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  1. The only reason I wasn't super into that idea, is because of the need to 'pull over in a rez zone'.. and of course then having to contend with "oh no, we were here longer than 10 minutes, the boat derezed because no one was sitting on it anymore". Rezzing out a cuddle blanket, or other piece of furniture specifically for that purpose, works okay.. but, it's not an ideal solution, and only works when over land with more forgiving autoreturn and rezzing rights (which most ocean space in SL, isn't.)
  2. Frustratingly, I've been around most of the options several times before. I guess the Linden Premium Freebe kind of spoiled me a bit. For this decision, it came down to trying to find the closest match to all my wants. A robust, detailled mesh build, with good quality. I wanted something that 'felt like a real place'. Lots of animations, and the ability to adjust the positions. (I'm short, there's a number of kids in my family.. adjusting is key) Some romantic "PG+" animations. Cuddles, smooches, that sort of thing. Room for at least 6. A long, slender design. Excellent, modern vehicle controls. I visited Trudeau, but their supply of boats mostly are cabinless. I really did want that sort of "RV on the water" home-away-from-home feeling. As I started looking around (checking out the most popular marketplace listings) I realised that there's just not very many people making "SAIL" boats in that class. The few that are, are excellent, but, there's not a lot of choice. Tons of powerboats and luxury yachts.. but not many sailboats. It finally narrowed down to the Bandit 60, or the MLCC Loonetta. The Oceanic was more of the hull I wanted, but being sculpties, it lacked in detail, in ways that the Loonetta excelled. The Bandit 60 was pretty much everything I wanted. 2 Bedrooms, room to spare, animations up the wazoo and PG+ animations too, and a gorgeous long boat. The Loonetta by comparison was short, stubby, and limited only to individual animations (no cuddles anywhere). The detail was amazing, but it was such a small boat, and it really lacked the 'romantic' element that, to me, was kind of a deal breaker. And then I checked the prim counts. The Loonetta clocked in at 32 LI.. (38 with sails deployed). The Bandit 60, on the other hand, clocked in at 139LI standing still. I had to settle. I wasn't going to get everything I wanted in a single boat, and I knew it. I ended up choosing the Loonetta. I wish it were modifyable. I wish I could go out and cannibalize my favourite couch for some cuddles, then transplant them into the boat. I wish it were modifyable so I could link in a rezzer for a few poseballs, or whatever, while the boat was stopped, but I can't. What I can do, is create a "Cuddle blanket" that can be rezzed out in the bedroom, when the boat is stopped. It's an imperfect solution, but it's possible at least. Similarly, I wish it were mod, so I could add 'item givers' to the boat. Click the glasses, get a drink, click the first aid kit, get a life jacket, etc. I can rez out a giver, but it's not the same. That said, it's a really nice boat. It sails beautifully, and it meets most of my criteria, without breaking the bank in terms of prims needed to rez the thing. In terms of "renting a slip".. the number of prims was a big deal (renting 40LI versus 140LI.. big difference. The animations it does have are certainly serviceable. I like that you can resize the wheel, and the steering animations are incredible. It's an A+ boat to sail.
  3. I've had a few sailboats in my time in SL, but most of them have been freebies. The one I've really liked most though, was the "Linden Premium Gift" boat. I find the controls, and the mechanical aspects of the boat to be fantastic, but the mesh is crude in some places, and the animation engine (and animations) leave a lot to be desired for me. The best part about the Linden boat is simply how it moves, how you can 'set the wind' on the hud, and just let the boat go for a while, without constantly mashing down "W" to keep moving. It's a graceful, peaceful ride. But on a vehicle I'm going to spend an hour or more sitting on at a time, (often with company), well, the animations, the 'sunbathing' the 'cuddling' etc.. for me, it really does need to be on it's "A Game".. and not something where you have to stop the boat in a rez area in order to rez out poseballs. I was really disappointed to see that the Linden boat was a Mole build, because that meant I couldn't check out the creator's store to see what they are making now-a-days, because for when it was made, it was a really promising 'first try freebie'. So, with all that said, I guess I'm shopping for a boat. I'd love to find a nice boat where PG hanging out is an option, and there are times when a little bit of romance wouldn't go amiss either. Something that's an actual vehicle, of course, without poseballs, and with the same sort of graceful pace that the Linden boat offers. Any suggestions?
  4. You can also include a URL in the text of the group notice. Many (if not all) Viewers will make such links clickable. Linking people to a blog post (for example) can be an easy solution to this situation.. and on your blog you can have both the full text, and any images you want as well. I know in some advertising groups where commercial announcements are permitted, very often the notice will have a link to a new item's blog post, or a link to the item's marketplace listing, and then a notecard attached to the notice. Inside the notecard may be images, and attached inworld landmarks as well.
