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Featured upload! Move Over Dahlen

by leefish Posted 11th Dec 2011 at 3:44 PM - Updated 10th Nov 2013 at 4:03 AM by leefish : add collection file info
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
I was looking through the downloads and one of my favourite creators commented that she was building a library using the Dahlen bookcases from University. I thought hmm, I should empty those and stuff. So I did. I hope you like Doris Day



So this is what you get - 6 modular pieces, 4 of which are fully functional bookcases - if you leave them empty books appear from nowhere.... The two small bits are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions. They have slots though. And slots - need books.



The books are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions - there are two "types" of books - the fullshelves on the right of the picture (numbered 1 to 9) and the mini-stacks on the left (numbered 1 to 6). These books are placeable pretty much everywhere that you can place a small deco object.

I imagined that people might want to build book cases that went round corners so in the Dahlen extras file are some edge bits for the outer corners (like in the shot with the alien). The deco pieces will go over a door and the sim can still use the door - same for the edges - they are intersectable by objects and sims so there should be no routing issues.

ItemCatalog LocationPriceSubsetsPolygons
Empty Dahlen BookcaseHobbies/Knowledge4601189
Small Empty Dahlen BookcaseHobbies/Knowledge2601103
Dahlen Bit for the CornerHobbies/Knowledge3601324
Dahlen Smaller Bit for the CornerHobbies/Knowledge1601176
Dahlen Over the Corner BitHobbies/Knowledge501118
Dahlen Over the Door BitHobbies/Knowledge50178
Dahlen Bookcases Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20160
Dahlen Bookcases Short Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20158
Dahlen Bookcases Tiny Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20140
Dahlen Bookcases TrimDeco/Sculptures/Misc20124
Dahlen Bookcases Other TrimDeco/Sculptures/Misc20124
Bookstack#1Deco/Sculptures30144
Bookstack#2Deco/Sculptures30148
Bookstack#3Deco/Sculptures30190
Bookstack#4Deco/Sculptures301128
Bookstack#5Deco/Sculptures301108
Bookstack#6Deco/Sculptures301102
Bookstack#7Deco/Sculptures30154
Bookstack#8Deco/Sculptures30188
Bookstack#9Deco/Sculptures30184
MiniStack#1Deco/Sculptures10148
MiniStack#2Deco/Sculptures10120
MiniStack#3Deco/Sculptures10144
MiniStack#4Deco/Sculptures10128
MiniStack#5Deco/Sculptures10128
MiniStack#6Deco/Sculptures10136
Intersection ChangerSurfaces/Misc000


What files to download?

Usually I don't split uploads up like this - I hate having to download 50 million separate files instead of just one, so I hope you will forgive me for that, and here is the explanation of why I have done this.

If you are looking to use a collection file and want to keep things in the catalog tidy then there are COLLECTION files and CATALOG FILES. The items in the collection files will NOT show in the game catalog but only in the collection file. The CATALOG files will show in the catalog.
The Extras and bookstacks are just base - so there are only two options - collection or catalog.

The dahlen bookcase is a university item, but it is partly slaved to a basegame bookcase and uses a booktexture identical to the base game bookcase books. So - I made it basegame and slaved it to the Basegame Craftmeister Booknook. (GASP - now you now why I called it move over dahlen .) However, as of FreeTime the functions of bookcases were expanded by EA and so in this upload there are BASEGAME (BG) and FreeTime and above (FT) files, split into CATALOG and COLLECTION.
I used the same GUIDS for all variations, so you can only have one set. Don't forget to get the COLLECTION FILE - it has a custom icon of a blue leefish on a bright yellow background. Place the collection file in your downloads folder.

The BOOKS - Placement tips

To make it totally flexible on the flat cases each shelf has three slots. One on the left, one in the middle, one on the right.
a full stack will fill a WHOLE shelf (so you put them in the middle slot). If you put them on the outer edges they will stick out - I did it deliberately with some - it can look quite nice.
a mini stack (numbers 1 to 4) will fill a single slot so you can have them any slot
a ministack (numbers 5 and 6) will fill half a shelf - so you put one on the left, one on the right, leave the middle empty

Press M to cycle through the slots

On the corners there are 4 slots per level - 2 per shelf. The ministacks 5 and 6 fill the shelf, the other ministacks (1 -4) are for either right or left. Most of them fit fine. You can't really use the long pieces on the corners.

Using the Over the Door Bit

The over the door bit is fully intersectable by objects and sims, but unfortunately I cannot guarantee that the objects you place in the slots are also fully intersectable. Following a tip from MSD I made a table thing that you can place an object on and pick up and put down - and pow - intersectable object. Then staying in buymode place it on the shelf you use over the door. The object will be intersectable and you can use the door properly with it opening and closing.

Screenshot Credits:
Henry's suit by fanseelamb, paintings by Plasticbox.

Additional Credits:
iCad, HugeLunatic for helping with the collection file, FantasyRogue for her great sharing policy - (I snaffled some book colours from one of her uploads - you can find that HERE), SimPE and MTS
Netmicro for this awesome object

Bookstore Available: I also made a small bookstore using these bookcases - you can find it

ChangeLog

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
Dahlen Bookcases - BG Catalog.rar | Description: BG menu - will show in catalog 376.3 KB 12,889 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - BG Collection.rar | Description: BG menu - will NOT show in catalog 377.4 KB 9,511 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - FT Catalog Version.rar | Description: FT and above menu - will show in catalog 376.4 KB 13,701 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - FT Collection Version.rar | Description: FT and above menu - will NOT show in catalog 376.5 KB 9,937 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookstacks Catalog Version.rar | Description: will show in catalog 62.3 KB 13,683 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookstacks Collection Version.rar | Description: will NOT show in catalog 62.3 KB 9,865 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Extras - Catalog Version.rar | Description: Extra bits - will show in catalog 19.3 KB 13,277 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Extras - Collection Version.rar | Description: Extra bits - will NOT show in catalog 19.3 KB 9,752 11th Dec 2011
Move over Dahlen Collection File.rar | Description: The collection File. You need this if you download the collection only files. 2.8 KB 11,879 11th Dec 2011
Book Recolours.rar | Description: 2 recolours 119.8 KB 15,647 11th Dec 2011
leefish+max-intersectiontransformer.rar | Description: Use this to make objects that you place in the over the door bit intersectable so that the door will close. 3.2 KB 13,260 13th Dec 2011
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


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