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"Write In Diary" Pen Fix.

by Menaceman44 Posted 19th Nov 2007 at 4:35 PM - Updated 29th Aug 2008 at 8:46 PM by Menaceman44 : Added a bit more info.
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STILL WORKS IF YOU HAVE FREETIME INSTALLED.

This is a fix for something that has bugged me in the game since it was first released.
Sims write in their diaries with a SCALPEL!


I could never understand this because Sims can use a pen perfectly well when completing a crossword in the newspaper. (And for signing in at a hotel now that Bon Voyage is out.)

I'm surpirsed that nobody else has fixed this before now because I'm pretty much a complete novice when it comes to BHAVs and didn't have any problems doing this. It was a simple case of altering the object instance that was being called.

With this fix placed in your Downloads folder your Sims will now write in their diaries with a pen!



I believe that this should be compatable with the base game and up but I'm not 100% certain because I made this with all Expansion Packs installed and with the Seasons version of SimPE. Hence why its here In Testing.

Please let me know if you try this in your game and find any problems. I have tested it in my game and had no problems. Sims still use the pen for the crossword and the scalpel for the medical career reward.

Additional Credits:
Many, many thanks to SimPE
Tags: #pen, #scalpel, #diary, #fix, #correction

Type:
      Fixed: Fixed Maxis Mistakes

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Forum Resident
#2 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 4:39 PM
Thankyou so much for this!! It really bugged me too!! Can you fix being able to delete makeup and accessories that BV brought us within CAS too by chance? lol
Mad Poster
#3 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 5:13 PM
Never noticed the scalpel before, mostly because my sims aren't the diary writer types, but thanks for the fix.
Field Researcher
#4 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 5:49 PM
sweet! thanks so much for this. REALLY bugged me.
Field Researcher
#5 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 5:49 PM
Thank you!! Thank you so much! I was wondering if there was a way to fix that - I take pics of them writing for stories sometimes, so this REALLY got on my nerves, cheers! :D

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 5:57 PM
never noticed the scalpel thing, thanks for pointing it out. Perhaps they were writing in blood? If so why didn't my sims pass out? Oh well, doesn't matter now...any way thanks again.

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Test Subject
#7 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 6:04 PM
wow, never really noticed that, but great idea! Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 6:22 PM
This not only bugged me, but it bugged me that it bugged me! I felt like I was getting a little too detail-orientated, and too in-control of my Sims world. Now, I don't have to feel like that (well, with this little problem, anyway) again!

:cheers:

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Scholar
#9 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 7:47 PM
I never noticed this either, thanks so much for fixing it and sharing it with us.
Theorist
#10 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 8:03 PM
Never knew, Never Knew...
:D
Thanks for the fix!


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Lab Assistant
#11 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 8:20 PM
Wow! Never noticed that before. Also: The diary-writing Sim in your pictures is left-handed. Are they all left-handed? I never noticed that before either! Now I'm curious.

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Test Subject
#12 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 8:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by soul_rune1984
never noticed the scalpel thing, thanks for pointing it out. Perhaps they were writing in blood? If so why didn't my sims pass out? Oh well, doesn't matter now...any way thanks again.




also, thanks!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#13 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 8:43 PM
charleeheart, I think they are all left-handed, yeah.

Thanks for all the great feedback people. It really makes me glad I upload these things I do.

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Test Subject
#14 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 8:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by charleeheart
Wow! Never noticed that before. Also: The diary-writing Sim in your pictures is left-handed. Are they all left-handed? I never noticed that before either! Now I'm curious.


All sims write in the diary left handed, but do their homework right handed.

I guess all sims are lefties by nature, but "forced" to switch in school.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 9:36 PM
Yay! You are my new hero. That's driven me mad the whole time I've had the sims...

Never noticed that they were left handed, though. Awww. Cute ikkle leftie sims...

Oddly enough, I also wondered if they were writing in blood... Nice to know I'm not the only morbid one...

Error aside, maybe they wanted it to be a nice shiny fountain pen, but then got bored and just bunged the knife in instead, and hoped no one would notice? :P
Test Subject
#16 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 10:46 PM
Thanks so much for this! And not to repeat everyone before me,but this really bugged me too.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#17 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 11:48 PM Last edited by Menaceman44 : 20th Nov 2007 at 1:18 PM.
DUpheal, from the looks of the code that I had to alter it seems the pen may have been cloned from the scalpel which may be why this error happened in the first place: MAXIS got lazy and didn't bother to check if they entered the right number.

I think Sims must all be ambidextrose (spelling?) cos I know they do other stuff right-handed.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 12:19 AM
*wonders if there's any deeper significance in them going for the knife before the pen*

Darnit, now I KNOW next time I play I'm going to be keeping a close eye on what hand my sims use for different things...
Test Subject
#19 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 9:27 PM
thnx alot gr8 upload!!! thnx 4 sharing it with us!!!!:D
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 6:13 AM
ha never noticed, seems a bit emo to me.... i notice the sim writing has their arms all covered up...

go left handers!!!

i am going to get Tosha Go, and it's going to look like an accident... because, she stole my newspaper.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 1:03 AM
Yeah, the scalpel thing has always bugged me too. I mean, if sims can use a pen doing their homework, why is it any different when they write in their diary? Thanks for fixing this!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 23rd Nov 2007 at 4:17 AM
Thanks, but why were there two pens? I mean, at school, I use the same pen for EVEYTHING. Well, until it dies, anyway.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#23 Old 23rd Nov 2007 at 8:33 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nelson340
Thanks, but why were there two pens? I mean, at school, I use the same pen for EVEYTHING. Well, until it dies, anyway.


There aren't two pens. This is the same pen as the one Sims use for homework or the newspaper crossword. The thing it replaces is a surgical knife that Sims should only use for the medical career reward. Due to bad coding though they used it for the diary as well.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Field Researcher
#24 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 9:39 PM
What makes me laugh is how they use a pen for homework, yet rub out mistakes with an invisible eraser that normally sits on the tip of a pencil! Oh well. Yeah, I've noticed the lefty thing too - when I first saw it I thought my sim was left-handed (like me! :D), until I saw him doing his homework. Weird... okay, I'm ambi too, but I still write with my left, no matter what it is

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Field Researcher
#25 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 9:03 AM
Thank you for this fix - I never noticed it either - but, if I had noticed, it would have bothered me as well.
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