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Sophie-David's Autonomous View Controller

by Sophie-David Posted 25th Jan 2014 at 10:51 PM - Updated 26th Jan 2014 at 7:30 AM by Sophie-David
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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.
Title: Sophie-David's Autonomous View Controller


1) To release a controller that will automatically enable autonomous viewing for all Sophie-David decorative objects on a particular lot.

2) To supply a user selectable controller option that will disable autonomous viewing for the whole lot.

3) To provide a decorative pocket book for Sims to view and for booksellers to sell.


By default, most of my decorative objects are not enabled for autonomous viewing. Sims will not autonomously view any of these objects unless the player directs a Sim to view them. However, if a Sim is asked to View or Critique an object, that object may then be viewed autonomously by any other Sim on the lot. If no Sim views the object for the next 30 to 36 game hours, the object will reset its state so that it will no longer be viewable autonomously. Alternately, the Reset Autonomy button can be used to disable autonomous viewing for that object at any time.

In certain lots, such as museums and galleries, it may be desireable that all viewable objects are always enabled for autonomous viewing. By default this controller will enable lot-wide autonomous viewing whenever the game enters run mode. Please note that the controller will have no effect on decorative objects that are either not mine or based on my objects. The EA default is that all decorative objects are always available for autonomous viewing and there is no way to disable this without a global patch, annoying though this Sim behavior may be.

On the other hand, if you would like a method to instantly disable autonomous viewing for all of my objects, selecting the "Disable Autonomous Viewing, Lot-wide" menu option on this controller will do so.

If more than one controller is present on a lot, the lot-wide autonomous viewing mode will always be synchronized between them. Autonomous viewing defaults to being enabled, but if the user decides to disable autonomous viewing by selecting the menu override on any controller then viewing will continue to be disabled no matter how many new controllers are added. This feature allows booksellers to stock this controller as a book without it affecting the player's autonomous viewing preference.


The Autonomous View Controller is available from the Decorative/Miscellaneous section of the catalogue for §60 each. This controller is a half sized closed book with its texture slaved to the basegame readable book that Sims obtain from bookshelves. Not only does this object utilize the five book recolours that come with the basegame, it can also use the recolours from the Reference Section Books & Notes set, the four recolours from the Collector's Editions or the recolour of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary included in this download.

This stackable book is intentionally made so that Sims cannot walk off with it and ruin a carefully setup display. Designed to be placeable on almost any surface, it is also immune to theft, repossession, fire and snow. Beside the controller functions, Sims can view this pocket book to raise fun and Creativity Skill, as well as Film & Literature enthusiasm if FreeTime, Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden is installed.

Terms of Use

You may include this controller in uploaded lots, whether for free or pay. Please include a credit and link to this page. I would be enjoy receiving a PM with a link to your uploaded creation, but this is not required.

Additional Credits

La Bibliothèque nationale de France for the textures of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique, portatif, 1764.
Gadwin PrintScreen for screen captures with the mouse pointer
GIMP 2, IrfranView, Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Photo Editor for graphics editing, file conversion, processing, sizing and titling
Jfade's Compressorizer for minimizing file size
Katyjane's Handwritten Simlish for the Dictionnaire philosophique text
Milkshape 3D, Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro and UV Mapper Professional, for 3D modeling and mapping
Numenor's AnyGameStarter, used for testing this project in several game environments
SimPE, PJSE, and CEP for Sims 2 object creation

Polygon Counts

Autonomous View Controller: 62 faces, 108 vertices

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Size: 49.2 KB · Downloads: 730 · 25th Jan 2014
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Style: Antique Contemporary
Room: Living Bedroom Study
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #autonomous viewing, #viewing deco, #view autonomy, #pocket book, #decorative book, #Sophie-David, #Voltaire