Archive for April, 2008

New vendor at Serene Corner

We have installed an OnRez vendor for AMS products at Serene Corner, the little photography store in Juicy.

Drop by and see the nice pictures.

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19 April 2008 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

PhotoLite at the wheat fields

The other day I took PhotoLite for a tour at the Dreamworld North sim. Yes, where the beautiful wheat fields are. I wanted to try lighting on the fields themselves rather than the usual model or prop. Here are the results.

 

I wanted the grass to shine; you may be able to see some coloured hues on the distance. I used five lights with different colours in the yellow-orange range for these photos. The PhotoLite control box was sitting to the left, out of frame.

15 April 2008 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

PhotoStage and PhotoLite update available now

Version 1.1.2 of PhotoStage and PhotoLite is available now via automatic updates for current owners. To obtain these free updates, please go to the Options menu and click Update. Check your User’s Manual (here or here) for detailed information.

An improved version of PhotoStand is also included with these products.

The major new features and changes in the new version are:

  • TRU textures are no longer included with PhotoStage; 42 great textures from other providers are being used now (36 before).
  • Backdrop texture tiling and editable glow for PhotoStage. You will need the latest Windlight-enabled Second Life viewer to enjoy backdrop glow.
  • Create commands are not necessary now before editing a light, effects generator or gaze point.
  • The interaction radius of lights, effects generator and gaze points has been extended to 50 metres (it used to be 10 or 20).
  • 43 modelling poses are pre-loaded on PhotoStand, including 7 exclusive poses by Kali Meads.

Also, please remember that a gift card for 6 Animah poses is included with this new release.

This update will be made available at the Ananke Media Systems demo site in Lady Vale (112, 225, 301) and the web stores OnRez and SLExchange in the next few hours.

Enjoy!

6 April 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

PhotoStage and Koinup

We have reached an agreement with virtual social networking site Koinup to have PhotoStage as the prize of their soon to be launched photo contest.

In case you didn’t know:

Koinup is the first social network to share virtual lives, screenshots, machinima and virtual stories. It allows users to upload, share and review content they create within games, mmorpg, virtual worlds and metaverse. [link]

Stay tuned for the details!

6 April 2008 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Lights under new viewer

It seems that the new Second Life viewer, version 1.19.1 (4), has some quirks about local lights that may affect PhotoStage and PhotoLite. In particular, there are some situations where one or more local lights apparently switch off when other light sources are nearby. This happens, for example, when you are wearing a facelight.

We have observed the following. If you are wearing a facelight and use PhotoStage or PhotoLite to create a light, it rezzes up correctly in an “on” state, but apparently switches off (i.e. it stops illuminating the scene) after one second or so. If you right-click and edit the light object it will switch on again instantly and, in fact, if you look at the Light checkbox in the Features tab of the Edit floater, you will see that it is ticked. However, the light object apparently does not emit any light when it is not being edited.

Evidently, this affects the look of your photos, since lights that are supposed to be “on” do not illuminate the scene as they are supposed to do. The workaround is to avoid wearing any facelights or similar light sources when operating the PhotoStage or PhotoLite.

This seems to be caused by the way in which the new viewer version handles local light precedence, which is different to what previous versions of the viewer used to do. If you have any feedback about this behaviour, please post a comment here. Many thanks.

5 April 2008 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Sales trivia

83% of our sales come from female avatars. 17% come from males.

2 April 2008 at 1:44 am Leave a comment


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