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CUSTARD Sims3Pack Cleaner

by Tashiketh Posted 6th Feb 2010 at 11:52 PM - Updated 17th Oct 2018 at 2:49 PM by Tashiketh
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Hi All,

What is this?

Welcome to the new tool. Clean Up Sims3packs Today! Also, raise dead. aka CUSTARD.

Also known as:
Clean Up Sims3packs - Totally Amazing Rubbish Detection (CUSTARD)
Clean Up Sims3packs Today And Revere Delphy (CUSTARD)
Clean up simspacks - totally automated rubbish detection (moar CUSTARD)
Clean up Sims3Packs today! Or die young.(CUSTODY)
Clean Up Sims3Packs Today! Advanced Research Division (Mmm birds eye...)
Clean Up Sims3Packs Today! Only MTS (CUSTOM)

aka CUSTARD: TO FIX UR PUDDINGS

(Thanks to Leesester, Davey and CN)

What does it do?

This tool is basically the "Clean" part of the old Sims2Pack Clean Installer that some of you may remember from TS2 days. It features the same functionality as the TS3 Dashboard, but works solely on Sims3Packs.

You can use it to basically "clean" your Sims3Packs, and also see if they have any corrupted packages inside.




NOTICE - Read this!

This tool is in ALPHA stage. This means that it might have bugs. This is NOT intended to be on general distribution and ONLY people who are willing to test the tool should be using it.

How do I use it?

Extract, open the tool. Open a Sims3Pack.
Uncheck stuff you don't want in the resulting file.
Save or Save As.

Note: You currently cannot right click a Sims3Pack and use Open With.

Note THIS TOOL DOES NOT INSTALL SIMS3PACKS INTO THE GAME.

Requirements

.NET Framework 2.0
Some Sims3Packs


Changelog

v1.0.3922.35965:

- Fixed bug where selecting ANY package file to be disabled corrupted the XML of the saved Sims3Pack, thus making the entire Sims3Pack unusable.

v1.0.3830.15895:

Fixed some bugs, but it's been so long that I can't remember which ones. Probably something to do with clearing the list up properly or something....


v1.0.3786.38707:

Fixed the following bugs:
1) Didn't actually remove anything from the Sims3Pack, just removed it from the XML.
2) Had errors in the DimX, DimZ and sizes. (Reporting negative log sizes)
3) Had errors in the other metatags.
4) Was missing PackageId and Date.
5) Didn't correctly remove Lot thumbnails
6) Was missing lotName
7) Was missing EPFlags

Added:
1) Object description appears in Description column
2) Button to uncheck all thumbnails

Feedback wanted

I'm mostly interested in using this to load as many Sims3Packs as possible, of all types and sizes, and seeing what the resulting file looks like in terms of 1) Does it work 2) What the filesize is and 3) If anything is missing.

Please use the Debug menu to dump the Raw and Generated XML and then zip up and upload the resulting file, to help me out.
Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors CC Managers
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
CUSTARD.rar | v1.0.3922.35965

Size: 83.6 KB · Downloads: 147,087 · 12th Sep 2010
83.6 KB 147,087 12th Sep 2010
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.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Forum Resident
#126 Old 25th Sep 2010 at 9:08 AM Last edited by Pary : 27th Sep 2010 at 12:54 AM.
I just have a quick question in regards to something I thought was a bit odd. I use this tool to check all my uploads before sharing, to make sure nothing untoward has hitched a ride.

Some of us were sharing a lots and sims as households amongst ourselves for a community save. Expansion pack stuff was okay, but no one wanted any other custom content.
I exported my sim without her being in her lot and her sims3pack shows perfectly clean in Custard. I export her house without her in it, and the lot also shows clean.

However when I export the lot with the sim inside as a household, it is showing a CAS part hair and the lot size has risen from about 4.5 mb to 8.9 The export of the sim on its own is only 945 kb.

I don't have any CC hair that uses that particular mesh in any way and I do not install hairs or anything like that through the launcher, it's all in .package. The hair in question on the sim is from Ambitions, everything else on the sim is basegame content.
Edit - sorry, there is Ambitions buy & build stuff on the lot, but no other CC

Is that normal, or is it something strange going on?
Here's a couple of screens showing what Custard reports.

Single Export of Lot

Single Export of Sim

Household with Sim inside Lot
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#127 Old 26th Sep 2010 at 7:28 AM
Thanks for the reports everybody. What would help in debuging isn't just the XML but a link to the actual Sims3Pack itself so I can download it and try it for myself..

