Content Creator News

IMPORTANT: Http to secure https on Creator Product pages

Hey Creators,

This message is for all Creators who use http links in their catalog pages. For those of you that don’t, this will not affect you. What you may have noticed recently in your catalog pages is that they no longer load properly, and we want to provide a helpful solution.  If you haven’t seen a change yet, you will soon.

Due to changes Google is making to their Chrome browser next month, IMVU has been working to comply with making pages more secure by using only https (secure) links and not allowing http links to load in. Some of you have noticed this breaking your catalog pages recently because of your inclusion of links that use http. We have rolled back some of the changes temporarily and created a tool you may find helpful for updating your pages to be compliant.

The tool we have created will take any instance of “http” in your catalog page code and easily change it to “https”. You can change anywhere from 1 to 500 pages at a time. This tool is designed by an engineer to get the job done and not to look pretty. We highly recommend you try one page in the tool first and see how it goes before working up to larger batches of pages.

This tool may not be appropriate for every Creator’s pages, but if it works for you we think it can save you a lot of time vs updating pages individually and sending each one through peer review. We know it’s a lot of work to update your product pages and never fun when things happen that are out of your (and our) control. Please be assured it is not our intention to have you updating pages instead of creating great content, which is why we have created this tool for you: http://nl.imvu.com/creator_https_tool/

If you have questions about this tool, please join us in Creator Discussions here

Sincerely,

IMVUCreatorTeam

Let’s have a little fun with dev tokens!

Hey Creators,

We know one of the signs of your success is a surplus of dev tokens and that you’d like more ways to use them. We are so excited to announce an exclusive opportunity to be part of a limited edition deck of playing cards to immortalize your avatar on RL IMVU swag.

Starting this Friday, eligible Creators will receive a message from @IMVUCreatorTeam letting them know how they can sign up for a special dev token auction hosted by a 3rd party. Eligible Creators, those with 500 or more dev tokens, will get a chance to bid for one of 54 spots to feature their avatar on this special edition IMVU deck. The winning Creators will receive a complimentary deck as part of their prize.  The rest of you and your fellow Creators will have the first opportunity to purchase these decks with dev tokens, if you choose.

Creators will have one week to sign up as a participant before the auction starts.  Starting June 29 at 12pm PDT the auctions will open and all will be welcome to come watch the fun!

How will you strategize to get the card you want?

What card would you pick if you had enough dev tokens?

We are committed to bringing you more ways to use dev tokens that are in line with your needs, but hope you will join us in this unique opportunity to get some RL IMVU swag!

-IMVUCreatorTeam

Your input is needed for the future of the Creator tool!

Hey Creators,

We are currently in the planning stages of a new Creator tool and would like some input from the community. We have been gathering suggestions from a small group of highly engaged Creators as well as engineers that work with the product and have received many interesting and creative suggestions for the next version of IMVU’s Create Mode. Some of these must (and will) be implemented. Others are just too challenging to get done in the time frame we are anticipating for the current project.

We are still trying to decide about some of them. To that end, we have a new survey for you with a list of 20. We can only do a few of these so your input is very important to us. Please take a few minutes to weigh in on the Create tool and the features you would value most.

Create Mode Survey

Sincerely,

IMVUCreatorTeam

Best In Show: Meet Some Pet Meshers & Enter Our Contest!

Hey Creators,

How's creating going for you lately? Need some inspiration? Check out our Best In Show contest and your product could be the next login gift!

This month we are talking to Creators live on Twitch, learning how to texture a pet, and having a fun contest that is all about pets. 

Meet the Creator with Q&A: MaxSmoke777 May 15, 3pm PDT, 6pm EDT

Meet the Creator with Q&A: DarkAngel5 May 15, 3pm PDT, 6pm EDT

For contest rules and details, check it out in Discussions 

Then, follow us on Twitch so you don't miss our "Meet the Creator" live streams!

 

Move over clothing Creators, it’s time for furniture and room creators to shine!

Furniture and room Creators, our latest contest is designed just for you!  Our Showcase on the Classic website will soon feature furniture and room bundles made by the winners of this contest.

To enter:

Submit at least one new room or furniture item to the catalog.

Create a NEW decorated room bundle that includes your new room or furniture item

In the Core (downloadable) Client, take a Showcase-worthy picture of your amazing new bundle.

