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I have a little bit of info. that some others might find interesting. I hope this hasn't been posted yet . . . if so I am really sorry.

I am big into created awesome lots that are fully furnished and ready to go, I then save them, and place them in my Lot Catalog so I can play them anytime I want in the future. I do this a way that a lot of people don't, because most people just package their lots and then install them that way. Also, sometimes I'll place the lot and move a family in, and then due to new EPs or SPs I will update the lot that my family is living in. Then I think to myself, "Damn it, I wish it was that version of the house in my Lot Catalog," well there is an easy way to put the updated version in your Lot Catalog without the family (unlike packaging the lot with them or moving them out and losing all the details).



Here is how I do it:

1.) Go to C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\
2.) Then go to the Neighborhoods folder
3.) Go to the Neighborhood with the lot you want saved in your Lot Catalog
4.) Go to it's Lots folder

* Side Note * - You can do all of this while the game is running. It will appear in your Lot Catalog when you do this right away in your game while running.

5.) Go to your game screen and open the cheat menu (Ctrl + Shift + C)
6.) Type in "boolprop ShowLotPackageFilename true" without the quotations
7.) Hover over the lot you want saved, with or without Sims living in it, and remember the file name
8.) Go back to the lots folder you have open from your neighborhood and find the file name
9.) Copy the file
10.) Go to C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\LotCatalog
11.) Paste the file
12.) Rename the file cx_00000001.package and if that name is taken, rename it whatever the next number is available. So, if you have files in there named cx_00000001.package all the way up to, say, cx_00000021.package then you need to name it cx_00000022.package.

Make sense?

Basically, that is it. It will be in your Lot Catalog forever now, or until deleted by you. You can do this to a lot of any type at any stage. There can be Sims in it or none at all. It will ONLY take the lot and all your hard work with it.

I know for me this is awesome, because I tend to use a lot of the same houses in different neighborhoods as well as apartment complexes and community lots.

If anyone has a problem doing this, or it doesn't appear in your Lot Catalog, please let me know and I will try to walk you through and see if there was a step missed.

Updated Information - Thank you to unholypassion for this update!

unholypassion asked, "Can you use this for Maxis lots which aren't in the catalog? There's a few Uni & AL lots I would love to have in different neighborhoods." unholypassion then experimented and returned back with this information, "Success! I used a Uni community lot, and a couple of Belladonna Cove residential lots, and it worked like a charm. :oD"

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simgarooop
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)

This is amazing! I was actually looking for a way to furnish a lot with career rewards but WITHOUT sims, and your solution is just what I need.

Thank you very much!
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Yah! You are welcome and I know this way will take those items with it, no problem.
(no subject) - aryssabrooke - Dec. 6th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) - Expand
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
You are so welcome!
unholypassion
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Can you use this for Maxis lots which aren't in the catalog? There's a few Uni & AL lots I would love to have in different neighborhoods.
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
I bet you could! Try it out and let us all know.

If you find anything out, I will be more than happy to update this post with the info. and credit you for it.
unholypassion
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
I'll have to give it a try tonight.
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Yeah. I am curious now. I have a feeling it will work, though. I mean, when you think about it, what this does is takes a lot file and moves it to the lot catalog. That is all. So, it seems like it has to work.
unholypassion
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Success! I used a Uni community lot, and a couple of Belladonna Cove residential lots, and it worked like a charm. :oD
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! I am so happy. I will update the post right now with your info.
quinctia
Dec. 6th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I think if you're wanting to take a residential lot from University, then you'll also want to plop it down, enter in build mode, and save it, then put THAT copy back into your lot catalog, or else the price of the lot might be out of whack due to the difference between rent/buy in the uni subhood vs. a regular neigbhorhood. Otherwise, you might end up with a lot with a glitchy huge price.
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
That's a very good point. So, pretty much you suggest double doing the saving?

1.) Copy lot file from Uni. and paste in Lot Catalog
2.) Place the lot in Res. (since it is now in the Lot Catalog)
3.) Delete the one in your Lot Catalog currently (the first one)
4.) Get the file name of the one just placed in Res.
5.) Then follow the regular procedure as listed in the original post with THAT file.

So, do the procedure twice and delete the first one placed in the Lot Catalog.
quinctia
Dec. 6th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Yep! I'm not sure that the pricing error would occur with moving the lot manually, though it seems likely, since it can occur when you package a lot to share from Uni, and then the person downloads the lot...which has a glitchy price sometimes if you don't save it again.
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
I have taken the file of a Greek House and moved in to my Lot Catalog and then placed it in my Res. area and it worked with no problems, but that is not the same as a dorm lot that has "Space Available". Greek houses simply say, "For Rent" and in Res. it says, "For Sale". I might try it with a dorm to see if in Res. it works as a home for sale with no problems and then update.
quinctia
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
A dorm would need to be rezoned, or it won't even show up in the regular lot bin. (So, you'd have to go in, copy the dorm lot, place it in a Uni hood, rezone it, then plop it back in the bin.)

However, occasionally lots built in a Uni hood will have crazy prices if you package them from the Uni hood and then install them. I know it doesn't happen all of the time, so I was more saying it's something to watch out for, as it may happen with this method, too. That's all. :)
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Ah. I use money cheats so much I never pay attention to the price of houses. That may have been happening this whole time to my lots, but I wouldn't know. I just move them in no matter the price thanks to: "familyfunds NAME 1000000". hehe
quinctia
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
You would have probably noticed, because a 50,000 lot would end up being like 25 million dollars! XD

It's never happened to me, but I never really made a habit of doing my building in Uni, aside from making dorms. I like making over the rentals into good frathouses, because it reminds me of ~real college life~!
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Oh, that is a big difference. LOL.

I don't design in Uni. either, except dorms. I do the same thing with my rentals, because real frat houses/sorority houses mostly look like big nice houses in real life.
unholypassion
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
That's good to know, I'm glad you brought it up!
strange_tomato
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Wow. Thanks for sharing this. I've been looking for a way to do this very thing, since I'm more of a furnish as I go sort of simmer, and I'd love to be about to share some of these lots.

*adds to memories*
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
You are so welcome. I am glad it helped. I am a furnish before I move Sims in sort of simmer, but as I said I always wind up updating the lot if new EPs or SPs come out. Then I think about how if I use the version in the Lot Catalog again, I will have to go through all the trouble of updating that one if I use it again and move Sims in. Now, my problem is solved. hehe
simsfromspain
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
I wish I had read this before...It happens to me all the time.
simslifestories
Dec. 6th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
I wish I thought to post this sooner, because I have been doing this forever. I figured it out atleast 4 years ago. I feel bad. I always thought everyone knew, so I never posted.

The only part I just figured out, that is the reason I finally posted, is that even if there are people living in the lot and you do the 12 Steps . . . it will only take the lot to the Lot Catalog and not the Sims living in it. That was a brand new find for me, and I felt it was important enough to post.

Atleast you know now, though. Right?
unholypassion
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
That's why I was so hesitant about packaging up the Greene building, I didn't want to go through the whole process or move them out. BTW, this was one of the Belladonna Cove residentials I used.

What great info, thanks for sharing!
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