Jass/Primstar Purchase Guide

Primstar-2

Sculpted Prims
&
Terrain

for Blender 2.6

Avastar-1

Character Creation
&
Animation

for Blender 2.6

Jass-2

Sculpted Prims

“The Legend”

for Blender 2.49b

Primstar-2 is an Addon for Blender-2.6 (or newer). The tool is optimized for creating static content for OpenSim and similar platforms. Primstar-2 supports the creation of Sculpted Prims and the creation of terrains. Avastar is an Addon for Blender 2.60 or newer. The tool is optimized for making characters & character animation for OpenSim and similar online Environments. JASS-2 is an all inclusive one-stop software bundle based on Blender 2.49. Jass-2 comes with an Installer (for Windows). Note that Blender-2.49 is no longer maintained.

Where our products run:

Primstar-2 and Avastar-1 are addons which work only on Blender 2.6. The tools can be installed on any platform which is supported by Blender-2.6.

For Jass-2(Blender-2.49b) we have best support on Windows and MAC (Intel based OSX-10.5 and 10.6, also named “Leopard” and “Snow Leopard”).

 

A Purchase guide

Decision Helper Questions

What do you want to do ?
Our proposed Product for You.

 

You make Sculpted Prims ?
Then Your choice will be Primstar-2 for sure.
You make Terrain ?
You may want to take a look at Terrain Support in Primstar-2.
You create Characters and mesh attachments ?
Then Avastar-1 is for you for sure.
You make Animations?
Avastar-1 is exactly what you need.
You make static Mesh ?
If you create items like furniture, buildings, environment assets like trees and plants etc, then you do not need any of our products. Just take pure Blender and be happy.

Our tools in more detail

Mesh: Avastar or Workbench ?

  • When your only intention is to create texture based mesh clothes, then the Avatar Workbench is all you need. You also can create mesh attachments and characters with some additional effort (if you are familiar with Blender and know about the pitfalls of SL).
  • When you plan to build mesh based characters or mesh based attachments and Animations for your creations, then Avastar-1 can be a huge time saver for you.

Sculpties: Primstar-2 or Jass ?

Right now there are only 2 reasons why you would want to keep running with Jass (on Blender 2.49):

  1. The “Sculptify Objects” function works best in Jass.
  2. Jass-pub is the only fully working AND free of charge tool from us.

Our recommendation for Sculptie Makersis: Use Blender 2.7 and Primstar-2.

Note: You can run Jass AND Primstar-2 in parallel on your computer
Note: Jass has reached its  end of lifetime in summer 2013 and we no longer provide product support. However you can expect to always get some help from our support groups.

Tools for Blender 2.6 and newer

Tools for Blender 2.49

  • Avastar-1 is a tool made for Blender 2.6 and 2.7. This tool is focused on Mesh character creation & animation.
  • Primstar-2 is a complete rewrite of Primstar-1 made for Blender-2.6 and 2.7. The tool is made for creating Sculpted Prims and Terrain. When you are making Sculpted Prims, then we highly recommend to use Primstar-2 over Jass or Primstar-1. But please see below for a more detailed decision guide
  • Primstar-Zero is a free but very limited tool for making Sculpted Prims. In some cases this tool may help you to get started with Sculpted Prims without budget. But it can not at all be compared with Primstar-2
  1. Primstar-1.1 is the historical first product for making Sculpted Prims (Scripts distribution created By Domino Marama)
  2. Jass-Pub is mostly identical to Primstar-1.1 but it comes with an installer (for Windows and Mac) and delivers a complete software bundle including Python and Blender-2.49b

Note: All Jass-Products and Primstar-1 are made for Blender-2.49b only!

Blender 2.6/2.7 ?

or Blender 2.49 ?

You first have to decide if you want to work with Blender-2.49b or a newer Blender version. You can decide to work with both, there is no Problem with that. All our products can be installed in parallel on the same computer without interfering.
Hint: Blender 2.49 is no longer maintained since 2011. The user interface for Blender 2.7 is much more user friendly and Blender 2.7 conforms much more to today’s graphic industry standards.

Blender 2.6/2.7 is your choice ?

If you decide to go with Blender 2.6/2.7, then you can choose between Avastar-1 and Primstar-2.

The good news is that our tools run on every platform which is supported by Blender-2.6/2.7. Installation and workflow is fully independent from your Operating system.

