Second Life News Week #31

General News

XXX Original Event – This is an adult event… shocking, I know you wouldn’t have guessed… All sexy stuff and a load of free stuff (it all lands in the Objects folder) for Maitreya and Slink (both O & H). Plus, some of the free gifts have Standard Size versions included. There is a good percent of guy-stuff there too. And a few gag-gifts that are funny.

Aline Passiflora over on Fabulously Free caught my attention and I followed a link to the event, which ends August… something. The events are on-going. Only this event set of stuff will disappear. You do need to join the free XXX Event Group (SLURL) to get the free stuff.

Nal - Watching You

Nal – Watching You

Blender 2.8 ReleaseRelease is planned for the end of July, which is today Tuesday.

You will be able to get the new Blender here.

Hangars Liquides – Seems the sims have been saved, at least for a time. The crowdfunding effort has made over 55% of the goal. So, the sims will live past the end of July.

However, the full goal has NOT been reached. So, if you can, donate. Continue reading

Last AvaStar Update For Blender 2.79

AvaStar is updating. This is the last set of fixes and improvements for AvaStar targeting Blender 2.79. The next release will target Blender 2.8. This is significant because Blender is undergoing a radical change. Those of us with work-in-progress are likely to stay with 2.79 for some time. I probably won’t change over until my current projects are complete. So, I want as good a version of AvaStar as possible.

Blender 2.8 Pre-Alpha Splash Screen

Also, I will keep 2.79 on my computer for a long time in case I have to make a change in a project made with 2.79.

Machinimatrix made this announcement.

We are at the junction point!

The plan for the near future is:

– Release Avastar 2.6 around 13-july-2019.
– Plan for Avastar 2.6 to be the last release for blender 2.79.
– Start the final migration from Avastar 2.6 to Avastar-2.8 for Blender 2.80 around 15-july-2019.

Since Avastar is a huge Addon we currently can not tell when the migration will be done. We try our best.

cheers, Gaia

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Blender 2.8 – Beginner’s Tutorial

Blender is in Beta and it seems everyone is making tutorials. Once you open Blender 2.8 you’ll know the previous tutorials are out of date to the point of useless. So, here is a nice video for total noobs.

BLENDER 2.8 BEGINNER COURSE: ESSENTIALS

Blender 2.8 Alpha Splash

This is a web page with written information and four short tutorials. Then a second page with 4 more tutorials.

The instructions cover the ‘archive-type’ install on Windows that is now the default Blender install. I’ve used the archive-type install for years allowing me to have various versions installed at the same time. With 2.8 I suspect many will want a 2.79 version and 2.80 installed. One for production and one for learning.

Blender 2.8 Beta Released

The new Blender 2.8 is out in Beta version. The user interface is drastically different. Selecting, changing modes… drastic changes. Better? Probably. It would have been nice if Blender worked this way long ago. I think it is more intuitive for the Blender nubie.

Here is a long video showing the new Blender 2.8 Beta.

You’ll find so much changes. I expect Blender 2.8 will initially be unusable until we learn all the changes.

Bookmark the video. You’ll be wanting to come back to it to see how things are done.

AvaStar 2.5 Released

A new version of AvaStar is out. The official announcement is here, AVASTAR-2.5 IS OUT. There is a link to the download on the page. You will find the detailed release notes link on the download page.

There are the ubiquitous bug fixes, of course. There are also a good number of improvements in how things work and how the user interface is set up. Check the announcement to get the overview.

Naufragé

Naufragé (castaway)

This release still targets Blender 2.79.

If you have been watching the various announcements and demos of Blender 2.80, you know it will have a very different user interface. I assume AvaStar will have to redesign its interface too. So, this update might be a version to skip… or not. It is sort of learn the AvaStar UI changes now and Blender 2.8 UI changes a bit later and AvaStar 2.6 (?) revised UI after that.

So, my current plan is to stay with Blender 2.79 until I see an AvaStar revised for 2.80. Unless there is something in 2.80 I just MUST have… which I doubt at this point. Deal with just one period of relearning the UI’s. Or not… Just depends on where I am in my projects… and mood.

AvaStar 2.5 to Release 10/27

It has been in the works awhile. Now there is a planned official release date, October 27, 2018.

The announcement is here: AVASTAR 2.5 RELEASE DATE 27-OCTOBER-2018.

Magicae House

Magicae House

The listed highlights are;

  • Improved support for Male characters
  • Improved Collada export of characters with custom Shapes
  • Improved User interface
  • Rig Converter stability
  • New Weight Copy Panel
  • Complete rework of the Help pages (text only)
  • Many dozens of smaller fixes

Coming behind this update is going to be the Blender update with its heavily reworked User Interface. Ugh… I have no idea how this Blender change will affect AvaStar. I do know I will suddenly be looking for common tools again and relearning Blender. So, I suppose that means AvaStar too.

If you have purchased support, this is a free update. I have and I plan to update my plan when it expires.

Second Life: Updating AvaStar with Slink Dev Kit

I happen to like Slink, so I build what I can wear. For me that means using the Slink Developer Kit. Finishing some stuff up I decided it is time to update my AvaStar, Blender, and Slink Kit before moving on to new things. Also, I wanted to try out the AvaStar feature that adds Dev Kits.

AvaStar 2.4-1 and Slink v9

My previous updates I have written about here; AvaStar – Add the Slink 2017 Model – (5/2017) and AvaStar Tutorial: Adding the Slink Model to AvaStar – (3/2017).

Blender Update

The highest Blender I have is version 2.79c. This can get a bit confusing. The official release is 2.79b according to the Blender.org site. The main download provides an MSI file for use with Windows. This is a basic Windows install file. Not what I suspect most developers want. We want the ‘Archive’ file, the one that allows us to have multiple versions installed. You get that from the same download page just look in ‘other versions’ and grab the ZIP file. Continue reading