Now that you have created your Mesh and textured, weighted, and exported it, you are ready to use
Before we get too deep into the explanation of how Create Mode works, you should know that if you're an experienced Creator and have no need for the explanatory text attached to the three main buttons, you can always minimize the panel that houses them.
In the upper right corner of Create Mode, you will see a panel entitled 'My Creator Progress'. This panel contains your Tier level as well as your Currency break downs.
Underneath the progress panel, there is another panel called 'Creator Tools'. This panel contains Links to commonly used tools and experiences.
Clicking My Catalog launches the IMVU web catalog with a focus on your products.
The Virtual Goods Policy is where you can learn how to make an appropriate product on IMVU.
The Education Center contains many helpful tutorials (like this one).
The Exporters are what you would use to Export Assets from a third party 3D program like 3DS MAX.
The Creator Forums are where you can discuss Creator issues with other Creators. Only Creators are allowed into the Creator forums.Peer Review is where products are voted on by IMVU users in order to be allowed to enter the catalog.
If you want to make a new product, the place to start is by clicking the 'Derive a new product' button. This will open the Derive dialog.
If you'd like to learn more about Deriving, please consult the What is Deriving? tutorial.
The Derive Panel enables you to click on a product to Derive from it. If you happen to know the product ID of what you'd like to Derive from, you can just type it into the Specify Product ID field.
This field is active whenever you open the Derive panel so you can just start typing. You can also type in product IDs so you can find out what is Derivable.
You can browse your local computer for projects you have already in progress. The default browsing location is "C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\IMVU Projects" as this is where Create Mode places all projects that are in progress.
You can save projects to new locations but a copy of the active project will always reside in that 'IMVU Projects' folder.
Both CHKN and CFL files can be opened. CHKN is the default Create Mode file type. However, if you have old products that you made using IMVU's old creation tools, you can switch the file type you're looking for to CFL. Create Mode will open CFLs for edit.
If you have already created a product and want to edit it, click on the Edit a Product button. This will launch the Edit dialog. Just like the Specify Product ID field in the Derive dialog, all you have to do is type in one of your own Product IDs, verify that it’s the product you intended to edit and click the ‘Edit’ button.
As you work on more and more projects, they accumulate in a new panel in Create Mode called 'Local projects that I recently worked on'. The projects are sorted by most recent and include the local name, the type and what they were Derived from for easy reference.
To open a local project from this panel, just click on its entry.
You can also use hot keys to open the main calls to action:
Rgeardless of whether you're Deriving, Opening or Editing, you'll end up opening the Editor. You can open multiple Editors at once. To learn more about the Editor, please consult the Create Mode Editor tutorial.