Mac Sims 4 shadow bug

We have a new Mac specific bug that’s popped up since the November patch, game version 1.47.49.1220.

If you play with laptop mode off you will see a weird straight line shadow following your Sim around when they are inside:

A workaround at the moment is to enable laptop mode in your game. You could also go into the GraphicsRules.sgr file and change the RenderShadowsEnabled value to false but enabling laptop mode is a lot quicker and easier. You may get the awful pink floors bug back though so you decide which is worse!

We have a thread over at AHQ so please do take a minute to press the Me Too button so EA are aware of how widespread it is. If you have a minute I’d really appreciate it if you could please post your Mac model too and version of macOS – https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/Mac-Sims-cast-weird-shadows/m-p/7178640

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Sims 4 November patch

Update 13/11/18 – The patch is out! And upside down screenshots are fixed!! You can read the full patch notes here.


The November patch will be released next Tuesday 13th and is going to be BIG. We haven’t had a patch since August so this one is long overdue. This is a lot of stuff we’re getting. As always, remember to move out your Mods folder before updating – you have been warned 😀

In the patch you can expect:

Get Famous update
We will get a pre-release update to ready our base game. This is nothing new and has happened before the release of all previous packs.

Bug fixes
We don’t know what they are but fingers crossed there are lots of juicy fixes. Maybe the upside down screenshots will be fixed?

Terrain Tools
We finally get to alter the terrain in Lots. This was shown in a recent stream and it looks very, very cool.

Python update
EA/Maxis are updating the version of Python used by the game from 3.3.5 to 3.70. This is a really big deal for script mod creators as all current versions of script mods will no longer work. Thankfully SimGuruModSquad has given plenty of notice so most creators are busy updating their mods so they will carry on working. You can read more about it here.

What does this mean for those using script mods? You must move out all mods with the .ts4script extension from your Mods folder before patching your game. After updating check the creator’s page for an updated version of the file to add back into your Mods folder. If the creator has not updated it then do not add back the old version – it will not work.

First Person Camera
Just announced today, you can now switch to first person camera view in live mode. If you get motion sickness this definitely isn’t for you.

So, that is a lot of stuff we’re getting. As always, remember to move out your Mods folder before updating – you have been warned 😀


Upside down screenshots in the Sims 4 on Mac since the August patch

This one is funny – since today’s patch all screenshots taken in-game are upside down and back to front.

Not really too much of an issue but something to be aware of if you like to share them from within the game. You can easily turn them the right way in Preview (Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Screenshots) by rotating 180° and flipping on the horizontal. This doesn’t help if you want to access them in-game though as they appear to have disappeared:

We have a thread running at AHQ on the issue but nothing really that needs feedback at the moment, EA are aware of the problem. It wouldn’t hurt to hit the Me too button though – https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-Mac/Screenshots-upside-down-and-back-to-front-since-August-patch/td-p/6987234

Oh yeah, the map screen is also in the Upside Down when you try to place a lot from the Gallery: