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Title: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on April 24, 2021, 11:45:38 AM
Just in time to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the very first release of the Network Addon Mod, the NAM Team is pleased to announce the release of the 41st edition of the mod, NAM 41.

(https://simtarkus.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/nam41-promo.jpg)

Download Link

SC4D LEX (Cross-Platform) (https://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=851)

RELEASE NOTES

Before you run off in excitement to install the new NAM version, please make sure to read this (short) document first, to ensure the best Network Addon Mod experience.

Note that without the 4GB Patch being properly applied to the game by Windows (and Linux/WINE) users (or the use of the "Low RAM/No RHW" Controller option for users on lower-spec systems/32-bit operating systems), the game will crash to desktop. The installation for the NAM on Windows has changed, as there is now a batch file (NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version41.bat) that users should run to begin installation, which will automate the 4GB Patch process. macOS users should continue to use the .jar file, and since the macOS version is a 64-bit application, the 4GB Patch is not required on macOS.


REQUIREMENTS



INSTALLATION AND GENERAL NOTES
Before beginning the installation process, if you have used a previous version of the NAM, make sure you remove it before proceeding further.

To install the mod, if you are on Windows, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version41.bat to begin the installation process. This will begin with the process to install the 4GB Patch on the game, and then move onto the actual NAM installation process.

On macOS, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version41.jar to begin installation.

Note that the NAM is packaged in an installer, and simply dumping the contents of the download into the Plugins folder will not install the mod. Doing so will only slow the game down, and none of the NAM's menu additions will appear.

Note that the NTCore 4GB Patch is REQUIRED if you are running the Full NAM Controller ("4GB Full" options in the installer), which is required to use the RealHighway (RHW) system. If the installation procedure is begun via NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version41.bat, as is the new recommended procedure, the 4GB Patch should be automatically applied to the game. Otherwise, the patch can be found inside the download, or downloaded directly from NTCore here (https://ntcore.com/?page_id=371), where further instructions on use of the patch can be found. Also due to this installer change, the NAM Controller Compiler is no longer run as part of the installation process.

Users will have an option to install one of two pre-built NAM Controller options, the Full "4GB" option, which has a substantial size and requires the 4GB Patch and a 64-bit operating system, or a "Low RAM/No RHW" version that does not require the 4GB Patch, and does not include the code for the RealHighway (RHW) system, the most expansive feature in the mod. The "Low RAM/No RHW" version should be used by those with 32-bit operating systems (i.e. Windows XP), less than 4GB RAM, and/or by those not using the RHW. Users wishing for further customization of NAM Controller size can still run the Controller Compiler manually, as it is available in the download.

Users wishing to simply use the NAM's Traffic Simulator improvements should skip the main NAM Installation and instead load up the Traffic Simulator Configuration Tool (TSCT), which is in the folder of the same name. The tool itself is "TSCT.jar", though may be easier to open using the batch file ("TSCT.bat"). Note that the TSCT also requires the Java Runtime Environment.

COMPATIBILITY

The Network Addon Mod, in its current form with the full slate of installation options, is designed to run on systems with a 64-bit operating system and more than 4GB RAM. Most modern PCs should be able to comfortably run the mod. It is possible to run the NAM on 32-bit operating systems, and/or systems with 4GB or less RAM, by selecting a smaller feature set (minus the RHW) and the "Low RAM/No RHW" NAM Controller option, or manually compiling a smaller NAM Controller using the Controller Compiler.

At least 1.2GB of hard drive space is required, in order to fully unpack the installer, but actual installation size may run from as little as 1.7MB to as much as 850MB, depending on the options chosen and if one selects to manually run the Controller Compiler after installation.

The Network Addon Mod is compatible with the following versions of the game:
 

The Network Addon Mod is NOT compatible with the following versions of the game:

 

What should I do if the NAM installer rejects my copy of the game?

The new NAM installer (introduced with the NAM 37 Release Candidate) no longer runs a version check. However, it is strongly recommended that users check the version they are running, as unpatched copies can be unstable. In Case F, the solution is simply to install the EP1 Update 1 patch (SKU 1-5), which can be downloaded from Simtropolis here (https://community.simtropolis.com/sc4-maxis-files/) or SimCity 4 Devotion here (https://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?page=16).

For Cases G and H, see the section about Origin here (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/0-read-first.html#origin).

For Cases I, and J, it is recommended that you purchase a digital copy of SimCity 4 Deluxe (NOT from Origin).

What should I do if the NAM installer rejects my copy of the game?

The new NAM installer (introduced with the NAM 37 Release Candidate) no longer runs a version check. However, it is strongly recommended that users check the version they are running, as unpatched copies can be unstable. In Case F, the solution is simply to install the EP1 Update 1 patch (SKU 1-5), which can be downloaded from Simtropolis here (https://community.simtropolis.com/sc4-maxis-files/) or SimCity 4 Devotion here (https://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?page=16).

For Case G and H, see the section about Origin here (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/0-read-first.html#origin).

For Cases I and J, it is recommended that you purchase a digital copy of SimCity 4 Deluxe (NOT from Origin).

New Features for NAM 41


DOCUMENTATION

For more information about NAM installation and this release, please see the "Read First" document, enclosed in the download (0-read-first.html) and available online (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/0-read-first.html).

The remainder of the documentation can also be consulted online at: sc4devotion.com/namdoc (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/)


Please note that NAM 40 and earlier have been discontinued, and are no longer eligible for any form of technical support.

Thank you all for your continued support--hope you enjoy!

-The NAM Team
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: AsimPika3172 on April 24, 2021, 06:11:18 PM
Thanks for update!  :thumbsup:  &apls :bnn:
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: Wiimeiser on April 25, 2021, 08:18:58 AM
NAM 41 already? We're nearly at NAM 42, but what is the ultimate question it'll answer?
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: Opkl on May 03, 2021, 08:22:25 PM
Nice Job! Quick question. Were can I find those traffic signals in picture? Also, will there be streetlight props on the Flex turn lane section of networks (road/avenues)?
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on May 03, 2021, 08:27:44 PM
Nice Job! Quick question. Were can I find those traffic signals in picture? Also, will there be streetlight props on the Flex turn lane section of networks (road/avenues)?

Thanks!  The traffic signals aren't available . . . the actual signals themselves are still the Maxis ones, but the mast arms are custom ones (modified versions of models I got from Ryan B.) I had been experimenting with, and had forgotten I even had installed.  Haven't really thought about the plans with those for awhile now.  I don't think we've really done anything with T21s on the non-intersection FTL tiles, though shouldn't be difficult to add.

-Alex
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: fantozzi on May 04, 2021, 02:01:02 PM
Most things strike you once. Few things strike you twice. But to strike 41 times ... well ... your name must be NAM to do this.

On the other hand Mr. Mike Tyson had 44 knock outs in his career so a little headroom's still left.
Title: Re: NAM 41 Now Available
Post by: fantozzi on May 07, 2021, 06:59:27 AM
Slip lanes ... try to understand my point of view ... in german language "slip" means "briefs" and now, with this new release first thought is they make you throwing a clothes line with underpants through the neighbourhood...