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Picked upload! *Recolourable* Holy Smoke modular stairs

by Numenor Posted 12th Mar 2005 at 9:28 PM - Updated 18th Mar 2007 at 10:59 PM by Numenor : Fixed in-text images
145 Comments / replies (Who?) - 16 Feedback Posts, 4 Thanks Posts
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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Recolourable Holy Smoke modular stairs

18 MAR 2007 - BUGFIX
These stairs have been online for almost two years, and so far they worked well. But they had a little bug nevertheless In some games (especially the base-game, without any EP) the catalog icon for the modular stairs was empty. This is because these stairs were made in a very old format (the old "EP Ready format, created when UNI first came out).
Updating them to the current correct format would have meant breaking all the existing recolours (there are so many around the net, not only here at MTS2); and so I've fixed it in a way that... you shouldn't try at home (like they say in TV ).
The important thing is that now the icon is visible in catalog and all the existing recolours still work! :D

Of course, if you never had problems with the catalog icon, redownloading is optional.

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FAQ: Why there is no text file to install with these stairs, like all the other custom modular stairs?
That's because these stairs are intended to override the Maxis originals, and therefore uses the same Maxis text file already installed with the game.
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I think that the Holy Smoke is the most useful staircase, because it lets the sims pass under it. But the standard grey/bluish colour doesn't match *all* the furniture styles.
So, I decided to make it recolourable.
But the internal file structure, and the lacking of a correct filenaming led me to actually clone the original stairs.

At first, I thought to *add* a new modular stair to the catalog, then I thought it would be useless to have two identical stairs, one recolourable and one not.
So I decided to set this staircase to override the original one.
Don't worry, though: I said override, not overwrite When you get bored of my staircase, just delete the package from the downloads folder, and the original staircase will be back in the catalog.

IMPORTANT: this is to be considered an Alpha release! Though it is stable, EP-compliant and works fine, still it's a little "tricky" to recolour.

Installation instructions
Unrar both the attached files to the downloads folder. In the first archive there is the "main" package (the stairs themselves), in the second there are some recolours for the metal part and for the glass parts.

How to create custom recolours
Open SimPE's Object Workshop (current release is v. 029) and choose the "Load Object" tab. Browse the downloads folder and load the "STEPS_90NMNglass_main.package". Proceed with the recolour as usual.
NOTE: you can choose to recolour the metal part or the glass part (or both).
You can use the attached template texture as a guide for your recolours.
Since the original texture contains an alpha channel (transparency), I strongly suggest that you import your custom texture in the package using the option "Build DXT" + "Commit", instead of "Import" + "Update all sizes" + "Commit": using the "Build DXT" creates a more accurate texture.


How to apply the recolour to the staircase
Here come the tricky part, because you will not find the different colours in the catalog (I guess that this section of the catalog doesn't manage multiple colour options).
Choose the standard Holy Smoke stairs from the catalog and place it on the lot. Add the railings if you like, but remember that adding the reailings after having recoloured the stairs may cause their reverting to original colour.
Now, select the Design Tool and click, in turn, on each step: now you can choose the colours for the metal part and for the glass.
1 2 3
If I ever find a way to recolour all the stairs at once, you'll be the first to know...
But there's a good side effect: you can apply a different colour to each step!
4 5 6

KNOWN ISSUE
Once recoloured, you should't add or delete railings to the stairs, otherwise it will revert to the original colour. But this "reverting" is only temporary: if you save and exit the lot, and then re-enter it, you'll find that the staircase has again the new colour you applied to it

OK, enough... Download and enjoy! Let me know any (unknown) issues you may find.

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
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_main.rar 129.6 KB 36,302 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_recolours.rar 317.5 KB 31,425 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_metal+glass_transparent.rar 1.3 KB 30,920 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_TEMPLATE.rar 76.1 KB 22,211 18th Mar 2005
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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Instructor
#126 Old 29th May 2006 at 7:35 PM
Numenor, none of your recolourable stairs work in my game. The catalog says they're recolourable, but I can't get the functions to work at all.
I know they still worked in NL, but ever since getting OFB (and now FFS) they can't be recoloured.
Are you aware of any conflicting hacks perhaps? I am really at a loss to explain why they won't work for me.
Scholar
#127 Old 23rd Jun 2006 at 7:33 PM
great, thanks

Please note - I'm not taking any requests at the moment.

You may include my items in your uploads but please credit with a link to either the object or my creator page please.

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Test Subject
#128 Old 13th Aug 2006 at 1:58 AM
Thank-You very Much Numenor!

I haven't tried these yet, but I understand your instructions and expect no difficulties...

I only have one question left after reading through the thread, that i'm expecting will be answered after I install and open the game, but i'm going to ask it anyway for the next poor sap that wonders.

Homes that are built BEFORE loading this in, using the holy smokes stairs...
Will they automatically be recolorable next time we open that lot, so that we don't have to replace the stairs?

If so, I assume it's only one version of the holy smoke stairs... which one? the black with blue glass?

Thanks again!

