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Testers Wanter - Sims 3 Dashboard tool (Updated 20th June 2011: v1.2.4167.38743)

by Tashiketh Posted 15th Jan 2010 at 11:51 PM - Updated 23rd Mar 2021 at 11:28 PM by Tashiketh
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What does this tool do?

It's basically designed to let people easily clear the cache and identify problem content.

This tool has 4 main tasks:

- To easily show you which games you have, whether or not they have a full framework, and to browse to that games root folder.
- To show you the contents of the Sims 3 cache files, and clear them
- To show you all of your custom content in .package format, and display any "corrupted" files, or Sims 2 content, or stuff that just plain wont work.
- To fix any problems with corrupted files, empty files, generally broken files, and allow you to fix conflicts yourself

How do I use it?

Download and unzip the file. Run the Sims3Dashboard.exe file within.



You need .NET Framework 2.0 to run this tool. (It wont run on Mono unless you use X11)

:: You don't need to download or install .NET 2.0 if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 - it's included by default in those operating systems.


Can this file help me identify files that cause my game to slowdown?

Yes, it can. Any "bad" files are identified in Red and can be selected using the "Select Corrupt" button.

Can I move/rename/remove custom content using this tool

This is not a full featured download organiser, however it does let you disable custom content entirely from the list - this is used for corrupted stuff.

Will this identify incompatible mods, or outdated mods?

No, it won't. It's up to you to keep track of which mods work with which versions of your game.

However, it will detect "conflict" mods (marked as Duplicate) that basically conflict with another mod you have. It will also detect Empty packages.

I ran this tool but it didn't tell me I had any problems!

This tool only identifies particular issues - not everything. So if you have issues, and have nothing in red in this tool.. well thats what we have a help forum for.

Is this compatible with World Adventures?

Yes.

Can I launch my game using this?

No, you can't.

Comments / Questions

Post a feedback post. Error messages, please copy paste the dialogbox into a reply.

Changelog






























Thanks to...

HystericalParoxysm, leefish, HugeLunatic, Bakafox and emhpb for testing.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: 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
Sims3Dashboard.rar | v1.2.3914.26559

Size: 94.3 KB · Downloads: 731,614 · 15th Jan 2010
94.3 KB 731,614 15th Jan 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.


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Lab Assistant
#126 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 7:13 AM Last edited by Maltha002 : 17th Jan 2010 at 7:37 AM.
Thank you so much for this awesome tool! Because of you I am actually able to enjoy the game.

To put it to the test, I added some store items (converted to .package files, thanks to another great tool of yours) that I know make my game lag terribly. The instant I put them in my mods folder and then boot up the dashboard, I get an error message, which prevents the dashboard from fully loading. Now I know there was something wrong with the files already, so no surprises there. I added a screenie of the message.




Luckily the cc I do play with, was all good according to this tool. I will keep using it, that's for sure.

Thanks again,
Maltha
Screenshots

You can find my work at Just Another Sims Site
Lab Assistant
#127 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 8:24 AM
Thank you. This is very handy. I went through and found quite a few items that were pink (and at least one that was TS2). So then I picked up the object fixer and gave those packages a run through that. Both programs were very easy to use and have put my mind at ease.

Only took me probably 20 minutes all in all. No error messages, and the game is working fine so far. *knocks on wood*
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#128 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 9:33 AM
jonha, Thanks for the heads up - I confirm there is an issue with the conflict detection - probably due to some optimisations I did yesterday. I'll look into it.

Saikatsu, a copy or download link for that file would be great.

Shimrod101, I can add JAZZ types too.

DRana, reedownload the file again.

babyophelia, you mean the yellowish brown? Thats a conflict.

Maltha002 Store items are not supported by this tool.

studyofme You dont need the bluelot fixer - the functionality is built into this program.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#129 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 10:45 AM
Delphy- I keep getting these pop up (its on the files I converted from sims3packs with your Sims3Pack Multi Installer.)



I couldn't get a lot of items to download via the launcher after the stupid latest update, It was working fine until it blue lotted yesterday.

