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*Working* Magazine Rack [UPD 29 jan 2009]

by Numenor Posted 25th Jun 2008 at 11:47 PM - Updated 14th Mar 2009 at 8:49 PM by Numenor : Restored missing attachment
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Store away all your magazines and books!
-- Updated 29 Jan 2009 --

29 JAN 2009 - BUGFIX
Fixed a bug that affected games with Seasons:
- the rack doesn't cause any more a "jump bug" whenever hovering the mouse over it;
- it's now possible to correctly study the extra subjects (charisma etc.) if there is a "Golden Bookcase" (SSN career reward) in the lot.
Thanks Amberkat for reporting.

29 OCT 2008 - UPDATE
Improvement: sims can read magazines at will, increasing their interest, without losing interest in other subjects (thus getting rid of the annoyance reported by MagicMoon here)
Bugfix: a rare jump bug occurred when clicking on the racks (see Aelflaed's report here).

16 SEPT 2008 - UPDATE
- Included the 5 new skills from Apartment Life
- Added 5 more languages (see below for complete list and credits)


Tidy up your home! All those magazines that usually clog your house, covering tables and floor, have finally found a nice place to be stored into!

  • You can store in the racks all the base-game magazines, the hobby magazines, the books (including the custom-written novels) and even the unattanded UNI assignments.
  • You can then pick back from the rack any of the stored magazine or book (not the assignments), read it at will, and then put it back into the rack.
  • The magazines, after a number of readings, become "old" and can't be read any more (this apply to the base-game one, too!).
  • The maid, and any sim "influenced" to clean, will automatically put away all books, magazines and UNI assignments.
  • Lost&Found magazines: all the rack by default contain the lost "money" magazine (base-game) and also the lost "Entertainment Hobby" (FT required).
  • Lost&Found animation "View Centerfold": while reading, the sims will randomly play this funny animation.
  • The Magazine Rack comes in two versions: vertical and horizontal; the horizontal can become a simple pile of magazines by applying the "invisible" recolour provided in the package.
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The racks are compatible with any game (tested from base-game to Apartment Life). Depending on your game, some additional features may become available.
  • Common features, available in all games:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "interest" magazines (i.e. the ones bought from the community vending racks);
    • store into/pick from the rack reading and study books;
    • Lost&Found "Money" magazine + Lost&Found "Centerfold" animation;
    • Automatic cleaning by maid.
  • If you have University:
    • the unattended assignments can be "stored" in the rack (actually, deleted from the game). The assignments owned by playable sims are not removed; the assignments currently in use by any sims are not removed;
    • Automatic clean-up by sims "influenced" to clean.
  • If you have FreeTime:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "hobby" magazines (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • store into/pick from the rack the custom-written novels (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • Lost&Found "Entertainment" magazine.
  • If you have Open for Business:
    • DON'T try to sell books in your store using this rack; and don't try to sell the rack itself: the OFB functions are disabled and won't work This is a residential object, after all .
  • If you have Apartment Life:
    • You can study the 5 new skills.

Note: Multiple racks - You can put as many racks as you want in your house, but they work as in real life: if you store a magazine into one rack, don't expect to find it in all the other racks!
On the other hand, the standard bookcase functions (reading books, studying books, custom novels) work like the Maxis bookcases: all the books are shared between all the bookcases (including the rack).

Note: Pie Menu - Most of the pie menu entries have been modified to make them consistent with the idea of "magazine" (e.g. Study/Parenting has become Browse Monthly Review/"Children: User Manual" ); I only speak English and Italian, and several users helped translating the menu into new languages, but some players might read the usual text.

In the attached rar you will find two Racks (horizontal and vertical), and a Magazine. All the three packages must be put in your Downloads folder.
NOTE: The Magazine is always required for the Racks to work; on the other hand, if you don't like one of the two racks, you can safely discard it.

You can recolour the racks by following two alternate methods.
  1. (Preferable) Using the TEMPLATES - Download the recolour templates from this thread; Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen template (racks or magazines); then choose "CLONE" (attention: not "recolour"!) and proceed; when the clone is created, just replace the texture with your own. This method will create ONE recolour package (for either the wooden part or the magazines) that works for BOTH racks at the same time.
  2. Following the general recolouring tutorial - Keep in mind that the vertical and horizontal racks are autonomous objects (they don't share the textures) and must be recoloured separately. Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen rack mesh (either the horizontal or the vertical); then choose "Recolour" and proceed. In the subset selection, I recommend to choose only one subset (either "magazines" or "rack"). Finish the recolour following the tutorial.

The "vertical" rack is based on a mesh originally created by Boblishman for a different rack (working just as a normal bookcase) and posted here.
The horizontal meshes and the internal code were entirely made by myself.

