Site News & Updates


Minor layout changes

We have restructured the frontpage and download details page for non-subscribers. This is to give a better alignment for our ads and make room for a new format on the frontpage. The more successful we are with advertising, the more content we will provide for free so this is hopefully a positive change on all accounts.

The changes are minor and only involves a slight restructuring of where certain information is displayed, especially on the download details page which should now look more organized and be easier to read the description on.

Thank you for your continued support!

Vote for sim_man123!

TSR Featured Artists sim_man123 is in the running for an award at EA's "Inspiring Creativity" contest. If you appreciate his creations and want to give him something back then why not head over the Official Site and vote for him? His entry is under the name KrisLW35 in the Art categoty. There are 2 week left to vote and you can vote every day, so give Kris (sim_man123) your support and go vote fom him today, or every day!

Artists news

We've cleaned out quite a bit of inactive artists recently, and made room for new aspiring talent!

Please welcome the following:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Cleotopia

Sims 3 Select Artists:

Symphonie1213
- Kiolometro
- squarepeg56
- bluecoco

Check out their latest creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

Attention Sims website owners!

Do you host your creations at other Sims sites or file-sharing places such as Mediafire? If so, please be aware that someone with nothing better to do is reporting your content with a so called DMCA complaint and calling themselves "Thomas" or "TSR".

We know this must be irritating and upsetting for you but unfortunately, there is nothing we at TSR can do about it. The underlying problem is that anyone in the world can file such a complaint and simply put whoever's name they see fit in there, and the way Mediafire works they will remove the content first and ask questions later.

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

To celebrate the coming year we have set all remaining Sims 2 creations permanently free, that is over 9000 creations including all hairstyles from Newsea, Skysims and Cazy to mention a few. Enjoy everyone!

Merry Christmas!

We here at TSR would like to wish all our fans and artists a very Merry Christmas! This year has been a blast with thousands of fantastic creations from our talented artist community. We look forward to bring you more amazing creations in the year to come, along with a few big surprises along the way - stay tuned!

Enjoy your holidays here at TSR :)

Seasons Greetings From the TSR FA's

The FA's at TSR would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season. A Special Greeting to the Guys at TSR. Thank you for making TSR a special place to be!

Even more Sims 2 freebies!

We have set another batch of over 10000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as ulker, iLikeMusic640, Murano, *Bunny*, Jirka, MsBarrows, Shakeshaft, Dot, Liana, Simal10, Chazdesign, Cashcraft, Sims2sisters, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others. 

Enjoy the free stuff »

Log in with Facebook!

A new and convenient login option has been added to TSR to allow you to log in quickly and conveniently via Facebook. The first time you do this, Facebook will ask you to allow the TSR App which links your account but will not be seen again. On future visits a single click of the FB login button will have you logged in and ready to download instantly.

Facebook login can also be used for creating new accounts if you are not yet registered, saving you the time and effort of going through the registration process here at The Sims Resource.

Enjoy!

Artist news

It's been a long time since last time, but here are our new artists!

Sims 3 FA:

- wondymoon
- Serpentrogue
- Jomsims

Sims 3 SA:

- Vidia
- Simdetails

 Check out their latest creations, write in their guestbooks and give them a warm welcome :)

TSR gets hands on with Seasons

Last week, TSR Featured Artist riccinumbers went to EA UK to get some playtime with the next Expansion Pack, Seasons. Check out her Blog to see what she found and to see her exclusive screenshots taken during playtesting.

Forums Down

As some of you may have noticed our forums went down today. This was not a problem with TSR rather a problem with our provider Invision. For the time being we are redirecting all forum traffic to the site, as soon as the forums have been restored we will direct it back to our forum.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

More sims 2 freebies!

We have set another batch of over 5000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as Murano, *Bunny*, Cashcraft, Windkeeper, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others. 

Enjoy the free stuff »

Achievements Launched

Achievements have been 'on their way' since we launched Version 8 of the site and went some way towards replacing Kudos. There are several achievements which members can attain and most of them have 6 levels. They are displayed on your Profile Page and give visitors an overview of your activity on the site including which games you have created for, any Artist achievements, social activity and more.

You can also see a full list of possible achievements along with your current score and standing for each on your own Achievements page. More are planned so expect to see the list grow in time. We may also tweak some of the levels once we get a better picture of what people are achieving. This is a kind of 'version 1' of the feature so your feedback for improvements is welcome.

Sorry it took so long but we hope you enjoy this Kudos replacement.