I have 2.84gb of packages (3621 files) it was down to 12 large size packages after I did this (Custom Content Management - http://livingsims.nl/forum/showthre...?tid=733&page=1) and everything ran fine until I downloaded some items (packages)yesterday from Simply Styling, simslulamai and Sim3cri. I also converted sims3 packs from: garden breeze, helaene and TSR (murano) I used the launcher to load the newest house from smokvica.

I am 1/2 way through running the dashboard.
Test Subject
#130 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 10:52 AM
Hello Delphy, I've a question : does your Dashboard works with Seven 64 bit ? because I have 7 64 bit and I don't manage to use your tools (blue lot fixer, object fixer and dashboard), I always have an error message :

My boyfriend had a look and try to change permission to C: but it still doesn't work.
Thank you for your answer and your work !
(sorry for my english, I'm french, I hope I'm understandable)

[COLOR=Purple]Maria[/COLOR]
Lab Assistant
#131 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 11:31 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Maltha002 Store items are not supported by this tool.

Thanks Delphy for the reply.

I am trying to see if am able to understand this one...forgive me if I ask for / state the obvious here:

I know store items are not supported by this tool, as they are sims3pack files. I did however convert them into .package files (used your sims3pack multi extractor tool), so I could place them within my mods/.... folder, instead of using the game's launcher to access custom content. I have done this to a lot of files, some of them are store items but I also have converted sims3pack files that came from respectable sites in the simming community. My situation is similar to Adalita_m, who posted a similar screenie just like my error pop up, post #126.

Quote:
Originally Posted by adalita_m
Delphy- I keep getting these pop up (its on the files I converted from sims3packs with your Sims3Pack Multi Installer.)

This Dashboard tool is just awesome, but since I do convert sims3pack files as I go, I was wondering if it would be possible for this tool to support converted files in the future? If I am being a total blond here, do tell

Thanks again,
Maltha

You can find my work at Just Another Sims Site
Test Subject
#132 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 11:37 AM
Fan-farking-tastic.

Thank you SO MUCH for creating this mod. It works GREAT! Now I check every CC file I download. I can't believe I went without something like this for so long. You rule my school.

;~D
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#133 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 12:39 PM
Mariasims, I actually program this tool on Windows 7 64bit, so any errors are usually down to something on your PC.

adalita_m, That error happens when you have Store content as package files. Next version will fix this.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#134 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 12:49 PM
Maltha002, the problem is that if you just "convert" Store Sims3Packs to .packages, the actual contents are "encrypted" (I use that term loosely). This means that when my DBPF library goes to read a store file (which is a DBPP type) is can't, becuase the header is munged. In the previous versions, this would error, but I have since adapted the library to simply fail gracefully when this happens.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#135 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 12:57 PM
Is it possible that someone could convert this program to work for Macs? It seems all these sorts of programs are only for PC.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#136 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 1:07 PM
skippymcgee353, this tool works on Mono under Mac OS X, but only if you use X11 not Carbon (since there is a bug in Mono that prevents MessageBox windows from showing).

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#137 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 1:21 PM
Thanks for the explanation Delphy, I appreciate it.

You can find my work at Just Another Sims Site
Test Subject
#138 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 3:49 PM
ah.. ok... thank you for your answer Delphy ! I will looking for the problem on my PC.

[COLOR=Purple]Maria[/COLOR]
Test Subject
#139 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:01 PM
Very useful, very clever
Test Subject
#140 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Maltha002, the problem is that if you just "convert" Store Sims3Packs to .packages, the actual contents are "encrypted" (I use that term loosely). This means that when my DBPF library goes to read a store file (which is a DBPP type) is can't, becuase the header is munged. In the previous versions, this would error, but I have since adapted the library to simply fail gracefully when this happens.


I can't find any DBPP types to test the dashboard's new graceful fail on, so I'll just ask: Will it spit out a message detailing which .package files specifically it's failing on and the nature of the failure?
Test Subject
#141 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:16 PM
Hello, me again
with your application, there are 2 .dll, do I have to do something with that ?