Polygon Counts:
Vertical rack: 590 faces, 954 vertices
Horizontal rack: 1316 faces, 1953 vertices
Magazine template: zero (it uses the Maxis mesh already in game)

Languages currently included in the racks (some languages don't have the exact magazine names, but it's not important):
- English (by Numenor) - Italian (by Numenor) - German (by Frizelbliz) - Spanish (by Man1968) - Swedish (by Stimy) - French (by SeasonPink) - Polish (by domilika) - Urdu-Romanised (in the Hindi language) (by ieta_cassiopeia) - Japanese (by mijiki-kun) - Norwegian (by Annapast) - Portuguese (by Ocorreia) - Brazilian (by DaniloFTS and Larissamenezes) - Thai (by The T) - Russian (by Shoukeir).

Thanks a lot to anyone provided the translations! By now, I don't plan to add more languages.
Tags: #magazine rack

Style: Contemporary
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: 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
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Size: 211.8 KB · Downloads: 33,533 · 29th Jan 2009
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Size: 41.1 KB · Downloads: 28,685 · 4th Jul 2008
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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 the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#151 Old 17th Jul 2008 at 12:41 PM
You realize, don't you, that every time you create another brilliant and unique object it means more than ever that you can never leave here :)

Once again, thank you so much. You are so good to *us*.

Test Subject
#152 Old 17th Jul 2008 at 5:44 PM

I love this object, but....

I am sorry, but it seems that this object stops the maid from doing anything. He/She just stops three squares from this object and then just stand still. I have all the stuff packs and exp packs. Is this a common problem or is it just my game? I tried the rack in two different lots and the maid stop working, when I deleted the rack, she/he started to work again.

I hope you take this as constructive feedback, because it is a great object and if it works, it will be one of only five downloads that I actually use.

With respect, AnneMarit2.

Ford: "you'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasantly like being drunk."
Arthur: "What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
Ford: "You ask a glass of water."
Lab Assistant
#153 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 4:29 AM
I can't wait to use this in my game and start receiving the magazines again....can't wait to see the new magazines included and the centerfold animations.....thank you so much....
Test Subject
#154 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 4:33 PM
Eee, I downloaded it. What is it under in Buy Mode? (Im such a noob).
Ty x
Test Subject
#155 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 5:20 PM
This worked, but after I placed it my game crashed.
Field Researcher
#156 Old 23rd Jul 2008 at 4:41 AM
awesome! I had stopped buying magazines because they made the house too messy, but now the maid puts them neatly away for me everyday. You're great!
Field Researcher
#157 Old 23rd Jul 2008 at 4:41 AM
Originally Posted by Tibbywhistle
Eee, I downloaded it. What is it under in Buy Mode? (Im such a noob).
Ty x

hobbies, knowledge (with the bookcases)
Test Subject
#158 Old 24th Jul 2008 at 12:57 PM
Here is the Russian translation
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip (1.2 KB, 10 downloads)
Field Researcher
#159 Old 29th Jul 2008 at 9:34 AM
thank you very much

I can't speak read and write english. I'm sorry if you can't understand!.
Mad Poster
#160 Old 2nd Aug 2008 at 4:19 AM
I should have known this would be an amazing post, although I had been ignoring cause I have too much CC. Finally looked at it today and this is amazing!! Now my sims can have the hobby subscriptions back, now I have someplace to put them. I like others was sick of magazines all over the yard. Yay!!

I wonder, since you posted that custom written books can be stored. If so, I won't have to worry about losing them when a sim moves. I should be able to pick up the rack in inventory and move them with the book included. I hope so, will be trying it out.

Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Test Subject
#161 Old 10th Aug 2008 at 6:49 PM
Wow... THis is amazing. It was JUST what i was looking for. Thanks a lot :D
Lab Assistant
#162 Old 11th Aug 2008 at 4:06 PM
I don't remember seeing where it is in the menu. I downloaded it but can't seem to find it
Lab Assistant
#163 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 1:03 PM
Thank you soo much. So exactly what is needed.

I didn't let my sims take subscriptions any more, and now, thanks to you, they'll have the pleasure to read their favorite magazines. (And I'll have the pleasure of watching them looking at the centerfold. "La cerise sur le gâteau", as we say in french.)

The small thumbs up button wasn't enough to say how pleased I am to have this in my game. So thanks again.
Lab Assistant
#164 Old 13th Aug 2008 at 2:35 PM
Finally a way to clear up all the magazines without having to buy a bunch of tables to put them on! Yay!

Many, many Thanks Numenor!

"If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague."
Lab Assistant
#165 Old 25th Aug 2008 at 5:00 PM
Wow ! You're on the "Object Weekly" cover. xD
Amazing job Numenor. I really needed something like that.

