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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: 4448
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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!


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
2) FTP the living_avatars folder to your forum
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
2) FTP the living_avatars folder to your forum (overwriting previous Living Avatar files)
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:

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:

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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Old 17 Jul 2009, 08:05
Mahar Mahar is offline
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Real name: William
Can this mod be used to show only the boy or only the girl? Not both holding hands or something?
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Old 02 Aug 2009, 01:51
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zombietom zombietom is offline
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Does this work on 3.7?

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Old 02 Aug 2009, 02:07
wolfstream wolfstream is offline
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Real name: Tom Whiting
This should work on any version of vb3, because it's not really tied into vBulletin at all. All it does is replace the user's avatar, which is a simple query. Obviously, it's more complicated than that, but nuts and bolts that's really all it is.
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Old 02 Aug 2009, 02:49
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zombietom zombietom is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Real name: Tom
Another question--Can we just purchase the VBcredits part of the Pro Version? and maybe the "sell item back to store"
I would be willing to pay a little not to have to hand code it and speed things up a little.
I've not installed yet but hope to soon and seems like a very good and fun mod.


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Old 04 Aug 2009, 17:30
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pandoros pandoros is offline
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Very Cool!
I integrated this with VBcredits
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 21:11
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zombietom zombietom is offline
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I just went ahead and purchased the pro version..very easy to install..Very happy with it.
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 21:39
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bada_bing bada_bing is offline
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Does this use group permissions? I only want certain usergroups to use this hack such as Premium Members?
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 21:43
wolfstream wolfstream is offline
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Originally Posted by bada_bing View Post
Does this use group permissions? I only want certain usergroups to use this hack such as Premium Members?
No it does not use any permissions at all. Would be nice, but it doesn't.
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Old 12 Aug 2009, 06:16
CilliaClaraford CilliaClaraford is offline
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how to run setup in the ftp ?
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Old 13 Aug 2009, 11:26
Aquestor Aquestor is offline
Join Date: May 2007

i have installed the new version. avater folder gets chmod 777.

I have uploaded the packs into the packs folder.

After i have installed the packs it looks like in the Attach File.

What was wrong?

I love these Add-on and i have installed an older version before without Problems :-(

Hope someone could held me!

Greetz Kai
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 23:38
Aquestor Aquestor is offline
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Is there anywhere someone who could help me ?
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 01:36
Faizan Faizan is offline
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Really handy...

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Old 01 Sep 2009, 21:11
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choccyclaire choccyclaire is offline
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I'd really really really like usergroup permission settings for this.
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Old 06 Sep 2009, 23:08
Mellymonster Mellymonster is offline
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I'm having a problem, so I have this installed, have had it in stalled since I created my forum, was one of the first things I installed, well had some problems on my forum, I ended up deleting my account because I was mad about something, long story, and well the account that I uploaded the living avatar too, was the admin, and its the deleted account, and now I cannot log into the admin area of the living avatar, any idea how I can? I tried uninstalling, then realized to uninstall I need to get into the admin area of living avatar.
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 02:08
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bada_bing bada_bing is offline
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I know this has been asked many times but please can the creators of this mod please add usergroup permissions please please
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