TIP: Why do I look like a particle cloud? (Formerly known as: I’ve suddenly and unexpectedly turned into an ugly woman.)

30 01 2010

Old default “Ruth” avatar

In versions of Second Life before Viewer 1.20, we used a default avatar loading form known as “Ruth”, as shown at right. When your avatar suddenly turned into an ugly woman, Residents called it being “Ruthed”, because Ruth is the historical name of an early avatar form — not unlike having a great, great-grandmother.

Default “plasma cloud” avatar

In the Second Life Viewer version 1.20 and later, your appearance is that of a plasma cloud while your avatar is loading. This effect is not permanent and your avatar will take form as things around you begin to rez (load). During this time, you may not access the Appearance Editor.

You also appear as a cloud when some information about you gets lost on the way from one place to another. However, you are not stuck this way permanently! Follow these steps to restore yourself to normal:

From your main menu, click Edit > Preferences > Graphics tab.
Slide the Quality & Performance slider to a lower setting.
Check the box next to Custom on the Graphics tab.
Move the Draw distance slider to the left.
Slide the Mesh Details sliders to Low.
Avatar Impostors is checked by default. If you have unchecked it, activate that feature again.
Additional helpful techniques:

Log out and restart Second Life (relog).
Right-click yourself, select Appearance, do NOT save anything, and click Close.
If those don’t work, try the following process:

Access and wear a default avatar.
Re-wear your normal shape, skin, clothes, and attachments. This step is much easier if you are using a pre-existing saved outfit, but remember not to save anything before your avatar is restored!.
Tip: If you tried all of the above, and your avatar is still a cloud, submit a ticket to our Support team for assistance.

To get other avatars to load faster:

Lower your draw distance.
Zoom in closely on the avatar that still shows as a cloud.

Tips for New Buyers

3 06 2009

Howdy Spooky Kids,

We all were new someday in SL. Also beside even explore places at first time, we got our first shopping once, even if it was a freebie.

When you somehow get lindens, your next step is to spent them in some interesting item you find around the metaverse. After you get your most wanted stuff, some stuff may happen (not that i am saying that this will happen), in some cases, some item may have some glitch or you need help to set up them, and you don´t know how. Well, as a worried customer, you want to contact the creator somehow to make him/her help you out with this. Some IMs the creator or sends NOTECARDS to them, but unfortunally, in most cases, with incomplete information on the title notecards, as some of the merchants have a HUGE mass of messages in a day, the messages may be capped because of some reasons:

– Merchants also participates in Groups. Hunts/Malls/Fashion, etc groups generate notices. They can disable it but it´s not an obligation, if they desire to have the news from the other people. Notices is stated as like normal IMs , resulting the mass capped message that will be on the creator´s box.

– Greeters that send green texts to the owner –  (AKA traffic stats bots) wich send to the merchant´s mailbox a list of people who have recently visited his place, in every minute. This mass message may up ending capped messages too.

– Worried Customers trying to contact the Merchant: People stay calm. The most secure way to contact the merchant is only sending them a notecard. Instant mass IMs may up not appearing at his viewer and some cases doesn´t even go to the mailbox. Don´t blame us if you just send Instant messages and end up not getting any response. It´s not that we are avoiding it, it´s just really we don´t receive AT ALL.

About Sending a CORRECT NOTECARD to be visualized by the merchant:

– Try always to add your issue on the TITLE LINE. If possible with your avatar name, to rapidly contact you. Most of “New Note” notecards end up confusing us and not having the properly priority. When we see it´s a serious issue we try to get online soon as possible, if not we just wait for the time we get able to connect. And some people doesn´t even read because they might think it´s mall invitation notes.

– If you can´t find the item you bought: Try always to use the INVENTORY SEARCH form on the Inventory window. Look up for the name of the item you bought, and if it was recent, you can look up on the “Recent Items” tab.

– Some people are lazy to create their own notecard and rewrite inside of other avatar´s notecard and send it to the merchant anyway, with no title or identification. and may end up we getting contact with the wrong person. That´s why we ask for your SL name on the NC title.

-If you are looking for simple scripts, you may have a look on the Official Second Life Forums or SL wiki, you may up finding them for free instead of paying much for an item that you can get for free.

