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LotAdjuster 2.8 (Updated Jan 31, 2010)

by Mootilda Posted 19th Apr 2008 at 5:40 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 4:31 PM by Nysha
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LotAdjuster 2.8

Version 2.8 fixes a bug where the error "can't intersect other objects" can occur even when no such object exists.

Occupied Apartment Life apartments cannot be modified.


LotAdjuster 3.x
There is a new version of the LotAdjuster available here:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=384656

Version 3.x allows you to adjust lots in lot-sized tiles, rather than neighborhood-sized tiles. This alternate version also allows you to shift buildings on a lot by expanding one side and shrinking the other. Several other bugs have been fixed in 3.x which remain in 2.x.

Version 2.8, which adjusts in hood-sized tiles, will remain available here. It's a bit easier to use, but provides less flexibility.


Description:
The LotAdjuster allows you to modify a "Sims 2" lot in a variety of ways, including:
- Enlarge a lot up to a size of 6x6, which is the EA-imposed TS2 limit.
- Enlarge a lot over the road; allow building on both sides of the road.
- Shrink a lot; allow building to within one tile of the edge of a lot; create pseudo rowhouses.
- Move a lot within a neighborhood; move a lot away from the road.
- Add and remove roads; create a roadless lot; create a lot with multiple roads: corner lot, alleyway, service road, square.
- Unlock tiles on a lot.
- Fix vehicle and pedestrian portal locations, as well as the location of the mailbox, trash can, and phone booth.
- Fix the edges of a lot: smooth, flatten, or match neighborhood terrain.
- Fix crashing beach lots. See this link for further details: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=3168813

This version of the LotAdjuster works with all expansion and stuff packs, up to and including The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff.

The LotAdjuster is the successor to the LotExpander: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=175884

Requirements:
- The LotAdjuster is released under the GNU General Public License.
- The program uses some DLLs from SimPE; they are included in the zip file.
- You need the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...s.aspx?id=20137

Installation:
To install, just download LotAdjuster.zip and unzip it. Run the EXE from the unzipped location. This is "alpha" software and is still in development; it is not guaranteed to work and may corrupt your lot. Be sure to backup your game before using this tool.

I have included the source code for version 2.8 in LotAdjusterSource.zip. There is no need to download this file unless you are a C# programmer who wishes to look at or modify the code.

I left the previous version (PreviousLotAdjuster.zip) available, in case there are any unforseen problems. There is no need to download this file.

Running under OS/X:
Please read this thread for information about running the LotAdjuster under OS/X:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=366580

Instructions:
At this time, there are no instructions available for the LotAdjuster; hopefully, some will be available soon. In the interim, please see the LotExpander instructions and substitute "LotAdjuster" for "LotExpander". The screenshots will be different than the LotAdjuster, but the basic method is the same.

Advanced options are changed by clicking the "Advanced" button on the lot information screen. Options in this category are more likely to require special handling. Be sure to test your lot thoroughly before sharing it.

If you have any problems with the new LotAdjuster, or if you have suggestions that you would like to see implemented, please let me know.

LotExpander Tutorial: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...3&postcount=410

Known Issues: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...80&postcount=47

LotExpander Error and Warning Messages.
LotAdjuster messages may be different:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...7&postcount=422

Recovering from Problems: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...5&postcount=411

Research Thread: General discussion about modding lots: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=250693

Release History: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...29&postcount=50

To-Do List: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=328158

Pseudo-Rowhouses: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=286909

How to Help:
1) I'm trying to get together a list of "Search Keywords" for this post. I would appreciate people telling me what keywords they used to search for this program. This is especially useful if their initial search failed, since I can add these keywords to help other people find the LotAdjuster.

2) The LotAdjuster is a general purpose tool with a wide range of applications. The main thing that we need right now is tutorials on how to use the various features to create special types of lots. If you create a tutorial which is relevant, please post a link to your tutorial and I will include it here. Some of my thoughts on tutorials which might be helpful: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...82&postcount=48

Additional Credits:
This program is derived from the LotExpander, which was designed and developed by Andi8104. Without his work, the LotAdjuster would not exist.

Thank you to all of the people who helped to make this tool a reality, including aelflaed, baratron, ebonyspiral, ikbod, Inge Jones, ingeli, KariMinger, ladykatsim, Mutantbunny, niol, plasticbox, pljones, Quaxi, and Rascal.

