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Keeping track of your sim downloads.

We've all been there, downloaded a MESS of sims and then when you've gone to put them in your 'hood discovered you can't remember who's sim is who and where you got them from etc.

I've seen a few threads about this kind of thing at legacy_writers and some other places, thusly, I thought it was high time we posted a little "Share your system" post to air what people in the comm do, and for people to ask questions or suggest tips for others to take on board. :D

So, how do you keep track of what's what? How do you remember who made which sim once they're IN your game? And do you have any downloaded sim stories 'from the wars' when it comes to adopting other peoples pixels into your game? :D



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Jul. 1st, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Often when packaging a sim from BodyShop, you'll find the actual Sim package is a string of numbers with the .package extension. And then once inside CAS you can't tell WHO the heck who is in the installed sim catalog.

My tip which I got off of some LOVELY pixel_trader's who were amusingly going crazy over at sim_rants IIRC? When installing my sims, I definitely use MacUnpac or CleanInstaller. When I extract a sim, I make sure its installed in my downloads folder and then I rename the file to '[usernameofcreator] - [name of sim].package' and then drop it in my Sims folder that I've created inside my Downloads folder to keep everything nice and neat.

When it comes time to put the sims into the game, I load up the hood the particular sims are going into, and at the neighbourhood screen type "boolprop testingcheatsenabled true" then I load up CAS. Once inside CAS I press shift+N and VOILA testing mode is on. Along with opening up NPC costumes and the like (want to make a bigfoot? YOU CAN!) this does one VERY important and life saving thing: Allows mouseover tooltips.

So when I go to peruse the installed sims catalog, I can now mouse over each sim and see who made it and what the maker named the sim in order to easily name the sim accordingly AND include any stats etc I need.


In a related issue: personally, I don't like to include the CC other people have with their Sims. I've spent a long time making sure my downloads folder is squeaky clean and contains only that which I've put in there myself. So as such when I install a sim I install their sim package file only, with none of their extra trappings. Often if I find I really like the CC that comes with a particular sims, however, I'll go find that CC and pop it into my game first before Sim installation. :D

ANYWAY, getting back on track. The tooltip display method ALSO means I can easily relocate where I downloaded a sim from to double check eye/hair colour etc if I've lost those in the 'transplant' when I've done it without CC. SO CONVENIENT!
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh, this is brilliant and much easier than what I do. I keep a list of the sims I've downloaded, who created them, and where I downloaded them from. After putting them into my game, I fire up SimPe and use it to rename them. I usually open up each of the places I've downloaded from in separate tabs, and go through double-checking that I've named and credited them correctly.

I try to make the sim's last name the name of their creator. Like I have Gules Kohler-Wielle Bondchick currently running amok in my main hood.. :)

But um, yeah. Definitely switching over to your method!
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I never download sims with CC, so I always make sure all my available sims have a no-CC version....except a couple I have available now where I was too lazy :D
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)

That is an amazing tip! Wish I knew of it last night, when I installed and townified a billion sims from the Founder posts :P.
Jul. 1st, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I like your method and will be applying it for all the sims I will download from now on and those that I already have in game. :)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm going to copy you. I ended up getting a bunch of crashy stuff in my game and had to wipe out all my CC last night so now that I'm redownloading everything, I am doing MAJOR organizing.
Dec. 27th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
that is absolutely brilliant, better than what I was doing. I downloaded a sim of each hair colour and write down their info on paper, so when I was in CAS I wouldn't get tem mixed up cos I'd only have one of each. Took a long time but now don't need to worry. Thanks so much xxx
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Dec. 5th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
This might seem really silly, lol but I'm having a little problem doing this. I download the sim, when I install, do I put it straight into the download folder and then rename?
I have been putting it into a seperate folder and installing it into that, but when I move it to my download folder, it doesn't showup in my make a sim bit.

I have saved loads of sims with their names and creators without installing now. Ready to get into my game and become part of my new legacy.

Any help would be appreciated.

x x x
Dec. 5th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
It really shouldn't matter what folder you install your sims to initially - as long as the correct package file for each sim go into your downloads folder before you start the game up they should show up fine.

By default clean installer/mac unpac install them directly into your downloads folder, which is why I rename them there.

