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Triple Magic

by frillen Posted 22nd Oct 2007 at 1:52 AM - Updated 9th Feb 2009 at 11:44 AM by frillen
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

These are not actual objects but rather tools to help you improve the look of your lots.
I've always hated the visible edges on floor tiles, especially when creating a swimable surface in ponds, so I began to investigate the possibilities to mod the floor tiles.
After a long time I gave up on the floor tiles and began to experiment with object bhavs in the hope that it could solve my problem - And it did :D
My experiments led in other directions too and suddenly I also had an object which could hide the pond water surface!

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Allthough these are base game objects they will however require at least Nightlife or a later EP in order to have 100% functionality because of special BHAV instructions!

The end result is this upload called Triple Magic, well instead of me babbling away I'll explain these 3 tools for you...


Invisible Tile
This object will hide any floor tile including their edges, sims will still be able to walk on them, however there's no 'walk to' -option when you click on them.
Once you delete them the hidden floor tiles will be visible again.
This is great for creating invisible bridges or whatever you desire, but mainly I created it to hide the floor tile edges in swimable ponds.
I won't go into details on how swimable ponds can be made, but here's a few links to tutorials about it:

Tutorial: Making real lakes swimmable by JustTheBast
Easy swimmable real lake -Tutorial- By patul


Pond Surface Remover
This object will hide the water surface in ponds, however it does require a flat pond bottom because hiding the surface also hides the bottom, so I had to create an illusion of pond bottom where it's placed.
Yhese can be a bit tricky to place especially under column decks, so place these first then drag the column decks by holding CTRL key down(just as when deleting, do not move the mouse, release the CTRL key and left click, your column deck should now appear.
Once deleted the ponds surface & bottom will re-appear again.
For those who have Seasons installed - Please remember that the fish do not know that the water surface has gone, they will swim right through the area!



Floor Tile Remover
This last one is meant to permanently remove floor tiles, especially those which are har to get rid off.
It can remove the floor tiles on foundations, column decks etc.
Place 1 and move it to a new location to remove floor tiles!

That's about it, I hope you'll enjoy these small magical tools(objects).

Oh and btw for those who want to see what can be achieved with these tools, take a look at this lot which demonstrates the use of 2 of these techniques:
Blue Water Camping
http://modthesims2.com/member/showthread.php?t=253479


You may:
Create recolors & upload them, but remember to link to this mesh!
Use it in a house & upload your house to any site as long this object is a part of your lot!

Created by Frillen - October 2007 especially for the following sites:
http://www.sims2you.dk
http://www.modthesims2.com

Polygon Counts:
Frillen-InvisibleTile.package: Invisible Tile - 2 Polys
Frillen-PondSurfaceRemover.package: Pond Surface Remover - 10 Polys
Frillen-FloorTileRemover.package: Floor Tile Remover - 24 Polys
Tags: #swimable, #pond, #invisible, #tile, #magic

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
Frillen-FloorTileRemover.zip

Size: 2.9 KB · Downloads: 5,259 · 22nd Oct 2007
2.9 KB 5,259 22nd Oct 2007
Frillen-PondSurfaceRemover.zip

Size: 28.8 KB · Downloads: 5,135 · 22nd Oct 2007
28.8 KB 5,135 22nd Oct 2007
Frillen-InvisibleTile.zip

Size: 2.6 KB · Downloads: 7,605 · 22nd Oct 2007
2.6 KB 7,605 22nd Oct 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
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#2 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 7:05 PM
Yay Frille! This is awesome sweets! Thanks so much for sharing

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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 9:14 PM
OMG! You are a genious!!! Thanks!!!


Thanks²³²³²³²²!!!!!

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 10:17 PM
Thank you so much!

I think your pond water surface hider is exactly what I need--I'm building a community aquarium, and I have a two storey tank made from the swimming pool, with the fish from both Maxis fish tanks (minus original tanks) placed on invisible slot files in groups--but I've been going nuts for quite awhile, trying to figure out some way to include an exhibit of the pond fish that can be viewed through some sort of window, but the pond water keeps getting in the way!

With some funky wall building, I think I can finally pull it off

And as much as I've always wanted a swimmable pond, those floor tile edges have always deterred me...

I'm going to have a look at your Blue Water Camping lot, and see what new possibilites open--I've already thought of frustrating building situations that I can use all three of these tools in.

Cheers!
Suzanne
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 10:43 PM
How very interesting. You truely are amazing.

