'Sims 4' Update: July 31 Patch Makes the Gallery So Much Better

Usually, patches are just a long list of bug fixes, but sometimes Sims players get lucky. This is one of those days. So far this year we got toddlers, glass roofs and a brand new Create-A-Sim in free updates. Today, the gallery interface got a complete overhaul.

"This is something we've been working on for a while and is the first step to keep enhancing the Gallery to make it an incredible platform for this community to share its creations," lead producer Grant Rodiek writes in the July 31 patch notes. "Our goal with the Gallery is to shift the focus towards the creators making incredible content and make it easier to download the content."

Lot design is where Sims players can really use their imagination and creativity. It takes patience and hours upon hours to use design tools to their fullest and build incredibles homes. Players who don't like to spend all that time often take to the gallery where generous players upload their creations. Players can share Sims, pets, households, rooms and buildings. It's also one of the only ways Simmers can interact with each other in-game. But until now, the gallery was fairly hard to navigate.

The updated gallery now functions more like a social feed, and it's much more efficient. The new update brings gallery notifications — if you are a creator, you get to see what people are saying about your creation. Following, liking, and downloading are at the top level of navigation. The names and profile pictures of the creators are more prominent. Trending hashtags are clickable. Comments are easier to make and see, and the interface makes it easier for players to share tips and building advice. Players can even download and install houses from right from live mode. The gallery overhaul gives the creative builders the recognition they deserve.

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'The Sims' team debuts the new gallery on Twitch. Twitch/ EA

"We are planning on more updates for the gallery, some big ones for later this year. They are pretty cool we think, and we have a lot more plans for the gallery down the road, years out," Rodiek said on a livestream showcasing the new update. "Because we have to port those to the console, we need to finish the changes on the PC first so we don't go back and forth."

Rodiek also teased custom thumbnails are coming, and he's "actively pursuing" how to deal with "plagiarism" in the gallery. He also revealed "Maxis Monthly," a show that recaps Sims news of the month and highlights creators within the community, starts in September. SimGuru's will also start bi-weekly livestreams to maintain a better relationship with Sims players.

Check out all the other fixes in the July 31 update below.

General

  • You can now move Easels into your inventory and Live Drag them, which means you can paint out and about in the world! Be sure to pick up your easel before you leave!
  • Removed unnecessary "seams" that appeared when wearing some full body toddler outfits.
  • Sims should now use the closest counter to prepare Garden Salads of any portion size.
  • Sims should now use the closest sink to wash dishes.
  • Sims should now only use a single Kitchen space to prepare a meal, even on Lots with multiple kitchens.

Get to Work

  • The "Ask About Suspect" interaction is now available during an APB event in the detective career.

Get Together

  • You can now select Hot and Cold Weather attire via the Closet.
  • Sims who belong to an Infamous Club no longer get the Intimidated by Fame moodlet at a gathering.

Seasons

  • The temperature in the Kiddie Pool is now consistent with other pools. Sims will get the "Uncomfortable Chilled" moodlet, but won't immediately begin freezing to death.
  • Vampires are now protected from the Sun when using an umbrella, though it probably gives things away, wouldn't you say, Vlad?
  • Decorations no longer clip through the rooftops when viewing a Lot in Free Camera mode.
  • Electronic objects will now function properly during the rain, assuming they are indoors and beneath a roof.
  • Sims will no longer freeze to death while playing basketball in cold weather. One could say that as a result of their skillful play, they're on fire.
  • Father Winter has been banned from all Clubs and will no longer appear when adding Sims to a club. Seems Father Winter has been naughty.
  • Pets will no longer stretch bizarrely while Sims are opening presents.
  • The Sing Together… interaction is now available on the Kinara, Menorah, and Holiday Trees when a Holiday Tradition is active.
  • The Flower Bunny no longer appears on random holidays and events, which is good, because Flower Bunnying is a full time job and they were really slacking.
  • Sims with the Responsible Trait now have their Daily Tasks automatically completed for the Gardening Career. R-E-S-P-O-N-S-I-B-L-E doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Sorry, Aretha.
  • Sims who die while skating now die like you'd expect them to die. There was some weirdness, but now there isn't. Just good 'ol standard death.
  • Sims were sometimes slipping indoors while walking TO a mud pile, which is silly. They now slip and fall like you'd expect.
  • Sims disturb their bees less frequently. We told them to buzz off.
  • Plants pollinated by bees will now evolve more quickly, which is how they bee better.
  • Facial hair now appears while the Hot and Cold Weather filters are active.
  • Banana, palm, and fern trees no longer drop leaves.
  • While using the randomize function with a mannequin you can now see Hot and Cold Weather options appear.
  • We fixed various typos in the Scouting Career. Apparently our Scouts didn't earn the spelling merit badge…
  • Handiness Whims are now completed when Handy Sims work on the Sprinklers and Weather Controller.

Jungle Adventure

  • Vegetarian safe options purchased from local vendors are now actually vegetarian safe.
  • Purchasing items from a vendor now contributes to the Jungle Explorer Aspiration progress.

Perfect Patio Stuff

  • Broken Sparks visual effects now go away once you repair a Hot Tub.

Backyard Stuff

  • Birds will once again appear when a bird feeder is placed.

Vintage Glamour Stuff

  • The vanity table should now apply makeup appropriately once more.

Laundry Stuff

  • Clothing should no longer disappear after hung on the Model T Clothesline.