How to Install the Free SimsUshare Network Viewer

The first step in installing the free network viewer is to go to our website and in the Get the App tab, go to Download Free Sim Viewer. Right now, the network viewer is only available in Microsoft Windows. Where it says “Please select a platform,” click Microsoft Windows. Don’t download the first one here. If you scroll down you’ll see “Network Viewer.” And the easiest thing to do is to use the MSI format. Once you click on this, then it will download the installer as the MSI format. I’m going to see what that looks like. It’s going to come out as this installer. When you’re ready to install the program, double click on it. We’ll see here it says welcome to set up. Now it’s going to ask you, where do I want to set up the network? I’m going to browse over to my shared folder, I call it Training Share, my N drive here. And I already created a folder called SimsUshare app. So you can create a new folder to put it in, so that’s where it’s going, I hit okay. Now when I click next it will say click install, and now it says finish and I’m all done.

Now an icon on my desktop there for SimsUshare Network, and so I can verify it works by double-clicking on it and if I scroll. Now my SimsUshare viewer is working fine. If I have a license for it, I actually already have some sims already in my documents folder. If I have a license for it, I can go here and say “Upgrade to Platinum Network.” So the next step is where I’m going to show you how you point the the SimsUshare to look off of your common shared folder for simulations.

So now that we have the SimsUshare Network Viewer installed, you may also want to take a look at some more information regarding what the network can do. You go to our website and under the Network edition, you go to a page which talks about what the Network does. It will have extended documentation. We also call in some of our older documents, the Network version, we call it the Station Edition. So here you can get documentation for it. But let’s go back to our program now. And off of my shared network, I have the SimsUshare app installed. Now if I run it––and you may want to create a shortcut on your desktop and wherever your stations are––run SimsUshare, now as I saw before previously, I have all these scenarios that are local off of my documents. But now I want to select it so that simulations are off of a common shared folder. 

So what I’m going to do is I’ll close the program here, I’m going into the SimsUshare app, into this folder called config. Inside config is “simsfolders.xml.” Inside here, I’m going to go and edit this. I’m going to open it with a program like WordPad. I want WordPad not Word so it doesn’t add any extra formatting. What I’m going to do is to go down to a line here, and I’ll move this up so you can see it better, which says Sim folders and I’m going to type in here “baseSimFolder=”N:\publicsims”. So very very important that this is the same case, that you have double quote, regular double quote, and this is going to point where my folder is for my simulations. So it’s going to be called publicsims. I’m going to save this, going to go to file, save, and now when I actually go up to my training shared folder, I’m going to create a folder called publicsims. And again, I want to make sure it’s spelled exactly the same, no white space or whatever, exactly what I put into that configuration.

So now when I actually run SimsUshare for the first time, what’s going to happen is that it’s going to configure that publicsims folder. So if I go and play here you’ll see it’s going to drop in the welcome sims, that’s the only thing. And now if I ever want to put a simulation into my shared folder, all I have to do is go, view as a training officer, you see publicsims folder, I go in here, SimsUshare has created a sims folder catalog, and I can just drop in any simulation into the sims folder. So for example, let me close this over here and let me go and find some simulation I have on my computer. I’m going to go here to find let’s say, SimsUshare, this is a folder I have in my document SimsUshare folder. Let’s say HOUSEGARAGE. This is on my private computer. I copy it and now what I do is now inside of the Training Share, publicsims, I’m just going to drop HOUSEGARAGE in there. So now when I open up SimsUshare again, let me go and open it up from the network viewer, it’s going to say I found one new sim––Coleman House Garage––Should I add it? So I’m going to say yes, add it. And now I have Coleman House Garage sitting in my public network shared folder. That’s really all it takes, and there’s a lot more features of the network version like multiple folders, but you need a licensed copy of the full network version to be able to create additional folders. This is an easy way to be able to play simulations from anywhere in your department through your shared folder using the SimsUshare free network viewer. 

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