After The Sims original was release, everything created was
for The Sims (TS), but as new expansion packs were released, it
became apparent that Maxis had changed a lot of file information
for objects and eventually some naming conventions for skins. Livin'
Large introduced new items such as rugs and furnitures that when
cloned do not work in The Original Sims unless you have the LL expansion pack.
SimFreaks attempted to make items work for everyone
when possible, though on occasion we have to make things for specific
packs. With this in mind, it is necessary for us to convey information
to the downloader in the easiest way possible. We devised an icon
system, which has spread out through many other sites in the community. Despite the system, the increasing changes can cause a lot of confusion,
we provide this information to create some clarity.
Since all files were TS only in the beginning, the release of Hot Date created a little confusion. Originally all zips were linked to the image,
but as we got more expansion packs, we developed icons to specify which packs to use.
See the Icons List for clarity.
Assuming you accepted the default path settings on installation and installed
it on your C Drive.
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors
Extension: .cmx .skn .bmp
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Skins
Insert skins with .skn, .cmx, and .bmp extension in this directory.
Note: not all .bmp files go in here,
only if they are skins. If they say Pic in the name, they are probably
not a skin. You may wish to open it first before inserting. Inserting
these do not cause problems, just waste space in your skins folder. Skins
Usually begin with something like B001FAfitdrk_blahblah or C311MAfatlgt_blahblah
unless they go
with an attachment such as hats, glasses, purses.
Extensions: .iff .far
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\Downloads\
Do not install these.
.sif files contain text you may read with your text editor regarding
.sig files are infomation regarding the digital signatures of files.
.jpg or .gif files are usually screenshots of a particular item
houses & dowtown lots:
Extensions: : .iff
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Houses\
or with Livin' Large and later expansion packs:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData#\Houses\
Extension: .fam .dtl
You will need to install the telecom patch from TheSims.com if
you don't have it already.
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Imports