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Featured upload! The "CEP" - Color Enable Package v. 9.2.0 - 15 MAY 2009

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2005 at 3:46 AM - Updated 3rd Apr 2015 at 1:48 AM by HugeLunatic
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
The "CEP" - Color Enable Package v. 9.2.0 - 15 May 2009
Available for Windows and MacOS X users

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!
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>>> THIS IS THE FINAL RELEASE <<<
and probably the last one, except for possible bugfixes and small additions

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MANUAL INSTALL TO ULTIMATE COLLECTION


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THE CEP v.9 WORKS IN ANY GAME, FROM THE BASE-GAME TO MANSION & GARDEN

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THE CEP HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLOTHINGS, SKINS, HAIR,
ACCESSORIES AND SUCH. IT AFFECTS ONLY *MAXIS OBJECTS*

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CEP9_Logo


The CEP v9 enables colour options for Maxis objects shipped with:
The Sims 2 (base game) - University - Nightlife - Open for Business - Family Fun Stuff
Glamour Life - Pets - Seasons - Bon Voyage - FreeTime - Apartment Life
(plus almost all the objects from the Stuff Packs up to M&G).
It can safely be used by *ALL* users, with *ANY* game configuration


LATEST NEWS
15 May 2009 - CEP v. 9.2.0 released (final update to Apartment Life + More 'stuff pack' objects)


(Read details on Post #4)


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Read the CEP Licence Agreement on Post #2

Read the CEP Frequently Asked Questions on Post #3

Read the CEP News & Details on Post #4

If you want to be sure not to miss a CEP update, subscribe to the CEP Updates Notification Thread

If you like this enhancement for your Sims2 game, consider to make a DONATION to either Numenor Moddings or ModTheSims2
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CEP COMPONENTS

Starting from CEP v.8.0, both the Installer and the Manual Installation zip contain all the CEP resources:
  • CEP core files: these are required for the CEP to work.
  • "CEP EXTRA" components: these are fixes and additional features that are not required, but their installation is strongly suggested; read details about the CEP EXTRA in the Documentation installed along with the CEP.
  • CEP Documentation: it's optional, but it's very interesting; it includes the FAQ, a detailed list of the CEP EXTRA and a full list of all the objects that come with the game.
  • CEP Icon Set: optional; it's mainly aimed to webmasters (to put them in the download web pages or in the local CEP Info page) and CEP enthusiasts.


INSTALLATION and USAGE

The CEP can be installed automatically (Windows users only), or manually (Mac users, and anyone who wants to have total control on what happens on their computers )

  • Automatic installation (Windows users only) - Download the file "CEP_Windows-AutoInstaller.zip" and unpack it on your desktop. Double-click on the installer (CEP_Setup.exe) and follow the instructions.
    You have to choose which "CEP EXTRA" components you want to install, select the path where to install the Documentation and choose what parts of the Documentation you want to install (any older CEP version will be automatically uninstalled).
    To uninstall, use the "Add/Remove Program" applet, in the Windows control panel, or the icon in the Start menu.

  • Manual Installation (Windows and MacOS X Users) - Download the file "CEP_Windows+MAC_Manual-Installation.zip"; unpack the zip on a temporary folder. Open the temporary folder, and you'll find all the needed files, along with detailed instructions (for Win and Mac) that will guide you in the manual installation.
    To uninstall, remove all the CEP files from your system, following the instruction provided in the same text file you used for the installation.


CREDITS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

By now, the CEP is updated and supported by me (Numenor) alone. Nevertheless, many persons deserve our personal thanks and credits for their help:
  • RGILES and QUAXI for having invented and created with me the first CEP, that still "survives" into the current CEP. Very special thanks to QUAXI for his valuable tool SimPE and for his great kindness and patience
  • MaryLou for the help in testing the CEP, for fixing the UV-map of the Toilet Stall and for the CEP Icon sets v. 6, 7 and 8.
  • SimplyStella for the CEP Icon sets v. 3/4/5.
  • Rentechd for the CEP Icon sets v. 1/2.
  • IgnorantBliss for the countless hours spent on updating the CEP List
  • Havelock for many fixes included in CEP9 (Bohemian set, security gates, Club counters, Closet doors).
  • And last but not least, thank you very much to all the CEP users, and in particular to Lord Darcy, for their help reporting bugs, discovering Maxis faults, suggesting modifications and asking for more recolourable objects.
Tags: #CEP, #color, #enable, #package, #recolours

Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: Save Editors CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CEP_Windows-AutoInstaller.zip | Description: CEP 9.2.0 (compatible with all Sims2 games up to M&amp;G) 3.25 MB 771,115 25th Mar 2009
CEP_Windows+MAC_Manual-Installation.zip | Description: CEP 9.2.0 (compatible with all Sims2 games up to M&amp;G) 3.32 MB 132,433 1st May 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. a) Auto-Installer: extract the installer to your desktop and execute it; all the needed files will be automatically copied in the proper locations.
b) Manual Install: extract all the files from the zip in a temporary folder on your desktop; read carefully and follow the instructions provided in the TXT file contained in the zip.

Need more information?
 
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The ModFather
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#101 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 11:36 PM
Groovilicious: if the installer does not create that extraneous zCEP-EXTRA in Downloads, then you can keep the CEP in your game, and thanks for your report.

Ailias, Lord Darcy: requests added to the to-do list

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
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#102 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 11:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by groovilicious
I had read in the beginning of the thread (post 3 or 4) that the other zCEP-EXTRA was supposed to be in the Program Files>>>>Catalog, so I left that one alone, thank you kind sir!

I had remembered to mention that bit too, honest guv! It was in my post.

[email protected], your issues sound like you have all sorts of custom content issues- it's likely you've deleted some meshes, and still have a custom mailbox in there somewhere. You need to sort out your CC to find out exactly what you have and what you don't need, to cure your issues. It's not caused by the CEP at all. Take a look at these articles:
http://www.modthesims2.com/wiki.php..._Custom_Content
http://www.modthesims2.com/wiki.php..._up_Incorrectly

Havelock, thankyou for your fixes!
Test Subject
#103 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 4:02 AM
i have the pc version and all the add ons, but the game wont run with CEP installed, it will run once after it is installed the thats the only time.
Field Researcher
#104 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 5:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor

Magicmoon - My fault Originally, the toy oven was made recolourable in the "core" CEP files (installed in any game), but now it is released as a separate Extra. Problem is, this extra is not selectable in the Extras list while installing, if you don't have K&B or IKEA (and you don't have them, right?). I need to remove this check (in the next update), and allow to anyone to install the Toy Oven extra.


You got it exactly right. Thanks. I'll watch for the update.

Running: Sims2, Uni, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons, BV, FT & AL. Patched.
The ModFather
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#105 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 10:10 AM
Lissabee, you mean that you can run the installer as soon as you download it, but then the same executable can't be run again? Try restarting the PC: does this allow to run again the installer?

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#106 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 6:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
Lissabee, you mean that you can run the installer as soon as you download it, but then the same executable can't be run again? Try restarting the PC: does this allow to run again the installer?



nope wont run at all, it starts to look like it is but it pops a error window with no text saying why and a big red X and a ok button

and i even tryed with out the the custom thing to still wont work
Test Subject
#107 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 10:07 PM Last edited by darkangelwitch666 : 7th Oct 2008 at 10:58 PM.
Numenor, After installing CEP_Windows-AutoInstaller for the first time! The game started fine, then after a restart of the game some of the re-colours stop showing up.

After restarting my PC, the game loads up, my neighbourhood loads up, but the when trying to get into my family's lot it freezes. I've checked to see if I have all the folders and files which I do..

D:\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\zCEP-EXTRA
D:\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\_EnableColorOptionsGMND.package
D:\My Games\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\zCEP-EXTRA
D:\My Games\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Sims3D\_EnableColorOptionsMMAT.package

Just to say the game did run fine before installing....

Thanks
Test Subject
#108 Old 8th Oct 2008 at 12:10 AM
Thank you very much!
But unfortunately after installing the latest CEP, I discovered that in my game there were no more options to change colours of the chessboard, only the base of the chess table. But the chesstables on the lot (which had been already there) still had the particular recolor. It's very starnge and inconvenient.

Those who dream by day bring beauty to the world. The art and the music, the stories and the heart.
N.Roberts
The ModFather
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#109 Old 8th Oct 2008 at 7:58 PM
Lissabee - I think that the installer you downloaded is corrupted. Clear the cache of your browser and redownload the CEP installer. If still it doesn't work, try downloading from the alternate "mirror" links.

