Master Caw Tutorial & Resource Links Thread



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    Master Caw Tutorial & Resource Links Thread

    Post  Admin on Thu May 12, 2011 6:01 pm

    Caw Tutorials & Information

    Hello Everyone
    This is meant to be an information archive listing for all the pertinent information out there concerning Caw. You can help by alerting me of any new information out there you don't see listed, or you can write a tutorial of your own if you see information lacking. Just post with a link to the information, and I'll include it under the appropriate heading.

    Thank you for your help.

    Also let me know if there are any broken links, or typos Embarassed


    Caw Troubleshooting, Latest Patch Info, Error Messages.

    Need help trying to figure out what the heck is going on? Go here.....
    Create A World - CAW not running? CAW running slowly? Updated as needed by Simsample @ MTS
    Steam installation, and Caw by LittleMinxUndr EA Caw Forum

    This thread is a compilation of some very useful info about creating a world, at MTS, and also around the web......
    Useful Resources, Common Issues, and Much More Check here for links I may have missed. Armiel at MTS keeps this updated.

    Other Active Caw Forums

    MTS: Create a World Forum
    Mod The Sims: Caw WIP
    Custom Sims 3: World Creation & In-game Editing
    TS3 Creators' Consortium II: Caw Section
    Bear Mountain Creations For The Sims 3
    Create Your World Un mundo para ti This is a Spanish speaking forum, you can use Google Chrome to translate
    Pasimfic Wiki a Create-a-World database
    "SimsExpressie" (SimsExpression) This is a Dutch site run by SimLibby. This translates well using Google Chrome.

    Beginners Caw Tutorials & WalkThrough

    The first two tutorials are from EA, and came out with the Caw tool. The rest of the tutorials are good basic tutorials written by Simmers in the community. This is all I know about right now. As usual, If you know of a good tutorial here, or on another site, post here and I'll add it to the list.

    EA's The Sims™ 3 Create a World Tool – Beta Walk Through
    EA's Create a World Beta pdf

    HOW TO CREATE A WORLD - THE SIMS 3 CAW TOOL GUIDE by Krrank......Learning to use CAW, the easy way. Tutorials and Downloads.
    Shalua's Create-a-World FAQs
    Sims Wiki: Tutorials: Creating Sims 3 Worlds by HystericalParoxysm
    Video Tutorial: How to Create a World - Part One By The Sims Supply
    Video Tutorial: How to Create a World - Part Two By The Sims Supply
    Video Tutorial: How to Create a World - The Basics By The Sims Supply

    Creating A World That Doesn't Suck by TVR Designs @ Sims 3 Wiki
    Building a world Part 1-6 By Stw 402 @ TS3CC II
    Building a world Part 7-10 By Stw 402 @ TS3CC II
    Building a world Part 11-12 By Stw 402 @ TS3CC II

    Tips & Tricks from Other Cawsters

    Create A World Tips to get you started by Richdre @ Bear Mountain Creations
    Beta Testing a World..........Tips & Tricks @ TS3CC II

    Roads & Bridges

    Possible to replace placed roads with different design, quick and dirty? by Simsample @ MTS....Post #7
    List of Street Names by Rflong, EA Caw Forum
    CAW Basic Road Tutorial by Richdre @ Bear Mountain Creations
    CAW Custom Roads Tutorial by Richdre @ Bear Mountain Creations
    Basic Bridge Tutorial by Richdre @ Bear Mountain Creations
    How to make a custom road by HturnerP EA Caw forum
    How to create a bridge In CAW by ryanmountford2
    Video Tutorial: Create a World, Bridges By The Sims Supply
    Video Tutorial: How to make a layer and delete roads in Create a World for Sims 3
    Video Tutorial: How to Connect Roads
    Tutorial: How to Create a Highway by Jasumi @ EA Caw Forum
    How to Make Curbs on the Side of Roads by Roxs, EA Caw Forum

    Textures, Terrain Painting & Sculpting

    How To - Making Sure Your Terrain is Flat by Rflong7 @ EA Caw Forum
    Making Transparent Textures by Simsample @ EA Caw Forum
    How to extract textures from EA Worlds by auntielynds, EA Caw forum
    How to paint your rocks by HturnerP, EA Caw forum
    Create A World - Terrain Painting Tips by Simsample @ MTS
    Textures: *A full list of CAW Default textures- In photos * by lovingreds, EA Caw Forum
    Downloading and Installing Textures for Caw EA Caw forum
    The Easy Way to Create Terrain Textures. by Jericosan EA Caw forum
    Create a World: Terrain Tools Sims 3 Wiki @ TSR
    Making Craters in CAW by Rflong7, EA Caw Forum
    Terrain Show! (show off your terrain and tips!) at MTS Great thread with tips and tricks of Terrain Painting, including how to erase them.
    Help building a realistic pier @ MTS Different approaches on creating piers, and barges in Caw.

    1. How to Build a Boat Pier by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    2. How to Build Underwater Lots & Dock Ports by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    This goes with my How to Build a Boat Pier tutorial. It's the second part to it!