Does that help at all..?
Dec. 7th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, that works a wee treat for me. xx
Dec. 3rd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
OMG, this is a life saver right here! SO SIMPLE, I don't know wy I never thought of it before, NOW I can actually name them correctly and use them properly and be able to take photos of them. Something I was terrified to do so until now.
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
I install them, and then move them into their own folder, which are all named, and arranged by family/creator. Then when I'm getting them together in CAS, I have debug mode on, and by hitting shift n, it'll show me the details of the sim, including which folder they're in.
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
I usually download stuff in sprees. When downloading a bunch of sims, I make a holding folder on the desktop. After each download, I'll rename the file to something I'll remember (usually a mix of the creator's name and the name they gave the sim). I'll also make a little written note (doesn't everyone have a notepad next to them when they play sims?) and note specifics about the sim ("big nose, female = "name"). That way when I get into bodyshop or CAS I can remember who's who.

If I'm really concerned about giving credit, I'll use the creator's name as the sims last name.
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I have a notepad file listing all the sims I use in my PT game, together with stats where given so I have a quick reference when making them. I'm pretty good with faces so I do remember who's who ^_^

It looks something like this:

* strange_tomato

Edie Worthington - Knowledge/Family. 6-3-6-4-6
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Hey there, I'd just like to say that I'm having trouble with this trick. I always forget the pixel_trading sims name's, so I wanted to try something like this. When I extract the .rar or .zip files there is then the Sims 2 Packaging icon thing. Then When I double click>Install>Ok theres a bunch of packaging files. How do I know which one is the whole sim? When in CAS, I put my cursor over the pixel trade sim, and it just shows a bunch of numbers for a different package file. Hopefully someone can un-confuse me. :] Thanks!
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
When you install your sims, you should ALWAYS do it with Clean Installer (or MacUnpac on a mac). Then you can pick and choose which CC you're installing, can avoid the infamous puregreenm file, and you can see which file is your sim so that you can rename the package file when you're done installing.

If you read the first reply to this post it goes through step by step of what to do. If you have any further questions or need anything to be clarified, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask :D
Apr. 11th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I'm setting one up now and what I've done is:

1- as I download sims, they each go in a folder named for the journal its from. If there's a picture with name and stats on it, I save that. If its just a picture, with name and stats as text below, I highlight it all, the copy and paste it into a word document called stats (since word kindly takes it all, pictures and links with text), that I save in the same folder with the stats.

2- I'm installing a few at a time, then moving all the cc for them to a pixel trade stuff folder so its separated from the rest. Then I'll load the game and form them, and since I play windowed, I'll have word or the folder open so I can easily flip to the appropriate window with all their info. Will probably keep the cc atleast until I get them created in game, because I can swap out the cc while in cas if I don't like it. But its easier to find them if they look like the picture saved, except for defaults.

3- I was thinking of keeping a seperate list with journal name and sims in word pad for easy reference. But if its a Sim like a founder who doesn't have a full name, I'll probably use the journal name as part of the name.
May. 4th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
wow good topic

If it is a legacy i continually read...like rikkulidea or leenyland They get named the same as their game...like Hermes Randolph or Liam Roberts But if its a person that im new to like alfredaskew then they normally get their creator for a last name like Aquaphobia Mikelysryder.
May. 23rd, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Maybe my method can be useful to someone. I do that with all my sims, I always download a lot of sims.

1. When downloading
- I usually save the packaged sim, sims pictures and sims stats in a folder with the creators name in subfolders with the sims names. In the pixel-trade's case, I made a folder called pixel-trade with 2 subfolders: founders and offsprings, inside each one there are folders with the sim name followed by the creators name.

2. When installing
- I first installed almost all custom content that I'm going to use, since I'm setting an alien hood (eyes, skins, hairs, clothes, lots)
- Then I made a folder in my downlads folder called pixel-trade, I plan to install the sims there one by one with clean installer. I plan to rename each file while I'm installing with the sim name followed by the creator's name. Then I'm going to use the debug mode technique at CAS to know who is who with the support of the folders where I downloaded and pictures. I plan to add the sims in groups of 8 and edit the lastnames later with SIMPE.
- I separated the downloaded sims in groups: who is going to have a lot (and be playable), who is going to be a townie and who is going to be a NPC. Since I plan to install an empty hood and create all my sims customized, I thought that would be good to make my life more easy. (I want strange aliens as NPC and not regular sims.)
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