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Picked upload! S4 CAS Tools - updated to V3.5 on 1/19/2021

by CmarNYC Posted 28th Aug 2016 at 9:53 PM - Updated 19th Jan 2021 at 5:15 PM by CmarNYC : New version upload
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This is a full-purpose tool for creating CAS custom content for TS4. It's specifically meant to work with Milkshape 3D and to get around the limitations of using MS3D for Sims 4 meshes, but many of the functions can be done with OBJ or DAE files which can be used by almost any meshing program.

Here's a summary of the functions:

Cloning Tool - clone from game packages or custom packages

Clone Package Editor - working with custom content packages
  • General CAS part properties - properties applied to all recolors
  • Recolor Manager - properties for each recolor
  • Previewer
  • Mesh Manager - export and import meshes
  • Mesh Fixing Tools - fixes / changes applied to all meshes
  • Mesh Region Manager - view / modify regions
  • Thumbnail Manager - set up custom thumbnails
Mesh Tools - working with meshes
  • Auto Tool: Conversion/Auto Assignments - auto-assign bones, uv1, etc. from a reference mesh
  • Conversions: TS4/other - converts TS meshes to and from other formats
  • Separate Mesh Layers - creates an MS3D or OBJ mesh with layers separated into groups, mostly useful for alpha transparency hair
  • GEOM Tools:
    • Examine Mesh - see data in mesh
    • View Mesh
    • Combine GEOM meshes - combine two TS4 meshes
    • Clean Mesh - remove duplicate vertices
  • MS3D Tools - tools for Milkshape meshes
    • Examine MS3D
  • RIG Tools - look at skeleton data

In addition, if you click the Tools menu and Enable Special Tools, you'll see an additional Special Tools tab with various functions I've found useful for searching game packages.

Tutorial: Converting a TS3 dress to TS4
Tutorial: Converting a TS3 hair to TS4, with alpha transparency

This tool is in a perpetual state of beta, so check back for updates, fixes, new features, and so on.

As of V3.4, CAS Tools supports Legacy Edition compatibility. In the cloned package editor tab, general CAS part properties tab, there's now a checkbox for Legacy compatibility. What this does is save the package with the previous version of the CASP format. The only difference is that Legacy compatible packages cannot be set up to be created/knitted in-game. By default, any package that does not include create-in-game settings will be saved as Legacy compatible. You can also convert a package that doesn't show up in Legacy Edition to be compatible by opening and saving it with CAS Tools.

Questions, bug reports, problems, and suggestions for the tool itself should be posted here. Questions and problems concerning a specific project should be posted in the TS4 Create / CAS Parts forum.

If you're having problems, please upload the package, mesh, texture, etc you're working with and explain exactly what you did step by step. 'I tried to import something and it didn't work' doesn't help me to help you.

Additional Credits:
s4pe/s4pi is used by CAS Tools for package and image handling. s4pi/s4pe and CAS Tools are open source.

s4pe download: https://github.com/s4ptacle/Sims4Tools/releases

Latest working s4pi source: https://github.com/s4ptacle/Sims4Tools/tree/develop

Updates:

1/19/2021: V3.5
Updated with full support for the LRLE texture format. Import PNG or DDS as usual and check the 'Save as LRLE' box to convert and save it as LRLE. Only diffuse/material textures can be saved as LRLE.
Added support for makeup sliders.
Notes:
  • PNG or uncompressed DDS with or without mipmaps can be imported and converted to LRLE.
  • PNG or compressed DDS with mipmaps should still be used for non-LRLE (RLE2) textures.
  • Sliders only work with makeup at this time.
  • While you can import textures as LRLE for any type of item, they may be significantly bigger than RLE2 textures and may not render well on clothing.
  • Use of LRLE for items other than makeup is experimental.

12/8/2020: V3.4.2
This is an interim update for the new CASP version introduced in the 12/7 patch. There's a chunk of new data in the new version, and I'll try to figure out what it does and update again. Note: Cloning one of the new child facepaints will NOT work.
Updated property tags.

9/2/2020: V3.4.1
Bugfix - cloned CC packages should no longer contain extra copies of bumpmaps and emission maps.

8/26/2020: V3.4
Added ability to edit new knitting/create-in-game settings.
Added Legacy Edition support. Please see the section above on Legacy compatibility for details.
Updated property tags.

7/24/20: V3.3
Added a workaround for makeup/eyecolors/eyebrows affected by the Eco Lifestyle patch. Some items may still not have an accessible texture.
Added support for new version of the CASP resource.
DAE meshes should now save much faster.
Updated property tags.

3/9/20: V3.2.1
Fixed incorrect list of flags to disable CAS Parts for Mermaids and Witches/Spellcasters.

