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CAS Texture+Unitool v1.9.3569 r131 (Updated 9th October 2009 - Now works on OS X and Linux!)

by CTU Team Posted 18th Aug 2009 at 11:31 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 4:07 PM by Nysha
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Introduction

The CAS Texture Unitool (hereafter referred to as CTU), is a tool to basically allow you to edit the CAS Part files that control which textures appear on which meshes. Using this tool, you may add new textures that appear in CAS for a specific mesh. You may also edit the pattern cutouts for those textures, the specular, the base colours, and pretty much everything possible thats available in the file. Additionally, you can add brand new, non-replacement meshes into the game.

What this program does NOT do

It's not a program to do meshes. Use a meshing tool.

It's not a program to do textures. Use an image program.

It does not send satellite pictures to your PDA.

It does not (by default) allow default replacements.

Installation Prerequisites

You must have the following BEFORE using this program:

- A PC running Windows XP or Vista, OS X (with Mono 2.4), or Linux (with Mono 2.4)
- For Windows XP: .NET Framework 2.0
- For Windows Vista, get .NET Framework 3.5 - it includes .NET 2.0
- For XP and Vista: DirectX runtime (March 2009)
- For OS X and Linux, http://mono-project.com/ - please see this thread for more info: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=366580

Please note: If you had previously used one of the older versions of CTU from the other thread, then you'll notice that this new version now needs .NET 2.0 and not .NET 3.5. This is entirely deliberate and not a typo. If you ONLY have 3.5 on your PC, make sure to download and install the .NET 2.0 from the link above.

In fact, the .NET 2.0 was done for a reason: So that, in future, if somebody finds a squishinterface dll file for Mac OS X or Linux, it's theoretically possible for this tool to run on those systems.

How to install

DOWNLOAD BOTH FILES! You MUST download and extract both CasParts.rar AND CasTextureUnitool.rar to the same place.

Note: CasTextureUnitool.rar is the Windows version. CasTetxureUnitoolNo3d.rar is the OS X/Linux version. This one has no 3d view.

Extract the contents of both rars to the same place. KEEP FOLDER STRUCTURE INTACT. You will probably need to copy some files around after extraction.

You should see the CasTextureUnitool.exe and a bunch of other files, and then a casparts folder and an xml folder. Inside the casparts folder should be over 1000 files.

Do not delete/move/change or otherwise do anything to the files in casparts!! If you do and you complain I will beat you with a set of clocks since we are running out of lime.

Quick and Dirty How To Add a New Texture Thingy To A Wotsit CAS Mesh

Using the 3 dropdowns, select your poison... aka Age, Gender and Type.

Using the Mesh Name box, select your mesh (ie a T shirt, or a Bra, or whatever)

Click "Add a Design"

Disable any stencils that are enabled (it copies the default values) and Enable Stencil A

Click "Replace" and find the DDS file you want to use. NOTE: Make sure you saved in a DXT format (DXT1 for things without alpha channels, DXT3 or DXT5 for with alpha channels). Do not use 8.8.8.8 ARGB (R8G8B8A8) as it is uncompressed and you will end up with massive files. It's fine for patterns, but not good for this stuffs.

Click Commit

Click File -> Save As.

Note: You may add multiple Designs to a single file - this could be different t-shirt logos, etc, but all designs in a file affect the same mesh

Simple Usage Instructions

daluved1 has written a great guide on CTU and how to use it - please check it out on the wiki here: Sims 3:CTU Guidewiki

Detailed Usage instructions

For more help and information about using this tool, please see the CAS Parts forum, located here: http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=597

For additional tutorials, see: Sims_3:Modding#CTU_Tutorialswiki

I get a System.Core error when saving

You don't have .NET framework 2.0 installed or installed properly. Go get it and install it. If you have it already, reinstall.

What happens if I blow up CTU!?

You should get an error box. Hit Ctrl-C, and then paste the clipboard into a reply on this thread. Tell me exactly what you did to get to that point.

PS: Use the [ spoiler] [ /spoiler] (remove spaces) around your error message to help cut down the amount of scrolling.

Thanks.

