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Picked upload! skyFix 2.1 (redownload / 15 APR 17)

by Nopke Posted 21st Dec 2015 at 11:25 PM - Updated 1st Jun 2018 at 7:35 AM by Nopke : updated conflicts
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
The SkyFix removes "walls" that made sun, moon, stars, meteors (in Seasons+ coding) and neighborhood skyboxes (in Nightlife+ coding) not visible on lots. This mod makes it possible to create a skybox that is not covered by the fading horizon (thanks to Lowedeus for the solution to this problem). See screenshots for a simple explanation.
Update (15 APR 17): Added a fixed version for Mac. The snow texture outside of the lot doesn't flash purple anymore.
Update (7 APR 17): SkyFix 2 eats up terrain paints and floors on other lots. Fixed in the new version (2.1).

If you have an old version of this mod (simNopke-skyFix-xxx or simNopke-skyFix2-xxx), delete it first.
There are 4 versions of this mod. You need to choose only one – for the newest expansion pack you have installed. Note that Mansion and Garden Stuff is treated as an expansion pack 9 and other stuff packs – as an expansion pack 4.5.
  • simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6Bon Voyage or any newer expansion pack or Mansion and Garden Stuff on PC
  • simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6-MacBon Voyage on Mac
  • simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP5Seasons, or Seasons and any stuff pack except M&G
  • simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP2Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets or any stuff pack except M&G
  • simNopke-skyFix2_1-base – the base game or University
EP5, EP2 and base versions work fine on both PC and Mac.

Known bugs
None caused by this mod, but there is a bug you can't see without the SkyFix in Seasons or newer EP: double sun and double moon.

ConflictsIf you want to use one of those mods, use it instead of this mod – they have the SkyFix incorporated.

For creators of skyboxes
If you want to create a skybox that is properly layered and compatible with the SkyFix, you need to use the following values for the stdMatLayer parameter in the material file of your skybox:
  • -6 – sky (solid)
  • -5 – something between sky and horizon, for example clouds
  • -4 – horizons
Unfortunately, Maxis sun, moon, stars and meteors are on higher layers, so they are drawn after skyboxes.

Overriden resource
Type nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Maxis Material Shader0xCD7FE87A0x1C0532FA0xFF439C100x0C50FBBF
Shown skybox: The Great Sky of Totalitarianism (Rise of Communism) by Lowedeus.

Creators of SimPe

This is a multi-part download:

Use only one version of this mod.
Download files
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
simNopke-skyFix2_1-base.zip 1.9 KB 992 7th Apr 2017
simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP2.zip 2.1 KB 645 7th Apr 2017
simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP5.zip 4.4 KB 613 7th Apr 2017
simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6.zip 4.6 KB 7,965 7th Apr 2017
simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6-Mac.zip 4.8 KB 796 15th Apr 2017
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\


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

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Type: Fixed

Tags: #fix, #sky, #moon, #sun, #stars, #star, #meteor, #meteors, #comet, #comets