Then post in Discussions HERE with:

The link to your new furniture or room in the catalog

The link to your new Room Bundle

The link to your Feed picture

Please, only one entry per account!

All items included in the bundle must be GA

Original artwork only

No copyright or brand logos

Entries must be submitted before the deadline (8am PST April 17th)

Not all furniture pieces in your bundle must be your own, but using your own furniture will give you a better chance of winning a spot in the Showcase.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

The preview image (feed pic) of your bundle (this is critical as this will be shown at the top of the Showcase carrousel)

Actual contents of your decorated bundle

Your overall furniture and room catalog quality

Winners: We will be choosing up to a dozen winners to feature in the Web Classic Showcase.

If you are unfamiliar with making room bundles, instructions are here:

http://nl.imvu.com/catalog/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpbb2&file=viewtopic.php&t=541468

We are excited to present you with this unique advertising opportunity and hope to give more opportunities to room and furniture Creators going forward.

I can’t wait to see your fantastic entries!

-Laura

Apply for the Creator Showcase today!

Hey Creators!

Just a reminder we are always accepting applications to the Creator Showcase. Being featured in the Showcase is a great way to increase your exposure.

How do you apply?

Just follow these simple steps:

1. Look over your catalog and make sure it’s in Showcase-ready shape (this means checking for copyright and trademarked items that would disqualify you from being Featured as well as considering hiding anything that doesn’t show your work at its artistic best.

2. Check your Shop in IMVU Next or on Mobile, and make sure your catalog looks good as you scroll down.

3. Take a few snaps of your best work

4. Send an email to creator.showcase@imvu.com with:

  • Your avatar name
  • A link to your catalog
  • Whether  you create mostly for Men, Women or Furniture/Rooms
  • The pictures you took in step 3

That's it! What are you waiting for? Get your catalog in top shape and apply today!

-Laura

Holiday Gift Box Contest!

Hey Creators,

The Holidays are almost upon us.

Our gift to you is an opportunity to participate in weekly tutorial sessions with Creator community member Jazzkat through December 31. JazzKat will be sharing these tutorials via livestream on Twitch to show you how to use the free software Blender to create gift boxes to use in IMVU.

The basics:

Creators should enter the contest by deriving from the following product:  http://nl.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095  or a derivation of that product and make sure their entry is a piece of furniture in the new category “Holiday Contest 2017”.

Entries may include a gift box(es), simple or complex, your original mesh or derived from one of the derivable products in this category.

The EXTRA!!!!!

Creators and those interested in becoming Creators should tune in to Twitch to check out Jazzkat’s live Streams (and pre-recorded sessions) to find out how to make their own gift box and submit it to the IMVU catalog and get help with your files. https://www.twitch.tv/katsbits

Streaming schedule is as follows (all times are PST):

Monday, Dec 4, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 6, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 8, 4pm - 6pm Creator Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 11, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 13, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc

Friday, Dec 15, 4pm - 6pm Creator Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 18, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 20, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 22, 4pm - 6pm Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 25, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 27, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 29, 4pm - 6pm Help Hotline

Deadline: Dec 31

Winners announced: January 5

Prizes!!!

All participants will receive a special Holiday 2017 badge

Additional prizes

Best overall gift box product 25k Credits

Best original mesh: 25k Credits

Most Unique: 15k Credits

Best Detail: 15k Credits

Nicest wrapping paper texture: 15k Credits

 

Rules, rules, rules!

To enter the contest, please submit a gift box(es)furniture product to the new “Holiday Contest 2017” category of the catalog between Dec 5 and Dec 31, 2017.

Entries must be derived from product http://nl.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095

Submissions should be new to the catalog.

You may submit items to this category that other Creators can use to make their own contest entries, but they should still be derived from product http://nl.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095

Anything that is not a gift box will be removed.

Do not use COPYRIGHT or TRADEMARK textures, please make your own!

Anything not part of this contest will be removed from the Holiday Contest 2017 category

You may submit meshes for others to derive from and still submit your own separate entry

There is no limit to how many times you can enter. If we receive an overwhelming number of entries, we may revise this rule. :)

 

Happy Holidays, Creators! We hope you will join us on Twitch.

 

-JinxyWithMoji




Now Our FBX Importer is Even Better!

