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*Recolourable* Holy Smoke modular stairs

by Numenor Posted 12th Mar 2005 at 10:28 PM - Updated 18th Mar 2007 at 11:59 PM by Numenor : Fixed in-text images
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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.
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Recolourable Holy Smoke modular stairs

18 MAR 2007 - BUGFIX
These stairs have been online for almost two years, and so far they worked well. But they had a little bug nevertheless In some games (especially the base-game, without any EP) the catalog icon for the modular stairs was empty. This is because these stairs were made in a very old format (the old "EP Ready format, created when UNI first came out).
Updating them to the current correct format would have meant breaking all the existing recolours (there are so many around the net, not only here at MTS2); and so I've fixed it in a way that... you shouldn't try at home (like they say in TV ).
The important thing is that now the icon is visible in catalog and all the existing recolours still work! :D

Of course, if you never had problems with the catalog icon, redownloading is optional.

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FAQ: Why there is no text file to install with these stairs, like all the other custom modular stairs?
That's because these stairs are intended to override the Maxis originals, and therefore uses the same Maxis text file already installed with the game.
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I think that the Holy Smoke is the most useful staircase, because it lets the sims pass under it. But the standard grey/bluish colour doesn't match *all* the furniture styles.
So, I decided to make it recolourable.
But the internal file structure, and the lacking of a correct filenaming led me to actually clone the original stairs.

At first, I thought to *add* a new modular stair to the catalog, then I thought it would be useless to have two identical stairs, one recolourable and one not.
So I decided to set this staircase to override the original one.
Don't worry, though: I said override, not overwrite When you get bored of my staircase, just delete the package from the downloads folder, and the original staircase will be back in the catalog.

IMPORTANT: this is to be considered an Alpha release! Though it is stable, EP-compliant and works fine, still it's a little "tricky" to recolour.

Installation instructions
Unrar both the attached files to the downloads folder. In the first archive there is the "main" package (the stairs themselves), in the second there are some recolours for the metal part and for the glass parts.

How to create custom recolours
Open SimPE's Object Workshop (current release is v. 029) and choose the "Load Object" tab. Browse the downloads folder and load the "STEPS_90NMNglass_main.package". Proceed with the recolour as usual.
NOTE: you can choose to recolour the metal part or the glass part (or both).
You can use the attached template texture as a guide for your recolours.
Since the original texture contains an alpha channel (transparency), I strongly suggest that you import your custom texture in the package using the option "Build DXT" + "Commit", instead of "Import" + "Update all sizes" + "Commit": using the "Build DXT" creates a more accurate texture.


How to apply the recolour to the staircase
Here come the tricky part, because you will not find the different colours in the catalog (I guess that this section of the catalog doesn't manage multiple colour options).
Choose the standard Holy Smoke stairs from the catalog and place it on the lot. Add the railings if you like, but remember that adding the reailings after having recoloured the stairs may cause their reverting to original colour.
Now, select the Design Tool and click, in turn, on each step: now you can choose the colours for the metal part and for the glass.
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If I ever find a way to recolour all the stairs at once, you'll be the first to know...
But there's a good side effect: you can apply a different colour to each step!
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KNOWN ISSUE
Once recoloured, you should't add or delete railings to the stairs, otherwise it will revert to the original colour. But this "reverting" is only temporary: if you save and exit the lot, and then re-enter it, you'll find that the staircase has again the new colour you applied to it

OK, enough... Download and enjoy! Let me know any (unknown) issues you may find.

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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Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_TEMPLATE.rar

Size: 76.1 KB · Downloads: 22,820 · 18th Mar 2005
76.1 KB 22,820 18th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_metal+glass_transparent.rar

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 31,988 · 13th Mar 2005
1.3 KB 31,988 13th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_recolours.rar

Size: 317.5 KB · Downloads: 32,533 · 12th Mar 2005
317.5 KB 32,533 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_main.rar

Size: 129.6 KB · Downloads: 37,588 · 12th Mar 2005
129.6 KB 37,588 12th Mar 2005
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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Forum Resident
#2 Old 12th Mar 2005 at 10:33 PM
I'm so excited that this has been at least partially figured out! *Hugs*
Test Subject
#3 Old 12th Mar 2005 at 11:26 PM
Numenor you are the best!! Thank You!
The ModFather
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#4 Old 12th Mar 2005 at 11:36 PM Last edited by Numenor : 13th Mar 2005 at 12:22 AM.
Now it's your turn... I want to see the best recolours ever! Wooden stairs, "optical" style... I know that the mesh has quite a modern style, but let's try and make someting suitable for more "classical" houses: I'm tired of the traditional stairs, that occupies half of the livingroom!

