The Lab is very sensitive about breaking legacy products, unless… and this is a big UNLESS… they use unsupported techniques. So, Liquid Mesh is not a factor in the Linden thinking. But, all the animations, attachments, rigged mesh, and other items are a consideration. I think this makes it clear that the basic skeleton will always remain pretty much as is. It is unlikely it will change other than to receive additional features.
The unknowable part is whether the collision bone system will ever change. Theoretically there are no legacy items that depend on the collision system. By all that I have heard the Lindens are adamant they want to keep as much design freedom as possible. So, they keep telling us, they may break Liquid Mesh. But, they also do not know what will be done in the future. They have no plan to break it. But, they also have no plan to preserve it.
I tend to go along with Strawberry’s belief. I doubt Liquid Mesh will ever be broken. And if it is, that is 2 or more years out into the future. But, I am very skeptical. Said another way, my faith is weak on this point.
If you like the boots, buy them and enjoy them as long as you can. But, remember what Sean Brady said:
Here is my problem with the LL will never break this line of thinking. What seems to happen is a designer exploits something in SL for a purpose other than intended. We all go ohhhh and ahhh and buy in without much thought. Sometimes LL knows about these things and sometimes not. Either way they have meetings and such and eventually say we want to do XYZ, and then they start hearing a million reasons why they can’t because it will break this content and that. That either slows down or kills what they want to do. In this case, it could slow down or kill work on much needed changes to the avatar.
The word from the last tpv meeting was don’t design using the collision bones. That might mean any number of things, but the uproar around the removal of temp textures should be teaching us that these things can be broken.
On another note, I love how these boots look with the slink feet.
There is something to think about.
5 Std Sizes & Deformer
A range of merchants provides their products in the 5 sizes and include a Deformer version. Because there is no law that says what the term means, merchants can provide whatever they want and call it whatever they want.
In general this term came into use when the Mesh Deformer was a hot topic. It generally means and item designed to work with Karl’s Mesh Deformer STORM-1716. It generally means the item is rigged to the proper avatar skeleton, not collision bones.
Unfortunately, there is not a Mesh Deformer Project SL Viewer. Nor should we expect one any time soon. Oz feels that an MD Proj Viewer would stir the pot and he does not want to do that. So, you’ll have to test such items with a third party viewer.
It is possible that some fashion designers that get confused by the tech may use the term with items rigged for collision bones.
Liquid, molten, deformable, and whatever names for mesh adapting to our shape are not flexi mesh. At least the term was not originally used for shape adapting mesh items.
Flexi Mesh is a term for items made via a work-around that allows a mesh item to flex like a flexi prim does. This is another unsupported item SL users are rumored to have figured out how to make. AFAIK, the hole in the system that allowed creation of Flexi Mesh, if it ever existed, has been closed.
This was an often requested feature back when mesh was being implemented. Nyx Linden in 2010 said it would not be a feature of SL because of performance issues. (reference)
Since there is no Flexi Mesh, the term may be usurped by fashion designers. I hope not. As long as we have Flexi Prims the meaning of Flexi would result in two very different meanings.
I started this series of articles because I wanted people to understand what they were buying. I am not against it, I think Liquid/Molten Mesh is great. Certainly looks good on Strawberry. If I find things I like, I am not averse to buying them because they use collision bone rigging or may break some day. I’ll factor that into the cost of what I’m buying and make a decision.