Archive for February, 2008

Tutorial: Updating your PhotoStage or PhotoLite

In this tutorial I explain how to update your PhotoStage or PhotoLite. Owners of these products are entitled to lifetime updates, which basically means that once you buy from us, you will receive any future version of the same product for free, forever.

Having the latest version of your product is important, since we often introduce fixes for all those Second Life glitches and performance improvements, as well as new features. Also, we usually do not support products that are not up to date.

If you want to stay up to date, the first thing you need to think about is how to find out whether a new version has been released. There are basically two channels that we use to publicise updates: this web site and the Ananke Media Systems User Group. We suggest that you join this group to receive notifications about new releases and the occasional exclusive gift.

An alternative way to find out whether an update has been released is to make your product check for updates. I explain how to do this in the next section.

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26 February 2008 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

New updates of PhotoStage and PhotoLite

We have just made available a new version of PhotoStage and PhotoLite, numbered 1.1.1 in both cases.

The major new features in this release are:

  • A chat interface has been added. This means that you can control your PhotoStage or PhotoLite by typing commands on the chat area.
  • The much improved PhotoStand 1.1.0 is included. This new version of PhotoStand features rotation pinning.
  • Technical fix: we have rewritten most of the communications infrastructure in both products, which works around the cause of the dreadful stuck menus effect.

Please see your User’s Manual for detailed instructions on how to use these new features.

If you already own a PhotoStage or PhotoLite, remember that you can obtain this update for free by click Options, then Update from the main menu. As usual, you can buy these products from the Ananke Media Systems demo site in Lady Vale as well as the online stores OnRez and SLExchange.

26 February 2008 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

Rotation pinning on new PhotoStand

You would think that a pose stand is something very simple: you sit on it, move forward and backwards through the list of poses, and little else. Most nice stands also incorporate a rotation feature, so you can adjust the angle of the model on the stand as necessary. And that’s about it, most of the time.

However, some situations require more. Imagine that you are using your run-of-the-mill pose stand at your studio, where you also probably have a backdrop and some other elements and tools. Most likely, you want your models facing you, the photographer, most of the time. For some of the poses, you may want to rotate the stand to one side or the other in search of that perfect angle; you may even rotate it 180 degrees for a back shot. In any case, the “default” position of the stand, the most common one, should be facing you. Bear with me.

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22 February 2008 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Codie’s blogging about PhotoStage

Have a look.

Did you hear? Just buy it! :p

21 February 2008 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Stuck menus

A few PhotoStage customers have reported recently that, sometimes, the menus get “stuck” after using them for a while. As documented in our FAQ section, this is often caused by Second Life “eating” or losing one of the messages that the different components of PhotoStage use to communicate with each other. Usually, resetting the scripts in the Control Box solves this (see the FAQ page for step-by-step instructions).

However, we have found two cases in which resetting the scripts in the Control Box did not solve the problem. In those cases, the “stuck menus effect” seemed to happen randomly, not related to lag, but apparently related to a particular sim. We have not been able to reproduce this issue at our headquarters in Lady Vale. In one of these cases, a sim restart solved the problem, but not in the other.

Please notice that the stuck menus effect has never been detected on PhotoLite, but since PhotoLite and PhotoStage use the same communications facilities, we wouldn’t be surprised to find it there as well. Also, please bear in mind that using the HUD does not work around the problem.

At this point we have not been able to diagnose the cause of this problem. Due to the apparent randomness of the effect and the fact that it seems to be related to the Second Life infrastructure (it is sim-dependent), we have decided to rewrite the communications facilities of PhotoStage and release an update as soon as possible. The new communications facilities will be more robust and less dependent on Second Life’s ability to deliver every message.

We will let you know as soon as a fix is available. We are working on it now. In the meantime, please accept our apologies, and please contact us if you observe the stuck menus effect. Your feedback will be useful in heping us diagnose the problem.

Thank you!

20 February 2008 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Watch the video!

The awesome video that Serenity Mercier created for the PhotoStage Launch Event is now available from the PhotoStage page, and also at the AMS Demo Site in Lady Vale.

Don’t miss it!

19 February 2008 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Delighted at the PhotoStage Launch Event

Wow.

Serenity and I are delighted at how the PhotoStage Launch Event worked out. The Alexander Beach sim was full 15 minutes before the opening time, and we had to keep upping the avatar limit to let more people in until the alarms began to ring. We peaked at 67 concurrent people, and in total we counted over 85.

PhotoStage Launch Event 4

Serenity’s video left many people impressed, myself among them.
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The photo contest judges received 31 submissions, of which they selected Anessa Stine‘s “Miss Payton” as the winner. Congratulations to Anessa, who gets a free PhotoStage, some wall space at Neat Tricks Gallery and a full spread in The Best of SL magazine. Anessa photographed Payton Heron wearing a LeeZu Baxter Designs outfit and using an Animah pose:

Miss Payton by Anessa Stine

We would like to thank all the people who joined us today, and, of course, Princeton University for letting us their venue, probably the finest in the grid. Thanks also to Frolic Mills, who did an excellent job with the event logistics; to our photo contest judges, Alaska Metropolitan, Bella March and Scope Cleaver; to our fantastic models, Babyhoney Bailey, Elisne Allen, Mui Mukerji and Payton Heron; and to our sponsors Animah, Corbing Carling Photography, InStyle Fashion Agency, J&J Photo and Design Studio, Kali Meads Studio, LeeZu Baxter Designs, Maitreya, OPIUM Everyday and Photos by Lolita.

We are exhausted now. I guess we will take it easy for a few days, and then, back to work. We still have lots of new features to incorporate into PhotoStage!

18 February 2008 at 6:59 am 1 comment

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