MTS has all free content, all the time. Find out how YOU can help to keep it running. Tell me how...

Animated Windows Hack *UPD 11 JAN 2009*

by Atavera (retired) Posted 15th Jan 2007 at 6:56 PM - Updated 11th Jan 2009 at 6:25 PM by Numenor : Added 2 'Holiday' windows
105 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
ANIMATED WINDOWS HACK V.1
by Atavera (retired)


Atavera Click_to_enlarge


IMPORTANT NOTES FROM NUMENOR - PLEASE READ

Atavera has retired from modding: no support is granted by Atavera or other modders for any of his creations. If something posted here doesn't work, or ceases to work when installing an EP, just stop using that object.

That said, I will personally try to keep this mod updated and to answer to the questions by the users


----------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTICE - This is a GLOBAL MOD:
  • it shouldn't be unknowingly included in your exported lots (anyway, always use the Clean Installer to remove unwanted resources from your lots before uploading them);
  • it will be copied into any "animatable" window you clone with SimPE, if you have included the Downloads folder in the File Table (so, uncheck the Downloads if you want a "clean" clone).
----------------------------------------------------------------------


HISTORY LOG / WHAT'S NEW

11 Jan 2009 - ADDED 2 'Holiday' windows

The "Frosted Window by AnythingImport" and the "Icy Chill Holiday Window" have been added to both the Up-to-GLS and the Pets-and-Newer versions of the hack, so to make them openable, too.
NOTE: the 2 mentioned windows come with the Holyday (Party) Pack 2005 and with the Sims 2 Holiday Edition. If you don't have either packs, you won't find the two windows in catalog.
Thanks to Vral for the heads up about these windows.

29 Dec 2008 - UPDATED to M&G
The "PETS-AND-NEWER" version now works with Mansion & Gardens, and all the older expansions down to (and included) PETS. The "UP-TO-GLS" version was not modified: it still works fine with any expansion up to Glamour Life.

15 Jan 2007 - Animated Windows Hack reposted here, with the following changes:
  • ADDED "Pets and newer" version (by Numenor)
  • UPDATE: added Italian translation (by MaryLou)

28 Dec 2006 - Thread delete by Atavera
22 Sept 2006 - Animated Window Hack v.1 first posted by Atavera


WHAT THIS MOD DOES
In the base game, there are 7 windows that have been created to be opened and closed; but then Maxis discontinued this feature. This Mod restores the ability to open and close the 10 "animatable" windows, and namely:
  • Well Wisher's Window (Window - Quaint)
  • "Midnight Ride" Window by Cross-Reference (Window - Colonial Double Hung)
  • Lafenêtre Window Full-Length (Window - Colonial Tall Arch)
  • Lafenêtre Shuttered Window (Window - Colonial Double Hung With Shutters)
  • Lafenêtre "Stately" Full-Length Shuttered Window (Window - Colonial Tall Arch With Shutters)
  • Symmetric Poly-Molecular Matrix Window (Window - Craftsman)
  • Breeze-easy Windows' "Double Hung" Deluxe (Window - Double Hung)
  • Sheer Glass Window (Window - Loft Double Hung)
  • Frosted Window by AnythingImport Holiday - Window - Quaint - Flakes
  • "Icy Chill" Holiday Window Holiday - Window - Double Hung - Flakes - Combo
NOTE 1: the corresponding diagonal windows are animated, as well.
NOTE 2: the last 2 windows come with the Holiday Pack 2005 and the [/b]Sims 2 Holiday Edition[/b]; if you don't have one of them, the hack will work fine, but of course you won't see those windows in catalog.


IN-GAME USAGE
Just click on a window to see the new pie menu options:
  • Open Window / Close Window (only clicking on an animatable window)
  • Open All Windows / Close All Windows (option available for any window)


GAME REQUIREMENTS
The Mod comes in two versions:
  • "Atavera-AnimatedWindowHackV1_UP-TO-GLS.zip": this version works with any game from the base game to Glamour
  • "Atavera-AnimatedWindowHackV1_PETS-AND-NEWER.zip": this version works with PETS and all the expansions newer then Pets, up to M&G.
Note: there is a third zip attached ("Atavera-AnimationTemplates_FOR-CREATORS.zip"), but it's NOT needed for the Mod to work and is NOT to be installed in the Downloads; this zip is exclusively for custom windows creators: read below.


INSTALLATION / UNINSTALLATION
Unpack the choosen version of the Mod (Up-to-GLS OR Pets) to your Downloads folder. You can use the Q-Xpress.
To uninstall, remove the file "Atavera-AnimatedWindowHackV1.package" from the Downloads folder.


HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATED WINDOWS
The easiest way is to clone one of the 7 windows listed above after having added the Downloads folder to SimPE's File Table. In order to do that, select the menu Extra -> Preferences -> File Table and click on the "Add Downloads" link (see attached picture). Then, restart SimPE.
Click_to_enlarge
Now, just clone as usual one ov the 7 animatable windows (choose the one that best matches the size of the one you want to create): your clone will automatically include all the resources needed to be animated.
If you have in mind a window very different from the 7 Maxis ones, then you might need to tweak the open/close animation so to best match your custom shape. For this purpose, download the file "Atavera-AnimationTemplates_FOR-CREATORS.zip" and unpack it in your work folder; then, do the following:
  • import the two extracted ANIM files in your package (cloned as explained above);
  • assign unique names to the two ANIMs and click "Fix TGI";
  • open the TextList 0x86 and replace the names of the animations with your unique names;
  • change the the Z translation (and optionally the frame rate) in the ANIM files; proceed by trials & errors to guess the right Z values suitable for your window. (The Z values are the vertical coordinate for the starting and ending point).


