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Offline mgb204

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #260 on: March 04, 2019, 11:42:24 AM »
Every copy of SimCity 4 must have a SimCityLocale.DAT file as part of it's installation. Look in the root of the installation folder for a subfolder named after a language, typically just "English". You shouldn't need to move/copy any files, just make a note of the location, then tell iLives Reader where it is. Do this in the Options/Options menu.

If all else fails, get Windows to search for the file name for you.

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #261 on: September 25, 2019, 05:08:23 AM »
For anyone interested, posting update to ilive's reader.

Before downloading this please understand following & notes;
-This should be considered an Alpha/Beta release because;
-Lot of code has been adjusted to move towards Unicode, which is still incomplete, & build on vs2019 on Windows10, so many things may be broken.
-Consider use of this at your own risk & possible risk of file corruption/loss.
-Bugs/Issues will exist & items may be broken that I have no idea about.
-Right now main focus is on getting this stable. This version does not address/fix any bugs since last version & in fact may introduce new ones.

If you're happy being crash test dummy, then please continue;
-Make sure you back up any work.
-Currently there is no installer as it's been removed, just download & run application.
-You may need to install other MS items.
-Windows XP will no longer be supported.
-For now it will continue to be 32bit version.
-For reference this was compiled with visual studio 2019, toolset v142, Windows SDK 10.0.17134.0.

Happy to post source code & provide instructions to build if anyone's interested, as it was a real pain to get it to compile.

version 1.5.5 Unzip & run (you may need to click Open with & "download");
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qxatcsp416emn39/Ilives%20Reader_v155_Release.zip?dl=0

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #262 on: September 25, 2019, 06:54:24 AM »
@tropod Do you know if it is possible to make simcity 4 read gray pixels as transparency without generating graphic problems?



I found a solution to partially solve the problem:





- Actually it is not necessary to disable backface culling





But...



« Last Edit: September 25, 2019, 06:56:05 AM by alejogc13 »
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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #263 on: September 27, 2019, 02:43:44 PM »
My first thoughts are that there should be a way to fix this. Problem is knowing how, as I've been out of the game for quite some time.

Apart from mats settings 2 main things come to mind that may be causing this;
LOD.
Index/Vertices/UV being inverted. I recall regularly having to flip UV values as they were often backwards for things I'd be doing.
The mats settings are only part of the equation.

If you'd like to upload that somewhere (with dependencies) & I can have a look, can't make any promises though  :thumbsup:.

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #264 on: September 29, 2019, 09:17:28 AM »
I was doing several tests and did not get any errors  ???



This is how it looks in the lot editor:



But:



You can download the files here (They have no dependencies):

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AizKPlOWj9nmgTXT0cd3IBSNUOyi?e=alhmP2




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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #265 on: September 30, 2019, 07:29:44 AM »
How were these made? Because it's most definitely issue with model settings, not the textures. Many games often use an obscure color for transparency, like magenta for example, as it's not actually used in game.

After having a look & fiddle with this the settings are not uniformed with the different models, which explains why there's inconsistencies.
Before & after & settings. I haven't checked for every zoom & rotation, but you can see the difference.







Land ahoy  :laugh:.

Don't use Profile or Apply Profile settings on SC4Reader (as pictured), as I've just discovered another bug whilst doing this :'( which I'll fix & post updated version soon.

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #266 on: October 13, 2019, 09:40:02 AM »
Is there a way to edit the name value field? As you can see



I need to re-sequential the name value for the unknown field after removing some props. I normally will load the file into PIM to do it, however when its a T21 it gets to be bit tortuous.

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #267 on: October 13, 2019, 02:07:02 PM »
I need to re-sequential the name value for the unknown field after removing some props. I normally will load the file into PIM to do it, however when its a T21 it gets to be bit tortuous.

Right click in the T21 (or LotConfig) Exemplar and select "Reindex LotConfig", which should set the IDs straight.

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Re: iLives Reader 1.x Official support thread
« Reply #268 on: October 13, 2019, 05:24:40 PM »
I need to re-sequential the name value for the unknown field after removing some props. I normally will load the file into PIM to do it, however when its a T21 it gets to be bit tortuous.

Right click in the T21 (or LotConfig) Exemplar and select "Reindex LotConfig", which should set the IDs straight.

Thank You ... you learn something new everyday :)