EDIT:
As for one, this is my contribution: a completely semi-transparent glass staircase. You'll find the package for download in post #1.
Screenshots

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Lab Assistant
#5 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 12:50 AM
thank you thank you thanky you
it's the most important download for me, as i used this stair most of all.
i'm not able to make recolors, but be willing to test whatever you want ;o)
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 1:34 AM
Great!!! Big big compliment!!! Tomorrow I will try some recolors... :-)

Lucifer´s Angel
Mesh Maestro
#7 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 1:50 AM
Excelent work.. I agree the "holy smokes" stairs are by far the best in the game... I lie the transparant recolor you did... I spend a lot of time in the MMAT files so I have an extra admiration for your work...
Forum Resident
#8 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 1:58 AM
Thank for these..Cool I will try this too soon. And thank you so much for you and Rgiles for creating the better SimPE 29b. It is so much nicer fixed my granfather clocks etc. But the glass colors did not work so they are gone. Can you make me new ones in the rose and golden and an orange transparent colors angain. Thank you so much.
How come I can go into to the beta recolor sections now? I am not uploading anything here only photos now! I want other recolored objects too besides mine. Please reopen this up for me. I am not uploading anything but photo's here. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 2:03 AM
Numenor, Thank you, this is great. Going to try them now.

rsn
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#10 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 2:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by anglesims2
And thank you so much for you and Rgiles for creating the better SimPE 29b.

You're too kind, but Quaxi is to be credited for SimPE, I only help him in testing it

Quote:
How come I can go into to the beta recolor sections now? I am not uploading anything here only photos now! I want other recolored objects too besides mine. Please reopen this up for me. I am not uploading anything but photo's here. Thank you!


You should ask this to a Moderator or Administrator, I'm just a "simple" user... :D

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My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


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Lab Assistant
#11 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 2:57 AM
Numenor! You are my hero! I've been wanting recolors for this a long time! Thank you thank you!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 3:35 AM
Thank you, Numenor, for being an excellent mind reader and an excellent...modder. Oh, and an excellent sharer. I hope you don't mind me sucking up!! :D

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Just a reminder.
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Test Subject
#13 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 3:56 AM
Thank you, Numenor, these are my most used stairs and I wanted more colors - I appreciate all you do!
Forum Resident
#14 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 6:17 AM
This is the one item I wanted to recolor. I don't know enough to get it done tho. I'm so glad you wanted to do it too! Thank you!
Test Subject
#15 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 6:52 AM
works great, thanks!

nice to have more power over the look of things.

kinda annoying to recolour ever stair, but i suppose it can't be helped, and it offers more flexability.
Field Researcher
#16 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 7:26 AM
Numenor, I really love these stairs! I love the fact that I can recolour every stair on a stair case a different colour, mix n match or just leave them as is! This totally gets 5 smacks!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 11:39 AM
Thats great. Now my childrens attic room can be multicoloured WITH matching stairs

Bravo.
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#18 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 11:45 AM
Gorgeous I'm a very happy camper =D

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Lab Assistant
#19 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 12:21 PM
Wow ,you are my hero. That´s fantastic ,we are waiting for a long time that someone realise it.
Thank you very much.

B
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 1:03 PM
This is awesome! Thnk you so much
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 2:51 PM
Ya, you made me very happy. I use these stairs in most of my houses. Thank you, thank you, thank you
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 2:53 PM
Oooo thank you so much!!
Forum Resident
#23 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 3:10 PM
in which area of the texture do i find the railing? changing the block in the tp-left corner doesn't seem to work. i want to edit the normal stairs to match the metal fence.
Instructor
#24 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 3:18 PM
pretty cool stuff, even if it is a little tricky
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#25 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 4:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fat D
in which area of the texture do i find the railing? changing the block in the tp-left corner doesn't seem to work. i want to edit the normal stairs to match the metal fence.


I thought it was the top-left corner... :confused:
If you find out the right texture part, let us know!

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
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