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#1 Old 29th Aug 2011 at 1:30 AM Last edited by simsample : 24th Mar 2017 at 12:09 AM. Reason: Updated S3PE link
Default Modding objects to show up in CAW Metadata
This is how to mod objects to make them show up in CAW Metadata.
This method was devised by GiLaNg, as posted here and here.

You need S3Pe:
http://www.simlogical.com/s3pe.htm

If it is a custom object you are modding, you can just open the file in S3PE and find the OBJD, mod it and save the package.

If you want to mod an in-game object, then you will need to find the OBJD in the game files, and import that to a new package, so that you are overriding the game files.

I always find the OBJD of the object by looking in the the game data files (for example, Electronic Arts \The Sims 3 \GameData \Shared \Packages \DeltaBuild0.package). Then I extract the OBJD to a file, and import that to a new file in S3Pe. Whiterider has a slightly different method for finding an OBJD:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=445779


Once you have your OBJD imported to a new file, click on the OBJD and click 'grid' at the bottom of the page:

Click the + next to Common Block, change it to 0x0000000E and click Commit (at the bottom of the window).

Now, click Grid again to open up the window, and you will see a new option in CommonBlock- IsVisibleInWorldBuilder. Change the option to True.

Change the BuildCategory Flags to 0x00008000 to make it show up in Misc objects (or 0x00001000 to group it with trees, or 0x00002000 to group it with Rocks).

Click Commit, then save your file. Now, you can put that file in your CAW framework and your object will show up in CAW metadata.
http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title...p:CAW_Framework
If you also put it in your Game Framework then it will show up in the World Editor bit of Sims 3, too.

NOTE: Anyone using a world made with EA/ in-game objects modded to show up in CAW will not need your mod installed to use the world. They will show up just fine, as they are already in-game objects. This mod just allows the objects to show up in the CAW catalog (metadata).

However, if you are modding a custom object to show in CAW, users of your world will need to have the custom object in their Mods folder. They won't need to have your version, modded to show up in CAW, installed though.

If people install your modded items to their in-game Mods folder, note that the objects will also show up in-game in the world editor screen. This may be desirable if you are modding a small item, but perhaps not so desirable if you are modding something like a distant terrain.

Thanks Bakafox for pointing this out!
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#2 Old 29th Aug 2011 at 3:11 AM
Oh yes, this tutorial comes so in for a need!

One thing I noticed though, do you mean with " extract the OBJD to a file, and import that to a new file in S3Pe. " that the file should be exported to a *package*, not to a file? Because I first exported to a file and when trying to open the file in S3PE it gave me a error message.

I bumped into two problematic things on the first go. I was trying to work with the adult's bike, but in CommonBlock, I can't see the Version as in your picture... :/ I linked a pic if it could help.
I tried it out with a picnic table too, and the same thing came up again.

Another thing was that when I was trying to clone LN objects from Fullbuild with s3oc, I got an error message. Is there something that you'd need to do different when trying this with EP objects?
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#3 Old 29th Aug 2011 at 4:57 AM
Hey Arisuka, what I meant is to click File> New in S3Pe, then click Resource> Import from file and browse to your exported OBJD.

For your second problem, what version of S3PE are you using? I have the latest one and can see the version in common blobk for that object, in DeltaBuild0.

For your question about S3oc, no idea since I hardly ever use it. Perhaps post the error message over on the S3PI site?
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#4 Old 31st Oct 2011 at 4:43 PM Last edited by bakafox : 1st Nov 2011 at 7:02 AM.
Query- to show in normal game again if I mod some CC to be usable in CAW, will users need my modified, or will the original object files without modification let them see things in game?

EDIT- Tested myself and found out that the modded is not needed by player, just original thingy (I guess so long as you're not changing object ID?). Noting this here for anyone else that shares my confusion later.
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#5 Old 2nd Nov 2011 at 11:34 AM
Thanks for that, Bakafox- you found out the answer before I could post! I've added a note in the first post to inform other people of that, thank you for reminding me of it!

I would urge people who share modded resources using this method to make it clear on the download thread, too- as I have done with my Riverview/ Twinbrook objects.
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#6 Old 4th Apr 2012 at 7:20 PM
Can I just check, changing version to E would only apply if your commonblock version was earlier than E? Cos if it was a higher version (if higher versions exist) then that field IsVisibleInWorldBuilder would already be there ready to use, wouldn't it?

