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Easy STBL Manager - game strings translations utility

by CmarNYC Posted 20th Oct 2012 at 3:40 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:44 PM by Nysha
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This is a tool primarily for script and object modders to make it easier to manage the STBL files that provide translations. It can also be used by mod users to make translations for their own personal use, and by creators/users to provide an easy way to contribute translations for a mod and load them into the mod package.

List of functions:
  • Add STBLs to a package for any or all supported languages
  • Add strings to all languages in the package at once
  • Duplicate one language to other languages
  • Edit strings/translations
  • Export the strings for a language to an xml file which can be sent to a translator and returned with translated strings
  • Import strings for a language from an xml file
  • Add names for STBL files to a package with no naming


There's a tutorial here with detailed instructions and screenshots: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=488489


This needs more extensive testing, so please be a little careful when using it - make a backup of your package first and/or save it as a new package. Please report any problems. Reasonable suggestions for enhancements are welcome.


Runs on Windows using .NET 3.5. May run on Mac and Linux using Wine or Mono.


Unzip the files to a folder, and run EasySTBLmanager.exe.

Additional Credits:
Peter and Inge Jones for the s3pi library which saved me a load of time and effort, and for answering my still-can't-wrap-my-head-around-interfaces questions.

Twallan for the idea of importing translations in xml.
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EasySTBLmanager_1_0_0_1.zip | Description: Easy STBL Manager program 241.1 KB 4,089 20th Oct 2012
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
Sims 3

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Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

Tags: #STBL, #utility, #editor, #translation