration before making many changes, so will you know later whether you broke something or it was already broke.
After Exporting, you can launch your team through the Inner Space menu under "ISBoxer Character Sets", or right click on your Character Set in ISBoxer (in the top pane) and select Launch. Once you are comfortable with your setup, you can export your character set to a simple desktop shortcut by right clicking your team and selecting "create desktop shortcut".
Logging into the game
Don't skip this part. If you skip this part, you are going to ask me why your password doesn't work. It's not going to work because Key Maps are enabled and you don't want your keys to be mangled when you're entering your password. You want to type in your password, not activate auto-assisting.
So, turn off Key Maps to enter your password. To do this, use the Shift+Alt+M hotkey, or click on the "A,Z" icon that starts out with green (activated) arrows.
If your password is the same on all accounts, you can enter your password in all windows at the same time via Key broadcasting. To do this, use the Shift+Alt+R hotkey, or click on the "A,A" icon that starts out with gray (deactivated) arrows. Don't know which is which? Use the hotkeys and the icons will change activation automagically!
Hotkeys created by the Quick Setup Wizard
- All ISBoxer Hotkeys are, of course, configurable.
- Always On
- None by default
- None by default
Each Key Map (such as Always On) has a short description inside ISBoxer. Select a Key Map in the top pane and a Mapped Key in the bottom left pane to see the descriptions. These descriptions are for you, so please take the time to look at them.
Understanding Key Maps vs Repeater
Key Maps are powered by various Hotkeys, which when activated do something that you specifically want, like activate a module. The only time Key Maps need to be off is if you intend to use those Hotkeys for other things instead, like to type in your password, or chat in the game.
Repeater is a simple broadcast of exactly the buttons you push, and the way you move your mouse. The only time Repeater needs to be on is if you intend for every button you push and every movement of your mouse to be broadcast to the other windows, like to type in your password on all windows at once, or accept or complete a mission, and so on. It is possible to use Repeater more generally by assigning a white or black list, but this is not recommended –- a Key Map can instead be created with all of the keys and key combinations needed, using the Many new Mapped Keys window (see below).
Quickly add many broadcasting hotkeys
- In the top pane, click on "Combat" under Key Maps
- In the bottom left pane, where it now shows "Combat" and then "Mapped Keys", right click on Mapped Keys and select Many new Mapped Keys.
- At the top of the Many new Mapped Keys window is a box labeled "Press a key combination here". Click in that box, and press each and every combination of keys you want to set up right now, which may include any combination of alt,ctrl,shift with whichever non-modifier key you like.
- The "Target for keystrokes" box lets you pick the intended target windows for the keystroke to be passed to. Typically this would be "Window:All w/ current" which will pass the keystroke to every window including the one you are in. Likewise, "Window: All w/o current" will pass the keystroke to every window excluding the one you are in (aka "all other").
- The "Do this Mapped Key first" box lets you pick a Mapped Key to perform before the keystroke is passed. Usually you want to just leave it empty, but this would typically be used for things like automatically assisting your main character before an attack.
- The "Do this Mapped Key after" box lets you pick a Mapped Key to perform after the keystroke is passed. Usually you want to just leave it empty.
- Click OK!
One of the things the Quick Setup Wizard sets up is Instant Swap. This feature syncs the actual resolution of all of the game windows, so even when your clients are shrunk from regular size, the windows are still rendering at the full resolution. This will reduce your framerate (FPS) slightly, but is required to enable Instant Swap (as shown in the Isboxer introductory video to your right) and provide perfect precision mouse broadcasting. If you don't need Instant Swap or perfect precision mouse broadcasting, a performance increase can be achieved by simply disabling this option in your Window Layout.
To disable Instant Swap:
- In the top pane, click on your Window Layout under Window Layouts. It will usually have the same name as your Character Set
- In the bottom right pane near the top under Main region switcher, uncheck Instant swap.
Using multiple game folders
In general, using multiple game folders is unnecessary for EVE Online, as the game will work fine and the settings will be saved for each individual instance.
For more information, see Multiple game folders