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#7 Old 4th Apr 2012 at 9:40 PM
I would assume so, but I would need someone who does more modding than me to confirm this. Most of what I do is just to get stuff to show up in CAW!
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#8 Old 17th Jul 2012 at 9:13 PM
Thank you! I have been wanting to plant custom vegetation -- more varieties of palm trees, and assorted tropical shrubs and flowers -- around town, not just on lots. Now I know how to make them available.
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#9 Old 14th Aug 2012 at 11:42 PM
So glad I managed to find this thread again. Seems EA decided to add one of the new Pets fence POSTS to CAW but not the actual fence itself! Now I can actually use it. :D

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#10 Old 16th Aug 2012 at 10:21 PM
danceguy and Menaceman44- don't forget, you can also share what you mod in our resources section if you like:
http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=625
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#11 Old 23rd Aug 2012 at 4:54 AM Last edited by auntielynds : 24th Aug 2012 at 6:50 PM.
I just want to check to make sure I did this correctly before I share. I used this tutorial with help from this thread:
Distance terrain disappearing when editing Hidden Springs.

I copied the Lucky Palms.world file from my installed worlds, and put it in its own folder.
Opened s3oc, clicked "File" "Open Package"
Selected the Lucky Palms.world file I just copied.
Selected the "terrain distant_dw5 OBJD", clicked "Clone or Fix..."
Ticked "Make Clone", "Create Missing String Tables", & "Enable Compression"




This is where I have a few questions:

The first time I did this I opened the resulting .package up in s3pe, per the instructions.
Changed the "Common Block" to 0x0000000E and clicked "Commit"
(The "IsVisibleInWorldBuilder" was already on "True".)
Changed the "BuildCategory Flags" to 0x00008000 and clicked "Commit".

I dropped this in my Caw framework, and was unable to find it in the meta data. Now, I think it was there, I just didn't search the right word. In the mean time, I redid the first steps in s3oc, but forgot to do the S3PE bit. I dropped the new one in my Caw framework, and this time found it listed under "Distant Desert".

My questions is, will this .package be good to go, even without editing the OBJD in s3pe?

On a side note, I placed the new DT on a new map, exported it, and it showed up in game.

This is my first .package, so I want to make sure it's good.
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#12 Old 25th Aug 2012 at 1:43 PM
Yes, if I remember correctly they already enabled the LP DT for metadata. So you just need to put your package in your in-game Mods folder to have it show up in your custom worlds.

If it works then go ahead and share it, no better test than letting others try it!
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#13 Old 27th Aug 2012 at 5:09 AM
Great, Thanks SS
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#14 Old 27th Aug 2012 at 9:22 AM
In case anyone hasn't seen this, auntielynds put the LP Distant Desert up in the CAW Resources section:
http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=485395
Please test it out for her!
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#15 Old 12th Feb 2013 at 7:04 PM
I wonder... If I clone a rabbithole this way, will I be able to use it without a slow-loaded lot? One way to find out I guess!
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#16 Old 12th Feb 2013 at 10:04 PM
Nope, I have done this thrice now and it does not show up in CAW så I guess not.
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#17 Old 25th Mar 2013 at 8:51 PM
If you were to change an object with a pattern to show up in the metadata, would texture like the multiplier/mask + pattern, show, or would all the textures have to be like an overlay?
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#18 Old 15th Nov 2014 at 2:58 PM
Default How?
Your tuts are super hopeful! and i love your lay out.
I'm a new modder and i'm trying to "recolor" an object from create a world...(retaining wall) but unfortunately i can't find the OBJD because i dont know where to look.

please help!



Quote:
Originally Posted by simsample
This is how to mod objects to make them show up in CAW Metadata.
This method was devised by GiLaNg, as posted here and here.

You need S3Pe:
http://dino.drealm.info/den/denforu....php?board=19.0

If it is a custom object you are modding, you can just open the file in S3PE and find the OBJD, mod it and save the package.

If you want to mod an in-game object, then you will need to find the OBJD in the game files, and import that to a new package, so that you are overriding the game files.

I always find the OBJD of the object by looking in the the game data files (for example, Electronic Arts \The Sims 3 \GameData \Shared \Packages \DeltaBuild0.package). Then I extract the OBJD to a file, and import that to a new file in S3Pe. Whiterider has a slightly different method for finding an OBJD:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=445779


Once you have your OBJD imported to a new file, click on the OBJD and click 'grid' at the bottom of the page:

Click the + next to Common Block, change it to 0x0000000E and click Commit (at the bottom of the window).

