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Widescreen CAS Camera fix (all games)

by quetzilla Posted 11th Jul 2008 at 11:21 PM - Updated 16th Jul 2008 at 1:24 AM by quetzilla
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With a widescreen monitor the CAS screen can be problematic -- when choosing clothes half the Sim's body is blocked by the UI widgets, and similar problems with the closeup face editing view. I have made an edited CASCamera.txt file which fixes this problem for widescreen monitors, as well as allows much better zooming abilities in both modes (full body vs face closeup).

The view will be slightly off when first switching between modes, but you can simply zoom in or out to get a better view of whichever part you want. In full body mode, zooming out will show the full body including shoes, etc. Zooming in will then go to a relative closeup of the face, on the OTHER side of the UI widgets. You can see this in the screenshots below.

In face closeup mode the face will initially be partially obscured by the UI widgets, but you can zoom in to get the full view of the face on the left. Zooming out will low you to see most of the Sim's body, again on the OTHER side of the widgets (again, see screenshots).

There are two rar files. If you have the PETS expansion installed download the one named labelled for Pets.

If you don't have PETS installed, download the other one (CASCamera.rar). That one will work with any expansions (including none at all).

(note: the PETS file includes the camera data for pet creation, but as I don't use PETS, I have not fixed those views for widescreen monitors, they are included only for compatibility.)

In your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/ folder there is a subfolder named Cameras. In that folder, there is a file named CASCamera.txt. Bakcup that file, then replace it with the CASCamera.txt from the rar file you downloaded.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Gunmod, whose camera config files I used to figure out what the different numbers meant.
Tags: #CAS, #widescreen, #camera, #fix

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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 14th Jul 2008 at 1:18 PM
I'll have to give this a try! My personal fix since I got my widescreen monitor has generally been to play in windowed mode in a 1280x1024 window when intending to make heavy use of CAS.
Field Researcher
#3 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 1:49 PM
I thought all you had to was adjust your screen resolution. It works for me at least. I've never had problem with CAS and I've always had a widescreen monitor.
Forum Resident
#4 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 1:59 PM
This has always annoyed me no end. I like the detail on the highest resolution, and the icons blocking the sim are so annoying. Thank-you
#5 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 3:21 PM
Thanks. I was annoyed by it as well. I hope it works for me.
#6 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 4:02 PM
well, i have a widescreen monitor and i've never had this problem.... (sorry i don't wanna sound anoying), are you sure it's ot the configuration of your monitor?

Test Subject
#7 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 5:57 PM
It depends on the resolution you are using. The highest resolutions like 1600 x 1200 have this problem because the resolution is increased but they don't change the size of the menu. I ended up lowering the resolution so I could actually see my sims but now I can view at my preferred resolution again. Thanks!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 9:11 PM
For lower resolutions the widescreen part might not be a problem as the UI stuff will be off to the side... but my mod adds zooming so get it anyway!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 9:30 PM
Oh jeez, thanks so much- this is definitely one of the small, persistent annoyances of my life, fixed up pretty. ^___^
Test Subject
#10 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 11:53 PM
THANK YOU for this! I like my resolution on the highest settings and that always bugged the crap out of me.
Test Subject
#11 Old 15th Jul 2008 at 12:47 AM
Thanks SO much for this!!
Test Subject
#12 Old 15th Jul 2008 at 3:14 AM
Thank you so much! I couldn't adjust my resolution because my game looks really weird and stretched to me on all but the highest res. It never even occurred to me that someone could fix it, so I was so excited to find this today. Thanks again!
#13 Old 15th Jul 2008 at 10:59 AM
Default installation
This will be great, but how do I install it correctly?
Field Researcher
#14 Old 15th Jul 2008 at 11:47 AM
This has always irritated me. Thank you for the fix!!!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#15 Old 16th Jul 2008 at 1:22 AM
Originally Posted by aelflaed
This will be great, but how do I install it correctly?

My bad, I forgot install instructions :P

In your /My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/ folder you will find a folder named Cameras. Replace the CASCamera.txt in that folder with the new one in the download. You probably want to back up the original first though.
#16 Old 16th Jul 2008 at 3:36 AM
This sounds great - can't wait to try it out. Thanks!
#17 Old 16th Jul 2008 at 11:42 AM
Originally Posted by quetzilla
In your /My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/ folder you will find a folder named Cameras. Replace the CASCamera.txt in that folder with the new one in the download. You probably want to back up the original first though.
Aha, thankyou!
Test Subject
#18 Old 9th Aug 2008 at 12:32 PM Last edited by SimSanta1992 : 9th Aug 2008 at 12:35 PM. Reason: Wrote it into the wrong window :(
Sounds nice! But i don't need it, my cas screen works without this issue in widescreen mode .

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Test Subject
#19 Old 12th Sep 2008 at 11:43 PM Last edited by T_K_18 : 18th Sep 2008 at 5:08 AM.
Is this for 16:9 or 16:10 displays?
Test Subject
#20 Old 13th Sep 2008 at 7:12 PM
Wow Thank you so much! I just got a widescreen computer and the camera annoyed me so much...I had no idea what to do about it, either.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#21 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 11:43 PM
Originally Posted by T_K_18
Is this for 16:9 or 16:10 displays?

It should work for either, I made it on a 16:10 but it mainly changes the zoom angles which won't be too different on a 16:9.
Test Subject
#22 Old 14th Nov 2008 at 4:04 PM
Thank you very much! that has been annoying me greatly!

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Lab Assistant
#23 Old 16th Nov 2008 at 8:00 AM new laptop is a widescreen. I'll give this a try! I noticed when you adjust the game resolution, the screen tends to 'stretch'

thanks for sharing
Test Subject
27th Nov 2008 at 3:59 AM
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#24 Old 7th Dec 2008 at 8:23 PM
Thank you. My screen resolution is 1400x900 and I am so tired of the tops of heads being chopped off in body shop. I am going to install this now. Thank you

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#25 Old 25th Dec 2008 at 5:57 AM
If your pictures are unaltered, your actual screen resolution of 1024x576 is 16:9 (not 16:10)

Your physical screen resolution might be 16:10 (let me guess, the famous 1440x900?) but your in-game resolution is 16:9, which gives a larger image (proportionally speaking). If I'm right, you probably have slight black bars at top and bottom of the game, or your Sims appear slimmer than they should (they are stretched vertically).

I do have a 1440x900 screen (16:10), but the game only offers me 1280x768 (16:9.6) for WS. When comparing my screenshots with yours, I have slightly more place on the left of the box (the one where you enter Sim settings) and much less on the right. The default Maxis camera settings, while causing the Sim to be off-centered, does not cause it to be partially hidden as on your screenshots. In fact, I find that only pets (which your config file does not affect) are a problem on my CAS screens.

Therefore your camera settings do not work well for me.
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