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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:52 am    Post subject: IMVU Next (beta): now available to all IMVUers! Reply with quote

Update: Starting on December 14th, if you navigate to m.imvu.com using your mobile browser from a smartphone or tablet, you will be re-directed to m.imvu.com/mobile and provide the same look-and-feel and experience as IMVU Next.

You may have heard the buzz about what we are working on "next" from our VIPs or Creators who have been checking the experience and giving us feedback.

Today, we are opening it up to all of our customers. The goal of IMVU Next is to ensure IMVU customers - current and future ones - can enjoy IMVU from anywhere, anytime. Some of our brand-new community members are starting off at IMVU Next while all of you can now take a peek and keep track of our progress - based on how you use the features and your feedback.

What is IMVU Next?

IMVU customers have fun engaging in activities that interest them and connecting with people from around the world using their 3D avatars and scenes supported by our vast 3D catalog - all created by our Creators. We have previously shared our goal to bring this experience closer to users wherever they are and whichever platform/device they are using. Our IMVU Mobile apps are already allowing you to do just that from your smartphones and tablets.

IMVU Next is a fresh online, aka browser-based, experience (that is still under development) where you can continue to enjoy your most favorite parts of IMVU from any computer without needing to have access to the downloaded IMVU client. Additionally it allows us to introduce cool features that are feasible with the browser-based technology but not with our desktop technology. You will notice that Photo Booth feature is available in IMVU Next in addition to our mobile apps. Stay tuned for another seriously awesome feature coming up soon!

IMVU Next is in Beta! There is a lot more work to be done and you can expect to see improvements, additions, and changes regularly.

IMPORTANT: IMVU Next experience is 2D by default but anyone can go to settings (accessed from your profile picture shown in the upper right corner) to turn on the 3D option so you can move/rotate your avatar in Dress Up, Shop and Chat.!

IMVU Next is where we want to take the IMVU website that you currently use to access groups, web shop, forums, messages, etc. It is modern, clean and easy to use. We have already pulled in some of your favorite features that were previously only available in IMVU download (and recently on IMVU Mobile apps). Plus, there are new as well as improved versions of current features:

Dress Up - All your clothes and accessories are here so you can dress up your avatar as you please. Please note that going forward when you leave IMVU from anywhere - client, Next or Mobile - what you are wearing at that is what you will be wearing next time you join IMVU - again from any platform.

Chat - Explore and join public rooms from your browser. Private chats are available too if you invite someone to chat from their profile cards or if you answer their invites. Plus, on IMVU Next you will notice a new way to identify nodes inside a room and preview the pose associated with that node before you move there.

Shop - Try on and shop for any clothing, accessory, or avatar products in our catalog. Rooms, furniture, and actions are not yet there. You will notice a new, cleaner and standardized way to present clothing and accessory products in the Shop with the creator-generated product icons available on product cards. Work is ongoing in this area to add more features and functionality based on feedback from Creators and users.

Messages - Check your messages, reply and send new ones. The feature is designed to be conversation-style where you can keep track of back-and-forth messages between you and the person you are messaging with.

Friendship - Check and accept/ignore friend requests. There is a nifty search tool to quickly find the friend you are looking for. You can send a message, invite the friend to a private chat (it will be in the room you have designated as your default room in the My Room mode of the client), and check their feed right from the avatar card.

Feed - Check Pulse and Photo Stream posts/photos of your friends or explore the recommended section.

Avatar/Profile Card - Profile cards have the standard information such as avatar name, tagline etc as well as feed (pulse posts and photo stream photos shared by that user). The thumbnail picture that you will see is the profile photo uploaded by the user via IMVU Original while the avatar card picture will be the "profile look" you can now set via IMVU Next in Dress Up.

Photo Booth - This is a feature available only on IMVU Next and IMVU Mobile. Access it by clicking on the camera icon from the Home tab. This feature is feasible with the web-based technology so you can create awesome photos showcasing your avatar and with custom backgrounds and poses. More such features are on their way!

Safety - Reporting options are available for profile cards, chat, messages, and feed posts/photos.

Of course, just like the prefix "beta" suggests, this is is very much a work in progress. Explore IMVU Next and tell us what you think. You can continue to use IMVU Original the way you have always done as well - same account, same information, same stock of Credits, and an easy way to go back and forth between IMVU Original and IMVU Next.

IMVU Next is available as a menu option on your IMVU account page (while a link to IMVU Original is available from IMVU Next under settings as well as in the upper right corner of IMVU Next webpages.

It is very important to note that IMVU Next is not being designed to be a replacement for our 3D chat but more as the evolving and modern version of our current website in addition to providing easier connection to the IMVU experience for users who are away from their downloaded IMVU.[/i]


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Screenshots:

Accessing IMVU Next while on IMVU Original:



Accessing IMVU Original while on IMVU Next:

Upper right corner



OR

Menu available by clicking on your profile photo thumbnail in the upper right corner



Turning on the 3D Option:

Go to settings and then turn on the 3D option.





Setting profile look from Dress Up:



Node preview in Chat:



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FAQs

How do I move/rotate my avatar?

Turn on the 3D option by going to the settings menu - click on your profile image in the upper right corner of IMVU Next website.

Do I need a new account to use IMVU Next?

No. Simply use your current IMVU account along with your dress up inventory, Credits, list of friends etc.

Does IMVU Next have all the features currently available on IMVU Original website and/or the downloadable client?

The following features or components of features are not currently part of IMVU Next and will not be in the near-term.

