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Widescreen CAS Camera fix (all games)

by quetzilla Posted 11th Jul 2008 at 11:21 PM - Updated 16th Jul 2008 at 1:24 AM by quetzilla
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With a widescreen monitor the CAS screen can be problematic -- when choosing clothes half the Sim's body is blocked by the UI widgets, and similar problems with the closeup face editing view. I have made an edited CASCamera.txt file which fixes this problem for widescreen monitors, as well as allows much better zooming abilities in both modes (full body vs face closeup).

The view will be slightly off when first switching between modes, but you can simply zoom in or out to get a better view of whichever part you want. In full body mode, zooming out will show the full body including shoes, etc. Zooming in will then go to a relative closeup of the face, on the OTHER side of the UI widgets. You can see this in the screenshots below.

In face closeup mode the face will initially be partially obscured by the UI widgets, but you can zoom in to get the full view of the face on the left. Zooming out will low you to see most of the Sim's body, again on the OTHER side of the widgets (again, see screenshots).

There are two rar files. If you have the PETS expansion installed download the one named labelled for Pets.

If you don't have PETS installed, download the other one (CASCamera.rar). That one will work with any expansions (including none at all).

(note: the PETS file includes the camera data for pet creation, but as I don't use PETS, I have not fixed those views for widescreen monitors, they are included only for compatibility.)

In your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/ folder there is a subfolder named Cameras. In that folder, there is a file named CASCamera.txt. Bakcup that file, then replace it with the CASCamera.txt from the rar file you downloaded.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Gunmod, whose camera config files I used to figure out what the different numbers meant.
Tags: #CAS, #widescreen, #camera, #fix

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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PETS - CASCamera.rar

Size: 944 Bytes · Downloads: 43,059 · 12th Jul 2008
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Size: 854 Bytes · Downloads: 29,642 · 12th Jul 2008
854 Bytes 29,642 12th Jul 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
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#51 Old 28th Jan 2015 at 9:25 AM
Test Subject
#52 Old 6th Feb 2015 at 5:20 AM
thank you ,i'll trying
#53 Old 17th Apr 2015 at 12:54 AM
This is a great improvement, thanks. It also seems to have solved another long standing bug-bear, that of my thumbnails not appearing correctly. I wish I'd found this fix before.
Test Subject
#54 Old 1st Jun 2015 at 6:23 PM
I don't like the changes.
Can you leave a file to go back to normal CAS! screen?
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 12th Jun 2015 at 9:07 PM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH! GOD BLESS YOU! I've been playing on my new screen and it's been so hard but with you and your mod, it should be much easier. I thought it was a hack conflict or something. Maybe gunmod's camera mod. BUt it was EA all along. Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#56 Old 5th Feb 2016 at 9:35 PM
Thanks! I can finally see my sim's feet!
Test Subject
#57 Old 6th Jun 2016 at 2:26 PM
Just returned to playing Sims2, not played since Sims3 was released. I never modded Sims2. It was only desperation with Sims3 that led me to mod use. So glad to fine this mod. Now I can see my Sims again in CAS. Thanks
Test Subject
#58 Old 23rd Jul 2016 at 4:30 PM
This is great! I found so many complicated screen resolution 'fixes' but this seems to actually address the issue! Thank you!
Test Subject
#59 Old 11th Oct 2017 at 8:35 PM
Test Subject
#60 Old 25th Feb 2018 at 2:48 PM
Thank you but unfortunately I cannot turn the sim anymore to view him/her from the side. Too bad!
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17th Jul 2019 at 5:55 PM
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Test Subject
#61 Old 11th Feb 2020 at 6:29 PM
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 3:11 PM
doesnt work well for me at all. when i want to zoom in on the face it zooms on the background instead, so the UI blocks the face out completely
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