SL’s new Grid Wide Experience

The new experience is titled Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches. (TCMG) The intro video is here…

I think it is way funny.

The announcement is here: Introducing a New Grid-Wide Experience. The announcement tells you how to get started and the rules…

You can have Glytches, the bad guys, on your private parcels. For the ‘how to’ on that see the Official TCMG Wiki page.

Check out the announcement and wiki page to get started collecting and I suppose imprisoning Glytches to save the grid.

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Servers

The main channel is not updating this week. It will continue to run version #17.09.01.508236.

Blue Steel and Le Tigre channels will update to version #17.09.14.508549. This version addresses: Improvements to address some problems that could degrade simulator performance in rare cases.

A Dot On The Map

A Dot On The Map

Magnum will update to version #17.09.14.508533. It fixes BUG-100505 – “llGetEnv (“agent_limit”) is returning an empty string in Magnum, Le Tigre and Blue Steel regions.”

The only interesting additional information from the Server-Scripting UG meeting is that work on the servers includes an effort to reduce the recent outages. Continue reading

AvaStar 2 RC-14 is Out

When I saw the announcement for the final release of AvaStar 2.0, I hadn’t noticed the RC-14 version is out, which was me being a bit slow considering the video I posted. Check your AvaStar Products Page for the download.

I won’t get to play with it today. But… soon.

The release notes are here. The big change is in BVH import and export. Bone translations now work. The IK controls for the hands change.

There are other minor improvements and some fixes.

Word is Sparkles will update with or just after AvaStar 2.0 releases.

Sansar Meetings

This week’s Product Meetups will be held on Friday 09/22/2017 at 9:30 – 10:30 am (PT) and 4:00 to 5:00 pm (PT) Location: Zen Garden

The Casual Meetups are at oYo Galaxy Time Gate – 2pm – 3 pm (PT) Monday thru Friday!

These meetings are hard to get into. Be early. Also, pre-cache the Experiences before the meeting you plan to attend. Program updates and Experience load times can cause you to arrive late and be bounced to an empty instance.

AvaStar 2.0 – Sept 30?

AvaStar is thinking they will release AvaStar 2.0 around the end of September… yes, 2017.

I like the AvaStar developers and support people. But, I’ve decided they are way too susceptible to feature creep. Fortunately, they release RC versions that keep us going.

If you are using Blender, there is nothing equal to AvaStar for Second Life developers. If you are new to SL development, AvaStar is the one tool that can reduce your learning curve significantly. Well worth the cost.

With Bento out, animation for SL became way more feature rich. I expect we will start to see animations labeled in ways similar to how we label clothes; Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and etc. compatible.

Facial animations are likely to be the most problematic, as we are sensitive to even the smallest imperfections in facial expressions.

Second Life to Kill OpenSim?

Hypergrid Business has an article about what Linden Lab’s® move to the cloud may mean for OpenSim grids. By knowing what may happen to OpenSim we can infer what is likely to happen to Second Life.

David Kariuki thinks moving to the cloud will allow Linden Lab to run on demand regions. Meaning if no one is in the region, the region would spin down and drop out of the servers, go offline. When someone is on the grid next door or TP’s there, the region loads into a server and spins up.

Brand New Colony (Sept. 2017)

Brand New Colony (Sept. 2017)

The result is fewer servers would be needed, a huge cost saving in hardware and electricity.

It sounds to me like this could be a performance problem. Would we have to wait while the region spins up? Or can a region load fast enough we wouldn’t notice? We don’t know. Continue reading

Second Life – What… SLURL vs URL

A bunch of bloggers don’t know the difference between a URL and a SLURL. The simple explanation, if a web page link opens a web page, image, video, whatever in a browser it is a URL.

If it opens a viewer, then it is SLURL.

A URL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vibrant%20Eden/194/150/26

A SLURL: secondlife://VIBRANT%20EDEN/194/150/26

Click each to see the difference in behavior.

.. do you feel like we're being watched? ..

.. do you feel like we’re being watched? ..

On the second one, Windows or your anti-virus may complain saying clicking this link may be a security risk. This is both of those saying ‘I don’t know what this is, so I’ll tell you it may be dangerous, just in case.’ But, if you go to the SL Maps page, the first URL, and look at the SLURL shown when you hover over “Visit this Location” link, you’ll see they are the same.

You can decide for yourself by going to the SL Maps page, the first URL, and looking at the SLURL shown when you hover over “Visit this Location” link, you’ll see it shows the same link address I show here.

Control

The behavior when clicking a SLURL is controlled by you. Settings in Windows and/or your web browser control what happens when you click.

The Firestorm team has made an elegant fix. See: Second Life: How to FIX SLURL’s. Fortunately, it works for all viewers Linden and third-party. Unfortunately, it is a Windows-only solution. To get the proxy for SLURL control see: SLURL Proxy.

If you want a more technical explanation, see: Emerald Viewer vs SLURL. While this is a 2010 solution that uses the old banished Emerald Viewer as an example, it still works. Just change the names to avoid the guilty.