Category Archives: Mods

Extracting Sims 4 CC Zip files for Mac, including 7z and RAR files

Lots of Simmers, Mac and Windows users, still have issues installing CC and Mods into their game because of the compression methods some creators use. I was late to the CC party and experienced this as the built in Archive Utility in macOS can’t handle 7z files.

The best tool I have found to extract 7z and rar files is The Unarchiver and you can download it straight from the Mac App Store here. It’s really simple to use as it sets itself up as the default unarchiver on your Mac so once installed you don’t have to do anything. I don’t normally like any software that overrides Apple’s Apps but I’ve been using this ever since my CC obsession started and had no problem with it.

  1. Download The Unarchiver from the App Store. It will automatically install.
  2. Download some CC in 7z or rar format. The downloaded file will now look like one of these in your Downloads folder: 
  3. Now just double click on the 7z or RAR file (like you would a normal Zip file) and The Unarchiver will extract the contents into a new folder in your Downloads folder. You can now move the .Package files from the extracted folder into your Mods folder.

More information and help:

  • For a step by step guide on how to install CC/Mods have a look at ItsaprilXD’s brilliant guide here
  • It’s always a good idea to get rid of the special characters (*[]%-_ etc.) from CC filenames as it will help to speed up your game a little. For a further explanation see my page here. Rather than manually change every filename I created an Automator App which will get rid of the files for you. You simply drag the files to the App and the special characters are removed.

 

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Windenburg snow

I’m addicted to SimCookie’s First Snow mod, especially since it’s been updated for Get Together to include Windenburg. There isn’t any gameplay added, it’s purely aesthetic but oh how beautiful it is! Especially as there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of snow, let alone even a frost, this winter in RL. I may be reading it wrong but I’m sure that the latest version of this mod is meant to add snow to a roof although none of my houses have any. 

Talking about Windenburg, am I the only one who thinks that the houses look far too chocolate boxy? They’re like a caricature of themselves. It’s like walking around a Disney designed Bavarian street in Elizabethan times on acid.

It’s the little things

I love the ability to raise and lower objects using CTRL + 9 or 0 in The Sims 4. It’s a very cool little addition to using MOO. I used it on the shelf of plants in this picture because they couldn’t all be placed properly:Kitchen As soon as I used the higher wall heights in building I thought how cool it would be to add stuff on top of the cabinets. In my kitchen in RL my kitchen cabinets have wicker baskets stored on top of them and they look so lovely.  I started adding objects using CTRL + 9 but when you zoom in and out some objects look like they’re floating in mid air which just annoyed me. I tried placing shelves just below the top of the cabinet but couldn’t get them to place properly either. And then today I saw a thread in the TS4 Build/Buy Custom Content forum showing a mod which could add placeable slots to the top of cabinets – Yay!

I don’t use any CC in my game and only have one mod, Shimrod101’s No Blur in the Distance one for getting rid of EA’s stupid blurry backgrounds. I like my clean and hassle free game. But I couldn’t resist this cabinet one and got straight to work adding trains, cars and boats to the top of my cabinets: CabinetsI think they look great. You can download _orangemittens_ fabulous mod from The Sims 4 Studio here.