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Custom "paintings".

Discussion in 'EA Land/The Sims Online Stratics Forums' started by Guest, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I may be the only one who thinks so, but these "custom paintings" are becoming a problem.
    The lag issues began with these experiments with bitmaps (notorious resource hogs).
    But now, the 'experiment' has taken on a life of it's own - no more just a test to study the waters of custom content - they have become a cottage industry with dozens of stores and other lots loaded to the gills with this stuff (much of it copyrighted).
    Take a good look at the images - do they look like paintings? Do they have the texturing and 3-D perspective of other paintings in the game?
    No, they look like exactly what they are - flat, 2d bitmaps that look the same from any perspective.
    Not to mention the space they take up on our computers. My userdata/custom_content_cache folder has over 2,000 objects at 94 mb.
     
  2. I have to agree. Whilst they have their uses, they are the root of the lag issues in my opinion. I did not have any lag in TC3 until they were released.
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Does it help at all to clear that cache folder?
     
  4. Keep It Real

    Keep It Real Guest

    Is there a know way to turn them off so our computers don't store these things? Any idea's?
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    Does it help at all to clear that cache folder?

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Dunno..... ok, I'm going in.... cover me.
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    If clearing the cache would solve the problem, maybe they could make it so the game auto clears each time we shut it down.
     
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    <blockquote><hr>

    Does it help at all to clear that cache folder?

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Dunno..... ok, I'm going in.... cover me.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Nope - it just loads up again when you enter the various properties.
     
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I entered 3 lots; My own, which has 1 picsickle, and 2 store lots.
    My folder went from 0 files at 0 mb, to 288 files at 9.78 mb.
     
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    but was the lag any better?
     
  10. Keep It Real

    Keep It Real Guest

    Wonder if deleting the folder would help. I don't think it would bother me to not see others people's family pictures and such.
     
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    I entered 3 lots; My own, which has 1 picsickle, and 2 store lots.
    My folder went from 0 files at 0 mb, to 288 files at 9.78 mb.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    The next 2 lots doubled the above.

    The lag seems to get worse as I move around from place to place.
     
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    Wonder if deleting the folder would help. I don't think it would bother me to not see others people's family pictures and such.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Nope - the game creates a new one.

    However - the lag seems almost non-existant (while I am on my own lot).
     
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    just looked in mine, 3080 files in two folders and 117mb

    did you clear it while in game?
     
  14. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    just looked in mine, 3080 files in two folders and 117mb

    did you clear it while in game?

    [/ QUOTE ]
    No, I wasn't that brave. [​IMG]
     
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    ok, I cleared mine out, logged in, was able to send an IM without it freezing for the first time in days... but it didn't last long [​IMG] As soon as I landed it was back to waiting a few seconds for what I typed to go.

    The lag isn't as bad but it's still there some, still having mini freezes.
     
  16. Guest

    Guest Guest

    As I move around, I collect more CC files, and the lag increases.
    When the folder is empty, and I am on my own lot, it is almost completely gone.
    Right now, I am on a lot with tons of CC - It is only the second lot I have visited besides my own. Anyhow, I froze up for almost 45 seconds (i guess while the 68 files were DL into my folder, then the lag cleared up to almost normal.
     
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I don't know why they insist on using .bmp files which are usually the largest i n size compared to other formats.

    They should adapt to .jpg, .png, .gif and the file sizes can be greatly reduced and save alot of room/lag for everyone.

    Not using any compression beyond just saving fles as certain extenion types below.

    As an example a 100kb bmp file converted to .jpg is 37.0kb
    A file converted to .png is 34.9kb
    And finally a file converted to .gif is 40.kb

    If I messed with compression I could have reduced further the file sizes, but also reducing the image quality. You have top exeriment with compression settings to get decenty compression while maintaining a good quality image.

    How bout it Devs can we have some consideration on this?
     
  18. Guest

    Guest Guest

    we can use .jpg and .png files, it's not just .bmp
     
  19. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well DUH to me then for not trying. I just assumed it was .bmp only and we know what happens when we do that now don't we? LMAO [​IMG]

    My cache has 3000 files and is over 120mb, but my lag isn't from that at all. Ever since the city merge my lag is upon logging in and entering into houses hanging at 16,35,50,66% and at times not ever getting to enter. This started with the merge not when custom content was enabled, at least for me.
     