Groups
Forums
Setting up/decorating rooms
Creator tools and reports
Shop Together
Gifts and wishlists
Whisper
Music Store (and playing music playlists)
Flash-based products (YouTube players etc) in rooms
Avatar actions
Setting up Shared Room or Our Room (Marriage Package)
Earning Credits via partner offers
Badges
Walk Off
Create Mode

Where are my rooms and furniture?

IMVU Next currently does not support room decoration. Your inventory of rooms and furniture are not available on Next - and you also can not purchase such items in the Shop.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to the future of IMVU! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have herd rumors that imvu next will be replacing the client.. is this correct ?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AlexisTaz wrote:
i have herd rumors that imvu next will be replacing the client.. is this correct ?


As noted in the original post, IMVU Next allows users to continue to enjoy IMVU when they are away from their downloaded client - using a browser. It also allows us to develop features like the Photo Booth using the web-based technologies.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Issue with correct outfit not loading.

What I see on IMVU:

http://imgur.com/aaCvBAs

What my alt sees on IMVU Next using Opera:

http://imgur.com/VmmWXH6

My character (Sageist) is wearing the wrong outfit in the picture it is showing the one I have on in my home tab, not the one I changed into in the chat.

It also did not show me sitting on Next until I moved from that dot, and then moved back.

My friend who is afk still shows as standing on Next when in the client she is sitting.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have played around with Next quite a few times and while I know that it's still in a Beta version.

I do have a few issues with it, that I hope will be addressed at some point.

1. The mannequins used in shop are TERRIBLE. Not only can users NOT see white outfits very well. But some of the various accessories get hidden by the mannequins.. so you can't even see what you're looking at possibly buying without trying it on.

2. The names over the avatar's head.. while this may be nice for some users. I am hoping that eventually we will have a way of turning them off. (Though I did discover that using AdBlock.. these names can be targeted and turned off that way from ever showing again.)

3. This one is just more of a preference than anything.. the little white circle that appears under the hologram. If the hologram only pops up when near a node.. is there really a reason to have this as well? (It's almost like sticking an advert inside of an advert to advertise what you're already advertising.)

But overall.. Next isn't to bad.. is different.

EDIT~

What Sageist has pointed out is something I have experienced as well. As far as where people are actually are in relation to where they think they are.

If someone is sitting in a chair.. EVERYONE should see them in that chair and not at like a loading node or somewhere else.

I believe I have also experienced the outfits not showing up to other users as well.. though I can't say for certain.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varsha wrote:
AlexisTaz wrote:
i have herd rumors that imvu next will be replacing the client.. is this correct ?


As noted in the original post, IMVU Next allows users to continue to enjoy IMVU when they are away from their downloaded client - using a browser. It also allows us to develop features like the Photo Booth using the web-based technologies.


thank you varsha as i love using both the client and next
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's all cool and dandy…but i wish they'd also make da same 3D chat for mobile users as well…i mean on imvu mobile, when we go into chats, everything's all 2D based, and we can't move around, nor bother to even rotate at all…so what i'm say'n is, if they made da chat rooms 3D in "Next", then why not also make it more 3D for us mobile users too? Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DarkMelodicAngel wrote:
that's all cool and dandy…but i wish they'd also make da same 3D chat for mobile users as well…i mean on imvu mobile, when we go into chats, everything's all 2D based, and we can't move around, nor bother to even rotate at all…so what i'm say'n is, if they made da chat rooms 3D in "Next", then why not also make it more 3D for us mobile users too? Confused


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3D Chat option on our mobile apps is available but still in testing stage so not offered as a default. Go to settings in iOS or Android version of IMVU Mobile to turn it on and test!



Thanks


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: IMVU Next (beta): now available to all IMVUers! Reply with quote

Varsha wrote:
IMVU Next is where we want to take the IMVU website that you currently use to access groups, web shop, forums, messages, etc.

<snip>

It is very important to note that IMVU Next is not being designed to be a replacement for our 3D chat but more as the evolving and modern version of our current website in addition to providing easier connection to the IMVU experience for users who are away from their downloaded IMVU.[/i]


Just replace the forums, update the groups, keep the website. As ugly as the Shop is, it is better than anything else available currently (client or next).

Next is by no means a suitable replacement and it should be considered as an alternative only.

Do NOT take the website there..

A lot of us will feel disinclined to visit.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: IMVU Next (beta): now available to all IMVUers! Reply with quote

Celyng wrote:
Varsha wrote:
IMVU Next is where we want to take the IMVU website that you currently use to access groups, web shop, forums, messages, etc.

<snip>

It is very important to note that IMVU Next is not being designed to be a replacement for our 3D chat but more as the evolving and modern version of our current website in addition to providing easier connection to the IMVU experience for users who are away from their downloaded IMVU.[/i]


Just replace the forums, update the groups, keep the website. As ugly as the Shop is, it is better than anything else available currently (client or next).

Next is by no means a suitable replacement and it should be considered as an alternative only.

Do NOT take the website there..

A lot of us will feel disinclined to visit.


i only use next for the photo booth feature. other times i use the client for chat ,shopping etc
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see you have ignored every single bit of feedback over the last, what is it, a year now? about the shop and inventory.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varsha, If IMVU Next replaces the entire website as we know it, does that mean homepages will be removed?

And by removed, I mean will they be obsolete. No way to access them unless someone physically types in a avatars.imvu.com/avatarname url?

Or will that be removed too?

I was another one of the VIP tester people and from all of the feedback I've seen, it was mostly negative. Why are you choosing to continue this project?

There's a difference in bring IMVU into the future with sleek and modern designs, and just completely changing something that works into something that is full of bugs, glitches, removes features we actually want, and doesn't work right half the time.
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