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CAS!.package Switcher Program

by Zithsim Posted 1st Mar 2008 at 10:15 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 5:45 PM by Nysha
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Long overdue update 07/07/2010: Sorry for not doing anything with this for the last two years, but I pretty much stopped playing The Sims 2 shortly after writing this program. I still don't have Vista or Win7, but luckily NickM406 has written a CAS! Switcher program that is being updated and works with XP, Vista and Win7: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=409968

So a big thanks to NickM406 for keeping the idea alive and supporting the operating systems I can't. Please switch to that program as I won't be doing anything more with this program. Thanks again to everyone that responded to my program and I hope those that could run it got some good use from it.


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I originally wrote this program just for my own use, but I thought I would share it as a thanks to everyone on here!

This little program makes it easy to switch CAS! screens for The Sims 2 game. You can add two preview screenshots so you don't have to guess which file is which.

I use several CAS! screens and trying to remember which one was which was getting to be a pain. Also renaming and moving files manually was a hassle. This automates the process and if you add screenshots it also solves the problem of which CAS! screen you are switching to.

Requirements: Windows XP (should work in any version of Windows 98 or higher, but I've only tested it with Windows XP)

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Update: 4-11-2008 - Some people may need the Visual Basic 5 runtime file "Msvbvm50.dll" for this to work if they don't already have this installed on their system. This can be downloaded from Microsoft at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q180071/
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Installation: Just copy the program file and empty folder to your Sims 2 DOWNLOADS folder, usually located at:

C:\Documents and Settings\............\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads

then copy (one at a time) a CAS! screen file (usally named CAS!.package) into the folder named CAS (or create a folder named CAS in DOWNLOADS if you didn't use the included one). Rename each file to whatever you want, keeping the extension ".package". I find naming the file after the creator with an added number is easiest. Then add the next, and so on.

Example: rename CAS!.package to Phaenoh01.package

You can add two screenshots for each CAS! screen. They must be JPG format, but can be any size. The program will shrink/expand them to fit. They must be named the same as the CAS! screen file, but with an "A" or "B" added to the name. You can use lower or upper case, it doesn't matter.

Example: Phaenoh01A.jpg and Phaenoh01B.jpg

I just use the screenshots for both rooms provided from the author, saving each with the added letter, A for the design room and B for the group photo room.

THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT SWITCH FILES WHILE THE GAME IS RUNNING!!!

This program is free to use but you may not upload to any other site or modify the program in any way. Copyright 2008 by Wade Tweitmann

Thanks to all the people and users at modthesims2.com for all the great stuff they've done! I hope this program will encourage more people to create their own CAS! screens and share them.

Additional Credits:
Screenshots from CAS!.package authors: Phaenoh, Reyn, and JRW.
Tags: #CAS, #create a sim

Operating System:
      Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc
Utility Type:
      CC Managers: Tools for installing and managing custom content, custom music, custom paintings etc.
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.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CAS_switcher100.zip

Size: 10.7 KB · Downloads: 16,109 · 2nd Mar 2008
10.7 KB 16,109 2nd Mar 2008
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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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 3:04 PM
This is a great idea. Thanks for making this

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#3 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 3:13 PM
Wow!!! It's amazing!
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#4 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 3:40 PM
This is awesome! Thanks so much

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#5 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 3:51 PM
That's so useful Thank you so much for that great program.
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#6 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 4:41 PM
This is such a great idea! Thanks a lot!
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5th Mar 2008 at 5:18 PM Last edited by TickleOnTheTum : 5th Jun 2012 at 4:22 PM.
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#7 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 5:37 PM
Thanks, just what I needed! Now I can change whenever I want to! Love it!

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#8 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 6:45 PM
Omg you have no idea how much you helped with Cas switcher thanks so much for this download...
Theorist
#9 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 7:27 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TickleOnTheTum
Will it work if i put the stuff in a folder under Program Files as this sort of thing shouldn't go in the Downloads folder at all.


