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From time to time Avastar provides new versions to keep up to date with Second Life and Blender. We assume that you also want to keep up to date and you update your Avastar installation as well.

However the implementation of the Avastar Rig itself also changes over time. This article describes what you need to do to get your Avastar updated and work with your “old” rigs in the new environment.

Update the Avastar Software

Updating Avastar is as simple as:

  • Download the newest Avastar version
  • Update Blender to the most current release

Install Avastar

Hint: Sometimes The Update creates an error Message about some missing Modules. If that happens to you, please follow the when the update fails guide below.

when the update fails - read more...

When you update an Add-on in Blender, then normally the following steps are performed:

  1. The installer disables the current version of the Add-on.
  2. The disabled Add-on is removed from the system (deleted from disk),
  3. The new Add-on version is installed.
  4. You now can enable the new version manually

However sometimes the first step (disabling the Add-on) does not disable all of the software. So it may happen that the old Add-on leaves some traces which may result in subsequent errors when the new version is enabled in step 4.

When the above situation happens to you, then please proceed as follows:

Step 0: Remove traces

  • Save User Setting at the bottom of the User Preferences Panel:
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  • Then close Blender
    It is important that you really close blender.
    Opening a new scene or pressing F8 are not enough!
  • Open Blender and open the User preferences again
  • Type “Avastar” into the Add-on search field to locate your Add-on
  • Then Enable the Add-on

In most cases this is all that you need to do. The Add-on will enable without errors.

If the above procedure does not work for you, then you need to put blender into a clean state as follows:

Step 1: Remove Avastar

You find the Remove Button in the expanded Avastar Add-on Panel:

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Step 2: Save User Settings

You find the Save User settings Button at the bottom of the User Preferences Window:

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Step 3: Restart Blender and Install the new Avastar Add-on

Proceed by installing your Add-on:

Install

Downloading older Versions of the Software

If you have an account on the Machinimatrix website, then you can find most of the older Add-on versions in the Archive folder

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Update your Models

The Problem:

Whenever you create an Avastar in a scene, then a fresh character is created with its own meshes and its own Armature. So, when you upgrade to a newer version of Avastar, then the Rig is not upgraded automatically. This may result in compatibility issues.

The solution

We have included the Rig Upgrade Tool into Avastar. This Tool will take your Avastar model and migrates the Armature to the newest Avastar version in place. Below you find the Tool Help Page.

The Rig Transfer Tool