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Move Over Dahlen

by leefish Posted 11th Dec 2011 at 2:44 PM - Updated 10th Nov 2013 at 3:03 AM by leefish : add collection file info
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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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I was looking through the downloads and one of my favourite creators commented that she was building a library using the Dahlen bookcases from University. I thought hmm, I should empty those and stuff. So I did. I hope you like Doris Day



So this is what you get - 6 modular pieces, 4 of which are fully functional bookcases - if you leave them empty books appear from nowhere.... The two small bits are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions. They have slots though. And slots - need books.



The books are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions - there are two "types" of books - the fullshelves on the right of the picture (numbered 1 to 9) and the mini-stacks on the left (numbered 1 to 6). These books are placeable pretty much everywhere that you can place a small deco object.

I imagined that people might want to build book cases that went round corners so in the Dahlen extras file are some edge bits for the outer corners (like in the shot with the alien). The deco pieces will go over a door and the sim can still use the door - same for the edges - they are intersectable by objects and sims so there should be no routing issues.

ItemCatalog LocationPriceSubsetsPolygons
Empty Dahlen BookcaseHobbies/Knowledge4601189
Small Empty Dahlen BookcaseHobbies/Knowledge2601103
Dahlen Bit for the CornerHobbies/Knowledge3601324
Dahlen Smaller Bit for the CornerHobbies/Knowledge1601176
Dahlen Over the Corner BitHobbies/Knowledge501118
Dahlen Over the Door BitHobbies/Knowledge50178
Dahlen Bookcases Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20160
Dahlen Bookcases Short Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20158
Dahlen Bookcases Tiny Bit for Outer CornerDeco/Sculptures20140
Dahlen Bookcases TrimDeco/Sculptures/Misc20124
Dahlen Bookcases Other TrimDeco/Sculptures/Misc20124
Bookstack#1Deco/Sculptures30144
Bookstack#2Deco/Sculptures30148
Bookstack#3Deco/Sculptures30190
Bookstack#4Deco/Sculptures301128
Bookstack#5Deco/Sculptures301108
Bookstack#6Deco/Sculptures301102
Bookstack#7Deco/Sculptures30154
Bookstack#8Deco/Sculptures30188
Bookstack#9Deco/Sculptures30184
MiniStack#1Deco/Sculptures10148
MiniStack#2Deco/Sculptures10120
MiniStack#3Deco/Sculptures10144
MiniStack#4Deco/Sculptures10128
MiniStack#5Deco/Sculptures10128
MiniStack#6Deco/Sculptures10136
Intersection ChangerSurfaces/Misc000


What files to download?

Usually I don't split uploads up like this - I hate having to download 50 million separate files instead of just one, so I hope you will forgive me for that, and here is the explanation of why I have done this.

If you are looking to use a collection file and want to keep things in the catalog tidy then there are COLLECTION files and CATALOG FILES. The items in the collection files will NOT show in the game catalog but only in the collection file. The CATALOG files will show in the catalog.
The Extras and bookstacks are just base - so there are only two options - collection or catalog.

The dahlen bookcase is a university item, but it is partly slaved to a basegame bookcase and uses a booktexture identical to the base game bookcase books. So - I made it basegame and slaved it to the Basegame Craftmeister Booknook. (GASP - now you now why I called it move over dahlen .) However, as of FreeTime the functions of bookcases were expanded by EA and so in this upload there are BASEGAME (BG) and FreeTime and above (FT) files, split into CATALOG and COLLECTION.
I used the same GUIDS for all variations, so you can only have one set. Don't forget to get the COLLECTION FILE - it has a custom icon of a blue leefish on a bright yellow background. Place the collection file in your downloads folder.

The BOOKS - Placement tips

To make it totally flexible on the flat cases each shelf has three slots. One on the left, one in the middle, one on the right.
a full stack will fill a WHOLE shelf (so you put them in the middle slot). If you put them on the outer edges they will stick out - I did it deliberately with some - it can look quite nice.
a mini stack (numbers 1 to 4) will fill a single slot so you can have them any slot
a ministack (numbers 5 and 6) will fill half a shelf - so you put one on the left, one on the right, leave the middle empty

Press M to cycle through the slots

On the corners there are 4 slots per level - 2 per shelf. The ministacks 5 and 6 fill the shelf, the other ministacks (1 -4) are for either right or left. Most of them fit fine. You can't really use the long pieces on the corners.

