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  1. Many thanks to @Dirktator and @Cyclone Boom and all other admins for their hard work today to restore not only the Template issue but also Login Session bug. 

    Many rounds of applause and gratitude to you all!

  2. All working for me I can confirm!
  3. @Prophet42These ones?: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3051 Thanks for the comment!
  4. It's been some time... 105 days in fact. I've been away from SC4 for a while having been weighed down with RL events, but I finally managed to get more work done on the city of Niederbauen. I completed the historical center to an extent that I felt ready to show you guys and there's a lot left to show. Hope you enjoy it! ----------------------------------------------{--------}---------------------------------------------- 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. There appears to be a protest in town... 34. ----------------------------------------------{--------}---------------------------------------------- Replies for "Some Winter Scenes" ----------------------------------------------{--------}---------------------------------------------- Thanks for viewing. Remember to like and comment if you enjoyed and follow the CJ to see all the latest from Niederbauen!
  5. @simmytu Looks amazing!
  6. I'm not sure about releasing it. I didn't really make that easy when I was making the sidewalk! Thanks @ulisse !
  7. My suggestion would be this: Turn the left side into a parclo - might need a little more space then, I've drawn it as. Why? Cause I think it would look cool And as for the other side, I'd use a RHW2 E split, then use the 45 flexcurve, rather than the D split and the 90 - it would just look a little moire compact. Another small thing to consider would be any acceleration/deceleration lanes. As for the Avenue connection - I love the idea!
  8. Wow wow wow. This is what I call realism... I can't really tell the difference!
  9. A thread for the politics happenings in the UK. (I don't think there is already one.) So David Cameron has just resigned, and Theresa May is currently at the palace. As a fan of Cameron, it's a sad day. 6 years and 62 days in control, both in a coalition and in a majority, but I'm looking forward to seeing what May can bring. What are your opinions? There are also more issues rising in the Labour Party. Will Jeremy Corbyn go? Who knows. I think it is hard for him to stay.
  10. It's not in anyone's culture, at least not in te UK, to be a terrorist.
  11. Have we tried it? No. We haven't heard any of that here. And in fact, reports are now saying at least one was from the ROI and so could not have been investigated by MI5. She also played a vital role in cutting the deficit by 2/3. But the success of the past Tory governments is a total other debate. And there was no evidence for this or Manchester than more manpower would have helped. The opposite: officials said the police cuts had no impact in the latter attack. Oh and here comes the scaremongering. Completely lacking basis or truth and only insighting 'fear' in people like me... Considering the extremists are using safe spaces online, such as Whatsapp, what exactly do you propose to combat it, if you can't identify what's going on there?
  12. I actually live just a few tens of miles from the site of Saturday's tragedy - I'm still not only shocked and shaken but a little taken aback at what ahppened on my near-doorstep, I personally would feel safer had the security services had the power to look at services such as Whatsapp and Messenger. Would it have stopped it? I don't know - hindsight is a wonderful thing. But if it can, could, maybe, possibly, a small chance, a minute chance of stopping another 7 lives, and 22 in Manchester a fortnight ago, being ripped innocently from this world then I'm up for it. I'm writing this while I'm watching the One Love Manchester support concert - I'm not sure whether it's being broadcast internationally or not - but what it really shows is how terror does not, and should not shake us. That shouldn't distract us from the fact that if we do nothing more lives will be lost. Not just in the UK but around the world. I am not prepared to let that go. I am not prepared to sit here and watch tens of lives be ruined or ripped away, in my city or in others around the world. I will not; I can not let that happen. We haven't tried this. You may seriously doubt, but you don't know. It must be worth a go. If it saves just one life it is worth it. It has to be worth it. And if it doesn't work, well we tried. We can move onto a new strategy. What is it? I don't know - but we'll know the outcome of this solution and whether it works or not. I might save just one life. We should; we have to try.
  13. Would you rather have slightly less online privacy, or over 30 people killed in terror attacks in the UK in 3 months? While I won't like less online privacy, I know certainly which one I'd prefer...
