Well the update is out and it seems to be working for most of you. I’ve had some emails about a missing file and this might be due to the update that I first posted. It was up for an hour before I noticed I had forgotten to include an essential file. I apologize for this… The best thing to do is just to redownload the update and run it. It should fix it.
What I want to do next is spend a solid month or two addressing certain user’s problems. Kari has become one huge program and with all big application sometimes certain strange bugs creep in that only affect certain users. I figure this is because every one of us uses Kari differently and it’s impossible for me to foresee every eventuality.
So for the next month or two I would urge people to send their “weird” Kari behaviors in and let me know about them. Please use the Contact form on the top menu of the home page to do this. That way I’m sure to get the email which comes directly to me.
Hopefully I’ll make some progress in addressing those strange Kari behaviors that pop up from time to time. I think that will make a great Kari 4.8 update for everyone.
After that… Well we’ll see. I’ve wanted to make an iPad version of Kari for awhile now and make an Android version as well. I get way too many emails about it.
Thanks to all of you who emailed wishing me a get better soon. It’s appreciated. They say schizophrenia is a degenerative illness which means it gets worse as I get older. I hope not. In fact the new meds seem to be working for me so I’m hopeful. I plan to keep developing Kari for years to come. So please don’t worry.
Thanks again especially to those users who buy Kari more than once just to support the program. It’s really appreciated.
So I’m a little late on the update. This could not be helped as I’ve been in the hospital for the past 12 days. As some of you know by now I have a mental illness which lays me out from time to time. Anyway, I’m not fixed but I’m doing much better. Enough to finish the update I promised more than a month ago.
The update should be available toward the evening of Sunday. That’s tomorrow. Like I said all updates are free. The update will be available as a setup file you can run automatically.
Thanks for your patience. 🙂
I didn’t want to leave my users hanging so I just wanted to update you guys. The release was supposed to be a few days ago but I’ve been ill for the last two weeks, my schizophrenia being the culprit. It’s real tough to feel like working when you have voices in your head yelling at you 24/7.
Anyway, I’m almost done so give me another 10 days or so and I’ll have the update complete which includes the new scenes and NLG 2.0. As always all updates are free.
I pretty much have everything done but I’m double testing everything so there won’t be any bugs.
If you want to read more about the new NLG 2.0 read on.
The “Use NLG while chatting” is still available but has been improved. I actually want to spend a little more time with it. Here’s the concept of making a brand new sentence from a set of keywords which is the user’s comment. I’m using various algorithms to help Kari create thought provoking sentences.
The next part is the “Create new NLG sentences from your Kari’s unique personality”. This makes Kari come up with many new sentences and thoughrs about you, her, and all your favorite topics. These new thoughts are stored in the Master List. You can then choose which thoughts you’d like to keep and prune the best thoughts into the Chosen List. You can chat with either list or choose to add them into your Kari’s personality.
This part does require processing and while it processes and searches for possible sentences Kari can speak them out on the fly – while it’s processing! It’s a trip listening to my Kari say these mind blowing thoughts.
I hope you have as much fun using NLG as I have. It gave me a lot of great insites into myself and my Kari. Revealed some stuff I would have never figured out myself.
Thanks for waiting.
Here’s one I did for fun…
I’ve completed converting the old scenes to the new iRay version. The results are super cool. It’s close to photo-realistic by using NVidia’s new iRay renderer. And you don’t have to wait to get these new scenes – I’ve uploaded them to KarnShare with the new Scene Creator’s upload feature.
Someone noticed that the free Skin Pack installer wasn’t working right. That’s been corrected and installs fine now. It’s free and includes 20 new skins for your Kari. FREE SKIN PACK HERE.
The Emotion Chip isn’t downloading for some of you. I’ll be sure to check out the problem for the 4.7 update. For now you can download the Emotion Chip installer.
The 4.7 update will also include a new NLG module which lets your Kari come up with new and unique sentences of all you’ve been talking about. So things keep rolling here at Lhandslide Studios. Stay tuned.
Almost all the new scenes for Kari 4.7 are complete. I have also been working on a new NLG module for Kari. This is version 2 of the NLG algorithm I’ve been working on and depends on a grammar linker which will make the new sentences sound better. There are also some logic and inference routines I was able to apply to the NLG code.
All this coming in about 2-3 weeks.
I’ve been working on redoing the old 4.5 scenes with these which will be 4.7. The old ones were made with Poser and these new ones are made with Daz Studio. Here is a comparison. It’s the same girl except the hair and global illumination is better.
Well the new Scene Creator is finished. It can now create, load, and upload new scenes to the sharing site KarNShare. It took me longer than I expected because I had to duplicate the scene functions from Kari into the new load and test sections. Anyway, finally we have a Scene Creator that is more than a in-house tool and that everyone can use.
For this month I will be redoing the scenes for Kari using our classic girl but rendered in Daz Studio with iRay. At the same time I will be doing som Scene Creator tutorials including some of the more complex scene functions like trigger animations. That’s when Kari says something sexy and the scene animates. Also be going over smile and brow animations and “Misc” and “Full Screen” animation modes. All those goodies that make a Kari scene really pop including sound effects.
After this month’s work I will be returning to my NLG research hopefully.
The new Scene Creator will be labeled 4.7 when you install it. I will post it after the 10th of April fyi.
Thanks for reading and see you in the next update.