...Yes it will! 'CAS!' files can go into the Downloads directory as much as they work in the normal program files! (Which is very handy if you think about it)

...Back to the uplaod... :D

Thankyou for this tool! Now I can switch between my CAS Files I made to beat Phae, But never got round to perfecting them all the time when I got bored! wahoot!

Thanks!!


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Alchemist
#10 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 7:47 PM
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing,
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#11 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 8:16 PM
Everyone: Glad someone is finding the program useful. It saves me a bit of time and effort, so thought I'd share it.

TickleOnTheTum: No, the program and CAS folder need to be in the Downloads folder. It also will not work if you put it in a sub-folder within the Downloads folder. Sorry, but I wanted to keep the program as small and simple as possible; plus that is where downloaded CAS!.package files need to be located, so it makes sense to put everything together. You can always create a shortcut to it and put the shortcut anywhere you like.

The program also doesn't have any install program or Windows Registry settings, so it can easily be deleted by just removing the program file and CAS folder (save your CAS backgrouunds somewhere first!). :D

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Top Secret Researcher
#12 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 9:02 PM
What a perfect program, now I can download some CAS. I never wanted to do it before because I would get very bored of one style.
Thanks for sharing your fantastic program with us!!
Test Subject
#13 Old 5th Mar 2008 at 9:07 PM
ZOMG! You have totally just made my day!

Merci bien :]

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#14 Old 6th Mar 2008 at 12:44 AM Last edited by sehana : 7th Mar 2008 at 5:23 AM.
Oh thank you i mentioned this in my warm japanese CAS screen. Thank You!!

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#15 Old 6th Mar 2008 at 2:25 AM
Thanks for the free advertising. Somehow I missed this when it first posted. If I wasn't a one-CAS type person I'd totally download this. It looks so useful and easy to use!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 6th Mar 2008 at 10:20 AM
Thanks for this - this is really useful. :D
Theorist
#17 Old 8th Mar 2008 at 6:02 AM
Very cool! Thanks
Test Subject
#18 Old 16th Mar 2008 at 4:17 PM
This will not work on a Windows Vista Computer .
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 20th Mar 2008 at 5:29 PM
Thank You! Sooo Much!
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#20 Old 20th Mar 2008 at 5:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dec127407
This will not work on a Windows Vista Computer .


Could you send me exactly what error message you get or what happens when you try running it, please? Thanks.

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#21 Old 1st Apr 2008 at 11:06 PM
woah, that's a cool program, thanks for sharing!
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#22 Old 3rd Apr 2008 at 12:29 AM Last edited by Dec127400 : 3rd Apr 2008 at 12:30 AM. Reason: MISS SPELLED WORD
Zithhsim I got the following messageThis application has failed to start because MSVBVM50.DLL was not found.Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.
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#23 Old 11th Apr 2008 at 3:29 PM
Looks like some versions of Windows don't come with the Visual Basic 5 runtime, so you can download it free from Microsoft at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q180071/

You only need the file "Msvbvm50.dll", so you can just do a search online for that specific file if you don't want to install all the other files that are included in Microsoft's installer.

This should also work for Vista users, although I don't have that OS so can't check it out.

When I get a chance I'll rewrite this in C++ and replace the current version.

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Check out my latest Sims 2 stuff at my Grafx3D blog.
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#24 Old 2nd May 2008 at 11:56 PM
Thanks! I love it! No more hassle.

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Lab Assistant
#25 Old 6th May 2008 at 5:48 PM
Great idea for a program, Sadly I cannot get it to work I am using windows Vista... I downloaded the dll, then after that I get this error:

*Folder named CAS is missing or not in proper location.Please copy or create a folder named CAS in your Sims 2 downloads folder, usually locked:... My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads*

Vista manages the files slightly different, here is what it looks like:

C:\Users\Test\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\CAS


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