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Window Fixes for Shrunk Lots

by Nysha Posted 24th Feb 2017 at 2:56 AM - Updated 25th Feb 2017 at 4:45 PM by Nysha
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This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

If you are extremely fond of using LotAdjuster to make terraces and tiny lots, like I am, then this four-panel horror story will probably send shivers down your spine:

Yup - we all know that when you shrink lots, your windows sometimes get pushed back from the lot edge. But if you're unlucky, when you put them back in the right place, you'll only be able to put them in backwards - with the outside of the window facing in. For a lot of windows, it makes no difference... but for some, it makes a lot of difference.

The reason for this issue is simple - the lead tile for the window has to be on the grid, or on terrain. Since there is no grid on the outermost row of the lot, except at ground level, you can't put the lead tile there. And if the lead tile is on the same side as your fancy outward fascia, you're stuffed.

But luckily, that means the solution is very simple - just flip the mesh around, and you can place it correctly. So that's what I've done.

I've cloned the affected windows and used CRES translations to flip the meshes. The flipped windows will show up as separate objects in the Build catalogue, next to and with the same price as the original EA windows. The clones all reference the original EA meshes and textures, so if you have any retextures, overrides, mesh fixes etc. for the original windows, they should affect the flipped versions too. The only difference between the originals and these windows is the direction they face.

I've fixed the following windows:
"Empeerical" Art Window (basegame)
The Looky-Nook (OfB)
Classical Curves (AL)
Perfect Pediment (AL)
Round Glass Window (M&G)
Bay View v.2 (M&G)
Bay View v.4 (M&G)
Decoratif Bay (M&G)
All flipped windows require the EP that the original window came with
The other EA windows either are symmetrical, or already have the lead tile on the inside.

I decided to make these as clones, instead of default replacements, because making default replacements would have flipped around all the windows in your existing lots, which would be pretty inconvenient. This does mean, however, that if you share a lot which uses flipped windows, your downloaders will need to install whichever flipped windows you used. Feel free to include them in your download.

I've added a collection only set of files. These will not show up in the build catalog, only in the collection. You can also download collection files for the regular window files, so the windows will be available in the build catalog and in the collection. The collection is available on residential and community lots. It has this icon:

Additional Credits:
Numenor's extremely helpful info about the CRES, and Quaxi for understanding quarternions so I don't have to.

Download files

Filename Size Downloads Date
Flipped Windows - Full Set - Collection Only.7z | Full set of windows which *only* show up in collections, not in the build catalogue. Collection files are included.

Size: 17.0 KB · Downloads: 419 · 25th Feb 2017
17.0 KB 419 25th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - Collection Files.7z | Collection files for the windows (Residential and Community)

Size: 4.0 KB · Downloads: 308 · 25th Feb 2017
4.0 KB 308 25th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - M&G.7z | M&G Second Empire and Decoratif windows

Size: 7.8 KB · Downloads: 281 · 24th Feb 2017
7.8 KB 281 24th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - AL.7z | AL Perfect Pediment and Classical Curves windows

Size: 4.1 KB · Downloads: 291 · 24th Feb 2017
4.1 KB 291 24th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - OfB.7z | OfB Looky-Nook only

Size: 3.7 KB · Downloads: 283 · 24th Feb 2017
3.7 KB 283 24th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - BG.7z | Basegame "Empeerical" window only

Size: 3.6 KB · Downloads: 294 · 24th Feb 2017
3.6 KB 294 24th Feb 2017
Flipped Windows - Full Set.7z | Flipped windows for all EPs

Size: 13.1 KB · Downloads: 695 · 24th Feb 2017
13.1 KB 695 24th Feb 2017

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Tags: #window, #fix, #rotation, #flipped, #mirrored, #perfect pediment, #classical curves, #decoratif, #bay view, #looky-nook, #empeerical