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Regul Save Cleaner

by Onebeld Posted 11th Feb 2021 at 3:38 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2021 at 3:10 PM by Onebeld
128 Comments / replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts, 4 Thanks Posts
[21-09-2021] Update to 2.1.1 This update is critical. The last update had a problem that will permanently damage your save. I sincerely apologize for this unfortunate error. As punishment, I lost my save myself. In the future, I hope this will not happen again. I also removed the multithreading option, it's pointless and makes it sometimes even worse than without it.

Regul Save Cleaner - program for cleaning save game The Sims 3. This program is a module for this project - Regul. When translating the S3PI library to .NET 5, I tested it with this tool. To avoid downloading Regul, I posted this program separately. Also, this program is being developed separately from Regul, so some features may not be added.

At Annie280's request, I have created documentation for creating my theme on GitHub.

Be sure to back up your save!

Why do we need another save cleaner?
  • Here you can choose what you want to clear. It identifies not only by type, but also by resource group. Your photos can be safe.
  • It is currently the fastest save cleaner. Compared to Kuree, the difference is more than 18 seconds on my computer.
  • Quite nice interface with support for localization and themes.

Supported localizations:


Requirements for net461:
  • OS Windows 7 SP1 or higher
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1

Requirements for net5:
Instructions:


What does each checkbox do?


Any ideas, all your problems, as well as help with translation are also welcome, just email me!

Additional Credits:
S3PI (Peter L Jones)
Exotic language font
Microsoft Visual Studio 2022
JetBrains Rider 2021.1
AvaloniaUI
Tags: #savecleaner, #regul, #cleaner, #save

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Save Editors
Plugin Type: 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.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
RegulSaveCleaner v2.1.1-net5.zip

Size: 14.92 MB · Downloads: 1,578 · 21st Sep 2021
14.92 MB 1,578 21st Sep 2021
RegulSaveCleaner v2.1.1-net461.zip

Size: 10.96 MB · Downloads: 339 · 21st Sep 2021
10.96 MB 339 21st Sep 2021
RegulSaveCleaner v1.4.1.zip

Size: 9.33 MB · Downloads: 357 · 27th Mar 2021
9.33 MB 357 27th Mar 2021
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 15th Feb 2021 at 9:27 PM
Default My apologies !
I downloaded it again and right click on it and select "open with Winrar" to solve that..."issue" ^^"
It compressed my old save from 120mb to 70 mb , so amazing !
Your mod is definitely a Must Have
Scholar
#52 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 3:45 AM
I'm using the latest version of this cleaner and its great how it cleans so much (a save from 148MB down to 108MB). I play the game as usual but when I want to exit and save, the save process goes on for ages, just never ending! I've had to kill TS3W.exe in Task Manager just to shut it down as it won't save. To add, I ticked all boxes in the Save Cleaner. The game runs and save normally when I leave the first two check boxes checked as default (family and character portraits). I'm not sure which of the remaining 4 textures/images is causing the never ending save. Any ideas?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#53 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 7:45 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by desiree101
I'm using the latest version of this cleaner and its great how it cleans so much (a save from 148MB down to 108MB). I play the game as usual but when I want to exit and save, the save process goes on for ages, just never ending! I've had to kill TS3W.exe in Task Manager just to shut it down as it won't save. To add, I ticked all boxes in the Save Cleaner. The game runs and save normally when I leave the first two check boxes checked as default (family and character portraits). I'm not sure which of the remaining 4 textures/images is causing the never ending save. Any ideas?


I just tested it with all the checkboxes - everything works great. It is rather unlikely that the problem is with parallelization, because, as you described, it works with two checkboxes.
Try not to exit the game, but click "Save As" and use a new name. Also, the game saves the game for a rather long time, I also recommend waiting about 15 minutes. If none of the points work, I'll try to remove parallelization.
Scholar
#54 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 12:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Onebeld
I just tested it with all the checkboxes - everything works great. It is rather unlikely that the problem is with parallelization, because, as you described, it works with two checkboxes.
Try not to exit the game, but click "Save As" and use a new name. Also, the game saves the game for a rather long time, I also recommend waiting about 15 minutes. If none of the points work, I'll try to remove parallelization.


