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Regul Save Cleaner

by Onebeld Posted 11th Feb 2021 at 2:38 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2021 at 2:10 PM by Onebeld
115 Comments / replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts, 4 Thanks Posts
[21-09-2021] Update to 2.1.1 This update is critical. The last update had a problem that will permanently damage your save. I sincerely apologize for this unfortunate error. As punishment, I lost my save myself. In the future, I hope this will not happen again. I also removed the multithreading option, it's pointless and makes it sometimes even worse than without it.

Regul Save Cleaner - program for cleaning save game The Sims 3. This program is a module for this project - Regul. When translating the S3PI library to .NET 5, I tested it with this tool. To avoid downloading Regul, I posted this program separately. Also, this program is being developed separately from Regul, so some features may not be added.

At Annie280's request, I have created documentation for creating my theme on GitHub.

Be sure to back up your save!

Why do we need another save cleaner?
  • Here you can choose what you want to clear. It identifies not only by type, but also by resource group. Your photos can be safe.
  • It is currently the fastest save cleaner. Compared to Kuree, the difference is more than 18 seconds on my computer.
  • Quite nice interface with support for localization and themes.

Supported localizations:


Requirements for net461:
  • OS Windows 7 SP1 or higher
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1

Requirements for net5:
Instructions:


What does each checkbox do?


Any ideas, all your problems, as well as help with translation are also welcome, just email me!

Additional Credits:
S3PI (Peter L Jones)
Exotic language font
Microsoft Visual Studio 2022
JetBrains Rider 2021.1
AvaloniaUI
Tags: #savecleaner, #regul, #cleaner, #save

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Save Editors
Plugin Type: 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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
RegulSaveCleaner v2.1.1-net5.zip

Size: 14.92 MB · Downloads: 171 · 21st Sep 2021
14.92 MB 171 21st Sep 2021
RegulSaveCleaner v2.1.1-net461.zip

Size: 10.96 MB · Downloads: 61 · 21st Sep 2021
10.96 MB 61 21st Sep 2021
RegulSaveCleaner v1.4.1.zip

Size: 9.33 MB · Downloads: 255 · 27th Mar 2021
9.33 MB 255 27th Mar 2021
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.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#76 Old 11th Mar 2021 at 12:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annie280
Question for you Onebeld,

Will you be creating a How-To or give some tips on creating your own themes with the cleaner program?

I really like this feature and am interested in learning more about it.


Oh, that's okay, anything can happen.

Of course, I will write instructions on how to create my own theme, but somehow it is a little different from The Sims theme.
Lab Assistant
#77 Old 11th Mar 2021 at 5:41 PM
Thank you so much for the how to. It's very well written, easy to understand and follow!!
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#78 Old 11th Mar 2021 at 6:10 PM
Thanks for updating this save cleaner! :D
Test Subject
#79 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 3:18 PM
I've got a question for you. I have an older save that I know must be bloated to all heck, but when I put it in the save folder and run the program I get this error:

System.IO.InvalidDataException: Expected magic tag 'DBPF'. Found '(it shows three squares like my system doesn't have the right symbols or something)'
at Regul.S3PI.Package.Package.CheckHeader()
at Regul.S3PI.Package.Package..ctor(Stream s)
at RegulSaveCleaner.Core.Save.UnParse(Stream s)
at RegulSaveCleaner.Core.Save..ctor(String strPath)
at RegulSaveCleaner.ViewModels.MainWindowViewModel.<LoadingSaves>d__56.MoveNext()

Several windows with this error pops up and will continue to pop up even when I exit out of it, I have to shut the program down with Task Manager. At first I thought it maybe had to do with me using ElleCharmed's world fixes, therefore requiring me to do a new save regardless of your program, but there was no fix for this particular world (Barnacle Bay). This seems to happen with all my old saves, the Regul program only seems to fix new games I start, but I also just downloaded someone else's save and it seemed to work just fine there, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Your help would be much appreciated.

