Calling all Landowners! This Project Viewer is definitely one that you’re going to want to try out.
So, you know the story: You have a vampire-themed area in Second Life and each Resident who visits your space has to adjust their personal environment settings to get the full spooky nighttime effect. Or, you’ve invited a bunch of friends to a sunset beach party and some of them have their environment settings at midday--not exactly what you had in mind. You’ve long dreamed about the day when you can control the environment settings for all Residents visiting your space. We’re happy to say that your dream has now come true.
The Environment Settings (Windlight Region Settings) Project Viewer, available today, gives you the opportunity to try the new region environmental controls that include sky, water, and day cycle settings. This feature gives landowners and region managers the ability to customize and define unique environmental region settings that are automatically shared by others in that region (unless those users have chosen personal overrides). Now, your vampire destination will always be dark and scary and everyone at your beach party can enjoy a perfect, beautiful sunset.
One last thing before you get started. For now, everyone in your region must be using this Project Viewer to see the customized environment you’ve set. Otherwise, the lighting will appear as it as it would normally. When we’ve completed this trial, and made any needed changes, we’ll roll this feature into the SL Viewer Beta and eventually, the main SL Viewer.
Using a newly launched system, we have now made it easier for Mainland
landowners and Premium members to purchase abandoned Mainland parcels
directly and at a discounted rate, making the Mainland experience more
beautiful and enjoyable.
Before you take the plunge to acquire your own land for a dream home, business, club or art project, it might be helpful to read what one independent blogger has to say about the process. Second Life resident Apollo Manga recently created a useful series of blog posts to address the various steps and potential pitfalls in acquiring land within Second Life.
Unfortunately I won't be able to run my usual hour long office hour today. Apologies to those that had planned to attend, I know it's slightly late notice. Normal service should be resumed at the usual time (Thursday 11am PST) next week.
In February of this year, we shared our 2010 land pricing plan where we discussed pricing and policies for private regions and addressed grandfathering, transfers, and retail pricing. In the spirit of giving you as much advance notice as possible about changes that may have an impact on your plans and budgets, here are two important updates on 2011 pricing:
1) All retail private region maintenance, including grandfathered pricing, is expected to continue without increase through Dec. 31, 2011. What you pay now, as a retail customer, is what you’ll continue to pay through the end of 2011.
2) We will adjust how education and non-profit advantages are provided, effective Jan. 1, 2011. All education and non-profit private regions of any type, purchased after Dec. 31, 2010, will be invoiced at standard (i.e. non-discounted) pricing. All currently discounted renewals which occur after Dec. 31, 2010, will be adjusted to the new price at that time. To continue to provide entry-level, private spaces to educators just launching their programs, we will be providing Homestead and Open Space regions to qualifying organizations without their meeting the retail full-region criterion. Customer Support will be available to answer any questions that you may have about these changes.
We hope that these announcements help you effectively plan for the coming year. And, we’ll continue to update you well in advance of any additional pricing changes.