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Living Avatars
Mod Version: 1.2.0, by subduck (Member) subduck is offline
Developer Last Online: Oct 2010 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 3.8.1 Rating: (74 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 563
Released: 01 May 2007 Last Update: 03 Mar 2009 Downloads: 4463
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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 15 Dec 2010, 05:21
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Digital Jedi Digital Jedi is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Real name: Mark Daniel Martinez
I'm glad to see this being carried on. I had a whole series designed that I never got around to completing and really wanted to start releasing those sets. Will you be releasing the full res version of the base male/female PSD? It seems a shame to see all those avatar characters with the jagged edges from low res recreations.
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Old 16 Feb 2011, 14:58
floggerss floggerss is offline
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I am using your mod, i would like to change the size of the avatar. All of the user avatar, no using living, have a size, configured. But the living ones, are smaller. How do i change this?
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Old 17 Feb 2011, 19:34
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UncoderMom UncoderMom is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Real name: Lisa
Any word on this mod? Really would like to see this ported over. I worked hard and put many hours into images, many of which I released to the public with 10's of thousands of downloads. Please dont let this die.
And yeah, I say LOL a LOT! LOL
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Old 18 Feb 2011, 12:16
floggerss floggerss is offline
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I am using your mod, i would like to change the size of the avatar. All of the user avatar, no using living, have a size, configured. But the living ones, are smaller. How do i change this?
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Old 25 Feb 2011, 00:44
Developerz Developerz is offline
Join Date: Apr 2004
The forum on had to be closed due to excessive spam and hacking. That said, Living Avatars will have a forum on

Still trying to find a dedicated coder for this program. Once one is found, we hope to upgrade Living Avatars to VB4.0.
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Old 02 Mar 2011, 17:18
floggerss floggerss is offline
Join Date: Oct 2008
Since i install vbseo i cant save the avatars with living. Any idea?
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Old 28 Mar 2011, 00:05
akoj akoj is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
We updated to MYSQL 5 and PHP 5.2 today and now we are getting a call to function error when someone attempts to save their avatar.

Is there a fix?
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Old 01 May 2011, 15:05
akoj akoj is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Any thoughts on getting this ported over to 4.1.3?
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Old 09 May 2011, 00:13
rob01 rob01 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2008
Real name: robert
check the living avatar website

subduck will not develop it anymore, there is a new owner, maybe you might get some help there (at lv forums).
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 06:25
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dizzynation dizzynation is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
downloaded this mod and it crashed my forum, thanks.

Says "hacking attempt"
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Old 13 Jul 2011, 22:32
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kevin.kool kevin.kool is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Any news on this MOD? I can see that they're release a new version and just made it running with vb4, there is no new function.

Any similar MOD?
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Old 14 Jul 2011, 20:27
Developerz Developerz is offline
Join Date: Apr 2004
I am the current owner of Living Avatars. This program now has a coder again. He has upgraded it to 4.0. For more info please go to the official Living Avatars forum. PM me if you need the URL for that.
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 06:57
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bosanci28 bosanci28 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
so is this working right in 4.1.5 ? before i install it?,is there any updates coming out soon?
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 00:15
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Dimoks Dimoks is offline
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hi all

please give url for demo

Bye, Bye, Vbulletin! Аnd thank you for everything!
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 22:27
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Freak0204 Freak0204 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Although this mod is supposedly compatible with vb 4 now, a few have gotten install/admin errors. There are no install instructions aside from this thread here and tech support leaves a lot to be desired.
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