Network Addon Mod Version 32.0 for Windows (January 14, 2014) and Version 32.1 for Mac (July 28, 2014)
NAM 32.0 is a full package, which improves upon the earlier NAM 31.2
release and NAM 32 Pre-Release. Note that the NAM requires a retail
copy (disc or digital) of SimCity 4 Deluxe to run. NAM 32.1 is identical to NAM 32.0, except that is designed for use on Mac OS X.
Features in NAM 32.0 (Windows):
NAM Elevated Viaducts for Roads, One-Way Roads, and Avenues are now
available in a draggable form, at both Level 1 (7.5 meter) and Level 2
(15 meter) heights, complete with FLEX Height and On-Slope transitions.
Overpass situations involving one or more diagonal networks are not yet
supported, and will not be available until a future NAM release after
Elevated Rail-over-Avenue and Elevated
Rail-over-NWM Road-4 dual-networking support has been added, complete
with a new station supporting both networks.
The initial phases of the RealRailway (RRW) system have been added. This feature must be selected as part of a custom install.
RealHighway (RHW) system has been expanded to include the QuickChange
interchange system, which blends the RHW's modularity with the ease of
Maxis Highway construction techniques for certain situations, which will
be expanded in future NAM releases. Additionally, several new types of
FLEXRamps are available--please read the instructions in the
description text. FLEX Transitions have also been given stability
improvements for certain situations.
Coupled with the RHW system, the NAM now offers Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) functionality, including stations.
station functionality has been further improved, including the
beginning of the implementation of the SLURP, which will gradually raise
all transit stations to NAM standards.
The NAM Controller
Compiler has been included with the installer, with which it now
communicates, ensuring that only the installed features are incorporated
into the NAM Controller, reducing file size and load times.
50 bugs reported since the start of the NAM 32 Pre-Release have also
been squished, including some that had been present since earlier
versions of the NAM. It is highly recommended that users update to the
latest NAM in order to enjoy a more stable experience.
Installing over previous versions: NAM 32 may be installed directly over top of any previous NAM releases. It is a full release, not a patch or a hotfix. All
updates are planned to be in full package form, and there are no plans
to issue patches or hotfixes in the future. Please also note that the
NAM Team only provides
technical support for the most recent version,
which, as of this document, is NAM 32. We cannot assist users of the
NAM 32 Pre-Release, NAM 31.x-series release, or earlier.
Features in NAM 32.1 (Mac OS X):
The changes included in NAM 32.1 are specific to ensuring compatibility
with the 2014 Aspyr re-release of the Mac OS X port of SimCity 4 Deluxe,
on the Mac App Store and Steam:
encoding has been fixed, effectively solving the crash-to-desktop (CTD)
issues that have existed on the Mac port since Apple's removal of
Rosetta in OS X Lion (10.7).
Adds transit network paths that were missing in the Aspyr release.
Includes an installer for the first time.
NAM 32.1 is a Mac-only
release, and all the changes to the package are aimed at ensuring
compatibility with the Aspyr port. No other features have been added,
making a NAM 32.1 release unnecessary for Windows.
In order to
open the NAM for Mac installer, you will need to acquire a file
decompression tool capable of handling 7-zip (.7z) files, such as Keka or The UnArchiver.
We have used 7-zip because of its use of LZMA compression, allowing the
file to be hundreds of megabytes smaller. The package contains a "READ
FIRST" .txt file that will further instruct you as to installation.
A few other items of note:
the installer package is basically the Windows installer running in a
Wineskin wrapper, it is unable to detect Java, and by default, cannot
run the Controller Compiler. You will encounter a pop-up dialog box
informing you of this while the files are installing. The installer is
designed to install the full NAM Controller as a failsafe. Testing
results have shown that the full controller has much less of a
performance impact on the Aspyr port than on the Windows version, but if
you would like to run the compiler, it is possible to do so manually.
The "READ FIRST" document details this information.
re-release is known to have a quirk in which the number of files (not
their size) contained in the Plugins folder can cause crashes to
desktop. This issue is inexplicably triggered with a much lower number
of files if the user is running the game while not connected to the
internet. To avoid these crashes, we recommend that the user use a tool
like the cross-platform JDatPacker in order to combine the NAM files. Further instructions are included in the "READ FIRST" document.
The NAM Team would like to extend its sincere thanks to all the members
of the community who helped test the NAM 32 Pre-Release, offering
feedback and helping us locate and solve bugs. For the NAM 32.1 release for Mac OS X, special thanks go out to memo from the NAM Team for spearheading this compatibility effort, and to Jonathan, Sabretooth78, and TEG24601 for testing and feedback. The team would like to thank the Mac userbase for their patience, and we hope you enjoy this new package.
As usual, please read the included readme file first,
otherwise, things might go wrong. It is highly advised to uninstall your
current NAM version, since lots of things have changed. For this, you
can either use the uninstall feature, or the included BSC Cleanitol file.
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