When I’m installing custom content, I want .package files and that’s it. I don’t want to have to open the Launcher and hope it decides it likes me that particular day. From past experience, I’ve found my Launcher is an ass that likes to screw with me just because it can.
There are folks out there who refuse to use The Sims 3 Launcher and, instead, use a custom launcher or start their games directly from a shortcut they created. However, those are both posts–or maybe just one post–for a different time.
When you’re done with this tutorial you will have learned how to:
- Convert Sims 3 Packs to .package files and keep you from having to use the Launcher.
- Decrapify your .package files which just might repair some of them
- Compress your .package files to reduce file size
Let’s get some definitions out of the way.
- Launcher/The Launcher–Evil bugger most use to start their game.
- Convert–v. Cause to change in form, character, or function.
- .Sims3Pack–File type that installs via the Launcher.
- Decrapify–Helps Sims 3 packs suck less. Refers to decrapify.exe.
- Compress–v. To condense, shorten, or abbreviate. Refers to s3rc.exe.
Standard disclaimer and stuff:
This is what I do with my game and the custom content I install. Just because it works for me doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. In fact, it just might completely kill your game, melt your computer and cause you tons of mental and physical harm. You’ve been warned and you can’t blame me.
First things first, download the TS3 Recompressor from MATY.
Extract that somewhere. The where is really up to you but extract it into its own happy folder; there will be two files.
Download the S3PE [Package Editor]. Guess what that jobber does. You’re right! Edits that Sims 3 Pack you’ve downloaded. That dude’s going to need to install on your system so let it do its thing.
Thirdly, download Delphy’s Sims 3 Pack Multi-Installer [Multi-Extractor]. When you extract it, you’ll have yourself an executable file and make sure you extract it to somewhere you’ll be able to easily navigate to–like your Desktop.
Word of advice here: If you have full sets or lots or houses you’re going to be decrapiying, create a folder for each set. When Delphy’s program gets a hold of the set, it’s going to extract a bunch of .package files and they’re all going to have insanely long “names” and you’re not going to know what goes with what. You’ve been warned.
Go find the custom content you downloaded. For today’s lesson, I’m using The Vintage Sim’s Kelly Pointe house. I’m going to assume you know how to extract files. Make a happy folder home for that content and copy the decrapify.exe and s3rc.exe files into that new folder to keep your custom content file company.
It should look something like this:
Double click on Delphy’s program, navigate to where your custom content is living for that first selection. For the second, choose where you want the extracted file[s] to live. I always let it rename the file to match what the original file was named since that makes my life easier. Like it says, this only works if it’s just one file like a shirt or something. Click “extract” and let it do its magic.
Holy damn that’s a lot of files!
With the house, this was the end product and as you can see, there are a lot of files. See why it’s good to have a folder for each set or house or lot?
Now you want the S3PE program. Go find it!
Here’s your chain of events; follow along.
You should see something like this:
Reject duplicates. Damn posers.
It’s going to ask you if you want to, “Auto-save current package after each package imported?” That’s up to you. Make your choice and then give the program a second to do it’s thing.
When it’s done make sure you save!
Here’s what it should look like when you’re done with that part:
Click on the new .package file and drag it on top of decrapify.exe. A black box is going to pop up and then will disappear. The length of time that box is up is going to depend on just how crappy the file is.
Once that’s done, drag the file over s3rc.exe. Another black box is going to pop up. Let it do its thing just like last time.
This is what it should look like when you’re completely done:
I copied the file before I decrapifyied and compressed it so you can see the difference if file size. Just converting the file reduced the size a bit and though the end result isn’t a HUGE OMG difference, it is a nice bit of a reduction and when you have a bunch of custom content, every little bit helps.
Make sure you decrapify your saved games as well so the world doesn’t blow up and lots of people die. Because that would be sad. You’ll find your saved games here: C:\Users\[You]\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves.
Even if you decide you don’t want to deal with the second and third steps, converting .Sims3Packs to .package files keeps you from having to deal with the Launcher.