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Pie Menu Text Strings Fix (Updated 2009/05/02)

by Lord Darcy Posted 19th Oct 2008 at 11:00 AM - Updated 5th Nov 2011 at 6:00 PM by Lord Darcy : v1.13: Fixed several Traditional Chinese strings.
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This mod fixes broken pie menus plagued with redundant functions, grammar mistakes and missing translations, especially in non-English languages.
Redundant pie menus are caused by carelessness on translators' part, like spelling errors, nonidentical translations or use of the ellipsis character instead of three dots. Cluttered pie menus are often frustrating, as you have to go through extra levels whenever you want to select other items, like meals or radio channels. So far German looks like the worst offender, redundant pie menus everywhere. Especially foods like Chef Salad, text strings for lunch and dinner all mixed up since base game.

Although this mod fixes mostly non-English languages, it also contains Art Nouveau Bookcase fix, which affects all languages including English.
If you want other languages fixed, let me know the affected objects and your language. I'll include them in the next version.
Please post your requests in this MATY thread, instead of this MTS2 thread. It would be more convenient for me to receive my feedback in one place.
This mod will fix ONLY pie menu texts, nothing else. I'm not going to add fixes for job descriptions or catalogue descriptions in this mod. I'm thinking about making a separate fix for spelling/translation errors found elsewhere, as pie menu fix carries the risk of incompatibility.

Note: To fix cluttered Sim menu (like new AL kiss or Vamprocillin-D on Gypsy), I had to make overrides for PersonGlobals text strings. Chances are that it may conflict with other hacks (notably InTeen) which also alter these resources.


Pick only one version, depending on your latest EP.
  • LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix.package: If your latest EP is FT, AL or M&G
  • LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix_BV.package: If your latest EP is BV or earlier

Below is the list of fixes which were rolled into this mod. Remove them all to avoid conflict.


List of objects fixed by this mod:



Installation:

Place in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder.
(Or in a subfolder of Downloads folder.)


Changelog:

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
LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix_BV.zip | BV or earlier

Size: 571.8 KB · Downloads: 1,708 · 27th Mar 2009
571.8 KB 1,708 27th Mar 2009
LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix.zip | FT, AL or M&G

Size: 572.0 KB · Downloads: 7,844 · 27th Mar 2009
572.0 KB 7,844 27th Mar 2009
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
THANKS POST
#2 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 12:58 PM
Thanks for taking the time to make this fix!
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 1:11 PM
klasse gemacht,
danke sehr:-)
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 3:52 PM
Thank you so much for this and all of your wonderful fixes!
Banned
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#5 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 7:06 PM
Thank you!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 20th Oct 2008 at 5:21 AM
Thank you! So much good patch
Test Subject
#7 Old 20th Oct 2008 at 10:52 AM
i cant understand what it does.can u explain a bit more?
Top Secret Researcher
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#8 Old 20th Oct 2008 at 1:02 PM
i love you for doing this!!!! finally my game is not messed up with chaotic pie menues anymore!! thanks!!!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#9 Old 20th Oct 2008 at 11:16 PM
Default Updated to v1.03
2008-10-21: Updated to v1.03. Added Phone SemiGlobal text string to fix "Meet Group on Community Lot" in German. Also fixed the PersonGlobal glitch in Nursery Rhyme popup that affects all languages except for US English. Wrong translation was used for "Gained XXX Skill" popup.

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Recent Updates: Pie Menu Text Strings Fix | Teen Style Stuff Computer and Stereo Fix | IKEA Home Stuff Objects Fix
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#10 Old 21st Oct 2008 at 6:56 AM
thank you very much
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23rd Oct 2008 at 4:46 PM
Default Updated to v1.04
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#11 Old 25th Oct 2008 at 5:45 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 4th Dec 2008 at 1:11 PM.
Default Updated to v1.05
2008-10-24: Updated to v1.04. Added Book SemiGlobal to fix German and Korean.

2008-10-25: Updated to v1.05. Fixed Jam Band and New Age stations in Finnish.

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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#12 Old 3rd Nov 2008 at 10:59 PM
Thank you for making these fixes. I thought I'd lost my mind at first when I couldn't find the read option...I should have known right off it was Maxis. haha
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7th Nov 2008 at 2:15 PM
Default Updated to v1.06
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18th Nov 2008 at 5:00 PM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 4th Dec 2008 at 1:13 PM.
Default Updated to v1.07
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4th Dec 2008 at 1:29 PM
Default Updated to v1.08
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10th Dec 2008 at 5:17 PM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 23rd Dec 2008 at 1:11 PM.
Default Updated to v1.10
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#13 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 1:12 PM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 5th Feb 2009 at 12:41 PM.
Default Updated to v1.10
2008-11-07: Updated to v1.06. Added Bed SemiGlobal to fix French text for AL vibrating bed.


