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Shamblesguru 'SL Tutorials' Video Picks on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL35334388E4B62DF5
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Learn the Essential Basics of Second Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0LxRZXAd3Y
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Sim Backup and Transfer Service
http://bit.ly/aO01Dl
Pleiades offers new Sim Backup and Transfer Service
Pleiades is dedicated to the use of virtual worlds as a learning platform, and we are working with educators to ensure that this platform meets their needs and addresses the unique challenges inherent to teaching. Our new backup service fits into this mission, helping us to ensure that learning communities are able to maintain control of the content they’ve invested countless hours of work and passion into creating.
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Second Life Viewer Cheatsheet
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Help:Keyboard_shortcut_keys
This Second Life Viewer Cheatsheet by Kippie Friedkin is a neatly-organized, printable layout of practical shortcut keys to speed up your Second Life:
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Different ways to do the same thing
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Different_ways_to_do_the_same_thing
Different ways to do the same thing
There are often "different ways to do the same thing" in Second Life, or in other words, various paths to one goal.
For example, a newcomer may prefer using the mouse to clicking menu options, but when you know there are keyboard shortcuts — which "power users" generally prefer — you can graduate to those.
Here are some examples ...
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Sketchlife
http://vrshed.com/sketchlife/index.html
Sketchlife is a system which allows you to build for Second Life using SketchUp.
Most 3D modelling tools use meshes (vertices connected by edges which define faces), whereas Second Life has adopted solids, referred to as primitives, to be their indivisible building blocks. This guarantees that there won't be any stray polygons flying around, but it also prevents mesh models from being imported automatically.
The in-world modelling tools in Second Life are quite good, but they are stone age compared to the 3D modelling power tool that is SketchUp. SketchUp is free. (Thank you Google.)
Therefore, if we can't bring SketchUp to Second Life, we'll bring Second Life to SketchUp.
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Cocktail on a stick visualizations
http://openvce.net/qoctale-lounge
Cocktail on a stick visualizations
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iRoom : Intelligent Room for Collaboration in SL (copy available)
http://openvce.net/iroom
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Find / Create Megaprims
http://megaprim.sl/
Find / Create Megaprims and send them to your S.L. avatar.
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SofTutor for Second Life
http://www.nvsi.com/sla/
Teachers and Students learn Second Life in Minutes with free SofTutor for Second Life (academic)
SofTutor for Second Life (academic) gets teachers and students up to speed in Second Life's free virtual 3D world in minutes, freeing teachers to focus on teaching their student and explore the learning capabilities of the virtual world.
"SofTutor takes people immediately into the actual operation of the application and coaches them as they use it. This is nearly ideal as a learning situation according to cognitive science."
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Peek360
http://peek360.avatrian.com/viewer.php?id=475
Peek360 ... take a 360 degree picture anywhere in Second Life ... but without going into second life .. just using the Peek360 webpage.
Very clever ....
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List of Virtual Worlds Viewers (Shambles List)
http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/vwviewers
List of Virtual Worlds Viewers ... this link goes to an area on Shambles that lists virtual worlds viewers.
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Second Life Limits
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Limits
SL Limits
This page is an easy reference to common queries about Second Life limits. Some of these will almost definitely change over time, so if you spot something incorrect/outdated, please take a moment to update it.
So if you are asking questions .. how many ... how much ... how long ... how big etc. ... then this page should help you.
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SL Wiki Tree
http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/how-to
SL Wiki Tree
The Wikitecture Interface is made up of 2 major components, the 'trunk' and archiving 'canopy' above.
The lower 'trunk' is reserved for most of the functionality.
The spherical 'archive leaves' above however, are for storing the individual design iterations throughout the duration of the project. Although not always the case, the general rule will typically apply: one spherical 'archive leaf' = one design iteration = one contributor.
If you click or 'touch' one of these leaf spheres, the design contained within, will rez itself out onto the parcel.
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Using EtherPad (collaborative text editing) in SL
http://vimeo.com/2541800
Using EtherPad in Second Life
This video demonstrates the streaming of EtherPad into Second Life®. EtherPad (beta) provides an easy interface for a complex job: collaborative text editing, in real time.
See the website (and screencast) at etherpad.com for more.
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Newbie Womans SL Survival Kit
http://tinyurl.com/c27y88
Newbie Woman's SL Survival Kit
The SLLU Feminist Network welcomes you to Second Life
This kit has been put together to assist those representing female avatars in that process, with a focus upon some of the particular challenges and issues that are likely to face females in-world.
It will provide you with handy tips for setting yourself up quickly, and will arm you with the information you need to ensure that your experience of Second Life is as safe and purely enjoyable as possible.
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Comparison of visitor statistics applications.
http://tinyurl.com/bshwb9
We compared visitor statistics applications for traffic analysis of our institute's Second Life locations, sent a questionnaire to the 4 developers of professional applications with world-wide-web based analysis:
Second Analytics by Second Labs, Berlin, Germany,
Maya Realities by Maya Realities, Lafayette, USA,
Virtual World Analytics by Metaverse Solutions (SL-only)
and SmartPatrol also by a SL-only based development team.