– When navigate on the Xtreet website, if you had any issue with online purchase, try always contact support first than send rude messages to the merchant blaming them because of the miss delivery. Most of time miss deliveries are caused of some lag in Xtreet – Xtreet Magic box communication. How to contact support – https://www.xstreetsl.com/support.php

– Be Respectful no matter what the situation is. As we aren´t on face to face, we always want the best for our customers, don´t assume the worst happened, give the merchant one or two days to contact you back before you get on nervous. As you may know, we all do have a Real life and sometimes things may gets us in surprises.

There are some few tips to have a hapilly and safely shopping in sl, in world or online, trying to following them you may get the things sorted out very easily with no  confusion at the end. I am sure lots of merchants wants to express everything like it´s written here but in our profiles we don´t have much space for it, so don´t think when we say “send your issues by notecard” or something like that, we don´t want to be rude or arrogant. We want to help you, just help us too to reach you in the easy way.

That´s all for now!

Men Over Hunt – NebuchadNezzar Prize Hint # 1

1 06 2009

Men Over Hunt Hint # 1

Be aware of the toxic liquids! Have sure you just look up on the right floor, you can fall up from there!




Sculpt users addict : Tip about LOD sculpted prim!

14 02 2009

Do not be taken in by Sculpty Myths!
Do you use sculpties but are disappointed with the Level Of Definition
at distances?

Sculpted prims are now a huge part of Second Life’s Abilities to Create!
If your not using them because of the lag you think it creates or the
Blobbyness some sculpted prims seem to be at distances,
Then this tip is the Amazing Fix to that!

There is an Amazing Fix for this ,
that will not only help your Sculpted Prim Viewing Pleasure and not
use up all your resources.

Debugging your LOD settings is something that can and will make all your sculpts hold the intended detail better.

Follow these easy steps:

1. Show the “Advanced” menu with Ctrl-Alt-D, or Opt-Ctrl-D on a Mac.
2. Select “debug settings” near the bottom.
3. In the blank space, copy and paste the word:


Unlike increasing your draw distance, this will NOT create lag for yourself or those around you! And it will improve the look of all sculpts.

You can thank the wonderful Vendors on xstreet for this trick.
I saw this tip and had to spread it to the world!

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4. The recommend setting it as high as 4 to get all your sculpts looking as the maker intended.

20 Tips for new SL® Designers

14 05 2008

Hello Residents!

I am posting today some of  the most useful threads i´ve seen. This post is originally written by Kalley Koala and complemented by SLExchange users. If you are new into SL® business and don´t know what to do, take a time to read:

I find myself often looking at items and images posted by new designers and thinking that they´ve got a solid design or item to sell, but they are not showing it off and marketing it to the fullest potential.

Figured since I´m thinking this way. There have to be others who feel and think the same way. So, I´m starting this thread as a way for those of us who have been selling for a little while to offer tips and advice to those who are just starting out.

* waits for those few people to cry out about not wanting to help their �competition� and not having any help when they started*
If you don�t want to help out.. then simply ignore this thread� if you have any words of wisdom or thoughts.. post away.

Tip #1: Name your business. If you have a memorable business name, word of mouth will spread. Think about it if someone is wearing your item and someone asks where the got it from.. they are more likely to remember the store name over your name. It makes it easier for people to talk about your shop. It’s also advisable to have a logo, people respond to visuals and most the shops in game that are among the most popular have logos that you see and know it’s them right away.

Tip #2: It´s all in the name. If you make a shoe and call it Blue Shoe then it´s not going to be something that sticks in the memory of those you want to buy it. Come up with something catchy.

Tip #3: Have a Studio. You don´t need a large building; just somewhere that has a controlled environment. It´s easier to take photos if you can control what´s around you.

Tip #4: When photographing your item, use LIGHT. If you don´t have a studio lighting set up, don�t worry the sun works great to. Use the game settings to control the sunlight. Depending on which way your facing, I find that either sunrise or sunset works the best so you have direct lighting.

