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[OUTDATED] Changing Lot size after building and/or playing (Archived)

by Andi8104 Posted 19th Jul 2006 at 4:03 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 10:20 PM by Nysha
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EDIT (by MTS2 Staff)
Unfortunately, as some of you already know, Andi8104 has prematurely deceased, and therefore the LotExpander is no more supported by him.
Luckily, some skillful users, Sorcerer and Mootilda, decided to continue developing this project.

The last (outdated) version released by Andi it attached to this post, and works with any game up to OFB included.

The current "latest version" is the Lot Expander by Mootilda; read the additional info and game compatibility at Mootilda's thread.

In any case keep in mind that the Lot Expander (any version) can break your lots, and damage you neighborhoods; therefore, if you don't make a backup of your neighborhood and suffer damages due to a (mis)usage of the Lot Expander, don't blame anyone but yourself


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(Original post by Andi8104)

First of all: sorry for my bad English. And at all the developers of you: sorry for the terrible coding.

Release 1.2.1:

A few bug fixes for the 'over the road' option.
E.g. the problem with the portals reported by Numenor is fixed.


Release 1.2:

Some bugs are fixed:

The problem with the 'flying' roofs, reported by TheCoffeeBear is solved now.

Sometimes there where some locked tiles on extended lots, so you can't build on it. This is fixed now.

Sometimes your Sims was buried or stick into walls after enlarging. This problem is not really fixed (The OBJT resources of the Sims are too complex for me, I think), but it is now easier to solve it. Just break up the actually action of such Sims and wait a few seconds. Now they were normally playable.

New Features:

You'll find a new Checkbox:

Checking it will bring you the following message, witch explains the functionality:


Now you also can choose the Next button without changing a value:



Release 1.1:
Now you can choose the direction of enlarging the lot.


Release 1.0:
I've written a little program to enlarge lots after building/playing:

LotExpander

It allows you to expand lots up to size 6 x 6 with a few mouse clicks (see pictures below). You can change both, Width and Height, in one Cycle. LotExpander offers English and German language GUI. You do no longer need SimPE or my Word macro for enlarging Lot. The problem described in post #8 is solved.

You need Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run LotExpander!

The program is using some DLLs from SimPE (included in Setup).
Big thanks for Quaxi for this and his whole work for the community!

LotExpander is released under GPL
You also can get the source code here.

Small Lots:
In attachment of this Post you'll find a complete set of Nx1 residential lots (N = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
These Lots are created with base game, so they will work with or without any EP.
If you are interested on Nx1 community lots, have a look at this post from MaryLou: #100
Moreover, there are some 1xN residential lots by Nightguy82 at Post #339
Now everyone can create lots of his/her wish size with LotExpander.
Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Save Editors
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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LotExpanderSource 1.2.1.zip

Size: 56.6 KB · Downloads: 8,047 · 29th Aug 2006
56.6 KB 8,047 29th Aug 2006
LotExpanderSetup 1.2.1.zip

Size: 625.3 KB · Downloads: 13,130 · 29th Aug 2006
625.3 KB 13,130 29th Aug 2006
X_x_1.rar

Size: 534.3 KB · Downloads: 8,675 · 24th Aug 2006
534.3 KB 8,675 24th Aug 2006
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
Need more information?
 
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The ModFather
retired moderator
#176 Old 16th Oct 2006 at 1:36 AM
Simz2Nut - Download the file "LotExpanderSetup 1.2.1.zip", and unpack it to your desktop (or any other folder, but NOT your Downloads!). Among the various "readme" files, you will find an installer (LotExpander_Setup.exe): double-click on it and it will install the LotExpander on your system.
You donìt need the installer any more: you can move it away, or delete it.

When done, you can start the LotExpander by clicking on its icon; the usage of the tool is easy and self-explanatory: just follow the directions on screen.

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
#177 Old 17th Oct 2006 at 9:35 PM Last edited by lmfjaxxon : 17th Oct 2006 at 9:49 PM.
OK, but what do I do with the other folders I downloaded. I downloaded 2 one says: Lotexpander and the other one says setup! Do I put the one with the lot expander into my downloads folder or what?


Thanks,

lmfjaxxon

I have tried, but have failed. What else is there for me do do?
The ModFather
retired moderator
#178 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 2:23 AM
No! The Lot Expander is a tool, it's not something to be put in the Downlods.
The "Setup" folder soes to your desktop, where you can open it and find the installer to run (LotExpander_Setup.exe).

