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For Pro VeePsters
Pro or veteran VeePsters (as they are often called)
frequently sport their own avatars. Making your own avatar is
simple. Use a paint program or scanner to create an image. You
must make a GIF file out of this image (just a plain old GIF,
not the transparent kind). This GIF file cannot be any larger
than 48 by 64 pixels.
Design tips when making an avatar
Virtual Places and America Online have provided the following tips for building your own avatar in VP:
Tools often used to make images for avatars include:
All you have to do is make a GIF file with the above
specifications and place it into your personal avatar folder.
The location of this folder is set in the directories section
of the Preferences dialogue, found under the Tools menu. For example,
in Windows 95, this personal avatars folder is located at: C:\program
Note also, that if you are using the 32-bit VP client,
the stock avatars that came with your VP client have moods. Point
your mouse at your stock avatar and click the right mouse button
(or click and hold on the Macintosh). Choose the mood you want
from the drop-down menu, and your avatar's expression changes
instantly. Moods are currently not supported for personal avatars.
You can get plenty of pre-made avatars from dozens
of avatar galleries created by VeePster users on the Net. VP maintains
a listing of galleries athttp://www.vplaces.com/vpnet/support/support2.html.
See the section at the end of this chapter called, ìAvatar
Galleries and Builders,î for a comprehensive list of avatar
galleries and VeePsters who build avatars. Visiting these galleries
and selecting an avatar is easy. Simple go to the web page, select
the image you like with the right mouse button (or click and hold
on the Macintosh) and save the image into the directory or folder
indicated in the Preferences dialogue under the Tools menu.
Private rooms and auditoriums
A recently added feature now allows private rooms
and auditoriums. For a view of an auditorium, see ìDigiís
Diary,î at the end of this chapter. Private rooms are a
new feature which is not yet finished in versions of VP documented
for this book. This feature should be complete by the time you
have this book.