Friendly greetings! Torley, enthusiastic teacher of Second Life skills here. For your ease-of-use, I’ve reorganized the big page o’ Video Tutorials so you can faster find what you want to learn. One of the new features is that when you view the lists for “Tip of the Week” (30+ of ’em) and “Quicktips” (75+!), columns can be sorted by category! Also, I’ll be updating the main page regularly to show highlights from my most recent videos. Experience for yourself.
In addition, I’m continually working on longer-term plans for easier searching of vidtuts, including getting more of them in our Knowledge Base and plugging them in other places as-needed; it’s good to have lots of knowledge, but even better to be able to find it. 🙂
With that being said, it’s only fair I share 20 more quick tips with you! Filmed in Second Life 1.20 Release Candidate, most of these have been suggested by some of you (thank-you!), and they’re a delicious assortment of hints ‘n’ tricks that you’ll learn something new & useful from! As I like to advertise,
“Short on time? Quicktips deliver your knowledge in 2 minutes or less, guaranteed.”
Food for your Second Life:
Add a webpage to your profile
Do this to add extra info or a splash of fun to your existing profile, which is useful for showing others who you are.
Change text and effect colors
Want to change the hue of those dots that come out of your hand when you select stuff? Here’s the ticket, and you can customize chat text tones too!
Click actions make using stuff easier
CLICK ACTIONS ROCK. If you’re not using them, YOU MUST. Why am I TYPING IN ALL CAPS? Watch and find out!
Get high in the sky instantly
Sitting on a cube and repositioning it is a practical, more controlled alternative to flying manually.
Make flexible objects
Once a glorious new feature, now the basis of hair, skirts, and more wonderful creations! Learn how to make flexiprims from scratch.
Make local light objects
Lights can — well, light up a scene! But remember, there can only be 6 lights onscreen at once! I explain why this is, and wear your facelights wisely.
Open a box
A basic skill everyone needs to know! Once you buy something, you often have to unpack it. It’s straightforward once you know how, and here’s how.
Prim and mesh hair differences
Another goodie for newcomers: do you know how to tell which is which and why it matters? Watch and see!
Rebake textures to fix clothing glitches
One of my favorite unfavorite workarounds. Someday, improved texture compositing will (I hope) remedy these glitches, but until then, here’s a tip that’s been passed on and on.
Redock tabs to clear clutter
A simple click helps you clean your screen of stray windows.
Save textures to disk
I used to get asked this question a lot: whether you want to back up some textures or edit them for reuploading, I show you what you should know.
Save your avatar’s outfit
I’m famed for my wide variety of avatars! How do I do it? Each one is an “outfit” within a folder which can be switched in seconds. Stay organized and express yourself!
Sell Original, Copy, or Contents?
If you sell stuff, you MUST know the difference between these. Choosing “Contents” removes the extra steps for unpacking boxes (see above). Make things easy for your customers and they’ll love ya!
Show who’s chatting around you
Another button that isn’t so obvious: click the “< <” in Local Chat or a group IM, and presto, a list of speakers. Good if you find camera controls awkward to gawk at nametags.
Skip popups after reinstalling
Popups — when you don’t wanna see ’em — are annoying! Dismiss them with a single click and continue forth. Conversely, you can show all of them again, in case you missed any before.
Sort columns for easier selection
Tired of voice chatters in Active Participants shuffling around faster than you can click? You can click columns in this window, and others too!
Take a snapshot
Second Life photography is thriving. It all begins by pressing down a special key, which doesn’t play a melody… but will save a snapshot to disk! Also see my AWESOME GUIDE TO HIGH-QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHY… with, you guessed it, video tutorials!
After you’ve applied 1000s of textures as I have, you’ll be keen to expedite the process.
The 1-prim barstool trick
Primfficiency, building wisely by economizing # of prims while maximizing visual results, has evolved greatly (to sculpties!). The 1-prim barstool trick is fun if you’ve never built before. Torley-bot guides you.
Use Inventory filters
Filters help you narrow down searches and temporarily hide clutter. They’re also (sadly) a cause of perceived (not actual) inventory loss, so make sure to reset them as I demonstrate!
I know, I know, you’ve made it all the way here… and you want to make a comment, right? Thanx in advance for your awesome ideas, because I eat ’em up like a galaxy of Pac-People munches power-pills… and give you more video tutorials!!!!
DON’T LET THE @#$%ING GHOSTS WIN! 😀