Retired from the Sims world. Please continue to enjoy my creations. Thank you to everyone who helped -- by either giving me the tools and knowledge to create or by encouraging me & downloading my creations. The Sims community is the BEST!
Test Subject
#6 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 11:31 PM
wheeeeee i can walk on water? IMA god :D
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 4:07 AM
Looks like it'll be very useful for house building. Nice job.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 5:30 AM
Frillen - master of floortiles - you rock :D
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#9 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 6:31 AM
Sensational work Frillen - I will get HEAPS of use out of these items - ty so much for sharing!

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Alchemist
#10 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 1:17 PM
At last, a TRULY invisible tile. I will enjoy using this. Will it not work with basegame, or just work less well?
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 3:52 PM
this is the best modification on modthesims2. sorry other modders.
Test Subject
#12 Old 26th Oct 2007 at 5:53 AM
OMG Frillen...you are a genious! (Bows to a new GOD) I can't even count how many times I have wished for completely invisible floor tiles throughout my building expeditions. All three of these tools will come in extremely handy and I am CERTAIN that I will get oodles and oddles of use from them.
Thank you so much for creating such a fabulous and probably a much sought after object, and most of all, thanks for sharing it with us. I think you deserve to be featured for these objects!!

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#13 Old 27th Oct 2007 at 1:05 AM
This beats hiding the edges with bamboo!

Reyn Silversong-Sim Architect

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Lab Assistant
#14 Old 27th Oct 2007 at 2:52 AM
WOW this is amazing!!! I can already see myself becoming a swim-pond-builder now *.* I never wanted to build a swimable pond just because of these ugly, ugly borders... ^^
THANK YOU for making and sharing these cooooool tools!!!!!
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#15 Old 27th Oct 2007 at 5:24 AM
Thank you frillen! I've been waiting for the invisible floor tiles =) finally swimmable sea without funky edges in it!

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#16 Old 28th Oct 2007 at 2:07 AM
I was just explaining to Harry how it will be impossible for me to build his little prison in the middle of an island just so he can have a place to send bad magicians! He informed me that the Dementors were getting restless and needed a place to play or the Muggles would suffer the consequences. Since he put it that way, for the 17th time tonight, I went in search of a tool to make Azkaban a reality...Then, I found your TRIPLE MAGIC! OMG!

Needless to say Azkaban will be built and young Mr. Potter will go on to be the greatest wizard the Magical World has ever seen!

In other words....THANK YOU for this. I was on the verge of giving up and creating something substandard! Thank you! Thank you!

stephanie b.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Theorist
#17 Old 28th Oct 2007 at 7:40 PM
awesome!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 8th Nov 2007 at 2:12 PM
The invisible tiles are most welcome. Thankyou.

Thanks, I hate it.
Scholar
#19 Old 8th Dec 2007 at 8:16 PM
Simply excellent ! Thank you and thanks plasticbox for advertising it ! (otherwise I would have miss it)

Understand Material definition-TXMT and customize the look of your objects ! This way

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#20 Old 8th Dec 2007 at 8:48 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by pixelhate
thanks plasticbox for advertising it!

Whee, it worked!

*is proud of marketing skillz*

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Alchemist
#21 Old 10th Apr 2008 at 7:25 AM
In case anyone may like to know, I have used two of these with basegame only. The floortile remover works beautifully in basegame. The invisible tile appears in the catalogue, but seems to do nothing, unless I have failed to use it properly.

Haven't tried the water hider.

Thanks Frillen!
Mad Poster
#22 Old 20th Apr 2008 at 11:33 PM
YES! You've saved my staircase!!! Thanks a trillion trillion!

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#23 Old 31st May 2008 at 9:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by plasticbox
Quote:
Originally Posted by pixelhate
Thank you and thanks plasticbox for advertising it ! (otherwise I would have miss it)

Whee, it worked!
*is proud of marketing skillz*


It worked this way for me too! Not being a builder, I'm rarely aware of new building tools and techniques, and I missed so far this pearl! I'm in awe whenever I see hard problems solved with a simple and effective solution, like this.... Thanks and bravo to Frillen for having created theses extremely useful tools, and to Plasticbox for using them with such a great expertise! -

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Test Subject
#24 Old 25th Jul 2008 at 2:11 PM
These are so cool. I'm sorry I didn't find them sooner, but you know with deciding to get a degree rather than playing sims all day. . . scarifices, sacrifices. LoL

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#25 Old 21st Mar 2009 at 4:17 PM
Frillen, I've used your invisible tile in a lot I uploaded here and one of the downloaders was very confused because it got removed after moving sims in and out. This is logical I guess, since it's cloned from a plant, but actually doesn't make a lot of sense -- it's a build mode thing after all (or at least it behaves like one), not something that sims would buy and take with them.

Is it possible to somehow change this behaviour?

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