~Curiously Yours, Dani May
Lab Assistant
#80 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 12:34 AM
Thank you for the new version of Regul (1.04). I love the new added features and languages. It cleans even better than the previous version. I was able to copy my theme over as well. I am tickled Pink!!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#81 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 3:21 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madam_Hyjinks
I've got a question for you. I have an older save that I know must be bloated to all heck, but when I put it in the save folder and run the program I get this error:

System.IO.InvalidDataException: Expected magic tag 'DBPF'. Found '(it shows three squares like my system doesn't have the right symbols or something)'
at Regul.S3PI.Package.Package.CheckHeader()
at Regul.S3PI.Package.Package..ctor(Stream s)
at RegulSaveCleaner.Core.Save.UnParse(Stream s)
at RegulSaveCleaner.Core.Save..ctor(String strPath)
at RegulSaveCleaner.ViewModels.MainWindowViewModel.<LoadingSaves>d__56.MoveNext()

Several windows with this error pops up and will continue to pop up even when I exit out of it, I have to shut the program down with Task Manager. At first I thought it maybe had to do with me using ElleCharmed's world fixes, therefore requiring me to do a new save regardless of your program, but there was no fix for this particular world (Barnacle Bay). This seems to happen with all my old saves, the Regul program only seems to fix new games I start, but I also just downloaded someone else's save and it seemed to work just fine there, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Your help would be much appreciated.


Thanks for reporting this issue!
Please send me your save for review. If you have a large save, send it to the cloud storage and discard the link in private messages
Lab Assistant
#82 Old 31st Mar 2021 at 1:40 AM
I am sorry to see the Clear Memory feature be taken out. I found it actually useful, as even with memories turned off in my settings it seemed to clean something making my save file even smaller than with previous versions.

Quote:
---- Quote: Onebeld ----

[29-03-2021] Update to 1.4.2

Removed the "Clear Memory" function as it was rendered meaningless.
Test Subject
#83 Old 5th Apr 2021 at 5:23 PM
Doesn't work for me actually caused error code 12 to happen on both save and save as for that save file. It only used to happen with save not save as. Figured I'd let you know but I do like the UI of this cleaner though good job there looks clean. Luckily I have backups so I didn't loose anything. Hope you can get this tool working.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#84 Old 6th Apr 2021 at 1:39 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jchuckb
Doesn't work for me actually caused error code 12 to happen on both save and save as for that save file. It only used to happen with save not save as. Figured I'd let you know but I do like the UI of this cleaner though good job there looks clean. Luckily I have backups so I didn't loose anything. Hope you can get this tool working.


Hey! The error should not creep out due to the program. It only cleans SNAP, ICON and _IMG resources. If saving worked for you before after cleaning, please report the version. Also try this tutorial. This error is mostly memory related. Chances are, your Sims have a lot of items in their inventory.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#85 Old 12th Apr 2021 at 8:07 PM
I still cant save my game after using this cleaner.am i doing something wrong?
Virtual gardener
staff: administrator THANKS POST
#86 Old 17th Apr 2021 at 10:37 PM
Thank you for making this! I personally felt with Kuree's version I didn't have as much 'lenientness' when it came to whether I wanted to remove my sim's paintings or anything texture wise related

Thank you again for this! I haven't had any issues with it so far!
Test Subject
#87 Old 30th May 2021 at 9:27 AM
Hi! I downloaded the latest version, the .NET 5 variant. When I try to extract the files, this comes up:

I'm on Windows 10 v20H2, 64-bit. I installed .NET 5, too.
Let me know what other info you need.
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#88 Old 30th May 2021 at 2:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by liogab11
Hi! I downloaded the latest version, the .NET 5 variant. When I try to extract the files, this comes up:

I'm on Windows 10 v20H2, 64-bit. I installed .NET 5, too.
Let me know what other info you need.


Hey!
For correct unpacking, you will have to use 7-Zip. I use it to reduce the amount of space the program takes up as much as possible (it doesn't use WPF or WinForms, so it's so heavy).
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 3rd Jun 2021 at 1:35 AM Last edited by potato.head : 3rd Jun 2021 at 2:01 AM.
Whenever I attempt to open the latest version of Regul Save Cleaner (net 5), it asks to install .NET first. However, I've already installed and even re-installed it. I've restarted my PC and extracted the files again but to no avail. Net 461 will work however.
Screenshots
Test Subject
Original Poster
#90 Old 3rd Jun 2021 at 4:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by potato.head
Whenever I attempt to open the latest version of Regul Save Cleaner (net 5), it asks to install .NET first. However, I've already installed and even re-installed it. I've restarted my PC and extracted the files again but to no avail. Net 461 will work however.


Hey, @potato.head!
Thanks for reporting a bug! If you have an x64 bit system, have you tried installing .NET x86?
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 5th Jun 2021 at 5:38 PM
I too had a little trouble unzipping the file = RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net5. It popped up this error (Unspecified Error 0x80004005) and gave me a blank folder.

https://i.ibb.co/5xPQNFg/Error.jpg

Tried the .net461 version as well with same result as above.

