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Notebook V2.1

by plasticbox Posted 10th Jan 2015 at 4:50 AM - Updated 15th Feb 2016 at 2:11 PM by plasticbox
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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.
A notebook for sims to practice writing, write letters and books, and some other things.


Update 2016-01-06: Updated with Dutch strings added.






Features:
  • Practice Writing
  • Write Jokes
  • Write Letter (v2)
  • Write Letter to Penpal (v1.2)
  • Write Love Letter
  • Write Excuse Note
  • Write About Feelings (Sad sims)
  • Write Genre Book (v2)
  • Write Skill Book (v2)
  • Write Dollhouse Story (v2, children only)
  • Read
  • Analyze (Bookworms)

Letter writing is a custom feature that gives a small relationship boost upon completion (for the regular relationship, not the romantic one like love letters). It is available for children and older. Dollhouse Story (same as on the computer) is available to children who have the "Inspired by Dollhouse" buff; this is mostly untested since my stupid sim kids got that buff exactly once and then never again .. let me know in case it misbehaves.


Skill gain and requirements for the other interactions are the same as on computers, except for the following changes:
  • Elders gain skill slightly faster and Teens slightly slower (i.e. the exact opposite of the computer tuning)
  • Skill gain from writing books is a little less overall than on a computer
  • Writing skill books requires level 5 Writing skill instead of the Professiorial trait (aka Chronicler), plus level 5 of the skill the book is about (like on the computer) – this is deliberate since I think explaining things, like in a manual, is something that one can learn and not a supernatural gift. If you want to change this for computers too, you can use this mod.
  • Skill and genre books have a different completion time (skill based curve rather than whatever the *&$%# it is on the computer) – I don't know how it compares exactly, but to me it seemed like a sensible amount of time
  • Writing books gives a small Fun boost to sims with the Bookworm, Chronicler, Epic Poet, Genius, Savant, CreativeVisionary, Muser and Creatively Gifted traits
  • The power requirement (that computers have) is removed


All animations are from the teen/child homework; all interactions should work from in-world objects, sim inventory, and bookcase inventory.

The notebook costs §60 and is available in Function > Skills > Creative and Room > Study > Skills. 19 colour options; like other custom objects this can only be recoloured from the catalogue. Custom strings are localised for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and US English; the rest of the world gets the US English version until someone provides a translation (contributions welcome).


Known issues:
  • As reported by olienka in the comments, interactions on this notebook will not fulfill whims like "Write jokes on a computer for N hours". This actually makes sense to me seeing as a notebook is not a computer =P. The "Finish a book" whims should be working OK though.
  • During the writing animation for teens and up, a dark shadow overlay appears near the fold (see the "writing" screenshot). This is because the Teen Homework book (that the animation is originally using) has a different mesh/rig so the thin book that I'm using as a basis doesn't really fit. Maybe I can find a way to get rid of that artifact, maybe not .. I didn't want it to be a big fat brick so I consider this the best compromise for now. This only happens indoors and is not an issue for children.




Please note:
  • You will need to re-buy the books when you update from v1.2 or older to v2 -- the old ones will go missing since it has a different ID now. Sorry about that (didn't think that through very well).
  • In order to write love letters and excuse notes, sims need a bit of writing skill (level 4/5 I believe), so don't be surprised when those options don't show up for everyone.
  • For writing letters to penpals, they need to have a penpal first. This is only available through a computer, not the notebook.
  • Writing letters to pen pals is on the top level of the pie menu, writing letters to sims is in the "Write…" menu (it'll be obvious anyway when the sim picker dialog comes up). For the latter I'm recycling the pie menu text of the former; let me know if this results in strangeness in your language (I only see the US English text).
  • For the craftable books, the progress circle does not update continuously -- sims will write for a little while, then it'll update about 1/8th of the circle in one go, etc. Its modeled from the violin "Write Song" interaction, hence why it's different in that respect -- apart from that it worked fine for me though, including stop/resume, exit to world, to main menu, and exit/reload the game.
  • Sims will use kneeling/standing animations when they don't find a free desk/table and chair -- in those cases they don't appear to be writing (see the guy on the "kneeling" screenshot -- he is writing a love letter), but just like with homework it works nevertheless. Let's say they are proofreading.


Compatibility:

2015-05-31: Tested in 1.7.65.1020, works for me.
2015-04-29: Updated for 1.5.149.
2015-03-27: Updated for 1.5.139.
Tested again in 1.4.83.1010, works for me.
Tested mostly in 1.3.18, should work in 1.3.32 as well (2015-01-13) -- I haven't seen any differences in the code and the interactions are all custom anyway.

Polygon Counts:
Same as Maxis skill books

Special Thanks:
scumbumbo for helping me to get the crafting to work, egureh for testing and the Chinese translations, pekesims for the Spanish translation, KuriXarya for the Russian translation, ElenaInTheSims for the Dutch translation.

s4pe, Notepad++, Paint.net/Photoshop/Aorta.
Style: Retro Not Applicable
Room: Study
Maxis Flags: 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 4
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pbox_notebook.zip 192.2 KB 58,352 6th Jan 2016
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#26 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 2:32 AM
Do you mean the game version? This is for/with the current one, 1.3.18.

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#27 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 3:55 PM
Updated to version 1.2, this includes changes mentioned here in the comments and also writing letters to penpals.

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#28 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 5:03 PM
Could you include Spanish in the next update?
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#29 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 5:30 PM
Yes, thank you! =)

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#30 Old 13th Jan 2015 at 4:01 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by vanessahuckeby
I laid several notebooks out in my house for my 8 sim household. the maid came in and promptly pocketed one of them. The rest of them were picked up within less than an hour of sim play time, and That has become the entire household's favorite past time - everyone is "practicing writing", even my level 10 writer! hahaa


I did the same and loved how my sims will pick it up to write, or read. Love this mod!