12/17/19: V3.2
Added ability to export and import meshes in Collada DAE format which can be imported to/exported from Blender. DAE meshes can be imported directly into a package just like TS4 geoms. Please be aware DAE takes a LONG time to save. DAE is not yet supported in the separate layers function.
Will now optionally copy thumbnails when cloning a custom package.
Update of property tags to support Witches.

7/24/19: V3.0.0.1
Bugfix for program not starting on systems using some languages.
Added manual override of vertex ID in auto-conversion.

7/17/19: V3.0.0.0
Update to support mermaid tails.
Auto-assignment enhanced to support skirts with built-in reference meshes.
Mesh fixers tab redone to make it easier to fix all meshes in a package.
Corrections to rigs exported with MS3D meshes.
Import/export of TS3 meshes is removed, to be replaced with Collada .dae in a future release.
Update of property tags.
This is an interim release! There are a lot of changes under the hood which means there are probably bugs I haven't caught, and I'm hoping to get Collada support working soon, hopefully allowing users to work with meshes in Blender and more easily import from-scratch meshes.

12/21/18: V2.9.0.0
Easier import/export from/to .PNG
Updated CASP property tags and packs list for Get Famous and patches.
Minor and cosmetic changes.

6/26/18: V2.8.0.0
Added ability to import/export textures from/to .PNG
Fixed bug causing an unrecognized property tag to prevent saving changes to a CASP.
Fixed incorrect values of Exclude Modifiers option in CASP general properties.
Updated list of CASP property tags for Seasons patch.
Minor and cosmetic changes.

11/14/17: V2.7.2.0
Added a fix for transparency (SimGlass) hair which may look either very darkened or have a hard, bright shine. (Note for creators - this is caused by linking a bumpmap that doesn't exist or not linking a bumpmap in the shader at all respectively. I guess the new version rendering is less forgiving.) This fix is also in the Clone Package Editor / Mesh Properties and Fixers tab. It does the same thing as blanking the bumpmap but is done in one click. Should only be used on hairs with these problems. I've heard there may be problems with color in other hairs but without a sample package and a picture of what the hair is supposed to look like I can't test.
Fixed the vertex color correction in the same tab to maybe actually work. Updated vertex color standards.

11/13/17: V2.7.1.0
Fixed bug in Autoconversion Tool that was making mesh faces separate in some morphs
Fixed bug causing current version reference meshes in autoconversion to be incorrectly rejected as not TS4
Added a fix for distortion of dress and skirt meshes in morphs, most visible in the fat morph. (Note for CC creators, the maximum red value for vertex color seems to now be 63. According to my tests values over that are causing distortion.) This fix, along with the arm position fix, is in the Clone Package Editor / Mesh Properties and Fixers tab.

11/10/17: V2.7.0.1
Fixed failure to read textures from Cats & Dogs (and probably other packs).

11/10/17: V2.7.0.0
Updated for the new version of the GEOM (mesh) resource in the 11/8/17 patch.
Will fix arm positioning in CC that now has the arms too close to or inside the body. Open the package in CAS Tools and save as a new, fixed package.
Arm position fix updated.
Additional option in mesh autoconversion to improve results with Milkshape head meshes by retaining the original vertex numbering.
Additional option in mesh autoconversion to force manually entered UV1 coordinates.
Tag list updated.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an interim release to deal with the November patch, but I haven't tested everything. Please report problems. When reporting a problem please be as detailed as possible and if relevant upload the package, mesh, image, etc you're getting an error with. This version is a fix only and should not be used for making cat and dog CAS Parts.
I'm going to see if I can do a small standalone tool to batch convert CC clothing to fix the arms.

1/14/17: V2.4.0.0
Updated for the new version of the CASP resource in the 1/12/17 patch.
Support for toddlers added.
Support for new occult body part types added.
All meshes converted to ms3d should now have the correct skeleton.
Tag list updated.

12/3/16: V2.3.0.0
Updated for the new version of the CASP resource in the 12/1/16 patch. EA hates me.

9/25/16: V2.2.0.0
Fixed bug causing hex value error when auto-converting TS3 meshes with no reference mesh.
Fixed bug causing auto-conversion of .ms3d meshes with no skeleton to error out.
Exported DDS textures will now retain mipmaps.
Ability to view body morphs added to the CAS previewer.
Tags: #CAS, #Tools, #TS4, #custom, #content, #meshing

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors Meshing Tools
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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
XmodsDataLibSource_1-19-2021.zip | Source files, not needed to use the tool

Size: 193.5 KB · Downloads: 367 · 19th Jan 2021
193.5 KB 367 19th Jan 2021
CASToolsSourceV3.5.0.0.zip | Source files, not needed to use the tool

Size: 13.33 MB · Downloads: 385 · 19th Jan 2021
13.33 MB 385 19th Jan 2021
S4CASTools_3_5_0_0.zip | Extract folder and run S4CASTools.exe

Size: 11.42 MB · Downloads: 1,938 · 19th Jan 2021
11.42 MB 1,938 19th Jan 2021
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 download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use 7zip (recommended), WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (OS X) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s). OS X also has a built-in utility for that (just rightclick).

