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InCMusic Tool - A new music manager for Sims 3 and other games

by InvScribe Posted 25th Oct 2013 at 4:15 PM - Updated 17th Dec 2014 at 12:37 AM by InvScribe
43 Comments / replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts

InCMusic Tool by InvScribe
The InCMusic Tool by InvScribe is a fabulous new way to add music to games that support a "Custom Music" or "Custom Soundtrack" folder (future versions will add support for games that do not have a custom music folder). It is designed to allow game players to easily add their own music to such games with minimum hassle. In InCMusic Tool's primary mode (called Zero Byte File Mode), InCMusic Tool will create files in the custom music folder that take up no hard drive space. Even better, it does this VERY quickly! InCMusic Tool has many features, including other modes: Copy and Shortcut.

Please be sure to use the latest version.

Change log for 1.01

Change log for 1.1



I originally made this for The Sims 3 and then tested it with other games. Presets include The Sims 2 and several other titles.

InCMusic Tool 1.1 is Free
I thought about this long and hard. I decided to release it as free software for everyone to enjoy. There are no ads, nag screens, or anything like that. I only ask that it is not distributed outside of the channels that I have personally distributed it on (aside from sharing it with friends).

Compatibility
InCMusic Tool is compatible with all patch versions and all expansions. It is not a mod, hack, or object, and it is compatible with all known mods, et cetera. InCMusic Tool does not modify your game files. It simply creates the files you have asked it to generate.



Zero Byte Files
These special files take up no space. Zero bytes. Nothing. They are completely safe, and fully supported by your Operating System and File System. They do have minor special requirements, as follows:
  1. Windows XP, Windows 7. Windows NT, Windows Vista and Windows 8 are likely to work, but have not been tested as of this writing. Please post if you have installed and successfully (or unsuccessfully) used Zero Byte File mode on one of these Operating Systems.
  2. NTFS Formatted File System. This is the default for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. It is not the default for Windows XP.
  3. For Zero Byte Files to work, your music files must be on the same drive as your Custom Music folder. For The Sims 3, this is your C drive regardless of what drive you have The Sims 3 installed to. This is no longer required for Windows 7 or 8.
-- Please note that these requirements are by design and are not something that I can change. The requirements above are for Zero Byte File mode only. The other modes have no such requirements.

Usage
Beta testers have been thrilled with how easy it is to use InCMusic Tool. In short, the instructions are: Create a playlist in your favorite media player, then Save / Export it as an m3u file. Load it in InCMusic Tool, select your preset and mode, and click Go.

When InCMusic Tool is done, you can close it. Your game is now ready. In The Sims 3, you can select the Custom Music station from any radio.



Installation
  1. Download both files.
  2. InCMusic_Tool_1_1_Full.zip is the tool itself. It contains one file. Extract it to any location. You may move this file anywhere, any time, and it will still work.
  3. InCM_Presets_All-09192013.zip contains all of the presets as of September 2013, including a The Sims 3 preset.
    Extract it anywhere, then run InCM_Preset_Installer. Select any or all presets listed, including The Sims 3, and click Install Selected Presets. You may then close the Preset Installer.
  4. InCMusic Tool is now installed. Run InCMusic Tool at any time.
-- InCMusic Tool was built for .NET Framework 4, which may be an additional requirement. It is available as a free download from the official Microsoft site.

Support
If you need additional help, please post here at modthesims.

Copyright (c) 2012, 2013 by InvScribe. All rights reserved. InvScribe is me, invscribe at MTS. I have received permission from myself to share this program on this site.
Tags: #music, #custom, #manager, #incm, #invscribe, #tool

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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 3

This is a multi-part download:


Please download both files. See original post for installation instructions.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
InCM_Presets_All-09192013.zip | Description: September 2013 Presets Package 269.0 KB 2,773 25th Oct 2013
InCMusic_Tool_1_1_Full.zip | Description: InCMusic Tool Executable 1.1 436.4 KB 2,937 28th Oct 2013
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. InCMusic_Tool_1_1_Full.zip is the tool itself. It contains one file. Put the executable in any location.

4. InCM_Presets_All-09192013.zip contains all of the presets as of September 2013, including an updated The Sims 3 preset.
Extract it anywhere, then run InCM_Preset_Installer. Select any or all presets listed, including The Sims 3, and click Install Selected Presets. You may then close the Preset Installer.

5. InCMusic Tool is now installed. Run InCMusic Tool at any time.

-- InCMusic Tool was built for .NET Framework 4, which may be an additional requirement. It is available as a free download from the official Microsoft site.

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Test Subject
Original Poster
#2 Old 26th Oct 2013 at 11:55 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by daciasil
This looks interesting. Will it only add songs to the custom music station or to any station? I've never tried it, but can't we add songs to the custom music station by dragging and dropping mp3s into the custom music folder in the sims 3 folder in my documents? I've never added music before, so I might be wrong about that. It would be really awesome if you could add music to the other stations or even create a new station. Sims 3 has a depressing lack of Jazz.


Thank you for your comments and questions.

This only works with the Custom Music station. While being able to change other stations would be cool, it would require modification of game files, which is outside the long term purview of the program.

