SL UG updates #35/3: viewer and Marketplace

Grumpity and Alexa Linden host the Web User Group meetings monthly Alexa’s barn.

A brief update, as it was pointed out to me that I missed the Web User Group on August 22nd, and the updates to the Marketplace that were reported in the forums by Grumpity Linden at around the same time.

SL Viewer

A new Maintenance RC viewer was issued on Friday, August 31st. The Rakomelo Maintenance RC, version 5.1.9.519162, offers some 29 fixes and updates, including two for receiving Friend requests and Group notices when off-line via the new HTTP capabilities, and which had not been working correctly following the initial deployment of the capability. These update should match recent server-side updates to the caps, and prevent group notices and Friend requests received whilst off-line failing to be delivered when next logging-in.

There are a number of other useful fixes with this release  – please refer to the release notes / download page linked to above for details.

Marketplace

I didn’t actually make the August 22nd Web User Group meeting, hence the lack of an update in week #34.

However, as has been pointed out to me, Grumpity Linden posted to  the forums concerning a number of Marketplace updates, which I’m simply going to list here for completeness:

  • Gift email was missing if the gift message was blank.  Everyone should get a gift email!
  • Residents with the last name Resident couldn’t leave product reviews.  That was bad, and is fixed.
  • Character count of product description included newlines and so was obviously wrong.  Righted that wrong.
  • Favourites which are no longer available are now marked as such, and can all be removed with a single click
  • Email changes on SL now propagate to the Marketplace.
  • Allow merchants to choose to list multiple “Custom Avatar Brand Names”
  • Retain “Sort By” preferences between pages and sessions.  Makes sense.
  • You can now remove items from the Related Items pop-up.
  • It’s “Land Impact” not “Prim Count”.
  • The Mesh Quiz is a thing of the past.  It will stay in the past, but will surely live on in our memories.

Grumpity also notes that some much-requested updates are “coming soon”: wish lists, favourite sellers, and an auto-complete for brand names.

She also indicated a fix for BUG-225309 “Marketplace: ‘Best selling products’ no longer sorts by best-selling” is in the works, as is a fix for BUG-225307, “Editing Marketplace Listings does not show inactive items to add as related or demo” – although this has apparently been closed as “working as intended”, which is slightly different to providing an actual “fix”! 🙂 .

The next Web User Group meeting (which is open to discussion of all of the Lab’s web properties, not just the Marketplace, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 14:00 SLT. I’ll try to drum this into my head so as not to miss it, as I have done for the last couple!

Eclectica: A New Dawn in Second Life

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn – click any image for full size

Update: [Eclectica] A New Dawn has closed. SLurl details have therefore been removed from this article.

Maddy  (Nibby Riddler) has a eye for region design; she has shown this through at least two iterations of her region designs carrying the name of Eclectica (about which you can read more here and here). So it was with delight we received an invitation from her to visit the latest incarnation of her work: [Eclectica] A New Dawn – and we weren’t disappointed by all that we found.

For this iteration, Eclectica has returned to the ground, the last time we visited, it was a skyborne archipelago. It forms two large islands separated by a narrow ribbon of water splitting the land between east and west. Both islands are richly wooded, the trees giving rise to a lush landscape, within which are hidden Maddy’s trademark skills in presenting an environment that is rooted in both the natural and the fantastical, both intertwined to present a magical environment in which it is easy to relax and lose oneself.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

From the landing point on the southern tip of the eastern island, surrounded by the vibrant colours of summer, a grassy path leads forth through iron gates, then branches to the left as well as running northwards.

The former path leads to a waterside gazebo presenting a view out towards a marvellous vignette encompassing Maddy’s love of the fantastical: a giant hand reaching down from the sky, a carousel caught within long fingers, the cups of the ride falling into the waters below, surrounding the legs of a woman forced to dive from the ride as the carousel is swept upwards, as if snatched from the grassy shore. It’s a marvellous scene, unexpected, a scene capturing both fantasy and offering a nod and a wink of humour. It is also one of several vignettes scattered through the trees.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

The path north along the edge of the eastern sea is marked by pools of flowers floating mist-like above the grass. It leads the way to a gabled set of gates. Beyond these, a covered bridge reveals this eastern island is not one, but two: its northern “headland” in fact a small isle topped by an elven arched circle, a place to dance amidst the bloom of trees, flowers and vines.

Between the southern landing point and northern isle are numerous points that offer places to sit and enjoy time alone or with a friend / lover. these range from individual seats, hammocks and beds, through a fenced garden with little hints of Asia, a pool and folly, to a conservatory looking north over the waters – and more to be discovered beyond.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

The garden, surrounded by a ring of trees and shrubs, feels like it has been lifted from the comfort of a childhood story and set down within the middle of the island to offer a place of peace and sanctuary. This is a place where time can be passed in reflection. Not even the motorbike and side-car parked within it really look out-of-place, but more another echo of a memory.

The conservatory, meanwhile, looking north across the waters of a small bay, flowers clinging to rocks, has a more open, social feel to it. This is a place for sitting and chatting, relaxing and just being in the moment. Chairs and sofas can be found indoors and out, a deck extending out over the water offering a place to watch swans on the water, the little ice cream carriage adding a sense of easy relaxation to the setting.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

Beyond the conservatory familiar pools of flowers in the grass point to two paths. The more eastern runs to a little glade-like setting atop a shoulder of rock, a place with further touches of Asia mix with a little soupçon of fantasy in the glass-like flowers and gently floating spheres. The second path leads by way of trees arched as if to form a gate, to a Romany caravan hidden within its own encircling glade. With its gaily coloured tents pitched in the grassy clearing, benches and little beds of flowers, this has all the feeling of being a home, and place of warm safety, familiar in its bric-a-brac, where cares and worries can again be put aside.

To the west, the second island – reached by a single log bridge spanning the channel between them – is very much a place of two halves. More rugged in nature, it is initially a lush, temperate woodland , cut by a single path climbing west to where temperate gives way to tropical, the trunks of great palm trees rising skyward, while the grass gives way to sand, descending to the broad, shallow sweep of a beach.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

Dominating the view is a play on classical mythology: a great figure rises from the waters, supporting a great cup on his shoulders, the Moon lying within its bowl. While it may well be the Moon he holds aloft, rather than the celestial sphere, the allusion to the fate of Atlas could not be clearer – or more romantically phrased: just as Atlas was confined to the western extreme of Gaia, so to does this figure, rise from the western extremes of this world. It’s title meanwhile, I Will Bring You The Moon, offers its romantic touch.

It’s a most unusual sight to behold from the beach and yet, within this setting, does not remain in any way incongruous. Rather, it adds a sense of mystery to the beach, one perhaps coupled by the remnants of a submarine caught in the southern rocks. Facing this across the sweep of sand, a board walk points the way around the northern headland to where a beach hut guards the estuary of the region’s stream, perched on the back of a rocky islet: the perfect end-of-day location.

[Eclectica] A New Dawn; Inara Pey, August 2018, on Flickr[Eclectica] A New Dawn

With scrupulous attention to detail, rounded off with a matching sound scape and – for those who like music to accompany their explorations – a gentle audio stream, [Eclectica] A New Dawn is, simply, a delight.

SLurl Details

  • [Eclectica] A New Dawn (Kymor, rated: Moderate)