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#31 Old 13th Jan 2015 at 12:57 PM
Wow, that a really good idea and it has much more style than writing on the computer! The next thing could be a notebook like Death Note. hihi Just kidding but I really like your creation.
Test Subject
#32 Old 13th Jan 2015 at 11:38 PM
It's so great to see this object redone for Sims 4!

I ran into a maybe-problem yesterday: my sim had a whim to write jokes for an hour "on the computer" which using the notebook didn't fulfil. Is this by design?
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#33 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 12:49 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by olienka
I ran into a maybe-problem yesterday: my sim had a whim to write jokes for an hour "on the computer" which using the notebook didn't fulfil. Is this by design?


I haven't looked into whims yet, but the interactions on this notebook are all custom -- since I haven't seen anything about whims in these interactions, I guess the way it works is that the whim is looking for the (original) interaction and not the other way around .. that would mean that only the original interaction would fulfill it.

Thanks for letting me know though! =)

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#34 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 4:07 AM
can't wait til you get it done as this is how I write stories. :D
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#35 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 1:34 PM
Success! Update! I tweaked the crafting into submission! Also added a new feature (writing letters), colour options, and more localisation. See the first post for details.

Many thanks again to scumbumbo for the help with the crafting progress update, to egureh and pekesims for the translations, and to B for not making fun of me when he caught me working on this at 5:30AM =P.

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#36 Old 15th Jan 2015 at 3:08 PM
Congrats, Plasticbox! Outstanding work!
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#37 Old 16th Jan 2015 at 5:37 AM
I love it, thank you!!!
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#38 Old 16th Jan 2015 at 6:45 AM
EPIC UPDATE! Thank you so much! I don't think I'll allow my sim to quit his writer career anymore.
Another little question:
I can only choose the color options before purchasing but cannot recolor the notebook, maybe I did something wrong?
And I found the practical results of new strings are kind of changed, thus the Chinese translations should be altered a little bit.
Here is the STBL files for 01(zh-CH) and 02(zh-TW). Sorry if I'm too annoying. Thanks again for this great mod! :D
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File Type: zip NotebookStringsV2_CHS-CHT.zip (874 Bytes, 7 downloads)
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#39 Old 16th Jan 2015 at 10:49 PM
Just what I needed! Thank you, Plasticbox!
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#40 Old 17th Jan 2015 at 2:59 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beltanefire
Wow, that a really good idea and it has much more style than writing on the computer! The next thing could be a notebook like Death Note. hihi Just kidding but I really like your creation.

Actually Death Note sounds good
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#41 Old 18th Jan 2015 at 5:26 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by egureh
Another little question:
I can only choose the color options before purchasing but cannot recolor the notebook, maybe I did something wrong?


No, you're not doing anything wrong -- currently all custom objects will throw that error when you're trying to recolour them after they are placed in the world. That is what's meant by

Quote:
Originally Posted by Upload Description
[..] like other custom objects this can only be recoloured from the catalogue.


From your screenshot I take it that selecting differently coloured books directly from the catalogue does work, yes?


Quote:
Originally Posted by egureh
And I found the practical results of new strings are kind of changed, thus the Chinese translations should be altered a little bit.
Here is the STBL files for 01(zh-CH) and 02(zh-TW). Sorry if I'm too annoying. Thanks again for this great mod! :D


Thank you! I'll update these next time I have access to my TS4 computer (am currently abroad). Cheers!

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#42 Old 18th Jan 2015 at 6:38 PM
Thank you, this is great and the new colors are so cute! ~
Question : does each sim uses his own book (like with beds and computers)? (sorry if my english made you gringe) ~
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#43 Old 18th Jan 2015 at 7:01 PM
Currently the object is not ownable, no.

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#44 Old 19th Jan 2015 at 3:36 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by plasticbox
No, you're not doing anything wrong -- currently all custom objects will throw that error when you're trying to recolour them after they are placed in the world. That is what's meant by
From your screenshot I take it that selecting differently coloured books directly from the catalogue does work, yes?
Thank you! I'll update these next time I have access to my TS4 computer (am currently abroad). Cheers!

Aha, got it, thanks for the information, I didn't notice. And wish you a happy travel!
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#45 Old 19th Jan 2015 at 10:31 PM
This is so COOL! I'm so gonna put this in my game!
I love that you can bring it along! (I guess that's what the "sim inventory" means) then you can even write while camping! Nice!
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#46 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 3:13 PM
Ahhh this is sooo awesome! thanks man!
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#47 Old 21st Jan 2015 at 3:39 AM
Great object! The only thing wrong with it for me is that I can't find the recolors. I might have missed something in the main post, or in the comments, but I tried looking through the function>study>skills, and all I get is the same black notebook. I downloaded the "pbox_notebook_v1-2.zip" one- this should be the right one, correct? Or maybe I'm not looking in the right spot?
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#48 Old 21st Jan 2015 at 10:09 AM Last edited by plasticbox : 21st Jan 2015 at 12:37 PM.
"pbox_notebook_v1-2.zip" is the old version. That one did not have colour options yet (also no crafting, no letters, no Spanish etc).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Upload Description
I've attached the previous version (v1.2) in case something acts up while I'm offline (will be on a short holiday soon) so you could use that one as a fallback.


I’m going to remove that now since I’m back online.

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#49 Old 27th Jan 2015 at 1:07 AM
How do I actually get a notebook into my game? I can't find where to buy one. :/
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