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neighborhood view fix: see whole neighborhood v1.0

by snappledude21 Posted 10th Oct 2004 at 11:29 PM - Updated 12th Oct 2008 at 3:04 AM by porkypine
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Lets you see the whole neighborhood freely. Borders of world look odd but not much you can do about it since they didn't intend you to see them. And yes you can put lots anywhere.

UPDATED: Yes i finally got around to updating it.....people, all you do is right click the txt file and save as. Then put it in

C:\Documents and Settings\mike\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Cameras

Save the original somewhere else just in case you want it back. The others that did a different version, great. I'm sure they work just as well, but this hack works just fine for university also.

I'd like to take an opportunity to NUDGE all of you over to my new hack, which lets you put doors and windows on foundation walls. So you can put water around your house and still have a basement. You can find that here

That works great for finally getting that door directly into the basement from the outside. Hope you guys enjoy that as much as this one.

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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\
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#126 Old 1st Jul 2005 at 5:07 AM
no problem. BTW to everyone, and i will post this in the front, all you do is copy and paste the info you get when you click the download link on the first page to a txt document named neighborhoodcamera.txt and put it in the cameras folder. i'll put that at the front also. EVERYONE who is enjoying this, please go check out in the game hacks section, another simple txt file change that lets you have doors on basement walls that work, so you can finally enter a true basement foundation from the outside.

Test Subject
#127 Old 1st Jul 2005 at 8:25 AM
Thanks Snappledude. I love being able to access the far reaches of the map. I do wish we could still zoom in closer however. Any way to fix that? I can move the camera all around, and go farther out, but it won't let me see any houses up close. They all look teensy.

Thanks again.
Lab Assistant
#128 Old 1st Jul 2005 at 10:23 AM
to use neighborhood.txt map mode un-rar or unzip to your-
Documents and Settings/My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Cameras/NeighborhoodCamera.txt <-( THIS FILE ) MOVE it to a safe place then put the downloaded one in it's place,....
start the game ..............
Lab Assistant
#129 Old 1st Jul 2005 at 10:43 AM Last edited by ziggybec2005 : 2nd Jul 2005 at 12:10 AM. Reason: Added Picture and links to Map & neighborhood v1.5.exe RAR File
Originally Posted by BettyNewbie2
Thanks Snappledude. I love being able to access the far reaches of the map. I do wish we could still zoom in closer however. Any way to fix that? I can move the camera all around, and go farther out, but it won't let me see any houses up close. They all look teensy.

Thanks again.

Thank you: foreverjadon, Snappledude, and anyone else who works on this file

By the way, you do need a wheel mouse to be able to zoom in and out...
Here you go more zoom out more zoom in and more tilt screen....

# Camera configuration file for the Neighborhood screen.
# See cameras.txt for a description of syntax.

camera "Neighborhood" Neighborhood

zoom 1 (950 450 00)
fov (70 10 70)
clip (5 5 5) (2000 2000 2000)
pitch (20 20 20) (80 60 80)

orientation 0 (0 5 10 15 30 45 90 135 180 225 270 315)

smoothing 1 4
wheel 1

constrain .9 .9 .9 .9

setparam defaultminchange 0.001

setparam keyboardrotationspeed 50
setparam keyboardrotationlerpsteps 1
setparam keyboardrotationlerpminchange 0.001

setparam keyboardtranslationspeed 50
setparam keyboardtranslationlerpsteps 1
setparam keyboardtranslationlerpminchange 0.001

setparam keyboardzoomspeed 1
setparam keyboardzoomlerpsteps 1
setparam keyboardzoomlerpminchange 1
setparam keyboardzoomscale 1

have fun I test this mode using this map Picture Page File

Thank you: foreverjadon, Snappledude, and anyone else who works on this file
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: txt NeighborhoodCamera.txt (928 Bytes, 270 downloads)
Field Researcher
#130 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 3:54 AM
where exactly do you put this file? I have read 2 different things.

1: put in C:/Program Files/EA Games/TS Data/Res/UserData/Cameras

2: put in "my Documents/Ea games/the sims 2/cameras

Are these 2 different files I'm reading about?
Lab Assistant
#131 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 7:34 PM
Haven't used this yet...but such options are great!
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.
Test Subject
#132 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 7:55 PM
Finally! One that works beyond my wildest dreams!

Maree464: put in "My Documents/Ea games/the sims 2/cameras - I too noticed that someone said the other - ??

I have tried foreverjardon - that lost all close viewing within 10,000ft. I then downloaded both of yours - 6/19 and 7/1 - compared all 4 - origin, foreverjardon, and both yours - 7/1 won out(which I did notice was extremely close to foreverjardon, compared to the other)....