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#128 Old 27th Sep 2010 at 2:25 AM
Delphy - it is ANY sims3pack with custom content or images that I delete and then save. As I said before, even the ones that I had "fixed" before and HAD shown correctly are now showing as corrupt. I could send you links but I could easily do it by randomly going online and finding sims3pack files with images/CC.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#129 Old 27th Sep 2010 at 9:14 AM
columbiany93: Ah ok, I didn't know it was such a universal problem. I'll test with some sims3packs at home.

Just so I'm clear, the sequence is:

- Load Sims3Pack
- Uncheck Images and some Custom Content
- Save Sims3Pack (do you do Save or Save As?)
- Close program
- Reopen program
- Load previously saved Sims3Pack
- All content now shows as corrupt

Is this right?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#130 Old 27th Sep 2010 at 10:19 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
columbiany93: Ah ok, I didn't know it was such a universal problem. I'll test with some sims3packs at home.

Just so I'm clear, the sequence is:

- Load Sims3Pack
- Uncheck Images and some Custom Content
- Save Sims3Pack (do you do Save or Save As?)
- Close program
- Reopen program
- Load previously saved Sims3Pack
- All content now shows as corrupt

Is this right?


I have done it like this and then I have also left images checked and only unchecked cc but always have the same result. I do two saves each time to different folders. One as Save and the other as Save As. I have tried every combination possible when unchecking and saving, opening and closing program etc and each time I get the same result - the corruptions "spreads" lol. That is the only way I can explain it.

Hopefully this helps you to debug the program.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#131 Old 27th Sep 2010 at 8:07 PM
I've found and fixed a stupid bug where disabling any packages or thumbnails and then saving rendered the saved Sims3Pack totally unusable.

Thanks to SIMCITIZEN4 and columbiany93 for the heads up.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#132 Old 28th Sep 2010 at 7:46 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
I've found and fixed a stupid bug where disabling any packages or thumbnails and then saving rendered the saved Sims3Pack totally unusable.

Thanks to SIMCITIZEN4 and columbiany93 for the heads up.


Glad you found the bug, however I still cannot fix corrupt (TXTC) packages - I get the "spreading" bug again. If I uncheck the corrupted package and save (Save and Save As works) then it works fine and saves the Sims3Pack without the corrupted package, if I click "fix corrupted" however then it spreads.

Please don't think I am complaining as that is really not my intention, I am only trying to help identify problems.

Thanks
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#133 Old 28th Sep 2010 at 12:36 PM
Okay in this case I'll definately need a link to an example that has a Sims3Pack with a corrupted file.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#134 Old 28th Sep 2010 at 6:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Okay in this case I'll definately need a link to an example that has a Sims3Pack with a corrupted file.


Ok here is the link: http://www.mediafire.com/?61ktw3s4s1dkt9k

Hope this helps.
Field Researcher
#135 Old 29th Sep 2010 at 5:32 AM
Question. I installed some houses and under thumbnails it is pink. Does that mean bugs??
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#136 Old 29th Sep 2010 at 10:16 AM
Sims Lover: No, thumbnails always show up pink.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Field Researcher
#137 Old 29th Sep 2010 at 3:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Sims Lover: No, thumbnails always show up pink.


Okay then Thank you.
Test Subject
#138 Old 30th Sep 2010 at 5:49 PM Last edited by sims2playergirl : 30th Sep 2010 at 6:04 PM.
Hi Delphy - just an observation - I have run worlds that I have downloaded from the exchange, My Sims Realty and MTS thru custard - they all show up as corrupted files - I set up the Sims 3 under another user account on my computer - the worlds seems to be ok - I was able to send my sim on vacation - when they returned - no blue lots.....Is this normal for the world files to show up as corrupt? This has happened on the latest and the one prior to the latest version of custard....


edit - I checked custard again - in the type field - it says Neighborhood (World) not corrupt TXTC - but it is highlighted in red...
Test Subject
#139 Old 3rd Oct 2010 at 9:55 PM
Hi Delphy,
Just wanted you to know this program is an absolute godsend.

I downloaded some tattoos from the Exchange and ran them through Custard (because only a fool wouldn't).
4 had clothing in it that shouldn't have been there (the kind set to appear even when in the shower) and 1 had the dreaded doll-of-doom in it.
Custard removed them all without a hitch.