The bad news is: The Addons are not for free and you have to choose which tool fits best for your purpose.

Blender 2.49 is your choice ?
If you decide to go with Blender 2.49b, then you can choose between the basic Scripts Primstar-1.1 and the ready made Bundle Jass-Pub. Both of these products are free.

Some Helpful tips for Jass

Hint: for Linux users with Blender 2.49b: Jass-Pub contains a zip-folder with the pure Scripts distributions. This is what you will have to install on your Blender-2.4.
Hint: If you want to get the “pure download” from Domino designs AND if you are a technician who really knows how to install add on scripts on Blender-2.49b then the Primstar-1.1 distribution is your choice.

 

Your rights, your duties

Rights and Duties

In general 3D content that was created with our Tools or made by following our tutorials fully belong to you. And so you can do whatever you like with your content. And you can redistribute your content with any license terms you like. However, some of our products use items from third parties. And these items come along with their own usage terms.

It is your duty to check how the third party TOS policies apply to your work

TOS for third party items

We use data from

Any work based on the above mentioned data has its own license terms. MakeHuman has switched to a commons CC0 license which basically allows you to do what ever you like with your creations. For details please see Explanation of new license terms

For the SL default Avatar please check with Linden Lab. As far as we are concerned the data can be redistributed under a creative Common shareable license. We do not know which license terms apply to any work which is directly based on the SL Default Avatar data.

 

Re-Distribution of our software

Our software products (Avastar, Sparkles, Primstar, …) can not be re distributed in any form nor can our products be resold by anybody under any circumstances. We will take action to prevent such practices and protect our self and our customers from any business destroying activities.

Please notify us about license violations

Should you get an offer from anybody for purchasing a download link to our software, then we encourage you to send an email to:
purchase@machinimatrix.org

Our Product License Terms

Avastar

Avastar is distributed under the Avastar End User License Agreement.
The Avastar Addon can not be redistributed in any way.

Note: your own creations made with Avastar can be redistributed in any way you like. This includes commercial usage of the creations and redistribution of .blend files which contain the Avastar-Rig.

Primstar-2

Primstar-2 is distributed under the Primstar-2 End User License Agreement.
The Primstar-2 Addon can not be redistributed in any way.

Note: your own creations made with Primstar-2 can be redistributed in any way you like. This includes commercial usage of the creations and redistribution of .blend files which contain your creations.

Primstar-1, Jass-1, Jass-2

The Python scripts in these products are published under GPL license terms. However this does not extend to the Windows installers, data files and other items we provide for your convenience. If you plan to redistribute modified versions of our products, then please take care to strip down the packages to the GPL parts only. The general rule applies:

All parts of the products which are not explicitly marked as GPL are not distributed according to GPL license terms and may not be redistributed.

In particular you are not allowed to redistribute:

  • The Jass-installers executables themself
  • the blenderloader.exe
  • data files such as the library sculpt maps (*.png) and Blend files (*.blend) (except avatar.blend)

For more detailed information please examine the installed software in detail and check the readme files.

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  1. Dreams Magic says:

    Hello Gaia!

    thank yuo for these explainations it will be useful!!

    Please, notice that the price of Jass-Magic should be $15.5 and not $155.

    thank you… 😉

  2. Gaia Clary says:

    You can get Jass Magic to behave like Jass-Pro when you disable auto-correction in the Sculpty Baker.

    When you disbale autocorrection, you still see differences between Magic and Pro ? That must be a bug then.

  3. Da5id Weatherwax says:

    Having begun with a basic scripts installation on an existing blender setup, moved on to JASS-Pro and subsequently JASS-Magic and just now begun the learning curve for Blender 2.5 with the dev builds of Primstar-2 my experience may be of interest to readers…

    I frequently find myself switching back and forth between JASS-Pro and JASS-Magic, even though the functionality in one is a superset of the other. The workflow in the two products is subtly different and it lends itself to slightly different approaches. In the situation where I find myself thinking “I need a sculpt for that” and diving straight into making it, the basic straightforward workflow to quickly realize a mental image into a sculpt within JASS-Pro is ideal. JASS-Magic on the other hand, really lends itself to situations where more background design work has gone into it, before I even get around to shifting a single vertex. Based on limited testing so far (stayed up way too late last night playing with it) I’m looking forward to seeing how Primstar-2 fits into my spectrum of workflow styles.

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