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Testers Wanted: Color Binning Tool

by Theo Posted 28th Apr 2006 at 7:14 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 10:20 PM by Nysha
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Color Binning Tool

The color binning tool is a custom plugin for SimPE 0.63+

Its purpose is to change custom hair packages so that custom hair recolors appear in the standard color bins.

It was designed to be easy to use: on each standard color tab, you can load a hair package file; after you load the four packages into their respective bins, you can save the result.

There is no need to edit any PropertySet, as the binning logic is already done for you.

More information and some tutorials can be found in the plugin's website:

- Extract the file theos.gbct.plugin.dll
- Copy it into SimPE's Plugins folder, which in a default installation is at C:\Program Files\SimPE\Plugins
- Run SimPE and verify that you have a menu item named "Color Binning Tool" under SimPE's Tools menu.

Basic Usage
After the plugin is installed, start SimPE.

On the Tools menu, click on the "Color Binning Tool" item, and the plugin's main window should appear. Initially, the "Black" color tab is selected by default.

Use the "Package" menu or the context menu to load a package file into the selected tab. Repeat this process for the other tabs (Brown, Blond and Red).

You can select which age groups you wish to keep or remove on each color tab. You must pay special attention to the fact that a properly binned hair should have only one elder (grey) recolor, so you must choose carefully one elder recolor out of the four available.

On most cases you can ignore the Grey and Custom tabs, so you may proceed to review the package options (available in the menu Package->Options), and finally save the resulting package files.

I would like to thank to everyone that contributed to this project, and in particular to Motoki, for giving the momentum that started this project; Pinhead, whose invaluable knowledge put the code right on track again; and of course all the folks at MATY that were willing to test the plugin on its early stages.
Operating System:
      Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc
Utility Type:
      CC Editors: Tools for modifying .package files, sims*pack files, and resources contained within those files.
Plugin Type:
      SimPE: Plugins for SimPE

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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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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#151 Old 25th Aug 2007 at 11:59 AM
Does anyone know if there is an updated version of this? I just updated SimPE and now I cant find this Plugin in the Tools menu.

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#152 Old 25th Aug 2007 at 5:02 PM
Originally Posted by PearDrops
Does anyone know if there is an updated version of this? I just updated SimPE and now I cant find this Plugin in the Tools menu.
This version of the The Color Binning Tool does work with the latest version of SimPE, version 0.62. I also lost this plugin after installing the latest SimPE, but I just needed to reinstall the Tool.
#153 Old 26th Aug 2007 at 8:14 PM Last edited by PearDrops : 26th Aug 2007 at 8:39 PM.
Originally Posted by Sophie-David
This version of the The Color Binning Tool does work with the latest version of SimPE, version 0.62. I also lost this plugin after installing the latest SimPE, but I just needed to reinstall the Tool.

Okay I'll reinstall this and see if it shows up again, thanks

[Edit: I reinstalled the Tool and still it doesn't show *Cries*]

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Forum Resident
#154 Old 28th Aug 2007 at 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by SparkleSim
There is just one thing I wanted to say. (Don't worry, I'm not mad. ) I just wanted to say that when I tried to open a hair package in "SavedSims", it took some time to load. I waited about 3 minutes. This could be one of my own problems, maybe I'm missing a plugin? Sorry, I was just wondering if maybe you can help me with that. I really appreciate everything you've done, Theo! :D

Nevermind! I got it to work OK, there's absolutly nothing wrong with your download at all. It's just my computer, when I first start simpe, the very first thing I load just comes very slow, but it started to speed up after that. So, no stress, everything's working! :D

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Field Researcher
#155 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 12:18 AM
This is great, thanks a lot :D
Lab Assistant
#156 Old 18th Sep 2007 at 4:56 PM
Thank you so much. This is really usefull

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Lab Assistant
#157 Old 26th Sep 2007 at 1:37 AM
Thnk YOU! You are my saviour! Awsome! Now I can bin all my content! Be prepared MTS2!
Test Subject
#158 Old 27th Sep 2007 at 4:44 PM
I know this is a stupid question more than likely but... I have my downloads sorted, I have meshes in a folder and hair textures in a folder. Before I begin color binning, how do I know which texture goes with which mesh if it's not clearly marked in the name by the creator, and what if the mesh creator is different from the texture creator and therefore have different names?
#159 Old 2nd Oct 2007 at 4:21 PM
I love it - It's very simple to use and does the job quickly. Thank you so very much for creating this useful tool plug-in.