Oh, while on the subject of Kudos we still get people asking where the free days went. These were becoming unmanageable and were replaced with the very popular Today Only feature, where 3 top quality Subscriber downloads are made available each day.
We also launched The Vault where we have now set over 360 subscriber items permanently free, with new ones added daily. I hope that helps clears things up.

/Steve

More sims 2 freebies!

We have decided to dust off even more of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 6000 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, DOT, Simtomatic, Shakeshaft, Spaik, Cyclonesue, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!

Go check out our free Sims 2 downloads here »

We are now on Pinterest!

Many of you are probably familiar with Pinterest already, but did you know TSR has it's own Pinterest page as well? You can go here and check it out right now »

We will be adding Pinterest buttons throughout the site shortly as well.

TSR announces The Vault + more

It's a great day to be a Sims 3 fan! Today we have released a new feature on the site called "The Vault". In short, we will begin setting our very oldest Sims 3 content free on a daily basis, a minimum of 1 set/creation per day, but on average many more than that. You can visit "The Vault" right here and check out what we have already set free for you!

You will see the best creation from The Vault each day in the daily Featured Items rotation on the index page, together with the three Today Only downloads, making sure you don't miss out on anything (they are conveniently branded "NOW FREE!"). You will also find the three Today Only downloads and two highlighted creations from The Vault on the first pages of Sims 3 sets, Sims 3 show all and Sims 3 featured items.

All Today Only and The Vault releases will from now on coincide with the normal publishing hours, meaning 9.15 am CET.

We will be testing out new forms of advertising when you download these now free items, so don't be surprised if you should stumble upon an interstitial or popunder while getting those freebies. We welcome your feedback on the use of additional ads in exchange for more premium downloads, which we are sure you will enjoy!

 

Artist news

It's time again for a new batch of artists. We have also done a big sweep among our inactive artists to make room for new and fresh talent. Please welcome the following artists:

Sims 3 FA:

- ung999
- Ray_Sims

Sims 3 SA:

- Alyosha
- mensure
- paigeedoll
- diogosalgado
- XxNikkibooxX
- evanell
- Arelien

Sims 2 SA:

- thesorceress
- karakratm

Give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their latest releases!

Sims 2 freebies!

We have decided to dust off some of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 5300 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, *Bunny*, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!

Go check out our free Sims 2 downloads here »

TSR University Graduates

As you might recall, TSR embarked upon a new 'University' project for people wanting to learn the dark art of creating objects for The Sims 3. Well, it has been a great success with our first candidates graduating with nice, new sets..

Please join us in congratulating them on their hard work and achievement! We now have a couple of openings in the university if you too would like a chance at learning to create. For more details, please see our University page

 

Last week of Summer Sale!

This week will be the last week where you can buy a subscription at our discounted Summer Sale prices. Enjoy!

Survey Prize Draw Results

To date we have had over 7,500 participants in our Member Survey 2012.

A huge THANKYOU to everyone that took part. We are building this information into our Media Pack for advertisers which will be live on the site very soon.

We promised prizes for 3 lucky winners so here we go with the first 3 randomly drawn from the submissions:

1st: apricotblossom

2nd: maya3112

3rd: ECB

Congratulations to them (emails are already sent out for you to claim your prizes).

Thanks again to everyone for their continud support for TSR.

Downtime - Creditcard Payments on June 29th

Due to the site problems caused by the power outages, all transaction information on the TSR accounts from credit card payments done on June 29th have unfortunately been lost. This means that the subscription days that have been added on the 29th, are no longer there.

After some investigation, it turned out not to be possible to link the payments again to the right TSR accounts.

All credit card payments (not the ones done through Paypal) done between 2012-06-29 04:00 and 2012-06-30 04:00 GMT have been refunded.

If you have done a credit card payment on that day, please start a new order in our Shop to activate a subscription on TSR.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience in this matter.

Downtime *update

What happened?

Due to the power outages in The United States Area, TSR's cloud server was down on June 30. When the server came back live, it turned out the database was damaged and needed to be replaced by a back-up from early in the morning of June 29.Unfortunately this has caused many problems on the site.

Subscriptions

Subscribers that started a subscription or have done a payment on June 29 are not working right away and need to be activated manually. New subscriptions will be activated as soon as possible. Subscribers have already received 2 extra days on their running subscriptions. For subscriptions that were running out this weekend, TSR has added a whole week, so they will be able to use their last download days also at the next weekend. 

Update: Most subscriptions have been activated now. If you started a subscription or had a renewal on 29/30 june and it's not been activated yet, please contact support about this, and include the transaction ID that you can find on your Paypal receipt and the email address you have used for your paypal transaction.

