Read Sims3Pack with PHP?
I have no idea. I guess I could struggle through and work it out, but I have no real use for it... You might want to ask Delphy, or the chap who replied and said he had it working.
I just thought this would be a good place to ask about it .
I figured there must be a simple(ish) sort of way to get the data, as reading XML in php is easy, and reading a file is easy, it's just a matter of trying to seperate the XML from the rest of the file, I suppose. Then again, I don't know, which is why I'm asking.
As for relaunching TSS. I'm in the process of creating a small downloads manager from scratch. More of an experiment. If it goes well, may just turn it into a little website or something.
So, I would be extracting the pics and having the file on line. Do the pics in the sims3pack show all the info the downloader wants?
Like I want a floorplan and some interior shots as well as house and garden. If those pics are not in there then I am then allowing the extra house shots. So then I am uploading the complete sims3pack with a load of things in I don't want that I am hosting and the downloader is downloading. Seems a waste of bandwidth really.
It might be handy for sims - I have never looked at sims. The actual process sounds interesting (I guess you did in fact ask Peter) but I don't think I would use it.
The reason I'm using Sims3Packs is because it will only be me upload, and the VPS I'm using has 4TB Bandwidth, so it's more of a feat to try and use it all rather than trying to minimise my usage.
With lots, there isn't all THAT much useful information, you can get the number of floors, lot size, game version and date it was created. The images you get are the ones you see on the exchange.
Reading that forum post on MTS, it seemed to be pretty useful for automating the filling in of information relating to Sims. But you are right, if you are bounded by bandwidth, Sims3Packs are not a good idea at all. The size comes from all the images. Out of my 1.5mb file, 1mb are the images. They are PNG files of about 150 - 160kb each, which is unnecessary considering their size is only 512x512.
Long story short, it's a good way, if you're not concerned about bandwidth to fill in a bit of information automatically.