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EDUKATE Shelf (emptied)

by d4RE Posted 10th Jan 2018 at 5:18 AM - Updated 3rd Mar 2018 at 4:16 PM by d4RE
5 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
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.
I really like this bookshelf and use it quite a lot when playing Sims 2. BUT, to be honest, I never have cared too much for the books and deco it comes with. This version has the books removed, but the shelves left as is so I could redecorate the shelf to better fit my Sims' styles. The bookcase interactions still remain, so you can still use them to read, study, or write in diary.

There are two versions of this shelf. Only download one of them, according to your game setup, because they both have the same GUID and will conflict with each other. The only difference between the two is that the one labeled [pre-FT] has only the interactions from the basegame (can't choose type of book to read, only study cleaning, cooking, and mechanical). I included it just in case someone had the Teen Style Stuff Pack but not the FreeTime EP or a later EP. Most, if not all, will not need it. I didn't bother making a version without pet interactions, because I'm assuming that most people who have TSS will also have PETS or a later EP. If anyone needs a pre-PETs version, just let me know in the comments, and I'll shoot you a fix.

I replaced the removed book meshes with deco slots, where a player can place other books, or clutter, or flowers, or... even put back the same books (if you get my EDUKATE booksets ). The thing I did different with the slots here, is placing them at the origin points of the book meshes I removed instead of spacing them evenly or in some logical configuration. This way, If someone (ME) wanted to keep one or two of the booksets where they were, and then mix & match with other deco (I'm just pretending to be generous and thoughtful - it was me that wanted this.).

The other change to this shelf is the addition of a second recolorable subset - this time, the poles.

Recolors are included in the package itself for the poles (2 new colors) and the shelves (5 new colors).

Technical info:

Tools used: SimPE, GIMP, Blender 2.79

All textures are EAxis, with some modification by myself using GIMP

Catalogue placement: Hobbies>Knowledge

In-game price - 303

Polygon Counts:
poles - 288
bookcase - 362
shadows - 12

Additional Credits: SimPE - thanks to Quaxi and all the talented people who brought us this crucial tool
Thanks to Numenor and RGiles for the CEP Thanks to Delphy and all the great folks here at MTS

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

+ 1 SPs
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
dARE-EDUKATEbookcaseEmpty[pre-FT].rar | Description: Use this version only if you have Teen Style SP, but don't have FreeTime EP or later. 648.3 KB 248 10th Jan 2018
EDUKATEbookcaseEmpty.rar 681.9 KB 228 3rd Mar 2018
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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: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 12th Jan 2018 at 5:06 PM
Love the idea of this! I've always like this bookshelf for kids' rooms, and I love clutter so being able to tailor the deco to each kid will give the empty Billys bookshelf I currently use some serious competition. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us

If I understand your description correctly this is not slaved to the original, is that correct?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#3 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 12:02 AM

That is correct. It is not slaved to the original, mostly because I added a second subset and remade the txtrs to match. If you want different recolors, they can be made from this mesh.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 26th Jan 2018 at 7:36 AM
Thank you. These are great. Can't wait to have them in game.
Test Subject
#5 Old 2nd Mar 2018 at 7:25 PM
Not sure what is going on, but every time I try to download and open the file, it tells me the archive is corrupt. I've tried to open it on two different computers and get the same error report. It's the first file on the download; thought I'd best let you know in case I'm not the only one having trouble. I really want the shiny, pretty bookshelf...
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#6 Old 3rd Mar 2018 at 4:09 PM
@Maggiemae13 : I just tried it and it works fine. You may need to update your compression program. WinRAR now has a version 5 that uses a different algorithm. I replaced it with one compressed with the old version in case you need to re-download.