REDISTRIBUTION POLICY
Atavera has put his creations in the public domain; therefore, you can do whatever you want with these objects, except selling them.


CREDITS
All the credits for the original creations go to ATAVERA.
"Pets" version by Numenor; Italian translation by MaryLou.
Tags: #atavera

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
Atavera-AnimatedWindowHackV1_UP-TO-GLS.zip | Use this version with expansions UP TO GLS

Size: 2.3 KB · Downloads: 30,590 · 11th Jan 2009
2.3 KB 30,590 11th Jan 2009
Atavera-AnimatedWindowHackV1_PETS-AND-NEWER.zip | Use this version with PETS AND NEWER expansions

Size: 3.2 KB · Downloads: 18,726 · 11th Jan 2009
3.2 KB 18,726 11th Jan 2009
Atavera-AnimationTemplates_FOR-CREATORS.zip | Use these templates to create new animated windows

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 15,238 · 15th Jan 2007
1.3 KB 15,238 15th Jan 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
Need more information?
 
105 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 88 Feedback Posts, 10 Thanks Posts
Hide Thanks Posts for this thread (Show only feedback)
Page 1 of 5
#2 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:02 PM
Oh my this is amazing i must say, i never ever thought of animated windows, WOW!, thanks.

AbstractSIMmer187 Has Retired From Sims 2 Creating
All Of My Creations Are Found Here
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:13 PM
very lifelikebrilliant idea
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:17 PM
this really, really, really ought to be Re-featured! Thanks for bringing all of ataveras creations back!
Test Subject
#5 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:17 PM
WOW
Amazing, I'll download right now!

You're the Cutest Gravedigger I've Ever Seen
Instructor
#6 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:26 PM
Cool. This really adds a nice aspect to Sims - it's details like this that make the game so life-like. Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:44 PM
Wow! This is Amazing! Thank you so much! :D

Love is the Greatest Power!!! :)
Test Subject
#8 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:46 PM
Thank you very much! It just makes the game even more lifelike!
Instructor
#9 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 7:54 PM
Absolute freaking genius.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 8:08 PM
Oh Yay! Updated!! :D

Let me guess, you picked out yet another colorful box with a crank that I'm expected to turn and turn until OOP! big shock, a jack pops out and you laugh and the kids laugh and the dog laughs and I die a little inside. - Stewie (Family Guy)
Instructor
#11 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 8:44 PM
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
retired moderator
#12 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 8:57 PM
Ahh, one of my favourite hacks updated by one of my favourite creators. Thanks Numenor and Atavera!

I will choose a path that's clear- I will choose free will
-RUSH- -RADIO- -ARCHIVES-
Simpeople and Me Archive- -11Dots Archive- My Sims World Archive
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 9:17 PM
Ammaazzing!! SO COOL!
Thanks!!!
NLM

(()) Pass the ribbon around if you know someone that
//\\ has survived, died, or is living with cancer.

Click here if you love me ;) or if u just wanna click here :D
Field Researcher
#14 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 9:51 PM
Thank you for uploaded a pets version, but what did pets break in this hack? I have been using the old one fine. Replacing anyway.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 10:17 PM
Thank you ive got already 10496 downloads do you think i can add this one too i want it i want it i wish i knew how many dl i can put in my game
Test Subject
#16 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 10:19 PM
Wonderful, and so very practical, too. Yet another download I must have.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 10:48 PM
Great! Thanks
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 10:58 PM
:O That ROCKS! How did I miss this download the first time around?

Just curious, does opening the window do anything besides look cool? Raise the environmental score, etc?


...and I wonder if, in the Seasons edition, it might make the room cold? LOL

Support a hungry coyfox (me!). Buy some wonderful flavored tea: Coy o'Teas

*10% goes to environmental causes*
Scholar
#19 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 11:11 PM
Yes it's a wonderful idea and realisation but I have to say too a special thank to you Numenor for keeping this mod updated. It's nice ! Merci beaucoup !

All of nature is within us and we are part of all nature (Chief White Cloud)
The ModFather
retired moderator
#20 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 12:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsbaby
Thank you for uploaded a pets version, but what did pets break in this hack? I have been using the old one fine. Replacing anyway.


Using the old version in a Pets game basically breaks the ability of the Pets to "use" the Bay Window (Sit, Sleep and Chill interaction); moreover, this hack is likely to create problems when the Pets have to "decide" where to stop sleeping or stop sitting.

Therefor, the problems are not critical, and sometimes not visible at all; but there are conflicts, nevertheless; and we don't want conflicts, do we?



Quote:
Originally Posted by aimlesscoyote
Just curious, does opening the window do anything besides look cool? Raise the environmental score, etc?
...and I wonder if, in the Seasons edition, it might make the room cold? LOL

No, the open/close animation is just cosmetic; no stats are changed: nor the room environment, nor the sims comfort.
As for the Seasons, I don't have a clue about its real features; I would be surprised if it would introduce an actual "cold" feeling by the sims...

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
#21 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 12:50 AM
Thanks I wonder in any anything blows into the house when the new seasons ep is installed ???!
Forum Resident
#22 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 4:24 AM
This is one great Moddification to the game.. I wonder why Maxis abandoned the idea.. Especially with Seasons coming up.. it would be fun if you leave a window open during a rain storm or a snow storm.. very funny.. come home to a room full of snow..
I love this MOD.. Thank you Atavera and Numenor

Thank you for sharing,
Makai

Live Well
Laugh Often
Love Much

"If you don't live for something...You'll die for nothing.."
Theorist
#23 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 6:57 AM
wow this is great thanks for this!
Test Subject
#24 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 8:01 AM
This is incredible! Thank you two for this, it looks awesome
Test Subject
#25 Old 16th Jan 2007 at 9:44 AM
Super! Thanks!
Page 1 of 5