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Notebook V2.1

by plasticbox Posted 10th Jan 2015 at 3:50 AM - Updated 15th Feb 2016 at 1:11 PM by plasticbox
199 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
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.
A notebook for sims to practice writing, write letters and books, and some other things.


Update 2016-01-06: Updated with Dutch strings added.






Features:
  • Practice Writing
  • Write Jokes
  • Write Letter (v2)
  • Write Letter to Penpal (v1.2)
  • Write Love Letter
  • Write Excuse Note
  • Write About Feelings (Sad sims)
  • Write Genre Book (v2)
  • Write Skill Book (v2)
  • Write Dollhouse Story (v2, children only)
  • Read
  • Analyze (Bookworms)

Letter writing is a custom feature that gives a small relationship boost upon completion (for the regular relationship, not the romantic one like love letters). It is available for children and older. Dollhouse Story (same as on the computer) is available to children who have the "Inspired by Dollhouse" buff; this is mostly untested since my stupid sim kids got that buff exactly once and then never again .. let me know in case it misbehaves.


Skill gain and requirements for the other interactions are the same as on computers, except for the following changes:
  • Elders gain skill slightly faster and Teens slightly slower (i.e. the exact opposite of the computer tuning)
  • Skill gain from writing books is a little less overall than on a computer
  • Writing skill books requires level 5 Writing skill instead of the Professiorial trait (aka Chronicler), plus level 5 of the skill the book is about (like on the computer) – this is deliberate since I think explaining things, like in a manual, is something that one can learn and not a supernatural gift. If you want to change this for computers too, you can use this mod.
  • Skill and genre books have a different completion time (skill based curve rather than whatever the *&$%# it is on the computer) – I don't know how it compares exactly, but to me it seemed like a sensible amount of time
  • Writing books gives a small Fun boost to sims with the Bookworm, Chronicler, Epic Poet, Genius, Savant, CreativeVisionary, Muser and Creatively Gifted traits
  • The power requirement (that computers have) is removed


All animations are from the teen/child homework; all interactions should work from in-world objects, sim inventory, and bookcase inventory.

The notebook costs §60 and is available in Function > Skills > Creative and Room > Study > Skills. 19 colour options; like other custom objects this can only be recoloured from the catalogue. Custom strings are localised for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and US English; the rest of the world gets the US English version until someone provides a translation (contributions welcome).


Known issues:
  • As reported by olienka in the comments, interactions on this notebook will not fulfill whims like "Write jokes on a computer for N hours". This actually makes sense to me seeing as a notebook is not a computer =P. The "Finish a book" whims should be working OK though.
  • During the writing animation for teens and up, a dark shadow overlay appears near the fold (see the "writing" screenshot). This is because the Teen Homework book (that the animation is originally using) has a different mesh/rig so the thin book that I'm using as a basis doesn't really fit. Maybe I can find a way to get rid of that artifact, maybe not .. I didn't want it to be a big fat brick so I consider this the best compromise for now. This only happens indoors and is not an issue for children.




Please note:
  • You will need to re-buy the books when you update from v1.2 or older to v2 -- the old ones will go missing since it has a different ID now. Sorry about that (didn't think that through very well).
  • In order to write love letters and excuse notes, sims need a bit of writing skill (level 4/5 I believe), so don't be surprised when those options don't show up for everyone.
  • For writing letters to penpals, they need to have a penpal first. This is only available through a computer, not the notebook.
  • Writing letters to pen pals is on the top level of the pie menu, writing letters to sims is in the "Write…" menu (it'll be obvious anyway when the sim picker dialog comes up). For the latter I'm recycling the pie menu text of the former; let me know if this results in strangeness in your language (I only see the US English text).
  • For the craftable books, the progress circle does not update continuously -- sims will write for a little while, then it'll update about 1/8th of the circle in one go, etc. Its modeled from the violin "Write Song" interaction, hence why it's different in that respect -- apart from that it worked fine for me though, including stop/resume, exit to world, to main menu, and exit/reload the game.
  • Sims will use kneeling/standing animations when they don't find a free desk/table and chair -- in those cases they don't appear to be writing (see the guy on the "kneeling" screenshot -- he is writing a love letter), but just like with homework it works nevertheless. Let's say they are proofreading.


