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*Working* Magazine Rack [UPD 29 jan 2009]

by Numenor Posted 25th Jun 2008 at 11:47 PM - Updated 14th Mar 2009 at 8:49 PM by Numenor : Restored missing attachment
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
*WORKING* MAGAZINE RACK
Store away all your magazines and books!
-- Updated 29 Jan 2009 --




29 JAN 2009 - BUGFIX
Fixed a bug that affected games with Seasons:
- the rack doesn't cause any more a "jump bug" whenever hovering the mouse over it;
- it's now possible to correctly study the extra subjects (charisma etc.) if there is a "Golden Bookcase" (SSN career reward) in the lot.
Thanks Amberkat for reporting.

29 OCT 2008 - UPDATE
Improvement: sims can read magazines at will, increasing their interest, without losing interest in other subjects (thus getting rid of the annoyance reported by MagicMoon here)
Bugfix: a rare jump bug occurred when clicking on the racks (see Aelflaed's report here).

16 SEPT 2008 - UPDATE
- Included the 5 new skills from Apartment Life
- Added 5 more languages (see below for complete list and credits)

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Tidy up your home! All those magazines that usually clog your house, covering tables and floor, have finally found a nice place to be stored into!


FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
  • You can store in the racks all the base-game magazines, the hobby magazines, the books (including the custom-written novels) and even the unattanded UNI assignments.
  • You can then pick back from the rack any of the stored magazine or book (not the assignments), read it at will, and then put it back into the rack.
  • The magazines, after a number of readings, become "old" and can't be read any more (this apply to the base-game one, too!).
  • The maid, and any sim "influenced" to clean, will automatically put away all books, magazines and UNI assignments.
  • Lost&Found magazines: all the rack by default contain the lost "money" magazine (base-game) and also the lost "Entertainment Hobby" (FT required).
  • Lost&Found animation "View Centerfold": while reading, the sims will randomly play this funny animation.
  • The Magazine Rack comes in two versions: vertical and horizontal; the horizontal can become a simple pile of magazines by applying the "invisible" recolour provided in the package.
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GAME ADAPTIVITY - GAME COMPATIBILITY
The racks are compatible with any game (tested from base-game to Apartment Life). Depending on your game, some additional features may become available.
  • Common features, available in all games:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "interest" magazines (i.e. the ones bought from the community vending racks);
    • store into/pick from the rack reading and study books;
    • Lost&Found "Money" magazine + Lost&Found "Centerfold" animation;
    • Automatic cleaning by maid.
  • If you have University:
    • the unattended assignments can be "stored" in the rack (actually, deleted from the game). The assignments owned by playable sims are not removed; the assignments currently in use by any sims are not removed;
    • Automatic clean-up by sims "influenced" to clean.
  • If you have FreeTime:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "hobby" magazines (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • store into/pick from the rack the custom-written novels (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • Lost&Found "Entertainment" magazine.
  • If you have Open for Business:
    • DON'T try to sell books in your store using this rack; and don't try to sell the rack itself: the OFB functions are disabled and won't work This is a residential object, after all .
  • If you have Apartment Life:
    • You can study the 5 new skills.

Note: Multiple racks - You can put as many racks as you want in your house, but they work as in real life: if you store a magazine into one rack, don't expect to find it in all the other racks!
On the other hand, the standard bookcase functions (reading books, studying books, custom novels) work like the Maxis bookcases: all the books are shared between all the bookcases (including the rack).

Note: Pie Menu - Most of the pie menu entries have been modified to make them consistent with the idea of "magazine" (e.g. Study/Parenting has become Browse Monthly Review/"Children: User Manual" ); I only speak English and Italian, and several users helped translating the menu into new languages, but some players might read the usual text.


INSTALLATION
In the attached rar you will find two Racks (horizontal and vertical), and a Magazine. All the three packages must be put in your Downloads folder.
NOTE: The Magazine is always required for the Racks to work; on the other hand, if you don't like one of the two racks, you can safely discard it.


RECOLOURING INSTRUCTIONS
You can recolour the racks by following two alternate methods.
  1. (Preferable) Using the TEMPLATES - Download the recolour templates from this thread; Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen template (racks or magazines); then choose "CLONE" (attention: not "recolour"!) and proceed; when the clone is created, just replace the texture with your own. This method will create ONE recolour package (for either the wooden part or the magazines) that works for BOTH racks at the same time.
  2. Following the general recolouring tutorial - Keep in mind that the vertical and horizontal racks are autonomous objects (they don't share the textures) and must be recoloured separately. Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen rack mesh (either the horizontal or the vertical); then choose "Recolour" and proceed. In the subset selection, I recommend to choose only one subset (either "magazines" or "rack"). Finish the recolour following the tutorial.


CREDITS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The "vertical" rack is based on a mesh originally created by Boblishman for a different rack (working just as a normal bookcase) and posted here.
The horizontal meshes and the internal code were entirely made by myself.


Polygon Counts:
Vertical rack: 590 faces, 954 vertices
Horizontal rack: 1316 faces, 1953 vertices
Magazine template: zero (it uses the Maxis mesh already in game)


MENU TRANSLATIONS
Languages currently included in the racks (some languages don't have the exact magazine names, but it's not important):
- English (by Numenor) - Italian (by Numenor) - German (by Frizelbliz) - Spanish (by Man1968) - Swedish (by Stimy) - French (by SeasonPink) - Polish (by domilika) - Urdu-Romanised (in the Hindi language) (by ieta_cassiopeia) - Japanese (by mijiki-kun) - Norwegian (by Annapast) - Portuguese (by Ocorreia) - Brazilian (by DaniloFTS and Larissamenezes) - Thai (by The T) - Russian (by Shoukeir).