Submissions

Creations, stories and screenshots uploaded on June 29th are lost. If you have submitted something on TSR on that day, please check if anything you uploaded is still there. If not you will have to re-submit your creation. All download counts for Friday are unfortunately lost. Comments posted on creations and in guestbooks on June 29th are also gone.

Support issues

Support issues and submission messages sent on the 29th are also gone.Please send a new support issue/submission message if you have sent in an issue on June 29th and it still needs to be resolved.

Update: Due to the changing of the database, we have not received any support issues that were send in by email the past days (untill July 3rd, 11 pm Western European time). Please send in a new support issue if you have sent in an issue by mail and it still needs to be resolved.

 

If you have created a new account on June 29th, your account will be gone and you will have to sign up again for a new account if you want to log in on TSR.

If you have downloaded CC on June 29th, you will not see those downloads in your download history.

 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.

Artist news

It's time for a new round of artist announcements! Please welcome the following amazing artists:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Flovv
- IrishStar
- Onyxium

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Wimmie
- yvonnee
- Guardgian
- Lhonna
- Sonata77
- ruhrpottbobo
- hudy777-design 
- Wondymoon *new 

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- Angelkurama
- RamboRocky90

TSR Member Survey 2012

The TSR 2012 Member Survey is now live. You might have seen the popup when you logged in but if not, go here to take part in our member survey. You will be able to download one of Newsea's most popular hairs ever on completion of the quick 10 question survey. You will also be entered into the prize draw to win a MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse, an Expansion Pack of you choice for The Sims 1, 2 or 3 and even a TSR Coffee Cup or USB Stick!

The overall data collected in this survey will be for the use of TSR to help dplan the future of the site and to develop our advertising media kit. No individual user information will be shared with any 3rd parties.

 

 

Download this hair free - Take the Survey now...

'Today Only' Updates

The 'Today Only' feature has proved to be very popular since our launch of TSR Version 8. From today, instead of offering one subscriber only Featured Artist creation for free, we will be offering three!

These creations will be sponsored by an extra advert, seen before download. This is part of our ongoing assessment of the way we serve the Sims gaming community. If players like to see more "freemium" content simply by seeing extra ads then we are keen to assess how much further we can go with this kind of content in the future.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. More ads, more premium downloads? Let us know in the comments box below.

For subscribers, the newly expanded 'Today Only' box on the index page will disappear (as they have full access to all of the premium content anyway).

Enjoy!

TSR v7 to close this coming friday

As the title says, the oldsite url will stop working this coming friday. We have left it open until now as an opportunity for those with kudos points to purchase free days. We feel it is now time to shut down the old site however so take this opportunity and purchase any remaining free days you can until friday (if you have kudos that is).

New contest launched!

The next Flip This House contest has started. Take part to win free access to TSR's premium downloads or content from the EA Store.

Read the full details on Degera's Blog and discuss the competition in this forum thread.

Good luck!

 

Problems with email

Email services are now functional again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this problem may have caused!

Account Security

TSR members are being targeted in the community by people trying to cause trouble. Please remember that nobody from TSR will ever ask for your password for the site. If anyone approaches you on Facebook, Forums or Chat, claiming to be from TSR and asking you for your login details, do not give them out!

Passwords stored at TSR are encrypted. Staff, Admins and Mods do not have access to your passwords used, but not all sites work that way. We strongly advise that you use a different password on TSR to any other website, mail account etc. This is good practice for all sites, not just ours.

We take safety and security very seriously and are verified and certified daily by Norton Secured, powered by VeriSign (click the logo at the bottom of any page).

Safe Surfing Simmers!

Artist news

We have a new batch of artists to announce today. Please welcome the following artists to our teams:

Sims 3 Featured Artist:

- minicart

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Majuchan
- Lolahh16
- Dux12
- rmm1182sims3
- sherri1010
- spacesims
- danielaoecksler
- tolina

Make sure you check out their latest and upcoming creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

TSR University announced!

Have you ever wanted to mesh, downloaded the tutorials and just get lost? Do you have the desire to make Custom Content for your game and just do not know where to begin? 

We are now offering 3 slots for those willing to study and learn together with our best artists via Skype. All for free of course. Who knows, maybe you will be our next Select or Featured Artist!

Learn more on this page and apply now!

Clothing filters improved

We have (finally) added the attributes for clothing back as filters on the site. Just wait for the cached pages to clear and you will be able to filter all clothing by gender, age, style and type. This works different for Sims 2 and Sims 3 however. For sims 2 you need to use the subcategories to narrow down your search results, while in Sims 3 you can use the filters to narrow down your search. Enjoy!

Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse Giveaway

I have seen reviews of the MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse before and from what I recall, most reviewers commented on the failings of the main feature of the mouse, that being that it changes color based on the mood of your Sim. Well, not anymore!

The folks over at Madcatz have sent us a Mouse to take a look at. They seem to be having a push on promoting this product now that it's had a software fix and is becoming more widely available. I have been playing with the mouse recently while giving the Showtime EP a run for its money and I can say for sure that with the new drivers, the mouse performs like a charm, with a little touch of Showtime magic rubbing off on this comfortable to use, laser mouse.

Inside the mouse is a Plumbob which lights up either red, yellow or green depending on the mood level of the Sim you have selected. On the side of the mouse is 'The Sims' logo, adding to its charm and making sure everyone knows you're a true fan if the game.

The Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse is now available to buy worldwide for $24.99 from GameShark (UK £19.99, Europe €24.99).

Better still, we have 3 of these multicolored rodents to give away to our visitors, courtesy of MadCatz UK. There are two ways to win one. Post a comment here telling us why you would like a MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse of your own. Two randomly selected members will have a mouse shipped to their own front door. You can also head over to our Facebook Page and 'Like' the post there to be in with a chance of winning the 3rd of our free giveaways. Or try both (though we are limiting one win per person either way). Due to me being off on holiday for a couple of weeks you have plenty of time to click and post. The draws will take place on the weekend of May 5th/6th. Good luck!

Visit the MadCatz Store on GameShark.

Download the latest 32 and 64bit drivers here.

Assigning Joints in TSR Workshop 2.0.39

Exciting news for TSR Workshop users! We have just released a new version of Workshop that handles up to 3 joint/bone assignments. This means no more running your object though Milkshape for those of you who do not like or want to use Milkshape!

Features

This TSRW Enhancement will work for any 3d program that can export .obj format and has been tested for objects with up to 3 joints/bones in Wings. This will allow you to bypass Milkshape completely for most common meshes if your program handles .obj export.

  • .obj import
  • Assiging the vertices to the joints in TSRW now, no having to use Milkshape for your most common meshes.
  • In Game tested for up to 3 joint/bone assignments using Wings. Should work perfecty with any program that supports .obj export.

Get TSR Workshop

You can find the new version of TSRW here: TSR Workshop 2.0.39

How To Assign Joints in TSR Workshop

Read the new tutorial Assigning Joints in TSRW on our wiki!

How To Create A Coffee Table in Wings 3D

Now it is possible to create objects with only free software for The Sims 3. If you always wanted to try creating objects make sure you read Angela's new tutorial on how to Create a Coffee Table in Wings 3D.

Download buttons

The beloved download buttons are now back on the browse page for our subscribers. Just hover an image and you will get them and can thus download straight from the browse pages like you're used to. We hope you enjoy those changes and let us know if there's something else you're missing.

v8 fixes so far

We've been busy fixing bugs and making changes based on user feedback.

Things we have fixed:

- To avoid confusion, clicking the image in browse view no longer opens the quickview for non-subscribers, it takes you straight to the download page instead.

- Activate free subscriber days is now accessible from the account page in the bottomright box (granted that you have any that is).

- When you sign up for a new account and click the activate link you end up on our new welcome page that will help you get started using TSR (http://www.thesimsresource.com/welcome/).

- Direct links to view an artists downloads is now added to the minisite index pages, instead of only being accessible from the artist menu.

- Reported search problems on the download pages have been fixed.

- Fixed so that you could actually download the free "Today only" creation as a non-subscriber.

- Fixed screenshot and story submissions.

- And of course lots of other bugs you probably never knew about :)

Things we are working on:

- Adding direct download links to the browse page for subscribers (they will appear when you hover the image).

- And lots more.

Consider v8 a foundation for a new, improved and more modern TSR. We will continue to tweak the site for the best possible user experience. Since the launch of v8 we have seen signups increase a lot and the subscription rate is improving as well. Overall we are very pleased with the new site so far and with time we hope all of you will be as well. Not everyone likes change, but sometimes it's inevitable. Enjoy your weekend!

TSR v8 FAQ

1. Where are my Kudos!??
Kudos are being replaced with our new Awards system. While it is not yet functional, it will be soon, and we know you're going to love it. If you earned enough Kudos for Free days, _you can still use them_ but you need to do it within the next three weeks or they will expire. (To use them go to http://oldsite.thesimsresource.com) If you were using Kudos for minisite perks, they are no longer needed. Now everyone has their own profile page!