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30 things every newbie should know before starting SL
http://tinyurl.com/b22lkc
30 (and more) things every newbie should know before starting Second Life
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Web Resources for Second Life Educators
http://www.flowgram.com/fg/myysi74uh8vp3p/
Web Resources for Second Life Educators
A sampling of web-based resources for educators using Second Life as an instructional platform.
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Kristens Viewer for Second Life (Windows only)
http://kirstenleecinquetti.blogspot.com/
Kristen's Viewer for Second Life .. lighter version than Linden Labs.
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How To: Display YouTube Videos In Second Life
http://www.peregrinesalon.com/2009/01/05/how-to-display-youtube-videos-in-second-life/
How To: Display YouTube Videos In Second Life
I am frequently asked how to show videos that are stored on YouTube in Second Life. Second Life does not offer support for Flash video (which YouTube uses), however, there is a small and easy hack which will allow you to stream a video uploaded to YouTube in Second Life in a Quicktime compatible format.
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Second Life Animated Texture Creator
http://www.peregrinesalon.com/anim/
Second Life Animated Texture Creator
Convert from animated gifs and display in-world
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SLBrowser: The Search Engine for Second Life
http://slbrowser.com/
SLBrowser: The Search Engine for Second Life
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Finding a SL Avatars Key
http://w-hat.com/name2key
Finding a SL Avatars Key .. simple on this page ... or use the code on your own webpage.
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A Second Life Keyboard
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pradprathivi/2875112613/sizes/l/
A Second Life Keyboard ... check it out .. carefully
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SL Tools listed by Decka Mah
http://secondlifer.wikispaces.com/tools
SL Tools listed by Decka Mah .... not to be missed
Noticeboards and signs | Orientation Tools | Buildings | Rezzers | Presentation tools and white boards | Data Processing | Furniture | Avatar and visitor loggers | Document handling | Translators | Graphic Orgnaizers | Back up inventory | Blog, Twitter, Facebook | Time and Calendars | Photography and Machinima | Avatar emotions and action | Learning Management System interface | Combination tools | Cool gadget makers, shops and freebie sites |
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Second Life viewer for Linux
http://sldev.free.fr/
This site is meant to publish patches and pre-compiled versions of the Second Life viewer for Linux.
Fact is that Linden Lab (hereafter referred as by "LL") just cannot happen to take into account in a timely manner all the patches and bug fixes which the open source community provides. You can publish a patch and see it actually taken into account only months later...
Plus, LL often implements changes in their viewer without any or with very little regard to what their customers, the "residents" do like or not (one of the worst of all these changes in regard to the UI was probably the Voice viewers chatterbox). Such changes are considered by many users as true regressions, either in usability or functionality, and usually both.
Using this viewer or not is entirely up to you, of course. But it got quite a few bugs and regressions fixed, as well as really Cool new features (see the list of patches)...
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Second Life Instant Messenger SLim
http://mashable.com/2008/09/04/secondlife-slim/
Second Life Instant Messenger
The thin client SLim is a voice and text instant messaging client that will enable Second Life Residents to conduct voice or text conversations with members of their Second Life Friends list in and out of the virtual world.
While the Second Life viewer will still serve as the primary communication engine, SLim is capable of running on any computer and offers users a voice-enabled instant messaging client that extends the value of the Second Life platform beyond the virtual world.
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Second Life Avatar Search
http://obijan.com/av/index.php
Second Life Avatar Search : find details of S.L. Avatars .. including their 'key'
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SL Video Transcripts
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Transcripts
SL Video Transcripts
Links to tutorial videos with captions or transcripts for accessibility.
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The Single Avatar MultiSit script
http://digilander.libero.it/usemac/psit2.html
The Single Avatar MultiSit script
A full-featured MULTIpose prim in seconds!
The Single Avatar MultiSit script allows pose (if many) selection and, just pasting /s on notecards, couple/group animation on those linked prims (automatic animations+startup synchronization).
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Scratch for Second Life (S4SL)
http://web.mit.edu/~eric_r/Public/S4SL/
Scratch for Second Life (S4SL)
S4SL is a new easy way to add behaviors and interactivity to your objects in Second Life. S4SL is based on Scratch, a graphical programming language that lets you construct programs by snapping together graphical blocks.
With S4SL, you can snap together a few blocks to make your SL pet interact with you using chat commands, make your sculpture change size and color, or make your house respond to your presence.
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Cell phone + Web cam + Second Life = Magic
http://tinyurl.com/62tv4c
Cell phone + Web cam + Second Life = Magic
To go from a frozen avatar waiting for his slides to rez, to a live talking head that can switch back and forth to a presentation or screencast-demo.
I’d heard that there were ways to stream into Second Life, but most of those presentations were big ones done by major corporations, likely spending oodles of money.
