UPDATE: 2014/1 – A newer version of Liquid Mesh called Fitted Mesh is now the standard for mesh clothes. Fitted Mesh is still in beta development in January 2014. Liquid Mesh clothes made pre-Fitted Mesh seem to be usable and are apparently not broken by the implementation of Fitted Mesh. So, Liquid Mesh is now a sort of support way to make mesh clothes.
Liquid Mesh is
very very much not supported by the Lab. We hear this at the user group meetings. The Lindens are telling us repeatedly. In some ways the Lindens are getting a bit arrogant about the issue. Like if you didn’t pay attention, tough. We told you. That attitude will walk them into a wall.
The problem is the developers and residents don’t attend the user group meetings.
The image shows jeans made of Liquid Mesh. I was changing the leg muscle settings in Appearance. You can see the jeans changed per the Appearance settings.
TPV Dev’s concern is so many people are buying ‘Liquid Mesh’ that it will become a default SL standard whether the Lab supports it or not. When the avatar is changed and all Liquid Mesh is broken the PR backlash could be horrific for the Lab.
I got into what Liquid Mesh is in an article written in December 2012: #SL LIQUID MESH is it a Real Solution? So, if you are scratching your head as to what Liquid Mesh is, check it out. You may also know Liquid Mesh as Redpoly Rigging, as Redpoly figured out how to do it and used it in some products. Others of you may know it as rigging to the collision bones.
The Lab sort of woke up Friday when the TPV Dev’s voiced their concerns. The person I think did the most to get through to them was asking not to be quoted. So, to them I say thanks. They know who they are.
The Lindens will be discussing this internally. I see two possible outcomes.
One is the Lindens do nothing. I see that as the short term solution and long term disaster.
The other is they block uploading of Liquid Mesh. The change is simple enough. The upload just needs to check for weighting to specific bones. This will piss clothing designers off now. I doubt they would delete Liquid Mesh items from the grid. If you have them, you can use them until the avatar changes and they break, if that ever happens. I think this is the more likely scenario.
They might also use the new stats system to figure out how much Liquid Mesh is on the grid and decided if the problem is real, significant, and growing or not. This could take some time to decide. But, we may hear an answer in a couple of weeks. My take is the Lindens are getting painted into a corner.
If you want to help people avoid getting burned, get the word around about Liquid Mesh.
This may have a positive effect on the Mesh Deformer priorities. Oz Linden plans to use the information to push for a team to look at the avatar, which includes looking at the Deformer project.
Having the Deformer in place would remove the need for using Liquid Mesh.