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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:21 am    Post subject: Update To Creator Documentation Reply with quote

IMVU CREATOR PROGRAM UPDATE: Creator Center


Many creators already have heard from me on the Forums, but I wanted to update the community on progress we are making on simplifying the experience of creating items for our service.

In the first six months on the job, my focus has been in three specific areas:

The Creator Help Documentation
The Creator File Organization
The roadmap for a new set of Creator tools and a simpler and more robust art pipeline.

The Creator Help Documentation:

I’m sure all Creators out there can tell you our help files were… imperfect. The organization and construction was confusing, and with the excessive page linking it was easy to get lost just trying to follow a single thread.

So, we went back to the drawing board – in some cases literally – and have now organized the documents around the type of Creator you are or want to learn to become. In the past, – it was challenging to be sure what you were supposed to read to express your creative ideas quickly..

Today we are launching the 1.0 version of the new Creator Central Knowledgebase!

You will note that the first thing the new site does is ask you what kind of Creator you are.




Once you choose…you are shown a list of tutorials that pertain to YOU.


Remember that this site is a work in progress. We’ve heavily edited the content; however, we continue to comb the tutorials for outdated graphics, incorrect descriptions and grammatical errors. We welcome your input and suggestions in the Creator Forums.

The Creator File Organization

As you may know, resource files were located under the tutorial that happened to mention them – which meant they were hard to find. Additionally, it was up to the Creator to install the necessary files in the proper sub-directories in order to have our 3DS Max exporters work correctly. Add to that the complexity of which version of 3DS Max you might be using and it was a daunting challenge that we’ve addressed. We sincerely hope this is a huge step towards making become a Creator – and developing new creation skills – much, much easier.

The IMVU Unified Installer eliminates much of the past complexity. It automatically detects and installs the 3DS Max exporters for the correct 3DS Max version in the correct locations. It also copies all the graphics files to your desktop so that you can then move them to your work folders for 3DS Max, Photoshop, or whatever tool you use.



The Roadmap Ahead

Lastly, we want to simplify the art pipeline and yet make it more robust for a wider array of tools. Doing this will require us to import FBX 3D formats to allow Creators to use virtually any 3D Application they wish to create Avatars, Rooms, Furniture, Clothing, etc.

But changing the import format alone will not simplify the art pipeline. We have a vision of a new Creator tool that enables Creators to assign nodes, etc, the way they do in 3DS Max.

I am working with the tools team here to finalize what this tool looks and works like.

In future blog posts I will keep you posted on our progress.

Thanks so much for being the fantastic Creators you are. You’ve done amazing work even with the current limitations and my goal is to give you the tools that will enable you to unleash your talents!

Best,

Todd (Segallion)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So happy to see the education getting an update. It is still a little rough, but I understand it is a work in progress.

I am interested in this " import FBX 3D formats to allow Creators to use virtually any 3D Application they wish to create Avatars, Rooms, Furniture, Clothing, etc. " I'm not much of a techie, but am I correct in saying that this is a way for those of us who can't afford 3D Max, are able to use other 3D programs? If that's the case cool! There are other programs that I've figgeted with and wished we could use here. This opens the doors to a lot of new meshers now, too.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which Creator Are You? needs two or three more categories Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi no sure if it`s just me but the DL for the example files / drivers give a corrupted warning.
I just try it few minutes ago
and lets say I just want the example files , I already have the Cal 3d working , why I get no choice and try to do a full install files and drivers ?
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easier and faster to find what I need now, thank you.
but hard to read it, the back ground , maybe it need a little color.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have various criticisms but I am about to go to bed, so I will just say one thing - it needs a search function!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polystyrene wrote:
I have various criticisms but I am about to go to bed, so I will just say one thing - it needs a search function!!


Yup.

New creator asked about this and I am not sure they would have been able to navigate the menu properly, even I was guessing which 'creator type' their query would be under.

Search option would eliminate the guesswork.

In addition there needs to be a way to easily navigate between categories.

I appreciated the brief summaries on what a tutorial covered before accessing it on the old one. Also helped eliminate guessing.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It definitely needs a search function. Now I can't even find the Education Centre tutorial that I wrote myself!

It has been dumbed down way too much. Neutral

-edit- Wait ... is this the new Education Centre or something else? Is it a stand alone or a replacement? Because the original is still here: http://www.imvu.com/creators/education_center.php

I'm confused.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-edit- Wait ... is this the new Education Centre or something else? Is it a stand alone or a replacement? Because the original is still here: http://www.imvu.com/creators/education_center.php

I did notice once you click on that link it does appear as noted in this forum. I have yet to click any of the links,
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do agree it does need a few more catagories. I shared it with My Sis who just began creating, she is still learning the beginning basics of opacities and texturizing. She just asked me, " I don't know what kind of creator I am yet"

Maybe consider even a button that says "Beginner" I know when I first began , the creator information center was so confusing, my source of knowledge was youtube.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we get a clarification as to what the difference between Builder and Mesher is?

The descriptions do not really provide a distinction and the only different tutorial is Character Art, which contains information that meshers do..
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that it looks sexy on phone! i know, some people might not value this, lol. But its great for people like me that likes to read on the go ;P

Search function should be widely useful!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZaraKaine wrote:
It definitely needs a search function. Now I can't even find the Education Centre tutorial that I wrote myself!

It has been dumbed down way too much. Neutral

-edit- Wait ... is this the new Education Centre or something else? Is it a stand alone or a replacement? Because the original is still here: http://www.imvu.com/creators/education_center.php

I'm confused.


Im glad they havent broken the links to the previous education center.. i know many sites and even tons of threads here in the forums still point to tutorials there, would be sad to make them go poof with the update ^^
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As FabyStyles noted, I'd like to know what you meant by allowing "Creators to use virtually any 3D Application they wish..."

Say you're playing with Unreal engine or Steam?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Meshers, building layerable attire,who also create original textures .and opacities....Would that be under the MESHERS" category regardless of the wording there ,for rooms,furniture,etc..........I don't believe this type Mesher would be classified as a "painter"...I will await response..and thank you kindly for the posting~Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless I am mistaken the screens placed here are not new educational center, but the new installer tools. So the question is: Where is the new knowledge base?

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