1a. Buy the game and extract the zip file somewhere. 1b. The converter should also work with the free demo version. 2. Run the game once (and activate your copy if you haven't already). 3. Double-click on HigurashiConverter.exe If the program won't start you may have to install/update Java. 4. Change the "game folder" to where you installed the game. 5. Change "output folder" to where you want your VNDS version to be created 6. Hit start and get some coffee, conversion will take 10~30 minutes.
The converter is mainly tested on the EP1-4 bundle, but the demo (EP1) should also work fine. Higurashi Kai support is present, but mostly untested. When converting a single episode you’ll still get an episode selection on the titlescreen. Trying to play a missing episode will just return you to the titlescreen. The converter should pick up any local modifications you may have (music/sprite/background patches, typo fixes, etc).
This converter is -not- compatible with the original NScripter releases of Higurashi.
* 2011/05/12 — v1.0.1 – Unarchived music patches weren’t getting picked up * 2011/05/06 — v1.0.0 – Initial release