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PostSubject: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:19 pm

I found this great tutorial @ Martine's Blog.

"Please read all information in this tutoral and be sure you are fully informed before attempting and installing mentioned programs."

Tutorial: Managing Custom Content


It is very nicely written and easy to understand.

I was mainly looking at the use of s3pe to compress my third party package files.

Be sure your package files are not corrupt before compressing! Check with Dephy's Dashboard Tool.

I followed along with the steps until I got to Save As (7th image under Start to merge package files)

This is where I got confused. Then I realized you need to click on the top file in the list...then click save.



then it wants to know if you want to overwrite the file...this is when all the package files get squished together into one:,,,which is what you want.




After you will see that the file size of the first file is much much larger....that is because all your packages are now in this file.

I had set up a new folder on my desktop named it s3pe Stuff. I put a copy of my Mods folder and a Backup Copy of my Mods folder in it. This is where I have s3pe look at my package files....since they were already in my game and I didn't want to mess around with the original Mods Folder. Thus, I had to then go into My Docuements/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Mods/Packages/ appropriate folder that contained the package files I wanted to compress ( example:Shoes). Delete the files that were there and then Replace with the new compress file.

Now instead of having 55 hair package files in my packages folder I have 1
hair package file.

Be sure to check your package folder with Delphy's Dashboard before opening your game.

I didn't think it was taking my game long to load but now it is super quick. Boom...loaded.

I have also made a Compress Packages folder which contains copies of the compress package files I have made for a backup and placed it in my s3pe Stuff folder on my desktop.

This topic was written mainly to help me remember what the heck I did.....if you choose to follow any instructions be sure to fully understand and any mistake you make or damage done to your game is not my fault or anyone here at TS3 Creators' Consortium II.

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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:47 pm

This is a great tutorial. At one time I had all my CC hair in one, shoes in another. I don't use CC much anymore, but you reminded me of this nifty procedure. I wonder if I could compress all my sliders? I'll have to try it.
I'll post back with my my findings. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:55 pm

I would be interested to know if sliders work well compressed. I haven't compressed any of my mine. Looking forward to your findings Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:46 pm

So this compresses them into one file?
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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:41 pm

Yes. It does. It is very handy. I keep a backup folder of all my original packages, just in case. instead of having 20 hair files I now have 1.

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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:06 pm

OOO.. now this is a nice trick. Managed to combine all the cars and hairstyles in to their respective packages. (One for each)

Fired up the game, seems I've managed not to break anything. LOL
Category load times in CAS for the hair are much faster now. thumbs up

Now that I know I can get it done without messing things up, I gonna sort and combine most of the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:33 pm

Awesome! It is pretty nifty thumbs up

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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:58 pm

Sounds awesome.. I'm scared to chance it.. it took me months to understand Delphy's tool Sad I always have issues making sure I understand these things...
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PostSubject: Re: Managing Custom Content by Martine ( includes: Converting Sims3pack to package files. Compressing Package Files)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:29 pm

Don't give up too easy. Nice simple instructions easy to follow.

Working with just the CC items I have, I made a folder on my desktop to use for sorting. I don't have a lot of CC "yet". So I didn't go extra crazy on the sorting.

Anyway, folder on the desktop called CC
Inside that I made a few others.
Clothing
Hair
Build Items
Cars

The only ones I've combined so far are the cars and hair.
So, I went to my mods/packages folder and moved all the Fresh Prince cars to the cars folder, and moved the hair to the new hair folder.

Ran through the steps listed above Saved the first combination as FP_Cars.package
And the second was CC_Hair.package. Those I saved back in my mods/packages folder.

Fired up the game everything shows up just like before I combined them all. So Later I'll go back and work up the re rest of my CC
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