Changelog

Changes in v1.9.3569 r131:
- Mostly minor bugfix release
- Addition of extra mesh LOD fields on Meshes tab
- Better bumpmap support
- Better morph support
- Fixed some bugs in the pattern code

For a full list of changes, see: http://code.google.com/p/madscienti...ons/source/list












Thanks and Credits

Thanks to all who decide to test this, Snaitf and Rabeeto for being initial guinea pigs, and fanseelamb for some of the UI suggestions.

Thanks to the CTU Team (Delphy and jonha) for coding this!

Credits to:
Rick, for the Gibbed libraries
TigerM, for the DDS decompression routine
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CasTextureUnitool.rar | Description: v1.9.3569 (Windows XP and Vista) 376.8 KB 101,635 18th Aug 2009
CasParts.rar 2.43 MB 88,273 19th Aug 2009
CasTextureUnitoolNo3D.rar | Description: v1.9.3569 (No 3d view - OS X and Linux beta) 383.8 KB 25,632 24th Aug 2009
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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. 4. Download BOTH files
5. Extract them BOTH
6. Run CasTextureUnitool.exe

Need more information?
 
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Test Subject
#776 Old 3rd Sep 2013 at 3:26 AM
So I installed this quite a while ago and it worked but now suddenly every time I go to open it, it says it's stopped working right away. I have all the stuff it needs..
Test Subject
#777 Old 17th Sep 2013 at 1:38 AM
I'm trying to create eyebrows on a mac and CTU is not working... Like when I go to open the said file it just turns into an empty folder..... HELP?
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#778 Old 30th Sep 2013 at 1:01 PM
At first I couldn't move the CTU rar into the same folder as the CasParts rar, but when I right clicked the CTU rar and used "Extract to... (folder)" instead of simply dragging the files, it worked fine for whatever reason. It now runs perfectly on my Windows 7. Thank you so much for this! <3
Test Subject
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#779 Old 14th Oct 2013 at 4:50 PM
I'm having the same problem as other users on Windows 8, and am unable to use the 3D version. The no-3D version does work, but the one thing I need to use CTU to do requires the 3D preview (check polycount). Any chance of an update for Windows 8?
Lab Assistant
#780 Old 28th Oct 2013 at 3:45 AM
I noticed that the download description specifies that CTU doesn't handle default replacements "by default," a specification which indicates that it does, in fact, handle them if particular steps are taken? Likewise, Whiterider/Nysha's thread with respect to her tutorial on using CTU to create defaults indicates that the "latest" version of CTU will prompt for the option to create a default when "save as" is used. I don't get this option, however, whether I start with a file within CTU or extract a default with S3OC and open that (which would be preferable, so I could do the same for EP content). Have I done something incorrectly?
Lab Assistant
#781 Old 10th Nov 2013 at 5:19 PM
Default It works for windows 7?
This isn't compatible with windows 7 right?
When I try to load the program it appears a window saying the program has to close and an error happenned... is it compatibility the problem?
Mad Poster
#782 Old 10th Nov 2013 at 6:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by argos93
This isn't compatible with windows 7 right?
When I try to load the program it appears a window saying the program has to close and an error happenned... is it compatibility the problem?

It runs on my Windows 7 machine.

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Lab Assistant
#783 Old 11th Nov 2013 at 8:00 PM
Default DirectX End-User Runtime
Quote:
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
It runs on my Windows 7 machine.


Yeah! I just found that I Have to install DirectX End-User Runtime.
Test Subject
#784 Old 12th Dec 2013 at 9:51 PM
CTU won't let me retexture a certain hair after I cloned it using S3OC, it shows this message:
Test Subject
#785 Old 15th Dec 2013 at 3:57 PM
I'm trying to download this but there's no download button why?
Mad Poster
#786 Old 15th Dec 2013 at 9:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by xXLeviXx
I'm trying to download this but there's no download button why?

You need to click on the File tab.