Thanks a lot to anyone provided the translations! By now, I don't plan to add more languages.
Tags: #magazine rack

Style: Contemporary
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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
MagazineRacks.rar

Size: 211.8 KB · Downloads: 33,148 · 29th Jan 2009
211.8 KB 33,148 29th Jan 2009
Recolour_TEMPLATES.rar

Size: 41.1 KB · Downloads: 28,502 · 4th Jul 2008
41.1 KB 28,502 4th Jul 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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Test Subject
#2 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 12:59 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I wanted someone to make a magazine rack because I had way too many unread magazines. This is very helpful and will make my home look cleaner! Thanks, Numenor!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:00 AM
oh my gosh! this is so awesome. and the 'view centerfold' thing is HILARIOUS. i love this. thank you so much!
Test Subject
#4 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:03 AM
A really nice idea and good job with the mesh, but I think a larger version of the vertical rack would look better. And dont you think something like homework assignments could be put in the bin as well?
Test Subject
#5 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:06 AM
Absolutely brilliant, as usual. I've been needing this for so long!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:08 AM
Wow!! This is amazing- I hate having magazines strewn around my homes!
Scholar
#7 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:08 AM
This is great, Numenor -- thanks so much. Even in a small household, if two people each have three interests, the magazine clutter becomes out of control quite quickly!

I made some mods for The Sims 1 -- yes ONE :-) -- which you can find at http://corylea.com/Sims%201%20Mods%20by%20Corylea.html
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:10 AM
Oh great! Thank you for a solution to the 13824503465 magazines on my sims' front lawns.

I basically just like to play uglacies.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:11 AM
Wow! This is amazing! Thank you!

Click HERE and you'll get a surprise!
Field Researcher
#10 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:17 AM
Oh this is great! I can actually subscribe to the hobby magazines now! I was getting so sick of them laying around everywhere, Thanks!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#11 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:19 AM
Info added on the first post:

Note: Multiple racks - You can put as many racks as you want in your house, but they work as in real life: if you store a magazine into one rack, don't expect to find it in all the other racks!
On the other hand, the standard bookcase functions (reading books, studying books, custom novels) work like the Maxis bookcases: all the books are shared between all the bookcases (including the rack).

Note: Pie Menu - Most of the pie menu entries have been modified to make them consistent with the idea of "magazine" (e.g. Study/Parenting has become Browse Monthly Review/"Children: User Manual" ); but since I only speak English and Italian, the new menu entries will apply only to these two languages; all the other languages will read the usual text.


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Thanks for your positive comments!

EpicCheese - I thought of this, but "putting away" a homework actually means deleting it from the game; for the UNI assignments owned by non-playable sims it's OK, but deleting Uni/school homeworks owned by family members wouldn't be a good idea It's true that I could modify the code, so to let sims pick back the homeworks from the rack, but I think it's somewhat dangerous to hide "real" homework into the rack (and anyway, many interactions like "ask for help with homework" require the homework to be visible in game).

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#12 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:26 AM
Cool! Cool! Cool! All i have to say.One more Cool!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:36 AM
Brillant! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#14 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:48 AM
I downloaded it and when they are doing an action with the rack and i click on the rack when they are doing the first action and i click on the rack it resets my sims

Why is that happening?
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 1:50 AM
Wonderful, I've been using the original version for years and wishing for an update. Thank You!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#16 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:24 AM Last edited by Numenor : 26th Jun 2008 at 3:01 AM.
Big_de123 - Can you please give more details? You sent a sim to do an action on the rack (which action? Is the sim still walking, or has he already started reading?); then, while the same sim is selected (or another sim?), you click again on the rack, and the sim jumps. Correct?
If it's possible, an error log would hel a lot.

Can you tell me also which EP/SP do you have? Your profile says "Games Purchased: Original, University, Nightlife, Open for Business ".



OK, FIXED. Thanks big_de123 for reporting.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Admin of Randomness
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#17 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:24 AM
*brilliant* I always know I'm going to see something amazing when I check your posts, and I was not disappointed. Thank you for helping with the clutter problem.

"Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

Please do NOT PM me with requests, creation questions, or game help questions. Click for help:
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transmogrified
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#18 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:22 AM
My Sims no longer subscribed to hobby magazines because of the clutter. Thank you!
Field Researcher
#19 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:25 AM
Fantastic! Now I might actually subscribe to magazines! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:27 AM Last edited by Evil Plumbob : 26th Jun 2008 at 2:28 AM. Reason: wanted to add something....
i love it! although i won;t be downloading it as my sims are usually neat freaks.
Also, i think it's hilarious that Boblishman is on one of the magazines in the rack (see "object weekly" in picture)

May good fortune rule over you,
peace lie in your heart,
and the stars watch over you
Test Subject
#21 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 2:51 AM
Thank you soooo much... I didnt even realize I NEEDED this until I saw it here. I just kept saying NO I dont want any magazines coz I hated them lying about.

My sims love you for it! (least the neat ones do)
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#22 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 3:00 AM
Default Quick BUGFIX!
*** PLEASE REDOWNLOAD ***
(fixed a "jump bug" affecting games without FT)



After few hours since the first upload, the bug report by big_de123 allowed me to track a bug that affected the games without FT.
Please redownload the rack if you don't have FreeTime, or if you plan to use the racks in a AGS/BGS mini-game.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
The ModFather
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#23 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 3:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evil Plumbob
Also, i think it's hilarious that Boblishman is on one of the magazines in the rack (see "object weekly" in picture)


I thought it was a nice thing to leave the original texture created by Boblishman, as a tribute to this great modder (that unfortunately has got into new interests )

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Me? Sarcastic? Never.
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Scholar
#25 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 3:11 AM
Great!! Thanks!!
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