Scanning the Second Life® news today I found an article on new World Notes by Hamlet about Oz Linden reconsidering whether the Mesh Defmer is worth the effort… the bother to add it to Second Life. Hamlet’s article is: Linden Lab Needs Mesh Samples to Test Qarl’s Mesh Deformer — Or May Not Incorporate It Into SL Viewers At All.
If you don’t know the Mesh Deformer or the Parametric Deformer is the missing part of the mesh project that was never completed. The Deformer will allow mesh clothes to change with avatar shape controls. It causes mesh clothes to follow the Enhanced Avatar Physics, the clothes bounce with the boobies. The Lindens are considering dropping the project. We need to demonstrate support for the project for it to continue. This article is about getting the support into a visible place for the Lindens to see.
I found Oz’s comments in the JIRA STORM-1716 item.
Perhaps this issue really isn’t all that important, or worth the trouble to integrate.
So far, only one designer has responded with one test garment.
Let me be clear – the lack of test material is a major blocker for testing, and therefor accepting, this proposed feature. If you want it, step up and do it soon.
Oz Linden added a comment – 08/May/12 10:48 AM
Good suggestion, Sabina… done.
I don’t think it’s fair to say that no one knows.. there are 175 Watchers on this issue who got mail when I posted the request, and it did get picked up in at least one fairly popular blog.
However, the forums may reach a wider audience… let’s see.
Ashasekayi Ra added a comment – 08/May/12 11:56 AM
With all due respect Oz, I feel your comment is a bit harsh. You made your request just Thursday of last week. It is only Tuesday. I submitted just one sample because that is all I had time to build in that time frame since I already have work projects to finish. I certainly plan to send a couple of other samples. However, all my previous work was created for merchants who plan to resell it. So, it will take some time to build new models specifically for this because of the copyright issue in the contribution agreement. Believe me, manually skinning a clothing item properly for the SL Avatar is not a quick job because you have to combat severe problems caused by the horrible weighting in that model.
The point is that I assume that several other creators are working on (or plan to work on samples for this project). Many of them probably need to make items just for this and can’t use models that they have used before. It seems reasonable to give us a few weeks to submit our samples.
Lastly, this project isn’t a content creator issue; It’s an SL user issue. There are plenty of non-creators who want this feature badly. As a consumer and creator, I surely want it to be a success.
Oz Linden added a comment – 08/May/12 12:02 PM
I hope that you’re right Ashasekayi… I’d feel better if I’d heard from anyone but you (and by the way, thank you again). Even hearing “I’m working on it” would help.
I’m not sure what you mean by “the copyright issue” – the CA does not in any way reduce or limit your ability to use or sell anything you create, even if you also contribute it under the agreement. If anyone needs clarification on that, please contact me by email not here.
On May 3rd Oz posted in the JIRA that he wanted example clothing. I covered that in my coverage: #SL Viewer with Mesh Deformer.
This is one of those situations in which the Lindens and users have a drastically different experience. I post articles on the Mesh Deformer and see a spike in my visitor stats. The Track-backs go up. People are interested.
I know from attending the User Group meetings that only about 50 or so people are regularly active in those groups. Of those 50 not even half are into fashion. I am certain these meetings bore fashionestas to tears.
Have you seen the images I snap at the meetings and post with the articles? Of the typical 15 to 30 people at any given meeting only 1 or 2 people will be dressed in anything nice. There are lots of neat avatars. But nothing I would consider showing even a tenth of Strawberry Singh’s style, who I consider to be one of the best dressed avatars in SL… or barely dressed as the occasion may call for. My point is the fashion people do not attend the Linden lead User Groups.
I can comfortably guarantee that fashionestas are NOT reading the freaking JIRA. I read a prodigious amount in any given day. I only read the JIRA when I have some reason to. I seldom browse the JIRA. In fact only when I am looking for something specific do I search or browse in the JIRA.