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Delphy's Sims 3 Pack Multi-Extracter (Updated 5th Sept 2009)

by Delphy Posted 15th Aug 2009 at 9:33 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:13 PM by Nysha
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What does this program do?

This program (Similar to my Sims2Pack Multi-Installer) allows you to bulk extract multiple Sims 3 Pack files in a folder, extracting them to another folder (it doesn't have to be Mods\Packages, it could be a staging area).

Please note! This is NOT a replacement for the Launcher. It will NOT give extracted packages the custom content icon. It is PURELY meant to extract Sims3Packs so that you may put them in your Mods\Packages folder, or subfolders thereof.

How do I install this?

You don't. Just extract and run.

What do I need to run this?

You need .NET Framework 2.0. It has been writted and tested on Vista x32. No testing has been performed on Vista or XP x64. No testing has been performed in Mono.

How do I use this?

Run the program.
Select the folder with all your Sims3Pack files using the first "browse" button.
Select the folder where you want to extract the files to using the second "browse" button.
Click Install.

Thats it.

I used this and nothing appears in my game!

Please read the Help FAQs. Help -> Sims 3 -> Installing .package files.

Please note!

I will only answer questions in this thread directly related to the actual program. I will not answer questions asking how to install packages - we have FAQs for that!

Changelog

Changes:
- Added back in Clean Names, but with disclaimer - it only works on Sims 3 Packs with one package in them
- Removed error / information label to a status bar
- Added minimise button
- Renamed program to Sims3Pack Extractor, just to clarify what it actually does
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.

TS3 Base Game

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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 9:51 AM
For a staging area do you mean My Documents or so, out of the Program Files folder? If so,it could hold much more content! I'm afraid I have less than 1 gb free in my disk C.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 9:54 AM
Thank you Delphy.
Test Subject
#4 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 10:10 AM Last edited by aneleh : 15th Aug 2009 at 10:16 AM. Reason: Reading more carefully and thinking again...
Hello!
It wont install.
I have .net 2.0. I dl the rar file, extract it to own folder, run the exe file, follow instructions to step three and....nothing.
Or....am I not supposed to see the program?? If so, how can I delete it if its not working/what I want?
Delphinius The Great
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Original Poster
#5 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 10:32 AM
aneleh: As I said, there is no install. You just download, extract, and run. Once step 3 runs you will see .package files in the destination folder.

If you get a specific error, please post that, but "nothing" is not an error message.

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<Corsix> Why 'mod the sims 2' when you can mod 'mod the sims 2'?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Mad Poster
#6 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 10:47 AM
Hooray, thank you for this!!! I've just tried it out and it's very fast and easy - no more need for the Sims 3 Launcher that takes forever to install things. The extracted package file is given a name of random numbers and letters, which I just change to a meaningful name so that I know what each package is. I'd been using a program called 3Viewer for this purpose, but yours is much quicker and easier. THANKS so much.
Test Subject
#7 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 11:03 AM
Thank you so much! I've been waiting for something like this. Will be able to spend more time in the game than actually installing things for it now! :D
Test Subject
#8 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 11:06 AM
Awesome! :D
But it should be even better with something similar to Qxpress, it made everything sooo easy..
Test Subject
#9 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 11:22 AM
AAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! =]]=]]=]]=]]=]]=]]
You really made my day. I hate that stupid launcher all the time. It runs so damn slowly and take a lot of disk space of my C drives whenever it installs anything (not to mention the fact that I can't take my free space back when I uninstall something)
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 11:28 AM
Speedy and Easy as always

EDIT: Anyone know how I could pin this to my SuperTaskbar in win 7? Even using a shortcut doesn't work
Test Subject
#11 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 12:02 PM
thanx again, Delphy =)

I can't figure out the "rename file on save" :s if I click, I see no "rename option" showing up, and the file is extracted but sort of corrupted (actually, a non recognized file). If I just extract without trying to rename, the file is a package (and that's good ^.^).
How does it work, please ?
Scholar
#12 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 12:03 PM
Thank you so much,Delphy.You have already added so much to our beginning Sims 3 experience.Hugs.
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 12:25 PM
Thank you very much
I'm so grateful for making Simthings so much better
Delphinius The Great
site owner
Original Poster
#14 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 12:56 PM
Sand_Ce, I just uploaded a version that removed that - I coded that a while ago and never could get it working right.

Tumblr - Yes, I have a blog. :)

<Corsix> Why 'mod the sims 2' when you can mod 'mod the sims 2'?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#15 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 1:09 PM
No Mac version? =( *feels rejected*
Test Subject
#16 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 1:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Sand_Ce, I just uploaded a version that removed that - I coded that a while ago and never could get it working right.


oki !! thanx for the answer =)
Field Researcher
#17 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 1:30 PM
Thanks Delphy!!
Scholar
#18 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 1:32 PM
Thank you. Once again, your genius inspires me :-)
Test Subject
#19 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 1:54 PM
Anyone who tries it in Vista 64, would you let us know how it works for you?
Theorist
#20 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 2:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by iaina
Anyone who tries it in Vista 64, would you let us know how it works for you?

I have Vista 64 and works fine for me
Field Researcher
#21 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 2:04 PM
Oh god I love you! (don't tell HP ) Those sims3packs have been way beyond annoying
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 2:38 PM
Thank you!!! That's so cool, the launcher was driving me nuts... perhaps a stupid question, but does it any good to take the existing SIM3-Packs out of the Dl-File and install it with your tool? Would that make anything better?
Test Subject
#23 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 2:39 PM
Thank you!
Though I admit I would really like to have files keep the name of the 3pack. Too few creators give an internal name to the package, and I have got umpteens anonymously numbered packages.
Test Subject
#24 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 2:53 PM
nice idea, but seems you have to unzip/rar them first...which if I'm already doing that, I might as well install them all manually.... or am I missing something?
*still misses the old filemaid*
Test Subject
#25 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 3:24 PM
I'm still using XP by choice. No mention of Windows XP. Do you think it will work if I install .net 2.0? I have a ton of Net Frameworks but don't think I have 2.0.
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