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==How to .rar or .zip Your Custom Content Files==
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==RAR or ZIP Your Custom Content==
  
This is a short tutorial to show you how to compress your files for upload. We highly recomend downlaoding the [http://rarlabs.com/ WinRar] program. It's a great utility that handles both .rar and .zip files.
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When uploading to MTS2, you will need to compress your files into a RAR or ZIP.  MTS2 only accepts .rar or .zip files for uploading custom content - you cannot upload .sims2pack or .package files, as these files are uncompressed. Compressed files take up less space - which means they're quicker for you to upload, take up less space on MTS2's servers, and are quicker for people to download.
  
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==You will need...==
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A program to create RAR or ZIP Files.
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These instructions use [http://www.rarlabs.com/ WinRAR].  It is a great little utility that can both compress and extract from RAR and ZIP files.  Other programs such as [http://www.winzip.com WinZip] and [http://www.7-zip.org/ 7zip] can also be used, but you will have to look at their help files to see how to use them, as they will work slightly differently.  WinRAR is our recommended program, and it is quite easy to use.
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WinRAR is a trial program, often called "nagware" - this means that you can use it for free for 40 days, and once the 40 days are up, you will get a "nag" screen asking you to pay for the program.  You can still use WinRAR completely free after 40 days - you just have to click "close" on the nag screen when it comes up.  However, if you use it and like it, you should consider paying for it, even though you don't actually have to.
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==Step 1==
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Find your custom content files.
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* All Body Shop content (hair, clothes, eyes, etc.) will be in your ''My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SavedSims'' folder, containing your project name after an 8-character random string (i.e. 8edf7c5b_MyProjectName.package).  Do NOT use the files from your Projects folder as they will not work in-game.
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Revision as of 11:38, 21 May 2008

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RAR or ZIP Your Custom Content

When uploading to MTS2, you will need to compress your files into a RAR or ZIP. MTS2 only accepts .rar or .zip files for uploading custom content - you cannot upload .sims2pack or .package files, as these files are uncompressed. Compressed files take up less space - which means they're quicker for you to upload, take up less space on MTS2's servers, and are quicker for people to download.


You will need...

A program to create RAR or ZIP Files.

These instructions use WinRAR. It is a great little utility that can both compress and extract from RAR and ZIP files. Other programs such as WinZip and 7zip can also be used, but you will have to look at their help files to see how to use them, as they will work slightly differently. WinRAR is our recommended program, and it is quite easy to use.

WinRAR is a trial program, often called "nagware" - this means that you can use it for free for 40 days, and once the 40 days are up, you will get a "nag" screen asking you to pay for the program. You can still use WinRAR completely free after 40 days - you just have to click "close" on the nag screen when it comes up. However, if you use it and like it, you should consider paying for it, even though you don't actually have to.

Step 1

Find your custom content files.

  • All Body Shop content (hair, clothes, eyes, etc.) will be in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SavedSims folder, containing your project name after an 8-character random string (i.e. 8edf7c5b_MyProjectName.package). Do NOT use the files from your Projects folder as they will not work in-game.
  • Lots and houses will be

Step 1

Find the file you created. Clothing will be in saved sims. Not projects. Select the .package or sims2pack file you wish to compress. RIGHT CLICK on the file and a drop down menu will appear. Select ADD TO ARCHIVE. A box will open up. Here you can select to compress your file as a .zip or a .rar. You may also rename your .zip or .rar here as well.

Step 2

Select OK.


Congratulations! Your new compressed and ready to upload file will be in the folder with the original file. This is the file you upload. And thats all folks.

Credits

Delphy for the original article.

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