2008-11-19: Updated to v1.07. Removed "(Play) For Fun" from FT Family Board Game in UK English, French, German & Korean. Fixed "Kiss.../Dance" in French.
Removed redundant UK English strings as suggested by Pescado.


2008-12-04: Updated to v1.08. Added PetGlobals. Fixed a lot of existing strings in different languages. Removed garbage strings in unused languages for smaller file size.


2008-12-11: Updated to v1.09.

AL patch fixed b0rked cauldron strings for "Resume Making" interactions. Previously, wrong object name was displayed in cauldron pie menu.
I forgot to incorporate this update. Fixed in v1.09.

Also restored AWOL BedGlobals strings, stupid me.


2008-12-23: Updated to v1.10. Fixed OFB business strings for souvenir racks and Danish string for "Fly to School".

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Recent Updates: Pie Menu Text Strings Fix | Teen Style Stuff Computer and Stereo Fix | IKEA Home Stuff Objects Fix
Test Subject
#14 Old 28th Dec 2008 at 8:57 PM
USED Hack Conflict Detection Utility

Pie Menu Text Strings Fix was updated to v1.10 -(LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix.package)

conflicts with


Misc mods Set 2 UPD 5thApr2008 (alexx_Stargaze_lookT4All_FT.package
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#15 Old 29th Dec 2008 at 6:49 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 2nd Feb 2009 at 10:31 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by NjFlash76
USED Hack Conflict Detection Utility

Pie Menu Text Strings Fix was updated to v1.10 -(LdDarcy_PieMenuTextStringsFix.package)

conflicts with


Misc mods Set 2 UPD 5thApr2008 (alexx_Stargaze_lookT4All_FT.package

Why PM me (not once, but twice) about your hack conflicts when you're going to post it in the hack thread anyway? Badgering people is rude. If you want to ask a question about hack conflict, ask publicly in the relevant thread instead of PMing. I don't like repeating the same answer.

Hack conflict report is a feedback, not a Thanks post. If you're going to post HCDU report, post the full relevant log with conflicting resources, not just the hack name. And it would be nice if you would provide the link of the conflicting hack, instead of sending me to find it all by myself.

Both Alexx's hack and mine modify the pie menu of cheap telescope, so they're incompatible. Unlike Alexx's, mine is not intended to modify default Maxis telescope functions.

Alexx's hack has a bug, which disables "Watch for UFOs" in Maxis cheap telescope. Also it does not fully take multilanguage into account, so both Maxis telescopes will lose pie menu translations. Contact Alexx to resolve those issues.

ETA: Congratulations NjFlash76, you're the first one on my Ignore list. I'm not going to spoonfeed lazy people who cannot even be bothered to do a little research but have the gall to demand other people to bring their homework on a silver platter. Sounds like "a very nice good hearted guy" indeed. Your abysmal grammar is only the icing on the cake.

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Top Secret Researcher
#16 Old 17th Jan 2009 at 12:06 PM
I really like your hack, cause it cleaned up my German pie menus very much. Since I have Garden & Mansion stuff its kinda messed up again, which is due to this EP i guess. If you click on another sim and want to kiss or dance with him using the new interactions which came with AL, these pie menu entries are in English. Thats pretty annoying...
Do you know about that problem? And could you possibly fix that?
Thanks in advance!!!
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Original Poster
#17 Old 17th Jan 2009 at 2:41 PM
@ganguro: Does your problem exist in hack-free game? Or only when you put my hack in?
I'm pretty sure I fixed that problem in v1.01 or something. Does it still happen in the latest version?

Or you may have another outdated hack which also modifies PersonGlobal strings.

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#18 Old 20th Jan 2009 at 4:56 PM
thanks for your quick reply! i will check that and let you know as soon as possible...
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21st Jan 2009 at 9:54 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 23rd Jan 2009 at 3:25 PM.
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#19 Old 23rd Jan 2009 at 3:27 PM
Default Updated to v1.11
2009-01-24: Updated to v1.11. Added Building Party Phone Call, ComputerGlobals and OFB Craftables.
This time, "Read Sections.../(hobby)" menu was really fixed in German and Brazilian Portuguese.
Chili Con Carne and Grandma's Comfort Soup use "Grab a Bowl" instead of "Grab a Plate".


ganguro, I prefer to get all my feedback on this mod from this MATY thread alone. Please report further feedback on this MATY thread. Several German people were contributing translations there.

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Alchemist
#20 Old 16th Mar 2009 at 7:33 PM
Thank you so much I've noticed that there's some wrong translations in the sims 2 seasons too, in polish, like, 'zbieraj pomidors' (pick tomatoes) which is wrong- it shouldn't be just adding an s on the end to make it a plural! That's not polish!
Same with other plant picking, please could you fix that too????????
But thanks anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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