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Picked upload! Fix subhood selection

by Mootilda Posted 29th Sep 2010 at 4:01 PM - Updated 19th Oct 2010 at 1:30 AM by Mootilda : Restore default picture
49 Comments / replies (Who?) - 18 Feedback Posts, 7 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
These mods will allow you to select from a list of downtowns and shopping districts, by removing the large button which prevents the display of the entire list.

Before:
After:
The mods will also properly display a scroll bar if there are too many universities, downtowns, shopping districts, or vacation destinations to display in the available space, so that you can easily see the entire list.

Before:
After:

AllowMultipleDowntown requires Pets or any later EP or SP. Before Pets, the game will not properly fill the list of available Downtown areas, which means that you cannot select a Downtown area without the button. I am trying to find a way to force Nightlife and Open for Business to fill the list.

All of the mods (except AllowMultipleDowntown as noted above) are compatible with any combination of EPs and SPs, including just the base game. However, if you do not have the EP which allows you to select a particular type of subhood, then the mod will do nothing. The download contains four separate mods, so that you can select only the ones which you actually need:
- Moo_FixMultipleUniversity.package is only useful if you have University.
- Moo_AllowMultipleDowntown.package is only useful if you have Nightlife. It requires at least one EP or SP from Pets on.
- Moo_AllowMultipleShopping.package is only useful if you have Open for Business.
- Moo_FixMultipleVacation.package is only useful if you have Bon Voyage.

These mods are particularly useful for creating and using custom subhood templates, and for creating mega-hoods using the same technique:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=420196

Sharing Policy:
Please feel free to share these mods, along with a link to this thread. I especially hope that you will share these mods along with any subhood templates that you create.

Possible Conflicts:
These mods will conflict with any other mods which affect the subhood-template selection UI. To my knowledge, the only existing conflicts are with Marvin Kosh's mods which remove the Downtown and Bluewater Village buttons:
http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/s...pic,6872.0.html
http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/s...pic,9803.0.html


Additional Credits:
Quaxi and Peter and Inge Jones for SimPE:
http://sims.ambertation.de/

Numenor for the AnyGameStarter, which allowed me to test these mods with various configurations of the game:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=250555

Marvin Kosh, for the inspiration of his two mods which will remove the Downtown and Bluewater Village buttons, but which do not properly display the scrolling lists.

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
Moo_MultipleSubhoods.zip 10.0 KB 22,899 29th Sep 2010
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. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


Need more information?
 
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#2 Old 29th Sep 2010 at 8:03 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 29th Sep 2010 at 8:25 PM.
I believe that EA never expected us to make our own subhood templates; they consistently underestimate the community. Since there was only one "choice", the button made sense to them. I'm hoping that more subhood templates will be made and shared, now that the process is better understood.
Mad Poster
#3 Old 29th Sep 2010 at 8:40 PM
^ Agreed! Look at all of us here. They should seriously ditch TSR and come over here to hire some great talent. *works on first pose box whilst posting this* That way they might actually get an expansion out that WE like, not just them and their "creator's convention".

In other news, this is amazing. I am downloading this right away.


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#4 Old 30th Sep 2010 at 4:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Zirconia Wolf
Thanks for this fix & your amazing tutorial on the creation of custom sub-hoods! I had wanted to thank you (and ask a question) on your tutorial thread, but as apparently only creators can comment in that section, so I'll say thanks for it here too & just muddle through my question(s) on my own.
I'm sorry, I didn't realize that only creators can comment in that section. I wanted to post in an area where I could work on the tutorial until I had it down to a minimal complexity, before moving it to the tutorials section; there are still a lot of things that I want to research before it's "done", including either trying to fix SimPE, or writing a new program which will make steps 2 and 3 easier.

I've started a new thread in the Moo Tools social group, since you should be able to post there by joining the group. I'd really like to hear everyone's questions and comments on the process.
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=421039
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#5 Old 1st Oct 2010 at 3:28 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 1st Oct 2010 at 4:54 AM.
Everyone:

Please don't post questions about creating subhood templates in this thread; that's really a separate research topic. I would prefer to keep this thread for questions and comments about this set of mods ONLY. For questions and comments about creating subhood templates, please post in the tutorial thread:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=420196

If you are unable to post in the tutorial thread, please post in the appropriate thread in the Moo Tools social group. You will have to (temporarily) join the Moo Tools social group in order to post in that thread, but you can un-join whenever you want:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=421039

Modder, could you please re-post your question in one of those two threads? Thanks so much. I'll try to answer your question once you've posted there. You might want to detail the steps that you followed, so that I can see whether I'm doing anything differently.
Test Subject
#6 Old 2nd Oct 2010 at 12:50 PM
I never told you how grateful I am for especially this one. =)
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#7 Old 11th Oct 2010 at 3:57 AM
Sorry, I missed your edit.

