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"Shuttered Window" Expansion Set! [MAJOR UPDATE: 1/16/11 - REDOWNLOAD!!]

by QBUILDERZ Posted 14th Jan 2011 at 5:50 PM - Updated 20th Apr 2011 at 12:43 AM by QBUILDERZ : Updated January 16th
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 16th 2011
Sorry for the trouble guys! The windows had a wall mask issue in which placing the windows, closing your game, then reentering the lot caused crashing. I tracked down a person who had this issue, bound them to a chair, made them test profusely against their will, and received a pleasant outcome If you redownload the file, all of the windows are updated and fixed. If you have any other problems, please post them down below. Happy creating!

Windows and Shutters FTW!

WA introduced these awesome windows, but they didn't give any options with them! They had to be on two tiles, and only came in open or closed forms. What the hell is that!? I am a builder, you can't give me pretty items and make it have a giant downfall. That's just jerk-like!

So, I took it upon myself to expand the windows. In this set, you get:

Small / Medium / Tall Double Tile Windows
- Small / Medium / Tall Single Tile Windows
- Small / Medium / Tall Closed Shutters
- Small / Medium / Tall Open Shutters

...so you can mix and match as you want! Look below for an example!



Price & Location

Prices:
Short Shutters: $40
Regular Shutters: $60
Tall Shutters: $80

Short Windows: $180
Regular Windows: $200
Tall Windows: $220

Location:
Shutters: Buy Mode > Decorations > Curtains
Windows: Build Mode > Windows

Why are the Shut Textures Darker?
Ah, yes, this was pointed out to me. And, to be honest, I was going to fix it. However, if I fixed the brightness, it wouldn't match EA's two existing windows, and would make a different problem. A group of people and myself decided it was best to leave it as is, hope you don't mind :D

Polygon Counts:
Both Short Windows - 1150 verticies / 792 faces
Both Medium Windows - 1398 verticies / 928 faces
Both Tall Windows - 1892 verticies / 1188 faces
Short Closed Shutters - 160 verticies / 108 faces
Medium open Shutters - 356 verticies / 216 faces
Medium Closed Shutters - 167 verticies / 108 faces
Medium open Shutters - 334 verticies / 216 faces
Tall Closed Shutters - 167 verticies / 108 faces
Tall Open Shutters - 334 verticies / 216 faces

Additional Credits:
Phae - This wouldn't have even gotten finished without her! SO many hints, tips, and Milkshape advice. Sincerely appreciated :D

Daluved1 - Helped me massively as well (fixed the text! Saved me a whole day of fiddling around...only took six hours instead.)

Decidedly Anonymous Creator - Thank you for helping with the wall mask, I know you said not to thank you, but look! Incognito! You're like...a superhero now :D

Heaven - Thank you SO much for play testing along with me. Totally saved my butt in this case.

Thank you guys so much

[note: No playtesters were harmed, I promise ]

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Qbuilderz Windows and Shutters.zip

Size: 7.07 MB · Downloads: 25,205 · 14th Jan 2011
7.07 MB 25,205 14th Jan 2011
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Scholar
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#2 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 6:30 PM
I love the look when shutters are used; these are great. Thank you!!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 7:39 PM
I actually like that the shutters are a different color when shut - more realistic, actually since one side perhaps hadn't had as much exposure to the light. Did I explain that right?

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Test Subject
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#4 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 8:34 PM
I agree with starrling, I think it's great with the 2 shades! Thanks for doing this. I like my windows to match, and EA just doesn't get it...
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 9:07 PM
BRILLIANT IDEA!!! First your roofs, and now this! Please continue!
Forum Resident
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#6 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 9:26 PM
Amazing work Q!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 9:32 PM
Do these require World Adventures?
Wiki Wizard
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#8 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 10:41 PM
Oooh me likey! These windows actually really annoy me in game, i rarely use them because they're so limited and it's annoying when you're forced to place them awkwardly so this is super useful!
Forum Resident
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#9 Old 14th Jan 2011 at 11:34 PM
Thanks, these will be a great addition to the game. I can't wait to use them.
Instructor
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#10 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 1:45 AM
whoopee!! Only about 6 months in the making or so, but the are finally here and they look spectacular! Very amazing job and congrats on getting all the issues fixed :D
Test Subject
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#11 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 1:54 AM
These are awesome, it must have been really to make them THANKS
Forum Resident
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#12 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 5:14 AM
Oh, my God! Thank you so much. I love those windows. I use them in pretty much every house I make. But they aren't very versatile at all, so it would frustrate me. But now I have the whole gambit! You have earned my undying gratitude, really. (That's how much I love these shuttered windows)
Inventor
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#13 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 7:38 AM
OMGosh! LOVE!
Scholar
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#14 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 9:03 AM
You have spoiled us with this set.So precious !
Thank you so much.Big hugs.
Test Subject
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#15 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 3:05 PM
Finally! Someone has finished what EA did not! You! Thanks a bunch.
Instructor
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#16 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 3:12 PM
Very useful, nice work.
Thx
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#17 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 4:23 PM
It's always a treat to see your creations, and this is no exception. Thank you for sharing :-)
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#18 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 8:37 PM
I wish all of my projects were this simple to finish up Great job.
Scholar
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#19 Old 15th Jan 2011 at 10:53 PM
Oh I love this mod!!! Finally these ea-windows became useful.
THANKS A LOT Q!
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#20 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 8:34 AM
Great windows Q Thank you very much
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#21 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 2:42 PM Last edited by megje : 20th Jan 2011 at 4:17 PM.
nice made windows but i got a problem with them some times they work but when i saved the work and wanne load again it looks like this >> LINK REMOVED << and then the game crashes got a idea how i fix my problem ?
Destroyer of Worlds
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#22 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 2:55 PM
I love these windows but I am unfortunately unable to use them. I used them for hours yesterday, in and out of lots and the game itself with no problem. But today I am unable to open any lots with the windows in them. The game crashes without an error message. I still have this error with HL's country windows even after redownloading so there must be something going on that I can't figure out.

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#23 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 3:47 PM Last edited by QBUILDERZ : 16th Jan 2011 at 11:49 PM.
Sorry guys, the windows seem to have that wallmask issue. As soon as I figure out how to fix it I will update the download file and edit the title so you can redownload. Again, I am so sorry, I didn't have this problem occur in my game for some reason (even when I reentered lots to take my pictures)

EDIT: See first post - all is fixed! Happy creating!

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#24 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 3:44 PM
Thank you so much for this great set of wonderfully versatile windows. Your hard work has resulted in a beautiful set that will keep me busy for while. Thanks again!
Destroyer of Worlds
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#25 Old 16th Jan 2011 at 3:48 PM
Q - it's not a problem. I love these and will patiently wait until you can get it fixed. Like I said, I didn't have the issue yesterday at all and changed nothing from then to now. Not sure what triggered it but my blame is laying with EA!
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