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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: 33,142 · 29th Jan 2009
211.8 KB 33,142 29th Jan 2009
Recolour_TEMPLATES.rar

Size: 41.1 KB · Downloads: 28,499 · 4th Jul 2008
41.1 KB 28,499 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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Lab Assistant
#101 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 11:38 PM
Can you store photo albums in it? oh i hope so!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#102 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 1:16 AM
Oh, good question, I didn't try - However, it should have ALL the bookcase interactions, so I'm positive.

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.
Field Researcher
#103 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 1:18 AM
Thx!I like these wooden objects(am a sucker for wooden furnitures)

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Lab Assistant
#104 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 1:32 AM
This object is so useful and was so needed, I usually don't let my sims get magazines because there was no way to store them. Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#105 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 4:11 AM
You are amazing! I've been waiting for something like this since Freetime arrived and started to drop tons of magazines on my sims' doorsteps.

~*Keyneky*~

-Also, I can kill you with my brain.-
Test Subject
#106 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 8:53 AM
Thank you so much. Now I can let my simmies buy some papers, with out getting mad over all papers all over the houses
Lab Assistant
#107 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 10:33 PM Last edited by simsample : 29th Jun 2008 at 11:01 PM. Reason: Is a thanks post
Quote:
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
I cannot wait to check out that centerfold animation in-game.

Nice.

Numenor, thanks so much for this wonderful magazine rack! My sims have millions of books and magazines piled up around their houses. Sometimes I wish I could make a custom library for them
Lab Assistant
#108 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 12:35 AM
It was so needed! Thank you!
Scholar
#109 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 12:48 AM
This is a great idea!

I've done a translation into Urdu (using romanised spellings because I'm not sure if there even is a version of the Sims 2 in Urdu script). My Urdu is pretty limited and very literal, so if a proper speaker of Urdu would like to improve on it, their efforts would be much appreciated
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: txt Translation-Urdu-Romanised.txt (2.3 KB, 4 downloads)
MTS2 Hot Pepper
#110 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 8:40 AM
Good work but not convinient that it can be placed on the floor only. you know how less space remained in rooms after furnishing.

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
The ModFather
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#111 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 9:19 AM Last edited by Numenor : 30th Jun 2008 at 9:25 AM.
Ailias - I know, and I actually agree; but as I've already explained the animations that come with the Maxis bookcases are not suitable for something placed on tables or counters; I'm no good at creating/modifying sim animations...


ieta_cassiopeia - Thanks! I'd never imagined that one day a creation of mine could be translated in Urdu But there's one problem: I looked in the available languges, and I can't find Urdu; there's Hindi, but it uses the same text as the English language. So, my question is: do you play the game in Urdu? Is it possible at all? Because if the game doesn't support Urdu, then the magazine rack can't, either.

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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#112 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 9:45 AM
Default Update!
30 June 2008 :new
Added 5 more languages.


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).

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
#113 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 10:12 AM
Working on the translation was a pleasure,hope you like it.
And in-game the centerfold animation is hilarius!

@Numenor
Ho letto il pm.Sarà perchè riesci a fare cose che si sognano nei piani alti?E tutto in modo amatoriale! Comunque frequento di più Modthesims2,non lo dico perchè parlo con te,ma è proprio così.(come sanguisuga *cough* avida scaricatrice di download )
Scholar
#114 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 12:14 PM
So, my question is: do you play the game in Urdu? {Numenor - 3 posts ago}

I have to admit that I play Sims 2 in English. But I am learning Urdu, and assumed that the Sims 2 would have come out in all major Earth languages by now. Apparently I assumed wrong. (I did consider doing the Spanish translation originally, but Man1968 beat me to it )

Thank you for the framework for translation - I finally have the satisfaction of having created something for The Sims 2
Mad Poster
#115 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 4:14 PM
Numenor this is fantastic but would it be possible to fix a slight animation glitch? When a Sim puts a magazine back, after they stand up their arm flicks up then down again. I have a video of it if it would help to explain better. When they put books back its fine and I haven't tried with assignments.
I did notice Sims don't carry the assignments. They just sort of stick to their hands but I'm guessing thats because assignments were never designed to be picked up again once they had been put down.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#116 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 8:31 PM
Menaceman, don't need the video, I know well the animation glitch you are talking about; and for the life of me I couldn't get rid of it: when I tried, the whole "crouch & put book away" animation vanished (the book disappeared from the standing sim's hand ).
Probably I could have tried harder some more times, but frankly I was tired: this rack took me too long to be finished and so I convinced myself that the rack was good enough to be published (I lied, of course )

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
#117 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 9:48 PM
Oh, this is absolutely great. I love, love ,love it.
No more clutter everywhere and no more not being able to find the magazines. Yeah.

I have a request/idea for another rack, if you like the idea. ;-)Would you be able to make another rack which will store ONLY the homework assignments the kids bring home from school? When you have several kids they tend to drop them off kind of anywhere between the bus and their bed. Then you can click on the rack and choose "do homework ...(name of child). And if they interrupt they would place it back in the rack again. So you will be able to click again when you want them to finish.
Any way - thank you for this.
Test Subject
#118 Old 1st Jul 2008 at 12:02 AM
this is way cool! thanks a lot. this will really help my (extremely disorganized) sims to keep their stupid houses clean.
Lab Assistant
#119 Old 1st Jul 2008 at 11:11 AM
Can you make the "old" option optionable? I don't like having magazines become unreadable since it's unrealistic...
Forum Resident
#120 Old 1st Jul 2008 at 2:01 PM
This is great. I had a sim complete a novel, and after it was delivered, the maid quickly picked it up and put it away on the IKEA bookshelf. When my sim had no option of reading her own book, I started freaking out until I remembered this rack, which was also in their house. I checked, and sure enough, her novel was there.

Is this recolorable? Because I'd love a black and a white version.
Alchemist
#121 Old 1st Jul 2008 at 5:54 PM
It still has the jump bug in my game. I have base game through Seasons (no Pets or Stuff Packs.)
Mad Poster
#122 Old 1st Jul 2008 at 8:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShortyBoo

Is this recolorable? Because I'd love a black and a white version.


You'll be pleased to know that I'm working on creating those exact recolours plus a dark wood. They would have been up a few days ago but I hit an error with them.
They should hopefully be up by this weekend at the latest.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Field Researcher
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2nd Jul 2008 at 12:07 AM
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The ModFather
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#123 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 2:43 AM
pepsihamster - I don't like the idea of hiding the homework into a rack/bookcase: the more they clutter the house, the faster you are forced to do them I know it's a matter of taste, in the end, but no, I'm not going to allow homework to be stored in this rack, and I'm not going to create a separate rack.


Eep - Another matter of taste, I suppose. However, while the "old" state for the base-game magazine is an idea of mine, the hobby magazines become old in the game, too (maybe they take longer to become unreadable). This is intended as a fiction that actually represent the lack of interest, for a person, to re-read a magazine that has been already fully read.

AlidaRivera - You're right, I missed your question, sorry; however, I already replied to the very same question shortly after you asked it, in post #47.

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.
Field Researcher
#124 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 10:47 PM
AHH! My bad

Thanks
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