Now, click Grid again to open up the window, and you will see a new option in CommonBlock- IsVisibleInWorldBuilder. Change the option to True.

Change the BuildCategory Flags to 0x00008000 to make it show up in Misc objects (or 0x00001000 to group it with trees, or 0x00002000 to group it with Rocks).

Click Commit, then save your file. Now, you can put that file in your CAW framework and your object will show up in CAW metadata.
http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title...p:CAW_Framework
If you also put it in your Game Framework then it will show up in the World Editor bit of Sims 3, too.

NOTE: Anyone using a world made with EA/ in-game objects modded to show up in CAW will not need your mod installed to use the world. They will show up just fine, as they are already in-game objects. This mod just allows the objects to show up in the CAW catalog (metadata).

However, if you are modding a custom object to show in CAW, users of your world will need to have the custom object in their Mods folder. They won't need to have your version, modded to show up in CAW, installed though.

If people install your modded items to their in-game Mods folder, note that the objects will also show up in-game in the world editor screen. This may be desirable if you are modding a small item, but perhaps not so desirable if you are modding something like a distant terrain.

Thanks Bakafox for pointing this out!
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#19 Old 28th Nov 2014 at 10:50 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sofia.4sims
Your tuts are super hopeful! and i love your lay out.
I'm a new modder and i'm trying to "recolor" an object from create a world...(retaining wall) but unfortunately i can't find the OBJD because i dont know where to look.

please help!


Sorry I didn't respond sooner, this forum has been a bit quiet since 4 came out, and I forget to look up here in the tutorial section.

I have a tutorial Here that may be what you're looking for, if not I can help you through the steps.
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#20 Old 25th May 2017 at 10:45 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsample
This is how to mod objects to make them show up in CAW Metadata.
This method was devised by GiLaNg, as posted here and here.

You need S3Pe:
http://www.simlogical.com/s3pe.htm

If it is a custom object you are modding, you can just open the file in S3PE and find the OBJD, mod it and save the package.

If you want to mod an in-game object, then you will need to find the OBJD in the game files, and import that to a new package, so that you are overriding the game files.

I always find the OBJD of the object by looking in the the game data files (for example, Electronic Arts \The Sims 3 \GameData \Shared \Packages \DeltaBuild0.package). Then I extract the OBJD to a file, and import that to a new file in S3Pe. Whiterider has a slightly different method for finding an OBJD:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=445779


Once you have your OBJD imported to a new file, click on the OBJD and click 'grid' at the bottom of the page:

Click the + next to Common Block, change it to 0x0000000E and click Commit (at the bottom of the window).

Now, click Grid again to open up the window, and you will see a new option in CommonBlock- IsVisibleInWorldBuilder. Change the option to True.

Change the BuildCategory Flags to 0x00008000 to make it show up in Misc objects (or 0x00001000 to group it with trees, or 0x00002000 to group it with Rocks).

Click Commit, then save your file. Now, you can put that file in your CAW framework and your object will show up in CAW metadata.
http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title...p:CAW_Framework
If you also put it in your Game Framework then it will show up in the World Editor bit of Sims 3, too.

NOTE: Anyone using a world made with EA/ in-game objects modded to show up in CAW will not need your mod installed to use the world. They will show up just fine, as they are already in-game objects. This mod just allows the objects to show up in the CAW catalog (metadata).

However, if you are modding a custom object to show in CAW, users of your world will need to have the custom object in their Mods folder. They won't need to have your version, modded to show up in CAW, installed though.

If people install your modded items to their in-game Mods folder, note that the objects will also show up in-game in the world editor screen. This may be desirable if you are modding a small item, but perhaps not so desirable if you are modding something like a distant terrain.

Thanks Bakafox for pointing this out!

I know this is a old thread, but I followed this exactly and it worked for a plane I wanted in world editor to put on my aiports runway. I have one issue for some reason the object turns bright green. Can you possibly tell me why?
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#21 Old 26th May 2017 at 6:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JessykaSim
I know this is a old thread, but I followed this exactly and it worked for a plane I wanted in world editor to put on my aiports runway. I have one issue for some reason the object turns bright green. Can you possibly tell me why?

Can you show us a screenshot of that?
Test Subject
#22 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 3:42 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsample
Can you show us a screenshot of that?
I have the same problem. here's a screenshot. http://imgur.com/a/mFkyi
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