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Featured upload! Quick Easy Hair Binner - for hair, brows, beards - UPDATED 7/10/2011 v1.1.02

by CatOfEvilGenius Posted 19th Feb 2011 at 1:28 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:54 PM by Nysha
257 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
UPDATE (critical) - Version 1.1.02, July 10 2011

- bug fix: no crashing on old files like Anva and helaene brows
- bug fix: OK button works on filenames with [ ] in name
- bug fix: picking the .. directory always works correctly
- bug fix: file popups removed to stop redraw bug


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What does it do?
Bin all the hair / eyebrows / beards cluttering your custom color bin!
Got 4 grays, all identical, cluttering your elder bin? Make them 1 grey! (Extra grey textures are REMOVED, not just hidden!)
Nice adult hair with boring Maxis child and toddler hair? Remove ages!
Got hair that disappears if you change hair color? Familify it!
Bushy brows on ladies? Plucked brows on men? Make them ladies/men only!
Hair missing from outerwear and maternity? Fix it!
Let townies have nice hair too!

Quick and Easy
Do all four colors at once! Do all ages/genders at once!
Do binning, 1 grey, familify, remove ages, brow gender, and compress, all at once!
Don't need SimPE (binning plugin)! Faster than Wardrobe Wrangler!


Bin Files


Select File



How to install

Windows: Download. Unzip. Double click the *.exe file to run.
Do NOT remove the *.dll nor *.manifest files.

Mac: I plan to add a Mac version in the future.


How to use

1) Select four files (black, brown, blond, red) by clicking the "..." buttons.

2) Click the "Bin" button.

3) Your files are now binned! (And you have *.bak backup files.)

That's it! Quick! Easy!








Thanks
HUGE THANKS to all folks helping test, making suggestions, reporting issues.
Thanks to benrg, whose DBPF compression library I use (as does jfade).
Thanks to jfade for the Wardrobe Wrangler, which is still nifty for clothes and accessories!
Thanks to the makers of SimPE for a great tool. I used it along with BodyShop to verify that the hair binner works correctly.
Thanks to Theo (author of the binning SimPE_plugin) and AmberDiceless at MATY for helpful discussion, long, long, long ago.
Thanks to Phaenoh for her very good design suggestions, and for this great hair tutorial.
You can now do many of the steps in that tutorial with the hair binner instead of SimPE or Wardrobe Wrangler.
Tags: #hair, #binner, #bin, #tool, #utility, #app

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors
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 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
WIN_hairBinner_20110710_1.1.02.7z 850.2 KB 7,723 11th Jul 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


Need more information?
 
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Top Secret Researcher
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#2 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 1:46 AM
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh. I have the honor to be the first to thank you for this. This is so useful! I can't thank you enough, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 2:08 AM
I love you with every fiber of my being. Thank you.
Bowties are cool.
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#4 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 2:21 AM
I love you. Seriously, I do. This looks so awesome and so easy to use. Can't wait to try it out!
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 2:50 AM
I Love You.

. . .
Test Subject
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#6 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 3:41 AM
I must give this a try...thanks!
Instructor
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#7 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 3:55 AM Last edited by Alma70 : 19th Feb 2011 at 3:56 AM. Reason: My grammar sux!
This is awesome! Now I might actually dare to fix stuff myself. =)
One question though, if I already have a hair, for example one that is binned as brown that I actually think would fit better binned as blonde, is that possible to change with this program?
Not actually evil.
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Original Poster
#8 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 4:23 AM Last edited by CatOfEvilGenius : 19th Feb 2011 at 4:56 AM.
Alma70 Yes, you can change the bin from brown to blond. Just put the file in the slot marked Blond.

edit: At this time, you would need to bin 3 other files at the same time, you can't bin just one file at a time. I plan to change this, so if all you're doing is changing color bins (no familifying), you'll be able to do just one file at a time if you want to. Check back when I do a version update.

Also planned in the next version: 4 files -> 1 file! This was fanseelamb's idea, and it's a good one. Not only is it easier to organize your files, but when you package sims, they get the correct eyebrows. Silly EA, packing sims with the wrong eyebrows.
Test Subject
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#9 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 4:58 AM
OMG! thanks you very much! :*
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#10 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 6:13 AM
This is fantastic! Thank you!
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:24 AM
Didn't someone, long ago, already make something like this and post it here on MTS?


