SimPE or Simple Package Editor is a package editor for The Sims 2. It allows users to edit neighborhoods, recolor existing objects, modify existing objects, create new objects, modify game behaviors and the like. It can also create sims2pack files, a handy way to distribute files that can be installed using the Content Installer that came with the game. It also includes a plug-in to edit a neighborhood's terrain (trees, roads, decorations, etc), a first for Sims 2 modding. The Sims line of games was meant from the beginning to be easily accessible to the modding community, and SimPE represents a massive and successful community-based effort on the part of modders. It is designed to appeal to and be useful to serious and casual modders alike.
SimPE is entirely based on community work and so is released under the GNU GPL. The source code and older versions are available on SourceForge. It is listed as the "simpe project".
With the latest version, 0.72, SimPE is fully compatible with all current expansion and stuff packs; there is a patch for the most recent stuff pack, Mansion and Garden Stuff.
SimPE's website contains discussion forums related to using SimPE and, to a limited extent, the game. There are several tutorials on specific topics related to modifying the game and using SimPE in general. The site also contains a GUID database, which creators are encouraged to use to prevent conflicts in the game that could cause one object to replace another (this is known as a GUID conflict).
SimPE requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 is installed for it to work.
If you need Help installing SimPE, please read this excellent Tutorial created by Xanathon.
Needed Software to run SimPE
* Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0
* Managed Direct X 9c (only if you want to work with Meshes)
Main SimPE Download
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/simpe/SimPE_0_72_01c_Setup.exe This is the normal user-friendly installer
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/simpe/SimPe_0_72_01.7z This is the one you have to unzip yourself and put it where you want.
Please read Installing a NEW release of SimPE without an Installer (.7z) when using this manual install version.
If the download tries to give you 0.68 then it's doing it wrong. Do not use 0.68 instead of 0.72 and please let us know it is happening!
* SimPE Photostudio Templates (2.317 mb)
o Requires SimPE
o Version 3.0 (6.1.2005)
o Just start the Setup Application
* SimPE Base Careers (0.689 mb)
o Requires SimPE
o Version 1.0 (26.3.2005)
o Copy the Files in this Archive to your SimPE\Data Folder and restart SimPE
Older Versions and .rar/.7z Archives
The rar Versions, the Source SVN repository and older Versions of SimPE are available from SourceForge.net. A tutorial on how to download the SimPE sources can be found in this FAQ-item.