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Modding and Troubleshooting The Sims 3

New Tutorials and posts: XML mods and ITUN resources and more

I’ve been on a roll recently writing tutorials of all kinds! Here are some links for you 🙂

How to Make an XML Tuning Mod

  • This is tutorial is intended for beginniners, and during the tutorial we will actually make a mod: increasing the energy multiplier (faster slepeeping) on the FairyHouse. The tutorial also includes of a number useful Tips for beginners, such as opening a file as read only, using XML comments, and searching with S3PE and Notepad++

ITUN Modding Discussion and Explanation

  • Not a tutorial in the truest sense of the word, this thread explains the different fields in an ITUN resource, and how you can alter them to create the interaction tuning you want.

How to injection and interactions with a pure script mod

  • This tutorial is geared towards script modders who want to apply interactions to sims, objects or terrain without creating a new object. I don’t cover how to create an interaction, I only demonstrate how to get an interaction loaded into the game.

How to make an ITUN for a custom interaction

  • This is a really short how-to for people who need to create an ITUN for a custom interaction.

December 21, 2012 Posted by | Tutorial | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tutorial: How to Unmerge a package, or multiple packages

This tutorial will show you how to unmerge a package that you have merged into a bigger package. If you have never merged your custom content into one package, I recommend taking a look at Crinrict’s blog for combing packages: TUTORIAL: Combine Package Files to reduce Lag

You will need:

  • S3PE
  • Your merged package file *
  • The separate packages you want to remove from the combined file.
* Keep a back up of everything you merge!
Click images if you would like to see them at full size.
Step 1 – Locate your merged package and the separate, unmerged package(s) which you want to remove from the merged package.

Locate the relevant files on your hard drive.

Step 2 – Open the merged package in S3PE. If you have S3pE as the default package opener, just double click it. Otherwise, right-click and choose “Edit Sims 3 Package.”
Step 3 – Drag the separate, unmerged package that you want to remove from the merged package onto the S3PE window.

The easy way to import to S3PE: Just drag the file onto S3PE.

Step 4 – A window will pop up. Make sure you choose “Replace duplicates.” Then click Import.

Choose Replace duplicates! Then Import.

Step 5 – Another window will pop up: “Autosave current package after each package imported?” Click No. This is very important and the key to removing the file from the merged package! Click No!

Don’t Autosave!

Step 6 –  Click the Chunkoffset button at the top of the resource list table to sort by Chunkoffset.

Sort by Chunkoffset to find thew newly imported files.

Step 7 – Notice you have a number of packages with the chunkoffset 0xFFFFFFFF – This denotes that these resources have not yet been saved to the package. These are all the resrouces for the package you’ve newly imported into the merged package.

You can compare the number of resources with Chunkoffset 0xFFFFFFFF with the number of resources in the original package if you want to verify all resources are being removed.

Step 8 – Select all resources with Chunkoffset 0xFFFFFF and then hit your DEL button.

Use it!

Step 9 – Save the package!

Can I do this for multiple pieces of custom content at once?
Yes, just drag (import) multiple .package files into S3PE.

What if I don’t have the original package and I don’t know where to find it?
You can still use this method if you don’t have the original package(s) for the content you want to remove. However, you will need to use s3oc by Peter and Inge Jones to clone the item you want to remove from your merged package. To do this, open the merged package in s3oc with File >  Open Package. Do not use the renumber option. Then import the resulting package into your merged package.

Alternatively, you could also re-download the content you want to remove from the merged package, provided you know that the creator has not removed any resources since you last downloaded the item (of course, this only works if you know where to find it…)

Do I have to drag and drop to import the package?
No, you can do it the old fashioned way, and right-click in S3PE to find the Import option. But isn’t dragging and dropping so much more fun?

More questions? Feel free to ask.

Additional Credits:

I did not come up with this method of unmerging a file from a merged package. I can’t remember where I saw it, or who did it, as I actually just sort of stumbled upon it while searching for something entirely unrelated to merging and unmerging package files. I do not take credit for coming up with the method, although I did write this tutorial and make all the screenshots on my own. Either way, it’s always good to have more tutorials floating around.

Thanks to Peter and Inge Jones for creating and maintaining S3PE.

March 19, 2012 Posted by | Tutorial | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments