Hover Height Improvements now available in the latest Second Life viewer update


Linden Lab announced today that the hover height improvements is now available in the latest Second Life viewer update. There is a clear explanation provided in the blog post about what the Hover Height issue is. This is good news that it’s now in the default Second Life viewer update and now everyone can enjoy this latest improvement.

One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to “just touch” without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.

As we’ve all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.

This Viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable — combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it’s not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can’t always be perfect, we’ve also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they’ve been helping with testing it.

Firestorm Mobile is now Live on SL GO


Today OnLive has announced that Firestorm Mobile is now on SL Go and due to “overwhelming demand from our community of SL Go users, we are making the Firestorm Viewer available for mobile devices including Android and iOS”. Yay! :)

This is very exciting news for both the SL Go community and for anyone that uses the Firestorm Viewer to access Second Life. “Our studies have shown that the SL Go community prefers the Firestorm Viewer, and now they can enjoy the same rich experience on their mobile devices.”

Check out the full announcement below via OnLive official blog…

OnLive is thrilled to announce today that due to overwhelming demand from our community of SL Go users, we are making the Firestorm Viewer available for mobile devices including Android and iOS. Due to current technical limitations, we are only able to offer one viewer for mobile devices. Our studies have shown that the SL Go community prefers the Firestorm Viewer, and now they can enjoy the same rich experience on their mobile devices.

We will still offer our users a choice of either Linden Lab’s Second Life Viewer the Firestorm Viewer on PC and Mac to supercharge older computers and laptops.  We hope to bring this same choice to mobile devices soon, but still have some technical hurdles to overcome.

Users with existing SL Go accounts do not need to do anything!  Just pick up your iPad or Android tablet and login with your SL Go account.  Firestorm will appear.

For new users, we have 2 convenient ways to sign up for SL Go.

  1. For a 7 Day Free Trial visit: https://games.onlive.com/landing/slgo and sign up.  Credit card or PayPal required.
  2. To pay “in-world” visit our SL Go Island to sign up and pay in L$.  No name and no credit card are required.

 Copy and paste into your Second Life navigation bar: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunny%20Dream/230/147/22

We’re grateful for all the feedback from our SL Go community, helping us continually improve the SL Go experience for all.

-Dennis Harper-

Sr. Product Manager, SL Go

What do you think about this announcement ? Share your views in comments below. :)

Kitely removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds


Ilan Tochner who is the CEO of the Kitely grid announced on 20th March via the Kitely Forums and the Kitely blog that support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds will be removed as of Friday 27th March 2015.

It seems like Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs. Kitely will be removing this feature and support for it later this week. For more details see below.

Via the Kitely Forums thread

We’ll be removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds on March 27. If you’re currently using this feature then make sure to change your world access controls before this date.

Via the Kitely blog post

Currently, World Managers can choose to restrict access to their worlds so only people who belong to certain Facebook Groups can visit it. Unfortunately, Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs to. Therefore, we are forced to remove this feature from Kitely. This will happen on March 27, 2015.

If you are currently using Facebook Groups for access control then you should switch to a different method of restricting access to your world: e.g., using OpenSim groups. Otherwise, once we’ve updated the system your world may become accessible to more people than you had intended.

VWBPE 2015: the closing ceremony, my review and updates on VWBPE 2016


On Saturday 21st March 2015 marked the end to this year’s amazing 8th annual VWBPE conference and wow hasn’t it been great this year. If you missed the VWBPE closing ceremony then here is recorded video below. See the recorded videos here for keynote speeches and presentations here.

Congrats to Gentle Heron for winning the 2015 Thinkerer Award. Wooot! :)

My Review of VWBPE 2015

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisers of VWBPE for making it another successful event and to all the speakers for making this year the most interesting one yet. Thanks to the broadcast team for bringing the live coverage of the VWBPE 2015 conference from start to end.

For me the main highlight of VWBPE 2015 was Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech on Wednesday 18th March because it was very helpful to know the latest updates on education, Second Life and the next generation platform. Thanks so much Ebbe for attending and hopefully Ebbe will be able to make next year’s 9th annual conference in March 2016.

This year over 75 volunteers helped to make VWBPE 2015 a huge successful and again thanks so much for helping. There was a huge attendance this year throughout and I’ll look forward to hearing more about the VWBPE 2015 stats.

I’m already looking forward to VWBPE 2016 and it’s going to be exciting to hear more updates on virtual worlds. Until then the VWBPE 2015 conference will be one my favourites so far. :)

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VWBPE 2015 Post Conference Feedback Survey

This survey will help to improve the conference for VWBPE 2016 which will be the 9th annual VWBPE conference in Second Life. You can fill out the feedback survey here.

VWBPE 2015 Tours

Check out the VWBPE calendar for upcoming virtual tours which you don’t want to miss. It can be found under the Categories tab – Virtual Tours.

VWBPE 2016

VWBPE 2016 will be held from 9th to 12th March 2016. This will be the 9th annual VWBPE conference and the theme will be Horizons.

