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Testers Wanted: Color Binning Tool 0.2.30.1

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: http://theos.chewbakkas.net/tools/c...nning-tool.html


Installation
- 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.


Credits
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.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ColorBinningTool_2301.zip

Size: 39.9 KB · Downloads: 12,679 · 27th Dec 2007
39.9 KB 12,679 27th Dec 2007
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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Mad Poster
#176 Old 18th Sep 2008 at 8:33 PM
I sooo need to use this program as my custom hair bin is full to the brim with hairs that should be binned. There are lots of very nice hairs in there that I never use because it's so hard to find anything! lol However, I was thinking it would probably be best to wait for the newest (AL) version of SimPE, or does compatibility with my newest EP not matter for just binning hair?
The ModFather
retired moderator
#177 Old 19th Sep 2008 at 9:29 AM Last edited by Numenor : 19th Sep 2008 at 9:36 AM.
The binning tool has been stripped from SimPE because Theo doesn't support it any longer, and it has caused problems with the latest SimPE versions. It's a plugin that needs to be constantly updated, so to take in account the changes made by the various EP.

However, if you make a full backup of your save-game folder, you can try yourself (using the current SimPE or even an older version) if this plugin still works for you.

EDIT:
You could try using old SimPE v.0.66, downloadable from this page, that still contains the binning tool.
But again I advice you to make a full backup of your "Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2" folder!

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.
Space Pony
#178 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 11:50 PM Last edited by Cazkiwi : 27th Sep 2008 at 12:11 AM.
Rosawyn, I was using it fine with the K&B version of Simpe.
However, the AL SimPE just came out, so I'll check how it goes..

** Edit **

Just tried it, works fine with the AL SimPE too (However, the new SimPE seems to load a lot slower and be more of a resource hog than normal, but hey, I can live with that)

However, yes, I could colour-bin just fine and works in game no problems on my side.

** /Edit **

I LURVEEE this tool.. instead of having a mesh and 10 diff colours and billions of files, I only have 2 files for each hair now.. the mesh file, and the recolours file containing binned 5-6 of the colours I want (black, brown, blonde, red, grey and a custom if I like)... so much easier to find stuff and know if I have that hair too! Wonderful tool!

If at first you DO succeed, try not to look so astonished!
Lab Assistant
#179 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:08 PM
Just dropped by to say that I couldn't live without this. Thank you. So. Much.

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We're on a journey of a lifetime
And we'll fight many battles on our way"
Lab Assistant
#180 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 10:23 PM Last edited by LongTallSally : 27th Oct 2008 at 3:11 AM.
I tried this in v. 0.66 and in the AL version and it doesn't work in either. :-/ I hope someone updates this or creates a new similar tool, because I have a ton of new badly binned hair that I want to fix. I miss this tool.

EDIT: Have also tried it with the other 0.66+ versions, and it doesn't work with any of them. Guess I'll have to try the old-fashioned way in SimPE.

EDIT: Never mind, it seems to work with 0.66 as long as you uncheck "Rename files" under Output in the Options tab. It's a bit of a pain to rename each of the files yourself, but I'm too happy about having the tool back to care.

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Test Subject
#181 Old 22nd Nov 2008 at 12:45 PM
For my hairs binned under custom, The thumbnail for the hair and the sim show uo correctly, but on the acctual sim in the game - the hair is showing up as the orrigional base color from which it was created?
Test Subject
#182 Old 20th Dec 2008 at 7:40 PM
error extracting to plugins folder
i downloaded the file but when i try to extract it to the plugins folder i get an error..


~CrAzY~
Test Subject
#183 Old 1st Jan 2009 at 9:51 PM
Please help! I'm successfully getting all the files, but I can't find how to start the options dialogue! Can anyone assist me?
Forum Resident
#184 Old 6th Jan 2009 at 6:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
The binning tool has been stripped from SimPE because Theo doesn't support it any longer, and it has caused problems with the latest SimPE versions. It's a plugin that needs to be constantly updated, so to take in account the changes made by the various EP.

However, if you make a full backup of your save-game folder, you can try yourself (using the current SimPE or even an older version) if this plugin still works for you.

EDIT:
You could try using old SimPE v.0.66, downloadable from this page, that still contains the binning tool.
But again I advice you to make a full backup of your "Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2" folder!


Thank you Numenor this is very helpful!

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Test Subject
#185 Old 24th Feb 2009 at 1:57 PM
so I have to have SimPE for this? I just can't wait to sort my hairs by colours!
#186 Old 20th Apr 2009 at 9:57 AM
How the fugg do I get it to show up in SimPE
Test Subject
#187 Old 27th Jun 2009 at 10:59 PM
This is a very awesome download, but how do you do this on a Macintosh computer? You just show how to do it on a PC. When I downloaded SimPE, my computer was unable to compress it. Macintoshes don't have that "C://Documents/Package..." thing that PCs have. Also, when I attempted to download that SimPE file, there was no SimPE folder. I'd like to know how to bin because, even though most creators bin their creations on their own, this one creator, whose hair styles, I adore does not, and I'd like to have her hairs binned properly instead of simply staying in the "Custom Content" bin.
Lab Assistant
#188 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 11:45 AM
Wow it's great! I've already fixed some of my downloaded hairs with it & it works perfectly Huge huge thanks :*
Test Subject
#189 Old 8th Jul 2009 at 5:04 AM
help!!!! when i installed it SimPE doesnt work!!!!
Test Subject
#190 Old 26th Jul 2009 at 12:34 AM
THX Alot
Instructor
#191 Old 4th Aug 2009 at 8:15 PM
This may sound creepy, but I love you for doing this. It has saved me much toil.
Lab Assistant
#192 Old 5th Sep 2009 at 12:05 AM
Thanks so much for this.
Lab Assistant
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The ModFather
retired moderator
#193 Old 17th Sep 2009 at 9:28 AM
This tool is outdated and may not work correctly with the current SimPE version. Read more about this in my previous post #171.

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
#194 Old 6th Oct 2009 at 12:29 PM
Default Possibility?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Theo
BTW: The tool can now re-categorize facial hair, including meshed beards .


Hi there Theo,

Quick question abt what you said there - How would I go about doing that recategorising ? I was in your backyard and I ended up having a go at the Body Hair Overlays that you put up. But that was all peaches and cream 'coz there is a button in options for body overlays....
Can you help clarify my n00by-confusion?

And just a thought... If (theoretically, my case) one could re-categorise facial hair, I could you end up being literate enough to re-categorise clothing, right?? Coz that' SUPER exciting for me

Thanks for your patience!
Test Subject
#195 Old 8th Nov 2009 at 3:22 AM
Thank you so much for creating this plugin! I've been using it all day to correct my custom content, and I have not come across any errors. It works perfectly. I loaded Body Shop, and my custom hairs are now listed under their correct colors. You are a lifesaver!
Field Researcher
#196 Old 20th Jan 2010 at 4:25 PM
What are the odds of getting a free-standing version so I don't have to hose up my computer with SimPE?
Lab Assistant
#197 Old 9th May 2010 at 2:26 AM
I dont have SimPE

hi, i'm yasmine.
Test Subject
#198 Old 26th May 2010 at 12:37 AM
I'm having a minor problem.
Every time I save the hair, the file is a disabled package.
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