AvMaker Textures

November 21, 2009


I was waiting for the weekend so I could take a picture of myself outdoors in the daylight to get light that wasn’t so yellow, and to get subtle highlights/shadows. An overall even distribution of light seems to make a big difference. I can still see shadows/highlights, but not as bad as in the house. I’m impressed with the latest skin that I made using the AvMaker software from CyberExtruder.com. For a dollar for each skin, it is pretty inexpensive and allows me to correct problems without costing me an arm and a leg. The software reminds me of a simplified version of Morpheus targeted specifically a morphing a photo into a skin template rather than a different photo.

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A look into XYText images

November 21, 2009


CodeBastard RedGrave was talking about how my images were compressed compared to XYText. I started to take a look at the XYText images. I found that they had a pyramid look to them. This is inefficient because each row has unused whitespace. If XYText had used the entire texture, they could have saved 5 images. They used 512×512 images, giving a better resolution, but takes longer to download individual images. However, this may help improve the blurryness that I see when I’m at a distance from my own 256×256 textures. It appears that they use reversed pairs. I had problems getting this to work on my own and have more images as a result. I’ll have to take another look at my solution.
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Better than XY – Letter Positioning

November 21, 2009


In my earliest days entering the world of Second Life, I created a script that would allow me to display dynamic text. I was able to create a script that would display 10 letters per prim. Later, I found out about something called XYText that did something similar. I stuck with my own scripts for years. I finally released the script (Letter Positioning) two years ago as a new years gift to the community. I was talking with CodeBastard Redgrave and dug up the original program I used to create the images and sent it her way as well. With the font builder, you have the capability to support just about any characterset (Japanese, Chinease, etc.) along with the style and size. The LSL is compressed and light-weight compared to XYText.

I’ve used the Letter Positioning script in many of my past products, and continue to use it today. It’s been by far the most useful script for me that I have made. Here are some of the products that I made using the letter positioning script.


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Delayed features of LSL

November 15, 2009


I often find myself at a loss with the scripting language. Although it is powerful because we can make interactive objects. It is lacking in many simple methods that are found in most programming languages (string replacement, case statements, error handling). In addition, upcomming functions seem to be on hold forever (text box, url on a prim, dynamic textures). I’ve even create/voted a few feature requests (encryption, html encode/decode, name 2 key). In the end, we settle for crude ways of implimenting these features or leaving them out. The end result is often scripts that use more memory, or server load. Unhappy with the results, many of my product ideas are abandoned.
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TinyPaste API via LSL

November 14, 2009


Many scripters have had the problem of running out of memory to store information, or losing the information when a script resets. Ways around this include adding threaded scripts, using note cards, using the description field, or adding a back-end service such as a database. I happened to come across TinyPaste.com in which you can paste text from your clipboard, save it, and hand the link out to your friends. Amazingly enough, it has an API. Using a bit of my LSL scripting skills, I was able to create a script that makes use of this API. Have a look at the code: http://tinypaste.com/70c90ce.
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Musical Song Builder

November 13, 2009


My wife had asked for a copy of the musical notes that I made for the 1 prim piano. She has a project of her own that would do great with them. I packaged up the notes in a classy gift box, but I also went on to make a script that explains how to create songs with the notes. A diagram of piano keys, their notes, and numerical indexes are all described in the comments along with a sample song of Yankee Doodle. I’ve incorporated the ability to have rests and a beats per minute setting so that songs sound normal.
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A gift well received

November 12, 2009


Matthew Kidomen got a copy of my touch-based piano today. He thanked me for a “working” piano after he opened it at a sandbox. He expected to just see a regualr SL piano that would play it’s own music. He seemed pretty surprised and amazed that it was a real keyboard with working keys. His last words were that he could only play Yankee Doodle Dandy. This was pretty funny because that was the only song that I’ve been playing on it myself. I even posted a video of it on YouTube.


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