The "LotExpander" folder you mention is probably the one contained in the archive "LotExpanderSource 1.2.1.zip": you don't need it, it's just the source (i.e. the code) of the tool, and it's useful only for programmers.

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.
Instructor
#179 Old 24th Oct 2006 at 7:25 AM
After installing University EP, I noticed that 55 Woodland Drive is a corner lot; not just a lot positioned on a corner, but a lot where the street wraps the corner in an L-shape.

I have tried to follow the advice in this forum, but I have never had any success altering the size of this lot. My only guess is that the lot has been in the lot bin and is now prone to the corruption mentioned by Mutantbunny.

I really would like to make a 5x5 corner lot that is an inside corner (has road a L-shape along two edges) and a 5x5 corner lot that is expanded across the road so that a 2-grid wide L-shape of buildable terrain is on the other side of the road from the original lot.

If anyone might offer suggestions on this, I will be very thankful.

I have only one God, Choice. If you remove the right to choose from any equation, how have you improved the world?
Field Researcher
#180 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 1:19 AM
so far this is working great, but i have a small problem-i tried to extend a lot to the side, during the process i got an error message but i just clicked continue ( i think the same message others have pointed out, but i've had it before)-but now on the part that i'm trying to extend theres a blue area, i tried making a building change within the lot, but in it and in neighborhood view i still have a blue section...what can i do???
Test Subject
#181 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 3:31 PM Last edited by TheCoffeeBear : 25th Oct 2006 at 3:41 PM. Reason: found other link, fixing post
Default downloads are back at my site, sorry.
While reviewing my weblogs, I noticed many attempts to access the downloads for the lot expander.

I appologize for it not being there.

Great News, I have moved the lot-expander to it's own site on my domain.
lot-expander.sircoffeebear.com

You can also find it by using almost any of the outdated links, on the right side of the page, by scrolling down you will see a link that says
looking for Lot Expander?

this as well apears on my home page.
downloads are listed on http://lot-expander.sircoffeebear.com/download.html

Direct Links to the files are here...
LotExpanderSetup_1.2.1.
LotExpanderSource_1.2.1.
X_x_1.rar

Also andi please let me know if there are any errors are problems in my site layout for your lot expander.

phatman58 - Thanks for Quoting me... Lol, whish I could help, But do not have sims2 installed as well not much time lately to play.

But lets Jog at my memory....
A few tips I remember....

Forget the actual cheat, But you can try turning on the cheat to place tiles outside the normal area, then place a tile at the corner of the lot accross the street, this will change the garage/road layout, but not always as desired.

Also I think I suceeded by just exteneding the sides and back, NOT THE FRONT.

I need to find the link to my swimable sea project and post that as there is usable info there too. ((Found it , it's now in my sig. here.))

Please if you need to reach ME for some reason please email me here

Finially things are getting setup.
eMail me [email protected]
or visit RepublicOfTheSims.com or SimsSecretSociety.com for my upcoming line of stuff.
Lab Assistant
#182 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 6:51 PM
All that mumbo jumbo on the previous posts, blahhhhh!


Quote:
so far this is working great, but i have a small problem-i tried to extend a lot to the side, during the process i got an error message but i just clicked continue ( i think the same message others have pointed out, but i've had it before)-but now on the part that i'm trying to extend theres a blue area, i tried making a building change within the lot, but in it and in neighborhood view i still have a blue section...what can i do???


I got the same problem here, big blue space and the house in the corner and can't do anything with it except demolish the house and the lot now. Use this program with caution.
Field Researcher
#183 Old 26th Oct 2006 at 12:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostuser
All that mumbo jumbo on the previous posts, blahhhhh!




I got the same problem here, big blue space and the house in the corner and can't do anything with it except demolish the house and the lot now. Use this program with caution.



do you have pets installed? i do, this might be the reason why it's suddenly doing this...
Test Subject
#184 Old 29th Oct 2006 at 9:46 PM
I used this program frequently pre pets with no problems at all. I have since installed the pets ep and I have the same big blue problem you all are having. Perhaps it's not compatible with pets? Any insight would be appreciated.

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -Albert Einstein
The ModFather
retired moderator
#185 Old 30th Oct 2006 at 12:47 AM
I don't have the faintest idea about the internal structure of a lot package, but experience with the previous EPs teaches us that avery EP alters someway the structure of the lots, the data stored in it etc. I would not be surprised if the lots created with Pets are different then the one we easily "extended" so far, using this tool. In other words, yes, I think that this tool might be incompatible (or not completely compatible) with Pets.

