The Avastar settings Panel

Avastar-2 comes with a huge amount of functionality and options. This can be very overwhelming for beginners and occasional Users. So we have added a settings panel from where you can make the Avastar panels less cluttered for newbies and occasional users while the advanced users and expert still can get the full option set.

You find the Settings Panel in The Tool Shelf (in the Vertical Avastar Tab, see image) The User interface settings are:

  • Basic: Good for newbies and occasional usage. Displays the most important options (This is the default setting for a new installation)
  • Advanced: Good for Blender safe users who mostly work with Human characters (no joint offsets)
  • Expert: Users who do special characters, or who are doing extraordinary things which go well beyond what average users ever will do with the tool set.
  • Experimental: Really special stuff, mostly for trying out things or preparing stuff that will show up in future releases.

Workflow Presets

We have added 3 general user interface settings for Basic Features, All Features and Experimental

these settings enable/disable various attributes in the user interface.

  • Basic Features: Enable just the most common functions. This is best used by beginners
  • All Features: Enable all Avastar funcitons. You may want to use this when you are doing more advanced stuff
  • Experimental: This is only for Guru’s and brave hearted. Here you find features which are not yet good enough to be added as standard functions

We have identified 4 very common usage cases (Workflows) for Avastar. We have added 4 Workflow Presets which take care to adjust the panel options of various panels in a best possible way so you do not need to do all the settings on your own:

  • Skin & Weight: is used when you want to do weight painting on your Mesh. This preset will enable the SL Bones and also unblocks their rotation setting so that you can rotate the bones for testing your weights.
  • Pose & Animate: is used for all your animation work. This preset enables the green control bones which are optimized for your Animation tasks. This is also the default preset for Avastar.
  • Motion Transfer: is used when you want to import another Animation from a BVH file.
  • Joint Edit: is used when you want to edit the Bone’s Rest poses, for example when you create a non human character
These Presets only set attributes in the best possible sense. So for example when you press the Skin & Weight, then only the related properties are optimized for  skinning and weighting. But you are free to set all attributes manually

Note: Avastar marks the last clicked Preset button with a small yellow dot. But beware: This means only this preset was called last. It has no other meaning!


Avastar Preferences

The Avastar Preferences is actually a shortcut to the Avastar Add-on Preferences where you can setup some Add-on parameters. Normally you do not want to change anything here. However especially if you are a long time user or someone who knows much about Blender, then you possibly can make Avastar work better for you by adjusting the options in that panel.

The Add-on preferences contain various customization parameters for setting up the Avastar User Interface. You get to the Add-on preferences page as follows:

  • Open the Settings Panel in the Avastar vertical tab
  • Click the Avastar Preferences

A new Panel appears in a popup window. There you can modify the Avastar settings. Please read the tool tips for further explanations of the parameters.


The Add-on Preferences Popup

Here is a snapshot of the upper part of the Add-on Preferences panel:


Note: All preferences have been documented by using long tool tips. Just hover over a specific element to see what it is about.