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Design Kit (Version 1.10, updated 01-08)

by Fat D Posted 24th Dec 2005 at 11:02 PM - Updated 25th Mar 2007 at 1:03 PM by Fat D : Updated
92 Comments / replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts, 4 Thanks Posts
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.
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Hi again,
This was my christmas present for you. It has been expanded after christmas, but the main set was a christmas gift.

This set is composed of many individual objects that are created to be used together (that's why it is a set). It developed from my 2nd generation of Half-Walls (my most popular objects so far), with which i was faster than the nightlife release. The nightlife Half-Walls had their advantages and disadvantages, and I believe each method has its own use. While the NL-Halfwalls are wallpaperable fences that are great to finissh balconies and decks, I believe mine are better for interior use. I've added many other parts, some of which were requested, some came just in my mind during creation (I had finished all but five items at least three times). It is very modular and you can make crazy creations with it, like B-shaped windows (I used a more "moderate" C-shaped window as an example of crazy ideas). The objects work well with, but don't require, Numenor's Wall-Windows (Link) . I have hacked a window and set it to use one of his meshes. You will need his hidden window from his seamless set. Thanks to numenor for the mesh, the glass colour and for allowing me to link it.
The wall-side boards may seem useless for now, the reason I made them are future creations such as pseudo-through-wall counter islands and bars, wall-doors and similar. for now, they just serve as a nice wall-finish (metal and wood/paint parts with different materials, free combination of wallpaper and paneling) or for the creation of fake-walls. Examples for both are in the screenshots.

The set includes numerous objects, most with similar meshes, most have a polycount of 24 vertices and 12 Faces, which is very low. The others, consisting of two of the first listed, therefore have a 48/24 poly count.
The wall-side board have a polycount of 8/4.

Installation: Download the main package and any number of colour options (but at least the white one). Optionally you can also download the glass piece (thanks to numenor again) to make windows with the set. You can use that if you have Numenor's seamless Wall-Window. If you have used my halfwalls before, also download the legacy files and delete the old set (except the helper window (the window, not the later helper object) if you still use it). Now all of you who downloaded, both the new guys and the veterans from my Half-Walls, extract all archives you downloaded from this post to a subfolder of your downloads folder.
Also download and extract the wall-side board "default" colozur option, optional the maxis-match one

Upgrade (note: not upgrade from my halfwalls, but from an older version of the design kit): check the version.txt in your downloads folder and choose the upgrade download link that matches your version. If you use Q-Xpress, no version.txt will be extracted, so all versions newer than 1.00 will include an in-game object that tells the version number. If you don't have that object, it's 1.00, else it's on the object. Version 1.02 doesn't have the version.txt updated, just look at the ingame-object.

None of the items (except the legacy files) have been tested without the addons, but they should not require any (theoretically) and are compatible with every. They are color enabled (but you have to clone an existing recolor as i use imaginary CRES, which means the objects all borrow their recolours from an object that doesn't exist). All the objects can be found in build mode- doors and windows-windows or in buy mode-general-misc. The non-legacy files are included in a custom collection inside the main download.

All included meshes were created by myself using milkshape, using numenor's wall-windows as a reference for positioning.

Feel free to remesh, recolor, hack, or in any other way use these objects for your creations, as long as the objects are free, you give credit and link back to this thread. If you want to distribute these objects on pay sites or distribute them unchanged (for example in a lot on the exchange), ask me and wait for permission.

Oh, yeah, no diagonals, I nearly forgot.

Troubleshooting: If you have any questions, ask in the thread after double-checking you followed the instructions properly.

Current version: 1.10

Dec 25 - added notice about versions for Q-Xpress
Dec 25 - added the helpers missing due to bad packaging
Dec 26 - added a hacked glass piece using numenor's wall-window mesh. It's optional, so no new version.
Dec 31 - added diagonal (like my arrow, not for diagonal walls) beam, together with an "anything-possible-screenshot"
Jan 08 - added wall-side boards and diagonal corner helper, updated beams for creation of "fake-halfwalls", added vertical beams that fit corners.

But after all this, I just want to say: Happy new year and enjoy my presents!

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
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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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Test Subject
#76 Old 3rd Nov 2006 at 6:47 PM
Thanks...what are the and and for? Do I need/want those as well??

