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CAS Clutter Begone: Hiders for Duplicate Hat Hairs (Plus Extras) (UPDATED 29/05 - Gen & Pets Hiders Added)

by Nysha Posted 16th Jun 2010 at 10:11 PM - Updated 27th Mar 2013 at 8:17 PM by whiterider
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Update 29/05/2012: Hiders added for Pets and Gen, though I'm not totally sure what the points is, since Pets only added four hat hairs . No hiders for Showtime, as I don't have that EP.

EA have, over the course of two EPs, provided our sims with quite an impressive range of hats and fancy hairdos. Great! EA have also given each hat hair three designs, so that we have to scroll past rows of identical pigtails, with *gasp* different colour scrunchies, to get anywhere. Not great!

This mod will remove duplicate designs, leaving you with just one design per hair - for adult females, this reduces the hat hair section from 17 pages (141 items) to just 9 pages (63 items). For toddlers and boys, the result is one page of hat hairs.

How does it work?
  • Install as you would any other mod - this goes straight into Mods/Packages.
  • For each hat hair, two designs will be removed, leaving just one showing CAS.
  • Custom hair will not be affected.
  • Sims currently using any of the hidden styles will not be affected.
  • The files are separate - if you want to hide hat hairs for basegame and Ambitions, for example, you need the basegame file and the Ambitions file! Do not install a hiders file for an EP you don't have installed! Doing so will result in brokenness!
  • To uninstall, just delete the package file(s) - everything will return to normal.
  • These may conflict with some default replacement hat hairs (i.e. texture replacements)! Unfortunately, there's no way around this, other than to either make the default replacements slightly differently or to not use the hider for that hair. If there is a conflict, nothing terrible will happen - the hair replacement just won't show up.

You'll notice that in addition to the regular hider files, there's a file attached to this upload called "Extra Hiders". This is a small collection of individual hiders for silly things that aren't hat hairs. It contains:

ChildFormalWellyHider - This removes the wellington boots for kids from the formal section. Seriously, EA? It is basegame compatible.

AdultFormalWellyHider - This does the same as above, for adults. It requires World Adventures.

ChildFormalHikingBootsHider - This removes the hiking boots for kids from the formal section. It requires World Adventures.

AmbitionsShaggieBobHiderForMen - This hides the Shaggie[sic] Bob hairstyle that was added in Ambitions - if you're not sure which one that is, see this picture. The hair will only be hidden for adult males, since it is sort of appropriate for ladies, and hiding the child male version would mean hiding the child female version too. The hair will not show up in CAS, but can still be selected randomly, and will still work on sims who are already using it. This requires Ambitions.

Feel free to pick apart this mod to figure out how to make your own hiders. Hell, feel free to PM me and ask. Please don't upload this anywhere, and don't claim it as your own work - I know dangerous people all over the world, and somehow they all owe me a favour.

Additional Credits:
Delphy and jonha, for CTU; Inge and peter Jones, for s3pe; and fanseelamb, for causing me to spend so much time looking at hairs that I just couldn't stand the bloat any more, damnit!

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
Hat Hiders - Pets.rar | Hat hiders for Pets

Size: 9.0 KB · Downloads: 1,755 · 29th May 2012
9.0 KB 1,755 29th May 2012
Hat Hiders - Generations.rar | Hat hiders for Generations

Size: 14.2 KB · Downloads: 1,891 · 29th May 2012
14.2 KB 1,891 29th May 2012
Hat Hiders - Late Night.rar | Hat hiders for Late Night

Size: 7.8 KB · Downloads: 2,766 · 3rd Dec 2010
7.8 KB 2,766 3rd Dec 2010
Hat Hiders - All EPs.rar | Hat hiders for basegame, WA, Amb, LN, Gen and Pets - Only install this if you have all listed EPs!

Size: 123.9 KB · Downloads: 8,377 · 3rd Dec 2010
123.9 KB 8,377 3rd Dec 2010
Extra Hiders.rar | Extra small hiders

Size: 9.2 KB · Downloads: 5,071 · 16th Jun 2010
9.2 KB 5,071 16th Jun 2010
Hat Hiders - World Adventures.rar | Duplicate hat hiders for World Adventures

Size: 22.3 KB · Downloads: 5,263 · 16th Jun 2010
22.3 KB 5,263 16th Jun 2010
Hat Hiders - Ambitions.rar | Duplicate hat hiders for Ambitions

Size: 15.7 KB · Downloads: 6,501 · 16th Jun 2010
15.7 KB 6,501 16th Jun 2010
Hat Hiders - Basegame.rar | Duplicate hat hiders for the basegame

Size: 31.6 KB · Downloads: 8,222 · 16th Jun 2010
31.6 KB 8,222 16th Jun 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Zombie Socks
#2 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 10:25 PM
Wow! Amazing! Thank you so much!

