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Featured upload! Move Over Dahlen

by leefish Posted 11th Dec 2011 at 2:44 PM - Updated 10th Nov 2013 at 3:03 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

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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. 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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Test Subject
#51 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 6:26 AM
This is GENIUS! I can finally get my libraries to look the way I want them too. Many thanks!
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#52 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 9:46 AM
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Originally Posted by leesester
an endtable that will convert objects to intersectable versions of themselves

It does what?! My mind is blown. You guys are wizards!
Seriously, that table should have its own upload thread.
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#53 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 3:25 PM Last edited by leesester : 13th Dec 2011 at 3:33 PM. Reason: sadly snipped by the fish
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#54 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 3:32 PM Last edited by leesester : 13th Dec 2011 at 3:59 PM.
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Um - I guess from that that you have workd out how to use the books? But in all seriousness it is not allowed to put remarks like that in upload thread - if it gets awarded then it gets awarded - if it doesn't - well, it is still fun to play with right?

/lee feels it is slightly ridiculous to warn someone for posts in her own thread. So doesn't

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#55 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 4:00 PM Last edited by leesester : 13th Dec 2011 at 4:21 PM. Reason: Pressed edit instead of reply DUH. No censorship, just a daft fish.
As always, great work.

I could use an invisible object to put on book caes, so I can place one visible item in the center, however.
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#56 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 4:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RebaLynnTS
As always, great work.

I could use an invisible object to put on book caes, so I can place one visible item in the center, however.


I think you need a slot blocker? There is one on Fairy Forest site >>

Link to slotblocker

You can just press M and cycle through the slots - its what I do. I have several shelves with just one item in the middle. I did consider that it was a bit of a drag to have to click through when using the big stacks - but I think it keeps it more flexible this way.

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#57 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 4:35 PM
Sorry, I wasn't trying to....nevermind.

It's a fine piece of custom content that will make my game more enjoyable. Thank you. I haven't had a chance to get on to my game today and monkey around with the book arrangements, but I will later on today.
Instructor
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#58 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 9:10 PM
Press M ... M for Move, now why did I forget that. Thank you.
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#59 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 11:13 PM
This is truly AMAZING! Thank you so much!
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#60 Old 13th Dec 2011 at 11:43 PM
It is my every slightly OCD organized kids' dream!
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#61 Old 14th Dec 2011 at 4:06 AM
This is amazing. I can have legitimate libraries now! Thank you so much for this wonderful download.
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#62 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 4:24 AM
I've also got the autonomous study book case, that matches these .. My set is now complete.
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#63 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 6:33 AM
Oh hey, now I can finally have a bookstore that doesn't sell entire bookcases! Thanks.
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#64 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 7:28 AM
Thank you, this is amazing! I can't wait to get these gorgeous bookshelves into my game :D
Instructor
#65 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 11:16 AM
Hi! Would you mind a question? I downloaded several of those empty bookcases and was intended to use them not as bookcase but as practical shelves that I could decorate the way I wanted. Normally I place them in bedrooms and don't want sims to enter and pick up books. I have a personal bookcase global with own rules. The problem is that I didn't find a way to avoid that sims read from them. Though I made them non autonomous, cancelled the pie menu completely, tried all possible, sims are still able to pick up books to read. Is it pulling bhavs from other places? You said you combined objects from different EPs. Thanks.
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#66 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by xptl297
Hi! Would you mind a question? I downloaded several of those empty bookcases and was intended to use them not as bookcase but as practical shelves that I could decorate the way I wanted. Normally I place them in bedrooms and don't want sims to enter and pick up books. I have a personal bookcase global with own rules. The problem is that I didn't find a way to avoid that sims read from them. Though I made them non autonomous, cancelled the pie menu completely, tried all possible, sims are still able to pick up books to read. Is it pulling bhavs from other places? You said you combined objects from different EPs. Thanks.



What you could do is change the globals in these items from bookcase to painting globals - like the mini shelfs. In theory the shelf would still place and you could just use them for decorative purposes.

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#67 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 4:49 PM
Wouldn't mind this for TS3! I've been dying for bookshelves I could use to make a *real* library/study with! Nice job.
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#68 Old 15th Dec 2011 at 5:49 PM
You are my favorite fish. Thank you for creating and sharing such a lovely and versatile set :*
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#69 Old 16th Dec 2011 at 4:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Luna Ravenwood
Oh hey, now I can finally have a bookstore that doesn't sell entire bookcases! Thanks.


Yea, I have other bookcase that do the same trick, but this one is the fanciest

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I've also got the autonomous study book case, that matches these .. My set is now complete.


Link PLEASE Sounds awesome
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Thank you, this is amazing! I can't wait to get these gorgeous bookshelves into my game :D


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You are my favorite fish. Thank you for creating and sharing such a lovely and versatile set :*


awww at lolbag2 and shastakiss - thank you

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#70 Old 16th Dec 2011 at 8:37 AM
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Originally Posted by leesester
What you could do is change the globals in these items from bookcase to painting globals - like the mini shelfs. In theory the shelf would still place and you could just use them for decorative purposes.


Thanks, I didn't think on that. Maybe it will be also necessary to change the Init bhav. It was very helpful, I'll check on a Mini-Shelf.
Anyway, thanks for the bookcases. I'll use only these ones now cause the tall bookcase is also my favourite and I have several clones self.
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#71 Old 16th Dec 2011 at 8:46 AM
Yes, the mini shelfs have a custom BHAV that makes them check for a wall behind, otherwise you may well be able to just swap it over.
Test Subject
#72 Old 16th Dec 2011 at 11:57 PM
I'm sure this set is one of those things I'm going to use over and over... but I have one question, though: I couldn't find a left side for the "trim bit" from the extra files, only the right side... I know I could really use both sides (I always use cheats to place a normal bookcase in a corner) that's why I wondered if you forgot to include it or just decided not to make one for some reason...
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#73 Old 17th Dec 2011 at 12:49 AM
ah yes. The trim bit - I rarely used it and just bunged it in as I had made it. I will do a left side and update the package

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#74 Old 21st Dec 2011 at 3:22 PM
Leesester?
About the low bookcase on community lots?
Have you fixed it so that if I redownload the collection only version (thank you for that by the way!) it will work? Im not in a hurry if its not fixed yet. The sim that will own the bookshop has practically no simoleons so it will be some time for her to put up all those shelves

So happy to have more of these, I have some nice worn recolours of the "original"...and they look fantastic on your set.

Made by fairywitch whose site unfortunately seems to be hacked (at least thats the message that pops up) so....
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#75 Old 21st Dec 2011 at 5:27 PM
Wow! When I first saw this I was a bit confused about it all. But today I decided to give a try and all I can say is that I love it! It´s awesome and works perfectly in my game. I´m looking forward to build a real library now. Thank you so much!
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