Tip #5: Use Prt Scr. Instead of taking pics in game with the screen shot tool, use the camera controls to line up your shot and then hit the Print Screen button. Then paste the image into your art program. This way you can work out the exact angle to show the product off best without the $10 fee every time you take the pic. You can also use this to get multi shots of the item from all sides and edit them together in your art program. Then, you simply upload the file for one $10 fee.

Tip #6: Make your products unique. Simple as that. Make them stand out from any other product of its kind, or better yet, take a type of product and completely revamp it to bring out a new ‘style’. (By this I mean movie players, I mean yeesh, they’re all the same with the Dialog’s Next 10 >> and Stop, Loop, Play.. Why not come up with something different and more interesting?)

Tip #7: Place your products intelligently. I would almost always opt for renting land and putting up a store, but it you rent store/mall space, rent space somewhere that has other sellers with similar products. Like attracts like and shopping cross over is your friend. Check the traffic levels. Check that places with good traffic numbers are not being artifically inflated by camping chairs. You want shoppings, not sitters. If you MUST use a vendor, group like products into different vendors so people can find what they’re looking for. Place a classified every week, even if you spend $1L to do so.Tip #8 : Pricing – If you are new to scripting and make what you think is a “wow” – have a look at the existing market place BEFORE placing it out there for L$1000 and upwards. If your product is unique and well built then you might get away with it. If it is the 23rd “wow” of the same nature that week then think about lowering your price (considerably) and start thinking about another “wow”  (When planning a “wow” – look in the market to see if one exists – if it does – redo your design to be better – if it doesnt – still redesign to be better than the design you already have, another merchant will be trying to outdo yours 5 minutes after you start selling it )

 If you do make sometihng that the market already has lots of and price it high – then people will not only look elsewhere for that particular item – they will also start to associate your name with “expensive” and avoid you.

Get a solid satisfied customer base before looking at millionaire alley.

Tip #9 : Give SOLID after sales service – If a paying customer has a problem with one of your products don’t just say ” read the instructions” . Drop what you are doing and take time to talk them thru the instructions – use the conversation to write better instructions.  ( If you havent the time – get back to them and let them know you will contact them to sort it out ). Not everybody knows SL as well as you – and nobody knows your product as well as you – it may seem obvious to you, but if they are IM’ing you then it isnt obvious to them.

If you help people out you get a rep for being helpful and people WILL take a chance on a product knowing that there is someone there to explain it – instead of saying “woah – not going to touch that – sounds way too tricky” .

Tip # 11: I’m sure everyone has they’re own tastes, and I haven’t built much of anything, (if nothing,) But as a buyer this is something I’ve noticed. If you’re making a vehicle, MAKE IT COPYABLE! Everyone KNOWS that, due to lag, or sim crossing, your vehicle will (and most likely) will go off into the ground and either 1. get away from you, 2. Make you crash and you may never get it back. I can’t emphize how frustrating it is to buy a really nice vehicle of HIGH price and then not have it anymore. Thats great that you’re allowing people to buy this as a gift, but come on! Think about it, what good is a gift if you fear loosing it? And not just vehicles, followers too.

Tip # 12: Everyone is unique. So just because your product is “one of a kind” doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t allow it to be modifiable. Avatars are a major here, Some avatar makers do not allow Mod at all, meaning either A. they have many features that allow it to be customized, B. The avatar is the same for everyone! No one likes to be the same, so think about it. If your avatar is no mod and no scripts, then guess what? You will not get many sales. Specially if the avatar is full prim. That leaves you with no way of adding jewelry or accessories to your avatar. Which means, you’re going to see MANY of the same identical avatar, or you will see very few.

Tip # 13: Any item that is mod should be copy as well. If you think that a mod item should not be copyable, think about this:
1. Say your customer suddenly IMs you asking for a copy of the item. When asked why, the customer replies that he/she tried to modify the item and messed up. People who are new to building (and people that are pros even) are bound to mess up on new ideas!
2. Something happens- the sim crashes and the avatar caught in the crash suddenly has a messed up avatar! (that happened to me once.) They will then ask you to A. fix it, or B. ask for a new one!

