^ Pardon that subject line isn’t more specific, so here’s the story: every week, I hear from Residents about “cool tools” that help smooth Second Life situations. Not necessarily bugs per se, these are utilities that add value and make existing things easier.
(Photo taken at Rustica)
And since I’m Resident Enlightenment Manager, guess who’s job it is to spread the word, so that you’re Enlightened and aware of this awesomeness?
This episode features a Viewer Cheatsheet, Avatar Databank, and YouTube-in-Second Life aid… more details after the jump!
What if… you could have a neatly-formatted page showing Second Life’s shortcuts so you could easily refer to and memorize them? Even print it out so you have a hard copy? I’ve heard many requests for this over time, and “if” just became “when” becomes “NOW”!
Kippie Friedkin’s Cheatsheet is up! Get it and as it says on the sheet itself, give her feedback to make it better. (I’ve already sent in a first round, and watch her blog for the next version.)
Having trouble painting avatar clothing and skins accurately? Zee Pixel pointed me to this collection of avatar dataset/morph targets, which’ll hopefully fill some holes in content creation knowledge. As remarked on the forums, even includes hair and eyebrow meshes.
Available in several formats and deserving of more exposure, this should be added to the Clothing Tutorials resource page… which I’ll do if someone doesn’t beat me to it first. 😉
We’ve been through this before. We’ve also been chafed by YouTube’s unreliability — those of you who wrote to me after my earlier tutorial and let me know your fetched YouTube links didn’t work after several hours, I feel your pain. Really. And not only that, I kept searching for better ways.
The followup: in addition to inworld link-converters that some clever Residents have crafted, YouTubeMP4.com lets you simply enter an URL, then copy a resulting link. For example, the original YT link:
becomes this QuickTime-compatible (and hence, playable in SL) MP4 one:
I’ve also prepared a page on how to play movies & media in Second Life, should you need the help!
Disclaimer: I can’t vouch for the reliability/legality of YouTubeMP4 and tools like this tend to disappear, but I’ve been trying it for several weeks and my links have persistently worked. YMMV!
If you find the above useful + fun, let me know in the comments — I’m hoping to blog regularly about cool tools in addition to video tutorials!
And remember, there are a number of topic-related pages on the Second Life wiki like Texture Tools and Recording Movies where you can add your fave tools. Share what you’ve found useful and your fellow Resis will benefit, amplifying the awesome of our Second Lives. THE POWAH IS YOURS!
FINALLY, wanna hang out with me in Second Life? Let’s do it — Thursday (2008-07-31) @ 12 PM PDT (noon) on Here.