"Add Remaining" will still add all of the remaining universities or vacation destinations, even if you now have a lot of them. I don't believe that there's any way to add this functionality for downtowns and business districts, but I'll take a look.
Test Subject
#8 Old 18th Oct 2010 at 9:25 PM
hi do you know anywhere to download cool uni's which work with this mod
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#9 Old 19th Oct 2010 at 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by remyrex
hi do you know anywhere to download cool uni's which work with this mod
At this time, there are very few subhoods available to be downloaded. In fact, I only know of one and it's not a university:
http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/cwykes/
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#10 Old 23rd Oct 2010 at 8:22 PM
No, you can have any or all of the packages; they each affect a different subhood selection window (university, downtown, business district, and vacation destination).

Have you turned on custom content? Are you sure that you've extracted the packages into the correct Downloads folder? Could you attach a screenshot of what you're seeing?
Test Subject
#11 Old 24th Oct 2010 at 8:46 PM
My custom content is turned on, and I extracted the packages in right into my Downloads folder, under one of my subfolder's entitled "hacks".

And the screenshoot I'm seeing is exactly the same thing that is in your "before" photos.

I'll re download the packages, and rerun my game to see if it works now..and report back.
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#12 Old 24th Oct 2010 at 9:54 PM
Very odd. Is it possible that you have another mod which changes that dialog? Do any of the other dialogs work?
Test Subject
#13 Old 31st Oct 2010 at 7:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
Very odd. Is it possible that you have another mod which changes that dialog? Do any of the other dialogs work?


I to only have the before come up and your mod is the only mods i have ingame. I took out all my other mods to see if it works and for some reason it will only show the before pic that you posted.
I have all EP and SP

None of them work for me i tried to put 1 in at a time and all of them at once.
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#14 Old 31st Oct 2010 at 6:41 PM
I'm sorry. I have no idea why this won't work for you. I have tested it with various configurations, including all EPs and SPs except for the Store Edition.

Have you tried Marvin Kosh's solutions (links in the first post)?
Test Subject
#15 Old 1st Nov 2010 at 2:54 PM Last edited by waynefox3 : 1st Nov 2010 at 3:05 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
I'm sorry. I have no idea why this won't work for you. I have tested it with various configurations, including all EPs and SPs except for the Store Edition.

Have you tried Marvin Kosh's solutions (links in the first post)?


Yes i tried Marvin Kosh's mods with yours and they are the only mods ingame just the 6 mods and still does not work.
I just get the 1 Downtown and 1 Bluewater sub hood to add.
Win 7
4gb ram
750 Gb hard drive
All EP and SP

I would still like the have this mod it sound GREAT.
(Is there any other steps that need to be taken besides just putting your mods in.)
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#16 Old 1st Nov 2010 at 4:36 PM
Marvin's mods conflict with mine. You'll either want his or mine. When you say that there is only 1 Downtown and 1 Bluewater subhood to add, I assume that you mean that you are still seeing the single large button.

No other steps. I just add the mods to my Downloads folder and they work. I honestly don't know why they aren't working for you. Can I assume that all other mods and CC work for you?

My only other suggestion is to take this to the Sims 2 Help forum. More people read that forum than this thread, so someone else may have some ideas.
Test Subject
#17 Old 2nd Nov 2010 at 3:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
Marvin's mods conflict with mine. You'll either want his or mine. When you say that there is only 1 Downtown and 1 Bluewater subhood to add, I assume that you mean that you are still seeing the single large button.

No other steps. I just add the mods to my Downloads folder and they work. I honestly don't know why they aren't working for you. Can I assume that all other mods and CC work for you?

My only other suggestion is to take this to the Sims 2 Help forum. More people read that forum than this thread, so someone else may have some ideas.


Yes any and all CC shows up and work.
I tried it with and with out Marvin's mods and tried 1 at a time.
Could you reupload the mods so i can download again and see if that works.
Thank you.
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#18 Old 2nd Nov 2010 at 4:14 PM
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Originally Posted by waynefox3
Could you reupload the mods so i can download again and see if that works.
No need. I downloaded and did a binary compare and they are exactly the same as what I have on my disk.
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 8th Feb 2011 at 4:28 PM
It sounds to me that people are expecting this mod to add more options for downtown/uni/shopping, like in Mootilda's screenshots. It will not do that. It will only allow you to see more hoods, if you already made/installed more hood options separately from this download. This only gets rid of the big button, it does not contain any custom hoods.
Thanks, Mootilda, this is great! Now if only we could find some more custom hoods to download... Your Uni hood is awesome, btw
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