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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: 22,838 · 18th Mar 2005
76.1 KB 22,838 18th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_metal+glass_transparent.rar

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 32,021 · 13th Mar 2005
1.3 KB 32,021 13th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_recolours.rar

Size: 317.5 KB · Downloads: 32,568 · 12th Mar 2005
317.5 KB 32,568 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_main.rar

Size: 129.6 KB · Downloads: 37,626 · 12th Mar 2005
129.6 KB 37,626 12th Mar 2005
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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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Forum Resident
#26 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 7:08 PM Last edited by Fat D : 13th Mar 2005 at 7:15 PM.
i thought the same because like the railing, it's solid color.

but when i changed it, nothing happened. I'll look at it again. my recolors ARE screwed, since alpha channels are gone when saving.

EDIT: i looked and it somehow reverted back. but the transparency problem remains.
Test Subject
#27 Old 13th Mar 2005 at 9:42 PM
I loce the stairs mate
Test Subject
#28 Old 14th Mar 2005 at 2:05 AM
Wow, these stairs look gorgeous!!! Can't wait to try them out. Thank you so much, they definitely will add more colours to the game!
Field Researcher
#29 Old 14th Mar 2005 at 4:09 AM
Numenor, you are really an awesome modder and so kind and polite, thanks for contributing.
Administrator of Loverat's Tea and Underpants
#30 Old 14th Mar 2005 at 8:14 AM
Well it's about damn time. LOL!

Seriously, he's been chasing after recoloring this set of stairs for the longest time. Big round of applause to Numenor. Excellent work.

RG
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#31 Old 14th Mar 2005 at 9:03 AM
Thank you guys, that's why I do it! :D
RGiles, you're right, you know how long I tried, and tried, to no avail. The other object that drove me mad was the wedding cake, but this is a definitely abandoned project: it's too a long job to do, only to have a green wedding cake that nobody would eat...

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.
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 14th Mar 2005 at 10:44 AM
Thank you soooooooooo much ! I've been hoping for that since the beggining. They are the only stairs my Sims never get stucked with (when another Sims is just in front of him).

Very grateful for that and for the rest Numenor ! :bow:
Test Subject
#33 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 4:05 AM
I am so happy to be able to have different colours for these stairs. Just tried them out in my house with eleven staircases, and the result was worth every click on every step .... thanks.
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 4:29 AM
Thank you so much!

These are the only stairs I ever use indoors (because they're never in the way)

They look wonderful! Though coming from you, there was never doubt that they would...

Thanks again
Test Subject
#35 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 11:21 AM
Well, this really helps. Finally some variety available in the stairs! Nice job too, thanks.
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#36 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 2:54 PM
Thank you everybody for your positive feedback
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 2:59 PM
Thank you so much Numenor! I used the stairs in the game and I loved the result.
Forum Resident
#38 Old 16th Mar 2005 at 4:07 PM
GREAT JOB!

now that recolouring works (the version of SimPE i used before was somehow broken), i finally have matching stairs for the metal fence!
I'll make them the default color ^^
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 17th Mar 2005 at 5:20 AM Last edited by furtivestar : 25th Mar 2005 at 10:10 AM. Reason: update
I love these stairs! This is fantastic! And mean every single exclamation point. Downloading :D


Just letting you know that these work great in my game, and I am thrilled with them. Thanks again. And, as reported, they live confortably beside Brasstex' stairs.
Test Subject
#40 Old 17th Mar 2005 at 10:52 AM
woohoo - Numeror, you're definitely the greatest!!!! *happy bunny dance*
Thank you very much for your hard work - it's much appreciated
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 17th Mar 2005 at 3:14 PM
I love it! I have made one recolor - it looks good to my furniture...
Numenor - you are the best!!! :D
Screenshots

~~~~~german girl~~~~~
The ModFather
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#42 Old 17th Mar 2005 at 4:51 PM Last edited by Numenor : 17th Mar 2005 at 5:09 PM.
Angel, your recolour is wonderful, it looks so warm and confortable...!
(After a little searching) What?! Haven't you already shared it in the recolour forum? Do it now! I need to download your stairs! :D

You can post it in the New Objects Recolours forum, providing a link to this thread (your have to inform the users that the recolour needs my package to work); or you can post you recolour in this thread, if you like.

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.
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 2:26 AM
These are so awesome! Thank you so much, these are the only stairs I use and I've been starving for some variety!
Angel, please post your recolour, I love it! Great job.

Thanks again Numenor!

Jules
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 11:42 AM
Done! I`ve post it on the Recolors-Forum here!
Thanks for the compliments!

Lucifers Angel
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#45 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 4:10 PM Last edited by Numenor : 18th Mar 2005 at 4:17 PM.
I've added to Post #1 a TEMPLATE that can be useful to understand the UV mapping of the texture.
As you might notice, the part of the texture that correspond to the railing *is* the rectangle in the upper left corner... I don't know why FatD had problem in recolouring it.
Notice also that the green part corresponds to the metal bar just under the step. I couldn't find in the final staircase the orange or the purple parts of the texture... If you find it, tell me
http://www.modthesims2.com/attachme...achmentid=43616

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.
Forum Resident
#47 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 4:50 PM
Nomenor, it works now. somehow SimPE didn't save it. when i got 30 it worked, the alpha channel problems are gone, too
Test Subject
#48 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 5:02 PM
thast so cool thx
Lab Assistant
#49 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 8:53 PM
Numenor you are great! :-) Perhaps you can see the orange part if you recolor the glas???
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#50 Old 18th Mar 2005 at 9:12 PM Last edited by Numenor : 18th Mar 2005 at 9:20 PM.
No, Angel, the glass is the white part (in the snapshot, the glass was recoloured, too).
Maybe it's the vertical (hidden) surface between the glass and the metal...

EDIT:
No, I was wrong: both the orange and the purple part are under the step (the picture shows a step upside down).
Screenshots

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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