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TS3 STBL editor

by Namethief Posted 29th Jun 2009 at 10:45 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:17 PM by Nysha
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With this editor you can change ingame text, like item description, jobdescription, jobnames, etc.

To get it to work you'll need some things first:

- You need the Java Runtime Environment. Chances are good that you already have it, but if you can't open the "Sims3 STBL editor.jar" found in the archive you'll need to download and install it. The Java SE Runtime Environment can be found here: Java SE Runtime Environment

- You need to extract the proper STBL from the fullbuild0.package (with proper I mean it depends on where you live. If you are french for example you want to extract the FRE_STBL and not the ENG_US one...). This can be done with a tool named S3PIDemoFE, which you can find at S3PIDemoFE tool
S3PIDemoFE can also be used to create a new package where you put your new STBL into.

After you've grabbed the above you can use my tool (just extract the rar-content wherever you like). You load the proper STBL into my tool and then you can change the text to whatever you want it to be. Keep in mind that the tool won't change the extracted STBL, it makes a fresh copy of it, just changing the things you have changed in the tool. The new STBL can be found in the Out-subfolder and that is the file you need to put into a new package.

How to use it

For a good explanation of what you need to do read this thread: Tutorial - How to Change Career Names/Job descriptions!
It's about changing jobnames, but there's no real difference in changing other game text. Read it to get an idea of how to extract that STBL file, because (...I'm to lazy) I will only cover how to use this tool and not the S3PIDemoFE. If you already know how to extract files from a package - the String Tables can be found in the \GameData\shared\Packages\fullbuild0.package. There's one for every language and you'll need to extract the one you're using. The tool should work with every language file (at least I hope so. Please say if it does/doesn't. German and english is confirmed)

First thing to do is to open the proper STBL. Click on <File->Open STBL-file> and choose the STBL you want to edit. Be warned, it'll take some time to grab all 35k entries...

After that you should see the first entry (ID should be 0x4fc049c95a1b0da8, and Entrynumber 1). The left textarea shows the actual ingame text. If you want to change it write whatever you want into the right textarea and click the confirm button . Do not forget it
You can manually browse through the entries with the "<-Entry" or "Entry->" buttons.
If you want to search for a specific text put it into the textfield where "Enter search string here" stands and click the "Search>>" button. If nothing happens the whole file does not contain your search string. Uhm... if I remember right you need to watch out for capital letters. If the text was found the tool jumps to the desired entry (there's no marking where it found your string, so you must check the text in the left textarea for yourself)
If you made changes and want to browse through them to check if everything is fine -> thats for what those buttons under the right textarea are good for.
If you want to jump to a specific entry, enter the number in the textfield at the right button and click the "Jump to Entry" button.

That's how the tool works. If you made your desired changes (and if you have confirmed them) click on <File->Save changes to new STBL>. It'll take some time though. After the tool has finished it should say so and you'll find a new STBL in the Out-subfolder. Import it into a package (can be done with the S3PIDemoFE tool mentioned above) and save the new package in your Mods/packages folder.

Congratulations, the game should now show you your own changed text...

words of warning

Keep in mind that this tool was coded at one day, so do not expect something like usability
The reason why I started to program this one was mainly because someone wanted to change the military jobrank-names to something more realistic. Normaly you'd do it with a hexeditor, but that isn't convenient and hard to explain, so I came up with the idea of making it at least a little bit easier - and that's what this tool is all about. I hope you enjoy it.

Additional Credits:
to Sun Microsystems for inventing Java

to the eclipse community for creating the best IDE I've ever seen (and hell... it's free!)

to Peter L Jones, who created the S3PIDemoFE tool (I hope it was him)

to Creon who wrote a good explanation of how to change ingame text with this tool
Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: CC Editors
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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Sims 3 STBL editor.rar 12.7 KB 6,717 29th Jun 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. IGNORE the above... Just extract the archive wherever you want. Double click "Sims3 STBL editor.jar" to start. Thats all.

Need more information?
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Wiki Wizard
#2 Old 29th Jun 2009 at 10:52 PM
Thank you! This is a brilliant idea! I cannot wait to use this, can it edit lot thumbs?

