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Vanilla UI Plus (VUI+) is a Fallout 3 & New Vegas mod that greatly improves the user interface without compromising the original style. It has been recommended by GOG and it’s maintained and supported.

Why vanilla ? Because it looks like old PLATO programs which I find consistent with the game setting. The standard fonts are also very easy to read by everyone including controller users.

You can check out the mod’s features at the annotated screenshots below but it’s better to try it yourself since it doesn’t affect saved games. Just make sure you check out the included Readme.

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Vanilla UI Plus version 7.2 - June 14th

The new version is shipping with a fix for a major vanilla bug in scrollbars at the Pip-Boy. I was aware of the issue for a long time but I never thought it would be possible to fix it without a low level patch. Well, never say never.

Specifically, when you drag the scrollbar slider by mouse it often fails to properly scroll the list at the bottom. In some cases you have to keep dragging the mouse below the scrollbar, but in other cases it’s even more annoying. See the following video as an example:


Fallout 3 - vanilla interface with Pip-Boy 2500 and Pip-Boy 2500a glowing tubes.


With the bug fixed, the slider’s position now correctly represents the visible area of the list:

Fallout 3 - Vanilla UI Plus with original fonts, Pip-Boy 2500 and Pip-Boy 2500a glowing tubes.


As you can see from the 2nd video, dimensions have been optimally configured for the modified Pip-Boy. This was done by editing the settings file according to the suggestion at its updated comments, so be sure to check Data\Menus\VUI+\settings.xml if you’re planning to use either Pip-Boy 2500 or 2500a.

The new version also contains a minor alignment fix for the precision of the HUD reticle, polishes the fix for the disappearing lines on ultra high resolutions and includes a couple more tweaks.

Vanilla UI Plus version 7.1 - May 19th

Original Fonts
You now have the installation option to use the original Fallout font at the Pip-Boy!


While I didn’t plan any major change to this mod, a new minor version would still be published to address an issue with xbox controllers, reported by Ozzyfan. I also wanted to remove the NMM recommendation from the Readme’s installation section. VUI+ installs fine with it but essential mods (such as the MCM, JIP-LN Plugin, PN etc) no longer work with NMM’s latest developments.

At the same time I resumed working on a very old feature request: to restore the user interface font from Brian Fargo’s original Fallout. The request was pointing to a “Classic Fallout Font Replacer” mod at Bethesda.net, but its metrics made it unacceptable for the standards of Vanilla UI Plus. The font would look too small but it would occupy more space than vanilla’s default, breaking out of the info-cards. I simply couldn’t replace the standard font with something that would break elements that I worked so hard to fix in the first place.

On the other hand, the mod did mention its source as a truetype file in the Van Buren demo archive at ModDB. This looked great in desktop view, but my initial attempts to convert it to the Oblivion’s bitmap format looked as bad as the replacer mod. However I kept working on it and started making good versions of the font. At some point I’ve made something that would look good enough, even for non-nostalgia type users.

Opening the original “Fallouty” font with a hex editor, I discovered the license and the name of its original author: Sébastien “Red!” Caisse. The license would allow free usage as long as it would be included along with the original font in the package. I then contacted Red! who offered me some useful tips and was surprised to see that his conversion would still generate feedback after all these years!

There were only two obstacles remaining: implementing the font at the Pip-Boy, and keeping the rest of the UI intact. Pip-Boy edits are the most difficult, but thanks to the work I’ve done in version 6, everything came out nice.

Keeping the rest of the UI intact was an issue: the game offers a very limited number of font slots and I didn’t want to replace the common ones. While the JIP-LN Plugin for New Vegas can be used to expand the number of available fonts, Vanilla UI Plus is also designed for Fallout 3. So I was limited to the 8 vanilla slots. Thankfully one of those fonts was only used in the Pip-Boy and the Repair Services Menu, so I could easily replace it.

Once I finished with the original UI font, I turned my eyes to the all-caps font used for the original Fallout logo. The truetype version of this file was also included in the Van Buren archive, so I’ve converted it to replace the font used for quest names and level-up notifications at the HUD. Not nearly as important as the UI font, but still nice to have everything back.

The original Fallout logo font used for quest and level-up notifications


Version 7 also comes with a nice small feature that I had developed for the Revelation patch: texture preloading. By preloading UI textures invisibly on the HUD, we can retain them for the entire game session and avoid excessive file I/O when a menu is opened.

The Companion Wheel is a good example for showcasing this feature. You’ve probably noticed that the game freezes for a moment before the menu is opened. This is noticeable in the ceiling fan on the video below:


The freeze started exactly when the E) key was pressed. That’s because the game had to read 34 texture files required for this menu. These will be cached like normal files, so the issue won’t affect repeated openings of the companion wheel, but after a while the disk cache gets cleaned up and the freeze returns.

On the following video, the preloading feature has been implemented:


There’s no lag on the ceiling fan because the menu opens instantly. Both videos were recorded right after the game was run, and the video showcasing the feature was actually recorded first so that it would not have the benefit of cached files.

