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Click an item type on the sidebar, then click the orange "Upload" button below to start uploading your own creation to Whirled.

Whirled players can add their own creations to Whirled for use and sale by uploading from their computer to Whirled. The upload can be done from the Stuff tab in Whirled. To start the upload process, go to your Stuff tab, and click on one of the item types listed along the top of the page. The options are:

General uploading tips:

  • Make sure you are uploading the right file type for the type of item you have chosen to upload! File type requirements are at the top of the uploading screen. If you try to upload the wrong file, you will get an error message when you try to save.
  • Once you have selected a file to upload in the Upload screen, it may take some time for your file to transfer to the server, so take this time to fill out all the other information on the Upload screen. If you click "Save" too soon, you'll get the error "This item requires further configuration." When the file is fully uploaded, then you will be able to save successfully.
  • Remember to add a thumbnail image! Thumbnail images are the small pictures that show up in the list of items on your Stuff tab, and also what appear to other players in the Shop if you list your item there. Some item types without thumbnails, such as music or video, get generic default images and are less likely to pique the curiosity of other players browsing the Shop. For some types of items, the place to add a thumbnail is located on the "Extras" or "Media" tab of the upload screen. Sometimes people add a personal watermark to their thumbnails.
  • Uploaded items, and their names and descriptions, must comply with Whirled's Community Standards and Terms of Service.

Avatars

Only .SWF files can be uploaded as avatars in Whirled. If you would like to wear a static image as an avatar (because who doesn't want to wander around as a LOLcat sometimes?), you should consider purchasing the inexpensive Easy Image Avatar and using the Remix option to add your static image to it.

  1. Choose Stuff -> Avatars to see the avatars you own.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the avatar uploading interface.
    Avatar uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name for your avatar.
    2. Click Browse in Avatar Media and find the SWF file for your avatar or image file to be converted into a bouncing image avatar.
    3. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your avatar's icon. (max. 80x60)
    4. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your avatar. This is only required if you plan to sell it in the shop.
    5. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
  4. After the avatar media has finished uploading, an icon will show up. You can then click on Save to put your avatar in your inventory for use.


Furniture

Furniture can be uploaded as a .SWF, or as a still image format such as a .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG. Bitmap images (.BMP) are not accepted by Whirled, and animated .GIF files do not show up as animated when used in a Whirled room.

If your creation is interactive--that is, if players can click on it or speak to it to make it do things--you may wish to consider uploading your item as a toy instead of as furniture.

  1. Go to Stuff -> Furniture
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the furniture uploading interface.
    Furniture uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name for your furniture.
    2. Click Browse in Furniture Media and find the image or SWF file for your furniture.
    3. Change the Hot Spot to alter the pixel offset from the upper left of the furniture image to the point where the furniture connects to the floor. Leave it at (0, 0) for the default which is to put the hotspot at the bottom center of the furniture image.
    4. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif; max. 80x60) file for your furniture's icon. This should be done if your furniture is a .swf file.
    5. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your furniture. This is only required if you plan to sell it in the shop.
    6. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.


Backdrops

Backdrops can be images (.GIF, .PNG, or .JPG format images) or Flash .SWF files. For animation, use the .SWF format as .GIFs won't be animated inside of rooms.

  1. The room backdrop uploading interface.
    Choose Stuff -> Backdrops.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the backdrop uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name for your backdrop.
    2. Click Browse in Room Backdrop and find the jpg, png, gif or swf file of your backdrop.
    3. Set the Room Settings according to your background's needs. See the section below on Room Settings for more detailed explanations.
    4. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your backdrop's icon. (max. 80x60) If you don't select another image, Whirled will just create and use a thumbnail of your background.
    5. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your backdrop. This is only required if you plan to sell it in the shop.
    6. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
  4. After the image or SWF has finished uploading, an icon will show up. You can then click Save to put your backdrop in your inventory for use.

Room Settings

The options you can use depend on the room type you select.

Interior

Stuff-Create backdrop-Interior.png

Creates a room with walls and floor. The avatars will change in size as they move from the front of the room to the back of the room. Resizing options include:

Bullet.png Depth - Click and drag the slider to change the room depth.
Bullet.png Horizon - Click and drag the slider to move the horizon up and down.
Bullet.png Actors - Lets you select the size of avatars and pets in the room.
Bullet.png Furniture - Lets you select the size of furniture, toys, game launchers, images, and videos in the room.


No walls

Stuff-Create backdrop-No walls.png

Creates a room without wall boundaries. This emulates an open scene, like an outdoor setting. The avatars will change in size as they move from the front of the room to the back of the room. Resizing options include:

Bullet.png Depth - Click and drag the slider to change the room depth.
Bullet.png Horizon - Click and drag the slider to move the horizon up and down.
Bullet.png Actors - Lets you select the size of avatars and pets in the room.
Bullet.png Furniture - Lets you select the size of furniture, toys, game launchers, images, and videos in the room.


