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Featured upload! Scribbling Pad

by Buzzler Posted 29th Oct 2010 at 2:27 PM - Updated 11th Jan 2015 at 5:58 PM by Buzzler
462 Comments / replies (Who?) - 11 Feedback Posts, 14 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
updates
2015-01-11 - Updated Commons. Affects Scribbling Pad, DouglasVeiga Dancer Servcer, Moar Interactions and Buy Takeout. If you use any of them, download the updated version, please.
2014-03-15 - Updated to game version 1.67.


compatibility
Supported for game version 1.67.

scope of this mod
This handy little notepad gives your sims the ability to write novels, reports, etc. the old-fashioned way. You know, moving a thing called pen over a sheet thing called paper? It's way cheaper than a laptop, doesn't need a surface to be used and technophobes can use it without getting the heebie-jeebies.
The completion of writing processes is a bit unrealistic, maybe even for the Sims, as the effects show instantly just the same as when using a computer. I thought about changing that behavior so the sim would need to mail the pamphlets first or something. Basically, that would have required coding alternative versions of all the writing processes and storing them in the pad which is a place where that data simply doesn't belong (it belongs to the skill and career data). I couldn't bring myself to accept that, and to be honest: The mod already took enough effort as it is.

usage
The scribbling pad is available for §20 in the buymode catalog under Entertainment -> Hobbies & Skills. That's where the chess tables are available.

The interface and usage is basically the same as for the computer. Of course only the writing interactions are available.
translation
Not needed as I only used already localized strings.

possible conflicts
This is a scripting mod and as such the possibility for conflicts with other mods, no matter what kind, is next to non-existant. I can't think of any kind of mod which could possibly interfere with this mod.

installation
Follow the regular installation instructions for packages. Seriously, if you do that, the mod will be functional. If the mod doesn't work for you, you didn't follow the installation instructions. Don't ask me for installation help or don't be pissed if I simply show you the way to the Package Tutorial.

deinstallation
It basically goes like this: Remove the package from your mods folder. But before you do that, please make sure that no sim is currently using a Scribbling Pad or you may become unable to load your savegame.

support
I support my mods. I appreciate bug reports. I don't support mods or custom content in general. It's not an issue with a mod if it doesn't even show up in the game.

credits
Special thanks to orangemittens for helping me to figure out the animations stuff and tinting the pad black.

disclaimer
Might lead to a serious case of squished brain. Your game should be safe, though. Use for rocket fuel. Don't use for stomach ailment.

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

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 6.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Buzz_ScribblingPad.zip 47.5 KB 97,281 11th Jan 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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Test Subject
#2 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 2:49 PM
Could you do a version of this mod that uses some of the actions from the painting easel or the drafting table -- essentially, a sketchbook? Something that wouldn't give you finished sellable paintings to hang up, but something for the artistic sims to practice their skill on.
Test Subject
#3 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 3:11 PM Last edited by Belailyo : 30th Oct 2010 at 8:19 AM.
did you steal that from moghudson for the sims 2?

but nomatter what, it's great to have this in sims 3 too.
Instructor
#4 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 3:57 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belailyo
did you steal that from moghudson do that for the sims 2?

Since the Sims 2 and Sims 3 are two totally separate games and coding in one won't work in the other, I don't see how you can "steal" from one or the other.
Anyway, thank very much Buzzler for creating and sharing this mod. It has always annoyed me that my Sim writers were forced to use computers instead of paper and pen/pencil/quill.
Field Researcher
#5 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 7:08 PM
When I try to click this wonderful thing in the buy catalogue, my game freezes so hard that I have to push the reset button to get my computer back.

I am quite terrified to write this, since when something doesn't work, it's usually beacuse I did something wrong. Unless others have reported the same issue. Which they don't seem to have. Could this be because I have Late Night installed?
Test Subject
#6 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 8:01 PM
I clicked on it and it crashed on me. Not updated for nightlife?

Thanks anyways though. Wish I could use it.

I didnt do it...
My imaginary friend did it...
Ok, I did do it but my imaginary friend told me to do it... I swear she did, honest!
I'm not crazy! Really Im not!
1978 gallons of pancake batter
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Original Poster
#7 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 8:27 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belailyo
did you steal that from moghudson do that for the sims 2?
This mod is completely unrelated. I was in the process of eradicating all the little issues when I saw the other notebook mod. It was quite a negative surprise before I saw that the other one is actually for TS2.

Quote:
Originally Posted by tigeresskitten6
I clicked on it and it crashed on me. Not updated for nightlife?
This mod has been in the queue for quite some time. I had the update ready and was waiting for approval to upload the update. We didn't figure out the crashing issues of all object mods until yesterday, though.

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
1978 gallons of pancake batter
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#8 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 9:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonleeholm
Could you do a version of this mod that uses some of the actions from the painting easel or the drafting table -- essentially, a sketchbook?{..}
Probably not, sorry. There are no animations for that and the easel/drafting table animations won't work for the notepad object. It would probably look very weird if I used the writing animations for a sketching action.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keirin
love it, but it crashes
Is that with the updated version?

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
Test Subject
#9 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 9:55 PM
Really cool! I once made an Ernest Hemingway sim but since he was a technophobe he didn't like the writing process (scratch that one).

Does anyone have a typewriter item for writing? Or would you be able to make one? I've always been interested with having a typewriter for more old fashioned sims. I imagine it would use the same animations as the computer but it could be coded to avoid upsetting technophobes.
1978 gallons of pancake batter
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#10 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 10:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by secretman
Does anyone have a typewriter item for writing? Or would you be able to make one?{...}
Making a typewriter is a lot more difficult than it initially sounds. It would need a new mesh (Duh!) with custom animations for the platen-roller and paper, and the typing animations would need to be altered so the sim's hands don't clip into the mesh and he/she actually looks at the paper and not some point above it. I'm not a mesher, and I don't mess with custom animations. Getting all this JAZZ script stuff into my brain to make the homework animations work for adults, was enough messing with the animation stuff for me. If you happen to stumble over a mesher who fiddles with custom animations but doesn't do scripting, I'd be more than willing to write the code for him/her.

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
Test Subject
#11 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 10:38 PM
at first when I click it in the buy catalogue my game crashed but I deleted and re-downloaded it and it works fine (so far)
thank you so much I've been waiting for someone to do this
1978 gallons of pancake batter
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#12 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by QueenDoris316
at first when I click it in the buy catalogue my game crashed but I deleted and re-downloaded it and it works fine (so far)
I'm a little surprised. Ok, you guys can't know that I uploaded this mod to the submission queue before LN and the related patch were released. But the initial upload post clearly stated that the mod was written for the pre-LN game. Know your game version when you use mods, guys! For your own sake!

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
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