[COLOR=Purple]Maria[/COLOR]
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#142 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:37 PM
Changelog for v1.0.3669.31644:
* Added legend underneath package list, to easily see which packages are which
* Scan Folder now remembers the folder you selected
* Added Reset Scan Folder, to remove the last Scan Folder and revert to normal Mods\Packages
* Optimised (Somewhat) the list view
* Fixed De-Select All not deselecting anything
* Fixed error message dialog when a DBPP package is encountered and showError is off (now fails gracefully)
* Changed default File Open to OpenRead instead of ReadWrite (this is not needed when just scanning) - should fix errors when scanning across network drives and other locations
* Removed VPXY from conflict list
* Removed _RIG from conflict list
* Added JAZZ to conflict list
* Added OBJK back to conflict list
* Added ToolTip to cc list package name that shows full path
* Changed "Conflict part of" text to "Conflicts with"
* Fixed conflict detection not working properly (thanks jonha)
* Added the ability to Filter the list to only show particular types

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#143 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:44 PM
Mariasims, No you don't do anything with the DLL. They are needed by the .exe file to run. It's possible the error you where getting before is fixed in the latest version - please download and try it out.

Baarogue In the version I just uploaded, it should handle this type ok and put the type as "Sims 3 Store Package".

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#144 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:46 PM
last version works... thank you !!!! I have A LOT of corrupt packages...

[COLOR=Purple]Maria[/COLOR]
Scholar
#145 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 5:10 PM
Small issue with the latest version: The filter button isn't anchored to the bottom and when you resize the window, it stays at its position.

But thanks for the fix, now the conflict detection works again
Test Subject
#146 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 6:03 PM
Thank you!!! Dashboard found about 3 dozen red files, mostly plants, cars, and deco objects plus a few skins. I used the Blue Lot Fixer to repair the culprits as I went through the list. I had a series of flowers in the barrel that crashed Dashboard and those I disabled. My game is running much faster and !! my no relationships/inability to communicate is gone. My sims can interact again! May I nominate you for sainthood?
Test Subject
#147 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 6:14 PM
I downloaded this, and I don't think I can THANK YOU enough. I think I had over 300 corrupted files, and once I cleaned all those out, my game ran so smoothly I couldn't believe it. I usually love whatever you come up with and don't comment, but seriously, this utility is a must-have for me.
Field Researcher
#148 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 6:41 PM
With the latest version, I have a question. I rescanned my folders as I've been doing since installing the first version to be sure the tool is working. This time the Holy Simoly Arizona set come up as the loveseat, coffee table and chair conflicting with the sofa. This set was released by them as .sim3packs but I used the extractor tool to convert them to .package files simply because that is the format I prefer.

Since I don't make objects, I honestly don't know what to do about this. Would it be best to delete the .package files and install the released .sim3packs, or, if installed that way would they still be consdered to conflict and best be deleted? This is one of my favorite sets but I prefer not to risk the well being of my game for any custom content. Obviously, I have used the .package files in game with no seeming ill effects but perhaps I've just been lucky.

I decided to ask here in case there may be times that conflicts can be ignored based on the tool used to make them. My guess is they were made with TSRW tool, whereas most package files start with s3oc. Input/advice would be appreciated!
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#149 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 7:17 PM
jonha: Oops, didn't catch that one.

dolldrms1: Due to the way the conflict detection works, if the package files share the same assets (like the OBJD, OBJK, etc) then it will be marked as a conflict. However, when these are installed as a Sims3Pack it will use only 1 of them (ie the resulting dbc only has 1 copy of those chunks). As a package, though, the game will just read whichever is first (or last, I forget which), and use that version.

It's usually not a problem when this happens with objects, depending on what the object does. If it's purely a normal object, then I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#150 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 7:20 PM
Changelog for v1.0.3669.36463:
* Fixed Filter... button not moving when form is resized
* Fixed bug with Filter... button not hiding when CC list is updated
* Added click on legend colours automatically filters to that type

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
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