Flatland

Stuff-Create backdrop-Flatland.png

Creates a room without wall boundaries and with a floor that is at the very bottom of the image. The avatars will remain the same size no matter where they move. Resizing options include:

Bullet.png Actors - Lets you select the size of avatars and pets in the room.
Bullet.png Furniture - Lets you select the size of furniture, toys, game launchers, images, and videos in the room.


Bird's Eye

Stuff-Create backdrop-Bird's Eye.png

Creates a room without walls and allows the whole image to be the floor that avatars can move around on. The avatars will remain the same size no matter where they move. Resizing options include:

Bullet.png Actors - Lets you select the size of avatars and pets in the room.
Bullet.png Furniture - Lets you select the size of furniture, toys, game launchers, images, and videos in the room.


Toys

Toys in Whirled are meant to be interactive, so they can only be .SWF files. If you want to create a picture of a toy that doesn't move, you should create Furniture instead.

  1. Choose Stuff → Toys to see the toys you own.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the avatar uploading interface.
    Toy uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name for your toy.
    2. Click Browse in Toy Media and find the SWF file for your toy.
    3. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your toy's icon. (max. 80x60)
    4. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your toy. This is only required if you plan to sell it in the shop.
    5. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
  4. After the SWF has finished uploading, an icon will show up. You can then click on Save to put your toy in your inventory for use.


Pets

Pets are animated characters that wander rooms, change moods, and interact with players. Pets can only be .SWF files. If you want to upload a static image as your pet, buy an inexpensive Easy Image Pet instead.

  1. Choose Stuff -> Pets to see the pets you own.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the pet uploading interface.
    Pet uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name for your pet.
    2. Click Browse in Pet Media and find the SWF file for your pet or image file to be converted into a bouncing image pet.
    3. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your pet's icon. (max. 80x60)
    4. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your pet. This is only required if you plan to sell it in the shop.
    5. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
  4. Click Save to put your pet in your inventory for use.


Games

Main article: Uploading games
  1. Choose Games -> My Games to see the games you have uploaded.
  2. Click the Create button to get the game uploading interface.
    The game uploading interface.
    1. Select an appropriate Game Type.
    2. Under Game Name, type the name of your game.
    3. Under Thumbnail Media, click Browse..., and select your image file. This thumbnail is used to represent the game in My Games.
    4. Under Client Code, click Browse..., and select your .swf file in the file system browser that appears. When the file has finished uploading, you should see a SWF id show up (e.g. 031c99dbf403923daad884fb562bd7f0d83d555x.swf) in the Client Code section.
    5. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
    6. Click on the Save button and your browser will switch to the Edit Game interface where you can configure your game.

There is also an article describing the options for games in more detail.

To test play your game to make sure the upload worked, click on it, and then click on Play.

Games can be deleted by editing them in Games → My Games.

Games are more complicated than other items. For more information check out uploading games.

Images

Images must be .GIF, .PNG or .JPG format. You can add then to your rooms like furniture, or create a Gallery in which to display them. Animated .GIFs don't work inside rooms.

  1. Choose Me -> Images to see the images you own.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the image uploading interface.
    The image uploading interface.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name to identify your image.
    2. Click Browse in Image Media and find the file for your image.
    3. Click Browse in Furniture Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file representing your image. This determines what the clickable image looks like when a player encounters it in Whirled. (optional, a copy of the image will be used if a different one is not chosen)
    4. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your image's icon or thumbnail as it will be seen in My Stuff or the shop if listed. (max. 80x60) (optional, a copy of the image will be used if a different one is not chosen)
    5. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your image. (optional)
    6. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
    7. Click on the Extras tab.
      The image uploading interface's Extras tab.
    8. Whirled automatically generates a preview image and a thumbnail for you, but you can upload your own on the Extras tab.
  4. Click Save to put your image in your inventory for use.


Music

You can upload .MP3 files, then add them to your rooms to create a soundtrack or sound effects. Only files in .MP3 format can be used here. NOTE: Most commercially distributed music comes with restrictive copyright licenses. Please do not list such songs unless you own the rights to them.

  1. Choose Stuff -> Music to see the music you own.
  2. Scroll down to the "How do I get stuff?" section.
    Click "Upload" to bring up the interface.
  3. Click the Upload... button to get the music uploading interface.
    The music uploading interface's Main tab.
    1. Click on the Name field and enter a name to identify your music.
    2. Click Browse in Audio Media and find the mp3 file for your music. A red bar will show your uploading progress. Once the music is uploaded an icon will appear in the Audio Media rectangle. You will not be able to Save your music until it is done uploading.
    3. Click on the Description field and enter a description of your music. (optional)
    4. Confirm that you own the copyrights to the item or have authorization to upload it.
    5. Click on the Extras tab.
      The music uploading interface's Extras tab.
    6. Click Browse in Thumbnail Media and find the bitmap (png, jpg or gif) file for your music's icon. (max. 80x60)
  4. Click Save to put your song in your inventory for use.


Video

You can add videos for you and your friends to watch in Whirled, and to sell on the Shop. Videos must be in .FLV format to work in Whirled.

  1. This feature has been removed for now.