Time for another Second Life Tip and this time we take a general look at Viewer 2 in preparation for our upcoming orientation session on June 16 at the DEN.If you are fairly new to SL (maybe you decided to jump in after the “getting started” post) you have already installed Viewer 2. For some of you seasoned veterans who have been clinging to the old viewer, we are here to pry your fingers from the ledge! Don’t worry…you do NOT need to delete your old viewer. Both can reside on your computer and you can even go back to the old one if you need to for a while (although it is recommended that you don’t keep switching back and forth a lot, and we will get into that another time.)
Step 1: If you have not already done so, go to secondlife.com and in the lower right click “Download Second Life”. What is a viewer? According to Linden Labs: The Second Life Viewer is 3D browsing software required to enter Second Life. It is spyware free. Viewer 2 is now actually Viewer 2.0.2 – In its second revision after input from users. Remember this download will not replace Viewer 1.23.
Step 2: After the download, start the viewer. You may want to watch the Torley Linden video below before you start. It is an overview of the basic transition from the old viewer to the new and where to find some old things in new locations.
Step 3: Refer to the Quick Start Guide for Viewer 2. This is a complete reference to all menus and toolbars. Go through it page by page from the beginning or use the links below to hit topics you are most interested in.
Interface Overview – top, bottom, and side bars
Contextual Menus - what you get when you right click on yourself, other residents, or objects
Inspectors - avatars and objects
Moving - how to walk, fly, sit
Seeing - camera controls and keyboard shortcuts for viewing
Appearance - objects and clothing in inventory
Local chat - both text and voice
One on one communication - IMs and voice calls
Voice set up - settings in Preferences for enabling voice chat
Friends - making friends and accessing your friend list
Location - using the World Map, creating and using landmarks, teleporting and SLurls
Help - how to use the help browser
Some extra hints:
1. With the new web browser interface, the backward and forward arrows take you back and forth in your teleport history, but be careful! When you use the back arrow you are immediately teleported to your previous location without being forewarned where you are headed or asked if you want to go there. There is also a Home symbol which will immediately transport you to your designated home location. NOTE: Clicking the Places (Globe) symbol on the side bar will also make teleport history available and you have a clearer look at where you are going or where you have been.
2. The location which appears in the address bar can be customized. By right-clicking on that location you get the full parcel coordinates which you can then copy and share with someone as a SLurl. You also can turn on parcel properties which will show you things such as whether buildings, scripts, or flying are allowed. The parcel coordinates and properties, once checked in the sub-menu, will appear each time from then on if you desire that option. Clicking the ‘i’ (the Inspector) in front of the location name will open the place profile to give you further info about that location. The inspector option pops up next to objects, individuals, and just about everywhere.
3. There are two options for viewing Nearby Chat. The new version shows a thumbnail of the avatar speaking, and by mousing over to the right you get the Inspector option which will open their information and show the options that formerly appeared in a pie menu such as IM, add friend, teleport, etc. You can also revert to the standard text only chat by choosing that option in Preferences- Chat.
Remember that on June 16 we will be providing an orientation session at the DEN in SL on becoming familiar with the features of Viewer 2. (8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 5 pm Pacific) Experiment with the top and bottom bars, customize them by right clicking and eliminating what you don’t use. See what you can discover on your own, and come for additional tips at our Viewer 2 session.
See you in world!