Boxy shadows under Sim since 1.58 patch

Do you have these horrible shadows under your Sims since downloading the Discover University patch?

thanks to Ryguy2707 for the screenshot

You can get rid of them in several ways like enabling laptop mode or disabling post processing effects. My preferred method is to edit the GraphicsRules.sgr file as it does not affect any other graphics settings. You will need to apply this fix after each patch update as the file will be replaced (or until EA fix the problem):

  1. Right click on the game in your Applications folder and select Show Package Contents
  2. Navigate to the Contents folder then open the GraphicsRules.sgr file with TextEdit
  3. Hold down CMD and F to bring up the search box and enter SSAO
  4. There should be four results of SsaoEnabled that come up
  5. Make sure the value next to it is false for each instance:
    prop $ConfigGroup SsaoEnabled false
  6. Close the file, it should automatically save

They should now be gone!

Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Packs not showing as installed on a Mac

If you’re having issues after installing Ambitions, Late Night, Fast Lane and/or Outdoor Living it’s because the installer has not added the relevant add-on pack shortcut to the Sims 3 Application folder. I’ve written a detailed guide here on how to fix this. It takes a while but is worth doing and you should be up and running with your game again 🙂