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#4 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 10:57 PM
Very useful, thanks!
#5 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 11:13 PM
This is a great idea! I didn't know hiders were possible in TS3, do you mind sharing how you did it?
Née whiterider
retired moderator
Original Poster
#6 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 11:17 PM
For these it's very simple - just a default replacement CASP resource for each, with two designs deleted. For full hiders (i.e. the wellies), again, just a default replacement CASP with the appropriate category/gender/whatever boxes removed - although that's not strictly a hider, as it renders the item unusable rather than invisible.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 11:25 PM
THANK YOU, what a simple but fantastic idea!
Forum Resident
#8 Old 16th Jun 2010 at 11:48 PM
Thank you so much. CAS really needed a good clean up.

Life is moving too fast, I don't have the energy to keep up.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:03 AM
Thank you! Its been taking CAS forever to load with all of the premade recolors.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:21 AM
Thank you so much! Please make more of these hiders. They made the game run like butter for Sims 2.
Field Researcher
#11 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:23 AM
On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this as a 10! I can't begin to tell you how much all those useless duplicates bugged me!

Big big thanks
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 1:14 AM
This is wonderful!!! Does this just work for hairs or can it work for the accessories page as well so we don't have to scroll through rows of glasses and stockings/socks.
#13 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 1:28 AM
Thank you so much for this new treasure.Hm....After a year Sims 3 is really bringing the brains of our beloved mad scientists to the boil !
Eminence Grise
#14 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 2:34 AM
Loooooovely Whiterider Thanks!
Field Researcher
#15 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 4:01 AM
I love this i wish there could be hiders for sims in cas i mean you can select to have only custom sims show but i hate having to keep doing it because i never use the ea created sims anyway but this is great i was surprised at the ridiculous amount of hats that came with ambitions this will really help
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 5:03 AM
I like this. I'd love it if it would hide all the hat hairs and female ea hairs. I agree with an accessories one too. I hate eye glasses almost as much as I hate ea hair. I wish they would have given us the option to hide whatever we wanted instead of just houses.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 6:30 AM
Great idea, very useful and a fantastic job. Thank you very much.
#18 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 11:05 AM
I could not beleive the sloppiness when I first booted up TS3: once again they failed to hide the duplicate hairs, a throwback to the shambolic TS2 days of 0 playtesting.
Thank you for restoring common sense.

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Field Researcher
#19 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:17 PM
Thank you so much! So very useful. I could not believe the amount of cluttery hair in hat section.

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Test Subject
#20 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:36 PM
Wow, I have been waiting for these! Thank you so much! :3
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:50 PM
Thanks for the great hiders. I had a go myself and it was an utter failure ;_;

Would you mind writing up a quick process of what needs to be done in CTU?
17th Jun 2010 at 1:11 PM
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Née whiterider
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Original Poster
#22 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 1:21 PM
To those people asking about hiders for accessories: Unfortunately, it's not possible to have this type of hider for accessories. Hairs are laid out one box per design, whereas accessories (and clothes) always get one row per item - this is why clothes and accessories scroll horizontally while hairs never do. You could hide all but one design for accessories, but then you'd just end up with one design per row, aka the exact same amount of scrolling. If you wanted to completely hide an item from CAS altogether, you could do that too - but then it couldn't be used randomly or by townies either. I won't be making anything like that, because I like my townies to have as much variety as possible, and I can never motivate myself to mod something I wouldn't use in my own game.

I don't know how the sim bin works, unfortunately... it might be possible to hide EA sims, but 'I've really no idea how.

Oddysee, I have a tutorial on making default replacements here: Tutorial:Creating Default Replacements with CTUwiki. Once you've made the default replacement file, just delete designs, change categories and so on in CTU like you normally would.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 5:46 PM
Thank You! I never use the hats and can not understand why EA put so many in, I would have like to see more long hair styles rather than a bunch of useless hats!
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 6:47 PM
Originally Posted by whiterider
I don't know how the sim bin works, unfortunately... it might be possible to hide EA sims, but 'I've really no idea how.

I think awesome mod does this so only the sims you've created or downloaded show up in the bin.

Also, thanks so much. Loading time will be much quicker now.

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Test Subject
#25 Old 18th Jun 2010 at 12:27 AM
Thank you so much ! Do you think you could do one for clothes?
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