Hello Creators,

We hope you have been enjoying the FBX importer tool while we have been working hard to build more features for it. Today, we are excited to announce our latest update - a faster and more efficient way to import 3Ds Max files!  We know the pain our 3Ds Max users have endured in exporting and importing all your files separately and we know that you will benefit greatly from trying the newly supported FBX method. We also recommend trying FBX if you’re using one of the latest versions of 3Ds Max and find Cal3d isn’t working for you.

To see how fast and easy this is, please check out this video by Creator Polystyrene, which shows you how to create, texture, weight and export a cube from 3Ds Max, then import it with FBX in under 2 minutes 20 seconds: https://youtu.be/CQg6rrpsmFc If you are a Creator who doesn’t create meshes...yet, this is a great time to check out our whole YouTube playlist of Polystyrene and JazzKat tutorials and demos! 

If you have the most recent build of the client, you will now have more features than ever for  FBX for Blender and 3Ds Max.  If you don’t use either of these 3D programs, we’re happy to inform you that we’ve made some improvements to importing SketchUp and Maya FBX files. We encourage you to try FBX from any platform you normally use and let us know if you encounter any errors. (Please send any files/info/screenshots to creator.advocate@imvu.com, the more info the better!)

For the latest version of our FBX importer, please go to http://nl.imvu.com/download.php and download the very latest version of the Client. This version is usually newer than what you are prompted to download when you run IMVU, and will give you the most up-to-date features, functionality and support for FBX. If you have any trouble, please send us an email.

Thank you for being part of IMVU’s Creator Community.

Sincerely,

JinxyWithMoji

Coming soon: Fbx for 3ds Max!

Dear Creators,

We are about to release support for FBX for 3ds Max and we’re super excited!

If you’ve upgraded to the latest version of 3ds Max, you’ve probably experienced the Cal3d exporters not working properly. If you haven’t upgraded, you are probably tired of importing each file out of 3ds Max and into Create separately. Either way, we know you’ll be really pleased with this new option.

To see how much time FBX will save you, please take a peek at this video by Creator Polystyrene:

The official release will take place next week, however you can get a headstart by downloading the latest build of the client here: http://nl.imvu.com/download.php . Keep in mind, we are still working hard to make it perfect for you.

Thanks!

JinxyWithMoji

FBX importer now live in Create!

Hello Creators!

Today I am pleased to announce that we’ve just released our FBX Import tool.

At IMVU we are eager to expand our Creator tools to provide more features that are not only easier to use, but also available to everyone.. By providing support for FBX files, you now have a way to import multiple materials, meshes and animations in one shot, rather than fighting with each and every component of your product one at a time. (.xmf, .xsf, .xpf, etc).

At this time, we are releasing FBX for files that were created in Blender, a community-driven open source 3D creation suite that’s actively maintained and updated. Even better, Blender is FREE. Our goal at IMVU is to ensure that the Creator experience is low cost, user friendly, and accessible to everyone. With Blender in place, Creators can import clothes, accessories, furniture and rooms with a single import. For example, if you have a room built with 40 mesh pieces, 70 textures and 12 special poses or animations, you can import everything into IMVU in a single FBX instead of exporting and importing them one by one.  This will save you lots of time as you test and revise your large IMVU product.

Even with Blender there is more functionality that we plan to add to your experience to make it better. However, we decided to bring you on board now so that we can get your feedback on the first phase.  Your input is what helps us tailor the experience to your needs and helps us make decisions on what else to add to Blender.We have already worked with some of our Creators in our Alpha phase, with great success. (Special thanks to JazzKat for all his expertise and help! Thanks also to DimitriX89, Roy, Polystyrene, and everyone else in our FBX beta test group.)

If you aren’t a user of the free 3D modeling program Blender already, now is the time to get started!

Here are some great Blender tutorials from IMVU Creator JazzKat  that will take you from first steps in Blender to importing your creations into IMVU.  You can also find them on the new IMVU Creator playlist on YouTube.

We have also added documentation to the Creator Education Center, which you will find here:

http://creator.imvu.com/index.php/fbx-import/

The FBX tool should show up as a tab on your Create Panel once you download the latest Client build. At this time, you will not be prompted to download it automatically, but will have to go to http://nl.imvu.com/download.php and download and install the latest Client. If you have any questions or problems with this, please contact us at creator.advocate@imvu.com We hope you are as excited as we are and that you enjoy this new feature!

Sincerely,

JinxyWithMoji and the Creator Program Team