BURN2 2019 Metamorphoses is now officially open in Second Life. The event will be open until midnight (SLT) on Sunday 20th October 2019. This is one of the biggest events on the calendar in Second Life and it’s free to attend. There is six sims of the playa to visit this year full of amazing performers and outstanding art installations.
The best way to find out about live events is through the Events Calendar. There will be friendly and helpful greeters at the gates ready to help out and ensure that everyone has a nice welcoming experience. Don’t forget to pick up the latest new freebies and information along the way. There is a caterpillar coach and a hot air balloon worth going on.
The Lamplighters Daily Procession takes place at 12pm SLT and 6pm SLT on weekdays.
The Man burns at 12pm SLT / 6pm SLT on Saturday 19th October.
The Temple burns at 12pm SLT / 6pm SLT on Sunday 20th October
On Monday 7th October Patch Linden announced on the Second Life Forums that he has now moved position at Linden Lab. Patch Linden new title is the Vice President of Product Operations.
Thanks everyone for the congrats and well wishes! My new title is Vice President of Product Operations.
It has been an honor and pleasure in serving the community over the past 12+ years.
Patch has worked in many departments over the years at the lab from Concierge, to being the Operations Support Manager, working on the Product team to Land Operations which includes the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW).
Patch recently was the Senior Director of Product Operations and this week (starting 7th October) he has become the Vice President of Product Operations. Wooot!!
Congratulations Patch and well done. Thanks for everything you have done to make Second Life more amazing over the years.
BURN2 2019: Metamorphoses starts Friday 11th October from 5pm SLT/PDT over at the Burning Man regions in Second Life. This year there are six regions to visit. There will be many exciting events and interesting art installations on the virtual playa to enjoy.
> Lamplighters Nightly Procession (6pm to 7pm SLT)
> The Man Burns at 12pm SLT and 6pm SLT on Saturday 19th October
> The Temple Burns at 12pm SLT and 6pm SLT on Sunday 20th October
Get your own plot
The plot sale is open. The build period ends on Wednesday 9th October 2019. The location you need to visit is here and remember to tab the sign for the URL to the Plot Owner Questionnaire. which helps the BURN2 team find the best possible placement for your camp
If you feel like helping out with the annual BURN2 2019 event next week the volunteers position is still open I believe. Just fill out the form and one of the volunteer coordinators will contact you to get started.
BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man culture and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man Regional, the only virtual world Regional out of more than 100 Regional groups worldwide, and the only Regional to burn the Man!
On 1st October the Firestorm team announced the Bakes on Mesh viewer (126.96.36.199052) release which is a major update and it’s important all users upgrade to it. Firestorm 188.8.131.52052 is now fully merged up to the 6.3.1 Linden code-base.
This new release includes rendering-related changes from Linden Lab, bug fixes, improvements and tweaks.
This build is not offered to OpenSim users for the moment.
In my previous blog post I said we would provide an “as-is” download of this release for Opensim. However, I have been informed that this update will actually cause Opensim regions to crash upon login. Unfortunately, by the time we made the decision to reverse the split we were too far into our QA process to test or make changes & fixes. This is why the “as-is” was mentioned. Because of the severity of the issue (crashing regions is about as bad as it gets) and having no time to fix it, I am forced to go back on my word on this one.
We will continue to host Firestorm 184.108.40.206680 on our downloads page in the Opensim section until we are able to remedy the major issues. The SL version of this update will install separately, so you can use the 6.3.2 update for SL and continue to run 6.0.2 for Opensim.
There are a few new FS-specific features in this release as well like ability to sit on objects from Area search, New Discord Rich Presence, Ghosted attachments now automatically fix themselves after tp, but as usual there are too many to list here.
Bakes On Mesh
BOM – Bakes On Mesh
Bakes on Mesh is a new feature to allow system avatar baked textures to be shown on mesh attachments.
Any face of a mesh object can be textured using one of the server baked textures.
The corresponding region of the system avatar is hidden if an attached mesh is using a baked texture.
5 new bake channels – leftarm, leftleg, aux1, aux2, aux3. You can use the new bake channels on the face of a mesh.
A universal wearable type.
