animats Posted December 21, 2019 Share Posted December 21, 2019 SL has long had the Linden-run Ivory Tower of Prims, where you can see all the things prims can do. Most creators have probably been there. There's nothing similar for mesh. I brought this up at Creator User Group, suggesting a "Museum of Fine Mesh", and Vir Linden sad, "That's a good idea." We've had a long-running discussion on "Why don't new users learn the basics?". Here's an in-world way to help new users out. So, a proposal. The Museum of Fine Mesh, near the Ivory Tower. A mole project, perhaps with help from Caledon Oxbridge and Builders Brewery. Start with the Hall of Basics. It all begins with a cube. There's a prim cube, with its faces labeled, and an identical-looking mesh cube. For the mesh cube, the texture, UV map, a picture of the wireframe, and all the level of detail models and the physics model are all on display, so anyone can see all the pieces that go into making a mesh object. Repeat this for the basic forms - tetrahedron, sphere, etc. People can see how those are texture mapped and what their reduced levels of detail look like. Then some simple objects, probably borrowed from the Bellesaria kit. A beach chair. A lamp post. A door. A rock. The objects should be simple and done very well. Again, for each one, all the components are on display, including all the LOD models shown as separate objects. The museum takes viewers behind the magic. You can see where this is going. Good examples of simple mesh objects, with all the details on display. Over time, the museum could be expanded. The Hall of Buildings. The Hall of Avatars. The Hall of Clothing. The Hall of Vehicles. Always with all the pieces that went into the model clearly visible. This is a museum of How It's Done. Exit through the gift shop, where you can buy copies of most of the items on display, usually as full perm with all the components editable. For someone with access to the mole-built models, this isn't a big effort. Such a museum may get big in-world, so it would be best as a Linden project. There's a start on this in New Babbage, at the Academy of Industry. Something to look at for ideas. New Babbage level of detail display. Used for building classes. Comments? 4 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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