Obviously this is of great importance for VUI+Revelation, which I intend to update in this summer. My checklist includes:

  • Updating VUI+Revelation to VUI+ version 7
  • Apply the Revelation style to the level-up menus
  • Use the original Fallout font in all Revelation menus

So, stay tuned!

Recommendations

Recommendations

News

A list of recommended Fallout 3 & New Vegas mods that may be of interest to VUI+ users. Updated May 4th 2018.

Changelog

Changelog

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Intended for those who haven't upgraded for a long time. Old version entries are concatenated into single sections.

UI mod installation & uninstallation

UI mod installation & uninstallation

UI/HUD Tutorial

How to properly install or uninstall user interface mods for Fallout 3 and New Vegas, including a suggestion for mod managers. 3rd edition, June 2018.

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Vanilla UI Plus (New Vegas) 7.2

Vanilla UI Plus (New Vegas) 7.2

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Install with a mod manager such as FOMM. Overwrite any mod supported by the User Interface Organizer, including the Mod Configuration Menu, oHUD, Weapon...

Vanilla UI Plus (Fallout 3) 7.2

Vanilla UI Plus (Fallout 3) 7.2

Full Version

Install with a mod manager such as FOMM. Overwrite Adjustable HUD. Use a patch (from the Addons tab) for any other conflicting mod.

Pitt Gal Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

Pitt Gal Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

GUIs

Adjusts the Pitt Gal paperdoll on the PipBoy and the HUD. Pitt Gal is a Fallout 3 paperdoll but works fine in New Vegas.

Vault Girl Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

Vault Girl Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

GUIs

Adjusts BigCman’s Vault Girl (AKA “Vault Meat”) paperdoll on the PipBoy and the HUD.

Cowgirl Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

Cowgirl Patch (New Vegas) 6.74

GUIs

Adjusts the Cowgirl paperdoll on the PipBoy and the HUD.

Vault Girl Patch (Fallout 3) 6.74

Vault Girl Patch (Fallout 3) 6.74

GUIs

Adjusts BigCman’s Vault Girl (AKA “Vault Meat”) paperdoll on the PipBoy and the HUD.

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Lord_Gaga
Lord_Gaga

Axonis, might you consider adding support for this mod: Nexusmods.com to VUI+? It adds new options to menu navigation that the game has needed forever (note that Beth did something similar in Fallout 4). Still very much enjoying playing with VUI+ BTW. Thanks.

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Axonis Creator
Axonis

No need to, VUI+ works great with KeyBoy (https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/62410) which is a MUCH better alternative!

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Lord_Gaga
Lord_Gaga

I didn't know that one, it looks awesome. Thanks.

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Guest
Guest

Screenshot test: xubuntu.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/3c15/1604_customization.png

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Axonis Creator
Axonis

Yep

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Guest
Guest

welp i finally got around to posting a screenshot but of course guests aren't allowed to do that and i hate signing up for things unless it is essential.

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Axonis Creator
Axonis

You can't post links as a guest for obvious reasons. But you can post addresses which can be easily copied/pasted: see above.

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Guest
Guest

How do I install this mod? I extracted the files to my Fallout 3 folder, but how do I activate them in FOMM? I don't use FOMM often, so I don't really have any idea how to use it. I looked for a .fomod to activate but couldn't find one. I'd like to use this mod for Pip-Boy 2501 but if I can't figure out how to install it I'll just use it without.

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Axonis Creator
Axonis

Start FOMM, select Package Manager, Add Fomod and open the VUI+ archive. That's it.

More info here: Zumbs.wordpress.com

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beeguard
beeguard

Would you mind sharing your modlist with us? I'm really curious about it.

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Axonis Creator
Axonis

Good Old Games version with all DLCs

NVSE & plugins:
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NVSE
NVAC - New Vegas Anti Crash
New Vegas Stutter Remover (not if you're on Windows 10)
JIP LN NVSE Plugin
Enhanced Camera

ESP-less mods:
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Collision Meshes FNV
Worn-Out Scopes (non-severely version)
Improved LOD noise Texture
Wasteland Flora Overhaul (esp-less version and delete treejoshAnv.nif, treejoshBnv.nif, yuccaAnv.nif, yuccaCnv.nif, nv_euroaspen02.nif, nv_redced02.nif, nv_westjuniper03.nif)
Vanilla UI Plus (New Vegas)

Normal mods & load order:
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YUP
NVCE Ultimate
Better Pickup Prompt
SafeAutoSave (New Vegas)
Barton Thorn Alternative Trigger
Heroin Zero Weapon Fixes
Unofficial Patch Plus
Mojave Music Radio - Extended
Mr. New Vegas' Secret Stash (hard to find, search the Internet)
Honest Hearts Letter
Simple DLC Delay
5 Level SPECIAL
Harvestable Cave Fungus
Vanilla Intro Plus
Main Story Alterations
Outside Bets
Expanded Medical Clinic
JSawyer Ultimate Edition
JSawyer Ultimate Edition - GRA Merged
Throwable Weapon Fixes

I'm also using Freeside Open and a patch that I've made for my game; once I release the patch I'll be recommending Freeside Open as well.

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beeguard
beeguard

Thannks. You are awesome.

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