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*Working* Magazine Rack [UPD 29 jan 2009]

by Numenor Posted 26th Jun 2008 at 12:47 AM - Updated 14th Mar 2009 at 9:49 PM by Numenor : Restored missing attachment
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Store away all your magazines and books!
-- Updated 29 Jan 2009 --

29 JAN 2009 - BUGFIX
Fixed a bug that affected games with Seasons:
- the rack doesn't cause any more a "jump bug" whenever hovering the mouse over it;
- it's now possible to correctly study the extra subjects (charisma etc.) if there is a "Golden Bookcase" (SSN career reward) in the lot.
Thanks Amberkat for reporting.

29 OCT 2008 - UPDATE
Improvement: sims can read magazines at will, increasing their interest, without losing interest in other subjects (thus getting rid of the annoyance reported by MagicMoon here)
Bugfix: a rare jump bug occurred when clicking on the racks (see Aelflaed's report here).

16 SEPT 2008 - UPDATE
- Included the 5 new skills from Apartment Life
- Added 5 more languages (see below for complete list and credits)


Tidy up your home! All those magazines that usually clog your house, covering tables and floor, have finally found a nice place to be stored into!

  • You can store in the racks all the base-game magazines, the hobby magazines, the books (including the custom-written novels) and even the unattanded UNI assignments.
  • You can then pick back from the rack any of the stored magazine or book (not the assignments), read it at will, and then put it back into the rack.
  • The magazines, after a number of readings, become "old" and can't be read any more (this apply to the base-game one, too!).
  • The maid, and any sim "influenced" to clean, will automatically put away all books, magazines and UNI assignments.
  • Lost&Found magazines: all the rack by default contain the lost "money" magazine (base-game) and also the lost "Entertainment Hobby" (FT required).
  • Lost&Found animation "View Centerfold": while reading, the sims will randomly play this funny animation.
  • The Magazine Rack comes in two versions: vertical and horizontal; the horizontal can become a simple pile of magazines by applying the "invisible" recolour provided in the package.
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The racks are compatible with any game (tested from base-game to Apartment Life). Depending on your game, some additional features may become available.
  • Common features, available in all games:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "interest" magazines (i.e. the ones bought from the community vending racks);
    • store into/pick from the rack reading and study books;
    • Lost&Found "Money" magazine + Lost&Found "Centerfold" animation;
    • Automatic cleaning by maid.
  • If you have University:
    • the unattended assignments can be "stored" in the rack (actually, deleted from the game). The assignments owned by playable sims are not removed; the assignments currently in use by any sims are not removed;
    • Automatic clean-up by sims "influenced" to clean.
  • If you have FreeTime:
    • store into/pick from the rack the "hobby" magazines (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • store into/pick from the rack the custom-written novels (i.e. the ones received by subscription);
    • Lost&Found "Entertainment" magazine.
  • If you have Open for Business:
    • DON'T try to sell books in your store using this rack; and don't try to sell the rack itself: the OFB functions are disabled and won't work This is a residential object, after all .
  • If you have Apartment Life:
    • You can study the 5 new skills.

Note: Multiple racks - You can put as many racks as you want in your house, but they work as in real life: if you store a magazine into one rack, don't expect to find it in all the other racks!
On the other hand, the standard bookcase functions (reading books, studying books, custom novels) work like the Maxis bookcases: all the books are shared between all the bookcases (including the rack).

Note: Pie Menu - Most of the pie menu entries have been modified to make them consistent with the idea of "magazine" (e.g. Study/Parenting has become Browse Monthly Review/"Children: User Manual" ); I only speak English and Italian, and several users helped translating the menu into new languages, but some players might read the usual text.

In the attached rar you will find two Racks (horizontal and vertical), and a Magazine. All the three packages must be put in your Downloads folder.
NOTE: The Magazine is always required for the Racks to work; on the other hand, if you don't like one of the two racks, you can safely discard it.

You can recolour the racks by following two alternate methods.
  1. (Preferable) Using the TEMPLATES - Download the recolour templates from this thread; Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen template (racks or magazines); then choose "CLONE" (attention: not "recolour"!) and proceed; when the clone is created, just replace the texture with your own. This method will create ONE recolour package (for either the wooden part or the magazines) that works for BOTH racks at the same time.
  2. Following the general recolouring tutorial - Keep in mind that the vertical and horizontal racks are autonomous objects (they don't share the textures) and must be recoloured separately. Start Object Workshop, click "Open..." and load the chosen rack mesh (either the horizontal or the vertical); then choose "Recolour" and proceed. In the subset selection, I recommend to choose only one subset (either "magazines" or "rack"). Finish the recolour following the tutorial.

The "vertical" rack is based on a mesh originally created by Boblishman for a different rack (working just as a normal bookcase) and posted here.
The horizontal meshes and the internal code were entirely made by myself.

