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Picked upload! Add Any Lot Size (edited 01/16/2014)

by velocitygrass Posted 11th Mar 2012 at 6:44 PM - Updated 16th Jan 2014 at 5:24 PM by velocitygrass : added note about patch 1.66
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
01/16/2014: still works with 1.66
10/18/2013: still works with 1.63
09/04/2013: still works with 1.57
07/07/2013: added v1.0.3 in the uploads for those that aren't fully patched. If you have patch 1.50 or earlier download that version.
06/19/2013: v1.0.4 updated mod to fix code changes in patch 1.55. The patch added the ability to set the lot type and sub lot type for each preset and set a product version, though this function doesn't seemed to be used at the moment. For now the mod adds all new lot sizes as normal residential lots. Is there interest for (optionally) configuring the lot type when adding new lot sizes?

EA adds new community and/or residential lots in every expansion. Unfortunately the sizes of those lots can be completely random. Or even if they're not random, they could be 40x30, which is not available in the World Editor.

This script mod will allow you to add any size (from 1x1 to 64x64) to the World Editor from the cheat console:

Press Ctrl + Shift + C to bring up the cheat console. Then type "AddLotSize [width] [height]", e.g. "AddLotSize 32 29" without quotation marks. When you now switch into the World Editor, you should see the new lot size with a lot symbol with a question mark. Hover over the symbol to see the size in a tooltip popup.

The additions to the World Editor are not persistent between game sessions. However, pre-configured lot sizes will be added every time the mod is loaded. By default these are the lot sizes 40x30 and 50x40.

Tuning Options

If you want to change the default sizes that should always be added and you know how to modify .xml resources, you can change the VelocitygrassAddAnyLotSizeTuning.xml (Instance: 0xE5953153E5365909) in the package.

You'll find the following line in the .xml which you can adapt to your needs:
<kVelocitygrassLotSizesForEditWorld value="40x30, 50x40" />
Note: Buzzler has short instructions for making such changes here in the description. If you need support for this, please check the tutorial on XML Tuning Mods and post in the thread that is linked at the end.

You can also add your own icons for the default sizes:

To remove the default EA lot sizes set the following to true:
<kVelocitygrassClearExistingLotSizesForEditWorld value="false" />

Additional information

This is a scripting mod. It should not conflict with any other mods and should be safe to remove at any time.

This script was built for patch level 1.33, but a first version of it was done for patch 1.22, so it could also work in earlier versions, though I can make no guarantees.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Peter and Inge Jones for S3PE, Inge Jones for the tuning mod to change lot sizes, armiel for Builder's Island - DIY, Buzzler for his mini-tutorial, which I shamelessly linked to, and the creators and maintainers of the XML Tuning mod tutorial.
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
velocitygrass_AddAnyLotSize.zip | Description: This is the package for patch 1.55 and later. 4.5 KB 130,669 11th Mar 2012
velocitygrass_AddAnyLotSize103.zip | Description: Package for patch 1.50 and earlier only! 4.4 KB 13,984 7th Jul 2013
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Field Researcher
#51 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 4:14 AM
Thanks very much for this it's an incredibly useful mod
Test Subject
#52 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 4:37 AM
Thank You
Test Subject
#53 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 6:30 AM
Yeeeehaw!! Thank you thank you thank you...

I don't use AwesomeMod, and although Inge's mod works perfectly, it still requires me to Quit and Restart the game ... and on my ancient-ish rig it takes forever...

Borrowing @tanginan's words: this is *truly* an answer to a prayer! :D
Test Subject
12th Mar 2012 at 6:32 AM
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Test Subject
#54 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 8:34 AM
Originally Posted by whoden
I'm not exactly sure what that patch fixed. All I know is that it broke the ability to place new lots in certain places. A glaring example is 120 Wright Way. If you accidentally delete the entire lot, you can't even replace it with a new one of the exact same dimensions. You'll get a "Lots can't be placed on non-routable terrain" message.

Along with this, placing new lots since that patch leads to the occasional ctd. I try to avoid placing new lots for that very reason. This is with fresh installs of new games w/ no mods as well.
Test Subject
#55 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 8:42 AM
You are my new hero! At some point I had a stand alone mod that did this, but you had to tune it in S3PE to add the lot sizes you wanted. I am so excited that this can now be done in game. You rock.
Field Researcher
#56 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 8:52 AM
pure farkin' genius.
Test Subject
#57 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 9:27 AM
oh my... I'm so happy XD Thank you so much for this! It's just what I've been looking for. Brilliant idea! Thank you
Original Poster
#58 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 10:51 AM
@whoden: Yes, I couldn't replace that lot either. I'm afraid though the direct interaction with the world (or in general whenever you pick and drag something) is done in an inaccessible part of the code. So it's not something I can fix. Sorry.