Much love from me and my sims!

"... but why's the rum gone?"
Test Subject
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Test Subject
#140 Old 12th Oct 2010 at 5:50 PM
Hey Delphy,
Okay I got it to download, now I'm just trying to figure out what is what. It seemed like from you pictures that it would show you what each thing is, but it doesn't on mine. Is there anyway possible to see what it is or to maybe go throw things faster?
Test Subject
#141 Old 17th Oct 2010 at 6:46 AM
This program seems really neat. Unfortunately I have a mac, is there a chance that it will be available for mac sometime?
Inventor
#142 Old 22nd Oct 2010 at 11:44 AM
I need to post this now for I've been lots of testing with this stuff and I think, I understand some of it. Maybe you could tell me more on why this stuff is showing the way it does.

Let me explain in detail:

In my bad cc thread at the official forum I had people telling me about a certain dress that comes with sims but cannot be found in the launcher. There were shoes and hair that did that too. I finally got hold of a Sim that actually does have that dress (and hair) and did some testing on her. My testing environment is a vanilla game with only MasterController and DebugEnabler and I use AnyGameStarter to set it up.

I looked at her in Custard and that's how she showed:



As you see, the sim itself has a subtype and is called CAS Part Clothing (only the sims gets installed, so there is no other custom content). I then went into my game and checked CAS. There was nothing unusual in the clothing but the hair would show up. It had the little package file folder icon. I then disabled the clothing filter via MC and went back into CAS. I did find the dress in my game now. It did not show in the Launcher and it only went away, when I uninstalled that particular Sim. Further testing revealed that a Sim will not need to wear the dress for it to get attached to the Sim and will only get attached when you export it in CAS. If you export it in edit town, it doesn't attach.

That's the custard pic of a household:



While the dress still shows in the description, it doesn't in the subtype AND I did not get it in my game when I installed it.

I don't know where the dress is from (some say it's from peggy but I never really found it there) and as I said there is other stuff. I'm attaching molly with whom I tested.

What I'm really curios about is if you (or some other creator) could find out why these package files behave that way they do and why it's showing in the tool the way it does (I know that they are probably not from this site, but I do think it's important what is wrong).
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Decontaminating Poor Molly.rar (6.16 MB, 23 downloads)
Test Subject
#144 Old 23rd Oct 2010 at 3:29 AM
Okay, so whenever I go to use it, I get to step one. I try to open the sims3pack and this comes up:

Unhandled exception has occured in your application. If you click continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click quit, the application will close immediately.
Could not load file or assembly 'MadScience.Helpers.Version-1.1.380.15490. Culture=neutral. PublicKey Token=null' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

EH?
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#145 Old 23rd Oct 2010 at 7:48 AM
friendliellama You have to extract the program first. You can't just double click on the exe from within WinZIP or whatever.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#146 Old 23rd Oct 2010 at 8:02 AM
Oh...thanks so much Delphy! (whispering don't be surprised if there's another problem. this computer hates me)
Mad Poster
#147 Old 24th Oct 2010 at 1:57 AM
I heard from a user on MATY that CUSTARD can be used to find the instance number of an object within a Sim3pack. If this is correct, where should I be looking?
I have some corrupted content that I cannot find in the launcher but by exporting a Sim wearing said bad content and running him through CUSTARD I have been able to find the package name within the DCBackup. As I understand though, removing the package from the DCBackup will not uninstall it from the game. Right?
I was hoping that finding the instance would allow me to remove it from whichever dcdb file it is hiding in.

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staff: administrator
#148 Old 24th Oct 2010 at 3:06 AM
In custard the filename is the package filename you can find in dcbackup. It does have a description and object type listed, which may help you to find it in the launcher. I have no idea about removing the package file from dcbackup and whether it uninstalls it from the game. I'd guess no as I think everything installed via the launcher gets shoved in the large dbc files. So I think your going to have to uninstall via the launcher.
Inventor
#149 Old 24th Oct 2010 at 9:04 AM
@Menaceman44: Deleting the file in the DCBackup will not get rid of the download. What you will need to do is unpack the sims3pack with mulitinstaller so that you have the package-files, then you will need to open the faulty one with S3PE and look for a line that says icon or thumb. That's your laucher pic right there. Instead of using s3pe, you could also use postal to find the pic.

If you have any problems at all, upload the sim somewhere and send me a PM.
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