I cannot take requests now.

Lab Assistant
#166 Old 7th Sep 2008 at 10:08 PM
It's great! I didn't even remember I needed something like this! Thanks!
Test Subject
#167 Old 16th Sep 2008 at 3:26 AM
Will this be updated for AL with the new life skills any time soon? Thanks Numenor!
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#168 Old 16th Sep 2008 at 8:41 AM
Default Update
Store away all your magazines and books!
-- Updated 16 Sept 2008 --

16 SEPT 2008 - UPDATE
- Included the 5 new skills from Apartment Life
- Added 5 more languages
: Norwegian (by Annapast) - Portuguese (by Ocorreia) - Brazilian (by DaniloFTS and Larissamenezes) - Thai (by The T) - Russian (by Shoukeir).

Thanks a lot to anyone provided the translations! By now, I don't plan to add more languages.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#169 Old 17th Sep 2008 at 5:40 PM
It's great! Thank you!
Test Subject
#170 Old 20th Sep 2008 at 1:35 AM
Thanks Numenor!
Mad Poster
#171 Old 21st Sep 2008 at 5:51 PM
Thought I should point out you forgot to capitalise one of the new study titles in English. I can't remember which at this moment but thought I should say while I thought about it.

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Field Researcher
#172 Old 10th Oct 2008 at 8:28 PM
Originally Posted by m618915
I was testing this today and I noticed something. Base game magazines have 3 reading options/subjects (when magazine has not been in rack). However, when Sim puts it in magazine rack and takes it out it only gives “Read magazine” option. Is it supposed to be this way?

Originally Posted by Numenor

m618915 - I didn't mention this in the instructions because people usually don't read long instructions
Yes, it is meant to be this way. In the original magazines you can choose to read (and improve your knowledge about) one out of three "interests". In my magazines (the magazines become "my" magazines as soon as you put them in the rack for the first time), you can only "Read Magazine", but the magazine will automatically improve the "interest" that you have to lowest level (among the three included in the magazine). If you put it down and start again reading, you will automatically increase a second interest, and so on. Try reading magazines keeping the interests panel open and watch the interest grow

I'm curious about this because the game only seems to allot a certain amount of interest points so that when you gain interest in one area, you lose it in another. Pescado even has a mod that decreases the loss (interestloss), but still doesn't eliminate it. Because of this I have been very careful when reading magazines, only reading those interests that I specifically want to raise. Because the game's magazines turn into your magazines, does it now bypass this limitation?

Will Sims read anything from your rack autonomously?

Running: Sims2, Uni, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons, BV, FT & AL. Patched.
#173 Old 10th Oct 2008 at 8:42 PM
Originally Posted by magicmoon
Will Sims read anything from your rack autonomously?
I know that I have seen resident Sims Write in Diary autonomously, and I have seen visiting Sims Read Magazine autonomously. I don`t recall for sure, but I believe that I have seen resident Sims Read Book autonomously. Other than that, I don`t recall seeing any autonomous use of the rack, though I can`t say that they can`t.

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#174 Old 10th Oct 2008 at 11:07 PM Last edited by Numenor : 29th Oct 2008 at 10:26 AM.
MagicMoon - I confess this is a problem that I didn't take in account, when creating the magazine rack; I was actually convinced that there was a slow decay in interests, but I didn't know that raising one interest causes a loss in another one. Now I've examined the game routines and I can confirm this, but fixing this would be quite difficult (and would cause the pie menu to become huge!).

I can only say that the interest grow is determined by the global game code, not by some code included in the rack; and therefore the interests are managed exactly the same way as the standard game magazines. This means also that Pescado's fix will work with my rack too. I know that this is not enough, if you want to keep full control on your sims' interest levels, but I'm not planning to change this particular behaviour of the rack. If this can help, keep in mind that the magazines will be "Maxis" magazines until they are not put in the rack: if you buy a magazine and never put it in the rack, you'll be able to select the interest to raise.
EDIT: RACKS NOW MODIFIED TO ALLOW UNLIMITED INTERESTS; Pescado's fix is now useless with magazines taken from the rack (it still applie to magazines freshly bought from the Maxis vending racks)

As for the second question, the interaztions of the rack are the same (though with different names) as a standard bookcase; most of the interactions (excluding the "Study" ones) are theoretichally autonomous, but the bookcases (and my rack) don't advertise any fun for them; as a consequence, the sims could read magazines and Freetime books spontaneously, bu never choose to do so.
The only interactions advertised as funny (and therefore spontaneously chosen by the sims) are: read a book (generic books), write in diary and read to toddler.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
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