Archive: February 2010

Second Life Viewer 2 Beta

Quick news - the new SL viewer is out! At first I complained a lot - the dark theme is hard to read, and I felt my screen is cluttered too much. And I really want to make my local chat bar wider, cause it's way too small (yay, widescreens!). And I want a button for minimap at hand. And I want to be able to make the sidebar wider, since my inventory is there now. And a lot lot lot more... But after a bit of tweaking here and there I might get used to the new viewer. As long as I can have all the options I used in the old viewer, I'll try not to complain too much :) Because (and that convinces me the most to Viewer 2) it gives an AWESOME performance boost. Try it!

Second Life Viewer 2 Beta

New release: chocolate box!

I know it's late to release a Valentine's Day item, but I didn't manage to finish it earlier. I completely redesigned my chocolate box - and that means new sculpties, new textures, new scripts etc. - and now it is a cute box holding an assortment of veeeeeryyy delicious sculptie chocolates :)

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box

You can use the touch menu to select the chocolate you want. There are six types of chocolates to choose from:
  • Milk Chocolate With Cream Filling
  • White Chocolate With Strawberry Filling
  • Dark Chocolate With Almond Filling
  • White Chocolate With Coffee Filling
  • Milk Chocolate With Hazelnut Filling
  • Dark Chocolate With Marzipan Filling
The chocolates are scripted with 'eating a chocolate' animation (with mouth expression!)

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box - Full assortment

You get two versions of the box with your purchase: one version to attach, with 'holding the box' animation, and another one to rez.

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box - Box close-up

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box - Attachment anims - hands only

There is also a 3 prim version included for those of you that prefer to save on prims - it's simply a closed box, but it's fully functional, dispenses chocolates and looks nice!

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box - Low prim version

I also included all the chocolates without any scripts for attaching fun. Attach them to your mouth or hands, use silly poses and take pictures (make a copy of all chocolates before doing so, just in case)!

[MAGIC NOOK] Chocolate Box - Attaching fun

The box cost 150L$ and is a cool way to say 'I love you' to someone (or you can secretly buy it for yourself and eat all the chocolates ;)). The bad news is that I didn't have time to put the box on Xstreet and it's no transfer, so you have to take your love to the shop. Sorry! But it's Valentine's Day and I'm off to drink some mulled wine with my other half ;)

I hope you too have an awesome Valentine's Day!

TAXI to the shop

Look into my Blender!

I'm redesigning my chocolate box, been sculpting a lot and finally it's ready for texturing! I thought I will give you a little sneak peak into my Blender ^^

Work in progress - Chocolate Box

Better than the current version, isn't it? :) It's always amazing how the quality requirements in SL change over time - a product that once was top notch, nowadays needs changes to get its popularity back... I don't mean just sculpties - look at the way skins have changed, or clothes. Crazy!

Anyway, I hope I finish the chocolates before Valentine's Day! I'm planning to re-write the scripts as well, so now it is a good time to give me suggestions for additional functionality of this item, if you have any!

PS. Show me your Blender (or any other program you use for sculpties)! I would love to see your work in progress - so treat it as a challenge! I'm hoping for some links ;)

Avatars United

Something interesting has happened :) Linden Lab has acquired a Swedish company - Enemy Unknown AB - and their social networking site - Avatars United. And... everyone is happy about it! Residents are showing a lot of enthusiasm. Moreover, it seems the site has already become a hip place, within just a few days. So popular, that the '503 Service Unavailable' message shows up every once in a while because the server is overloaded. And it seems all up-to-the-minute avatars have a profile there.

I find it quite interesting, cause you know what happens usually :) Basically any move by Linden Lab is highly criticized by SL residends, whether it's fair or not. I think the upbeat reaction to this acquisition is quite remarkable and tell us a little about residents' needs. I'm curious how things will play out but this made me think about something else as well. This acquisition might be just one of many significant business decisions coming from Linden Lab in the near future. I'm not necessarily talking about other acquisitions but about decisions that will change Second Life as we know it - and I'm guessing it will be most harsh for long term residents. Something has changed - and that is the way Linden Lab look at Second Life. It's not 'our virtual world, our baby, our dear project' anymore - it's a product now. And a product should bring profit. This attitude is not bad, though - it will help Second Life stay on the market. The 'dear attitude' is good for beginnings, when the project is small... but if you don't change it fast enough, your project might fail, despite your best intentions. So I guess Linden Lab actions and residents' needs will finally meet, one day in the future.

In the meanwhile, feel free to unite with me ;)

Avatars United