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Inventory Problems Banished forever! - Second Life

Inventory Problems Banished forever! - Second Life | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
If you are struggling to organise or control the chaos that is your second life Industry, Wat Dinzel gives a Masterclass on the subject at the Happy Hippo Building School http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pandorus/158/172/1700 ; on a regular basis.
From the group profile "This one hour Voice/Text class will show you a proven method to break the cycle of massive cleanups, shorten the time needed for daily maintenance, and a few nifty tricks for special inventory problems."
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Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!: Terrain Without Pain

Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!: Terrain Without Pain | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

In Second Life, there is land.  Virtual land, and it is only one-sided...there's no volume to it, so although you can raise or lower the land surface with the land editing tools, you cannot dig a mine or a tunnel or a cave. But today's post isn't about that.  I want to talk about the land's texture...the appearance of sand or grass or rock or snow. The Second Life server software allows you to specify up to four surface textures for a region's land.  But you can only do this if you own your own private region.  On the Mainland, Linden Lab specifies the ground textures, and you can't change them.  Some private estates, like Desmond Shang's Caledon, even change the ground textures along with the seasons! The height of the terrain determines which of the four ground textures will appear on the land.  So, for example, you might have a sand texture from 20m below sea level to about 5m above sea level, then a grass texture from 5m to 15m, a rock texture from 15 to 30m, and a snowy texture above 30m.






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Getting Started in SL Guide updated

Getting Started in SL Guide updated | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
Its still in progress. It is always in progress. But its now gone through a major revision round and I think, ready again for public consumption: Getting Started in Second Life I'm hoping people share that link around. I would also very much appreciate feedback. One thing still on the to do list that I…
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Freebie Script release -Visitor Tracking By Parcel Landowner or Region

Freebie Script release -Visitor Tracking By Parcel Landowner or Region | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
I put out a new freebie yesterday. I've long been frustrated that visitor scripts always gave me most of what I wanted but not exactly what I wanted... so I decided to look and see if writing one w...
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Getting Aspect Ratio right on a mesh photo frame

Getting Aspect Ratio right on a mesh photo frame | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
After my last long and technical post. Today I have a simple thought, with a bit of fun. :) I probably waste a LOT of texture cache on putting up photos all over my SL house... I've bought my fair ...
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New Initial Avatars - Second Life

New Initial Avatars - Second Life | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

One of the most frustrating things for new users born with the initial mesh avatars, is the inability to customize their character, without having to first revert to a classic avatar.

The new initial Avatars are now classic/system type avatars with mesh clothing.   This will make modifying characters so much easier, since there is now a choice between mesh and layered clothing without losing the entire body!

Although the shape is no-modify, new users can easily create their own shapes to further customize their characters.

Also all the avatars have clothing that you can use on others initial avatars in a mix and match fashion.

This is a huge move forward in giving the best initial experience for new residents joining Second Life.

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Omni-Blogging: MSO, Hair Fair, Collabor88 & a Tinting Tutorial

Omni-Blogging: MSO, Hair Fair, Collabor88 & a Tinting Tutorial | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

How to Tint: You can also edit textures while you are wearing items – which is especially nice for hair.

Make a copy before you start in case you make a mess. Right click and select edit.Click on the Textures tab of the edit window.Choose select face and click on the texture you want to tint.Click on the color window, click around the color selector until you get what you want. Once you do, you can drag it down below to save for editing multiple times. Close the window.Then click on the other one and tint it.Close the edit window and pick up your items.

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Here’s how to file DMCA takedowns‒no lawyer neededHypergrid Business

Here’s how to file DMCA takedowns‒no lawyer neededHypergrid Business | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
It doesn’t take a lawyer

If you’re a content creator who thinks that the DMCA process requires that you have to hire a lawyer — relax! All you need to do in most cases is send a simple email or fill in a form.

This is what typically happens:

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Second Life Login Failure Update

Second Life Login Failure Update | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

We currently have an inventory problem that prevents logging into Second Life. The currently frequent cause of the problem has been tracked down to having Flat Inventory.  A flat inventory is an inventory where thousands of items are in a single folder.

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LOST IN TRANSLATION Some translators in... - Second life

LOST IN TRANSLATION Some translators in... - Second life | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

Some translators in Secondlife have stopped working recently. Especially free one like “Metanomics”. Doing newbie support for non-English speakers, this is really critical.

Here is the list of the translators that we found it’s reasonably easy to use. Especially for new members don’t have money usually, free or low cost translators are really helpful.

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Second Life: Attachment Problems

Second Life: Attachment Problems | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

There are problems and then there are the symptoms of problems. Just as many health problems produce a fever as a symptom, multiple problems can cause attachment problems.

That said, this symptom has been know for a long time. The image shows my hair appearing attached to my butt for a really sophisticated look… not. I’ve seen the problem on and off since I came to Second Life™ in 2008. Now I am seeing it again. For three or five weeks the problem pretty much disappeared.

This does just happen with hair. I’ve had a foot, hand, bracelet, dress panel, earring, or other attachment suffer this fate.

This problem is generally thought to be a timing problem. The information coming from the server is lost or out of order or otherwise arrives in some way that confuses the viewer. The viewer doesn’t figure out that the hair goes on my head. It doesn’t really attach it to by butt. If I walk away the hair is left hanging in space.

 

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Machinima Open Studio Project: New Windlight Videos

Machinima Open Studio Project: New Windlight Videos | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

The last week has been spent making and remaking Windlight video tutorials.  The first is VERY basic and meant for first time users but the second and third might be of interest. These use the Firestorm Viewer but much of the information relates to other viewers.

