Second Life is a big place. Like. A really big place. As I watch the blog feeds, Flickr streams and Facebook Groups stroll by with hundreds of LoTDs and imagery, I often wonder how it can support the literal thousands of bloggers out there who cover Second Life. Some days, the feeds have a dozen or more bloggers covering the same new outfit though you’ll always see it paired with something else in each shot to make it unique from one blogger to the next. Some people strive to be the FIRST to blog a new item- or make themselves entirely unique in new items from top to bottom in every post and do a great job.
Second Life also has a very long life- its coming up on 10 years. That’s 10 years of a LOT of resident created content. Even if you had a magic wand that would allow you to see every new item as it hit the grid, I’d wager you still wouldn’t ever be able to see everything. Especially if you consider items not directly fashion related but without them, your photos would be a little stale. Props, sets, sims to explore as backdrops, poses, and gadgets.. its enough to make your head spin.
Kisten pointed me at an item in world yesterday as we were setting up for the Stand4Love shoot and I can’t believe I’ve lived without this since it was released in 2010. You see, we got this great pose from Purple Poses but because of our body sizes (the pose is meant for a man and 2 women, not 3 tall men) one of his hands was sticking way out in front of me instead of wrapped around me. As I started fiddling with the pose ball, he dropped this little box from y.t.recreant, “Animare”.
It comes with a hud, a poseball, and a simple instruction notecard that you don’t even really need. Its main function is to make your own poses. As you can see from the HUD, you can unlock and do movements on all three axis to all of the SL Avatar joints. I messed with it and it was quite easy to use from start to finish. If you do get stuck though, the creator has a website with very simple instructions on creation and exporting of the pose into a .bvh file. This is probably the easiest way to make a pose ever. It will definitely be my go-to program when I need something simple instead of cracking open poser and spending the evening laughing my ass off as I twist the body into shapes that were not meant for man nor beast. I wouldn’t expect this to be able to do extremely intricate poses with the subtlety that pose creators achieve in Poser and other products.
But that’s not why I’m utterly gaga over it.
I’m utterly, completely and so totally over the moon gaga with this because it allows you to *EDIT* a pose you’re currently using by another creator- while you’re sitting on the poseball. So with one click, Kisten’s hand was no longer sticking way out in front of me- it was wrapped around me like I wanted it to be.
My immediate thought was, “Wait wait wait… can someone using this then export the “new” pose as their own? Oh holy crap, that’s theft!” So, naturally, I had to test it and am very glad to say that not only can you NOT export it, but if you get up off the poseball, and resit, it is the original pose. You’ve changed nothing nor can you “steal” the pose. Whew! Addtionally, if you remove the hud, the pose is reset automatically. There is no way to ‘save’ this adjustment.
It is, however, a little miracle HUD that has found its place into a !!! at the top of my inventory for constant use. I shot these two pictures to demonstrate just a little of its awesomeness.
Using the chair from Diesel Works, because my body isn’t the same (I’m much taller. I’ve tried the realistic height thing- it just doesn’t look right to me) my hands and elbows usually stick through my body and any props I may be using. I would like to point out this is in NO WAY a problem with the pose. Its my avatar that doesn’t fit. So using the Animare HUD (seen below) I adjusted the joints colored blue and green (my current active joint) and with a few clicks, my hand now rests on my thigh and my elbow isn’t sitting on nothing.
And this little gem came out in 2010.
In the rush to be first with the newst scoop- don’t forget to pick up the gems from the past.
Chair: Diesel Works – Modelling Chair
Hoodie/shirt/undershirt: ::Fe Style:: Black & Red I Hoodie With Shirt and Undershirt (New – Available at Fi*Friday)
Animare HUD: Animare by y.t.recreant
Ears: Illusions – Sprite Ears (Mesh)
Ear Cords: Illusions – Wrapped Cords for Elf Ears
Skin: FRUK – Jeremy – Shade 2
Hair: /wasabi pills/ – Erik – Night Shadow
Eyes:IKON – Sunrise Eyes – Deep Purple
Eyeshadow:Beauty Killer – Gothic Eyeshadows – Dark
Facial piercings:~*Souzou Eien*~ Of Obsidian Pearls (Lip and Nose), Mekare Brow/Nostril/Lip/Earlobe
Tattoo: Fallen Gods – A Skin Story
Rings: Rozoregalia – Ring & Nail 1
Pants:L&B S’Wear Mesh Zip Leather Pants