Thats bad for your bussiness and for your customers! Your customer is unique in they’re own way and so should your products! If they are wanting your items but have slight modifations they would be willing to preform, Its nothing against you, its just they would like to stand out and be reconized! And also, if a customer does an EXCELENT modification, they’re going be reconized will be asked where they got it!

So guess what? They’re HELPING your business!

This isn’t really a tip, but, make 2 vendors, 1 with permissions, and the second without the permissions! That way your customer has the option to get either/or so they can do as they please!

Tip #14: ALWAYS be willing to help your customer. Even if they are rude, and just don’t get it, (I work for a music company in RL, so you’re BOUND to get those customers,) try to be as helpful as you can! They can be frustrating, but just remember one thing: You’re customer may have “special needs” and may take some time to help. The more you’re willing to help, the more you’re showing good business.

Tip #15: If you deal with transparencies in your designs… whether in clothing or any other item… learn to eliminate ALL white halos between the graphic and transparency. I have several pieces of clothing that I really like the style of… but.. rarely wear because I can see that white fringed hallo at the bottom of a jacket.

Tip #16: For clothing designers… make your front and back seams match. Do this for sleeves also. Search the SL Forums until you find Chip Midnight’s clothing templates. Use them.

Tip #17: For a finished outfit’s texture. Do Not upload and use 1024×1024. SL will automatically resize and display it to 512×512 so using a larger size just slows your texture load in. Tigress has a couple outfits that I’ve never seen because even after a couple sessions of SL… the textures still haven’t loaded… LOL! If youmust work at 1024×1024… reduce a copy for upload to 512×512 and “lightly” use the UnSharp Mask filter in photoshop to off set any blur introduced by reducing the file.

Tip #18 :Make sure that your description is informative and well written. Without seeing a good description of the items (and decent pics, handled above in tips 4, 5 and 17), I am very unlikely to buy it. Particularly for items that require instructions, give your potential buyer some specifics about how it works and why it is value-added. And try to be reasonable with the “adspeak”. Talk up the item without making outlandish claims about how good it is. If it is truly THAT good, then give some evidence instead of simply saying so. For example “on the Most Popular list for the last 4 weeks…” , “over 200 sold on SLX”. Or quote a buyer review.

Say what the item does/is first, in simple terms. Then, go on to give specifics. Buyers who are interested will read on, and those who are not will move on.

And for goodness sake, use a spell checker! (Hastily proof-reads this post) It speaks to attention to detail.

Tip #19 : If you design clothing/selling, include a picture of the outfit in your “packaging”….

Tip #20 : If you are taking pictures please please do not use the “standard” SL Avatars. They are ugly! People want to look how your pictures does, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen great products be passed by because the person used what looks like a 1 day old newbie to take a picture.

So useful in organizing our “closets” and deciding what to wear, if we can look at a picture quickly


If your avatar isn’t “model” quality look someone up. IM people in certain groups, offer them a free copy of the item they are modeling, if you can’t afford to pay them. There are countless people that will model for you. It will make your picture so much better.

Also, in regards to the tip about lighting, learn to use Mouse Moves Sun under Client. Go into mouselook and face the sun at your avatar to eliminate all shadows. And brighten up the picture

All the credits goes to the SLEx forum members contributors: Kalley Koala, Neb Soyer, Sabrina Doolittle, Adriana Caligari, Becky Nosferatu, Sami Tabla, delicious demar, Bunnee Varmint, Cape Weary from the Original SLExchange Forum Thread.

Tips do Reduce LAG

16 01 2008

Hello Residents!

 Some of us really face this so called LAG. This really annoys when you are in some party, with full of people, and you want to be on the topics but you can’t because your avatar walks, see, interact and speak so slow with others, that makes you mad.

 What is LAG ?

-A lag is a symptom where result of an action appears later than expected. (See Wikipedia for more information.)

How to face LAG ?

There are few options that you can config at your application, to help you reduce lagging and make your avatar works faster.

First, you go at Preferences on the Login menu or the Gray menu while you are in-world. Then click at Network tab inside preferences, then reduce the internet connection to 350 Kbps, and cache to 300 MB.