You could drag and drop mp3s into the custom music folder, and they would play just the same as if you used InCMusic Tool. The purpose of the program is to: 1. Allow playlist generation with easy mix-and-match capability; and 2. To allow for Zero Byte Files which do not take up additional hard drive space.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#3 Old 26th Oct 2013 at 12:04 PM
Please update InCMusic Tool from Version 1.0 to Version 1.01

To anyone that has downloaded Version 1.0

A new version is available, Version 1.01
The biggest change in this version is fixing a "skipped" bug that skips files when you tell InCMusic Tool to only overwrite one file (vs. overwriting all files).

I have updated the Download here on MTS to Version 1.01
Please download it and replace your copy by extracting version 1.01 and using the executable inside instead of the 1.0 executable.

Thank you.
Veteran Finn
retired moderator
#4 Old 26th Oct 2013 at 5:44 PM
Heya,

please include the change log to the upload main description (too), so it doesn't eventually get drowned in comments, and change your description to refer to the new version number.
Test Subject
#5 Old 27th Oct 2013 at 11:27 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by daciasil
This looks interesting. Will it only add songs to the custom music station or to any station? I've never tried it, but can't we add songs to the custom music station by dragging and dropping mp3s into the custom music folder in the sims 3 folder in my documents? I've never added music before, so I might be wrong about that. It would be really awesome if you could add music to the other stations or even create a new station. Sims 3 has a depressing lack of Jazz.


Yeah. Exactly what Ksxxy said. If you just drag and drop the mp3's to the folder, that makes another copy of the song which uses more space. With this tool, it will add your music library ( or whatever songs u pick) or playlist to the Sims 3 custom music without making a copy and using more space.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#6 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 7:58 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJZ
Yeah. Exactly what Ksxxy said. If you just drag and drop the mp3's to the folder, that makes another copy of the song which uses more space. With this tool, it will add your music library ( or whatever songs u pick) or playlist to the Sims 3 custom music without making a copy and using more space.


That's right. You could add your entire music library into any supported game, even multiple games, and use no hard drive space doing it. Thanks for you assistance in explaining the difference.

Tidbits: I challenged my beta testers to add their entire music collection to a game. You should have seen some of the reactions. I'm sure they thought it would take forever. Some reported less than 2 minutes to add their entire collection to The Sims 3. A normal sized album can be added in less than a second (after you press Go). It is really fast.
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Original Poster
#7 Old 9th Nov 2013 at 7:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Sciffy Circo
Looks cool. Actually, I gave up ages ago, just started throwing all my music into the Custom Music folder to begin with. Made playlists on Windows Media Player, told it to look in my Sims folder for the stuff. I guess your program kinda reverses that. Would be nicer if I could leave my songs in subfolders per album, but no, Sims would require custom coding for that. So I guess your program would let me do that in my Music folder, while putting a 0kb file into the Sims. Hrm... Yours sounds better for future use!


LOL.

Yeah, that bugged me too, only I would copy a bunch of music there so I could keep my folder structure. Took a long time and too much space to make and have those copies. Now I just make playlists in WinAmp and InCM them into my games and everything is ready in no time.

I'm working on version 2 on and off right now. Adjusting my file routines to the new preset format is a bit daunting, so I'm taking it easy and making sure I'm thinking straight. Version 2 will accept named files for games that require original file names. Should open up InCM to a huge number of games. Right now, I've confirmed about 20 games for InCM 1.x, and there are a lot more that need to be tested. Version 2 will easily be hundreds, possibly thousands of games.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 12th Nov 2013 at 4:36 PM
Is there a way to make this wonderful tool work on Mac (with mono or otherwise) ?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#9 Old 12th Nov 2013 at 9:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Occultine
Is there a way to make this wonderful tool work on Mac (with mono or otherwise) ?

Not at the moment. Same goes for Linux.

As it stands, Zero Byte Files and shortcuts would not work at all, since this code is specific to Windows and NTFS. There are similar Zero Byte techniques for Linux (which means Mac probably has it too), but all of that would have to be written for those operating systems only, and tested. Maybe down the road, I'll do it for the experience (I have never ported anything before), but for now InCMusic Tool is for Windows only.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 14th Nov 2013 at 5:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ksxxy
Not at the moment. Same goes for Linux.

As it stands, Zero Byte Files and shortcuts would not work at all, since this code is specific to Windows and NTFS. There are similar Zero Byte techniques for Linux (which means Mac probably has it too), but all of that would have to be written for those operating systems only, and tested. Maybe down the road, I'll do it for the experience (I have never ported anything before), but for now InCMusic Tool is for Windows only.


Well I will keep an eye on your updates, I hope it'll be possible
Test Subject
#11 Old 30th Nov 2013 at 2:04 AM
I'm getting a "failed to copy" error when I try to install the presets.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#12 Old 30th Nov 2013 at 8:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by angieshade
I'm getting a "failed to copy" error when I try to install the presets.


I'm sorry to hear that. I have sent you a PM so that we can resolve the problem. Thank you for your post.
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 13th Jan 2014 at 2:21 PM
I got a "failed to copy" error too, but I used the m3u path fixer, charged ts3 presets and re-selected the Custom Music folder and finally it worked !
Btw I used my Mac's itunes playlist (exported in m3u via the tool linked on your website) on the TS3's folder from my bootcamp/Win7 partition.
I haven't tested it in game yet though but I think it'll work.

Thanks for this tool
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