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BodyShop Mechanic [Updated March 14 2009]

by Dr Pixel Posted 9th May 2007 at 12:21 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 9:11 PM by Nysha
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BodyShop Mechanic v .36B by Dr Pixel

Released March 14, 2009

Bodyshop Mechanic is Copyrighted 2006 - 2009 and is not to be distributed on other sites.

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NEW! Added a Rename/Copy section to make it easy to handle your finished
Bodyshop package files.

NEW! Updated the Remove Projects section.

See the Help Manual for full details.
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Bodyshop Mechanic works with any combination of expansions and stuff-packs.

This program is for Windows users only. No other files are necessary, if you can play The Sims2 game on your Windows computer, it should work for you.

It uses a standard Windows installer, and includes a complete Help manual.

BodyShop Mechanic is a simple program that gives you a little better control of the BodyShop program that comes with the Sims2 game, and lets you easily control many useful user-created Bodyshop enhancements.

It will NOT work with the pre-release version of BodyShop, only with the versions that are installed along with the game itself.

You can:

Choose the size of the BodyShop window (800 x 600 - or - 1024 x 768)

Get BodyShop to re-create it's thumbnails. This is useful if you have some bad thumbnails in BodyShop. This will not fix the bad thumbnails unless you have corrected the problem that caused them - most often this is a missing mesh file, or a flawed mesh edit.

Remove old BodyShop projects that are cluttering up the Projects list.
This will not harm your finished projects, once you have imported them into the game the project files are no longer needed and are wasting space and causing BodyShop to load slowly.

Remove any unwanted project folders - these are also not needed after you have imported them into the game.

Hide The SavedSims and/or the Downloads folders from Bodyshop.

Change the background picture/color used in BodyShop at any time.

For the background picture you can choose any bmp, jpg, or png image you have, of any size. You have the option to tile or resize the image to fill the whole Bodyshop window.

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You can also easily control several user-created Bodyshop add-ons:

You can change the lighting brightness using Wes Howe's enhanced lighting files.

You can change the default "hands on hips" mannequin pose to any one of many available user-created poses. There are instructions included for creating your own pose files if you like.

You can control Windkeeper's Bodyshop Enhancement files. These are the default screen replacements, the mannequin skintone replacements, and the invisible undies for skintone creators.

The help manual has complete instructions and download links for all these files.

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The "Run Bodyshop" button will start Bodyshop with the chosen settings.

You will still be able to change the background while BodyShop is running.

All other features can only be used when BodyShop is not running, and will be disabled while BodyShop is running.

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That's all there is for now, I hope you find it useful.

Dr Pixel
Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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.

Sims 2
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BodyshopMechanic.zip

Size: 1.32 MB · Downloads: 19,356 · 10th Mar 2009
1.32 MB 19,356 10th Mar 2009
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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Test Subject
#51 Old 1st Apr 2008 at 6:46 PM
That's so awesome thanks!!!

I just don't get people who say they "don't listen to music."
That's just wrong, that's like saying you hate life...
Instructor
#52 Old 26th Apr 2008 at 9:48 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SparkleSim
It's freakin' awesome! However, I did put the files in a folder (I called the folder 'Bodyshop Mechanic') and then put that folder in: MyDocuments/EA games/Sims 2/Config like you said but the poses and lightings are still greyed out. Are you supposed to put both the notepad and the "pocketknife thing" in that folder? Or are you supposed to put something somewhere else? Do you separate the two?


It does not matter where you put the folder with the Mechanic in it. I have mine on a different drive. BUT you should put the lighting and pose files in MyDocuments/EA games/Sims 2/Config.

I have just discovered the Mechanic and I LOVE it.
I have all EPs including FreeTime and the only thing it does not do is that it does not start Bodyshop. I select all settings, poses, background etc. with the Mechanic, click 'Launch' and then just launch the Bodyshp manually.

Thank you, Dr Pixel.
Test Subject
#53 Old 1st May 2008 at 8:00 AM
it's really amazing thing, but can you do it for free time?
Test Subject
#54 Old 29th May 2008 at 5:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by prettyteddybear
it's really amazing thing, but can you do it for free time?


I agree. I used to use this program and LOVE IT and I am super sad that it doesn't work with Free Time. It made making screen shots for character pics wonderful.
Field Researcher
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Test Subject
#55 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 12:03 AM
I don't know why, but every time I try to choose a new background, the program crashes. It worked before Free Time, so I guess it's just not compatible, anymore. Kinda sad...
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 31st Jul 2008 at 1:27 AM
Default help
when i try to start the bodyshop i get a message

The Sims 2 Body Shop has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

TASH

http://passionssims2com.page.tl/

my own website. check it out
Unsocialized Homeschooler
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Unsocialized Homeschooler
#57 Old 19th Aug 2008 at 3:54 AM
Hey guys, everything but the "Run Bodyshop" button works with FT
Select your poses, lighting, background, or what ever, and then manualy open up bodyshop. (Desktop icon or Start - All Programs - EA Games - The Sims 2 Free Time - The Sims 2 Bodyshop) just keep BSM open while loading it, and you will be able to have all of your poses and such.

Hope I could help anyone!
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 8th Sep 2008 at 9:32 AM
I Love, love, LOVE Bodyshop Mechanic and see it as an essential mod. Is there any chance at all that it can be configured to work with Apartment Life please?
Thanks for sharing, Dr. Pixel!!

