The Network Addon Mod (NAM) combines all transportation network-related fixes, additions and new creations that have been released so far. It will add countless new features to the existing network tools, such as new overpasses, highway onramps, intersections, ped-malls, a ground light rail network, roundabouts and turning lanes. This is the standard release version of the 36th edition of the NAM, NAM 36, for the Windows platform. Click "More" for installation details and a list of new features.
The NAM installer on the Mac platform is essentially the Windows installer contained within a Wineskin wrapper. This allows Mac users to have largely the same experience as Windows users in installing the mod, though there are some quirks because of this.
When one initially opens the NAM Mac package after downloading, there will be two items present: read-first-nam36.html and NAM36MacWrapper.dmg.
- Double-click the file "NAM 36 Mac Wrapper.dmg". Once the .dmg file has expanded, copy NAM36MacWrapper.app to the Desktop or another directory, and then double-click it to run the wrapped NAM installer.
- When you navigate through the installation process, the installer will show a popup message asking whether you are trying to port the NAM to a Mac. Select 'Yes'.
- In custom installation, the installer allows you to change the default path of the installation.
DO NOT CHANGE THE DEFAULT PATH.
The default installation will end up in "~/Documents/SimCity 4/Plugins/Network Addon Mod". If that is where your plugins are located, everything is fine. Though, if not, you will have to move the folders "Network Addon Mod" and "z___NAM" into your actual plugins folder after the installation process finished. (Advanced users will want to create a symlink at "~/Documents/SimCity 4".) The reason why this is necessary is that, currently, some of the installation paths of the NAM cannot be changed which therefore would always end up in the default location. Hence, this approach ensures that your installation does not miss essential files.
The location of the plugins folder is "~/Documents/SimCity 4/Plugins" for the Steam and disk version, whereas it is "~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.simcity4.appstore/Data/Documents/SimCity 4/Plugins" for the App Store version.
To reveal the Library folder in your home folder, in Finder, open the "Go" menu and hold the Option (Alt) key. The Library folder will then appear in that menu.
- During the installation process, the installer will display a popup message reporting that it failed to build a custom controller. Ignore this. You will get a full-featured controller. The effect of a large controller file is not as serious with the Mac rerelease as with the original Windows release.
The reason why the controller compiler fails is that it is Java-based and, even if you have Java installed on your system, it cannot interact with the wrapped installer, at this point. Advanced users, who want a custom controller, may run the stand-alone version of the compiler (see point B below).
- After the installation process finished, copy the folders "Network Addon Mod" and "z___NAM" into your plugins folder, if it is not in the default location, as described in point 4. Also take note of DatPacking situation, as it pertains to the "number of files" bug in the Mac port of the game.
- Enjoy the NAM. :)
Additional Notes: Running the Controller Compiler Manually on a Mac (Advanced Users)
If you know what you are doing, open the folder "~/Documents/SimCity 4/NAM Auxiliary Files/Tools/Controller Compiler/" and double-click the file "NAMControllerCompiler.jar". Select the 'input' folder "Network Addon Mod/Controller/" from the current "Controller Compiler" directory, and the 'output' folder "~/Documents/SimCity 4/Plugins/Network Addon Mod/" inside your plugins. For the rest, follow the instructions of the compiler.
UPGRADING FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION
If you are upgrading from a previous version of the NAM, DO NOT UNINSTALL OR REMOVE YOUR PREVIOUS NAM VERSION. The NAM installer can detect your previous installation options by reading the existing folder structure, and as such, it is safe (and highly recommended) to install NAM 36 right over top of your old version. This feature ensures that your settings from your previous install will be loaded up by default upon running the NAM 36 installer. If you remove the previous install, however, you may not remember exactly which options you had selected, and the NAM Installer will not have a record of your previous installation, which could potentially cause issues in your cities, such as missing items.
Generally speaking, the NAM Team makes every effort to ensure that new versions at least retain some form of "legacy support", such that cities built with any previous NAM version will continue to function well with the latest version.
Clean installs are only recommended for users completely new to the NAM, or those wishing to start clean with their plugins and regions.
If you have consolidated your NAM files using a tool such as SC4DatPacker or JDatPacker, please read the appropriate section in the Read First document.
NAM Version 36 will work with most versions of the Mac port of SimCity 4 Deluxe, with the exception of the disc copies with the Aspyr Universal Binary Beta.
NOTE: Due to limited team resources and a lack of familiarity with the Mac version of the game among current NAM Team members, Mac-specific tech support is extremely limited. The best resource for Mac-related inquiries is the Simtropolis SC4 Mac Users Board.
New features in Version 36--September 13, 2017
- New FLEX Turn Lanes (FTL) feature added, providing a more intuitive and flexible alternative to the old Turn Lane Extension Pieces (TuLEPs, now deprecated).
- Draggable Elevated RealRailway (RRW) viaducts added at L1 (7.5 meter) and L2 (15 meter) heights.
- One-Way Road Signalized Intersection and Turn Arrow Project (SITAP) expanded to cover intersections with FLEX Turn Lanes and Road-based multi-tile NWM networks.
- Street Addon Mod (SAM) Set 11 - IndustrieSAM by mgb204 added, providing a new, industrial-style Street texture.
- Draggable Wide-Radius Curve functionality added to all applicable Street Addon Mod (SAM) override networks.
- RealRailway (RRW) FlexTrack functionality expanded to cover additional setups.
- R5 radius Multi-Radius Curves (MRCs) added to the Road network.
- Diagonal FLEX On-Slope Transitions added to the RHW, supporting 1 and 2-level transitions for the RHW-2, RHW-4, and MIS networks.
- R4 and R5 radii Multi-Radius Curves (MRCs) added to the RealHighway (RHW) system, with support for the L0 RHW-2, L0 RHW-4, and L0 RHW-6S netwoks. Overlap ability also added to the ground-level R2 curves for the RHW, allowing for smoother loop ramps.
- Diagonal MIS Connection support added to the One-Way Road Roundabouts.
- Texture glitch fixed with the Euro version of the L1-L4 RHW-6S Type A2 FLEXRamps/DRIs.
- Minor pathing fix to improve zone access on the TLA-7 network in the Network Widening Mod (NWM).
- The compression scheme on the NAM Installer has been changed, making it such that the external 7-Zip SFX layer surrounding it is no longer needed.
- New edition of the NAM documentation started, marking a return to the HTML format used prior to the NAM 31.x releases of 2013. Please note that due to the incredible scope of the mod, and the amount of time to adequately document features, that some sections may remain in an incomplete state.
Special Thanks: The NAM Team would like to extend its sincere thanks to all the members of the community for their continued support over the past 13 1/2 years the mod has existed.