I'm sure that I've forgotten some people, since so many people have helped with the development of this program. If you know of someone who's been missed, it was not intentional. Please let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Useful Links: http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...83&postcount=49

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

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LotAdjuster.zip | The current verison of the LotAdjuster V2.8

Size: 856.3 KB · Downloads: 23,531 · 16th Feb 2009
856.3 KB 23,531 16th Feb 2009
PreviousLotAdjuster.zip | A previous version of the LotAdjuster V2.7 - do not download

Size: 855.0 KB · Downloads: 2,293 · 16th Feb 2009
855.0 KB 2,293 16th Feb 2009
LotAdjusterSource.zip | C# source code V2.8 - for programmers only

Size: 238.7 KB · Downloads: 3,262 · 26th Nov 2008
238.7 KB 3,262 26th Nov 2008
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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This message has been deleted by Alisar. Reason: double - escuse me
Forum Resident
#426 Old 31st Mar 2009 at 12:22 AM
at last I decided to downoad your tool. actually I had downloaded the first version of the expander and had problems and no time/want to understand better why
now I will try too - thank you and all the simmers helping you with it
I have a question for you - excuse me if you already answered this but there are too many posts to browse into what if I mod a house with your tool and then upload it here: 1) may I upload it? 2) may other simmers have problems? 3) what about Vista?

I create for my amusement. I share for -I hope!- yours :)
Enjoy and ... Happy simming!
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Original Poster
#427 Old 31st Mar 2009 at 1:52 AM
1) Yes, you may upload lots which were modified with the LotAdjuster.

2) For the most part, people have not had problems with these lots. However, as a lot creator, you should be sure to test any lot that you upload, whether or not you used the LotAdjuster on it. When you upload the lot, you probably want to mention that you used the LotAdjuster to create your lot.

3) Some people have reported problems with .NET when running the LotAdjuster on Vista. However, there are a lot of people who have no problems at all.

Note: you shouldn't double-post (two posts in a row). This is especially true when the second post is just the first post with a few extra words. Just use the "Edit" button to add to your original post instead.
Forum Resident
#428 Old 31st Mar 2009 at 2:13 AM
thank you for the replies
excuse me for the double post: it was a mistake of course, I know I can edit
deleting the first one
hugs
Alisar

I create for my amusement. I share for -I hope!- yours :)
Enjoy and ... Happy simming!
Field Researcher
#429 Old 31st Mar 2009 at 9:44 PM
Is there anyway you could upload a version compatible with mac, please i would be very grateful
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Original Poster
#430 Old 1st Apr 2009 at 6:15 AM
I'm not familiar with MACs, but my understanding is that this would require a complete rewrite, so it's not really feasible.

However, some people run Windows on their MAC, or have a separate machine in their house that is running Windows. If so, you can just run Phase 1 of the adjustment on Windows and run Phase 2 using your game installed on the MAC.
Test Subject
#431 Old 6th Apr 2009 at 9:28 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
I'm not familiar with MACs, but my understanding is that this would require a complete rewrite, so it's not really feasible.

However, some people run Windows on their MAC, or have a separate machine in their house that is running Windows. If so, you can just run Phase 1 of the adjustment on Windows and run Phase 2 using your game installed on the MAC.
ya srry...but how do i use this?....im kinda new
with the modder stuff..
Test Subject
#432 Old 6th Apr 2009 at 9:29 AM
like plz i realy need 2 know how how to use this thing!im realy
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Original Poster
#433 Old 6th Apr 2009 at 8:15 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Apr 2009 at 2:42 AM.
Here is a tutorial for expanding a lot:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showpost...3&postcount=410

Here are my notes for adjusting a lot created on the MAC:
http://www.modthesims2.com/download...763#post2035763

If you need additional information, then I need to know more about what you are trying to accomplish.

By the way, you shouldn't double post (two posts in a row). Just use the "Edit" button to add information to your existing post.
#434 Old 12th Apr 2009 at 5:15 AM
I can`t seem to find a post announcing the new v2.6, but I don`t seem to have it already -- you seem to have posted the new version while I was off-line because of a dead computer -- so I downloaded it for my new system. Thank you.