Compatibility:

2015-05-31: Tested in 1.7.65.1020, works for me.
2015-04-29: Updated for 1.5.149.
2015-03-27: Updated for 1.5.139.
Tested again in 1.4.83.1010, works for me.
Tested mostly in 1.3.18, should work in 1.3.32 as well (2015-01-13) -- I haven't seen any differences in the code and the interactions are all custom anyway.

Polygon Counts:
Same as Maxis skill books

Special Thanks:
scumbumbo for helping me to get the crafting to work, egureh for testing and the Chinese translations, pekesims for the Spanish translation, KuriXarya for the Russian translation, ElenaInTheSims for the Dutch translation.

s4pe, Notepad++, Paint.net/Photoshop/Aorta.
Style: Retro Not Applicable
Room: Study
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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Test Subject
#176 Old 24th Dec 2016 at 5:46 PM
I was really excited for this, but it doesn't seem to be working. There's no "resume writing" option on the notebook. Books I start on the notebook can be seen on the computer to resume, but nothing happens if you click them.
Lab Assistant
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#177 Old 25th Jan 2017 at 10:44 PM
Notebook doesn't work for me at all (1.26 patch) ((( So pity, I'm playing kinda history challenge and this mod was a truly salvation. Plasticbox, return to us!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#178 Old 28th Jan 2017 at 10:45 PM
Brilliant!
Test Subject
#179 Old 31st Jan 2017 at 11:58 PM
I was looking for something *like* this, but it's missing some of the functionality I wanted. With the new Vampires game pack, I wanted the functionality of a computer with a more antiquated appearance. The trouble is, if I used the notebook, I would still have to have a computer to order a lot of items, adopt children (I think) and a few other things. Those could be added under "mail order supplies" or something. This was so close to what I was looking for. Thanks so much for your work.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#180 Old 5th Feb 2017 at 6:46 PM
This needs to be fixed quick!!
Test Subject
#181 Old 8th Feb 2017 at 2:41 AM
I really hope that this can be fixed. I write a SimLit story that is told via journals and this mod has been essential for it!
Field Researcher
#182 Old 11th Feb 2017 at 3:38 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrebleRose89
I really hope that this can be fixed. I write a SimLit story that is told via journals and this mod has been essential for it!



Quote part from you in S4S

"Plasticbox (who, as you may know, is no longer active in the TS4 community, and has given permission for their mods to be edited/fixed by others) created a really awesome Notebook Mod that allows sims of all ages to write in a notebook."



I too wished that someone could update the notebook with ALL its funktions.
It was a very nice feature to have but sadly only a few are still working.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#183 Old 14th Feb 2017 at 1:59 PM
Huge thank you to Leniad! Here is the updated version: http://sims4studio.com/thread/6924/...&scrollTo=69295.
I didn't try it yet, but I hope that everything works fine.
Field Researcher
#184 Old 25th Feb 2017 at 8:53 AM
The fixed version from Leniad isn't a complete fix for ALL functions such as the write letter part, but better than nothing.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#185 Old 15th Mar 2017 at 8:47 AM
Thank You
Lab Assistant
#186 Old 22nd Mar 2017 at 8:30 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by margin
Huge thank you to Leniad! Here is the updated version: http://sims4studio.com/thread/6924/...&scrollTo=69295.
I didn't try it yet, but I hope that everything works fine.


Unfortunately that one too does not allow to continue a book. So far I've had 4 times that a sim decided to get a writers block, stopped what they were doing, and had to start on a new book. Which they also quit halfway through. That makes it quite impossible to make any money on the book, and I can't afford computers yet.... A version that has that fixed would be most appreciated!
Field Researcher
#187 Old 24th Mar 2017 at 12:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlHollandiyah
Unfortunately that one too does not allow to continue a book. So far I've had 4 times that a sim decided to get a writers block, stopped what they were doing, and had to start on a new book. Which they also quit halfway through. That makes it quite impossible to make any money on the book, and I can't afford computers yet.... A version that has that fixed would be most appreciated!


