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Easy-decorate-the-Neighborhood-Camera

by DasMatze2 Posted 26th Oct 2008 at 7:01 PM - Updated 26th Oct 2008 at 12:29 PM by DasMatze2
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This is a config for the neighborhood camera. It allows you to zoom out until you see the whole map and zoom in to easily and accurate place neighborhood objects. You are also able to move to the edge and build houses there. So you have much more space to use than in with the original camera. The default camera allows you only to rotate a bit around the center of the neighborhood, not much to move to the edges. You also can't zoom that much with the default one. The camera has three different main angles:

Far: 1450 units away, 33° field of view
Middle: 200 units away, 20° field of view
Near: 150 units away, 10° field of view

That causes that you have a great overview when you zoom out. Then it zooms quickly in to the mid view which is probably the most time used. If you zoom in you will have a low field of view which is a bit like a binocular. There's a lack of smoothness between the different angles but that should be ok.

Installation:
Place the NeighborhoodCamera.txt in your MyDocuments/EA Games/Sims 2/Cameras/ folder and overwrite the default file. To uninstall and restore the old camera use the NeighborhoodCamera_backup.txt in the zip.

It should be compatible with all game versions!

Please note that you can only have one camera at the same time. Fortunately the game reads the file every time you are changing to the game so you can edit the values of the txt (or replace the file) while you are playing (to test different values it is recommend to play in the windowed mode ).

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Type:
      Global Mods: Mods that change the way the game works without requiring any user intervention.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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NeighborhoodCamera.zip

Size: 949 Bytes · Downloads: 27,491 · 26th Oct 2008
949 Bytes 27,491 26th Oct 2008
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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
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 7:11 PM
Amazing, well done!
Test Subject
#3 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 7:54 PM
Great! Thankyou very much! Will finally be able to get in and see the tiny details that usually get left out =D
Test Subject
#4 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 8:10 PM
Thanx... This help me allot!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 8:28 PM
thanks! This will really help me out when I create my custom neighborhoods, it was impossible to create them with the default camera...

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 9:35 PM
Thanks for this! I'm decorating a new neighborhood at the moment, and this will help tons.
Scholar
#7 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 10:47 PM
Could You Make A Version Only To Zoom In To Place Objects So I Can Still Use Masterofallvideogames Hack?

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Field Researcher
#8 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 10:53 PM
Thanks! I made a new neighborhood last night, and was needing a camera mod to decorate it! I've had one before but lost it. I like this one alot! Very easy to handle.

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Original Poster
#9 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 10:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TaylorGuy
Could You Make A Version Only To Zoom In To Place Objects So I Can Still Use Masterofallvideogames Hack?

It's all stored in one file so you have to edit the third numbers in the brackets by yourself.

BTW: You can't call it hack, it's a simple config file.

DasMatze
Instructor
#10 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 11:11 PM
Great!!
Thank you so much!

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Theorist
#11 Old 29th Oct 2008 at 2:38 PM
thank you this will be very helpful I always hated how the maxis one never went all the way to the edge.
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#12 Old 29th Oct 2008 at 3:08 PM
Superb! Thanks for the great work!

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Test Subject
#13 Old 30th Oct 2008 at 4:30 AM
I've been looking for a new camera mod since my last one stopped working for me. Thanks for making this!
#14 Old 30th Oct 2008 at 4:36 AM
Welfeena, did you install any Expansions or Stuff Packs when your last camera mod stopped working? The way these camera mods work, and the way expansions and stuff packs install, they overwrite camera mods. You need to make a back-up copy of your camera mod, and re-install the mod after the expansion.

Could this be what happened to you?

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Instructor
#15 Old 31st Oct 2008 at 9:03 PM
Will be testing this out.

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Test Subject
#16 Old 2nd Nov 2008 at 4:04 PM
Where did you get the railway pieces? I really want them because Its something ive been looking for for ages now!
Scholar
#17 Old 6th Nov 2008 at 3:15 PM
K But....How Do I Do That?

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Scholar
#18 Old 7th Nov 2008 at 9:14 AM
I was using your camera for a few weeks, My Main Neighborhood, Business Neighborhood, and University worked great with it, but when I went to my Downtown neighborhood, I was stuck very far far away in birds eye view, zooming with the mouse wheel or clicking on the + or - icons just wouldn't work, and I couldn't even barely click on any lot to play it since I was zoomed out so far away.

so I recopied the default settings back and everything is okay then, strange the issue only occurred with 1 neighborhood.
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 9th Nov 2008 at 2:43 AM
That same issue happens to me too, so I had to revert back to an older download that I had, but this one is great though nonetheless, probably some mod I have installed was causing a conflict or something...

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#20 Old 9th Nov 2008 at 3:47 AM
Citysim, The Sim Vlad, Have you tried middle-dragging the mouse up or down? [I.E., dragging the mouse up or down with the mouse-wheel held down like a third button.] If you get the camera angle too close to the horizon, the zoom tries to go to infinity. When you raise the camera again, the zoom returns to what it should be. My own home-grown neighborhood camera hack has this issue. The minimum angle seems to be dependant upon the terrain, so it isn`t easy to guarantee that it won`t happen.

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 14th Nov 2008 at 1:07 AM
0.0 You are a GENIUS.
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Original Poster
#22 Old 15th Nov 2008 at 7:55 PM Last edited by DasMatze2 : 15th Nov 2008 at 11:11 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 042nrogera2
Where did you get the railway pieces? I really want them because Its something ive been looking for for ages now!

I created a set and uploaded it here a day before this upload. But it still hasn't get approved or rejected by anyone.
Test Subject
#23 Old 19th Nov 2008 at 2:39 PM
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you
Test Subject
#24 Old 1st Jan 2009 at 8:18 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
Welfeena, did you install any Expansions or Stuff Packs when your last camera mod stopped working? The way these camera mods work, and the way expansions and stuff packs install, they overwrite camera mods. You need to make a back-up copy of your camera mod, and re-install the mod after the expansion.

Could this be what happened to you?


No no I had it working before a year or so ago. I like to install things like this manually so I know where the problem lies. And I always install mods after installing a new pack. I was using gunmod's camera and I guess they weren't compatible with AL. I wasn't really too concerned about the camera zoom when playing the houses just the neighborhood. They give all this space and make a little confined area to build on but no more! My neighborhood has expanded once again. ^^
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 22nd Feb 2009 at 12:01 AM
this is great, i was getting so frustrated with the limits of the maxis camera. danke schön!
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