With a little elbow grease and some creative thinking though, I thought surely there must be a way to do it.
. ... And there was.
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List of Clothing Freebies in S.L.
http://fabfree.wordpress.com/
List of Clothing Freebies in S.L. collated by FabFree
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Pandorabots
http://www.pandorabots.com/botmaster/en/home
Pandorabots
Pandorabots is the place where you can create and unleash virtual personalities.
Pandorabots is an experimental software robot hosting service based on the work of Dr. Richard Wallace and the A.L.I.C.E./AIML free software community.
From any browser, you may create, design and publish your own software robots – and make them available to anyone via the Internet. Sign-up for an Account to begin creating your own virtual robots. If you already have an account, please sign-in to the left with your email address and password.
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How to set up an actorbot
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bell%20Curve%20Island/231/103/25
How to set up an actorbot .... and actor bot is an ati avi you can call up inworld and leave there .... could even be a clone.
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Second Life Yellow Pages : SecondPages
http://secondpages.com
Second Life Yellow Pages : SecondPages
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Download Full Clothing Templates
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Creation_Portal
Download Full Clothing Templates
Download all the templates at once and unzip them. Templates provided here are 512 pixels x 512 pixels in size.
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Second Inventory
http://www.secondinventory.com/index.php
Second Inventory allows you to save all your creations directly to your hard drive. This includes, Skins, Textures, Scripts and even complex multi-prim objects! Your precious time and investments in Second Life® content can now be securely protected off world for only 13,99 €.
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Torley Linden's Tutorial Videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/Torley
Torley Linden's Tutorial Videos
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SL Tutorials
http://www.sltutorials.net/
SL Tutorials
Explore SlTutorials.net and browse our database, submit new content or take part of the newest Second Life Tutorial, Tipps and Tricks discussions! We hope you enjoy your stay on this site!
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SpeakEasy
http://ictlibrary.googlepages.com/icttools_speakeasy
SpeakEasy will save you time during events, training seminars or on other occasions where you need to speak a lot of text to a group of people and don't really have the time to type it all out (or your typing is rotten, like mine).
SpeakEasy reads text from a notecard and speaks it in public chat, as if it were coming from you.
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CyberExtruder
http://www.rikomatic.com/blog/2007/06/cyberextruder_b.html
CyberExtruder: bringing your ugly mug into the metaverse
...a new avatar customization service .. just drop them a good picture of your face and they create a 3D version of it that you can apply to your avatar.
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Show S.L. Live via Skype
http://www.reallusion.com/purchase_ct4s.asp
Show S.L. Live via Skype
CrazyTalk for Skype Media Edition enriches your daily Skype communication with video avatars and instant media sharing, a total P2P instant messaging solution allowing you to show ideas without waiting!
Video on how to use this is at YouTube http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=TPMQcRuo5tQ
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Fraps : Real Time Video Capture Software
http://www.fraps.com/
Fraps : Real Time Video Capture Software ... a favourite for many Second Life machinima makers.
Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 with custom frame rates from 10 to 100 frames per second!
25 frames per second is usually good enough.
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SLP T-Shirt Creator for Second Life
http://www.slprofiles.com/mysecondlifeshirt.asp
SLP T-Shirt Creator for Second Life
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Streaming Magnatune's Music into Second Life
http://magnatune.com/info/second_life
Streaming Magnatune's Music into Second Life
We'd like you add our music to your land, so that people visiting your space can listen to our fabulous music. We've made 40 different streams--from Alternative Rock to World--just for Second Life use, so you can pick the genre that best fits your tastes.
Best of all, we consider all Second Life playing of these streams to be a promotional use of our music, and grant you a license to use our music for free. We also grant you a collecting society waiver, so that if ASCAP or BMI ever asks you to pay them for the music you're using on Second Life (something they can do if you play anyone else's music in SL), you can point them to this page.
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Audio Streaming from ... Shoutcast
http://www.shoutcast.com
Audio Streaming from ... Shoutcast .. lots of free streams to feed into your land.
To get the actual feed URL .... do a right click on the shoutcast playlist . . . download the file to the desktop as a .txt or .rtf file (not in it's playlist form) ... the url is in the file.
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How to Make Sculpted Prims with Blender
http://amandalevitsky.googlepages.com/sculptedprims
How to Make Sculpted Prims with Blender
This tutorial describes one way to make sculpt textures from a mesh for use as "sculpties" in Second Life using Blender 2.43. If you have never used Blender before, consider looking at the many starting tutorials on the Web to familiarise yourself before diving into this.
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Sculpted Prims
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Sculpted_Prims
Sculpted Prims
A Sculpted Prim, or sculptie, is a prim whose shape is determined by an array of coordinates stored as RGB values in an image file (a Sculpt Texture or Sculpt Map). Sculpted prims can be used to create more complex, organic shapes that were not previously possible with Second Life's prim system.
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