@VinnieVinVin: As mentioned above, I don't know how to change things in that area of the code. I've never had a CTD when placing a lot. Sorry.
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 10:58 AM
omg thank you so much! i definitely need this :D
Test Subject
#60 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 12:21 PM
Thank you very much! I've always wanted something like this since most of my huge lots would only require 60x40 or 60x50 lots insteads of the massive 64x64 one. I wonder why WA never added this kind of feature in the game at the first place.
Test Subject
#61 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 12:41 PM
Yes, yes, yes!!Finally a small useful mod that satisfy my need for individual lot sizes.
bevore the newer patches i used awesomemod,but it crashed horribly my game when a new patch was out and produced very weird grafic-glitches.
Thanks alot VELOCITYGRASS, you`re my hero.
#62 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 1:07 PM
This is just amazing! I have one mode, like that, but it have to be edited in S3PE everytime, when EA builds something on strange lot size... I wonder why they didn't gave us a simple tool, to place whatever lot size we need... But you did, THANKS! :D
Field Researcher
#63 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 1:51 PM
@velocitygrass Dutch translate's requests are welcome by me, pm me for a Dutch translate of your mod
Lab Assistant
12th Mar 2012 at 1:57 PM Last edited by TickleOnTheTum : 5th Jun 2012 at 3:41 PM.
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Top Secret Researcher
#64 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 3:22 PM
OMG, another great mod?! You are just on a roll! I have needed this forever!
Test Subject
#65 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 3:33 PM
Once again.. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Between the Simport rewards and this.. you are awesome. Twinbrook is my favorite town in the game, but I'm alittle annoyed at the lot sizes, so this is very helpful. Kudos to you, velocitygrass.
Lab Assistant
#66 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 3:38 PM Last edited by mauriemom : 12th Mar 2012 at 3:49 PM. Reason: revised post to acknowledge info. my brain didn't receive when it should have.
Inge (one of the contributing creators and upkeepers of S3PE and that program @T$R) created this specific mod in early 2010. You can find it at her forum; Simlogical and the Dead End Nights > Simlogical Downloads - Inge's Stuff > Simlogical Sims 3 Downloads > ijLotSizes - adding lot sizes of your choice to place in Edit World.

@TickleOnTheTum, Inge's version is permanent (AFAIR), and the icons are adjustable. She also explains how to tune the xml in the thread.

eta: @secundo, I just noticed your post briefly mentioning Inge's mod, I've edited my post to reflect your contribution. My apologies for not noticing earlier.

Original Poster
#67 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 4:04 PM Last edited by velocitygrass : 12th Mar 2012 at 4:11 PM. Reason: clarifying difference between Inge's mod and mine
@mauriemom: I have to admit I never used Inge's mod, precisely because having to predefine all lot sizes didn't seem very useful for the way I play the game (i.e. I rarely use the world editor and only to add specific lots from the bin or that I downloaded, so I don't know well in advance what size I'll need). Also, it appears that you cannot give each lot size a different icon. And to clarify the difference between Inge's mod and mine: With my mod, you can open the cheat console and add new lot sizes on the fly during the game session. As far as I know this is a feature of Awesomemod, but not Inge's mod. Thank you for the complete link to Inge's mod for those who want to take a look at hers.

@TickleOnTheTum: I've updated the post with a new package and some instructions for how to add your own icons. Let me know if something is unclear.
#68 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 4:08 PM
Thank You, velocitygrass

This will be handy for those that don't use Awesomemod or do not feel comfortable making changes to xml files.
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Original Poster
#69 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 4:37 PM
@yannickvanloon: I think console texts/cheat codes are generally not translated? But thank you for the offer.
One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#70 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 5:23 PM
This is an excellent 3rd way - should cover everyone's preferred method of increasing their lot size choices.

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Original Poster
#71 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 5:49 PM
@Inge Jones: Yes, I think this an instance where more choices is not a problem at all.
Test Subject
#72 Old 12th Mar 2012 at 6:43 PM
thank you!!! )
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Built with Game Version: 1.55

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Type: Additional Functionality

Tags: #World, #Editor, #Lot, #Size, #cheat, #console