Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SecondLife ~ Working with MegaPrims "Part 2" Understanding the Slice and other Option's in The Phoenix Viewer

    One of most misunderstood options used in building with MegaPrims is the Slice Begin and End option. ( in Phoenix referred to as Profile Cut Begin and End ) More in likely because, it is only available in advanced Third Party Viewers ( TPV's ) I will be using my favorite TPV for this series, Phoenix available for download here
   There are a number of reasons I prefer Phoenix over the stock LL viewer and several other TPV offerings, ( Including the ability to use and make "V2 Outfit's" )   because my main purpose for even being in SL is to experiment with my creative side as a builder. And currently Phoenix is very builder oriented, offers a huge community of users, and has an excellent Wiki page as well.
    So let's start of by rezzing a gigantic prim, in this case a <30,30,12> meter box.

 It is important to note 3 things about MegaPrims, they all default rezz to some sort of cube ~ rectangle, cannot be resized as normal prims usually are, and Phantom.
In other words they are not a solid object until you uncheck the Phantom option under the Object Tab while working with, or you finish editing them.
Now that I have my prim it is easy enough to change it default shape to something a little more useful.
As you can see there are quite a few shapes available in the Phoenix Viewer. I reccomend you experiment, by giving all of them a try. Although they may not seem all that useful at first, use of the other shape manipulation tools will allow you to create some very unique low prim builds.

Path Cut Begin and End, Twist Begin and End, Taper, Top Shear, Profile Cut Begin and End, Taper 2, Radius, and Revolutions all allow for some great fun.

All of this done by simply manipulating various prim parameters. Now MegaPrims are readily available throughout many locations in SL, If you don't want to spend a lot of time searching for them, please feel free to stop by my private sandbox,      
grab some free prepackaged collections I have placed there, and get started. You are also welcome to try some experimentation while visiting. If asked by someone what you are doing, just explain you are a reader of this Blog, and will clean up after yourself before leaving.

JayR Cela :_)


Hitomi Tiponi said...

And, of course, the size of normal prims will increase from 10x10x10 to 64x64x64 in the next few months, at the same time as the arrival of mesh on the grid.

JayR Cela said...

Hi there Hitomi :_) / yep according to Nyx Linden thats the plan as of his office hours meeting today / but its not set in stone yet / they are still working out size issues, and the arrival of large prims coinciding directly with Mesh or not.

Thanks for the comment Sis *bigg huggs* c-ya soon / byee :_)

JayR Cela said...

Oh yeah / almost forgot another even more important issue is property encroachment :_)