ENTJ
Test Subject
#12 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:29 AM
Oh, I think I love you now This is much, much better than the color binning tool! You are a genius CatOfEvilGenius, thank you so much

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, she's up"!
Not actually evil.
Original Poster
#13 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:31 AM Last edited by CatOfEvilGenius : 19th Feb 2011 at 7:53 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lavaster
Didn't someone, long ago, already make something like this and post it here on MTS?


I don't believe so. The tools I'm aware of are Theo's SimPE_plugin, which I believe he is no longer working on, and jfade's Wardrobe Wrangler, which is super duper, but not nearly as fast for this particular task. I'll go look at MTS tools again...

My tool is standalone, not a SimPE plugin like Theo's. I think folks may find mine easier to use. Also, my binner works on eyebrows and beards too, I don't recall if Theo's binner does that.

It is faster to use than Wardrobe Wrangler when binning hair, and it actually nukes the extra 3 grey textures rather than just hiding them.

Thus I think it is different enough to fill some needs.

Please spay or neuter your pets. --- Cat Music Video! --- my meshes
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:47 AM
I LOVE YOU! It's way to late for me to mess with this now, but I will be back to download and run through all the details in the post!
Test Subject
#15 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:49 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lavaster
Didn't someone, long ago, already make something like this and post it here on MTS?


Well I have binned so many hairs and Im always looking for tools to make my work easier, and I promise, there is nothing like this out there. And I must say it again, thank you CatOfEvilGenius, you really made my day

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, she's up"!
Not actually evil.
Original Poster
#16 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 7:56 AM
Thank you, everyone, for the comments! I'm so very pleased by the positive response to this.

If you have suggestions for improving this tool, or find something wrong with it, please do not hesitate to post that too. Already got one great suggestion, in post #8.

Please spay or neuter your pets. --- Cat Music Video! --- my meshes
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 8:04 AM
veryyy thankz!!!! this is soo amazingg!! very useful
Test Subject
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#18 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 8:24 AM
Is This The Real Life?

Or Is This Just Fantasy?
Test Subject
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#19 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 8:50 AM
Am I dreaming?

This is absolutely fantastic.
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#20 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 9:33 AM
Thank you. I haven't yet downloaded and used it, but it looks great.

You asked for suggestions, and this may be a totally different can of fish, but how about something similar for ages? That is, to make a child version of an adult hair, or vice versa, or even to nuke hair available where you don't think it belongs (e.g., "What grown woman in her right mind would wear her hair like this?")
Instructor
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#21 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 9:36 AM
I've been binning, familying, and whatnot-ing like whoa these last months to get my download folder right. It's all done now (with the help of SimPE), but it took forever to load. I'll make sure to check this out and use it from now on if it works for me. Thank you for making tools for Sims 2. I still very much enjoy the game and prefer it over Sims 3.
Instructor
#22 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 9:39 AM
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Originally Posted by melaniem68
Thank you. I haven't yet downloaded and used it, but it looks great.

You asked for suggestions, and this may be a totally different can of fish, but how about something similar for ages? That is, to make a child version of an adult hair, or vice versa, or even to nuke hair available where you don't think it belongs (e.g., "What grown woman in her right mind would wear her hair like this?")


This would require different meshes. This is not a mesh tool, it just rearranges/deletes existing files. (As far as I can tell, but correct me if I'm wrong.)
transmogrified
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#23 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 9:40 AM
Cat, what affect -- if any -- does this have on outfit category? When I open WW these days, it's often to enable a female hair for maternity wear.
Field Researcher
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#24 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 9:44 AM
Bows down.
No words, Cat, no words. What a godsend.
Test Subject
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#25 Old 19th Feb 2011 at 11:19 AM
This is a completely unrelated question which I hope you'll pardon, but what skintone did you use on the male sim in your screen shots? And thank you, thank you, thank you for the binning tool. I can't express how much my downloads folder will thank you.
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