3. Unzip the download, extract the program folder, and run S4CASTools.exe

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Ms. Byte
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#2 Old 28th Aug 2016 at 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gigihuxtable
Mac or PC


Windows only, sorry.

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Ms. Byte
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#3 Old 29th Aug 2016 at 6:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Esmeralda
Great to see it finally officially uploaded! Thanks for all your work on this wonderful tool.


Thanks! Now I can get back to other stuff like the object tutorials list - after a day of rest. (I haven't forgotten...)

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Test Subject
#4 Old 30th Aug 2016 at 2:02 AM
i can't get it to work? it says im missing something help ??
Test Subject
#5 Old 30th Aug 2016 at 2:55 AM
Hello! After using the option to separate mesh into layers and importing the m3d file with the autotool, I get the following error both with and without 'clean mesh' selected. I suspect that it has something to do with the m3d file containing 100+ groups.

Code:
************** Exception Text ************** System.IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array. at Xmods.DataLib.GEOM.FixUnusedBones() at Xmods.DataLib.GEOM.GEOMsFromMS3D(MS3D ms3d, GEOM refMesh, ProgressBar progressBar) at XMODS.Form1.AutoGo_button_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


I've also attached the file in case you wanted to look at it to recreate the error I'm receiving.

I wanted to add that I'm so thankful you took the time to work on and post this tool! You can't hear that enough.
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File Type: zip Conversion.zip (560.2 KB, 21 downloads)
Ms. Byte
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#6 Old 30th Aug 2016 at 6:14 AM
It's getting that error with the first layer, so it's not the number of layers. The error is because something's going wrong with the bone assignment, possibly because the ms3d has no skeleton, although that really shouldn't cause this. I'll have to look into it in more detail and find the problem. And the missing skeleton in ms3d is strange because CAS Tools creates ms3d files with the full TS4 skeleton - did you do anything unusual with that mesh?

Anyway, I exported the mesh as OBJ and put that in the auto-convert to TS4 and that worked fine. I was able to import it into a package and preview it but didn't try it in-game. Be warned, it took a loooooooooooong ass time to convert - at least half an hour, and I have a pretty fast computer. Made me glad I put in that progress bar!

While writing this I got curious and just now tried adding the skeleton to the ms3d mesh and the conversion ran fine on that, and only took a few seconds compared to 1/2 hour for OBJ. So that was the problem although I have to figure out why it's having that effect since it shouldn't be using the ms3d bones. In case you don't know - you can add the skeleton data by opening an ms3d mesh that has the skeleton, delete the group(s), then do File / Merge to add your mesh. I attached the skeletonized ms3d to save you the trouble.

And thanks! Yeah, it's very nice to see kind remarks like yours.
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File Type: zip ConversionBones.zip (563.0 KB, 30 downloads)

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Ms. Byte
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#7 Old 30th Aug 2016 at 4:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by matomibotaki
Thank you so much CmarNYC for this tool! Is it possible to to clone and work on objects for sims 4 too. I have problems with my sims 3 meshes to convert them in sims 4 objects. Hope this tool can help me to do it!


Sorry, but this tool doesn't work with objects and I don't know enough about making objects to know what would be involved.

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Ms. Byte
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#8 Old 30th Aug 2016 at 7:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Dorsal Axe
Is there a way to load custom category tags? I've got something in mind to fix the mismatched uniforms issue, but it requires the use of new tags.


There's no mechanism for custom tags. I'd like to know how you created them and how you get the game to use them to make any decision about doing something in the tool to load them.

But you can do it manually if you're comfortable with XML. If you just want to see and be able to apply your own custom tags, edit the .xml file that comes with CAS Tools. You'd have to add your category (if it's a new category) and the tags in XML format with unique numbers.

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#9 Old 2nd Sep 2016 at 3:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BringMeTheHorizxn
i can't get it to work? it says im missing something help ??


Sorry, missed this. What is the exact error message?

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#10 Old 3rd Sep 2016 at 6:21 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by L Lawliet's Minion
Can this work with converting Sims 2 meshes to Sims 4? Or is it just from Sims 3? Great tool anyway!


This will work with any mesh that's in or can be converted to .ms3d or .obj.

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