2. A profile page?
Yes, now everyone has one. To access your page, make sure you are logged in, and click the 'My Profile' link in the top left corner of the TSR page.

3. Can I customize my profile page?
To some extent, yes. You can add a banner image, post in your blog, fill in your 'About Me' profile and feature your creations (if you have any). There are plans to make a few tweaks in the future, such as letting users decide what content to display, but the main focus for the coders right now is bug fixes, so that will have to wait.

4. How do I customize my profile page?
Once you are logged in, you can hover your mouse over your username in the top left and see the menu of actions available. Click on "My Account" and you should see areas for personal information, updating your blog, uploading a banner image, etc.

5. How do I download?
If you are not a subscriber, you will need to click on the Name of the Download located under the preview image. It will open the Details page where you should see the download button under the image. This is just like it was in v7 where you had to click the 'Show Details' link, except now you're clicking on the name itself. If you are a subscriber, you can click the preview image, which will open a Quick View popup with a download button.

6. I'm on an Featured Artist's minisite and I can't find the downloads...
Across the top of the page you will see a row of links. It should have the artist's name followed by Downloads then Studio then the envelope for private messages and so on... click on the word Downloads, choose the game if necessary and then you will see all of the downloads by that artist.

7. How do I sort the downloads?
When you access a page listing several downloads, you should see a Toggle Filters button on the left. Click that button to open up the filters menu.

8. I think I found a bug, what should I do?
Report anything that isn't working by either opening a ticket in our support system, or by posting it here on the forums - http://forums.thesimsresource.com/index.php?/forum/221-tsr-version-8-public-beta/ You can also leave comments or suggestions on the forums.

Welcome to a NEW Sims Resource!

Many, many months in development, Version 8 of TSR is now live! Created from scratch, designed from the ground up using the latest technologies and software and hosted on our new Cloud setup, Version 8 is the slickest, fastest and easiest to use version of the site we have ever had. The site is already bursting with new features but there’s more to come during the coming months too. Let us run you through some of the changes:

Index Page & Navigation

The new index page focuses on the latest and greatest creations from our Featured Artists and lets our regular visitors find exactly what they need quickly. For Subscribers, the Featured Items area now shows more content with larger previews with a handy thumbnail of the latest 8 featured creations as well as the current most popular subscriber downloads.

Page navigation at the top of every page has been carefully designed for quick page loading, a clutter free clean menu system and to allow you to switch sections of the site with as few clicks as possible. Some sections of the site have been reorganised, such as moving Tutorials into our Sims Wiki.

Today Only

This cool new feature replaces the free days we used to give away with Kudos. Every day a new Set or creation is plucked from the subscriber only section of the site and offered for free! You can see which amazing creations are to be set free in the coming days too, so be sure to check back regularly to build up your own collection of premium content if you are not a Subscriber. Remember, if you just can't wait, you can unlock the entire database with one of our Subscription models.

Awards

As we have removed the old Kudos feature from the site we have introduced a new and exciting way to encourage our members to actively take part in our community. Awards will be given to members who engage in lots of different activities on the site, which will be proudly displayed on the new Profile Page. These range from submitting, downloading, posting in Guestbooks and Comments and many, many more. The feature is still being developed at the moment so a placeholder is shown on the profile pages. This will roll out in the coming months.

QuickView

Subscribers are our power users and this new feature is designed specifically for them. While browsing our enormous databases of downloadable content, simply clicking the preview image of the item you are interested in pops up in a clean lighbox with all the info you need about the creation, its creator, more images, included items and those all important download and basket buttons so that you can grab content in 2 quick clicks without even leaving the browse pages.

Profiles

The Profile Pages are fully featured and include things that were previously earned through Kudos, giving everyone the same feature-rich 'home' on TSR. Showcase your creativity and get great feedback from our community of dedicated Sims players that make up our ever growing 'family'.

Feedback and bugs

There may still be some errors for some of you, even though we have tested this site for quite some time including the public BETA. A requirement that comes with TSR v8 is that you need a modern browser. We will no longer support Internet Explorer 7 and below - you will need to upgrade to version 8 or above (9 is recommended). Chrome, Safari, Opera and Firefox we recommend the latest versions, although most versions will work fine.

If and when you encounter errors and bugs, please report them by sending in a support ticket. Our team will then create a ticket in our task management system to ensure it will be taken care of. For general feedback and discussion (and bugs if you prefer) we have a temporary forum dedicated to the Version 8 bugs/feedback which you can find here.

If you have serious issues at any time using the new site, or if you want to use up your old Kudos, the old version can be reached for a limited time at oldsite.thesimsresource.com.

Enjoy the new site!

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