9.1 ZEDIT

Developed by mator to be an all-in-one modding solution, zEdit offers similar functionality to xEdit. In addition to that it includes an automated patching framework and merging functionality, effectively replacing mator’s Merge Plugins Standalone.


9.1.1 Installation

  • Download zEdit (0.5.3, not the latest version).
  • Extract the downloaded archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\zEdit.
  • Add zEdit.exe as an executable to Mod Organizer 2.

9.1.2 zEdit Configuration

  • Run zEdit through MO2.
  • Click this icon to open the profile settings
  • Make sure Path correctly points at your Skyrim SE root folder (picture).
  • Close the profile settings window.

9.1.3 zMerge Configuration

  • Select zMerge from the drop-down list (picture) and hit Start Session.
  • Click this icon in the top right to open the Settings.
  • Switch to the Integration Settings tab:
    • MO2 (portable) should be selected as your mod manager with the correct file paths filled in below.
  • Switch to the Merge Settings tab:
    • The output path should be your Mod Organizer 2\mods folder.
    • Under Integration, you will want Disable Plugins checked.
  • Once you have made sure everything is configured correctly, you may close zEdit.

9.2 MOD ORGANIZER 2 PLUGINS

These are simply two little plugins for Mod Organizer 2 to add extra functionality.


9.2.1 Instructions

9.3 SSE ASSETS OPTIMIZER

A brilliant all-in-one solution to optimize meshes, compress textures and unpack / repack archives.


9.3.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of SSE Assets Optimizer.
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}/Tools/SSE Assets Optimizer.
  • Download the latest version of BSArch.
  • Extract bsarch.exe to {Your Modding Folder}/Tools/SSE Assets Optimizer/resources.

9.4 BETHESDA ARCHIVE EXTRACTOR

While we are going to use MO2’s inbuilt BSA extractor most of the time, there are some situations where BAE comes in very handy – for example when you need to extract the BSA of a mod that you don’t have installed in MO2 or just want to check a BSA’s contents without unpacking it.


9.4.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of Bethesda Archive Extractor.
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Bethesda Archive Extractor.

9.5 ORDENADOR - OPTIMIZE TEXTURES

This is a simpler alternative to DDSopt; a utility that you can use to quickly resize textures to save some precious megabytes of VRAM if you need them.


9.5.1 Instructions

9.6 HONEYVIEW

This step is optional.

To view and compare textures – which come in the DDS format – you need specific software. MO2 comes with an inbuilt DDS viewer but you can only use that through MO2’s UI. A good alternative to that or the ever-crashing Windows Texture Viewer is Honeyview.


9.6.1 Instructions

9.7 SKYRIM PERFORMANCE MONITOR

This is the 64bit updated version of an older tool by the same name and it does what it says on the tin – provide you with live hardware monitoring when SkyrimSE.exe is running. It’s most useful when you have a second display so that you can check your hardware while playing, but you can also leave it open in the background and have a look at the graphs after closing the game again.

Additionally, SPM allows you to easily track the current GPU memory usage which is especially useful if you don’t have much VRAM and need to watch how close you are getting to the limit. There is even an optional, toggle-able ingame overlay.


9.7.1 Installation

  • Download the latest version of Skyrim Performance Monitor 64.
  • Extract the setup.exe from the downloaded archive and run it.
  • Let the setup install SPM under {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Skyrim Performance Monitor 64.
  • Once the installation process is completed, SPM will automatically be launched for you.

9.7.2 Setup

  • Navigate to Tools > Setup Options.
  • Ensure the paths in the first tab correctly point to SkyrimSE.exe and SkyrimSELauncher.exe (picture).
  • Switch to the second tab, Miscellaneous Options.
  • Uncheck Use FPS Smoothing.
  • Set the Monitoring Mode to Option 3.
  • If you like, you can now also customize the hotkeys and settings for the ingame overlay.
  • Make sure to click Save before closing the Settings and exiting SPM.

9.8 MODWAT.CH

Using a tool called Mod Wat.ch is by far the easiest way to share your mod list including INIs, load and mod order. If you run into issues and need some help, you will be asked for your Mod Wat.ch link. For now we only need to install the application.


9.8.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of Mod Wat.ch.
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Modwat.ch.