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Hold that newspaper and phone between actions and queue cell actions during calls

by Lamare Posted 26th Nov 2017 at 4:51 PM - Updated 28th Nov 2017 at 4:22 PM by Lamare
27 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
Do you really have to put newspaper down before you read another section?
And, I suppose, your phone handset needs recharging after every call?
No? Stop rushing to drop them then. Keep them while you need them!

These are two global mods. Both require any EP/SP from Night Life and up. If you only have University, they are not going to work for you. Tested and confirmed by gummilutt.
May conflict with other mods that alter newspaper or phones. If you encounter bugs, HCDU may help to catch the cause.

hold that newspaper
As was mentioned by someone, sims shouldn't drop newspaper if their next interaction is with the same paper. With this mod, sims hold the paper between actions, excluding debug ones, because those don't have animations. They still fold and unfold it. Fixing this would require changing every newspaper interaction in an invasive way, and you want to save those for a better modding cause.



hold that phone
Between calls, sims hold their phone handset that they used to put back on base station every time. They hang/drop it as soon as their next interaction is not with the phone any more.
Cell phone interactions don't disappear on sims, if they are already talking, so we can queue up next call. Sims still put cells back in their pockets, but it's real quick. And again, fixing this requires overriding too much stuff for my taste - cell phone interactions are matryoshkas with each one checking the pocket for cell phone or playing animation.



Additional Credits:
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection SimPE Photoshop
gummilutt for testing in non-UC environment
Posters in the Hacks & CC that you'd like to see thread, particularly SneakyWingPhoenix for the newspaper idea

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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hold-that-phone.zip | Phone and cell phone mod

Size: 1.1 KB · Downloads: 2,797 · 26th Nov 2017
1.1 KB 2,797 26th Nov 2017
hold-that-newspaper.zip | Newspaper mod

Size: 789 Bytes · Downloads: 2,671 · 26th Nov 2017
789 Bytes 2,671 26th Nov 2017
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Mad Poster
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#2 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 5:04 PM
Thank you so much.
Instructor
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#3 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 5:50 PM
This is a needed mod for those of us who hate when Sims do frustratingly silly things. Thanks for bringing back a little realism to the game.
Mad Poster
#4 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 5:53 PM
My dream is fulfilled. Yes! Will have you test this out
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 6:11 PM
I love this mod. It's a much needed improvement to both mods. Even without the keep holding thing it would be awesome, always bugged me that call options disappear when using the phone so you had to queue up everything before starting. The keep holding is the cherry on top of the delicious sundae. Great idea, great execution. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 8:34 PM
Every time I think TS2 can't be improved upon and that it's reached its maximum potential, someone like you comes along and makes mods like this. Such a small thing, but such a big annoyance. Thank you so much!
Mad Poster
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#7 Old 26th Nov 2017 at 10:02 PM
OMG, the cellphone thing drove me bonkers. Thanks so much!
Instructor
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#8 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 4:06 AM
a truly frightening degree of common sense for TS2! >_<
Mad Poster
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#9 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 1:59 PM
You are the most wonderful person in the world!
Test Subject
#10 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 2:33 PM
Do not know if there are any people using the phone while sitting down? This MOD
just a girl
Original Poster
#11 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 3:21 PM Last edited by Lamare : 27th Nov 2017 at 3:33 PM.
Thanks guys

@wolilinbin, oh, I don't think they can talk on the phone while sitting down. At least I don't remember seeing that...
I mean the sims in game, not people.
Mad Poster
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#12 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 3:30 PM
The Newspaper mod works like a charm. Thank you!
Scholar
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#13 Old 28th Nov 2017 at 9:15 AM
Fabulous! Any chance you can do the same for baby interactions? I hate it when they put their baby on the floor and then pick it up for the next interaction in their queue.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 28th Nov 2017 at 1:41 PM
Love this, but my sims are no longer able to put newspapers (old or new) in the compost.
just a girl
Original Poster
#15 Old 28th Nov 2017 at 4:39 PM
@SciBirg, do they? I thought they could hold babies between actions and drop it when they want to do something else. But I aggree the putting on the floor thing is unpleasant anyway. They should use a crib. Although, I'd be surprised if there isn't a mod for that already. I think I saw something like this. Or was it Sims 3?

@blockparty, mine are. Do you have other mods for newspapers? There might be a conflict. If you don't, could you describe what happens or post an error log?
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 28th Nov 2017 at 8:40 PM
I'm sorry, it appears I was mistaken and the missing compost option is unrelated to your mod.
Test Subject
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#17 Old 30th Nov 2017 at 1:25 AM
So useful. Thank you!
Field Researcher
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#18 Old 30th Nov 2017 at 3:41 AM
Love it!! Thank you so much <3
Instructor
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#19 Old 2nd Dec 2017 at 10:59 AM
I'm not into newspapers, but the phone one is definitely one of the best mods ever! Thanks a lot!
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 2nd Dec 2017 at 8:26 PM
Thank you, Lamare. It always bugged me that the sims would get up from reading the newspaper and put it down just to pick it up to look for a job or do the crossword. Again, many thanks!
Instructor
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#21 Old 8th Dec 2017 at 3:18 PM
Love the newspaper mod ... allows Sims to read the paper in a realistic manner. I love being able to queue which sections of the newspaper Sims read according to their interests; and it is executed flawlessly.
Lab Assistant
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#22 Old 14th Jun 2018 at 10:03 PM
Thanks! It is good. I think you are able to make a mod that sims can use their cell phones while they are sitting, I always wanted that since I saw in The Sims 4.
just a girl
Original Poster
#23 Old 14th Jun 2018 at 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by mrcnlbyrk
Thanks! It is good. I think you are able to make a mod that sims can use their cell phones while they are sitting, I always wanted that since I saw in The Sims 4.

I did some experiments. The animation doesn't look good, and I decided to give up on the idea. I didn't want it bad enough to learn how to do animations.
Forum Resident
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#24 Old 8th Dec 2018 at 12:50 AM
i give it a try ;-)
Lab Assistant
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#25 Old 14th Jan 2019 at 4:38 PM
I hope you make a cell phone version of this mod. It's what I actually need.
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