It's fantastic! Have 70 ft to 30,000 feet, and love the "tilt screen". Thank you for this getting perfect!
Lab Assistant
#133 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 10:19 PM Last edited by CynicalChick : 31st Jul 2005 at 11:45 AM. Reason: removed quote
Default Thank YOU
Thank You...
Lab Assistant
#134 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 10:23 PM Last edited by ziggybec2005 : 4th Jul 2005 at 10:34 PM. Reason: Corrections
They are not read me files
Originally Posted by RachieBoBachie
I still don't understand..where do I put the files? And which is the file I need to download, ziggybec2005's or foreverjadon's? Because when I downloaded ziggybec2005's file and tried to put it into the cameras folder, everything there was a readme, and when I try to download foreverjadon's, it won't install and a weird page pops up (like I said in one of my earlier posts, it looks like something from notepad)

They are not read me files, they are configuration files in text form.
Back up your copy of neighborhood.txt - and replace with the downloaded one.
That's it Done, run the Game...............
You Must Have A Wheel Mouse to tilt and zoom in and out.........

And thanks to Foreverjadon & Snappledude

, and all who have worked on this file From MTS2.

Test Subject
#135 Old 8th Jul 2005 at 10:28 PM
this thread is mixed up and confusing im trying to download from the first message...WHERE IS IT
Test Subject
Original Poster
#136 Old 10th Jul 2005 at 2:28 AM
My original is back on the front page, also please check out my latest hack, doors for basements and etc, linked from my first post

Lab Assistant
#137 Old 10th Jul 2005 at 5:17 AM
to put doors and windows into a basement you could use the moveobjects on cheat
Test Subject
#138 Old 14th Jul 2005 at 9:06 PM
all I see is blue sky
All I see is blue sky I cant see my neighborhood please help i do have the camera tweak :confused:
Test Subject
#139 Old 17th Jul 2005 at 7:45 AM
I have the camera installed but there is one problem None of my new neighborhoods dont save even the ones i used before
Test Subject
#140 Old 21st Jul 2005 at 9:43 PM
mine turns blue also
Test Subject
#141 Old 23rd Jul 2005 at 7:16 PM
i might download it myself
Test Subject
#142 Old 28th Jul 2005 at 12:28 AM
My hoods are also all blue with this camera and i have a wheel mouse, no matter where I pan or zoom, blue, blue, and blue. This would be great if i could get it to work.
Test Subject
#143 Old 28th Jul 2005 at 12:37 AM
Ok nix my previous post. For all users that are seeing blue, back-up the original neighborhood camera file and then paste all text from this hack into the maxis neighborhood camera file in the cameras folder. Make sure it replaces all the maxis created text. Good luck
Test Subject
#144 Old 30th Jul 2005 at 3:32 AM
i love this new camera angle view, i downloaded it awhile ago, but i'm having a problem (dont know if i should ask this here or in another place, but i'll start here). It works wonderfully except that when i zoom out my oceans start to take over the neighborhood views and it looks like the roads and houses placed near the water are IN the water, is there anything i can do or does this seem like a graphics problem. Any help is appreciated (and please let me know if this thread doesnt belong here).
Test Subject
30th Jul 2005 at 4:00 PM
Default neighborhood camera
This message has been deleted by CynicalChick. Reason: Duplicate post
Test Subject
#145 Old 31st Jul 2005 at 5:41 AM Last edited by CynicalChick : 31st Jul 2005 at 11:44 AM. Reason: removed quote
Default neighborhoodcamera
This worked. Thanks so much for the advice. I love it

Test Subject
#146 Old 31st Jul 2005 at 4:40 PM
So nice
ok I got it in the game. It looked great! Only one problem I ran into. When I tried to make a family, the background was nothing but a blue screen. I have university. Did anyone else have this happen? I really would like to have this file so help please!!!
Test Subject
#147 Old 31st Jul 2005 at 5:31 PM
bubbles i had the same problem, i updated the text to the file on this page by ziggybec and the camera angles were awesome, and the problem i was having with my oceans taking over the land also quit, but when i try to make a new family the screen is all blue. Until someone comes up with a solution i guess i'll just put the original file back in when creating a family and then switch back to the hacked file when i'm using the neighborhood view more. But good work on the camera, the neighborhood views are great.
Test Subject
#148 Old 31st Jul 2005 at 7:11 PM
Great idea!
birdi18 Thanks for the idea. Good one. I really didn't want to give up the great neighborhood view but thought I had done something wrong. It's awsome to be able to see it all and work with it all. Am going to try this new file and see what happens.
Lab Assistant
#149 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:08 PM
This is great! T'was annoying not to be able to access the outer edges of the neighborhoods, or to even see them. Thanks muchly!

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