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Instructor
#787 Old 18th Dec 2013 at 8:11 AM
I am running the no-3d version for mac using Wine to run the .exe file, and it can't find any meshes at all. Even though I extracted cas parts in the same folder as ctu, and followed all the instructions. Help anyone?
Lab Assistant
#788 Old 28th Dec 2013 at 4:39 PM
This thing is irritating me to death. After figuring out exactly where and how the extracted files need to be arranged (winrar does not extract folders where no folder chain exists), I fire the thing up and it wants a creator name. Ok, no problem or so I think. It will not accept anything I type in. It keeps complaining that I need to input a creator name and hit the agree button, which I have done....dozens of times. When I close the app, it "stops working".I give up, recycle bin here it comes.
Field Researcher
#789 Old 29th Dec 2013 at 4:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lavsm
Hopefully this will help some people who can't get it to run on Windows 7:

.net 2.0 is included with Win 7, so no need to install. The link in the original post does not give you the correct version of DirectX--this is the one you need. Unzip and run DXSETUP.exe and you should be all set. This fixed my problem with the program crashing on startup.


I completely forgot I had asked about this. Glad I came back finally and checked again. This DID fix the issue I was having. Thanks for the link. Works a treat now on Win7.
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THANKS POST
#790 Old 2nd Jan 2014 at 4:32 PM
You're awesome Delphy! Love ya! Thanks soooo much for this! ♡ Mira xo
Test Subject
#791 Old 3rd Feb 2014 at 8:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by adriheart
I am having the same problem. It doesn't open and says CTU has stopped working. I have windows 8 and every other program seems to work just fine.


Same problem here. I'm running Windows Vista 64 bit. I get this error with all of Delpy's programs. Custard, Unitool and Dashboard.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#792 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 10:21 PM
Thanks!
Test Subject
#793 Old 5th Mar 2014 at 3:26 AM
Default Clarification
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Originally Posted by piggypeach
I am running the no-3d version for mac using Wine to run the .exe file, and it can't find any meshes at all. Even though I extracted cas parts in the same folder as ctu, and followed all the instructions. Help anyone?


To clarify, you followed all of the instructions in this post and placed the casparts folder INSIDE the main CTU folder? I know it says to extract them to the same folder, but I run this with mono and ran into a similar problem; it turns out the program was trying to access a path that didn't exist until I moved the casparts folder, and then it worked fine.
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#794 Old 27th Mar 2014 at 6:31 PM
Cool program. Thanks for creating it. Now I can create things for my game.
Test Subject
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#795 Old 11th Apr 2014 at 7:30 AM
Thank you !!!
Test Subject
#796 Old 17th Apr 2014 at 5:27 PM Last edited by Bily jednorozec : 17th Apr 2014 at 6:12 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Originally Posted by lavsm
Hopefully this will help some people who can't get it to run on Windows 7:
.net 2.0 is included with Win 7, so no need to install. The link in the original post does not give you the correct version of DirectX--this is the one you need. Unzip and run DXSETUP.exe and you should be all set. This fixed my problem with the program crashing on startup.

Quote:
Originally Posted by k2m1too
I completely forgot I had asked about this. Glad I came back finally and checked again. This DID fix the issue I was having. Thanks for the link. Works a treat now on Win7.

This gives me hope: 2nd re-downloading this CTU tool today (I wanna fix EA's famous "Fabulous Floral dress"), following instructions in Overview page and "Stopped working" message on startup. It never worked on my PC. I'm running without problems Multiinstaller, Dashboard and Custard, as well S3PE and S3oC. Win 7; 64 bit.
Sorry for a sheep question: I'm not so much PC-Whizz ... this mediafire DirectX ... it will override recent version of DirectX on my PC?
I've been unpatient and I've installed this correct mediafire DirectX. However I've got error on system, before finishing installation of this old DirectX, happened miracle CTU opened for the 1st time on my PC (Now I'm going to read CTU tutorials for unlock this EA's hidden treasure on "Fabulous Floral dress")
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#797 Old 3rd May 2014 at 2:22 PM
All I want to do is make simple recolors. This looks like a great tool to start with.
Test Subject
#798 Old 18th May 2014 at 3:32 PM
I'm having a simple, but quite annoying problem with textures and stencils. I've tried googling but I just can't find a solution.

So, I'm trying to create tattoos as accessory, so no mesh needed. When I'm replacing the texture in the stencil pool to my own one, it just doesn't appear. Or actually, I can see the key changes so it must load it, but I can't see anything in the preview, though the texture file should be done correctly. And so on, my tattoos don't show up in game, but rather I just install the gloves again I'm was going to replace with the tattoos. So I have this file in my game, but it's just the gloves with a CC icon in the thumbnails corner.

Any help?
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