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No (or fewer) automatic memories (with custom tool to make your own mod) Edited 01/16/2014

by velocitygrass Posted 19th Jun 2011 at 5:16 PM - Updated 19th Aug 2014 at 6:43 PM by velocitygrass : added note about patch 1.66
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Update 08/19/2014: patch 1.67 did not modify the resource in question, so the 1.63 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 01/16/2014: patch 1.66 does not modify the resource in question, so the 1.63 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 10/19/2013: I updated pre-made packages for patch 1.63. The tool still works for the patch. As always with a patch that changes the resource, remember to update the custom package you've created to fit with the new patch version 1.63.
Update 09/04/2013: patch 1.57 does not modify the resource in question, so the 1.55 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 08/12/2013: added "Complete Skill Achievement for $skill" to important memories package

A wedding is a pretty memorable thing. So is having a baby. But catching a great fish? Going shopping? Visiting the park - again?!

This mod stops the memory scrapbook from filling up with useless memories that then have to be manually deleted to make place for custom memories or to keep savefiles small. It can also be useful to prevent the memory popup from ruining screenshots of the important moments in your sim's life.

Usage: Copy the package (downloaded or self-created with the tool) into your mod folder. Only use one package at a time!

Make sure the version of the mod fits the patch level. Running The Sims 3 with an outdated version of this mod can cause errors with wishes (lifetime and normal) and GUI issues with the main tabs.

Note: This mod modifies DreamsAndPromisesNodes (TGI: 0x0333406C-0x00000000-0x9A976C90ECC75C81) and will conflict with all other mods that do so. This mods sets the IsLifeEvent tags of individual dream nodes to nothing, so that the game doesn't consider them memories any more.

Obviously, what is worth remembering is a highly subjective thing. Some people might want all social related memories, but none for the skills, others might want it the other way round. In order to accommodate this need, I created a little tool that allows you to uncheck the memories you don't want to be created automatically and save your own custom made memory mod package from the selection you made in the tool.

Here's a screenshot of the tool:

Requirements: The tool requires .NET Framework 3.5 to run (the latest should work as well). It works for Windows and might work on other platforms with Mono, however I can't provide assistance for that.

a) Unzip the tool
b) Start TS3_Memory_Modder.exe: The application it will attempt to read the Sims 3 installation directory from the registry and if it doesn't find it, it will prompt you for it.
c) Uncheck the memories you don't want (if you only want few memories, it will be helpful to first uncheck all and then check the ones you want). Don't worry about the checkboxes for the header items; they are ignored.
d) Click save and enter the path where you want to save your mod package (e.g. in your mod folder)
e) Wait for a message to pop up that confirms your file was saved (this should only take a few seconds)
f) Close the tool and test the package in game

Additional option: You can load an existing package file that will restore which memories were checked and unchecked from the package.
Note for xml modders: Please be aware that this will only be read to uncheck memories. I.e. if you made other changes in the package (like changing memory icons or whether a memory is neutral or happy or bad) they will not be in the newly saved package! (If you only created memory mod packages with this tool and didn't modify them, this is not a concern for you and you can safely load a package, make changes, and save it again.)

For your information: If you'd like to provide different ready-made flavors of memory mods made with this tool, please do so. It was the reason for making it.

I've also attached two ready-made flavors:

1) No automatic memories. As the name suggests, no memories will be created automatically. If you want memories, you have to (and still can) create them manually.

2) Only important automatic memories. This package will allow automatic creation of a few selected important or memorable (and specifically rare) life events.

I do not plan on providing additional flavors myself. Please create them with the tool.

General note: Just because an event is set to allow triggering of a memory doesn't necessarily always do so. The specific dream node needs to be active in the game as well for the sim. E.g. "Sibling is born" did not cause a memory in my tests, even though it was activated. Some memories also have a tuning that makes them appear only once every few days. If you want to go into more detail with modding this, you'll need to manually edit the .xml file as with any other tuning mod.

Localized version:

The new version uses in-game strings for the memories and allows you to select from a list of game-supported languages.

The tool GUI itself and the categories are not automatically translated, but can be. In the package you'll find an unfinished example for a German translation file.

To switch to a different language simply select it in the drop-down box at the top and wait for the GUI to rebuild.

Note: Untranslated values are displayed in English. This goes for the GUI as well as missing translations (e.g. the Mexican Spanish translations don't seem to exist for the memories).

For Translators: Copy the file Strings_ENG_US_0x000f16b00ba8342f.txt into the same folder and name the copy the same as the string in the drop-down for your language. Change the string after the equal symbol to your translated string. (As an example see the first few strings in the German localization file.) You can test your translation immediately by restarting the tool (or simply switching to another language and back to yours). If you attach your translation in a comment, I can add it to the tool.

Additional Credits:
Many thanks to Peter Jones for the S3PI library, parts of which are included in the tool. (As per the S3PI license, this tool is also GPL 3.0 and the source code is attached.)
Localization of GUI and categories:
Thanks to Sims MX for the Spanish (ES and MX) and French localization.
Thanks to Crinrict for the German localization.
Thanks to hotroxy777 and Wojtek for the Polish localization.

Operating System:
      Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc
Utility Type:
      CC Editors: Tools for modifying .package files, sims*pack files, and resources contained within those files.
Plugin Type:
      Not Applicable: Standalone tools

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Package to only have important memories be automatically created. For patch 1.63/1.66/1.67.