I always use 'Save As' to save my game with a new name, then I exit. But a game cleaned with your save cleaner, it won't save, just spins and then it hangs, then I have to kill the game to get out.
My saves have never taken 15 mins for me before lol. I guess I'll try and wait for 15 mins, but its so long when I usually only have to wait under 5 mins! I'll let you know how it goes, don't change anything yet
Scholar
#55 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 2:46 PM
The game still isn't saving. I've tested with all boxes ticked - no save.
Then:
With 'Removing family portraits' Deleting Character Portraits' and 'Removing Lot Thumbnails' - no save, waited 30mins, I ended game with Task Manager
With 'Removing family portraits' Deleting Character Portraits' and 'Removing Photos' - no save, same as above
With 'Removing family portraits' Deleting Character Portraits' and 'Removing Textures' - no save, same as above
With 'Removing family portraits' Deleting Character Portraits' and Removing Generated Images' - no save, same as above
With 'Removing family portraits' Deleting Character Portraits' - save after about 10mins but save game takes longer to start up when restarting. I don't mind using this option, but it doesn't clean as much as Kuree's Save Game Cleaner. I would prefer to tick all boxes for a complete clean but it makes the game unsaveable.

I like that the program cleans a lot of junk from game and the difference in size is amazing, but I can't get used to the long save times when there is no guarantee the game will save, especially when using a small or empty world to build in, I just don't have the patience lol. I have to stop the game with Task Managaer and start again because I couldn't save my progress, I'll give the cleaner a miss for now. Hopefully it'll work for me another time
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 3:47 PM
I tried your cleaner, and I love how it cleans everything in my save games. But I have been unable to save my games since I have been using it. I try to save my save games, and it will try to save (it will take up to an hour to do so), then it crashes to the desktop. I did not have this problem before I got your cleaner.

Your cleaner is a great idea, but I think I will stick with Kuree's Save Cleaner for now until the inability to save problem is fixed.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#57 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 4:36 PM Last edited by Onebeld : 18th Feb 2021 at 5:07 PM.
It looks like it's all about parallelization. I will rollback soon

UPD: Just today I was thinking about it that we shouldn't leave parallelization. It is very effective when you need to process several files, but problems with the list begin. Due to the fast multi-core processor, he somehow deleted the wrong resource, otherwise there is no way to explain it. This is the most serious problem of all. I apologize for wasting your time in the game, as you could not save. I'm sorry.
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 7:32 PM
You're forgiven.

QUOTE=Onebeld]It looks like it's all about parallelization. I will rollback soon

UPD: Just today I was thinking about it that we shouldn't leave parallelization. It is very effective when you need to process several files, but problems with the list begin. Due to the fast multi-core processor, he somehow deleted the wrong resource, otherwise there is no way to explain it. This is the most serious problem of all. I apologize for wasting your time in the game, as you could not save. I'm sorry.[/QUOTE]
Scholar
#59 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 9:00 PM
It seems there is no problem with the program at all, it cleans extremely well, and the game does run more smoothly than before - but we can't save. I noticed while it was trying to save, the memory usage went very high, well over 3.2GB (which would normally cause a crash as soon as it would reach that number) but the save process just kept going on and on until i stopped it or it would crash to desktop.
Please know we appreciate your efforts in making the program, anything that helps the game run better is always welcome!
Don't give up, I'm sure you can get it working!
Scholar
#60 Old 19th Feb 2021 at 1:25 AM
Trying out the latest version (1.2.2) and I still can't save a game.
I'm curious to know why some people can save and others can't.
Test Subject
#61 Old 19th Feb 2021 at 2:31 AM
The only particular thing I do when I run the program is set it to Run As Administrator. I set it to run by default by going into Properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator
Test Subject
#62 Old 22nd Feb 2021 at 2:59 PM
I downloaded it and if I tick 'Remove lot thumbnails' the game won't save. Any solution for this?
Scholar
#63 Old 24th Feb 2021 at 2:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadzialenaxD
I downloaded it and if I tick 'Remove lot thumbnails' the game won't save. Any solution for this?