    Meta Data Objects Tips & Info

    50+ Useful Fog Emitter Effects in Pictures by Virvatuli , EA Caw Forum
    Fog Emitter Effects Animations Series by SimEve , Creative Works Blogspot
    The Easy-Peasy Distant Terrain Tutorial by HeyWhatReub, EA Caw Forum
    Aligning Distant Terrain by Kiwi tea @ Pasimfic Wiki
    Lists the names of each distant terrain alongside their positions and rotations
    CAW Spawner Tips for a Medium Sized World by Richdre @ Bear Mountain Creations
    Spawners, How Many are too Many? @CS3
    Using Fog Emitters in Caw@ TS3CC II
    CAW Plants Cheat Sheet by HystericalParoxysm @ MTS

    Recoloring Rabbitholes, Plants, and other Objects

    *Custom Bridges Tutorial (NO Custom content!)* by ThomsonJamie @ EA Caw Forum
    Piddlesam Easy Tutorial to Recolouring Rabbitholes by Piddlesam @ TS3CC II
    Adding & Extracting Metadata Objects: Recolors, Rabbit Holes, Trees, ect. by auntielynds @ CS3

    Routing, Routing Paint, & Camera Routing

    Find Routing Issues Quickly and Easily by Daniel @ Sims 3 New York Blog
    Perfecting Routing, an OC approach to routing paint... by Eyelem @ TS3CC II
    Basics on Sim-Routing in Create a World-Tool by armiel @ MTS

    Waterfalls, Rivers, Surf, & Caves

    How To Build A Cave by 8NiSci8 , EA Caw forum
    How to make your waterfall look realistic by Sim Outlaw, EA Caw forum

    Exporting, Thumbnails, & Installing Your World

    Installing your World without Uploading to the Exchange by auntielynds, CS3 Caw Forum
    Video Tutorial: How to Export Your World - Includes instructions on how to make a 256x256 .png image, how to export, & install/upload your world.
    Thumbnails: 24 bit Png Image Creation with by auntielynds EA Caw forum
    Pre-made 24bit pngs for Caw thumbnails Download
    Source Texture Organization Getting all those textures organized, with pictures for easier identification by auntielynds @ TS3CC II

    Height Maps

    Creating Your Own Height Map Sims 3 Wiki @ TSR
    How to create a world using Real-World Height data by Napalm_VFR @ EA Caw Forum

    Lots, Lots, & Lots

    * Community Lot Guide & Check List by Geminiagre @ EA Caw Forum
    Ways of fighting "Sprawl" or "lot creep" already available. by Damienf519 @ EA Caw Forum
    * The Sims Wiki: Lot Assignment Info This tells you exactly what each lot assignment does, By Kiwi Tea
    This list can be sorted alphabetically, by type of rabbithole, by size, or by expansion/store set required.
    Assigning Addresses to Lots @ EA Caw Forum, 3rd post down, Tzmsims
    Rabbithole lot sizes by Kiwi tea @ Pasimfic Wiki
    Sunken or Raised Lot Fix by Amaholus, EA Caw Forum
    Set Front of Lot CBedna01 EA Caw Forum
    Tips for perspective and terrain conformation by Roswin @ Bear Mountain Creations

    Lot Building Tuts

    *How to build an Apartment - In 8 steps* (Deconstruction Method) by lovingreds EA CAW Forum
    Working with Late Night Apartments by LoCatus @ TS3CC
    List of Building Tutorials or How do I do That? EA Creative Corner Forum
    House Apartment Building!! by MrCrumplebottom1 EA Caw Forum
    Tomb Building Tutorials A whole list of Tutorials @ TS3CC
    Making a Resetting Trap in 10 Easy Steps by glen416 EA Caw forum
    How to Create Underwater Passages (Great With Tombs!) by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Build Subtopias & Cave Complexes: Lost Worlds to your Tombs! by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Create a Countdown Timer for Your Tombs by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Make a Specific Statue Activate a Specific Switch by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Lock, Unlock, and Re-lock a Pushable Statue From Being Moved by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Create Musical Tomb Triggers by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum
    How to Build 2-D and 3-D Platform Tombs by bunbunnyny EA Caw forum

    Advanced Tutorials

    Making a world a City Simsample @ MTS easy instructions
    Updated: Tutorial for adding Sims in Create-a-World By tea_and_blues EA Caw forum
    Advanced tutorial "Tweaking your worlds, custom sea/sky/rabbit holes/emitters by Stw402, EA Caw forum
    HOW TO MAKE WEATHER FOR YOUR WORLD: 5th post down; walkthrough by ltd2mp87 EA Caw Forum
    Making high resolution world maps tutorial by Vagabond @ EA Caw Forum
    Creating an Initial Flyover in Caw by Pyronium3 @ Pasimfic Wiki
    CAW fog "invisible water" workaround by Wyndhane @ TS3CC
    Converting Google Earth Buildings to Sims 3 CAW Deco Objects by Tjstreak EA Caw Forum

