Building XML Fix
All attributes of a building XML in the mod folder now take priority over the original, so mods can meddle with all aspects of existing buildings.
Basically, now you can copy over a building into your mod folder and overwrite details about that building. So, let's say you wanted to change the operating time of the bar to be 24/7. Although you could do this previously by going into your install directory and editing the file -- now you can make a new XML in your mod directory, change the times to your liking, and share that file with everyone else on the internet.
Building Texture Change
Building textures can be modified directly from the building xml, no more need to use the custom profile textures.
Adding new textures is now much more friendly! Instead of having to rely on the custom textures XML, you can attach a texture directly to the building XML -- including it's bump map and specular. Here is how you do it:
Open up a building XML and add the following tag:
<OverrideMaterial material="Default" diff="NORMAL_TEXTURE"
Simply plug in the names of the files inside each one. For example, where it says NORMAL_TEXTURE, add in the name of the texture file for the texture the normally shows up when the building is placed.
You can add this to any building you want.
Custom Textures Now Additive
Custom textures dont all have to live in the same file, so multiple mods with custom textures should play together more nicely.
Beforehand (and yes I know this was a pain), all your custom textures you downloaded needed to be in the same XML in order to operate. This caused downloading new textures for your buildings a bit of a hassle. Now, you can have multiple custom texture XMLs all calling the same tag. The game will read them all in!
Camera Settings XML
The camera settings XML has been moved into its own folder so that it can be modded.
Head over to Data\XMLDb\UI\CameraSettings and you'll find that you can now edit the various attributes of the cameras -- including the pitch and zoom. Although you could do this beforehand, you couldn't share it with the world.
If you have any questions regarding any of these new additions, please ask away!