Lumiya continues with what amounts to almost weekly releases, with version 2.0.4 arriving in Google Play on June 10th, bringing with it the first cut at inventory support, as well as a host of other features.
The inventory capabilities comprise the ability to view your inventory; copy, rename, move and delete inventory items; edit asset permissions and the ability to share inventory with other users. The inventory display can be accessed from most of the Lumiya screens via your device’s Menu button, and uses the familiar suitcase icon.
Tapping INVENTORY will display a familiar folder list, ordered in the default System Folders to Top mode. Currently this can’t be changed, but the inventory capabilities are still evolving in Lumiya, so this may not always be the case.
As with the inventory panel on any graphical Viewer, you can navigate through your folders – simply tap on a folder to refresh the screen and show its contents. To work your way back up through your inventory, tap the BACK button at the top of the screen not the Back button on your device. The latter will quit you out of inventory and return you to the screen you were displaying prior to accessing inventory.
Also, note that Lumiya will remember your last position within inventory for as long as you remained logged-in to SL, and that it is this position that will be displayed when you next access inventory; thus it is very easy to switch in and out of inventory when performing a number of activities with Lumiya. You are only returned to the top-level of your inventory if you use the on-screen BACK button or if you sign-out of your current SL session and then log back in.
Tapping on an item in the inventory window will display the asset information for the object (see right). If the item has any editable permissions associated with it, this screen will include an EDIT PERMISSIONS button. Tapping this button will display a pop-up where you can set those permissions to which you have access: tap on the required check boxes to assign (green tick) or remove rights. When you’ve finished, tap Save Changes at the bottom of the pop-up to save, or Cancel to leave the permissions unchanged. Tapping either will return you to the asset information screen.
Tapping either of the PROFILE buttons in the asset information screen will display the associated profile information (owner or creator). Tap the Back button on your device to return to the asset information screen.
If you perform a long touch on an object item in inventory (press and hold for a couple of seconds), a pop-up menu is displayed allowing you to copy (permissions allowing), rename or delete the object as well as providing another means of displaying the object’s asset information.
To copy an item of inventory, display the pop-up menu and select COPY, navigate to the point in your inventory where you wish to paste the copy of the item and then tap the SAVE HERE button displayed at the foot of the screen. Note that:
- At this point in time Lumiya doesn’t support inventory links
- When you have copied an item, the originating folder for the item will be displayed, not the location to which you have copied it.
The inventory functions additionally allow you to:
- Teleport directly to a location by tapping on the associated landmark in your inventory
- Open and read / edit (subject to permissions) any notecards in your inventory
- Create new notecards by tapping on the Menu button on your device and then on New Notecard. When creating notecards, be aware that:
- The notecard will be created in the current folder you are browsing, not the notecard folder
- You can add landmarks and other notecards to a new notecard by tapping on your device’s Menu button and then on Insert Item – this will open your inventory display, allowing you to navigate to the landmark / notecard you wish to embed; tap on the item to add it to your new notecard.
Inventory can be passed to another user (permissions allowing) via the CONTACTS screen using either the CONTACTS or NEARBY lists to select the person to whom you want to give inventory and then tapping on their name to open an IM window.
With the IM window open, tap your device’s menu button and select SHARE ITEM. This will take you to your inventory window, where you can locate the item you wish to give. Tapping on a full permissions item will automatically transfer it to the selected individual. Tapping on a Transfer / No Copy item will generate a pop-up warning you that you are about to transfer a No Copy object; click on OK to complete the transfer.
If you are offered an item of inventory, a message will be displayed in an IM window from the person offering you the item (as with graphical Viewers). Clicking on Accept in the IM window will open your inventory window, and you can navigate to the folder in which you wish to save the item. When you have located and opened the required folder, tap SAVE HERE to save the received item. Note that you can also DECLINE unwanted inventory offers, which are discarded.
Lumiya 2.0.4 also includes the ability to send group notices (with attachments). Note that in order to use this function, you must be in a group role that allows you to send notices (be an owner of the group, for example) – if you do not have such a role, the group notice option will not be displayed in Lumiya.
The option is accessed by tapping CONTACTS and then opening the IM window for the group, then tapping the Menu button on your device and selecting NEW NOTICE.
A button near the top of the screen allows you to access your inventory to attach items to the notice – once an item is selected by tapping on it, you are automatically returned to the notice editor, and the button switches to display REMOVE, allowing you to remove the item (and replace it with another if you so wish).
This version also sees a number of nips and tucks to Lumiya; hardware keys are now supported in the 3D world view, log-in performance has been improved for those with large contact lists, etc., all of which make 2.0.4 a further very positive step forward for the client, bringing some important functionality to the client. Currently there is no support for wearing / adding clothing and attachments, but again, this is only the first release for inventory handling within Lumiya; things will very probably improve as the functionality is enhanced.
This is also the first version of Lumiya I’ve got to use on Android 4.0.3 ICS – largely because I’ve only just got my Galaxy S2 updated. I encountered no problems running on the new OS, while overall, 2.0.4’s performance on the S2 continued to match that of earlier releases on both wifi and 3G.
With all of these recent updates, Lumiya is now firmly in the lead in providing mobile access for SL on the Android platform, making it the obvious choice for those running suitable phones or Android tablets.