Using the Over the Door Bit

The over the door bit is fully intersectable by objects and sims, but unfortunately I cannot guarantee that the objects you place in the slots are also fully intersectable. Following a tip from MSD I made a table thing that you can place an object on and pick up and put down - and pow - intersectable object. Then staying in buymode place it on the shelf you use over the door. The object will be intersectable and you can use the door properly with it opening and closing.

Screenshot Credits:
Henry's suit by fanseelamb, paintings by Plasticbox.

Additional Credits:
iCad, HugeLunatic for helping with the collection file, FantasyRogue for her great sharing policy - (I snaffled some book colours from one of her uploads - you can find that HERE), SimPE and MTS
Netmicro for this awesome object

Bookstore Available: I also made a small bookstore using these bookcases - you can find it

ChangeLog

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
leefish+max-intersectiontransformer.rar | Use this to make objects that you place in the over the door bit intersectable so that the door will close.

Size: 3.2 KB · Downloads: 16,112 · 13th Dec 2011
3.2 KB 16,112 13th Dec 2011
Book Recolours.rar | 2 recolours

Size: 119.8 KB · Downloads: 19,015 · 11th Dec 2011
119.8 KB 19,015 11th Dec 2011
Move over Dahlen Collection File.rar | The collection File. You need this if you download the collection only files.

Size: 2.8 KB · Downloads: 14,388 · 11th Dec 2011
2.8 KB 14,388 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Extras - Collection Version.rar | Extra bits - will NOT show in catalog

Size: 19.3 KB · Downloads: 11,720 · 11th Dec 2011
19.3 KB 11,720 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Extras - Catalog Version.rar | Extra bits - will show in catalog

Size: 19.3 KB · Downloads: 16,173 · 11th Dec 2011
19.3 KB 16,173 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookstacks Collection Version.rar | will NOT show in catalog

Size: 62.3 KB · Downloads: 11,832 · 11th Dec 2011
62.3 KB 11,832 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookstacks Catalog Version.rar | will show in catalog

Size: 62.3 KB · Downloads: 16,658 · 11th Dec 2011
62.3 KB 16,658 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - FT Collection Version.rar | FT and above menu - will NOT show in catalog

Size: 376.5 KB · Downloads: 11,916 · 11th Dec 2011
376.5 KB 11,916 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - FT Catalog Version.rar | FT and above menu - will show in catalog

Size: 376.4 KB · Downloads: 16,799 · 11th Dec 2011
376.4 KB 16,799 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - BG Collection.rar | BG menu - will NOT show in catalog

Size: 377.4 KB · Downloads: 11,152 · 11th Dec 2011
377.4 KB 11,152 11th Dec 2011
Dahlen Bookcases - BG Catalog.rar | BG menu - will show in catalog

Size: 376.3 KB · Downloads: 15,349 · 11th Dec 2011
376.3 KB 15,349 11th Dec 2011
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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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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:10 PM
Wow! This looks so awesome.
Test Subject
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#3 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:24 PM
OMG! just after i made a library you create this! now i can go back and fix it, it'll look BEAST! THANKS!
Lab Assistant
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#4 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:34 PM
This looks waaaay cool! Thanks for sharing!
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#5 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:45 PM
Wow! Brilliant! Awe-inspiring! Superb! Superlicious! Thanks a lot, will help with my lot building
Mad Poster
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#6 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:45 PM
Very neat, although I'm not getting the reference to Doris Day. I'm imagining that it would be possible with these to build some cool shelves around beds and platform beds - college style. Love your ideas.
Test Subject
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#7 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:46 PM
Geez, leesester, I think you've been reading my mind. I've been working a project over at Plumbbob Keep making recolors for the books of Maxis bookcases- and as I complained to people over there I love the Dahlen bookcase but it lacked the second subset so that book recolors would show. I was able to get a fix for that, and have workign recolors now for both that bookcase (and all the books it links to), plus the lovely deco books you did earlier for the other bookcase. But now! Now my libraries and book stores will be truly impressive.

Again, thank you!
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#8 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 3:51 PM
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Originally Posted by VerDeTerre
Very neat, although I'm not getting the reference to Doris Day. I'm imagining that it would be possible with these to build some cool shelves around beds and platform beds - college style. Love your ideas.


