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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.
*WORKING* MAGAZINE RACK
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)

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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!


FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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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GAME ADAPTIVITY - GAME COMPATIBILITY
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.


INSTALLATION
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.


RECOLOURING INSTRUCTIONS
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.


CREDITS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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)


MENU TRANSLATIONS
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
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MagazineRacks.rar

Size: 211.8 KB · Downloads: 33,161 · 29th Jan 2009
211.8 KB 33,161 29th Jan 2009
Recolour_TEMPLATES.rar

Size: 41.1 KB · Downloads: 28,507 · 4th Jul 2008
41.1 KB 28,507 4th Jul 2008
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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The ModFather
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#226 Old 28th Jan 2009 at 9:12 PM Last edited by Numenor : 28th Jan 2009 at 9:42 PM.
Metalrat - Sorry, I completely missed your post; thanks for bumping it.
I need an error log in order to understand what's wrong: will you please provide it?
As for the missing magazines, I don't know how the DJS Home Shopping PC works; probably it's not the cause of the problem, but anyway I'd like you to buy some magazines from the community racks, just to see if there is a difference (before going to the community lot, please sell and re-buy the rack).

Amberkat - Let me take a look at your log...
EDIT: yes, there is a bug. If you have SSN but not FT, you get an error. Plus, if the game has both SSN and FT, there is no error, but yet the sim can't study the extra subjects (charisma etc) even if the sim has gained the Golden Bookcase as a career prize.
I'm going to fix it, thank you for reporting!

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.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#227 Old 29th Jan 2009 at 3:43 PM
Default Update
WORKING MAGAZINE RACK
-- 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.

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
#228 Old 29th Jan 2009 at 5:34 PM
It was only a week or two ago I was thinking of how annoying it was to have all those magazines lying around, this is really wonderful!
#229 Old 29th Jan 2009 at 8:33 PM
"29 JAN 2009 - BUGFIX

Fixed a bug that affected games with Seasons"

Excelent timing, your Numenorian Greatness! I`m about to install Seasons in a couple days!

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Test Subject
#230 Old 31st Jan 2009 at 2:58 AM
Played with it a little tonight and no errors at all.

Thank you, Numenor
Test Subject
#231 Old 1st Feb 2009 at 7:16 PM
That's so good and practical! Thank you. Great Idea =D

Giovi
Lab Assistant
#232 Old 27th Feb 2009 at 6:03 PM
One Word--AWESOME!! and of course THANK YOU!!!
The ModFather
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#233 Old 14th Mar 2009 at 12:13 AM
Note: Missing attachments have been restored

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.
Banned
#234 Old 8th Apr 2009 at 1:48 AM
Thanks for this, I had a little trouble finding it though because I was thinking this was a game mod. So I just typed 'magazine' in the full downloads search, and I found it. I was searching in game mods. lol. have a nice day Numenor! and thanks so much for this useful object.
Test Subject
#235 Old 19th May 2009 at 2:12 AM
Awesomeeeeee... I actually have been declining magazine offers forever, just because of the clutter and such, but NOW I don't have to!! Thankies!
Test Subject
#236 Old 13th Jun 2009 at 5:10 AM
You truly are the MODFATHER I have not been to a sims sight that your name is not on somewhere. I'm sure that you've heard all this before, but I would like to say it again THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Test Subject
#237 Old 12th Jul 2009 at 1:48 AM
This is great. I always hated having to place magazines separately. I ended up having end tables all over the house just to hold a few magazines. This eliminates that problem. Thank you
#238 Old 13th Jul 2009 at 8:04 PM
I`m redownloading, just in case there have been any updates since my last download.

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Instructor
#239 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 5:15 AM
Love this thing!

By the time you read this you've already read it. ;)
Lab Assistant
#240 Old 28th Jul 2009 at 5:25 AM
"nice rack" lol

Every one should read this please read and repost it.http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/rape/index.php
Instructor
#241 Old 30th Jul 2009 at 7:15 AM
Finally! I hate those random books and mags lying around the house. It's annoying when they leave it outside or in the snow.
Test Subject
#242 Old 9th Aug 2009 at 7:26 PM
hey numenor why is mine crashing when i place the rack then my sim greeted alot of sims. suddenly my application crashed why is that? hmm. i wonder..
Test Subject
#243 Old 3rd Sep 2009 at 7:37 PM
I'm having the same problem as AnneMarit at post #151, and I can't find anyplace where that was addressed.

I have the latest version of these objects in my game, and all EPs and SPs installed. My sim lives in a house; in the living room of the house is the magazine rack. When the maid comes over, she performs some of her cleaning tasks, then goes over and stands next to the magazine rack. And stays there. (Same behavior with both object designs.)

I think she's attempting to interact with it somehow, as the object is not deletable when she's standing there. She will stand there literally all day, not moving unless someone leaves a new dirty dish...then she'll go and clean that up, and then go back to the rack.

When she does perform her duties, I also see what I take to be a jump bug related to the trash...in the middle of trying to throw something out in the kitchen garbage, the maid will often jump and suddenly be standing next to the trash can.

If I remove the rack from the lot, she finishes up her duties (usually bed-making, some bathroom cleaning, cleaning up old newspapers, and taking out the garbage are left) and leaves as normal. No jump behavior spotted then either.

I've got plenty of hacks installed in my game but HCDU doesn't report any conflicts with these racks; and I've tried removing everything affecting maids I can think of, but to no avail.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated, as I don't want to have to do without this wonderful object!
Lab Assistant
#244 Old 25th Jan 2010 at 5:43 PM
I had seen this object several times and thought sarcastically, "Oh, just what I need, another bookcase!" But today I actually bothered my lazy self to actually read about it and now I say (unsarcastically) "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Test Subject
#245 Old 11th Jun 2011 at 5:14 AM
Very clever! Ty :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:DD:D:D:D:D:D:D:Dyaaay! lol
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#246 Old 21st Jun 2011 at 11:20 AM
Thanks, god!
Test Subject
#247 Old 2nd Aug 2011 at 7:18 AM
Oh, thank you very much! I'm always frustrated whenever those magazines take the space in my tables. Just what I needed.
Scholar
THANKS POST
#248 Old 8th Oct 2011 at 10:04 PM
has anyone else found an issue with the hobby subscriptions not coming at all? I have this rack (think it's awesome) but even though my simmies have subscriptions the paperboy isn't delievering them anymore...
Lab Assistant
#249 Old 17th Oct 2011 at 11:37 PM
This is one of my most used downloads from this site. LOVE it! I have actually made my own personal recolors of this, but I was wondering if you can recolor the book as well. It looks a little weird with the magazines and racks recolored, but that same green book on top just ruins it.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#250 Old 27th Nov 2011 at 11:57 AM
OH. MY. GONDOLA.
MY MIND IS BLOWN - I couldn't NOT download this, your description of the object was impossibly irresistible: the functions are too impressive to turn down!
I will lovingly cherish and utilize this object in ALL of my lots, and every time I will think of you. Yes, creepy, but I'm thinking you had something like this in mind when you created such a damn fantastical object!! Thank you!
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