It's ok, we all laugh-snort occasionally!
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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 12:30 AM
Wow, this is very cool! Shall be having a good laugh with this anyway. Thanks!
Test Subject
#4 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 12:31 AM


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#5 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 1:48 AM
To be honest, I'm not sure if I'll really need this...but I'm a sucker for cool things that I don't need (like this really awesome cd tower I bought...I don't have any cds) so I downloaded it and am convinced that eventually I'll use it. And I probably will come up with a reason too. lol I'm so stupid
Field Researcher
#6 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 5:00 AM
can this thing change the earn of any career?

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Sir Not Appearing In This Film
#7 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 5:09 AM
If you made the tool so it could add/delete entries, I would find it very useful. I would like to change the text on my posters I put up here, but doing so would change the text for all 3 of them, plus the in-game one, as they all point to the same entry in the STBL file. A way to open an STBL file, remove all entries, and add entries with new ID's for new objects would be a valuable resource.
Test Subject
#8 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 5:39 AM
I would love to be able to add an entry, as well. I'm dying for an "education" career, and I'm hoping that it would be fairly simple, as I would just have to add an entry to the school building.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#9 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 8:15 AM
@jarod95: No. It can just change ingame text. Earning and such can be tuned by editing the careers.xml. XML is human readable and can be easily edited with any texteditor. There are some threads relating that issue over in the modding discussion. This one for example is a good start:
XML general (tutorial)
The file you're looking for is careers.xml in the gameplay.package, payment is stored like this <BasePay>40</BasePay> , whereas the BasePay is meant as payment per hour. You can also change working days, hours per day and such in this file.

@Snaitf, shrewaskew: Those ID's are some kind of pointers which the game used internally. It's somehow calculated and you can't distribute it freely. So even if you would add a new entry to the STBL (with a valid ID) the game wouldn't recognise it automatically... you'd somehow need to tell the game elsewhere that it is supposed to show the entry with the ID x when event y would occur.
Same goes with deleting an entry. Say you delete the first entry in the STBL (was the description for a alarm clock if I remember right). If you'd click that item in buy-mode the game would jump to the ID and wouldn't find anything, so it would show a strange error message.
My guess is that if you make a new object for example you'd store the new text within that object-file somehow (I mean when you download new objects from the store for example... the vanilla game doesn't possess knowledge over it or the text that it should show if you interact with it.
The internal stuff is done somewhere else I'm afraid...
So with this tool you're bound to just edit existing ingame text entries.

@supaclova: Hehe... belive me or not - I don't use this tool for my own game. I mean I have tested it and such, but I'm playing with the vanilla-STBL. Strange, isn't it? But there are peoples out there who think it would be nice to change some ingame text, so this tool makes at least sense to them Like I've posted in the description, the main reason why I programmed this tool was to make it easier for others to edit ingame text and I knew how it could be done
Sir Not Appearing In This Film
#10 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 9:06 AM
@Namethief: Yes, i know that, you can create new STBL files the game will recognize without overriding the original, and I do know how objects reference the ID numbers inside the STBL file, I just haven't figured out the internals of the STBL files myself to edit them via a hex-editor, you have, so I figured if you could give me the ability to add/remove entries, I know how to do the rest...
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 11:24 AM
Looks quite good - renamed and redescriptioned the various computers and Cars in the game myself. Testing it out in a little while.

*Member most in need of spellcheck, period.
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Lab Assistant
#12 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 3:14 PM
I'm going to download it for the same reason you've created it. IT'S NOT ARMY! IT'S AIRFORCE! ARGHHHH!!!! xD
Test Subject
Original Poster
#13 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 6:37 PM
@Snaitf: The STBL is really easy to understand.
The first 16 Bytes is header-data. After that it repeats as follows:
8 Bytes identifier, an integer lenght[string], string in utf-16.
So to "build" a STBL you just need to copy the header, fill in the ID (the objectreference), count the numbers of symbols which would be the int and after that you'd add your string in utf-16 (this is why there are two bytes per symbol... russian language and such). Keep the byteorder in mind (it's little endian)!
So if you'd want to add the string "My Poster" or something it would be:
0x??.??.??.??.??.??.??.??, 0x09.00.00.00 [Stringsize is 9 symbols], 0x4d.
I hope that this helps you a little. And I'm curious how do you get the object reference? It looks like a hash to me, but I can be wrong.
Perhaps I can expand the program a little so that you can create a custom STBL where you can add things.