Forum Resident
#160 Old 28th Oct 2007 at 9:53 PM
thank you, theo!
Test Subject
#161 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 7:59 PM
im completely new to this
im confused..
do i need to get 'simPE0.6' and if so where do i get it :\
I have sims 2 & the teen style stuff expansion pack, is that all i need?
Help please?
Thankssss x
Test Subject
#162 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 5:25 PM
Thanks for this program. I can now color bin all my custom hair.
Lab Assistant
#163 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 10:11 PM
I have trouble with new recoloured peggyhairs not showing up in bodyshop at all
after binning them, so they still only work in the custom bin in bodyshop..
It`s the same thing with some other recolours i tried to bin too.
Lab Assistant
3rd Dec 2007 at 10:48 PM
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Test Subject
#164 Old 9th Dec 2007 at 3:46 AM
Has anybody tried this with Bon Voyage and SimPE .62?

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Lab Assistant
#165 Old 12th Jan 2008 at 2:25 PM
Hi Theo, I've just color binned a haircut for the first time,
so thanx a lot for the handy program!

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Lab Assistant
#166 Old 24th Feb 2008 at 7:05 PM
You are an absolute lifesaver. I've been beating my head against a wall trying to figure out how to move hair from one bin to another. This plug in is so easy to use and it works beautifully. Thanks!!
Test Subject
#167 Old 19th Apr 2008 at 2:06 PM
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Field Researcher
#168 Old 4th May 2008 at 2:59 PM
So I guess if all your hairs are mixed up in one folder and you have no idea what's what, then you can't really use this tool, right?
Test Subject
#169 Old 26th May 2008 at 5:30 PM
thanx so much,it really a great work 4 us

I am not 100% fluent, but at least I am improving.
Lab Assistant
#170 Old 25th Jun 2008 at 12:48 AM
Originally Posted by starfleetcadet
So I guess if all your hairs are mixed up in one folder and you have no idea what's what, then you can't really use this tool, right?

I started over from scratch binning and as I binned I placed them in a new folder in my Hair Colors named "binned" and then I used sub folders to arrange them according to creator. It took a VERY long time to do this and even now I still find hair that I missed somehow. I am slowly trying to find those mis-binned ones. lol
Lab Assistant
#171 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 12:59 PM
Wow! This looks like it's a great program! I'm absolutely going to give this a shot when I get home! I was so disappointed to find out that 50% of the amazing hair meshes/textures I've downloaded over the past few months weren't binned, and that's why they weren't showing up
Lab Assistant
#172 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 8:19 PM Last edited by WolfoftheNyght : 2nd Jul 2008 at 8:27 PM.
This tool looks like it has a TON of potential.. maybe I'm doing something wrong however. I have version .66 of SimPE (the newest one) and the applet opens and functions with no issues However, once I finish binning hair and save the file, it saves it, puts it in a folder, then I open the Body shop, and it's still not binned! I have the options set as follows:

Under 'Output' I have 'Generate One package' checked and nothing else.

Now, when I open up the one package file that I generate, all the colors show up under the 'red' tab. Not sure why this is. I'm going to try and package them seperatly
and have the 'Rename Files' option checked. If you have any suggestions that would be great!

Edit: The ones I am trying to do are some XM recolors (by XM). I tried it the way I mentioned above, and still no results. They still show up in the custom bin. : /
Lab Assistant
#173 Old 3rd Jul 2008 at 5:47 PM
Thanks for this great tool! If you're still testing, and would like input, I have some...

Currently when doing a 'Save As' the filename portion of the pop up is blank -
I would like the 'Save As' filename to default to the original filename, so that I can just type 'BIN' at the end of the original filename to save...
Hope that makes sense... Thanks again!
Forum Resident
#174 Old 16th Aug 2008 at 4:24 AM
Again thanks for this great tool. I use it so much LOL. One problem that I have gotten lately is that I open the hair that was created in BS then go to bin it, and tada it is vanished. The file is disabled and there is no other copy of the new binned file. I thought possibly I had it assigned to the wrong folder, etc, but I can't find anything wrong in that department.

I am utterly confused since as I said I have never ever had a problem with it. I tried to restart simPE, restart the computer and same issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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