Aw common! You can ALWAYS cheat some money to buy you a computer. Use the cheat console and write motherlode in it. This will give you 50.000 (Exceptions confirm the rule)
Then buy you a computer and continue writing the book you've started.
Lab Assistant
#188 Old 24th Mar 2017 at 1:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuvMySimz
Aw common! You can ALWAYS cheat some money to buy you a computer. Use the cheat console and write motherlode in it. This will give you 50.000 (Exceptions confirm the rule)
Then buy you a computer and continue writing the book you've started.


LOL, that will buy me 5 super computers! Anyway, I know I could do this, but that feels like cheating on this challenge, oh wait it is.... I really hope that some time a fixed notebook will be available!
Test Subject
#189 Old 12th Jun 2017 at 12:13 AM
Add the option to "draw" in the notebook for sims with creative skill like mine
Test Subject
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#190 Old 9th Jul 2017 at 9:24 PM
Hi all! Anyone know if Leniad's version is still working? It doesn't seem to be working in my game anymore. I'd really love to use it though. I'd love to have my creative sims work on their writing skill the old fashioned way in a park! Thanks so much!
Lab Assistant
#191 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 5:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoxasloverXIII
Hi all! Anyone know if Leniad's version is still working? It doesn't seem to be working in my game anymore. I'd really love to use it though. I'd love to have my creative sims work on their writing skill the old fashioned way in a park! Thanks so much!


Sadly no longer working. Hopefully someone fixes this
Test Subject
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#192 Old 28th Dec 2018 at 12:10 AM
yessss i love this! this is perfect for one of my new sims

EDIT: oh no, I didn't realize this was a plasticbox mod :c
Test Subject
#193 Old 11th Jan 2019 at 4:44 PM
Has anyone updated this mod? I really need this for my 1900's family... :/
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#194 Old 16th May 2019 at 1:22 AM
Little bump...anyone update this? I've been looking at the code and fiddling with it..but I really don't know what I'm doing so it's not working well.
Field Researcher
#195 Old 26th Aug 2019 at 7:43 PM
For everyone who might be interested, I've took on the task to go through this mod and see what I can fix!

I'm not an experienced modder so this is challenging, but I'm doing my best.

If anyone who is experienced would like to give me a hand I'd appreciate it

You can keep an eye on my progress here: http://sims4studio.com/thread/18277...scrollTo=130267
Test Subject
#196 Old 12th Dec 2019 at 2:23 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teknikah
For everyone who might be interested, I've took on the task to go through this mod and see what I can fix!

I'm not an experienced modder so this is challenging, but I'm doing my best.

If anyone who is experienced would like to give me a hand I'd appreciate it

You can keep an eye on my progress here: http://sims4studio.com/thread/18277...scrollTo=130267


I really hope you managed to fix it! Would really appreciate this in my game. Trying to give Vladislaus Straud a career without burning him to a crisp. You'd think a vampire as ancient as him would have at least some money.
Lab Assistant
#197 Old 24th Feb 2020 at 2:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by loveceres
I really hope you managed to fix it! Would really appreciate this in my game. Trying to give Vladislaus Straud a career without burning him to a crisp. You'd think a vampire as ancient as him would have at least some money.

Me too!
Test Subject
#198 Old 5th Jun 2020 at 3:10 AM
I hope this gets fixed because it's such a great concept and mod!
Test Subject
#199 Old 28th Aug 2020 at 12:20 AM
Default Updated version
I updated the mod. You can find it here:

https://modthesims.info/d/646549/notebook-v3.html
Field Researcher
#200 Old 3rd Sep 2020 at 4:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ailes
I updated the mod. You can find it here:

https://modthesims.info/d/646549/notebook-v3.html


Thanks a lot Ailes!
I was struggling with it, saved me a lot of work
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