I like the way the new SLV2 Outfits work, somewhat. I have several problems with how the sidebar handles them. There is a work around that I came across in the JIRA that handles my problem with organizing outfits.
The Outfits Sidebar provides only a single list of outfits. This mixes together the outfits I make and the default outfits provided by Linden Lab. As I create more outfits this is going to become more of a problem. So, I want to create folders in the Outfit Panel. But, that is not possible.
There are a number of JIRA feature requests and bug reports about the lack of folders in the Outfits Panel. I’ll get to those later.
There is a way to get outfits into folders, sort of. First off, know this is for Series 2 viewers. Don’t mess with your Linden Outfits Folder in Series 1 viewers. Doing so is likely to cause you problems. Also, know you will get different results depending on which version of a Series 2 viewer you use. So, you may need to be flexible.
Also, in some of the Development versions of the viewer there are horrible lag problems (its part of the design process I suppose they had additional debug code in them). You have to watch the upper right of the Outfits Panel for the icon that shows updates are in progress. Otherwise, you’ll think the process is broken. You will also find Wear and Replace outfit options grayed out. Once the process completes, everything returns to what you would expect. Just know this outfit changing process can be SLOW.
Open your Inventory Panel. Find the Outfits folder and open it. Now you can create a folder within Outfits. Using the Inventory Panel you can drag and drop outfits into the new folder. This lets you organize outfits into categories, which you can see I have yet to do.
If you go back to the Outfits Panel, there will be no new folder. All the outfits will still be lumped together. Bummer. But, you can wear outfits from Inventory.
This means one uses the Outfits Panel to create and manipulate outfits and the Inventory Panel to organize them and wear them. It is not ideal, but it does provide a way to organize.
Alternate Work Around
It is also possible to name your outfits so they group as you choose in the Outfits Panel. Using a ‘!’ as the first character of an outfit name moves it to the head of the list. Using a ‘~’ moves the item to the end of the list. Other punctuation symbols sort out to different places. Experiment. You can see I had started using sorting to separate my outfits from Linden’s, which feels awkward to me. I have to remember if I used ‘!’ or ‘:” for business dresses or tart dresses.
Getting Things Fixed
As the above is not ideal some people have put requests in the JIRA. Few people have paid much attention to them. So, the Lindens do not have it rated as a high priority. We are likely to get the feature a bit sooner if we jump on the JIRA’s and add ourselves as Watchers. Votes are depreciated.
JIRA VWR-17596 – Folders added to My Outfits in Inventory do not appear in My Appearance-My Outfits. This is one of the JIRA’s and seems the appropriate, but it is a bug fix and as TriloByte points out what we want is more of a feature request.
JIRA VWR-19774 – You cannot group outfits by category by creating folders and dropping outfits into these. This one is also a bug fix request. It is somewhat better worded. Also Nyx Linden has looked at the issue and decided it truly is a bug and not a feature request. Nyx acknowledges this is a highly desired feature.
I can tell you that in the Second Life 2.7.6 (234849) Jul 6 2011 version this has yet to be fixed. Oz Linden has speculated that we will see a 2.8 Beta viewer next week, or may be the week after. It will have some new stuff in it. May be this will be one of the fixes. Whether it is or not, visit the JIRA and click WATCH. You can click Vote too, but WATCH is the important one.
I still find it hard to edit outfits. Adding and removing items from an outfit or updating an outfit seems more painful than necessary.
I thought a nice feature of the old style outfits was being able to choose what parts of an avatar to include in the outfit. So, I could create an outfit without hair. I could then wear any hair and change my outfit without the outfit replacing my hair. It would be nice if I could do that with the new Outfits.
There are many things yet to be changed in the new style viewers. Plus SLCC is coming soon. We are likely to hear about some of the new things Linden Lab is thinking about has hiding in the wings.