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
#186 Old 30th Oct 2006 at 12:49 AM
Default PrObLEm
I just expanded a lot of mine and then i put it in the lot/houses bin and when i tried to replace it in the neighbor hood it would not let me
Forum Resident
#187 Old 31st Oct 2006 at 11:56 PM
I know that the altered lots I had in the bin when I installed Pets are working fine.

But I would think that the program needs updating since the Pets install said it was changing the lot format.
Test Subject
#188 Old 1st Nov 2006 at 1:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
I don't have the faintest idea about the internal structure of a lot package, but experience with the previous EPs teaches us that avery EP alters someway the structure of the lots, the data stored in it etc. I would not be surprised if the lots created with Pets are different then the one we easily "extended" so far, using this tool. In other words, yes, I think that this tool might be incompatible (or not completely compatible) with Pets.


Ok Numenor I can understand that. However if I use your BaseGameStarter *PRO*, and loaded an earlier EP do you think it would work?

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -Albert Einstein
The ModFather
retired moderator
#189 Old 1st Nov 2006 at 7:43 PM
Yes, it should work. Of course, you need to build the house directly in the "previous EP" environment, you can't pick a lot built in Pets and transport it to an older game.

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
#190 Old 2nd Nov 2006 at 1:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by staciew1
do you have pets installed? i do, this might be the reason why it's suddenly doing this...


Yep, just recently installed it before trying this lot expander out. So looks as if it's not compatible with pets then.

Field Researcher
#191 Old 3rd Nov 2006 at 1:13 AM
andi, help?
Lab Assistant
#192 Old 4th Nov 2006 at 1:21 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by staciew1
andi, help?

I think Andi has left the building. If you look at his/her profile, you'll see that it has been two months since he/she has logged on.
Forum Resident
#193 Old 6th Nov 2006 at 7:24 PM
Thanks for the updated version!...

To all, of the very talented MTS-2 creative types - my sincere thanks for taking the time to create/upload/share...
Test Subject
#194 Old 6th Nov 2006 at 11:39 PM
i have a really big problem with the Lotexpander! i wrote Andi a few times but he didn't answer so i will try it in this forum. Okay i wanted to use this tool and opened it like everyone else than i picked one of my houses (i made backups) and tried to expand this house but while the prog is running an error message came and the house isn't really fixed. i mean when i start the sims 2, i see me house with a blue ground but only the expanded ground the rest is normal and playable but the new ground isn't. I made some pics and posted it in a german forum http://www.simforum.de/showthread.php?t=129209&page=2
i really need your help
Field Researcher
#195 Old 7th Nov 2006 at 12:27 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fibonacci1988
i have a really big problem with the Lotexpander! i wrote Andi a few times but he didn't answer so i will try it in this forum. Okay i wanted to use this tool and opened it like everyone else than i picked one of my houses (i made backups) and tried to expand this house but while the prog is running an error message came and the house isn't really fixed. i mean when i start the sims 2, i see me house with a blue ground but only the expanded ground the rest is normal and playable but the new ground isn't. I made some pics and posted it in a german forum http://www.simforum.de/showthread.php?t=129209&page=2
i really need your help



this is the problem everyone with the pets ep is having. in fact it's pretty much what most of this page is about lol. we think, pretty much, that the two are not compatible. but andi seems to have dissappeared, so i guess we're gonna have to wait...
Test Subject
#196 Old 7th Nov 2006 at 9:44 PM
So when will it work again? ^^
The ModFather
retired moderator
#197 Old 7th Nov 2006 at 11:27 PM
If Andi has abandoned this project, as it looks at the moment, it will never work.

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.
Test Subject
#198 Old 8th Nov 2006 at 12:38 PM
But you should be aware that this tool depends on the SimPE dll's, and until they're updated (we hope it doesn't take long ), people should be careful while using this with the Pets EP installed.

However, the problem mentioned it the previous posts happened even without the new EP, at least in version 1.2

But the first version worked without any glitches for me, so maybe this version still needs further work.
Test Subject
#199 Old 10th Nov 2006 at 7:06 AM
this doesnt work for me, when i enter size's left right ect.it acts like i didnt even put numbers there.
Top Secret Researcher
#200 Old 14th Nov 2006 at 6:48 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
If Andi has abandoned this project, as it looks at the moment, it will never work.



I noticed that Andi released this tool under the GPL , so perhaps some other people in the community would like to pick up the project where Andi left off?
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