I’m not usually one to jump on or get excited about updates. I tend to keep using the old one until it seems like I have to move up. But there are some exciting new features coming out for IMVU Rooms in the new upgrade 490.2. Room owners will now be able to limit access to their room by Age Verification, No Guest, and the most important one, FRIENDS ONLY, as well as Access Pass and VIP as always. This is a great option! I really like this. I downloaded the new version ahead of time to test it out at http://www.imvu.com/download.php Here’s what the new panel will look like.
I also found a few more new features in the new version. The popup in the corner you get for Friend Requests, does that for all messages now too. And when you invite someone, it gives you a menu of all your rooms to pick what room you want to invite them to. That’s much easier than changing afterwards or changing your default!
I will say though that it seems to load rooms slower, though it could be just the connection or servers at the moment, I don’t know. Oh and when you have to upgrade soon, DO NOT accept the default option to install the “Value Apps” when you install IMVU. They recommend it because they get paid for it, and it’s the type of programs you do NOT want on your computer. Sometimes I think they come out with new versions just to get more people to install that and get paid for it.
UPUDATE: They didn’t shut off the music in the US but they did send out messages to some people saying they shut off the music in their country even if they weren’t in the 12 countries they did shut it off in.
Wow, IMVU just shut off music within the US! And they’re serious because they just reversed all of my music purchases! I can’t help but hear the song American Pie which I embeded the of video below. Play it and remember today as the day the Music Died at IMVU.
I can’t get on to check the forums or read any more yet but it sounds like a serious law suit to me. I guess I can’t complain getting almost 400K in credits back but I’m gonna miss my mixes. Does anyone else know anything about this or has anyone heard anything? If not feel free to spread silly rumors or vent, lol.
The new version of IMVU has a great new feature that allows you to make additional categories for your clothes. I kind of thought of this as “drawers,” in my closet. You can label each one to find things faster and easier. This is brilliant and long over due. It’s easy to wind up with over a thousand or a couple thousand things in your closet and it gets very hard to find things, believe me. Now you can have drawers labeled with type theme or color or anything you want. So my question is what did you label your drawers?
I read somewhere this is a VIP feature right now, though they might expand it to everyone in a little bit. So if you don’t see it, I’m sorry I don’t mean to confuse you. If you’ve used it, post some some of your labels in a comment. You can leave your name/screen name if you want but no information is required. I just thought it would be interesting to see how other people are using this new feature.
Photo Stream allows IMVU members to capture and share their favorite IMVU moments with others! You can share and showcase your own photos and explore the latest fashion trends, décor styles and expressions of creativity by others. This is a way to make new friends who share your style and interests! IMVU also gives you as a bonus, 250 promotional credits for the first photo you share and 250 additional ones for the first “like” you get for that photo.
Use the camera tool to take your photos within your screen and then check the “[v] Share to my stream” option from the Save Photo dialog box. But be careful a couple people have accidentally shared pictures they didn’t mean to. Other people will see these photos in the recommended section of the stream, and could send you a friend invite or visit your IMVU home pages. They can also block and / or report you for inappropriate content if your pictures aren’t appropriate for everyone. So especially in the beginning be careful about any adult pictures here.
There’s a profit which are only for VIP Exclusive members. If you share a photo and someone purchases one or more products showcased in that photo, you earn 5% of the total purchase price for that order. The opportunity to earn these promotional credits is endless and I think this will be popular for developers to show off things.
Does anyone else seem to be crashing more often? It seems like every night at 1:15am too, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just my imagination.
Computers get exponentially faster stronger and cheaper every day. What would this be like if the image quality improved to the point that it was hard to differentiate between real life? We already know that’s possible. Just look at special effects in the movies.
What if you controlled it by moving around the room like the Xbox Kinect 360? What if you just talked to it like you can already do with the new iPhone or Dragon Naturally Speaking? You’ll probably have to have big screen covered walls like flight simulators too. Or maybe just glasses that sense how your head moves.
It’ll take a little time for computers to combine all these things effectively but they’re already in the process of doing all these things. If you think this is fun and exilerating now it’s really only getting started. You may be the exception having a virtual relationship now but in the future it’ll be as common as couples that met online is today. Actually it might be even more common.
This will concept even if it’s not IMVU specifically, will literally evolve into a version of the hollo deck from Star Trek. All the pieces are already there. It’s just a matter of time for technology to progress to the point that it’s cheap enough and fast enough for everyone.
Will it end wars if we all have best friends all around the world? Will someone like Google have a big enough database of conversations to be as real and as human looking as your friends here are? And if they could and you talked with it all day long how close could you feel? Will humans being so immersed in connections that we ultimately become a human Internet? So many cool questions and things to think about. It’s scary in some ways but it’s developing, if we don’t kill ourselves somehow along the way in the mean time.
I like improvements but I hate updates because they seem to go hand in hand with crashes. I try to wait a few days before doing updates unless it sounds like something really major, just on general principle. But when I crashed 5 times in a single night I figured it was necessary. 3 of them were blue screen bad crashes and it seemed to have messed up some programs which had to be reinstalled.
Anyway it did get more stable for me after updating although that certainly wasn’t a very high bar. The one thing I do like in the new update is the new chat invite box. It shows not only who’s inviting you, and some information about them but it also shows you the room their inviting you to and how many people are in it. It’s nice because it tells you more about the invite ahead of time.
The room you were inviting from before didn’t matter that much before but now suddenly it does, almost as much as your profile picture. It’s very easy to change your default room and it’s suddenly much more important than ever before. Even if you’re new, you should change your default room as soon you’re able to because inviting someone to the default room is like keeping your default profile picture. It makes you look like you don’t know what you’re doing and or you don’t care very much.
How would you like to be able to shop together with a friend? Shopping is one of the most fun things to do in IMVU but it’s always been limited to a solo activity. I often thought they’d sell a lot more if we could shop with a friend. Someone recently told me that they had talked to a programmer in IMVU and that they were very close to allowing us to shop together with friends. I hope this is true and can’t wait to be able to shop together with friends.
Maybe next we’ll be able to allow other people to edit items and build rooms together? What features would you really like to see? Leave a comment.