I have returned, rejuvenated! And I’ve brought my watermelony lights to shine on your Second Life. Awhile ago, I did a video tutorial aptly titled “How to manage your inventory“, which you should totally see if that interests you.
Tying together tangents as I often do, I got plenty requests to follow it up — so here it is, a potpourri of more inventory management tips!
- How to use combined (coalesced) objects
- How to see all creators of inventory items
- How to show proper permissions of objects
- Why the “Snapshot” and “Texture” icons are different
- Advanced inventory item selection
- How to move your system folders to the top
I must state for clarity that these tips (like so many other facets of Second Life, actually), don’t just exclusively apply to inventory-sorting, because they connect to content creation, and generally having a better knowledge of how to use Second Life. That means, don’t be scared, it’s easy, and hopefully you’ll find this both useful and fun.
It’s long been a foremost priority of mine that when better solutions aren’t forthcoming soon, that I share workarounds, in addition to making the non-obvious clearly accessible. I want to make things easier for you! When I create videos, I often think about usability improvements (I’m also on Benjamin Linden’s Resident eXperience Team here at Linden Lab) our developers can apply; I end up mentioning these ideas to them, and it never ceases to amaze me how many seemingly disparate aspects of our world are related.
For example, a critical concern many of us share is inventory loss (UGH, I HATE IT). Hamilton Linden’s been driving a new team focusing on addressing both actual and perceived inventory loss. Stay tuned to our blog for more info on this…
I often get asked, “Why can’t you just fix inventory loss?”, and to really understand the subtleties, granularities, and why our heart is in ameliorating this but why it isn’t so simple, be sure to see Inventory Recovery Steps, put together mostly by my fine colleagues Frontier and Jeremy Linden. It’s an evolving compendium of actionable steps towards solving these invloss problems. In “More inventory management tips”, I mention coalesced objects as being a technique for bundling stuff, yet misunderstanding how it works (and it isn’t that intuitive, I agree) is a cause of perceived inventory loss — thus, we have a section dedicated to it on that page, and I hope the system itself will be improved.
Much of the feedback I’ve received so far on these Tips of the Week have seriously resulted in a great heap of possibilities I’ve been sorting out and doing one after another, so I don’t have a shortage of topics to cover. I SAY THANK YOU GRACIOUSLY. So don’t let that discourage you from suggesting, because you may help enlighten me! And if you’d like to meet me inworld, I’m hosting a couple of Office Hours most Fridays @ 6 AM and 2 PM PDT, including TODAY. See ya in Second Life… and,
don’t let happiness be a stranger,
Torley Linden is a Product Manager & more who regularly contributes to the Official Linden Blog. Read Torley’s previous posts. Torley enjoys experimenting with sculpties using Sculptypaint and PloppSL.