Nalates Urriah keeps her finger on the pulse of what is happening on the technical side of Second Life, reporting on a range of weekly User Group and other meetings held in-world.
This week, she reports on an interesting new scripting function Falcon Linden is working on.
llSetKeyframedAnimation() is designed to allow objects to be moved through a non-physical link set. The function should allow a range of objects to achieve smooth movement, and will allow avatars to stand / sit on objects as they move. As such, the function should be ideal for the likes of trains and elevators to run smoothly along their tracks / up and down elevator shafts.
There are some animation issues, however – notably when walking on an object using the function, an avatar’s animation will get a little messy. The function also must use the Prim Equivalency system and come in at under a physics weight of 64.
Nalates reports that the new function should soon be working on two regions on the Beta grid and that Falcon will post to the wiki page (linked to above) when the regions are supporting it. Those testing the function are asked to include the function name in the title of any JIRA they raise.
I’ve always loved dancing in Second Life; I especially loved going out to a really good ballroom and spending the evening with friends and loved ones, begowned, bejewelled and dancing under the stars.
For a good while, my spiritual home in this regard within Second Life was Birdland, a beautiful build by Alma Fushikizoh. This was a wonderful place to pass the time, dance, converse, and have fun – and it was an awesome build as well. Sadly, as with many things in Second Life, Birdland was lost to us, and I’ve never really found anywhere to replace it.
Now there is a new venue for romantics to enjoy. Set in formal gardens, surrounded by trees and offering quiet love seats and water-side benches, Secrets is one of those rare finds and an absolute delight.
The ballroom is a wonderful piece of architecture, graceful in its simplicity and providing the opportunity to dance under a glass dome etched with stars; tables and seating are provided around the edges of the main dance floor and open doors invite those so minded to take a walk through the gardens and admire the water feature by Followmeimthe Piedpiper and marvellous sculpture of a dancing couple by Pumpkin Tripsa.