3D products are the heart of IMVU. From rooms to avatars to clothing, everything you see within the 3D environment of IMVU has been brought to life using 3D applications. 3D products are also the basis of creating in IMVU. A 3D product can be derived from by other creators to produce endless variations, all with the ability to provide both the 3D creator and deriver income through IMVU’s catalog.
Blender is a powerful industry grade tool and best of all it’s free! We highly recommend it especially if you are new to 3D.
3D Studio Max
3DS Max is an industry leader and a powerful tool for 3D creation which is used by professionals in both the gaming and movie industries. It’s what we use at IMVU to build our own products. It is very expensive and has a steep learning curve but every skill you learn is applicable to 3D asset creation in the real world. We currently support versions 7 through 2016 and provide CAL3D exporters for those versions, and our FBX importer can be used with most versions.
Google SketchUp Pro
Sketchup is a cheaper alternative that is popular amongst a thriving community of IMVU creators. Please note that the free version (SketchUp for Web) is not for commercial use so cannot be used for creating within IMVU.
There are many other 3D software options available and chances are that if you can export FBX files from them you can import them to Create Mode using our FBX importer. Different applications store things in FBX files differently so results may vary and we can’t guarantee that FBX files from any source will work successfully. We have tested FBX files created in Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Sketchup.