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Getting Started

Installing Mannequin from itch.io#

Mannequin is currently available for download on itch.io. We strongly recommend using the itch.io desktop app to install and update Mannequin, as it provides very useful features such as automatic updates and download size optimization to help you save bandwidth significantly.

After opening the itch.io desktop app, you can use the search feature on the top-left to find Mannequin, or type https://ar14.itch.io/mannequin in the address bar.

After that, you can click the Install button on the bottom-right, and the installation wizard will open. There are various versions available:

  • Lite version is free of charge and comes with some limitations, most notably in export functions and the ability to use downloadable contents (DLCs) and/or mods.
  • Pro version can be obtained with a one-time purchase, and comes with full functionality.
  • Nightly version is included with your purchase of the Pro version, and provides a sneak peek into what's next in the development of Mannequin. New features and content which are still in development are available here for you to try, but the in-development preview nature of this version also means higher probability of bugs.

DLCs are included with your purchase of the Pro version, and can be installed after the Pro and/or Nightly version to add more content into the library. All of them can be installed at the same time without overwriting each other.

After installation is completed, you can launch Mannequin using the Launch button which now replaces the Install button. If you have multiple versions installed, you will be shown a list of which version that you want to open.

To install other versions and/or DLCs after your first installation is complete, you can click the gear icon on the bottom-right, beside the Install/Launch button. A list containing all of the available items to download/install will be shown. If you click the Manage button on the right side of each installed item, you can view more information about them and uninstall if needed.

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Your itch.io purchase of Mannequin also includes a Steam Key. Read this guide from itch.io to learn more about how to get your key.

Installing Mannequin from Steam#

Mannequin is currently available for Early Access on Steam. After purchasing, you can install the app by clicking the Install button in the Library View.

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Please note that as Mannequin is categorized as a software/tool instead of a game. It won't appear in the All Games section in the main library view (it will still show up in the Recent Games section, however). Instead, you can look into the sidebar area while optionally also limit the filter to Software only to find it quicker.

  • Mannequin's demo (also known as Lite version) is free of charge and comes with some limitations, most notably in export functions and the ability to use downloadable contents (DLCs).
  • Pro version can be obtained with a one-time purchase, and comes with full functionality.
  • You can also switch to the Nightly builds, which are more frequently updated with in-progress features but are potentially less stable, using the Properties window. To access this, click the gear icon on the left side of the library view. In the Properties window that shows up, switch to Betas tab and choose nightly in the drop-down menu.

Lite/Demo Version vs Pro Version#

There are two primary versions of Mannequin: Lite version which is free but comes with limited functionality, and Pro version which is availabe to purchase with an one-time payment. There are no subscription fees. All of the official DLCs are, and will be available for free.

The limitation of the Lite version compared to the Pro version are:

Lite/DemoPro
PNG and INX (Inochi Creator) export only.PNG, PSD, SVG, INX and XFL (Adobe Animate) export. PSD export also includes Adobe Character Animator optimization option for instant rigging in Adobe Character Animator.
Single image export only.Batch export available (export multiple combinations of expressions, hairstyles, clothing styles and poses into a single folder).
No export layer configuration option.Export layer configuration possible (choose between exporting face only, clothing only, and more).
No DLC and mod support.Official DLC and mod support (also includes Steam Workshop).

Currently, purchasing the Pro version will grant you access to these DLCs:

  • Long Hair Collection
  • Animal Ears Collection
  • Summer Collection
  • Halloween Collection