  14. MMP overload! Really amazing work - I love how you've integrated such variety in your use of MMPs, layering them all up. That second picture is truly stunning. Anyway, always eager for more from you Akallan!
  15. What an amazing reaction. One of my favourite buildings in architectural terms from one of my favourite parts of London.
  16. I remember I was speaking to Cyclone a while back about the signature rules since I was wanting to do something which isn't currently possible, and yes, the criteria set out by Chief ZDN are correct and must be followed by all users - the signature won't save otherwise. (Trust me I know - I tried! ) As for external links, the rules certainly don't prohibit them - I have them in mine. As for animated, while I don't think they're banned per say, I certainly wouldn't recommend them. I know I'd personally find them very distracting.
  17. Considering St Pancreas (Right next to this site) is the station I use when I go to London, I know the area well. Not only do I think the building would suit the area quite well, but like Tekindus said, the fact it's not just another "let's build it higher' is a good thing. It also looks like a typical Google office - a working space with great liveability also. I'm looking forward to seeing it being built each time I go past!
  18. Another great entry!!
  19. I can confirm, like Cori, that this is not an issue for me. (Safari 10.1, MacOS)
  20. @MissVanleider That's looking great! I love the farms and small 'villages' and that town at the bottom looks very nice indeed! I do think that diamond interchange over in the west could be shrunk a little - looks a little oversized, in my opinion.
  21. However likely, or unlikely, I think it is wrong for people to be presuming the identity of anyone who committed this atrocity. Police have confirmed it was a suicide bomber; that's all we know. That's all we should be talking about. That's all we should be commentening on; not speculating on 'facts' which we do not know. I think I'm right in thinking this is the worst attack since 7/7, and it's a true tragedy.
  22. As part of the upcoming Trixie Season, the Staff team have been interviewing various prominent members of the community and asking them about their favorite STEX files and City Journals over the past two years, inspriation and creative workflow, along with life outside of Simtropolis. So without further ado, please welcome our third guest: An Interview with Korver Thank you very much for taking part in this interview korver. Sure We all have our own unique Simtropolis story. How did you first discover this community? I first found out about ST actually back in late 2009. I finally got a computer that could play SC4 (I was playing SC3KU before then), so one of the first things I did was buy it and see what it was all about. I wasn't too impressed with the graphics at first.. well, until I discovered ST and started seeing all of the stuff people were making. Once I downloaded skyscraper's Burj Dubai.. I was instantly hooked. For a while, at least. I was off and on with the game over the next couple years, slowly improving my skills, but never really accomplishing a whole lot. Finally, towards the beginning of 2016 I rediscovered ST/SC4 and started to take it seriously for once. I finally built up enough courage to start a CJ, something I always thought about, but never thought I would be able to do. What areas of the site do you tend to visit most frequently? Currently, I tend to visit the CJ section the most, constantly seeing what everyone's up to and on the lookout for inspiration. I still browse the forums regularly - I used to participate more actively, but then RL and my CJ started eating up more time so I slowly became more of a lurker. I hope to become more active in 2017. You usually create amazing realistic CJ entries. Outside of this genre, what is a work you have been very impressed with which is thematically at opposite ends to your style? One very unique CJ which I have been very impressed with has been Utopolist's CJ "Utopolis". It's one of a kind, creating truly unique surrealistic scenes through SC4 and PS. Sometimes you don't really know what's going on, but that's the fun of it. You really have to think about each picture he makes and what it might possibly represent. What are the steps in your creative process? The first step for me is to pick out a scene that I think is going to be visually interesting. Usually, I want to pick out something that hasn't been done before, or will make the viewer say "wow!". So I'll do some research, digging through atlases, online lists, and then try to pick out the best scenes possible. From there, it's a matter of trying to recapture that feeling in the game, which can be difficult. Nature scenes are generally easier, as it's usually a bunch of MMPing. City scenes are much more of a time sink, as everything I do is custom lotted to ensure the highest level of realism possible in SC4. Some things like people and cars occasionally are MMPed after the fact, but generally