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Testers Wanted: Minimalist CAS Screen

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 29th Jun 2007 at 9:39 AM
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Just a little something I've always wanted and finally got around to making. This CAS screen is meant to be as simple and nondescript as possible - bland, boring, and blending into the background, a blank canvas without anything competing for your attention.

For creators, it's meant to be a nice simple backdrop so you can show off your creations (if you're the type to take CAS screenshots of your work) without a busy background to distract from what you've made, as well as very neutral so it doesn't fool the eye colour-wise.

I have done my best to hide all the lighting under un-hacked zoom levels while still creating adequate lighting to see what you're doing. The main sim creation screen is a little bit dimmer, having removed the window and added more subtle lighting further away, while the family screen (the one that collects your sim family as you make them) has been lightened up a bit with additional hidden lighting.

This was created using Numenor's BaseGameStarter using only the base game - therefore, it should work for everyone. But... it's my first CAS screen, so do let me know if you have any trouble.

To Install: Place the CAS!.package file in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\ folder.

Required Content: In order to get the truly blank look like I have, without the rotating platform, mirror, pictures, backdrop screen, etc., you will need to download and install the following items from Windkeeper's Blank CAS set:

Additional Credits:
  • Numenor, for his magnificent BaseGameStarter, allowing me to make a base game CAS even with EPs installed.
  • Vashti, for her totally easy to follow tutorial on creating custom CAS screens. If I'd known it was that easy I would have done it before now!
  • Windkeeper, for the super cool blank CAS mods, making this level of simplicity in a CAS screen possible.

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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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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#2 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 5:59 PM
Nice and useful, thank you ! I was about to make a serie of neutral walls for screenshots background while wondering if it was pertinent to share it. Your CAS give me some sort of answer...

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#3 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 5:59 PM
Awesome! Thank you!
#4 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 6:05 PM
yay! thanks a lot! (i download it first)

#5 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 7:19 PM
Thank you!

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#6 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 7:38 PM
Thanks! I love everything you've made. Thank you for sharing your creations with the community. <3
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#7 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 8:42 PM
Looks good, now I want to make one. But your link to Vashti71 isn't working for me. I found her here instead:
#8 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 9:08 PM
I thought alkaloid's was minimalist This beats that hands down. Thanks.

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#9 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 10:02 PM
I love it, I mean, who really needs a fancy CAS when you only go there to make Sims?

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#10 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 10:32 PM
This is awesome. It looks great in game. I initially forgot that I'd downloaded and installed this and the appropriate stuff from Windkeeper, so when my CAS screen loaded this morning, I was a little freaked. Heh. But seriously - great job. It's perfect - no distractions when creating new Sims. Thank you!

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#11 Old 30th Jun 2007 at 1:48 AM
I love minimalist patterns, but I hate modern stuff. This is the right mix in between, so thanks!
#12 Old 30th Jun 2007 at 2:12 AM
Lovethis :] Rhiannon looks fab here too haha. Thanks
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#13 Old 30th Jun 2007 at 2:44 AM
Thanks so much! I have gone into my CAS so many times thinking "gee, how ugly and distracting." This solves everything.

FionaSkye: That's happened to me with other items. I'll download a hack/sim, go into my game and wonder where it came from until I remember I downloaded it myself. Whoops!

Again, great job.
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6th Jul 2007 at 5:24 PM
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#14 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 5:25 PM
This is an awesome room. But, last time I downloaded it, my family wouldn't show up after I created them. I'm thinking it's the Not too sure, I'll be sure to post here again to my result.
Test Subject
#15 Old 15th Jul 2007 at 9:59 PM
Though I like it overall, I have no lighting like your third screenshot. My sims are standing in the dark. Fully lit everywhere else in the CAS, just not the family view. Any ideas?
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#16 Old 7th Aug 2007 at 1:45 PM
I really like the CAS! :D

However, I can't see the Sims of my family when I finish creating them one by one.

What can be the problem? And how can I fix it?

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#17 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 8:23 AM
thank you so much for doing this! i was really tired of cas's that were overdone, and this one just makes creating a new sim so much simpler. thanks again for everything you create! you rock!
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#18 Old 25th Aug 2007 at 3:02 AM
There is no lighting in the family area. Did I miss downloading something?

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#19 Old 26th Aug 2007 at 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by Shine Waterice
I really like the CAS! :D

However, I can't see the Sims of my family when I finish creating them one by one.

I've got the same issue -- I LOVE the CAS, it's fantastic, but the family view doesn't work. (The lighting is fine, the family just doesn't show up.) It's only a cosmetic issue, doesn't affect anything -- but I figured I'd let you know.

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2nd Sep 2007 at 12:04 PM
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#20 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 11:12 PM
Originally Posted by gglibertine
I've got the same issue -- I LOVE the CAS, it's fantastic, but the family view doesn't work. (The lighting is fine, the family just doesn't show up.) It's only a cosmetic issue, doesn't affect anything -- but I figured I'd let you know.

yeah same with mine. i really dont care. its a really great Cas.

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#21 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 3:43 PM
I've no idea why that screen would not be lit for you guys - can you please let me know what expansions you have? Works fine for me with everything up to Seasons and was built using the BaseGameStarter and no custom content so there shouldn't be any issues.

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#22 Old 1st Jan 2008 at 1:10 PM
WOW !! thankz

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#23 Old 19th Jan 2008 at 2:20 PM
This is wonderful - loads quickly and is easy on the eyes especially when you're a little tired. Thanks!
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#24 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 10:49 AM
I LOVE IT. Thanks a million. I've always hated CAS screens, so this just makes me happy. No fuss, and it's all there. WOOT.

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