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[BNS] Name 2 Avatars 5.0.3

$20 · Renewal Term: $15/year

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Name 2 Avatars is a community-driven idea that started with a simple thought by a fellow IPS client: generate unique and colorful profile photos for members who don't upload a photo.  You've seen this idea popularized on many other websites, and now it's available here for IPS 4!  Download now and start customizing your membership with Name 2 Avatars.

Name 2 Avatars will generate a unique profile photo for every member in your IPS community who does not upload a photo.  The colors and text will be based upon the member's name and covers all kinds of names including digits, single names, and dual names.  Those profile photos are centrally stored in your website's n2a storage folder, and will be used anytime a member who doesn't have a photo registers on your website.  The new profile photo will display everywhere, including the Profile, Forum Postbit, Sidebar Blocks, Activity Streams, and more.  The application contains multiple settings for you to customize the avatars exactly the way you want with options to change colors, gradients, font, and shadow.  

  • Are you looking to give a unique and colorful profile to every member to personalize member identity?
  • Are you looking to replace the default gray avatar with colorful ones that separate your community from the default?
  • Are you looking to add a bright splash of color to your memberlist to stylize your community's theme? 
  • Are you looking to create unique category and topic icons for forums, clubs and downloads to make them more recognizable?  

Make your community more welcoming, encourage member engagement, and personalize member identity across your IPS community with the colorful Name 2 Avatars!  

All settings are located in ACP > Customization > Names 2 Avatars settings.  Check out the comprehensive list of features to design and colorize the avatars exactly the way you want:

  • Designer Mode - The application features a powerful Designer Mode, which pauses the front-end display of avatars while you change the settings in the ACP.  This allows you to modify and change settings to your heart's content and preview the avatars to your liking before publishing your avatars.  
  • Download Icons - If you have download files with no screenshots, you can use Name 2 Avatars to generate a custom icon per file to display in the What's New, Highest Rated, and Most Downloaded blocks on the downloads index page.  Please note this will not generate a screenshot on the file image details page.   
  • Club Profile Icons - can generate profile icons for clubs
  • Forum Icons - If you have forums with no customized icons, replace the standard IPS icons with customized icons to display on the forum index page.  
  • 3 avatar modes to choose from (letters: which will produce a letter avatar, cats: a uniquely generated cat image based on username, abstract/monster: will generate a  unique "abstract" image from user name. NOTE: this setting only applies to member avatars and not to downloads/forum icons).
  • Font Color - Choose your own color for the text that appears on the avatar
  • Text Shadow and Color - Enable and choose your own color for the shadow on the text 
  • Font Size - Choose your own font size to increase or decrease the text size
  • Color Generation - Select your own colors per letter
  • Gradients - Enable gradients for a multi-hued background
  • Dual Letters - Enable dual letters for names
  • Unique Backgrounds - Let every member have their own unique avatar
  • Font Type - Upload your own font
  • X and Y Offset - Center or offset the text
  • Text Angle - Rotate or set your text at an angle
  • User Generated Avatars - group setting allows you to give member groups the ability to generate their own avatar using n2a scripts. allows them to design their own letter/cat/monster icon, with various settings.

Geek out with other cool features that happen behind-the-scenes:

  • Unique Like No Other - Ever member in your community is unique and their avatars should express that distinctiveness.  When Unique Backgrounds are enabled, the code will parse the name of the user spelled backwards to generate a truly one-of-a-kind color.  That means users with similar names like Micah, Michael, Michaelangelo, and Mickey Mouse will generate wildly different colors!    
  • Opposites Attract - When enabling gradients, the application will automatically use the color's accent (opposing color) to generate a multi-hued background that stretches across the entire color palette.  

Please install like any other application.  

  1. Navigate to ACP > System > Site Features - Applications.  
  2. Click on "Install"
  3. Select the TAR file and install.  

**description provided by @Joel R

Edited by CodingJungle

What's New in Version 5.0.1   See changelog


  • moved group setting for avatar generator to new storage method per IPS MP rules
  • added some css to make the avatar generators "body parts" for the monsters/cats/birds/abstracts to be smaller size to make it easier to use on mobile devices. 


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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is a really cool plugin/app! Makes the forum look better without so many blank/default avatars. Easy to use settings too.

I like that it can auto-adjust colours so the same letters aren't all the same.

Nice work!

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Fierce God

· Edited by Mr. Fierce God

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is a awesome application...and my hat goes off to @CodingJungle for making it free..as this is a very extensive app

Great work, and look forward to awesome updates in the future!!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Simple and ingenious!  Many thanks for releasing this to the community free of charge!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I have many members that do not upload any profile pictures, this plugin is definitely useful and make my forum more colourful! Thank you!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Great App, forum looks better without many default avatars.. nice, clear and colorfully. 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I created i topic to propose this idea of generating avatars for people without photo, CodingJungle was very active and developped this app in some days !

The best app i even get here, it should be integrated in the default IPS core features, who like the grey men avatars :)

The developper is very active, dailly updates and new feature all time, thanks COdingJungle for this wonderfull app and waiting to see your future ones :)




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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

A simple plugin modifications that creates a more colorful and lively forum experience.

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Kjell Iver Johansen

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Thanks - really nice plugin that brings colour to members.

I noticed that when not logged into my site, Guests get a random number or letter instead of standard avatar. I don't know if thats a bug or a feaure. Anyway - thanks :)

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Great mod. Works as advertised. I had to do a little with the CSS because it had a left negative margin which didn't work with my theme but it was an easy adaptation.

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Black Zero

   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

this plagin is good, but not supported in mobile skin ,at mobile skin size is very larg and covered username , 

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I have a problem installing this because I am receiving a maximum file size – 2 MB message and the application seems to be over 3 MB.

What am I doing wrong please?

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Fantastic app for sites that have a lot of active users without custom avatars.  The gradient option is very cool as is the "psychedelic" one. :cool:

If you're a Mac user, you may have issues getting the .tar out of the ZIP so try this:

Get "The Unarchiver" from Macupdate.com (program is free but you have to register on the site) and set it up to only unzip .ZIP files.  Download your ZIP file from here but save it to disk then select it and Choose Program (The Unarchiver) to open it.  The .tar will appear on the desktop.

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