  5. The maximum uploadable image size is 1024x1024. When skins and clothing layers are composited by the server (Baking) the output file that is sent to the viewers is only 512x512. Every avatar you see (that is wearing system skins/clothing layers) is made up of a 512x512 head, a 512x512 torso, and a 512x512 legs texture.. maximum. Use the 1024x1024 avatar templates.. that's really all the detail you're likely to need. These are the most helpful ones I've found: Robin Wood's UV Templates
  6. It's part of the same animation that holds your hands up in a cameralike position when you take the shot, and the sound that plays when the picture is taken. It's like a 'System Gesture" that everyone has loaded.. unless you use the "Quiet Snapshots to Disk" feature and take snapshots directly to your HD (COMMAND-`).
  7. jordanit0, I am also experiencing the same problem, with an added twist. A number of items are listed for me to switch the item listing to.. but none of them are the newly uploaded 'updated version' of the item I'm selling. Edit: It seems that hitting the "Sync Marketplace with Magic Boxes" button did the trick for me. http://i.imgur.com/8EmEXBS.png I pressed it, waited a couple of minutes then opened a fresh browser tab with the item listing I wanted to change, click the "Edit Associated Object" button, and voila, the new version was listed in the pile of items.
  8. Mesh hair is awesome, and it's really unleashed a lot of creativity amonth the hair makers, but I'm finding a huge amount of the more recent hair offerinhs seem to be, well.. long. I'd really love to find some shorter, "sassier" hairstyles. I'd love to find something like this: http://i.imgur.com/YUQ4Z2z.pngor this: http://i.imgur.com/euwOERl.pngor this: http://i.imgur.com/q1ZLOZq.pngthis: http://i.imgur.com/HbDicqY.pngOr even this: http://i.imgur.com/PRB4zXm.pngAny suggestions?
  9. Can't be done. Warning: If you make someone an owner of a group, you won't be able to kick them out of it later. Be careful to whom you assign that role. Knowledge Base
  10. Amethyst Jetaime wrote:That would be OK if they paid their staff a decent salary instead of not paying at all or even making you pay them by taking a percentage of your tips.. This right here is why I stopped working as a dancer. The whole control freak "we own you" attitude really turned me off. It's also why I won't help club owners make profit splitting tipjars. Back when I did it, we all rezzed our own tipjars, and we used to give a portion of our tips to the club, but it was all voluntary and on the honor system.. and if you couldn't afford it, it wasn't a big thing. We were a team, and a group of friends.
  11. Or even faster, just click this link here: http://get.secondlife.com
  12. Also, just check to make sure you're wearing 1 skin, 1 shape, 1 'hair layer' and 1 'eyes layer'. Sometimes the system can forget what skin, or eyes, or 'hair layer' you were wearing.. and if you're not wearing all four "Body Parts", the system doesn't know how to render you properly. If you are wearing all 4 body parts, try replacing them. The hair layer especially.
  13. I seem to be having the same problem. Looks like it's account specific, as my main account can't log in, but my alt can. This looks like the type of thing that LL will post about in an hour saying "Unexpected login maintenance, some users may be unable to login, please refrain from rezzing no-copy items" etc. In other words, it's time to take a break, watch a movie, or just relax for a while and try again later. Edit: You know, I did check grid status, repeatedly.. before posting, and I certainly didn't see any mention of the issue. There's something weird about that site, I think they delay the appearance of posts for some reason, somehow.
  14. I'm assuming that you're looking for the "Camera Angle" slider that used to be present in the Preferences. There are some contols for this on the "Move and View" tab of Preferences, but most of these older controls were moved to debug settings. Accessing these can be a little complicated. Penny Patton goes into great detail of the process in a step-by-step fashion on her blog: http://pennycow.blogspot.com/2012/01/improving-sl-camera-short-version.html The settings she outlines will allow you to raise or lower the third-person follow-cam, as well as change it's default distance from you, and where it should center by default in relation to your avatar. As a side-note, you can also use the debug settings to customize the "Front view" and "side view" cameras as well.
  15. ReplicTuaniOne wrote: I don't get it, i have paypal because we DONT use a creditcard here in the Netherlands, so i got paypal, got money on paypal and want to pay with that money to get money on SL, but noooooo, i need to add a creditcard on my paypal acount to get money here... Why is that? common, make it a lot easier by just accepting paypal... Or are there other ways to pay instead of a creditcard? These are the payment methods currently accepted by Linden Lab: I highly reccomend reading the whole knowledge base article. http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Billing/ta-p/700037#Section_.3 This is what they have to say about the paypal verification issue. Often the initial agreement can't be set up due to an unverified PayPal account. To use your PayPal account with Linden Lab, it must be verified and be capable of making instant transfers. Linden Lab does not accept e-check (bank account) payments through PayPal because they cannot be processed quickly enough to match the instant delivery of virtual goods and services. Therefore, we require that you have a credit card on file with PayPal as a backup payment source, OR that you pay with your PayPal balance in USD. Without a sufficient USD balance in your PayPal account, you will not be able to use it with only a bank account. Be aware of your monthly limits. By default, your monthly spending limit with PayPal is set to US$250.00. You can easily raise or lower that limit. See Using PayPal for more information. You can find information on how to convert your paypal balance here: http://tinyurl.com/kg7tg44
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