Qarl’s prim alignment tool denied by Linden Lab


Today I heard that Qarl’s prim alignment tool has been turned down by Linden Lab which is disappointing news indeed and it’s a real shame the prim alignment tool didn’t get into the official viewer during 2012. Since the update yesterday there has been mixed views and some outrage about this news.

A big u-turn within a space of a few weeks and here are responses from the JIRA about the decision made.

Charlar Linden responded yesterday on Add Qarl Fizz Prim Alignment Code JIRA thread.

Thanks for making this effort. Alignment and snapping are an area where there are useful enhancements to be made.
However, we are not able to accept this contribution as it is.

These are the primary issues we found which resulted in that decision:

  • The feature should support the same modes as the other manipulation modes.It packs and aligns to the face of the object bounding box. If objects are not cubes and do not share the same alignment, or aren’t aligned with the world coordinates (see above), the result of the operation is unexpected. Ideally the operations would use the actual shape of the object for aligning and packing.
    • It does not work for non-mod permission objects. This functionality should work for all objects that the user can manipulate in-world.
    • It only supports World snap mode, not Reference and Local modes, unlike all our other manipulation modes.
  • There are also some coding implementation style issues that would need to be addressed. These can be covered in more depth after the functionality is dealt with.

In it’s current form, this is usable for purely prim-based builders under specific circumstances. It’s less useful for building with non-cube prims, mesh, sculpties. It’s minimally useful for building when the structure is not facing a global direction (ex: North, South, East, West). It’s not usable by non-building residents who need to place and organize purchased items.

Qarl Fizz responded shortly afterwards saying this not in a happy mood I believe.

oh Charlar – will you guys NEVER learn?

Charlar Linden mentions about submitting and resubmitting.

To be clear, we’re hoping that the submitters will make the needed improvements and resubmit.

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