Polygon Counts:
Vertical rack: 590 faces, 954 vertices
Horizontal rack: 1316 faces, 1953 vertices
Magazine template: zero (it uses the Maxis mesh already in game)

Languages currently included in the racks (some languages don't have the exact magazine names, but it's not important):
- English (by Numenor) - Italian (by Numenor) - German (by Frizelbliz) - Spanish (by Man1968) - Swedish (by Stimy) - French (by SeasonPink) - Polish (by domilika) - Urdu-Romanised (in the Hindi language) (by ieta_cassiopeia) - Japanese (by mijiki-kun) - Norwegian (by Annapast) - Portuguese (by Ocorreia) - Brazilian (by DaniloFTS and Larissamenezes) - Thai (by The T) - Russian (by Shoukeir).

Thanks a lot to anyone provided the translations! By now, I don't plan to add more languages.
Tags: #magazine rack

Style: Contemporary
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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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Size: 211.8 KB · Downloads: 33,226 · 29th Jan 2009
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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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Test Subject
#26 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 4:25 AM
Thank you so, so much for this!
#27 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 4:30 AM
Brilliant. Thanks :D

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#28 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 4:31 AM Last edited by SvJW : 26th Jun 2008 at 4:37 AM.
My sims have very big magazine subscription. I really should search always for a free table or similar.
Thank You Very much for *Working* magazine rack!!!

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#29 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 4:42 AM
Awesome! I have been desperately wishing for a functional magazine rack ever since Free Time. xD Thanks so much!
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#30 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 5:36 AM
Oh my gosh! Whoever said this was made of awesome and win? They were so right! I'll let my deprived sims subscribe to all sorts of magazines now, and I cannot wait to check out that centerfold animation in-game.

I also love that it uses Boblishman's old rack. So sweetly nostalgic. Thanks a million!
Field Researcher
#31 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 5:38 AM
Excellent and SO needed, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 5:40 AM
Thanks this is just great!!!!
Test Subject
#33 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 5:40 AM
You really are the god of mods! I didn't realize how handy this would be until I saw it! Wow. Amazing. Thank you so much for you creativity, awesomeness, and willingness to share
#34 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 5:43 AM
What a fantastic idea! I always turned down magazine subscriptions because they cause too much of a mess, but now I don't have to. Thanks for sharing this awesome item.
Test Subject
#35 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 6:07 AM
Let me just say that you are a GOD!! Love it! Thank you soooo much for this... You really did a great job. =)
Test Subject
#36 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 6:18 AM
Amazing!! As always! Thank you very much for this
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#37 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 7:28 AM
Oh goody, goody, goody!!!
I never ever let my sims subscribe to a magazine, because they'll lay around the house everywhere. This is so great.
I wonder why EA never thought of that... Bad Angel, you know why... They wanted Numenor to make something again :P
Test Subject
#38 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 7:26 AM
My sims never bought magazines because I hated reserving a space for it to be placed. This is such a cool download -- one of the many things that makes me wonder why it wasn't included in the game in the first place. Thank you ^^
Test Subject
#39 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 7:28 AM
Omg, Numenor, i love you! This is brilliant! Thank you very much! :D

Lab Assistant
#40 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 7:36 AM
Great Idea Numenor! Thanks for sharing!
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#41 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 7:39 AM
I've been using OSMPs and 5 slot thingies for coffeetables to store my magazines, but this is even nicer. Thanks for sharing.

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#42 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 8:01 AM
Yeah, this is totally cool, and needed! Yet another object type thingy that Maxis conveniently "left out" of the game.. But then again, if they'd done it right, then we would have nothing to create/download LOL

I have a question though.. Before I download... Is the object placeable and usable from a surface? Cuz that would be just perfect!
Test Subject
#43 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 8:48 AM
Brilliant. Thank you.
Test Subject
#44 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 8:57 AM
Thanks so much for this.
I've been wanting sometinng like this for all my huge hobby households where about 6 magazines will arrive at once.
Also quick question - Can the Paper be put in the rack?


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#45 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 9:15 AM
This is absolutely brilliant! If its at all possible could the horizontal one be made to be put on side tables or desks? Because then it would be even better! The magazines would completely be out of the way! Thanks so much for this
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#46 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 9:18 AM
Amazing job Numenor!! Thankyou very much for all your hard work!
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#47 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 9:42 AM
Originally Posted by gwengirl9105
Also quick question - Can the Paper be put in the rack?

I tried, but the functions related to the newspaper are too many and too complex to be transferred on the rack.

Originally Posted by TashaFaun
If its at all possible could the horizontal one be made to be put on side tables or desks?

I tried this too, but the entire object is tailored on the "crouching" animations that the sims perform when interacting with it. In the "standing" bookcase animation (i.e. the one that sims perform when getting a book while standing) the hand is way too high compared to a rack placed on a low/end table, or even a counter. Unless I learn to create new animations, there will be no rack placed on tables -

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#48 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 9:40 AM
This soooo needed to be made! You are the awesome genius of simminess. :D
Field Researcher
#49 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 10:10 AM
Thanks Numenor this is a sweet idea, man without people like you about I’d not thinks the Sims would be the best selling game it is big thumbs up.
Mad Poster
#50 Old 26th Jun 2008 at 10:11 AM
Thank you so much for this!!! Now my sims will no longer have magazines strewn all over the place.
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