  20. Meggers

    Meggers Guest

    My cache has 3000 files and is over 120mb, but my lag isn't from that at all. Ever since the city merge my lag is upon logging in and entering into houses hanging at 16,35,50,66% and at times not ever getting to enter. This started with the merge not when custom content was enabled, at least for me.
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    I know bupkus about what is causing the lag, but it has become unbearable. I have a fully upgraded puter with tons of memory and ram plus high speed internet and no matter where I go it's like swimming in molassas. The devs really need to work on this. If I go to a house that has more than 20 people in it half the time I lock up at 50% and get trapped in the house even tho I am still on the map page. So I can't play that sim until they close. A lot of folks are more worried about their hours than resetting to free your sim.
     
  21. Guest

    Guest Guest

    For me, the lag had started before the merge with TC. Emptying that cache file helped quite a bit. I went so far as creating a shortcut to that folder so I can empty it out when I log out of the game.
     
  22. If you think custom paintings were fun, wait till every house in town has CC chairs too. We seriously need a built in UI to empty our caches!
     
  23. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    If you think custom paintings were fun, wait till every house in town has CC chairs too. We seriously need a built in UI to empty our caches!

    [/ QUOTE ]
    *Nods* [​IMG]
     
  24. Meggers

    Meggers Guest

    For me, the lag had started before the merge with TC. Emptying that cache file helped quite a bit. I went so far as creating a shortcut to that folder so I can empty it out when I log out of the game.
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    Where is it, what's it called and how do I empty it?
     
  25. Guest

    Guest Guest

    here is the path to it on my computer:

    "C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims Online\TSOClient\userdata\custom_content_cache\objects\test_center_3"


    I delete everything in that folder.
     
  26. <blockquote><hr>

    For me, the lag had started before the merge with TC. Emptying that cache file helped quite a bit. I went so far as creating a shortcut to that folder so I can empty it out when I log out of the game.
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    Where is it, what's it called and how do I empty it?

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Meggers, I believe it's in TSOClient\userdata\custom_content_cache
     
  27. Meggers

    Meggers Guest

    here is the path to it on my computer:

    "C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims Online\TSOClient\userdata\custom_content_cache\objects\test_center_3"


    I delete everything in that folder.
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    Thanks hon [​IMG]
     
  28. donnallg

    donnallg Guest

    After reading this, I checked my folder. I had 3681 files. That to me is just insane. I deleted then restarted the game. I landed at my house and had no lag whatsoever. I was happy. I went to my fathers lot and 2 other people landed. I checked the folder then had 44 objects. Then the lag started again.

    I have played other games with custom content and we always had a way to turn it off and be able to see a default picture.

    I'm hoping they eventually change to that. I want the lag to get better and I don't like having extra files on my computer. It was over 250 mb of stuff from CC.
     
  29. donnallg

    donnallg Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    For me, the lag had started before the merge with TC. Emptying that cache file helped quite a bit. I went so far as creating a shortcut to that folder so I can empty it out when I log out of the game.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I did the same. Now everytime I exit the game I empty it.
     
  30. donnallg

    donnallg Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    here is the path to it on my computer:

    "C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims Online\TSOClient\userdata\custom_content_cache\objects\test_center_3"


    I delete everything in that folder.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    IF you have EALand, then the path is "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\EALand\TSOClient\userdata\custom_content_cache\objects\test_center_3"
     
  31. Keep It Real

    Keep It Real Guest

    Thanks, just deleted the 980 files in mine and created a shortcut to it so I can empty it all the time now. But....it didn't help with the lag anyway.
     
  32. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

    Thanks, just deleted the 980 files in mine and created a shortcut to it so I can empty it all the time now. But....it didn't help with the lag anyway.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    It's only helpful when you first log-in. When you move around, you collect more files - plus, I think the cc chairs are having a global effect.
     
  33. donnallg

    donnallg Guest

    I want to be able to empty the files while the game is running also. I think if I'm on a lot with no one there and with no CC I should be able to delete those files, not wait til after I log off.

    What I really want is a way to turn it off and not have to worry about deleting any files. What I really want is to see a default picture, not all these self portraits of people.

    But I'm just a pion, and not a mass, so what I really won't doesn't matter.