Hi guys! Welcome to the site that never releases software. Over at The Sims they’ve parodied this site in a new site called red herring. I gotta hand it to them, it’s hilarious and if you can’t laugh at yourself then get a job with the government. The site plays on the fact that, yes, blueprint is still in development. Ahhh, the life of a con-artist. I’m very flattered at the work they put into it. Drop by and check it out, it’ll be worth the price of admission.

I’m a little spiked about this SIF thing. I know, I know. It’s a really simple concept and certainly not anything new, original or unique. I just think it’s a benefit to have as much information as possible without clouding the issue. I’ve emailed Maxis about the idea and even offered the code to integrate into Tmog to produce the file automatically when cloning. Okay, you might think I’m off my rocker and trying to borgify the world with my thoughts, but the general consensus over the whole thing is pretty positive. In any case, I am adding the support to blueprint through a simple dialog and it’s very painless when you save your work so nothing really is needed to be done by you except to choose whether or not you want blueprint to generate the SIF file for you (blueprint will optionally package your IFF/SIF into a ZIP file for uploading to websites).

So to recap, this is a good thing because:

  1. Author identification. Objects can be clearly identified with the author and include things like a website in case anyone wants to get other objects made by this person
  2. Public awareness. If a dozen people download an object with an SIF attached they’ll know who created it (for those that care) and finding another object with different information will lead to identification of object theives.
  3. Simplicity. Using a simple text file and not embedding the information inside the IFF or through some other binary methods means you can easily extract this information. Websites can use simple perl/cgi scripts to extract the info and display on a website. A CD-ROM full of objects could have a simple menu built reading the SIF files, making it quite useful. Sure, it’s not hackproof, but then nothing really is.
  4. Easy to Implement. No special software is required and SIF files could be associated with NotePad (or whatever text editor you want) so you could just double-click on them and view the information. Programs like SimExplorer can use this to display extra information about the object if present so the user has some idea of what it is (besides just looking at it). Email and website information can be formatted inside programs like SimExplorer to hyperlink to the author/website if you want to send the author a quick note about the object or a message of praise
  5. Optional. Use of the SIFfile is completely optional so your choice if you want to support/use it.

That’s it for this red herring post. Enjoy the night!