How you see your Second Life world is all down to how well you can use your camera. These are your Second Life eyes, so to speak. For a long-term resident like myself using my camera is second nature, just like looking around in RL. But as a newbie I know it took me a while to become conversant with the camera controls.
Now I must say straight up that I seldom have the onscreen camera controls visible. I’m all about keyboard and mouse. For those that do not know these options, this is from Linden Labs’ community page on camera controls.
By using your keyboard and mouse to control the camera, you can view nearly any object or avatar from any angle or distance.
- Alt + Left mouse button: Press and hold to zoom your view in when you move the mouse up or down. Orbits your view around the focal point when you move the mouse left or right.
- Ctrl + Alt + Left mouse button: Press and hold to orbit your view around the focal point when you move the mouse in any direction.
- Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left mouse button: Press and hold to pan your view parallel to the plane of your screen.
- Mouse scroll wheel: Zooms in or out.
- Escape key: Resets your view to its default location behind your avatar. Moving your avatar also resets your view.
Once you have the basics down pat the following video from the Firestorm team introduces you to a number of tips and tricks for advanced camera use.
Just to let you all know that there is an inworld conference happening this coming weekend; the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference.
The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.
The conference is free to attend.
The calendar of events is here. I will be presenting on a research project called Avatars as Data Points that I have been involved in as a creator and programmer over the last 6 months, with Victoria University.
Definitely worth going to have a look if you have time. There are usually some pretty good presentations. Remember though that the times are in PST. Something one learns to content with quite quickly when inhabiting virtual worlds; time zones. You can convert time using this time zone converter.
When you first create your SL account you are required to choose a name for your avatar. This is called the username and is the name you use to log in with. By default it is also the name shown above your head.
Now it may be that you were hasty in choosing it or the name you wanted was already being used. Don’t worry because you can change the name that you display to the world; your display name.
Open your profile, Avatar > Profile, and select the spanner icon next to your name (see image below).
Set Display Name Icon
Note that your display name can only be changed once a week but for good continuity with the people you engage with inworld, it really is best if you decide on one name and stick to it.
IMPORTANT: At the end of next Wednesday’s session (14th March) I will be creating individual skybox workspace platforms on Koru for each of you. Each platform will have a personalised TP up to it so it would be good to have your display names finalised by then.
Just a small heads up in terms of building and viewing in Second Life. If using a laptop, depending on your dexterity with laptop touch pads you may find manipulating your camera (what you view the world through) and using the building tools is more easily done with an actual mouse rather than the touch pad.