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Forum Resident
#435 Old 19th Apr 2009 at 3:36 PM
@Mootilda, thank you! - without doubt this is an extremely useful utility for TS-2, but I wonder have you considered a version for Life/Pet/Castaway Stories at all?.

To all, of the very talented MTS-2 creative types - my sincere thanks for taking the time to create/upload/share...
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#436 Old 19th Apr 2009 at 8:05 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 22nd Apr 2009 at 4:39 AM.
I believe that this works for Life Stories and Pet Stories as is, since they basically use the TS2 game engine. Just use the Browse button to navigate to the correct neighborhood package.

Can anyone confirm that this works? There may even be a post or two in this thread, if you search.

Castaway Stories is a bit more work, but might be do-able. I believe that the two major issues are the larger neighborhood size and the difference in the format of the Lot Description. I could certainly investigate this.

However, right now I'm finishing off ConvertiWall. This utility creates foundation roofs and will also convert Numenor's unlevel walls to regular walls so that creators can use unlevel walls for building without requiring downloaders to install special walls.

Then, I want to get the GridAdjuster finished. This utility allows people to change the grid elevations on a lot without using the ConstrainFloorElevation cheat. Hopefully, it will make it much easier to create modern homes, along with true basements using the new tutorial: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=326029

So, it's unlikely that I could get around to Castaway Stories until after The Sims 3 ships. Of course, if TS3 is unpopular, then there should be ample time to get this working.
Alchemist
#437 Old 20th Apr 2009 at 4:54 AM
Here's hoping TS3 is an awful flop...
Test Subject
#438 Old 22nd Apr 2009 at 12:11 AM
Is there a forum somewhere else where users could ask/help each other with this amazing tool?

I'm wondering if I could use the LotAdjuster to raise the elevation of a foundation, after the building has been finished? I'd like to add lit basements to some of my favourite lots, but they were built with standard 4-click foundations. I'm probably overlooking some other building trick, but I'd appreciate a shove in the right direction for how to accomplish this without re-building the entire lot.
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Original Poster
#439 Old 22nd Apr 2009 at 1:06 AM
No, the LotAdjuster doesn't change elevations. However, I believe that you can raise an entire building using the ConstrainFloorElevation cheat.
Test Subject
#440 Old 22nd Apr 2009 at 3:22 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
No, the LotAdjuster doesn't change elevations. However, I believe that you can raise an entire building using the ConstrainFloorElevation cheat.


Thank you, Mootilda. I'll go off and experiment -- I'm sorry to have bothered you about something so little, and so irrelevant. I do use all your tools more often than SimPE now, and I'm very excited about the new CFE tool in development. I don't play CS but I too pray TS3 takes off like a brick, so we can have more tools like yours.
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Original Poster
#441 Old 22nd Apr 2009 at 4:26 AM
I know what you mean. TS2 needed so much effort by modders to make it work well, I'm not looking forward to using another vanilla EA game.
Test Subject
#442 Old 23rd Apr 2009 at 11:14 PM
Thanks
Field Researcher
#443 Old 24th May 2009 at 3:23 AM
Thanks so much for this wonderful tool! I can now upload my unlevel lot!
Test Subject
#444 Old 25th May 2009 at 7:03 PM
i have to say thank you so much for this... i just downloaded it because a designer house im building would not fit on the biggest lot... thank you thank you thank you... my Franklin l Wright "Robbie House" will be built...
Instructor
#445 Old 28th May 2009 at 8:55 PM
Will the LotAdjuster work on my computer without downoading Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0? I tried to download it from Microsoft as you stated it is required to run LotAdjuster, and the loading page from Microsoft said that file isn't supported on a 64-bit system, which I have - a new HP desktop with Windows Visa 64-bit... I really think your program would be very useful, especially for taking existing small lots and expanding them to fit a garage...

goderguy
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#446 Old 28th May 2009 at 10:54 PM
goderguy, if you have Vista 64-bit, you should have .NET already installed. Some people have had problems running the LotAdjuster on Vista, but many people run without any problem at all. So, my only suggestion is to try it and see what happens.
Instructor
#447 Old 29th May 2009 at 2:14 AM
Thanks for the quick reply! I will try it tonight. Thanks a bunch for this awesome tool! I have always thought "I would use this lot/house if only the yard were larger..."

goderguy
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