In memory of my sister who died suddenly on 25th April,2005. Mum and I love you, hun, and we miss you so much. xx
Test Subject
#59 Old 1st Oct 2008 at 1:50 AM
Hey Doc, I'm havin a bit of trouble here. I have the Double Deluxe version of Sims 2, and I can't find the correct folder for the files.

Any ideas?
Instructor
#60 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 12:53 PM
I have all the expansion packs & stuff packs and this is not working for me. I even tried the suggestion of setting it all, pressing the run BodyShop button and manually starting BodyShop but it changes nothing. I would really like to work with BodyShop at full screen. I am not so bothered by the poses and things. Can anyone help?
Zen

Should add...I have all packs up to Apartment Life!

www.crystalgecko.co.uk

Never wake a sleeping Dragon...for you are small and crunchy and taste good with ketchup!
Test Subject
#61 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 5:52 AM
I have Everything up to Apartment life and I just downloaded this it is Great THANK YOU !!! All I did to get it to work was set my settings to what I wanted, Keeping BSM open, then manually opened BodyShop in my ApartmentLife Folder in Start menu...
Instructor
#62 Old 27th Oct 2008 at 2:23 PM
yep...I tried that too (after reading your message). The first time I tried it Body Shop wouldn't open with the Mechanic running. Then I tried it via the actual program in the EA/AL folder and it did run but not using any of the settings I wanted...
Any ideas, I would love to use this program full screen.
Zen

www.crystalgecko.co.uk

Never wake a sleeping Dragon...for you are small and crunchy and taste good with ketchup!
Instructor
#63 Old 30th Nov 2008 at 10:08 PM
Should work more seamlessly...
It's been almost a year since the last update;when will this be updated?

22 I will give him the key to the house of David. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.
Scholar
Original Poster
#64 Old 2nd Dec 2008 at 12:40 AM
The problem is that with each new expansion or stuff-pack, Maxis moves BodyShop into a new folder - and they don't put the actual folder name of the new expansion into the registry so the program can't look it up...

I myself do not have any of the more recent expansions or stuff-packs.

However I am working on an updated version which (hopefully) let you manually update the program whenever you install a new expansion pack by selecting the proper folder.

This should be available in the next week or two.
Field Researcher
#65 Old 2nd Dec 2008 at 10:10 PM
Thanks, Dr. Pixel! I had no idea how much I'd bene relying upon the mechanic until I installed Apartment Life, and lost the ability to see Bodyshop full screen (poses, background, etc. still worked, which is great)! Really appreciate your hard work!
Test Subject
#66 Old 16th Dec 2008 at 1:47 AM Last edited by pipatrada : 16th Dec 2008 at 2:34 AM.
ZenFrog76 i have the same problem like you, after i finished setting i press run button and my Bodyshop work great only poses, background, light but full screen doesn't work i want to cry. I used Thai language.

I really would to use full screen. I don't know what i have done something wrong.. i tried to delete the program and install again but still doesn't work, it's work great for my friends but not me maybe i have no luck. But anyway thanks so much for the useful program.
Test Subject
#67 Old 16th Dec 2008 at 1:52 AM
Thanks, Dr. Pixel, this is great!
But I'm afraid I'm having a little problem... I've used this several times and it worked perfectly, but then I used a pose created by me with the method you described (I don't know if that was the problem, anyway) and now everytime I try to use another pose, the same one shows up over and over (one where the sim is walking). I've tried moving all of the anim files to another folder, but even when I'm given no choice but to start with the original pose, the sim is still in that walking pose. Any ideas? What files does BS Mechanic modify? because I also tried deleting the program and the ini file but no change.
Thanks a lot, I hope it is easy to solve because it's very very useful... and sorry for my non-native English :-)
Test Subject
#68 Old 16th Dec 2008 at 3:43 AM
Yay! An update! Thank you so much! =3
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 17th Dec 2008 at 6:45 PM
Great!
Now I can finally see the clothes and other stuff in Body Shop, great work!
Scholar
Original Poster
#70 Old 17th Dec 2008 at 10:14 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ginger_Ale
Thanks, Dr. Pixel, this is great!
But I'm afraid I'm having a little problem... I've used this several times and it worked perfectly, but then I used a pose created by me with the method you described (I don't know if that was the problem, anyway) and now everytime I try to use another pose, the same one shows up over and over (one where the sim is walking). I've tried moving all of the anim files to another folder, but even when I'm given no choice but to start with the original pose, the sim is still in that walking pose. Any ideas? What files does BS Mechanic modify? because I also tried deleting the program and the ini file but no change.
Thanks a lot, I hope it is easy to solve because it's very very useful... and sorry for my non-native English :-)


The Bodyshop Mechanic really does not alter any files at all. It just renames the pose and lighting files that you have put into the ...Config\ folder by changing the extension from ".package" to ".off" on the files you have not selected, and making sure the ones that you did select have the extension ".package"

The Bodyshop Mechanic does not check any other folders besides the "...config\" folder.

However the game will use the pose and lighting files if they are in any of the various folders the game reads, such as "...downloads\", "...Saved Sims\", etc.

If you have accidentally put your pose file into another one of these folders it will still be used by BodyShop so you must remove it by going into the folder and deleting it.

BodyShop Mechanic will also not recognize the pose file if it was not named correctly, but the game will still use it no matter what the name is, so check for that too.
Test Subject
#71 Old 18th Dec 2008 at 7:36 PM
Thank you very very much, I'll check the other folders :-)
I love your program
Test Subject
#72 Old 29th Dec 2008 at 5:21 AM
Today is my luck! just now i try to press run "Bodyshop" button it's work now!
i'm very happy.
Test Subject
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