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BodyShop Mechanic [Updated March 14 2009]

by Dr Pixel Posted 9th May 2007 at 12:21 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 10:11 PM by Nysha
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BodyShop Mechanic v .36B by Dr Pixel

Released March 14, 2009

Bodyshop Mechanic is Copyrighted 2006 - 2009 and is not to be distributed on other sites.

NEW! Added a Rename/Copy section to make it easy to handle your finished
Bodyshop package files.

NEW! Updated the Remove Projects section.

See the Help Manual for full details.

Bodyshop Mechanic works with any combination of expansions and stuff-packs.

This program is for Windows users only. No other files are necessary, if you can play The Sims2 game on your Windows computer, it should work for you.

It uses a standard Windows installer, and includes a complete Help manual.

BodyShop Mechanic is a simple program that gives you a little better control of the BodyShop program that comes with the Sims2 game, and lets you easily control many useful user-created Bodyshop enhancements.

It will NOT work with the pre-release version of BodyShop, only with the versions that are installed along with the game itself.

You can:

Choose the size of the BodyShop window (800 x 600 - or - 1024 x 768)

Get BodyShop to re-create it's thumbnails. This is useful if you have some bad thumbnails in BodyShop. This will not fix the bad thumbnails unless you have corrected the problem that caused them - most often this is a missing mesh file, or a flawed mesh edit.

Remove old BodyShop projects that are cluttering up the Projects list.
This will not harm your finished projects, once you have imported them into the game the project files are no longer needed and are wasting space and causing BodyShop to load slowly.

Remove any unwanted project folders - these are also not needed after you have imported them into the game.

Hide The SavedSims and/or the Downloads folders from Bodyshop.

Change the background picture/color used in BodyShop at any time.

For the background picture you can choose any bmp, jpg, or png image you have, of any size. You have the option to tile or resize the image to fill the whole Bodyshop window.


You can also easily control several user-created Bodyshop add-ons:

You can change the lighting brightness using Wes Howe's enhanced lighting files.

You can change the default "hands on hips" mannequin pose to any one of many available user-created poses. There are instructions included for creating your own pose files if you like.

You can control Windkeeper's Bodyshop Enhancement files. These are the default screen replacements, the mannequin skintone replacements, and the invisible undies for skintone creators.

The help manual has complete instructions and download links for all these files.


The "Run Bodyshop" button will start Bodyshop with the chosen settings.

You will still be able to change the background while BodyShop is running.

All other features can only be used when BodyShop is not running, and will be disabled while BodyShop is running.


That's all there is for now, I hope you find it useful.

Dr Pixel
Operating System:
      Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc
Utility Type:
      Miscellaneous: Tools which do not fit into the above categories.
Plugin Type:
      Not Applicable: Standalone tools

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 1.32 MB · Downloads: 19,583 · 10th Mar 2009
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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\
  • 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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Field Researcher
#2 Old 9th May 2007 at 1:46 PM
Well, I know I will find it useful for sure! This is an amazing tool!
Thank you so much, Dr Pixel.
Field Researcher
#3 Old 9th May 2007 at 1:58 PM
thanks you!
i had used the early version before
and now i can use it with my seasons too
thanks again:D
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 9th May 2007 at 2:03 PM
I know for sure the refresh thumbnails will definitely come in handy for me . . . :^D
Can definitely use this . . . ;^D

Back playing Sims 2 after 10 years . . .
Field Researcher
#5 Old 9th May 2007 at 2:34 PM
Thanks,thanks,thanks,Dr Pixel :D

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Field Researcher
#6 Old 9th May 2007 at 3:10 PM
I'm so glad you updated this wonderful little tool! Thank you.
Field Researcher
#7 Old 9th May 2007 at 3:11 PM
Thanks, Doc. This is really useful.
Test Subject
#8 Old 9th May 2007 at 4:10 PM
This is fantastic, thanks so muc. I can't wait to give it a whirl.


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#9 Old 9th May 2007 at 5:36 PM
Wow ! V.2 sounds like a pro version. Thanks a lot !

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 9th May 2007 at 5:58 PM
Thank you.

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#11 Old 9th May 2007 at 6:19 PM
Wow, i'm speechless!!! So many features i secretly wished for many times, can't thank you enough you and wes_h !!


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#12 Old 9th May 2007 at 6:40 PM
Brilliant!! I didn't even know about a previous version, this looks like a wonderful tool - thanks a lot
Test Subject
#13 Old 9th May 2007 at 7:10 PM
This is amazing. Thanks!
Test Subject
#14 Old 9th May 2007 at 7:22 PM
Thank you for this - very useful and easy to use.
Field Researcher
#15 Old 9th May 2007 at 8:12 PM
This is VERY helpful, it is easy to use and for me that is a good thing!!
Thank you for spending your time on making this and then sharing it with us all.. :D

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#16 Old 9th May 2007 at 8:38 PM
This should prove to be invaluable thank you so much!!!

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Mad Poster
#17 Old 9th May 2007 at 9:10 PM
Oh cool, this should seriously be featured! Thank you for this!
#18 Old 10th May 2007 at 9:32 AM
I tried this out on my Bodyshop and it works a charm.. thank you very much.

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Field Researcher
10th May 2007 at 12:26 PM
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Field Researcher
#19 Old 10th May 2007 at 12:28 PM
Works like a charm for me as well!
Thanks again to you and wes_h!
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 11th May 2007 at 12:49 PM
OOH!! I am so gonna try this out i don't have or use too many hacks/mods but i am gonna have too try this out Thanks too Dr.Pixel and wes_h

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 13th May 2007 at 2:35 PM
i've tried it and for some reason the change pose and lighting tool are not working.and i dowloaded other poses

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Original Poster
#22 Old 13th May 2007 at 2:45 PM
The files must be put into:

.....My Documents\EA Games\The Sims2 \Config\ folder

NOT in the Config\ folder that is in C:Program Files\... etc.

In other words, the Config\ folder that is in the same place your Saved Sims\ and Projects\ folder are found.

Although they may work on their own in other folders, the program only looks in that folder for them.

Originally Posted by taylorlambert
i've tried it and for some reason the change pose and lighting tool are not working.and i dowloaded other poses
Field Researcher
#23 Old 5th Jun 2007 at 7:52 PM
Hi Dr Pixel,

Thanks for making this, it's been very useful I have a suggestion for you (well, more like a request); is it possible to make this work with these? That would be really helpful :D

Thanks in advance

Please don't PM/IM me with requests
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 7th Jun 2007 at 7:43 PM
Wow, Doc, this is a fantastically useful tool! It's sure easier than my usual method of skipping bodyshop all together and taking in-game shots of custom clothes for preview pics. Thanks a bunch!

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Lab Assistant
#25 Old 19th Jun 2007 at 7:26 AM
FANTASTIC TOOL , Dr. Pixel!!!!!!! I AM Having problems with the backgrounds when I choose a jpg image or whatnot it shows that it is using it in the mechanic but when body shop is running it is still the original background . I just read about pressing the F5 Key I am going to try that but that is the only thing I haven't done right with it, any other suggestions would be appreciated but I will let ya know if thats what I did wrong. Other than that It works beautifully THANKS :D

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