Saturday, December 31, 2011

Voice, better Maptiles and Music

We cant ignore the news about Vivox voice available for OSgrid and opensim. You can read all about it in this article from Hypergridbusiness . On OSgrid, you can goto a sim called 3Dvoiceplay, to test it for yourself. We did, and it works just fine. Also the IM voice works, at least as long as both users have (been) on a voice enabled sim. Imprudence cuts out at TP, other viewers like singularity, astra, and some others appearently "carry" the voicestream over to other sims at teleport. If ended, you can only enable it again if the sim is "voice enabled". As soon as we get an account at vivox, we hope to post a tutorial on how to get it on your sim.

If you look around the map, you mostly see green black and pink squares of the prims rezzed on it. Maptile old style. However, some sims have prims drawn on their map, like you see in SL. By default your OSG install can do this for you aswell, through activating the "warp3D image module". This is done by adding 1 line to the opensim.ini, find and see the snippet below and add the line in red:

    ;; Map tile options. You can choose to generate no map tiles at all,
    ;; generate normal maptiles, or nominate an uploaded texture to
    ;; be the map tile
    MapImageModule = "Warp3DImageModule"
    GenerateMaptiles = "true"

This can have some impact on the initial loading time the 1st time you boot a sim. (It has to draw all that prims on the map). Afterwards, you will have a great looking map and your sim will start up fast as usual. If desired you can tweak the maptile refresh timer to a bigger value so its not writing to map constantly.

Than a small note for people running winamp / shoutcast. Dnas2 requires you to buy a streaming license these days, so find a copy of 1.9.8 if you dont want to pay to send some tunes to your own parcel. Mind to configure Legacy mode for it to work.

Since this post still needed a nice picca, check these sims of PMgrid, which is a very nice region on hypergrid. The sims are named ROM.
Definetely worth a hypergrid trip, and a visit.
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