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Tool Tip Tuesday – Building Tips and Tricks! « Firestorm Viewer – The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc.

Tool Tip Tuesday – Building Tips and Tricks! « Firestorm Viewer – The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc. | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

All of us build to some degree or another, whether rezzing from inventory or building complex structures and vehicles, expertly or as a novice. This video reveals and demonstrates some tips and hidden tricks available in Firestorm that make building tasks just a little bit easier. […]

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SL Building Tutorial: Seven Lighting Tips for Stunning Results (NWN Guest Post)

SL Building Tutorial: Seven Lighting Tips for Stunning Results (NWN Guest Post) | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

 Lighting can be the difference between a good build and a great build. It can also be a resource hogging nuisance that brings lesser systems to their knees. The good news is that with a basic understanding of Second Life's lights, and some texture trickery, you can have your builds looking like a Stanley Kubrick film. In the past, the Second Life viewer was limited to rendering six lights within a scene. Today, with advanced lighting enabled, there is no limit. This means that what works on your system, with its screaming fast video card, may lag another user’s system. For this reason it’s important to use only as many lights as is necessary.

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Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!: Ay-yi-yi! WiFi!

Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!: Ay-yi-yi! WiFi! | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

hy is your Second Life running so slow?  One problem could be the way you're connecting up to the internet.  So today, let's get a little technical! We use WiFi for just about everything these days.  We carry our laptops anywhere in the house, and don't think twice about using them to get on the internet.  We stream video over WiFi.  We play games.  If we have a computer in an upstairs bedroom, we connect it to our network and to the web with WiFi.  I mean, who wants to run those cables through the walls!? Well, um...YOU do.  At least you do if you want the best performance over your home network.  This is especially important for services that transfer a lot of data, like Second Life.  It can make a big difference for streaming video too, especially if your video is the new 4K UltraHD variety.


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Avatar Draw Weight, the Horrors of Transparency Flipping, and "Second Life: Render Speed Tricks from Nalates Urriah"

Avatar Draw Weight, the Horrors of Transparency Flipping, and "Second Life: Render Speed Tricks from Nalates Urriah" | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
Ok, today you're getting three thoughts that are jumbled together in my head, even if they do or don't belong together... :) If you haven't read it yet, here is a very useful list of setting that c...
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How to set a top-down camera - Second Life

How to set a top-down camera - Second Life | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

I've always wanted the ability to have my camera stay like this: when walking about.   Not all the time, but for tricky situations. This can be very handy for moving through crowded or cluttered spaces – if you can see all the obstacles and avoid them.

So, here are the settings to do this to your ‘Side Camera’. I don’t use that camera for anything, so I decided to make it useful for this.

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How to NOT buy bad stuff in SL

How to NOT buy bad stuff in SL | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

Everybody knows they should demo things before buying them... but how many people know what to even look for when demoing.

The three steps in the try things out that way too many people never do…

Check out its script burden – very important.Check out its avatar draw weight – the most important.Zoom way the heck back and see what it looks like – situationally important.


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GiftBot Discount Scam in Second Life - StrawberrySingh.com

GiftBot Discount Scam in Second Life - StrawberrySingh.com | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
There is a big scam going on in Second Life right now, please share this post with your friends and family!
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A New Source For Textures

A New Source For Textures | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

Episcura offers HDRI images - while it is a paid service, a free account allows you to download up to 15MB/day.

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Second Life: Render Speed Tricks

Second Life: Render Speed Tricks | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

Simon Linden gave out a note card at Tuesday’s Server-Scripting user group meeting in Second Life™. It gives us the Debug Settings we can change to improve performance at events with lots of avatars...

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Second Life: Smile Shape Tutorial

Second Life: Smile Shape Tutorial | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

licia Chenaux has made her first video tutorial. It is a pretty neat idea that she presents. You can see it here: Smile Shape Tutorial. Iris Ophelia pointed me to this from her article in NWN: Learn How to Make the Perfect Smiling SL Avatar Shape With This Video Tutorial.

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Second Life: Free Language Translator

Second Life: Free Language Translator | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it
If you use a translator in Second Life, you know recent changes at Google have caused several models of translators to fail. You also know that since 2012 the viewer’s built-in translator cannot be...
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Latest news on the problems bedeviling Second life translators and a temporary solution

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Blender tutorial series released for OpenSim (but fine for Second Life too!)

Blender tutorial series released for OpenSim (but fine for Second Life too!) | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

For those interested in learning how to work with mesh objects, there’s a new series of Blender tutorials available online from Ontario-based retired artist Aine Caoimhe — also known as Mata Hari in-world.

Blender is a free but powerful 3D modeling and animation program available for download here. It supports the Collada-format mesh exports used in Second Life and OpenSim, so it’s especially popular with designers there.

Mesh looks good and can have a lower impact on your region than traditional prim-based objects. Plus, if you sell your content in-world or through the Kitely Market, you might have noticed that the word “mesh” attracts customers because some people will judge the content as newer and higher quality.

First Step: Virgins and Mice Tutorial

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Second Life: How To Do Windlight

Second Life: How To Do Windlight | Second Life - Guides - Tutorials | Scoop.it

Chic Aeon has done three little video tutorials on Second Life™ Windlight. Chic uses the Firestorm Viewer for this tutorial. The ideas apply to all viewers, you just find the controls in different places

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