@Antagonist.01: That's the spirit! My Sim won't work in the military because I don't want him to scrub latrines! Thought you'd start as a private or something...
Oh, and if you search for "Latrine Scrubber" to change it into something more suitable - keep in mind that there are two entries, the first Latrine Scrubber is for male sims and the second for the female. So don't wonder why there are two entries since most names are unisex in english. You can see the difference in Wingman and Wingwoman however.
Sir Not Appearing In This Film
#14 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 6:55 PM
Namethief - Ok, I'll look at this tomorrow as I have a class tonight, if that's all there is to it, I should be OK. To answer your question, the .object files have the same ID in them refrencing the ID in the STBL file to use (hope that made sense.) If I can get this to work, I'll let you know so you can add the functunality to your program if you wanted to.
Test Subject
#15 Old 1st Jul 2009 at 4:54 AM
Did you do some modding for the civilization 4 game?I remember enjoying the great generals mod.
Sir Not Appearing In This Film
#16 Old 1st Jul 2009 at 8:43 AM
Originally Posted by userunknown
Did you do some modding for the civilization 4 game?I remember enjoying the great generals mod.

I just replied to your PM, and yea, that was me. The only tricky part about that was getting it to show correctly in the UI. Once I figured that out, it paved the way for a lot of other modders to create their own great people, which was the real driving force behind the project.
Sir Not Appearing In This Film
#17 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 3:34 AM
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 7th Jul 2009 at 3:57 AM
Hmmm, this is an interesting tool.

I suppose this would also work if you wanted to completely change a career by replacing the default one? For example, changing the Science career to the Veterinary career and changing all the job titles/descriptions accordingly?

Is there a way to create new careers without having to replace one of the default career tracks?
Test Subject
#19 Old 7th Jul 2009 at 2:56 PM
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 9th Jul 2009 at 8:40 PM
Test Subject
#21 Old 10th Jul 2009 at 8:02 PM
I don't mean to be a pest, and I'm sorry of I am. I asked this question in another forum, and now that I think of it, it may have been the incorrect place to ask. I'll ask again here, and keep my mouth shut about it from this point forward.

Can I use this program (Possibly in conjunction with another program) to create entirely new job careers? Careers that require unique skill-point gain, gives different salaries and has different job uniforms?

Thanks for your time.
Field Researcher
#22 Old 17th Jul 2009 at 1:48 PM
Ashleigh825, ChumpSquared:

Yes, in conjunction with XML mods you can create a new career - but only by replacing an existing one. You can change skill point requirements, pay, uniforms and hours in the XML while using the STBL editor to replace the names and job descriptions. But creating a new career would require intense core modding.
#23 Old 20th Jul 2009 at 5:34 AM
You need to extract the proper STBL from the fullbuild0.package how do i do this?? i, opened it in S3PE but see NO stbl just a crapload of code.
Test Subject
#24 Old 24th Jul 2009 at 9:21 PM
this mod is a great idea. my only question is... Can you use this to change the text in the interaction pie menues?
Test Subject
#25 Old 9th Aug 2009 at 12:20 PM
Originally Posted by ToRnado
You need to extract the proper STBL from the fullbuild0.package how do i do this?? i, opened it in S3PE but see NO stbl just a crapload of code.

Once you've opened a package in S3PE, you can sort the entries:

1. Enable the 'Sort' checkbox under the list (to the left of the 'Hex' button) - this reloads the list with the option to sort it by selecting a field;
2. At the top of the list, the field tabs should now be 'clickable'; click on the one you wish to sort by (in this case, the 'Tag' field).

This will allow you to simply scroll down the (now sorted) list until you get to the group of STBL entries. Hope this helps.
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