DarkAngelWitch - First thing to try is to reinstall the CEP deselecting all the Extras. If without the extra the game works fine, I'm curious to know which extra gives you problems: if you can, I'd need an error log to examine (read here).

Koshechka - The chessboard is made recolourable via a particular optional "Extra". Reinstall the CEP and read the list of Extras available: do you see one entry that mentions the chessboard? If so, be sure it is checked.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#110 Old 9th Oct 2008 at 1:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
The chessboard is made recolourable via a particular optional "Extra". Reinstall the CEP and read the list of Extras available: do you see one entry that mentions the chessboard? If so, be sure it is checked.


It is checked. But the option to choose the recolor of the board itself is still missing. Maybe I was not correct in explanation of the problem.
Well, when I buy the Chess table it uses the recolor of the board matching the base. But with previous version of CEP (I don't remember which one I used before v9, may be it was the 7th) I chose, for example, green color of table and white of the board itself. Now I can't do it.

Those who dream by day bring beauty to the world. The art and the music, the stories and the heart.
N.Roberts
The ModFather
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#111 Old 9th Oct 2008 at 3:08 PM
Oh, then it's not a bug, it's intentional. When BV was released, a problem of compatibility started affecting the old CEP-enabled chessboard, causing the board to lose its recolours. In order to definitively fix the problem, the board and the pedestal have been "linked".
Before doing this, I examined the existing recolours, created by the users for the chessboard, and I noticed that almost all of them contained a "matching" recolour for the board and the pedestal; I've set up the chessboard so to fix the compatibility issues, while allowing to all the old recolours to work fine with the "new" chessboard: the result was that choosing a colour for the pedestal, automatically the board took the matching recolour, as determined by the recolour creator.
If you really need to create a "special" match between different recolours, you have no choice but creating a new recolour yourself, containing a "composite" texture of your taste.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#112 Old 9th Oct 2008 at 9:43 PM
Well, thank you. I'll try to get used to it. (cause I'm not good at object meshing & recolouring )

Those who dream by day bring beauty to the world. The art and the music, the stories and the heart.
N.Roberts
Test Subject
#113 Old 10th Oct 2008 at 3:58 AM
This is something that happened when I installed the current update and before that the update from May (The CEP extras that appear in the picture are the only ones that showed up in the custom content dialog box):

http://www.geocities.com/kjs18_2000//cep_problem.htm

A search I did before this current update and come up empty on this problem.

I noticed this in the custom content dialog box when it come up after I installed Kitchen and Bath stuff and one or 2 other times before that.

If had to uninstall the CEP choose to not install those 5 extras on reinstall would it cause the recolors for those objects to not show up.
The ModFather
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#114 Old 10th Oct 2008 at 9:18 AM
Some CEP Extras (not all, only few) are purposely designed to override some game files, so to fix/improve specific aspects of the game that are broken or insatisfactory. It's not a bug and I did my best checking and double-checking that these components don't harm the game in any way.
But of course, you can freely decide whether to keep those CEP Extras or not: this is the reason why I never included those fixes in the CEP for a long time, and then (starting with CEP8.0) I started realing them as separate, optional Extras.
Removing the 5 mentioned extra will cause those 5 objects to revert to original: the Atomic lamps will not turn off properly any more, the Teddy bears won't be recolourable and won'twear out, etc; read in the CEP Extra documentation (there's an icon in yout Start menu) the detailed description of each Extra, and decide the ones to keep and the ones to remove.

I can only say one thing: the Custom Content check is important to know if something can potentially harm your game, but being listed there doesn't necessarily mean that those package must be removed. It only means that you should pay special attention to what you install, and decide whether you trust or not the creator.
Of course, in case of game malfunctions, the first thing to try is removing the packages listed in the Custom Content check (or better remove the entire Downloads folder...) but if your game works fine, and you trust the creator of the packages listed in the warning message, you unlikely will have problems.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#115 Old 11th Oct 2008 at 6:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
...I can only say one thing: the Custom Content check is important to know if something can potentially harm your game, but being listed there doesn't necessarily mean that those package must be removed. It only means that you should pay special attention to what you install, and decide whether you trust or not the creator.
Of course, in case of game malfunctions, the first thing to try is removing the packages listed in the Custom Content check (or better remove the entire Downloads folder...) but if your game works fine, and you trust the creator of the packages listed in the warning message, you unlikely will have problems.