Then you click on Graphics tab and change your Draw Distance to 64. Now at Advanced Graphics, reduce your Particle Count to less than 1500. And uncheck the Anisotropic Filtering .
It is recommended if you use a lower PC processor, to dettach all your scripted objects and HUD (Head-Up Display). I know that most of you uses most of time your AO huds or anything else, but if you want to stay on a full sim, with less lagging problem. it’s up to you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why reducing my Internet connection will reduce the LAG? It’s not the opposite, it means, to raise the connection?
No, it’s because Second Life uses ALL your internet connection avaliable. You have to administrate well how you use your connection to not have troubles accessing websites and etc, while you are in-world.
What about the Cache, what does it do ?
Cache is a place in your HD wich saves all your Second Life information.  More space you use to cache, more slower Second Life will be.

What is a Draw Distance?
It’s the avaliable space from enviroment that your avatar will handle to see. More higher your space, more details will be downloaded to your cache (texture, objetcs), making your pc slower and Second Life as well.

What is a Particle Count?
Is how the particles will be counted to your avatar.  Many particles, more slower it will be.

A friendly guide for starters – Freebies, Help Islands

19 12 2007

Hello residents!

 Today i want to help with a friendly post with the most basic needs for starters.
When you born in-world, the first thing that you might worry is how to use Second Life. There are bits of Help Islands that are formed by groups of SL Mentors and they are always there to help you in any tips.

Don’t start your second life worrying about how to earn money. You need to understand how does it works, what are the basic deeds and knowledges that you must have to start having a job or own business.

You can be everything you ever dreamed. From Human to furries or robots, you can roleplay and meet lots of people with same interest as you.

Another basic thing for starters to get a second life beautifully are the freebies. Freebies are free items collected from all over the SL world (clothes, shoes, hair, acessories, jewelery, Ao (animation override)) made from the most SL experts. You can buy it for free (0 L ) and make your avatar looks more interesting. There are tons of freebie lands wich gives you opportunity to start your life with something in hands, and i will put down few links to teleport you to those most interesting places.

Some interesting Freebie Islands that you -starter- should visit:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Thinktank/37/55/24 – ! FREEBIE STORE A of Free Unionhttp://slurl.com/secondlife/Deva%20Loka/17/57/56 – FREEBIES DUNGEON 0L$

http://slurl.com/secondlife/NineInchNerds/122/106/24 – Sarah Nerd’s Freebie Paradise http://slurl.com/secondlife/freetown/72/76/25 – FREEBIE====ALL=0L$====True======http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ellingson/60/36/95 – JAY’S FREEBIE WORLD 0 L$: Campin

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Wien/150/215/27 – Vienna Freebies

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Burns/95/148/79 – Freebie Warehouse

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Indigo/205/81/39 – Gnubie Store

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dinah/42/109/41/ – GamersBrand Freebies

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bloom%20County%20/69/88/23/ -Freebie Jeebies- Money Tree -Und, Bloom County

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Baltazar%20/213/23/36/ – FREEBIE SUPPLY

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Wien/149/215/27/ – Vienna Freebies

These are only few ones from the huge list of freebie lands. You may find freebies at some pro stores, they usually gives you this gift of courtesy by visiting them.

And here are some Help Islands that you will find usefull:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dhaulagiri%20/218/91/50/ – Rokku Carlton’s Help Island

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Help%20Island%20Public/71/98/22/ – Help Island Building Tutorial

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Brampton/160/188/0/ – Orientation Stations – Need Help?

Stop with typing animation!

8 11 2007

Don't type anymore!If you find really annoying seeing hundres of people chatting and making those typing sounds and animations like you are typing in the air, and seeing yourself being like a noob or even you wanna hide when you are typing to someone else, I have a solution for you.

 You need first set up your debugger settings (Pressing ctrl + Alt + D at same time) and it will appear two new menus: Client and Server. Now you just need to set up in your Client Menu > Debug Settings Option.

 It will open up a window with a dropdown menu. Go look on the list for the “playtypinganim” and next you put on False mode on dropdown below.

 Now it’s done! You won’t never hear yourself typing and writing at nowhere like a noob.

OBS: It will only work for your avatar. You will still hear other people typing and seeing their animations, unlessDebug Settings you ask them read this little tutorial and make everyone happy at the end.