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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.

Sims 2
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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
#76 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 5:31 AM
WONDERFUL! Thank you so much.

I'm glad to see you're still into the game Numenor. Sometimes I feel that all the great creators, modders, meshers, and re-tex-ers have left the community.

Thanks again,

Test Subject
#77 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 6:06 AM Last edited by LERSIM : 8th Jul 2008 at 6:24 AM.
I'm fainting with pleasure. "Don't worry Simmies, Numenor to the rescue! Call that yellow-capped fellow right away, your subscriptions can now be renewed!"
Top Secret Researcher
#78 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 8:08 AM
Fantastic, this is going to be so cool to have a magazine rack.
Thank You so much.
Field Researcher
#79 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 9:52 AM
I experience some strange jump bug, and it somehow is connected to sim antfarm. First time it happened, when sim added magazines to the rack, and the second when he was reading. I attached the logs. And thank you for this wonderfull creation

P.S I have everything plus Ikea, maybe it's Ikea causing tha bug?
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#80 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 10:20 AM
This seems like a neat object and if I actually played the game I would download it, thanks as always for delivering something well made and unique.

Love will humiliate you and hate will cradle you.
Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.
Test Subject
#81 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 11:16 AM
Dutch menu
Hey i tried to translate the menu to dutch, because i didn't know ALL the magazines names in dutch like in the game, some strings may be just a literally translation.

Because i did this one it doesn't mean others may not redo it, because i think this is just a good temporary solution for dutch people, not the perfect one

PS: Your 'ego' unvealed must be Your 'ego' unveiled
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#82 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 11:32 AM
I find this whole thread is sparkling. Sometimes just simple things, like a magazine rack (masterly executed, of course) can ignite a flame of enthusiasm for a game and make it seem totally new. Ingenious and so much fun! Thanks,
Forum Resident
#83 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 12:13 PM
Thanks for the little tutorial on how to change the language!
Test Subject
#84 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 3:19 PM
I've wanted a magazine rack since my Sims first bought a pile of magazines and dumped it on random surfaces. I can't possibly express how much I adore you for making this.

Video games don't ruin kids. If Pac-Man ruined us as kids, we would all be running around in darkened rooms, eating "magic" pills and listening to repetitive electronic music. ... hmmm
Test Subject
#85 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 3:40 PM
Awesome! Finally I have a spot for my magazines

MTS2 Hot Pepper
#86 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 5:23 PM
Finally a good place to store mags

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
Test Subject
#87 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 5:31 PM
I just saw someone that uploaded a Dutch translation, just finished mine :P
Here it is anyways, saw some mistakes in it. A few of the magazine names are still the same, 'cause they're too good
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Lab Assistant
#88 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 7:06 PM
MY translation in to swedish.
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Forum Resident
#89 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 8:24 PM
awesome!!!!Thank you so much!!!
Test Subject
#90 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 8:55 PM
Thanks for creating this. View centrefold animation is hilarious

I was testing this today and I noticed something. Base game magazines have 3 reading options/subjects (when magazine has not been in rack). However, when Sim puts it in magazine rack and takes it out it only gives “Read magazine” option. Is it supposed to be this way?
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
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#91 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 9:14 PM
Okay I about fell outta my chair when my neat sim child autonomously decided to put away all books and magazines.

One little thing though - sims don't seem to put things back when they're done - they go toss 'em on the counter or floor instead of sticking them back. Is it meant to be that way?

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#92 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 11:55 PM Last edited by Numenor : 28th Jun 2008 at 12:39 AM.
Blackcat - Thanks for reporting. I'm going to run my own tests, but I can't exclude that there might be a problem with the "Macrotastic Controller" by Pescado (at least in one of the two logs, I see it mentioned; the other error is different, I'll investigate about it as well).
BTW, do you have FreeTime? In your profile I don't see it.

Twistereli - Thanks! I'v included the Dutch translation in my copies of the racks; I'll upload them as soon as I fix the bugs reposted by BlackCat.
Oh, and I've extracted the original magazine names from the game and replaced your translations

Femsuii - Your effort is appreciated in any case

m618915 - I didn't mention this in the instructions because people usually don't read long instructions
Yes, it is meant to be this way. In the original magazines you can choose to read (and improve your knowledge about) one out of three "interests". In my magazines (the magazines become "my" magazines as soon as you put them in the rack for the first time), you can only "Read Magazine", but the magazine will automatically improve the "interest" that you have to lowest level (among the three included in the magazine). If you put it down and start again reading, you will automatically increase a second interest, and so on. Try reading magazines keeping the interests panel open and watch the interest grow

HystericalParoxysm - The children! That is something I forgot to test! I hope that they interact correctly with the rack and the magazines -
And you are right: the sims (even the neat ones, that always put away the books) don't put away automatically the magazine after reading it. The reason is simple: in the game there is the interaction "put this book away", used by neat sims after reading a book, but it doesn't exist a "put magazine away" interaction, because the magazines have always been left around the house. Yes, I could had written (?) the missing interaction, but it took me already too long to get to this point, and I was afraid that - due to my laziness - I would delayed the upload for two more months -

Stimy - Downloaded! Thanks a million :

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.
Test Subject
#93 Old 27th Jun 2008 at 11:56 PM Last edited by SeasonPink : 28th Jun 2008 at 12:12 AM.
Numenor le puoi estrarre anche in francese?Se lo fai ho finito la traduzione.Basta che me le mandi tramite PM.
Ottimo lavoro orgoglio italiano,questo mi serviva =D.

Pour tout le monde:
Je suis en train de le traduire en français.

To everybody:
I'm working on the translation in french.
Forum Resident
#94 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 4:08 AM
Num! I love your creations :D
another great & useful idea: thank you!
Field Researcher
#95 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 10:05 AM
Well, I do have a lot of hacks, but because this jump bug is inconsistent ( I didn't get it since then) I could not take hacks away and check. Though I wasn't using Macro when these errors happened.
Yes, I have everything that exists for sims.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#96 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 11:57 AM
The first error (Attribute number out of range) happened when the Macrotastics was performins a sort of autonomous action ("Interaction - Maintenance - TEST"): I guess it was scanning the lot in search of broken objects, and somehow it performed a magazine-related check over the Ant Farm (that of course is not a magazine). This can explain why you don't get it any more: we can't know when the Macrotastic performs that scan (but it should be recursive anyway, so it should be only a matter of time); I will tri downloading the Macrotastics and look into the "Interaction - Maintenance - TEST" interaction.

The second error is an odd one, too; the game was calculating some values regarding a magazine that was being put in the rack (during an autonomous "clean up books" interaction); but the magazine somehow vanished before the calculation was completed: possibly, the sim "jumped" due to another cause, thus losing the magazine in his hand.

so far, I couldn't replicate neither of your errors; let's keep our eyes open Please keep posting here other logs and news about this.

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.
Field Researcher
#97 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 6:17 PM
Nothing to report, no errors since then. I'm sorry that I bothered you, it seems like it was my fault only.
Test Subject
#98 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 7:13 PM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Bless you for doing this - it is so needed!
Criminal Mastermind
retired moderator
#99 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 10:59 PM
Awesome rack! I had to make my Sims turn down any magazine offer because of the space limits on their lots.

Great work!!
Field Researcher
#100 Old 28th Jun 2008 at 11:40 PM
This is brilliant! I get SO sick of books lying around everywhere...
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