    Editing Premade Worlds MTS
    Video Tutorial: Import full neighborhoods into Create a World with objects, lots etc. by Magicmavis (SimTuts)
    Getting a Downloaded World into CAW by SimAd at Bear Mountain Creations

    Turning a world into a vacation hot spot by Stw402 @ MTS
    Changed my world into a vacation world by Simsample @ MTS
    Resource responsible for determining the characteristics by Simsample @ MTS

    Modding the Create-a-World Tool to Unlock Hidden Features by Simsample @ MTS

    Pre-Populating your World &/or Providing a Save Game

    CAW Population: Populating Worlds in Create-a-World by Kiwi-Tea @ Pasimfic Wiki
    CAW Population: Balancing Your Population by Kiwi-Tea @ Pasimfic Wiki
    Save Game TravelDB.package Info by DOLLDRMS1 @ EA Caw Forum
    discovery that if you are going to offer a save game file there is a risk of providing a bloated save game and a suggestion to reduce the size of that save game.


    Create A World - CAW not running? CAW running slowly? by Simsample @ MTS
    Edit in game loading and crashing Issue's @ TS3CC II
    CAW crashing on high end computers? Solution using CFF Explorer by Geminiagre EA forum

    Misc Information

    Re-installing Caw, How I do it by auntielynds MTS
    Why CC Should Not be Packaged with a World, & How to Ensure it Isn't by Simsample, EA Caw Forum
    How To: Upload Caw Files to Share by auntielynds EA Caw forum
    Pinstar1161 Legacy Challenge Rules People that play your world may also want a lot with the correct requirements for this challenge. You can change the lot value in the Property Window in Caw.
    Water Levels from Twinbrook and Bridgeport Simsample @ MTS
    How to add description to your household before exporting from edit town. by Buttonsginger @ TS3CC II

    Dutch Tutorials

    (Don't forget to change the language to dutch and than copy the link)
    * Creëer een Wereld Bibliotheek: ervaringen, tutorials, inspiratie by SimLibby EA Dutch Forum
    * Tutorial CAW: hoe te beginnen in/met Creëer een Wereld by SimLibby EA Dutch Forum
    * Tutorial CAW: afbeelding, exporteren, installeren, uploaden by SimLibby EA Dutch Forum


    Archived WorldTool Downloads

    Custom Content

    Create A World - Modding objects to show up in CAW Metadata by Simsample, MTS
    Distance terrain disappearing when editing Hidden Springs More good info here on cloning objects to show up in Caw. by Rain90, MTS

    Making Create-a-World Recognize Custom Content
    Game Help:Installing Sims 3 Package Files/Setup and Files at Mod the Sims
    Delphy's Sims3pack Cleaner Checks your sims3packs for unwanted CC. tut on how to use it; Subject: Tutorial about Custard Tool by Delphy

    Deco Buildings, Planes.............Some cool stuff TJ Streak, not so naughty sims blogspot
    Caw Resources Section @ MTS @ Mod the Sims
    Sims 3 Packages for use in Create A World world builder (CAW) by O-Decaff/LeRoy157
    Simming in Magnificent Style Check this out for neat objects for Caw like working road overpasses, and new skyscrappers. Creations by Carlos
    Cacti for CAW by sleepalldaypartyallnight @ MTs
    3 Awesims Cornices that are actually fences at Awesims
    LunaSimsLulamai. Souce for some of those Skyscrappers, & Cool Objects at LunaSimsLulamai
    [LN or Base Game] Rabbit Hole Replacements (The Rugs are back!) by Jynx @ CS3

    File Sharing

    Terrain Texture Links, & Custom Roads by auntielynds @ EA Caw Forum
    EA World Caw Files TS3CC II
    Animated Items for CAW! Lighthouse flare, pigeons, animated windmill, and sciencesmoke by Aynat EA Caw Forum
    Share your Heightmaps Here HturnerP, EA Caw forum
    Riverview, Twinbrooks, & Bridgeport missing objects for Caw Includes the Riverview Bridge! YAY! by Simsample @ MTS
    Winter Trees, Shrubs, White and Pastel Roofs- Altered Image Files by auntielynds @ TS3CC
    CAW: DIY files to share from various simmers! A place to Share your Caw Files. Updated by Aynat @ CS3


    Programs I use to Enhance my World Creation auntielynds @ CS3
    Uses for S3PE in World Creation.........Tutorials auntielynds @ CS3
    These are the tuts covered:
    Designating a World a City
    Recovering Caw Files for an Exported World
    Changing out the WPID File
    So you can upload more than once to the exchange, or install more than one version of your world to your game.
    Adding & Extracting Metadata Objects: Recolors, Rabbit Holes, Trees, ect.
    Deleting the _KEY file to fix the Brown Uck

    Posting & Starting Threads, Info to get you started

    **The Guide To Getting Your World Noticed**#Contributors get cookies!#
    How To: Posting Pictures on Threads


    an idea generator for building houses by Syera @
    an idea generator for building towns by Syera @

    Subject: Petition for EA to release the "Create-A-World -- BETA" tool on the Mac platform
    This is an organized thread for Mac users.

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