Well I'm old, so when I think of the song Move Over Darling I think of Doris Day. And Darling sort of sounds like Dahlen...and yea. Um.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxAjIqKbeDg

Yes, the mini pieces will work well in a college set up I think. They are shiftable with AL, but they are wall pieces. I might make a coffee table that goes with the bookcases.

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Originally Posted by heget
I was able to get a fix for that, and have working recolors now for both that bookcase (and all the books it links to), plus the lovely deco books you did earlier for the other bookcase.


Recolors huh? I will have to toddle on over to the Keep and have a look

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Gone Fishin'
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#9 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 4:34 PM
This is the most awesomest thing I've seen in a long time. My life is now complete and I can die happy. *nods*
Top Secret Researcher
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#10 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 4:43 PM
*head explodes calculating all the new possibilities*
*headless body drops to floor*
*head pieces form "Thank you!" on the ceiling*

Test Subject
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#11 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 5:01 PM
I really like the collection vs catalog idea. I hate having to rifle through several hundred items looking for one small tea cup or a rubber ducky to place on a shelf. this is great.
Lab Assistant
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#12 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 5:03 PM
WOW! so great!
Exactly what I needed!
Field Researcher
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#13 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 5:40 PM
Anyone who thinks TS2 is a *dead* game needs to be smacked soundly across the face & sent to bed without any dessert.

I'm glad that other people are enjoying TS3 (no matter how much that concept still baffles me) but I am truly ecstatic that there are still so many amazing modders, lot builders & object creators out there making TS2 even more incredibly awesome than it already is!

Weeee! More goodies for me!

(That crying sound you here is my Downloads folder. Just ignore it. I always do!)
Instructor
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#14 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 5:48 PM
This is a quality download. A lot of things I go "oh, this looks cool, I'll download it" and then never touch it. This isn't one of those things.
Field Researcher
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#15 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 5:49 PM
Oh my giddy great aunt, so many books. Books everywhere. This bookworm has just gone into meltdown. I love this so much :D
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Lab Assistant
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#16 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 7:02 PM
This will be a really great addition to my game. I love shelves for decorating, but I like to have a purpose for most of the stuff that fills my Sims' houses instead of a bunch of useless clutter. The decoratable (is that a word? lol) bookshelves is a great idea.
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 7:04 PM
These are incredibly useful. Thanks so much for making them!
Instructor
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#18 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 8:22 PM
Brilliant, thank you! =)
Lab Assistant
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#19 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 9:42 PM
This is awesome!!! I love this bookcase! Thank you!

I think I have more collection files than itens in the catalog! Who remembers of getting rid of them when pouring the downloads folder? LOL
I'm going for the catalog version... Thank you!
Test Subject
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#20 Old 11th Dec 2011 at 10:26 PM
Oh my giddy god, this is awesome. Thanks!
Test Subject
#21 Old 12th Dec 2011 at 1:50 AM
ICad wood colors for these already exist at http://fifthformatstchristophers.blogspot.com/ (you will have to scroll down to the post dated August 17).I haven't actually tried these recolors in my game yet but I guess one can't go too wrong with them.Thank you very much for this awesome set!
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#22 Old 12th Dec 2011 at 2:26 AM
This is beautiful and fantastic. Great job!!!
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#23 Old 12th Dec 2011 at 2:57 AM
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Originally Posted by flake4
ICad wood colors for these already exist at http://fifthformatstchristophers.blogspot.com/ (you will have to scroll down to the post dated August 17).I haven't actually tried these recolors in my game yet but I guess one can't go too wrong with them.Thank you very much for this awesome set!



Thank you very much for the link to the recolours

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Test Subject
#24 Old 12th Dec 2011 at 3:12 AM
Well, I have some small bugs about the small shelves. They cannot be pulled out of the catalog even though I've tried each catalog and collection version for BG and FT. Does anyone have the same problem? I am eager to use it and this problem is so frustrating.
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#25 Old 12th Dec 2011 at 3:25 AM Last edited by leesester : 12th Dec 2011 at 3:56 AM.
Ok, I will take a look - is it BOTH the small shelves? That is the corner and the straight bit or just the straight bit?

EDIT: Ok, I downloaded the three files from the BG set - the two small shelves placed fine for me - but they are WALL SHELVES - they have to be against a wall. If you want to place them in the middle of the room they won't place. You could get round that with using move objects on but they are intersectable by sims.

If that helps please reply - and if it DOESN'T help - PLEASE PLEASE reply.
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