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Original Poster
#77 Old 13th Nov 2006 at 4:33 PM
they are only for updating existing installations.
Test Subject
#78 Old 31st Jan 2008 at 12:39 AM
thank you! this is so useful!
Test Subject
#79 Old 13th Oct 2008 at 8:13 PM
I love this set, but with Apartment Live the colors do not function anymore, they are blinking blue. Somebody knows why?
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Original Poster
#80 Old 25th Oct 2008 at 5:17 PM Last edited by Fat D : 25th Oct 2008 at 5:38 PM.
are you sure it is not just an improper installation? you need to download a color options pack, and having the white one is necessary for decent operation.
Field Researcher
#82 Old 5th Jan 2009 at 8:37 AM
i'm sorry, but you need to start from scratch with your description and pics.

the description is filled with a lot of unnecessary chatter that makes an already vague, convoluted description even more confusing. you say you've included "many items" numerous times. what exactly are those items? i have no idea what i'm getting and the location of the pics (as thumbnails) don't help much either. there should be pics in the body of the description detailing the separate pieces, so people know EXACTLY what they're getting, and can make an informed decision on what they want or don't want. the creative pic (with recolors or whatever) showing the different ways it can be used should be the only thumbnail screenshot. i'm anal about my downloads and i don't want to add stuff to my download folder that i won't use.

what are "wall-side boards," "wall boards" "wall doors" and "legacies???"
are these items half-walls, fences or a mixture of both?
i don't have your original half walls. do i need them to download this set?
which files should i download???

all of these questions should be clearly stated in the description. many times i've contemplated getting this set, but once i come back to this "description" i get annoyed and lose interest. i shouldn't have to read through 4 pages of comments to figure out what i'm getting and which files i need to download.
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Original Poster
#83 Old 10th Feb 2009 at 6:46 PM
wall-side boards and wall boards are just an experiment which does not yet fulfill any purpose beside adding a shiny metal panel to a wall, so you do not need it. Legacy objects are for updating from the original half-wall set only. Updates are not necessary if you download the latest versions of the rest.
Test Subject
#84 Old 22nd May 2009 at 2:55 AM Last edited by Mcswain27 : 22nd May 2009 at 4:56 AM. Reason: question, not just thanks
Are there any examples of using the Ceiling Threshold - corners. I'm trying to think of what they might be used for...
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Original Poster
#85 Old 22nd May 2009 at 1:39 PM
think window frames around a corner. Or maybe like the floor threshold, but on the ceiling. Rotate picture 6 by 180° for an example.
Field Researcher
#86 Old 14th Jul 2009 at 12:32 PM
Thanks Fat D ! I had many times a problem with the half walls flashing blue (as for rujaw) BUT correction on this point : it was from downloaded/installed lots to which the creators certainly added your older version set and didn't update with the new one. When one downloads and installs a lot from a site, some packages come along like recolours (SimpE), hacks and old versions of sets. Double checking is necessary and I guess that your Design Kit in its old version from downloaded lots might overwrite again the new version. Only fix in such lots : remove the hall walls and such, save, exit game and install the new updated Design Kit and add the missing walls/half walls on the lot that was affected with flashing blue parts. The flashing blue issue has nothing to do with having or not Apartment Life. I had the flashing blue issue with half walls before AL was out and wondered if the Design Kit had master meshes somewhere that I missed downloading. But thanks Fat D for pointing out that the white recolour is necessary to have.
Lab Assistant
#87 Old 10th Feb 2010 at 1:50 AM
Originally Posted by mocha0030

many times i've contemplated getting this set, but once i come back to this "description" i get annoyed and lose interest.

I've been in much the same boat... not that I lose interest, I just get so confused that I don't have the energy to even try to understand and I give up on the entire thing.

Thanks to reading all these comments though and finally working out what I do and don't need, I've finally downloaded the files and I am SO excited about using this kit in my game

Thanks so much fatd! =)
Test Subject
8th Sep 2011 at 7:10 AM
Default Heeellllllp! :(
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#88 Old 13th Jan 2014 at 6:54 PM
great work!! Love it
Test Subject
#89 Old 8th Aug 2014 at 6:40 PM
Thank you ! :)
Test Subject
#90 Old 7th Mar 2015 at 10:18 PM
this is so cool . so so many possibititys
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19th Jan 2017 at 5:29 AM
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#91 Old 30th Sep 2018 at 1:16 PM
Ok it took me a while to see what this set actually does and which files I needed to download but it was totally worth it! I was searching everywhere for some kind of "inverted halfwall" and this set does the trick. Thanks so much! Now I can finally create those nooks and niches with cupboards and shelves looking like they were built into the wall!
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