Starter files for making custom content for IMVU. Fully compatible with Blender 2.8+.
IMPORTANT: generally speaking the avatar files should not be modified beyond their respective purposes as defined by the type of item being made as it may cause broken/unexpected results.
See below sections for details on each file.
- Avatar Starter File | c. 8 MB.
- Alternative Pose Starter File (cf. more info below) | c. 3 MB.
- Room Starter File | c. 3 MB.
- Furniture Starter File | c. 4 MB)
About the Starter Files
A brief overview of the Start Files and what they can be used for as they’re not all the same, and some can only be used for certain types of product.
Taking a brief look at the Blender 2.8 compatible IMVU Starter Files.
Avatar Starter Files
The AVATAR Starter File includes all the core avatar files necessary to create custom products related to the female and male avatars; Accessory, Clothing and (custom) Avatar Poses (static or statue and animated) for the avatar and avatar poses for rooms and furniture items. ZIP includes;
- Female04 (accessories).blend
- Female04 (clothing).blend
- Female04 (poses couples).blend
- Female04 (poses).blend
- Female04 (shapekeys).blend
- Male03 (accessories).blend
- Male03 (clothing).blend
- Male03 (poses).blend
- Male03 (shapekeys).blend
Important: to avoid problems and errors on import into IMVU, Armature (skeletal) bones are positioned based on product type or class and should not be modified beyond that necessary to create a corresponding pose or product. In other words, the Clothing Starter File(s) cannot be used to create avatar poses because bones are orientated for clothing (armature not being needed for IMVU), whereas the Pose Starter File(s) cannot be used to make clothing because bones are aligned to produce valid poses (meshes not being needed for IMVU). They are not interchangeable (see here for more).
The Starter Files are designed to aid production of specific types, or ‘classes’, of products. Due to the differences in how each product type is set up and functions in IMVU, the Starter Files are not interchangeable.
Alternative Pose Files: due to the requirements mentioned above, the Avatar Pose Files can be confusing to work with because bones are not orientated as might be expected. To address this a set of Alternative Pose Starter File’s, for both male and female avatars, are available. Here the skeleton is shown with bones aligned to the avatar and colour-coded to make the rig easier to work with in the 3D View, Action and other editors; red for main torso, light/dark green for hands, black for bones that shouldn’t be moved or animated. Usage is per normal pose production; select a bone, manipulate (rotate) and insert LocRot (set automatically) into an Action (see here for more).
Additional note: The alternative Starter File for Poses only includes the necessary components to make female and male static and animated actions or item poses – use the available Accessory Starter File for accessories and Clothing Starter File for clothes items (see above).
An alternative set of Starter Files are available to make female and male avatar poses – avatar mesh (both female and male) is untextured for clarity  with bones showing as colour-coded in Pose Mode  – red for torso, light/dark green for hands, black for bones not to be animated, making it easier to distinguish at a glance bone selections in the 3D View and Action (or other) editors .
Overview of the alternative Pose Starter Files for Poses (both female and male avatars), how to make a sequence that can then be exported to FBX and assembled in IMVU create mode (derived from 10945930, Empty Mood).
Longer overview of the Alternative Pose Start Files for Blender 2.8+ including making a static and animated pose that’s exported to FBX and assembled in IMVU (recorded live).
Design note: the avatars initial pose in the Starter Files is referred to as a ‘T’ pose, a stance useful as a starting point because the mesh is generally at its most relaxed with minimal deformation kinks or distortions, especially under the arms, at the elbows or knees, pinch-points where the mesh can collapse in on itself when over extended or manipulated. In other words, poses start from a relaxed position that accommodates mesh stretch and collapse more-or-less in all directions.
The default stance the avatar is in serves a purpose in making it easier to deform and build upon (around) the avatar models, under the arms and between the legs in particular where space is restricted.
Room Starter Files
The ROOM Start File contains the basic elements required to make an IMVU furniture room. This includes three seated, three standing avatars and node sets for pose spots, a set of simple block meshes, and a set of nodes representing the different aspects of a functioning furniture room, furniture, wall and ceiling nodes, camera and light. An example furniture room is also available made using the components included in the file.
Furniture Starter Files
The FURNITURE Starter File contains the basic elements required to make IMVU furniture products. This includes a seated and standing avatar and node set for pose spots, and a set of simple blocks and accompanying node/s for each, floor, wall and ceiling item. An example furniture item is also available made using the components included in the file.