Originally Posted by RaBidRaBit
I'm salivating over what I am seeing in that forum link you posted. I always just randomly looked through the STEX, I never thought to check out their forums as well!
I feel like a fat kid in a really big candy store.
Kind of a noob question. They say these are "BAT"s. What does BAT refer to exactly? How does it differ from a "Lot"?
BATs are customized lots created by the community. (WARNING - BATs are like crack!!!)
thread is a must read. Below is quoted from that thread.
Terminology and Abbreviations
If you successfully downloaded buildings, but they do not show up in any of the menus, then check to see if the building you downloaded is a GROW or PLOP.
A GROW building will grow on it's own; it will not appear in any menus. You need to place down residential/commercial/industrial zoning, and then it will grow itself.
A PLOP building is the opposite. It will appear in the menus, and you can plop it down anywhere you like, without waiting for it to grow in a zone.
You may also encounter these:
A PROP file is just a tiny little element, like a flagpole or pedestrian, which goes onto the lot of a custom building. You only really need to download these if they are linked as a dependency, or if you are a custom content creator.
A TEXTURE is a pattern or image, like brick or glass, that is used in custom content creation You only really need to download these if they are linked as a dependency, or if you are a custom content creator.
A MESH or a MODEL file is the barebones of a custom creation; before it has been properly imported into the game. You generally don't need to download these unless you are a custom content creator.
These are the types of file names you'll probably see when you download custom content.
A .zip is a compressed folder, containing your download. You'll need to extract (unzip) it to gain access to the files inside.
A .rar is another type of compressed folder. See above.
A .exe is a self-installing executable file, containing your download. Double click it to let it install the files by itself.
A .txt is a text document, which contains the README or other information. Recommend to keep; but you can delete it safely.
A .rtf is another type of text document. See above.
A .html is a downloaded webpage, which contains the README or other information. Recommend to keep; but you can delete it safely.
A .jpg file is a picture file. Creators generally put it in to show you what you are downloading. You can delete it safely.
A .png is another type of picture file. See above.
A .dat file is part of the download data. Don't delete it.
A .SC4LOT file is part of the download data. Don't delete it.
A .SC4MODEL file is part of the download data. Don't delete it.
A .SC4DESC file is part of the download data. Don't delete it.
The STEX is an abbreviation for the SimTropolis EXchange.
The NAM stands for the Network Addon Modification, which is one of the most well known modds in the game. You can get it here: http://www.simtropol...ls.cfm?id=21373
A BAT file is a custom content, like a building, that is created using the special 3D modelling software gmax or 3ds Max and the Building Architect Tool. They are generally created entirely from scratch by the creator.
A LOT file is a custom content that only uses existing elements that are in the game. It uses Maxis' LOT Editor to shuffle around props, textures, and stuff to create new things.
A MODD is a programme which changes the game in some way. They are different from other custom content, in that it affects the entire game. Use these carefully; often modds can conflict, and can cause your game to crash.
Sometimes you will encounter abbreviations which arn't listed here. Likely these are BAT Groups; a bunch of fans who get together and collaborate to make buildings or modifications. There are literally hundreds of these; some defunct, and others not.
Some of commonly seen BAT Team abbreviations are these: NDEX, BSC, BLaM, LBT, BSP, NYBT, HK, SFBT, ATR, SMP, NUTs, NHP, RTMT, SCAG, TD, and TSC.Edited by bfe_vern - 5/27/11 at 4:05pm