the rest is lotted. After that, I'll make some adjustments in PS to make it seem more authentic and to bring it to life even more. Your work is a source of inspiration for many. Who’s work inspires you? I take my inspiration from many. It's something that I do in all phases of my life - I start off by doing some serious research, seeing who's the best in each aspect of whatever, and then putting my own spin on it in the end. So for SC4, that means my lotting is being inspired by the likes of Badsim, elavery, & Bastet. My MMPing is inspired by Yan077, Benoit, and Ln X. My photoshop is inspired by Huston, MilitantRadical, and marsh. So on and so forth. But.. If I had to choose one name, i'd have to go with SimHoTToDDy. His SBU is still one of my favorite CJs ever - everything in that CJ simply seemed to come together perfectly. What advice would you give to a CJ newcomer, who was planning on creating their CJ? I can think of two pieces of advice that really stand out to me above the rest. The first being, don't get too ahead of yourself. I actually struggled with this concept for many years. I'd always download entire region maps and try to complete it all, or make a recreation of an entire country, etc or something similarly overwhelming. As a result, I got very little done and it really slowed down my progression. Now, I just make recreations of smaller scenes (Well, except for Sydney, but I only did it once I knew I was capable of something like that), and it works out great for me. My second piece of advice would be to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Do something really unique and interesting, I think this is one of the best ways for people to really notice your work. So overall, it's all about finding that fine line between constantly pushing yourself, and not overdoing it. Tell us one of your favourite pieces from the STEX in 2015 and 2016 and explain what it is about and why this is your favourite piece? Favorite from 2016: Heblem made a surprise appearance in 2016, and this building was well worth the wait. It's truly one of the most detailed, beautiful, and majestic looking buildings I've ever seen before on the STEX. Few buildings take your breath away when you first see them, but this is certainly one of them. Favorite from 2015: To me, this building was certainly the best of 2015. First off, it was in production for over 2 years and went through a number of revisions to make it absolutely perfect. But that final rendering time though, 332 hours! Now that's some real dedication. Not to mention some of the best nightlights I've ever seen before on a BAT. I just hope one day I'll be able to put it to good use in an update! What's a quality piece of work on the STEX from the last two years which you think has been overlooked? I'd have to go with Flunight Props Vol 01 MMP. For the longest time, Girafe has supplied us with great deciduous MMPs, but there hasn't been the same level of quality and variety when it comes to tropical MMPs. This pack changed all of that, and I've been using it extensively since it was released back in late May. Has anyone's content surprised you from the last two years? In what way was this a surprise? I think the biggest surprise to me was seeing the progression of Akallan's work in his CJ, "Phoenix Project". From the summer until the end of the year, it was truly amazing to watch how fast he progressed and how realistic his scenes got. It takes most people many years to become that talented with MMPs, and he got there in a couple of months. He sorta came out of nowhere and now has one of the best CJs on ST, in my opinion. Who is an up-and-coming member that we should look out for next year? I'd probably go with Krisman here. I'm a obviously big fan of custom lotted cities, and I think he produces some of the best ones here on ST. He produced a string of very detailed updates towards the end of 2016 in his CJ "Principauté de Caravella-Guatalaga", and if he keeps it up in 2017 he could have a big year. What are your favourite Simtropolis moments? For me, my favorite moments are always seeing the comments and support I get after working really hard putting together an entry for my CJ. It really motivates me and makes the whole process worth it. Thank you again for taking part in this Korver! I wish you the best! Same to you, and thanks for letting me take part in this interview! I hope you enjoyed reading this interview - We can assure you there will be more to come during the build-up! - _Michael, Staff and Trixie Team
  23. @RandyE, @matias93, @JP Schriefer, @Fantozzi I have edited the file and by removing the formatting it should be fixed. It was indeed caused by formatting being carried over from Wiki, including links and line spacing and so forth.
  24. That's strange. I have PIMX to work just fine on Windows 10. Have you installed the two things listed on the download page? Hope this helps - the buildings look great!
  25. If you hover over the avatar of the message in question with your mouse, it will give you the timestamp there.