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Living Avatars
Mod Version: 1.2.0, by subduck (Member) subduck is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.1 Rating: (74 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 561
Released: 01 May 2007 Last Update: 03 Mar 2009 Downloads: 4450
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Introducing Living Avatars!

Today is a great day and I have something really cool that some of you are going to love! It's called Living Avatars, a new vBulletin addon that I've been working on for almost one year.

This program will allow your users to customize their avatars by using the mouse to drag and move items around (items such as clothing pieces, etc). In order to collect items, you need to spend points, the more you post on a forum the more points you get! Thus, Grow your Forum with Living Avatars!

Tour

Click here for the tour movie.



Here is how it works in detail:

1) Download and install Living Avatars to vBulletin (install instructions below).
2) Once installed, go to the Living Avatars admin panel and click 'forum integration'.
3) The user profiles of your members will now have an extra link:



4) Now, the more a user posts on your forum, the more points he or she will earn. If a user has posted 500 times, and then you install Living Avatars, then that user will start with 500 points.

5) Once users have a few points, they can then start spending their points to collect items:



6) Now that they have collected a few items, they can create their ultra cool avatar! Check it out:



I highlighted the canvas in red, in that box (the canvas) you can use your mouse to drag items around. It seriously works beautifully.

7) Now, press the 'Save Avatar' button and your avatar on vBulletin will be updated:



And that's it! Cool yeah?!

Ok, so on with the install instructions:

Installation Instructions
Installation is very simple, just follow these steps and you shouldn't have any problems (if so, then I'm sorry and I'll try and help you out asap!).

1) Download & Extract living_avatars.zip
2) FTP the living_avatars folder to your forum
Example: http://www.yoursite.com/forums/living_avatars/
3) Run Setup: forum/living_avatars/setup/
4) CHMOD the Living Avatars 'avatars' folder to 777 (this folder: /living_avatars/avatars/)
5) Delete the setup folder (/living_avatars/setup/)

Now that Living Avatars is installed, go to the admin panel of Living Avatars and click the 'Forum Integration' link, from there you can press one link which will update the vBulletin modifyavatar template to insert the Living Avatars link.

Upgrade Instructions

1) Download & Extract living_avatars.zip
2) FTP the living_avatars folder to your forum (overwriting previous Living Avatar files)
Example: http://www.yoursite.com/forums/living_avatars/
3) Run Setup: living_avatars/setup/
4) Delete the setup folder (/living_avatars/setup/)

Uninstall Instructions
1) If you enabled the forum integration link from the LA Admin Panel, then login to the LA Admin Panel and disable it.

2) Drop these tables:
la_admins
la_avatars
la_groups
la_items
la_items_purchased
la_packs
la_points_spent
la_positions
la_settings

3) Delete the living_avatars/ folder.

Why should I use Living Avatars?
"Grow your forum with Living Avatars" - Simply that! Not only is Living Avatars a lot of fun to use but it's also addicting. Users will want to post on your site in order to gain enough 'points' to purchase a certain item (ex: Sword of Doom!). Imagine having certain items that are rare & expensive, such as "Dracula's Cape" which can only be purchased 3 times and costs 50 points (aka posts)...get it?

Where can I download more Avatar Packs?
You can download free user created avatar packs here:
Avatar Packs

How can I create Avatar Packs?
Please read this tutorial if you are interested in creating avatar packs:
http://www.livingavatars.com/help/p2_articleid/2

LA 120 Released
+ New Frontend & Backend
+ New theme editor

LA 115 Released
+ Better vBulletin integration

LA 114 Released
+ Online/Offline feature now works correctly.
+ LA admins can be deleted from the admin panel.
+ Fixed a positioning bug in the canvas.
+ Fixed IPB and SMF userid/avatarid conflict.
+ Fixed PHPBB3 download.php file change.

LA 113 Released
+ SMF Support (1.1 -> 1.3)
+ Better Forum Link Integration.
+ Less Warning Messages.
+ 'Bring to Top' is now used.

LA 112 Released
+ Added IPB 2.3 Integration.

LA 111 Released
+ Added phpBB3 Integration.
+ Fixed Crop Tool.
+ Better LA link integration for phpBB2.
+ Fixed a bug that caused avatars not to show up in the forum.

LA 110 Released
Updates & Fixed Bugs
+ Database changes, redid a lot of the LA Grouping logic.
+ You can only reinstall LA if logged in as admin.
+ Fixed 'Items Misplacement Issue'.
+ Fixed mysql error when adding admin with high userid value.
+ Items & groups an be moved around & deleted.
+ Removed admin/forumlinks.php file.
+ Add/Remove Forum link added to settings page.
+ New layout for admin panel.
+ New groups can be added.

LA 102 Released
+ Avatar Packs can be upgraded.
+ Avatar Packs can be uninstalled.
+ Minor changes to the design layout of certain pages.
+ Fixed a points remaining calculation bug.
+ Fixed a mysql_connect() database warning for vB users.
+ Other small misc fixes.