2015 Fashion for Life of Second Life opens today at 10am SLT


Fashion For Life 2015 Map

Fashion For Life 2015 Map

Fashion For Life of Second Life opens officially to the public at 10am SLT today on Saturday 21st March 2015. Fashion For Life of Second Life is a really popular event every year and all proceeds from the activities will be donated to the American Cancer Society. This event is apart of the RFL of SL 2015 season and hopefully new records will be broken this year.

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FFL 2015 Locations

The regions this year are named after capital cities around the world and I have to say the regions look incredible from looking around today. Here are the SLURLs to start exploring the regions for Fashion For Life of Second Life 2015.

  • NYC – Builder, Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by Zanze
  • Paris – Builder, Kaya Angel – Sponsored by CHOP ZUEY COUTURE
  • London - Builder, Rebeca Bashly – Sponsored by ARGRACE
  • Los Angeles – Builder, Regi Yifu – Sponsored by Zaodyeck Magazine
  • Milan – Builder, MaximilianIII Massenberg – Sponsored by Sage
  • Berlin Builder, Setsuna Infinity – Sponsored by Yasum Designs
  • Tokyo - Builder, Ouka Ugajin – Sponsored by ::GABRIEL::
  • CentralPark North – North & South, Builders, Spankmy Boucher and Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by MISS SL ORGANIZATION
  • CentralPark South – North & South, Builders, Spankmy Boucher and Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by MISS SL ORGANIZATION
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FFL CentralPark South

FFL 2015 Fashion Shows Schedule 

Fashion For Life of Second Life 2015 will be hosting many fashion shows during the week and it’s always been popular in previous years with the community.

  • Saturday,  March 21st, 14:00: 1st Styling Challenge, MISS SL 2015 by MISS SL Organisation on the theme Why do you relay?
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:00: Limited Edition Fashion Show by AIM Impression Modelling
  • Monday, March 23rd, 16:00: Fashion show by BLVD Fashion House
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 16:00: Fashion show by aQuarela Models
  • Wednesday, March 25th, 16:00 Fashion show by SCALA Models Agency
  • Thursday, March 26th, 16:00: Fashion show by PENUMBRA
  • Friday, March 27th, 16:00: Fashion show by The queenS
  • Saturday, March 28th, 10:00: 2nd styling challenge MISS SL 2015 by MISS SL Organisation

FFL 2015 Hunt

THE FASHION HUNT will be held across the two Central Park sims and include many items donated by generous designers and creators. Happy Hunting!

GACHAS

There will be plenty of Gachas to keep you busy and trading during FFL 2015.

FFL 2015 Events 

This year there will be many live events happening on the FFL 2015 regions and here is the schedule of events. Many DJs, singers, entertaining performers and people with talent will be providing fun entertainment during the week ahead. All times are SLT!

Saturday March 21st – Opening Day at 10:00am

  • 12:00 noon Seth Regan – Singer
  • 1:00 pm blake Hambleton – DJ
  • 4:00 pm – BBOY_DAN dance group
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Sunday March 22nd

  • 12:00 noon – BONIEFACIO – DJ
  • 1:00 pm – Kylie Sabra Angel (kylie.sabra) – Singer
  • 3:15 pm – T1 Radio
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Monday March 23rd

  • 1:00 pm TBD
  • 2:00 pm blake Hambleton – DJ – sent invite
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Tuesday March 24th

  • 1:00 pm DJ Theo (Zimny)
  • 2:00 pm “The Jersey Boys” by the Kittens and Tigers Dance Group.
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Wednesday March 25th

  • 1:00 pm – BONIEFACIO – DJ
  • 2:00 pm – Lady Garden Cabaret Dance Troupe – Chandra Meehan
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Thursday March 26th

  • 1:00 pm Anek Fuchs – Singer
  • 2:00 pm Zimny Zane – DJ
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FFL NewYork City

Spread the word and come along later today to visit the fantastic FFL 2015 regions with friends. They really are special and you really don’t want to miss the truly amazing builds.

VWBPE 2015 feedback survey now available to fill out


The VWBPE organizers would like to know what you thought of VWBPE 2015 by filling out a feedback survey. This survey will help to improve the conference for VWBPE 2016 the 9th annual year. There are 13 questions to answer such as rating the overall experience, which presentations were most interesting and what could be done better etc.

“The VWBPE Organizational Committee would like to thank the numerous presenters, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers that make this conference possible.”

VWBPE 2015 ends today on Saturday 21st March 2015 and the closing ceremony will be happening at 6pm SLT over at the SL-Main Auditorium followed by a dance party from 7pm SLT. There are still many VWBPE 2015 events happening, see here.

Recording now available of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes at VWBPE 2015


The full recording of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech at VWBPE 2015 is now available. If you missed Ebbe Linden keynotes speech yesterday here is another chance to catch up.

Check out my blog post on Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech here. The feedback has been mainly positive and many are excited about the future now.

Special thanks goes to Mal Burns for broadcasting the session & uploading the full recording to YouTube today. The recording runs for 1 hour and 9 minutes for reference. :)

VWBPE 2015 Keynote: Ebbe Altberg

Please spread the word that the recording is now available and happy watching.