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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
216 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 7 Thanks Posts
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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.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Size: 39.9 KB · Downloads: 12,678 · 27th Dec 2007
39.9 KB 12,678 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
#201 Old 13th Aug 2010 at 5:09 PM
Note to Vista users--I could not extract it directly to the Plugins folder, as I didn't have "permission." So what I did...I extracted it to another folder, and did a click-and-drag into the appropriate folder, and I have to give "administrator" permission. Probably my security settings there...I have Home Basic.

I'm going to give this a try.
Test Subject
#202 Old 27th Aug 2010 at 6:52 AM
okay, based on your feedback from others, i assume that is plugin is good....But I can't pull the file out the rar/zip. It would say {no Archives}...Now, I really want to bin my work, but this is stoping me to do so...HELP PLEASE!!!

Test Subject
#203 Old 28th Aug 2010 at 4:23 AM
Oh! im such a dumbass....Its out of date isnt it...crap. Ill stop trying then.

Test Subject
#204 Old 29th Dec 2010 at 4:49 AM
Why I can't i find the "SimPE" file?
Lab Assistant
#205 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 3:13 PM
THX LOTS!!! (I still don't undrstand what to do but OH WELL!) Thx anyway ^_^

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Lab Assistant
#206 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 3:18 PM
Originally Posted by yasmine0615
I dont have SimPE

Type in google: SimPE and it should come up then you go and download it. Also, you know how Numenor keeps talking abut 'SimPE'? That's because he is or is one of the creators of it Hope this gives you an Idea.

Thanks again for the upload! _

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Forum Resident
23rd Sep 2011 at 9:09 PM
This message has been deleted by telefen. Reason: I got my answer
Test Subject
#207 Old 26th Feb 2012 at 2:27 AM
So useful.
Test Subject
#208 Old 6th Mar 2012 at 10:21 PM
I hope someone has something like this for later versions of simpe, I really don't want to have to install all my animation plugins etc all over again on an older version of Simpe, is there an updated version of how to link skintones to bodyshape packages without this tool?
Test Subject
#209 Old 7th Mar 2014 at 9:45 AM
Thanks a lot
Test Subject
#210 Old 29th Jul 2014 at 9:21 PM
Thank you ! :)
Test Subject
#211 Old 30th Jul 2014 at 1:29 PM
that ist great thanks
Test Subject
#212 Old 4th Jun 2015 at 5:26 PM
Thank you very much!!
Test Subject
#213 Old 31st Dec 2015 at 6:44 AM
Beyond thanks. I say "Invaluable!"
Test Subject
#214 Old 18th Jan 2021 at 1:41 PM
I love this tool. there are several color binning tools out there but i always search for this one!
Test Subject
31st Jan 2022 at 10:04 PM
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Lab Assistant
#215 Old 16th May 2022 at 12:58 PM
I am getting no output file when I save the package. I use SimPE v is it incompatible? I may be doing something wrong, but I do not know what.
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