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#129 Old 13th Aug 2006 at 4:18 PM
The houses built before installing the recolourable stairs will look exactly as before (the stairs will still have the default Maxis colour); only, now the stairs will be recolourable using the "Design Tool".

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#130 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 10:03 AM
thanks buddy i like these you rock 5*'s

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Test Subject
#131 Old 13th Oct 2006 at 4:11 AM
These are my favorite stairs, too. You are awesome! Not only do you make the game better but you share your knowledge with all of us.
Lab Assistant
#132 Old 16th Oct 2006 at 9:55 PM Last edited by JM23 : 16th Oct 2006 at 9:57 PM. Reason: left out a word
Default Your wooden modular stairs Numenor
Numenor I must be missing something here. I can not get your wooden modular stairs to show up in my game? What am I doing wrong please?

Is there a code that I need to put in some where? What have I over looked or did see? Same difference lol.

When you refer to the tool is that in SimPE or in our sims2 game. Oh that must sound so stupid. * blushing with stupidpity* that too.

Thank you a head of time
JM
The ModFather
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#133 Old 16th Oct 2006 at 11:34 PM
The "Design Tool" is a standard feature of the game: it's the little icon that you click when you want to apply a different colour to an object already existing on the lot.

As for the stairs not showing up in the ctalog, I'll never repeat this enough:
Both the "recolourable Holy Smoke" and the "recolourable Wooden Stairs" are NOT new stairs: they are replacement of the standard Maxis stairs. Therefore, in the catalog you will see always the old Maxis stairs, and nothing else; but when you place the stairs on the lot, you'll be able to recolour them using the Design Tool (which is impossible with the standard Maxis stairs). There is no additional code to put in the game: that additional code is required only for new custom stairs.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#134 Old 17th Oct 2006 at 12:24 AM
Default Numenor I am so sorry for bothering you.
I can back to delete this post but you already had answered it . I found it and have done the change of color. I should look before I leap and again I am sorry for taking up you time. Some times I am so embarassed at my question on things like this. It is my understanding that I lack a lot in.

Thank you for replying to my post again sorry for taking up your time.

JM
The ModFather
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#135 Old 17th Oct 2006 at 8:33 AM
It's not your fault, this is a common error (I mean, looking for a new icon in the catalog).
My creations have sometimes an unusual behaviour, that can confuse users

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#136 Old 18th Mar 2007 at 11:04 PM
Default Thread Update
18 MAR 2007 - BUGFIX

These stairs have been online for almost two years, and so far they worked well. But they had a little bug nevertheless In some games (especially the base-game, without any EP) the catalog icon for the modular stairs was empty. This is because these stairs were made in a very old format (the old "EP Ready format, created when UNI first came out).
Updating them to the current correct format would have meant breaking all the existing recolours (there are so many around the net, not only here at MTS2); and so I've fixed it in a way that... you shouldn't try at home (like they say in TV ).
The important thing is that now the icon is visible in catalog and all the existing recolours still work! :D

You can download the updated rar from the front page, or just clicking the link below:
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_main.rar

-------------------------------------------------------------
FAQ: Why there is no text file to install with these stairs, like all the other custom modular stairs?
That's because these stairs are intended to override the Maxis originals, and therefore uses the same Maxis text file already installed with the game.
-------------------------------------------------------------

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#138 Old 28th Jul 2007 at 4:45 PM
Hey, I love your work, but im having a problem. Im not sure if it is your mod or a bug in the game, but after i used your mod I found i could not delete the stairs. To get rid of them i would have to delete the entire lot, and start over. Is this a result of mod, and do you have any idea what could be wrong? Thanks again for the awesome mod.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#139 Old 28th Jul 2007 at 6:18 PM
I'm sorry but I've never heard of this problem... Have you tried a search in the Game Help forum? Have you installed some custom modular stairs? I don't mean this one, I mean the stairs that must be installed modifying the modularstairs.txt or using the Scriptorium.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Mad Poster
#140 Old 28th Jul 2007 at 7:20 PM
Aussieboy2323 & Numenor it is not the recoulourable modular stairs, it is any modular stairs sometimes are very difficult to select (so to delete)
Use the clone tool to see where the stairs are selectable, in max zooming, it seem often to be on the vertical part of the 2nd stair from top.

You know a site allowing re-upload of free build/buy stuff in lots ? Help us to update the list !

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Test Subject
#141 Old 29th Jul 2007 at 7:39 PM
Thank you Numenor and Patul. I will try that and see if it works.
Test Subject
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#142 Old 23rd Sep 2012 at 2:32 AM
Thank you Numenor. Love your stuff.
Test Subject
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13th Jan 2013 at 9:59 PM
This message has been deleted by itsemurha. Reason: Solved it :3
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#143 Old 21st Jul 2014 at 8:08 PM
Thank you ! :)
Test Subject
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#144 Old 10th Jan 2015 at 6:57 PM
thanks
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#145 Old 27th Jul 2015 at 6:43 PM
Awesome! Thank you.
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