I think that might have something to do with it because in game ALL inactive lots are blank (in normal and map view) when checking the box for lot thumbnails. The lots look ugly with that enabled anyway so I don't check it, but I still can't save a game, and that's the most important part!
Test Subject
#64 Old 24th Feb 2021 at 10:58 PM
I noticed the recent update mentioning the creator has all the additions to the game, which I also have, if that makes a difference.
Scholar
#65 Old 28th Feb 2021 at 4:05 PM
I find if I don't enable 'Removing lot thumbnails' and 'Removing textures' then I can save successfully! It kind of defeats the object of doing a full clean but for a playable (and saveable!) game I can live with it until any more updates come along
Lab Assistant
#66 Old 9th Mar 2021 at 3:05 PM
Thank you so much for the new version!! I just tried it on my current save file and it cleaned the file even better than the previous version I was using did. *High-Five* Awesome job!!

There's something new about this version too, it seems to be a little more sleeker, you can see the options more clearly.

One small issue. I can't exit the program with the X button up top right of the screen. It does nothing when pressed. I have to right-click the G icon on the start bar and select close window.
Lab Assistant
#67 Old 9th Mar 2021 at 9:46 PM
I wanted to share notes on what I've experienced while testing out the different options of the cleaner program.

While testing the different options I did notice when I enabled both Removing textures and Removing lot thumbnails it seemed to have made the lots in my save look flat and odd while I was en-route to them. Once I entered the lot everything was fine.

I don't feel this is the fault of the save cleaner itself. As it is suggested to back up your save files before use. Which I did.

I don't use either of those options. I only use and have stuck with the two recommended settings of Removing Family Portraits and Deleting Character Portraits and two optional settings of Removing Photos and Removing Generated Images.

I have noticed I've never had any problems saving or installing the different versions that have been offered.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#68 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 1:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annie280
Thank you so much for the new version!! I just tried it on my current save file and it cleaned the file even better than the previous version I was using did. *High-Five* Awesome job!!

There's something new about this version too, it seems to be a little more sleeker, you can see the options more clearly.

One small issue. I can't exit the program with the X button up top right of the screen. It does nothing when pressed. I have to right-click the G icon on the start bar and select close window.


I am very glad that I finally fixed this annoying bug with inability to save in the game.
The sketches of the lots do nothing, they are on a par with the portraits of the characters, but with textures, yes, the lot becomes ugly, but that's okay. Do not use this option, so that the houses do not turn into "earth" (at least it was so with me).
Please try to describe your bug in as much detail as possible: OS version (it may hang, since Windows 7 may not support Fluent Design, which uses OlibUI), was this problem before and steps of reproduction.
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 6:02 PM
Thank you for explaining the Texture option. I was trying to, but couldn't find the right descriptive words.

I use Windows 8. Best I can describe the issue is that I can't close out of the program using the X button up top right of the screen. I can minimize it and make it full screen, but clicking the X button does nothing.

This is only a problem with the newest version of the cleaner program 1.3.0.

The older version I was using (1.2.0) works just fine. I can exit it without any issue.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Onebeld
I am very glad that I finally fixed this annoying bug with inability to save in the game.
The sketches of the lots do nothing, they are on a par with the portraits of the characters, but with textures, yes, the lot becomes ugly, but that's okay. Do not use this option, so that the houses do not turn into "earth" (at least it was so with me).
Please try to describe your bug in as much detail as possible: OS version (it may hang, since Windows 7 may not support Fluent Design, which uses OlibUI), was this problem before and steps of reproduction.
Lab Assistant
#70 Old 11th Mar 2021 at 3:10 AM
Call me embarassed!! I think the issue was user error. *Blush*

I don't know why or how, but the X button to close the program seems to be working correctly.

I went to clean up my current save file and clicked closer to the bottom of the X button and it automatically closed. I was like huh? So I loaded the program up again to try it again and sure enough it automatically closed when I clicked the X button.

Silly Me.. Very, -very- sorry for the worry.
Lab Assistant
#71 Old 11th Mar 2021 at 3:17 AM
Question for you Onebeld,

Will you be creating a How-To or give some tips on creating your own themes with the cleaner program?

I really like this feature and am interested in learning more about it.
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