8 New Classic Starter Avatars Added To The Join Second Life Page


New 2019 starter avatars

This week Linden Lab have added a new group of classic system starter avatars on the Second Life Join page. The new 8 avatars are all shown under the drop down menu named New Avatars.

These avatars have been created using the latest features in Second Life like Bento. The avatar complexity for them is around 10, 000 – 20, 000. One of the new avatars comes with a pet dog. The Second Life Join page now has a better range of new starter avatars than it did many years ago I think. This will definitely help new residents in Second Life get started.

New 2019 avatars on the Second Life Join page

Linden Lab plans on rolling out more new avatars with new styles/themed for new residents in the near future. There is a thread set up on the Second Life forums to discuss these new classic avatars.

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2019 Mobile Apps For Second Life


The last post I made on mobile apps for Second Life was back in January 2010 for the IPhone. Since then Touch LifeSparkle IM and AjaxLife have all gone offline.

Apparently Linden Lab is working on an iOS app solution for accessing Second Life and hopefully there will be a Android version of it. Hopefully there will be a prototype app released sometime this year if all goes to plan. Sansar may at some point go on mobile in the near future.

Below are iOS and Android apps which can be used to access Second Life and OpenSim as of 30th January 2019.

iOS Apps

MetaChat 

  • Text only viewer
  • View avatar profiles, search for avatar by name, chat locally or via IM, teleport to landmarks, view group information, see your friends list and more
  • Size: 27MB
  • Version: 1.2.9100
  • Price: $2.99
  • Available since August 2017
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Download

Android Apps

Lumiya

  • Second Life viewer for android phones and tablets
  • Supports OpenSim, supports new Android Oreo notifications. supports Bento, supports voice, inventory management, 3D view, mesh support, works with Google Cardboard, full VR experience and more
  • Size: 10MB
  • Version: 3.4.2
  • Price: £2.69
  • Available since 2012
  • No longer listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

Lumiya Voice Plugin

  • Adds voice chat support to Lumiya Viewer. Supports group voice calls and nearby voice. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed. Support for Bluetooth headsets and speakerphone mode
  • Size: 4.9MB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Available since January 2017
  • Download

Lumiya Cloud Plugin

  • Enables Lumiya Viewer to save chat and IM data to Google Drive. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed.
  • Size: 2.7MB
  • Version 1.0
  • Available since 19th October 2016
  • Download

Mobile Grid Client

  • Second Life and OpenSim messaging client for all Android devices
  • Local chat and instant messages, teleport to other regions, region map, profiles, full inventory manipulation and more
  • Size: 1.1MB
  • Version: 1.25.1255
  • Price: First 14 days are free then there is a monthly fee L$250 for the standard version. The Pro version is L$450 per month / L$4500 per year.
  • Available since 2010
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

LittleSight

  • Second Life viewer for Android
  • Chat, IM, online friends list, nearby people, mini-map, teleport to current map (paid service).
  • Size: 5,3MB
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Price: single payment
  • Available since 2012
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 10, 000+
  • Download

Bay City 8th Annual Mole Day Happening Saturday 2nd February


On Saturday 2nd February, from 11am to 1pm SLT Bay City will be hosting their 8th annual Mole Day event in Second Life at the Bay City Fairgrounds at the North Channel region. It’s definitely one of my favourite events on the grid every year. The attendance is pretty high each time. The community comes together and celebrates the hard work moles do on the grid every year to make the Second Life experience even better.

This year features a DJ live music hour by GoSpeed of KONA Stream starting at 11am SLT until 12pm. After there will be a live performance by Melenda M. Baptiste from 12pm to 1pm SLT.

The Moles are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) group that is a program totally focused on improvements on the Mainland. Moles build the infrastructure including the roads, railways, coastal waterways and protected lands of Second Life. The big project the Moles are currently working on is on the SSP regions which will become Linden Homes at some point this year.

For more information please contact Marianne McCann.

Islandz Grid closing down within 10 days


  • The Islandz Discord has gone offline – 29th January

The Islandz grid will be sadly closing down sometime within the next 10 days according to Elenia via the Islandz Discord channel on Monday 28th January 2019.

Elenia says that the grid is “not sustainable” and says “we’re not even remotely close”. Elenia goes on to say that “people are disheartened at the lack of content we could restore and I don’t blame them”.

As a former InWorldz/Islandz resident this is sad news for the community. I feel sorry for Elenia and Jim who have put so much hard work to start a new grid from the ground up. I understand the reasons for doing this. The grid just reached the 1, 000 users mark on Sunday morning that have opt-in. It was starting to get good with the regions growing.

I guess everyone will now have to find a new grid to move to.