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Vertu Aster

by blakegriplingph Posted 6th Oct 2014 at 3:36 AM - Updated 12th May 2016 at 7:50 AM by blakegriplingph
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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.

Aster blends an unmistakable aesthetic with uncompromising performance, to create an exceptional object of desire that’s also your passport to a world of exclusive lifestyle experiences.

The Vertu Aster is a slate-format luxury smartphone manufactured and marketed by Vertu in England. Released just a few months after the Signature Touch, the Aster boasts a 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SOC and runs on Android 4.4 "KitKat".

Couldn't resist porting this to The Sims 3, so it had to be done; well, actually I've been planning to do this for TS3 all along, but I went with doing a Sims 2 version first as it's a tad easier. Unlike the latter version, the one for the TS3 will come as a default phone for all Sims - for sure, this would make the Aster's exclusivity kinda' moot as IRL it would be nigh improbable for everyone to have Vertus, but at least nobody cares. Or perhaps the ones they have are actually Mediatek-powered counterfeits. :P

Another issue would that be of the screen effect plane floating and going past the bezel or at times shrinking a bit. It's more of a game issue - blame EA for screwing up on this object and the iPad, as they could've done the same video screen method they utilised for the computer on rendering the phone screens.

As with most mods, just paste the .package file to your Sims 3 Mods folder (usually at My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages), and then run the game. The source zip file is there for modders to tinker with if they're interested in making a fork of this, or perhaps port it to some other game like Garry's Mod.

Polygon Counts:
Verts: 372
Polys: 408

Additional Credits:
Special thanks to Inge Jones, EsmeraldaF and HugeLunatic for the advice, to my pals at the American Girl Facebook group, Aaron Young, SilentPL and ALMOST610, HardcoreHacker, twjordo, fsebentley and leeh33 of TechKnow, and my mates at the Downfall Parodies Forum.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Huck Jones_VertuAster_uni.zip | Description: Vertu Aster - for TS3 University 3.19 MB 2,926 6th Oct 2014
VertuAster_sources.zip | Description: Raw project files for the mod (not necessary for the mod itself to be used, for advanced users/modders only) 437.0 KB 1,125 6th Oct 2014
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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