Second Life News 2014-37 #2

This last Friday was the Third Party Developers’ meeting facilitated by Oz Linden. We have a burst of news from that meeting. Several projects were updated.

Server-Scripting UG 2014-35

Server-Scripting UG 2014-35

Viewers

I’ve already covered the update of the SL Default/Main Viewer and the RC Viewers. There was no new news regarding these viewers.

However, some props are due NiranV. The new snapshot panel is his creation. It is well done. I personally like using it. NiranV also corrected some other problems in the snapshot process. So, it is more than just a cosmetic change.

Send NiranV a thank you.

Project Viewers

The Oculus Rift Project viewer is in QA as a DK2 project and lots of issues are being found and worked on. Fixes are flowing into that project viewer. So, far the viewer will support DK1 as best it can.

My understanding is the DK2 version of the project is NOT yet published on the RC Viewer page, but soon.  Continue reading

Second Life Transcript Coloring

If you deal with transcripts of meetings, in our case in Second Life™ transcripts, they are usually chat logs. They are not that easy to read. So, some people have scripted tools to colorize the transcripts.

Gwyneth Llewelyn has an article up where she writes about her transcript colorizing tool: Revisiting the Colourising Script. She explains some of the problems she has run into over the years.  Continue reading

AvaStar Pricing to Change

The rumor is… AvaStar pricing is going up. Gaia is having a problem supporting development and customer support. Something has to give. Development slows considerably or the price goes up. Various ideas have been voiced for how to price the tool with accompanying screams from the user base. But, that is to be expected whenever a merchant has to raise prices.

Norder Ney HeavenScent - 2014

Norder Ney HeavenScent – 2014

Gaia Clary says she is now working on Avatar and SL products full time. She has to make her living selling these products.

Gaia does not seem to be a fan of subscription pricing. So, I expect the initial purchase price on AvaStar 2.0 to jump up, but that has not been decided. The current US$27± price is not providing Gaia a living. So, will we see $100? May be. The final price is yet to be decided. Continue reading

Second Life News 2014-37

Servers

We knew this story last Friday. Nothing has changed. No main channel roll out this week.

Server Scripting UG 2014-37

Server Scripting UG 2014-37

RC Channels

The RC Channels get a maintenance release that fixes some edge case problems and some issues with Skill Game regions access. Nothing exciting.

Viewers

The main SL Viewer has updated to 3.7.15-293376. This was the Snowstorm RC Viewer. It has the new snapshot panel, which I really like. Continue reading

AvaStar RC4 Released

Yesterday Gaia Clary released a new Release Candidate of AvaStar. This release is mostly cosmetic. Tool labels have changed to better reflect industry jargon. Some may have moved to smooth out some bumps in workflow.

Norder Ney @ HeavenScent 2014

Norder Ney @ HeavenScent 2014

Also, the Help Documentation has been updated to reflect the AvaStar 1.1 user interface. You can access the AvaStar Help pages here. Once on the first page there is a tree-like menu giving access to other help pages.

Gaia is revising the workflow documents to AvaStar 1.1 interface. There is no mention of an ETA for when those will be available.

AvaStar has context sensitive help. When in Blender, with AvaStar installed of course, right click a control and select Online Manual. Easy. Continue reading

Ebbe Altberg @ TechFlags

I see the Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab’s CEO, will speak at TecgFlags’ Expand event in November. See TechFlags’ post listing speakers for the event.

Since Altberg broke the news about the Lab building a new world, we haven’t heard much from him. This may be an opportunity to hear something more about SL2. Or all we may hear is on where tech is heading, but that would sort of be what SL2 will target.

 

Second Life Bits 2014-36 #2

CG Awesome

I suspect most people know there is a lot of CG in moves these days. This is an interesting video showing some amazing CG work.

#GamerGate

Have you heard of #GamerGate? I suppose it has been growing for days. The long and drama filled story can be found here: GamerGate: A Closer Look At The Controversy Sweeping Video Games.

#GamerGate is drama just as we see in Second Life™. Only on a larger scale. It is a story complete with sex, vigilantes, hacking, rage quits, and all the rest. Continue reading