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Tuning Description Browser for macOS

by Lebbion Posted 2nd Nov 2020 at 12:08 PM - Updated 2nd Nov 2020 at 12:19 PM by Lebbion : added the link to technical discussions forum
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This is not a mod, but a tool for modders to hopefully make their life a little bit easier and their day a little bit brighter

Inspired by the legendary scumbumbo's Tuning Description Browser , I've made a version of it for computers running macOS. While heavily inspired by it, it still has some differences in the user interface, to better match the rest of the system.

  1. Download the .zip attachment
  2. Unzip it
  3. (Optional) Drop the app into your "Applications" folder

Quickstart Guide:
  1. Go to the official Sims 4 forum and open the "Mods & CC Technical Discussions" category in the "Sims 4 Modding & Custom Content" subforum.
  2. Find the TDESCS topic for the version of the game you're developing tunings for (usually you want the latest available) and download the attached archive. DO NOT RENAME OR UNZIP IT!
  3. Open the TDESC Browser app and select "Register new TDESC archive..." from the dropdown menu, then press the "Select" button. In the dialog that appears, select the .zip archive you've downloaded during the previous step.
  4. The dropdown menu now includes the new version of the archive that you just registered. Choose it and press "Select" again.

The setup is complete! You can now browse the list of available tunings in the sidebar, select it to view the tree of tunables and click on the tunables themselves to see their description (as provided by EA) and other properties (like names of Python classes the tunings are linked to).

You only have to setup the TDESC archive once for every new game version, the files are then safely stored within the app, you can remove the downloaded archive from your Downloads folder safely.

With time I plan to add even more cool features to the app, but I think it can already be quite useful to all of the Sims 4 modders out there. In these early stages your feedback and Patreon support are invaluable, so if you have any questions or suggestions, don't be shy, I'd be happy to chat with you!

Additional Credits:
Heavily inspired by scumbumbo's work

Operating System: Mac OS X
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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 4
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
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Test Subject
#2 Old 2nd Nov 2020 at 8:41 PM
You are the absolute best! Thank you so much for making this!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#3 Old 3rd Nov 2020 at 3:54 AM
Thank you Ann, this is amazing to hear, glad you find it useful! If you have any improvement suggestions, I'm all ears
Field Researcher
#4 Old 3rd Nov 2020 at 9:58 AM
ur avatar picture is so lovely.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#5 Old 3rd Nov 2020 at 10:30 AM
Haha, thank you Joon-ho :P
Test Subject
#6 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 8:54 AM
I was looking for something like this, but it only works with MacOS 10.15 and above. I'm still using 10.14.6.