New tattoos for universal wearable type –
HEAD_TATTOO, → baked to head
UPPER_TATTOO → baked to upper
LOWER_TATTOO, → baked to lower
SKIRT_TATTOO, → baked to skirt
HAIR_TATTOO, → baked to hair
EYES_TATTOO, → baked to eyes
LEFT_ARM_TATTOO, → baked to left arm
LEFT_LEG_TATTOO, → baked to left leg
AUX1_TATTOO, → baked to aux1
AUX2_TATTOO, → baked to aux2
AUX3_TATTOO, → baked to aux3
Avoid the need for texture appliers → easier customization workflow.
Avoid the need for onion avatars → fewer meshes, fewer textures at display time.
Avoid the need to sell full-perm meshes. You can customize any mesh you have modify permissions for simply by setting the flags and equipping the appropriate wearables.
Avatar wearables are baked into eleven different textures (BAKE_HEAD, BAKE_UPPER, BAKE_LOWER, BAKE_EYES, BAKE_SKIRT, BAKE_HAIR, BAKE_LEFTARM, BAKE_LEFTLEG, BAKE_AUX1, BAKE_AUX2, BAKE_AUX3) by the baking service.
You can now apply these textures to your avatar’s object attachments’ diffuse texture slot.
Right-click on the attachment, click edit and from the edit face menu select textures.
Click the diffuse texture icon to open up the texture picker.
The texture picker has an extra radio button mode called ‘bake’ for selecting server bakes.
The ‘bake’ radio button mode has a dropdown for selecting BAKE_HEAD, BAKE_UPPER, BAKE_LOWER, BAKE_EYES, BAKE_SKIRT, BAKE_HAIR, BAKE_LEFTARM, BAKE_LEFTLEG, BAKE_AUX1, BAKE_AUX2, BAKE_AUX3 server bake textures.
When an attachment is using a baked texture, the corresponding base mesh region of the system avatar is hidden.
If a mesh face is set to show a baked texture but is not attached to an avatar, you will see a default baked texture.
If you are using an older viewer without bakes on mesh support, then faces set to show baked textures will also display as the default baked texture, and base mesh regions will not be hidden.
NEWAdded Discord rich presence support
This feature allows you to connect your SL account with your Discord account.
Once connected, Discord will show your SL online status & session length, and optionally, your username and location in SL.
For further details, see the Firestom Discord wiki page.
Comm → Discord Liny Odell, Ansariel Hiller, Nicky Dasmijn
NEWAdded the ability to edit notecards in an external editor
For Firestorm, to set the external notecard editor, go to Preferences → Firestorm → Build 1 → External Editor → Browse to the program or application and select then press OK.
When a notecard is open, you will see a new “Edit” button bottom left.
Clicking the Edit button opens the Notecard in the external editor.
Making changes in the external editor & then saving the file in the external editor will upload the changes into the notecard in Second Life.
If no external editor is selected in Preferences, the viewer will try to use the external editor that you have set to open txt files. NOTE: There is a known bug with this feature that causes the order of embedded content to break – see BUG-227626 for details Maxim ProductEngine
NEWAdded the ability to duplicate a group role
The feature allows you to duplicate a group role so that the copied role has the same permissions and you can just give the copied role a different title.
This feature was requested in BUG-226986
Open the group profile → Members & Roles → Roles → Left click on a role to select it → Click the “Copy Role” button. AndreyK ProductEngine
NEWIncreased the allowed sound clip length from 10s to 30s
This adds support to the viewer to upload & play sound clips up to 30 seconds in length.
Currently, sound uploads over 10 seconds are not possible, but will be soon when the server-side support is added by Linden Lab.
Firestorm 6.3.2 is ready to support this feature as soon as the required server-side changes are made AndreyL ProductEngine
NEWAttachments now auto-refresh if they are ghosted on teleport
Added timer for refreshing attachments if attachments were attempted to get killed after the actual teleport finished
This feature should mostly solve the problem where attachments are invisible to observers after a teleport or region change
It provides the same function as “Refresh Attachments” under Avatar → Avatar Health, but the refresh is triggered automatically when needed
This feature is enabled by default
Optionally, if the debug setting FSExperimentalLostAttachmentsFixReport is set to TRUE, Firestorm reports attachments that were attempted to get detached during a teleport or region crossing to nearby chat, followed by reporting “Refreshing attachments…” to nearby chat when the auto-refresh starts
This should hopefully workaround FIRE-12004 and BUG-7761 until there is a server-side fix from Linden Lab. Ansariel Hiller