|Lludmila visits Kenjin.|
Lludmila and I have been around the virtual world and "entertained"* many a viewer . Among the third party viewers, I have used Emerald, Phoenix, Firestorm, Cool VLViewer, and the non-graphic interface Metabolt**. I enjoyed all of them. The killer was mesh. I'm sure mesh is a lovely idea and all (I don't build, I don't understand the mechanics behind building or scripting, I just use stuff), but one day my two favorite viewers (I was actually getting used to V3 and relying on it as an alternative to Firestorm) stopped working. And I blame mesh, although it used to work on both before the final update they made. I log on to the V3 or Firestorm and crash. I can't last more than a couple of seconds. I have expunged them from my harddrive and done clean downloads and it doesn't change. I was crestfallen until I found the Cool VL Viewer (thanks to the Virtual Vagabond blog).
Something is always happening that makes me think I will be stuck in RL(tm) forever, but somehow there's always a work-around, and Cool VL Viewer was it. It has mesh and it doesn't turn me into Crashie Crashwell McCrashypants. It's like Snowglobe (or "Showglove" as I seem to be trying to type instead), so I'm familiar with the format. It's been wonderfully stable.
|Ducky is rather small and can be set to wander.|
But yesterday I put on my frowny face because I was trying to find a hunt item at Artizan (yeah, so I don't understand scripts - but I can find people who do!). I was there to buy a script to help me find objects. This is because, as referenced in a different blog, I had lost my rubber ducky. For some reason, I was not tasked in group membership with locating objects from the land menu (and even if I were, I couldn't remember the name of ducky to search for it). Cool VL Viewer doesn't have the cool Phoenix/Firestorm area search. I had exhausted myself with wireframe, first trying to find my ducky and then at Artizan trying to find the hunt gift. I eventually found ducky when I saw something moving on the minimap. What the heck could that be? I wondered. Five more minutes of camera zooming and then wireframe and I found ducky wandering under the prim beneath my house and down in the water. But by then I'd just had it.
|The red postbox.|
I was at Artizan because I knew they sold an object search script - I'd seen it there when I was buying other things. [I love my red postbox!] But I wasn't going to buy it until after I found the hunt objects (I mean, it was unlikely, but what if that were the hunt gift?! Wouldn't I feel the silly-billy!). I was in a quandary. I went to my back-up files (on one of those back-up towers my husband bought me before the Great Harddrive Wipe) to see if there was some long, lost viewer I could use - but I had been too thorough. I tried Firestorm three more times and then deleted it and its little dog Toto again. I went to the website to try one last time to download it and I saw you could still download Phoenix.
I did. It worked. It has mesh. I went back to Artizan, picked up the hunt items and I'm a happy camper again. Now, if ducky gets lost again (first of all, I made sure he was labeled "ducky"), I can find him with area search. Or, I can do what I had intended in the beginning, which was to find it in my inventory, get the commands from the notecard, and use those. ***
* This is a paraphrase of a friend from grad school who had "been around the world and [ahem] effed him a lot of women" - which he used as credentials to opine on something that had to do with neither. I thought it was hilarious at the time.
** Metabolt is great if you want to run your alt at the same time and don't want to fry a fourth graphics driver.
*** 4Kittens of the Apocalypse has a prim retriever HUD that has my name written all over it.