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Testers Wanted: Minimalist CAS Screen

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 29th Jun 2007 at 9:39 AM
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Just a little something I've always wanted and finally got around to making. This CAS screen is meant to be as simple and nondescript as possible - bland, boring, and blending into the background, a blank canvas without anything competing for your attention.

For creators, it's meant to be a nice simple backdrop so you can show off your creations (if you're the type to take CAS screenshots of your work) without a busy background to distract from what you've made, as well as very neutral so it doesn't fool the eye colour-wise.

I have done my best to hide all the lighting under un-hacked zoom levels while still creating adequate lighting to see what you're doing. The main sim creation screen is a little bit dimmer, having removed the window and added more subtle lighting further away, while the family screen (the one that collects your sim family as you make them) has been lightened up a bit with additional hidden lighting.

This was created using Numenor's BaseGameStarter using only the base game - therefore, it should work for everyone. But... it's my first CAS screen, so do let me know if you have any trouble.

To Install: Place the CAS!.package file in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\ folder.

Required Content: In order to get the truly blank look like I have, without the rotating platform, mirror, pictures, backdrop screen, etc., you will need to download and install the following items from Windkeeper's Blank CAS set:

Additional Credits:
  • Numenor, for his magnificent BaseGameStarter, allowing me to make a base game CAS even with EPs installed.
  • Vashti, for her totally easy to follow tutorial on creating custom CAS screens. If I'd known it was that easy I would have done it before now!
  • Windkeeper, for the super cool blank CAS mods, making this level of simplicity in a CAS screen possible.

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
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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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#26 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 10:49 AM
I LOVE IT. Thanks a million. I've always hated CAS screens, so this just makes me happy. No fuss, and it's all there. WOOT.

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#27 Old 14th Jul 2008 at 12:17 AM
This is exactly what I needed, thank you very much.

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#28 Old 4th Oct 2008 at 3:28 AM
I have this problem too, I came to nose around this thread and see if it'd been sorted out yet but no such luck! I'm running only NL+Seasons, but I have the updated version of GunMod's lighting hack from MATY. Maybe that's causing it?
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#29 Old 4th Oct 2008 at 2:54 PM
hadley - I've used it with the lighting hack and it works fine with that too. I haven't a clue why it works for some people but not all.

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#30 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 9:00 AM
Originally Posted by gglibertine
I've got the same issue -- I LOVE the CAS, it's fantastic, but the family view doesn't work. (The lighting is fine, the family just doesn't show up.) It's only a cosmetic issue, doesn't affect anything -- but I figured I'd let you know.

Yeah, I am also having the same problem...

But still, this CAS is brilliant. It isn't cluttered like the standard one.

This allows me to see into the minds of people! That's right, I can actually see what they're thinking!
So long as what they're thinking is exactly what I think they're thinking.
Test Subject
#31 Old 14th Jun 2009 at 10:52 PM Last edited by Elyona1 : 22nd Aug 2009 at 4:05 PM.
This is awesome, but I have the CAS! Switcher program and I like to have pics with them in case I forget what the screen's like (this one's easy to remember, but There are others that I have the same problem with, which I am getting to now), but since the site changed the way you view images attached to the post, I can only right click and save the picture if it is pasted in with the text. Can anyone help? because when I right click on the attached images it talks about links, not images.

EDIT: edit: Still doesn't work for me at home. Any clues? great CAS screen tho, I luvs it.
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#32 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 2:12 AM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
hadley - I've used it with the lighting hack and it works fine with that too. I haven't a clue why it works for some people but not all.

I think that has to do with the graphics card, or lack there of. I just switched to new laptop that has an actual Nvidia card and the lighting works great. Before, I was using a Integrated Graphics chipset and the family part was very dark.
Test Subject
#33 Old 14th Jan 2010 at 8:05 PM
I love this!
I make familys all the time just so I can focus on them

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Test Subject
#34 Old 20th Apr 2010 at 10:47 PM
Very nice! =D
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 18th Sep 2010 at 9:30 PM
Y'know, after a year and change not playing the game, this is still in my top 5 things I must have on my computer upon re-installation. It's brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you - once again.
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#36 Old 8th Dec 2010 at 8:47 PM
Originally Posted by SimJymm
I thought alkaloid's was minimalist This beats that hands down. Thanks.

Alkaloid's is minimalist. This one's empty.

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#37 Old 15th May 2011 at 7:49 AM
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#38 Old 29th Jun 2012 at 7:45 PM
Thanks a lot for this. It's just awesome.
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