LA 101 Released
+ Better error checking when saving avatars.
+ Update to work with the vBulletin File System.
+ Fixed some vBulletin & phpBB integration issues

Always Backup your Database before Upgrading
Living Avatars might have database changes during the upgrade. Please, take the extra time and backup the living avatars tables (the tables that are prefixed with 'la_' in your forum database) before upgrading to new versions. I always do as much as testing as possible before releasing updates but it's still better to be cautious.

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  #691  
Old 16 Apr 2009, 21:25
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subduck subduck is offline
 
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Thanks Tom, yeah you should definitely check this out!

Un-installing will not break/touch the existing avatar system. The uninstall instructions are on the first post.
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Old 17 Apr 2009, 00:43
TomJames TomJames is offline
 
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Originally Posted by subduck View Post
Thanks Tom, yeah you should definitely check this out!

Un-installing will not break/touch the existing avatar system. The uninstall instructions are on the first post.
Oh wow yeah, sorry I completely missed them when I read through the original post. Sorry!

Going to test this tomorrow
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 05:12
TheKdd TheKdd is offline
 
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Originally Posted by subduck View Post
Why? Living Avatars is still free and always will be free...

I just worked harder to create a 'Pro' version that includes more features to support development. In the past two years I've worked countless hours and never received a single cent (but I easily spent a few hundred on avatar packs that were given away for free), it's not like I started charging for the version you were using previously...

Good for you Sub. You worked hard, it's a GREAT Mod. I hope you make some good $$$! Thanks for this!
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 19:53
Mellymonster Mellymonster is offline
 
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Is there anyway to use VBCredit with this mod, other then the LA point system?
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 20:26
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Originally Posted by Mellymonster View Post
Is there anyway to use VBCredit with this mod, other then the LA point system?
mustbe purchase pro ver Pro to use it
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 10:32
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Originally Posted by codervietnam View Post
mustbe purchase pro ver Pro to use it
or use the free tutorial
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Old 25 Apr 2009, 15:23
nazzal nazzal is offline
 
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thank you very much for he mod
really i`ve been looking for it for a long time thanks
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 18:51
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Originally Posted by nazzal View Post
thank you very much for he mod
really i`ve been looking for it for a long time thanks
You're most welcome
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Old 05 May 2009, 17:23
MAK-upl MAK-upl is offline
 
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Really, really awesome mod subduck!!!
But there is one question… is it possible to choose if you want your own avatar (some photo) or the living one? I am absolutely sure that there will be users that prefer their own avatars than the living ones.
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Old 05 May 2009, 19:21
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Originally Posted by MAK-upl View Post
Really, really awesome mod subduck!!!
But there is one question… is it possible to choose if you want your own avatar (some photo) or the living one? I am absolutely sure that there will be users that prefer their own avatars than the living ones.
you can have either you dont need to use LA if you dont wont too
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Old 05 May 2009, 22:46
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Real name: Basil
Hi

It's great mod

I need to know where I have to change the appeared words?
Another way, I need to translate it to Arabic, where I should start from?

Thanx
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Old 07 May 2009, 21:31
wolfstream wolfstream is offline
 
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Real name: Tom Whiting
Would be nice if the developer would actually handle subscriptions in a timely fashion. I paid for a "pro" version, haven't heard anything from them since doing so 4 hours ago.
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Old 07 May 2009, 23:38
Adromir Adromir is offline
 
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@wolfstream: You are a coder/designer yourself and can not imagine, that developers of small apps have nothing to do all day than to wait for subscriptions? If it would be 4 days, i would understand you, but 4 hours? Come on..
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Old 07 May 2009, 23:55
wolfstream wolfstream is offline
 
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Real name: Tom Whiting
So, it's ok, in your mind to take money from individuals and not deliver product, or support? Hrrm? Of course it's not.

As a coder/designer myself, I have never, and will never setup an application to take money from someone without giving product to them immediately, unless a contracted job is necessary. That's just common decency and respect to your customers. Fraud checks should be done BEFORE payment is accepted, not delayed.

If this was a "service", then yeah, I could see waiting a bit, but it's not.
In addition, if this was not during business hours, again, I could see waiting a few hours, but once again, not so much.

Payment was made @ 1230 their time, well into the business day, well inside hours that support should be provided. Since this is a pretty reasonably known business (subdreamer), there were almost guaranteed to be people there. They just didn't want to do their jobs, and THAT is what I find fault with.

Better yet:
ziad has been online since I made my post requesting clarification as to why this hasn't been resolved yet ( a good 3 hours before I posted here). Did I get a response there? Nope.

Last edited by wolfstream; 08 May 2009 at 00:33. Reason: Clarification
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Old 08 May 2009, 02:04
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Real name: Ziad Hilal
wolfstream,

I am not taking your money, running away, and refusing to give support... lets please take a step back. It's really sad to see people blow up like this over a small mistake.

We have a system setup on livingavatars.com that will automatically setup your account as soon as the purchase goes through. For some reason, your account did not get setup correctly. It's very rare, but this happens sometimes. I'm away from my computer right now and won't be back until Sunday, but I had my accountant send you a copy of the latest version to your email.

I'm sorry I missed your post on livingavatars.com, I promise I didn't see it.

I would really prefer not to continue this on vbulletin.org, if you check your email you should have LA Pro by now, when I get back this Sunday I'll setup your account so you can use the support desk.

Sincerely,
Ziad Hilal
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