However, when unzipping it via 7-Zip > Extract Here it worked, just like suggested. It has folder with the Regul files in it and mod works fine!!

-- Thank you Onebeld for the updated version!!
Forum Resident
THANKS POST
#92 Old 9th Jun 2021 at 1:31 AM
I used to use Kuree's Cleaner (the older version), and it served me well. This is my new go-to save cleaner, though, thanks!

Concerning running the .net5 version on 64-bit systems, installing the 32-bit version of .NET did indeed do the trick. Hopefully it can be fixed to use 64-bit .NET, though!

Also, what exactly does "Clear Cache" clear?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#93 Old 9th Jun 2021 at 4:54 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Starry Might
I used to use Kuree's Cleaner (the older version), and it served me well. This is my new go-to save cleaner, though, thanks!

Concerning running the .net5 version on 64-bit systems, installing the 32-bit version of .NET did indeed do the trick. Hopefully it can be fixed to use 64-bit .NET, though!

Also, what exactly does "Clear Cache" clear?


Hey!
Thank you for your feedback, I will study the reason for the 64 net5 cannot start.

Here is a list of files that are cleaned by the program:
Forum Resident
#94 Old 9th Jun 2021 at 5:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Onebeld
Hey!
Thank you for your feedback, I will study the reason for the 64 net5 cannot start.

Here is a list of files that are cleaned by the program:

Okay, thanks! (Also, you're welcome. )

~*~ Star light, star bright, I am Starry Might! ~*~
Test Subject
#95 Old 19th Jun 2021 at 10:32 PM
Just a little feedback:

I am using RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net461 on a Windows 7 service pack 1 machine with .Net 5.0.0 (x64) installed. I couldn't get the RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net5 version to work but the downgraded version works just fine. I haven't tried it with .Net 5.0.0 (x86).

Thank you so much for this wonderful tool.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#96 Old 20th Jun 2021 at 5:19 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sabal
Just a little feedback:

I am using RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net461 on a Windows 7 service pack 1 machine with .Net 5.0.0 (x64) installed. I couldn't get the RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net5 version to work but the downgraded version works just fine. I haven't tried it with .Net 5.0.0 (x86).

Thank you so much for this wonderful tool.


Hey!
Thank you for your feedback! The problem with the inability to start net5 x64 is known to me and I will release an update very soon. You can try installing x86.
I just have to make a new interface and optimize it. I was surprised that net5 is installed more than net461
Lab Assistant
#97 Old 24th Jun 2021 at 8:46 PM
I just tried out RegulSaveCleaner v1.5.0-net5. I only have the two default options checked, "Removing family portraits" and "Deleting character portraits".

The description for "Removing family portraits" says that it does not delete the portrait for the current family that shows up on the load menu (or at least I thought that it meant that).

When I ran the cleaner, then loaded my game, the portrait for the save was missing, but it exists in an earlier save game that I did not clean.

Edit: I just double checked in the backup copy that I made before cleaning, and the uncleaned version of that save has the family portrait on the load menu.

Edit2: I do not know if it makes a difference or not, but I use NRaas Traveler, and have previously traveled to Isla Paradiso as a vacation world. My actual home work is Moonlight Falls, so my save game has four worlds in it, France, IslaParadiso, Moonlight Falls, and Sims University.
Inventor
#98 Old 25th Jun 2021 at 5:51 PM
It doesn't work. I have .NET 5.0 installed and still asks me to install it. I have Windows 10.
Forum Resident
#99 Old 25th Jun 2021 at 8:39 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Naus Allien
It doesn't work. I have .NET 5.0 installed and still asks me to install it. I have Windows 10.

That's an known issue. Install the 32-bit version of .NET (windowsdesktop-runtime-5.0.6-win-x86) in the meanwhile.

~*~ Star light, star bright, I am Starry Might! ~*~
Test Subject
#100 Old 30th Jun 2021 at 1:05 AM
I've been using v1.5.0-net5, so I tried v2.0.0-net5, but the program doesn't appear to launch. I tried compatibility mode for Windows 8 and 7 just to see if anything would happen, but there was no change. I verified that v1.5.0-net5 would still launch.

I downloaded v2.0.0-net461.zip and it does work, though! It does seem a bit snappier.
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