Size: 193.9 KB · Downloads: 70,884 · 2nd Mar 2012
193.9 KB 70,884 2nd Mar 2012 | Package to turn off all automatic memories. For patch 1.63/1.66/1.67.

Size: 193.6 KB · Downloads: 34,782 · 2nd Mar 2012
193.6 KB 34,782 2nd Mar 2012
TS3_Memory_Modder_game_strings_sourcecode.7z | Source code for the tool. (Not needed for creating your own memory mod.)

Size: 20.7 KB · Downloads: 5,174 · 20th Jun 2011
20.7 KB 5,174 20th Jun 2011 | Tool to create your own custom memories mod.

Size: 112.3 KB · Downloads: 28,433 · 20th Jun 2011
112.3 KB 28,433 20th Jun 2011
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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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:33 PM
great mod and tool! my sim's scrapbook was already filled with around 20 useless memories after playing just for an hour. so i thought that the limit of 300 is going to be reached very quickly and manually deleting them seems like a pain in the butt...
a huge thank you!!!
#3 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:48 PM
Thanks so much! I really hated the automatic memories and just wanted to have custom memories. So, yay! You created my favorite flavor!
It's really awesome of you to also provide the tool.
Test Subject
#4 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:49 PM
This is amazing. Thank you times a billion. :')
Mad Poster
#5 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:53 PM
Does this mod prevent all the other inactive sims in the hood from receiving the placeholder memories (as I will call them) in their scrapbooks? Or is it my active sims only?

MedievalMods and Sims3mods: Dive Cave Reset Fix, Resort Revamp, Industrial Oven Revamp, Will O' Wisp fix, UI Sounds Disabled, No Cars, Gnome Family Planner, Townies Out on the Town, No Martial Arts Clothes, Fast Skilling, etc.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:54 PM
I didn't keep up with manually deleting them, as I have twenty-ish "small parks" that are Subway Stations around my world and the scrapbook filled up within a couple of hours of playing. That kind or ruined my creative plans of using the scrapbook as a, well, scrapbook.

This will help me loads! Thank you!
Test Subject
#7 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:55 PM
thankyou so so much! it was going to fry everyones computers, your a life saver!(':
Test Subject
#8 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 6:00 PM
Fantastic! Excellent! Marvelous! Stupendous! Phenomenal!

Many thanks...
Forum Resident
#9 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 6:15 PM
Thank you you saved our computer ram and made the game less laggy!!!!
Test Subject
19th Jun 2011 at 6:33 PM
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Test Subject
#10 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 6:33 PM
I absolutely love you.. and this mod

Test Subject
#11 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 6:34 PM
I love you!
Thanks so much~!
Forum Resident
#12 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 6:47 PM
Thank you for this, just one small thing you may like to add.

When using this tool, it complained about the path. I'm guessing you forgot to change it, but it will only create the package if the files for this tool are at C:\The Sims 3\gabi\1wip\only_important_memories

Severedsolo's Simcredible Mods ALL my mods, including ones that have not made it to MTS yet. LATEST ADDITION - SNEAKING OUT FIX FOR GENERATIONS

Please do not PM me asking for help. Use the Help section.
Test Subject
19th Jun 2011 at 6:59 PM
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Test Subject
#13 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:05 PM
This tool is amazing, however I am unable to save my own package due to an error:

"System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException: Could not find a part of the path 'C:\The Sims 3\gabi\1wip\only_important_memories\S3_0333406C_00000000_9A976C90ECC75C81_DreamsAndPromisesNodes%%+_XML.1_22.xml"
Original Poster
#14 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:06 PM
@Shimrod101: The mod sets the IsLifeEvent tag of the dream nodes to nothing, so the game doesn't think they're memories. This should be the case for all sims, however I haven't tested this on non-active sims. (I wasn't even aware that they also accumulate memories. That might explain the size of my savefiles.)

@severedsolo: Thanks so much for pointing this out! It's fixed now

@Jonni: Please download again. It's fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Test Subject
#15 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:07 PM
I'm having the same problem, Jonni, which sucks, because I REALLY love all the options this tool gives people!
Original Poster
#16 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:08 PM
Originally Posted by Lii
I'm having the same problem, Jonni, which sucks, because I REALLY love all the options this tool gives people!
Please download again. It should be fixed now. I'm very sorry this error slipped in.
Test Subject
#17 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:23 PM
Originally Posted by velocitygrass
Please download again. It should be fixed now. I'm very sorry this error slipped in.

It works! Thank you so much. :D
#18 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 7:30 PM
Thank you so much. This had aggravated me so much I had turned the memories completely off in the game.
Forum Resident
#19 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:27 PM

What a stupid feature. Really, remembering throwing up or being late to work? Dumbest thing ever, EA.
Test Subject
#20 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:38 PM
Thanks for fixing it! You've gone above and beyond giving the community such customization for those dreaded spamories!

Deserves to be featured.
Test Subject
#21 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:41 PM
Thanks so so so so so so so so much! :D
#22 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:47 PM
Thank you so much for this it was really needed, I don't like memories at all especially since they bloat up save file sizes anyway thanks again :-).
#23 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:59 PM
Thank you.

Any chance that the strings can be made translatable into other languages ?
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 9:03 PM
I've got a question... I'm wondering if there is a way to make memories only happen once? I don't mind if a small memory pops up, but it's annoying when it keeps happening.

I'm just curious if this is possible or if you can only have all repetitive memories or have none of them.
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