No-Fade Columns


This makes it so that the Maxis base game columns will not fade out in Live mode. Because when integral parts of a building suddenly vanish it looks stupid most of the time, and columns tend to be not very wide anyway .. one can easily see what’s going on around them even when they don’t fade. Also gets rid of the additional silly-lookingness of the columns fading out while their shadows are still being displayed.

Please note that this mod is for the full columns – not the half / quarter / three-quarter ones (that you get when you intersect a column with a wall; those are different objects)! If you want to make a similar mod for the latter, please post in the Create forum, not in the comments.

Note that even though it is possible to place a column on top of a sim in Build mode, the actual in-game routing works fine — sims will not walk through columns or anything (I tested specifically for that since I thought maybe that was the reason they made them fade in the first place).

This is done by setting the “FadeType” and “CustomFadeDistance” in the MODL to 0. Funnily it seems to be sufficient to do this for one MODL each (the first one listed).

This overrides the following resources:

MODL 0xD65E57CEE12B1ECF — Design Calabria Hexagonal Column
MODL 0x3A98E4181BF21295 — Greco-Roman Column
MODL 0x717DCD4612D03559 — Tintoretto Column
MODL0x4678551069BB9D43 — Capistrano Round Column
MODL 0x140980897C326FAB — Mega Column (Deluxe)
MODL 0x96A22C71A7D5F019 — Mega Column (Budget DeLite)
MODL 0x6933686DAA49A7DD — Mega Column (Basic)
MODL 0xF86B0E19B2D4A3B1 — Buenaventura Column
MODL 0xB66FC487A094DBC5 — Soledad Square Column
MODL 0x32AAED70036D9B5E — Grosvenor Column
MODL 0x777CBB53FE0837BA — Annesley Square Column
MODL 0xB2266FF7148E3C72 — FitzHerbert Column


2014-12-16: Probably doesn’t need updating since all that’s changed is a version number and two flags that have been changed in every object I’ve seen so far, so I guess that is also something like a version number. But let me know if anything suddenly behaves funny.
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