Thanks I wasn't sure if those were a problem since they were the only ones with the warning sybmol and since their not problem I'll have spent some time find out what is causing problems with my game. Again Thanks.
Test Subject
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Test Subject
#116 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 3:48 AM
Argh.

Double Deluxe Ed. CEP 9. Auto Installation = Fail. Manual Installation = Fail. Read entire thread: No solution. Actual problem: Game will not load. I get an error message when it leaves the theme song animation. Most times I cannot look at the said message as my computer crashes so bad that all I can do is hit reset. Advices?
#117 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 4:07 AM
I have Sims 2 Double Deluxe + IKEA Home Stuff + H&M Fashion Stuff installed, and Teen Style Stuff awaiting installation. I installed CEP with only S2DD+IHS installed, and it worked for me.

Question: Did you try to install with or without the Radiance stuff? I installed without.

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The ModFather
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#118 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 4:11 PM
GeneralOperations - The Radiance has been stripped off the CEP centuries ago You are cofusing the CEP and the Scriptorium -

Ninyekka - If you couldn't install the CEP, then why do you think that the crashes you are experiencing are caused by the CEP? As for the problems installing the CEP, you just say "fail"; can you give more details? Are there error messages? Does the installation apparently proceeds fine, but then the CEP doesn't work in the game? Have you tried the "Potty Chair" test described in the FAQ?

Another important thing: try removing all the "Extras" from your game; the automatic installer is capable of detecting your game configuration and does NOT install Extras not compatible with it; but if you did the manual installation, then you maybe have installed some incompatible components. Delete the two "zCEP-Extra" folders that you have manually installed.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
#119 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 8:17 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
GeneralOperations - The Radiance has been stripped off the CEP centuries ago You are cofusing the CEP and the Scriptorium -
::blush:: You`re correct in that I was confusing the two, but I kinda doubt that the CEP even existed "centuries ago" :p

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Test Subject
#120 Old 15th Oct 2008 at 3:49 AM
Thanks Numenor, but yeah, I was tired and couldn't type the problem adequately. Basically, to sum it up, I installed the CEP multiple times, downloaded it multiple times to ensure it wasn't a corrupted install file case. Tried installing it manually. But to no avail. Basically, I got the "Application Termination" type of windows message. Could be an memory problem, but then again, the same thing would happen without the CEP...I think. Anyways, could not run your test due to that fact that I do not get past the half-loaded before it kills it. The music even skips I tried both with and without extra components.

I do not feel up to reproducing this issue tonight, but if it helps you I install my game on the F drive, while the "my document" Sim folder is on the C drive. Both are logical partitions of the same physical drive.

I'll try installing the CEP without the extra folders and see what happens on my next day off. :-)

Thanks for the timely response, I hadn't expected this much :-)
The ModFather
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#121 Old 15th Oct 2008 at 11:20 AM
The number and positions of partitions are irrelevant; personally, I have Vista on C:, the Documents on K: and the game on S: and everything works fine.

First off, I'd like to be sure that it's a CEP-related problem: if possible, uninstall the CEP using the Add/Remove panel, or manually delete the two .package files and the two zCEP-EXTRA folders from the install locations (as desctribed in the manual installation instructions and in the FAQ).
Then run the game: does it crash?

If it does NOT crash, then run the CEP installer again (you say that the installer does not give any error...) and install the CEP only, without any Extra; then run the game again.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Instructor
#122 Old 16th Oct 2008 at 7:04 PM
Will this get support for life stories?

Unauthorized incoming post!
Field Researcher
#123 Old 16th Oct 2008 at 7:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by morten8035
Will this get support for life stories?
I've made LS CEP.

NO Requests! | How to update fridges/computers to FT | Booty - Get pay items for free!
Check out my Journal for updates on past creations.
Recent Updates: Pie Menu Text Strings Fix | Teen Style Stuff Computer and Stereo Fix | IKEA Home Stuff Objects Fix
Instructor
#124 Old 16th Oct 2008 at 8:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Darcy
I've made LS CEP.


Thanks, I have now downloaded zLdDarcy_CEP_Stories.package shall it be in downloads folder?
I have also located the file in SimPE like this:



Have I done it right to start recoloring for LS?

Unauthorized incoming post!
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