Asked Questions about
the Sims, the Mac and a Windows emulator
Solutions for Virtual
|A Windows emulator
|A Windows emulator is a program that you run
on Mac OS, but that emulates Windows, so it's a bit like if you
had a PC at home... except that it's much, much slower...
PC, from Connectix, is the emulator I use.
to install Transmogrifier
With a Windows emulator like Virtual
PC, we can now use almost all the tools made for PC,
and the first one is Transmogrifier.
Once you have installed Virtual PC (I'll call
it "VPC" to make it shorter) and downloaded Transmogrifier
(I'll call it "T-Mog"), follow these steps:
- In Virtual PC, open your C:/ drive, then
open the Programs files folder. Inside, create a folder called
"The Sims". Open it, and create inside a folder
"GameData". Open it, and create inside a folder
- Drag the objects.far file on your
Macintosh found in
The Sims/GameData/Objects to your newly created folder in
- Create also a folder named "Downloads"
in your "The Sims" folder, in VPC, and inside it,
create another folder named "Transmogrified".
- Install *the application* Transmogrifier
into The Sims folder. If the application is in a folder, it
won't find your objects. =/
You should have something like this (except
that my Windows in in french):
After this, you're ready to start
cloning new objects so you can modify them. Visit the Transmogrifier
Tutorial if you have questions about using the program.
You can find plenty of tutorials to create your objects, here's
the one I would recommand you:
to create an object on my Mac, with T-Mog
You don't need a paint program within Virtual
PC to be able to modify the exported sprites, and it's a
very good thing to not have to re-buy Photoshop for Windows...
LOL. And as Windows emulators are pretty slow, drawing with
them would be hellish, I suppose. So we're going to use Virtual
PConly to export and import our sprites (that's the names of
the pictures) into T-Mog, but we're going to draw on Mac.
All you have to do is copy the exported sprites folder usually
called "objectname_sprites" to your Mac, where you
can use your favorite paint program. Then all you do is copy
the sprites back into VPC, then import them from Transmogrifier.
To copy a folder from VPC to Mac, you can or drag this folder
to your Mac desktop if you have a large enough screen, or you
can create a shared folder in Virtual PC, that will be
used on both VPC and Mac.
Sometimes you'll find that VPC
will refuse to copy over the sprites because the file names
extend beyond 31 characters. It means you have to rename the
files under Windows (I personally use NameWiz),
and then, you will have to edit the XML file: decide
how you want to rename the files, then rename all occurences
of the sprite and replace it with the new name. You should do
this with each sprite.
If you get this wrong, Transmog will not import the sprites,
so you'll have to re-clone and export. So to spare those painful
minutes in VPC, just make sure you do it right. It might be
a good idea to make a back up copy of the XML file first :)
to run some Windows applications with an emulator: how to create
So, now that you have installed
Windows, you think that you'll be able to use all the applications
made for the Sims? Life isn't that easy... (Remember: it's Windows
that you have installed! ;)).
Many applications, like SimEnhancer, IFF Edit won't work correctly
or won't work at all because they look for the Sims for Windows.
Sometimes, putting an application renamed "Sims.exe"
(Sims.exe not The Sims.exe) can help; it helps SimEnhancer,
for example, but IFF Edit isn't still happy with it. And it's
frustrating because except the applications, all the files are
the same for Mac and PC! So, you should be able to edit your
Sims with SimEnhancer or IFF Edit should be able to find the
"Behavior.iff" file it looks for. But there's a solution!
Actually, these applications don't really look for the Sims,
but for the registry file. What's this? A Windows file
that indicate the path of an application.
Let's create one, and applications won't ask for the Sims anymore!
I have a french version of Windows 98, so the terms might
not be always translated as in your version, and the snapshots
will be different if you have Windows 2000 or else.
Open "My Computer", then your C:/ in a folder. Look
for a folder called "Windows" and double-clik
on it. A window opens and warns you that you're going to enter
into Windows System! (ie Hell), and that any changes might destroy
your system. LOL. Don't be afraid, and click on the link "Show
the files" at the end of the warning.
In this window, scroll down to
find the application named "Regedit", and double-click
You have a new window, similar
to this one: Click on the "+" of the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"
(what a poetic name, isn't it? ;)), and then on the "+"
of the "Software" to open them. Then, select
Software by clicking on it. It will be there that you'll create
something that looks like a folder but it's called "Key".
In the Edit menu, choose
"New" then "Key" (it will create
a new folder).
Call it "Maxis". Click once on your
Maxis key, and create another one that you'll call "The
Then, go in Edit menu, choose "New" and "String".
A new window appears: type SIMS_DATA in the first field,
and in the second, type the path where your Sims folder is stored.
Basically, it will be: C:\Programs Files\The Sims\
And voilà! Windows has now
a registry for the Sims, and many applications for the Sims
will run without asking you anything! Have fun! :)