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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.

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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: 23,523 · 16th Feb 2009
856.3 KB 23,523 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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#476 Old 7th Dec 2009 at 3:19 AM
New version V2.7 available: fixes a problem when updating the neighborhood terrain.
#477 Old 7th Dec 2009 at 7:52 PM
"New version V2.7 available: fixes a problem when updating the neighborhood terrain."
::nab::

Thanks, Mootilda!

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#478 Old 25th Dec 2009 at 8:17 PM Last edited by SimSanta1992 : 25th Dec 2009 at 8:57 PM.
Default Compatibility with custom filename prefixes
Moin folks,
I haven't played TS2 for about a whole year (was more busy with working on a BTTF Mod for GTA:VC, but am now again for a week. I now had the wish to adjust the size of a lot, so I updated this tool to the newer version and ran it, having run into two problems:

On the list of neighborhoods mine didn't appear, so I chose browse and navigated manually to the file WAABS_Neighborhood.package and then chose my lot. Finally I configured how to enlarge and started the progress. But the LotAdjuster returned an error to me and said the lot was unoccupied and couldn't be modified.
But it indeed is occupied.

So I ran a batch renaming tool and replaced the prefix WAABS with N004 and retried -> Success: LotAdjuster showed that neighborhood in the list and the lot could be changed.

Now to my question:
Is there any possibility to make the tool compatible with custom prefixes in future? Cause for better organization I like to give them easy recognizable names (my nhood in this case is called Waabs) and the game has obviously no problems with them (but if I remember correctly, SimPE does).

Greets, SimSanta1992 aka. Mini-Me

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#479 Old 25th Dec 2009 at 11:17 PM
I had no idea that anyone named their hoods with anything other than the standard <letter><3 numbers> naming convention. I can certainly look into this.
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#480 Old 5th Jan 2010 at 12:17 AM
wow! I loved that part!
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#481 Old 5th Jan 2010 at 10:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SimSanta1992
Is there any possibility to make the tool compatible with custom prefixes in future? Cause for better organization I like to give them easy recognizable names (my nhood in this case is called Waabs) and the game has obviously no problems with them (but if I remember correctly, SimPE does).
I've found the problem. Just a check for a "valid" hood prefix which expects 4 characters; I assume that it was added to exclude the Tutorial neighborhood. Should be an easy fix.

Can anyone tell me whether the Tutorial neighborhood is named "Tutorial" for all languages? If not, I may not be able to exclude the Tutorial neighborhood when allowing longer hood prefixes.
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#482 Old 13th Jan 2010 at 10:20 PM
Default Version 3.1 released
Quote:
Originally Posted by SimSanta1992
Is there any possibility to make the tool compatible with custom prefixes in future? Cause for better organization I like to give them easy recognizable names (my nhood in this case is called Waabs) and the game has obviously no problems with them (but if I remember correctly, SimPE does).
Fixed in V3.1. Available for download here:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=384656
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#483 Old 31st Jan 2010 at 9:41 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 1st Feb 2010 at 6:59 PM.
Default Version 2.8 Released
New version 2.8 now available. Resolves an error, "can't intersect other objects", which could occur even when there is no such object.

This bug has existed in all previous versions of the LotExpander and LotAdjuster. The new version of the LotAdjuster will avoid creating this problem, but will not fix any existing problems created by running previous versions of LE or LA.

If you currently have this problem on your lot, it can be fixed by using SimPE to delete the VERT (vertex layer) record within your lot package. The record will regenerate, but will only contain information for new objects, or existing objects which are subsequently moved.

Because of this, I would recommend that you backup before editing your lot package in SimPE and that you test thoroughly before sharing such a lot.

[Update:]
For anyone who wants more information about this bug, please look here:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthre...293#post3041293
Field Researcher
#484 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 6:26 PM
Do you have a version of this program that can handle lots saved with the expansion called "the sims 2 store edition"?
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#485 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 9:12 PM
I don't have the Store Edition, so I have no way of testing it. Could someone please backup their save game and try adjusting a Store Edition lot, then let us know whether it works. If it does, are you receiving a warning that your version is later than the LotAdjuster can handle? Thanks!
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#486 Old 12th Aug 2010 at 9:23 PM
How do i get this to work with the Base Game/ AnyGame Starters???

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#487 Old 13th Aug 2010 at 7:23 AM
On the neighborhood selection screen, click the Browse button and then navigate to the AnyGame neighborhood package.
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#488 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 10:08 PM
thank you this helped me so much ^_^
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#489 Old 20th Aug 2011 at 1:06 AM
were do i use the lot adjuster in the game, i cant seem to fin d where i click to make the lot smaller or whats not please help!
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#490 Old 20th Aug 2011 at 1:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jellis9492
were do i use the lot adjuster in the game, i cant seem to fin d where i click to make the lot smaller or whats not please help!
This is a separate program which must be run after you exit the game. Be sure to follow the instructions in the tutorial, because you will not get correct results otherwise.
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#491 Old 10th Oct 2011 at 4:52 PM
I installed all things which I need to use the LotAdjuster, but it still doesn't works!
What could be wrong!

Thanks SimSellie
(sorry if you don't understand so good but I'm from Germany and my english isn't very well. So I'll be happy, if you don't answer too difficult )
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#492 Old 10th Oct 2011 at 5:25 PM
"It doesn't work" doesn't give enough information to be helpful. Please explain exactly what steps you are taking, and the results of those steps. If you don't know the words to use, attach pictures of each screen that is presented to you.

For example, what do you see when you double click on the LotAdjuster.exe? Does the welcome screen appear? Do you get an error message?
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#493 Old 24th Feb 2012 at 1:00 AM
Thanks Moo!! This is really helpful and nice!
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#494 Old 22nd Jul 2012 at 7:54 AM Last edited by Josepina : 22nd Jul 2012 at 8:25 AM.
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