Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Introducing: The Mirror Box

Time for some true innovation in Second Life! Today I'm introducing a completely new version of an already existing kind of item in SL: a skybox made of flat screens, and I'm calling it The Mirror Box.

Reflections, even at low graphics settings

As far as I can tell, two aspects are completely different from what's currently on the market:
  1. The pictures for the screens were all taken in Second Life itself. You can see Second Life skies and clouds on them, and the landscapes you see are also images of 3D landscapes of Landscapes Unlimited in SL;
  2. Halfway in the box is an animated water texture. Below it, the box is textured in a way that makes it appear as if the water completely and naturally reflects the sky and landscape images.
Because this mirror effect of the water is so striking and convicing, I'm calling the box The Mirror Box.

The Mirror Box from a distance, with menu
The Mirror Box comes in ten sizes, ranging from 32x32x32 m till 1x1x1 km. All are cubes. The smaller sizees should make it possible for those with smaller parcels to use it. Its land impact is 12, and only counts where the middle of the box (the root prim) is. If your neighbours don't mind, then you can use a larger size without impacting their land.

Selecting other scenes

All Mirror Boxes have 70 scenes to choose from, and in time more will (automatically for you) be added. A menu  allows you to switch scenes, and change the water settings (speed, glow, repeat factor etc). You can even select ice for wintery scenes!

Ice, also reflecting the sky and mountains

The owner can allow group members to change the box as well. This can be very convenient for those who rent out boxes to others, or to allow friends to make changes.

The Mirror Box with "reflecting" items. A set of these items is available in the inworld store as well

The Mirror Box is available in my inworld store. There's a heavily discounted fatpack available as well, with all sizes in it, and of course you can get free demos. When you're there, you could follow the introductory route along seven decorated boxes. In the last one, you can use the menu yourself to change the scene and water. I'm looking forward to meeting you there!

Find more pictures on y Flickr page.

Inside a closed skybox looking outside, to the slowly rotating blades of the wind turbines and the moving waves of The Mirror Box

A gloomy day... This scene was made by Sablina Resident.

And... The Milky Way!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Version 6 Sim Surrounds now in Sky edition

By the end of 2016 I finished a new set of sim surround landscapes (version 6.0). These landscapes are now available in a sky edition, in three sizes: Large (1x1 km), Medium (250x250 m) and Small (125x125 m).

Sweetwater Valley - Autumn

Tropcal Paradise

It took quite some time to develop these, especially because the new type of water that I wanted to use (see also this blogpost) required  lots of changes in several landscape and HUD scripts. This is also why the HUD was updated to version 6.1: previous HUD's won't work on these sky landscapes.

Gorges du Verdon with functioning HUD 6.1

When rezzing the Medium and Small editions you will get a menu that helps you to rez a naturally shaped and textures solid mesh platform in the middle. You can bring up this menu afterwards too by touching the landscape for at least five seconds.

Mesh terrain and menus

The mesh platforms themselves have a menu to change the texture to another season. They are copy-mod, so you can apply your own textures too. The Large edition does not have such mesh terrains: you could purchase our package of mesh terrains for this.

Patagonia without mesh in the middle

The normal and specular maps will show when you use the Advanced Lighting Model in your viewer.

Hebrides with mesh terrain

You can find demos and the real ones on Landscapes Unlimited.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Updated Sky Water: now with ice

I've updated my animated prim water for sky builds. There are now more types of water to choose from, and you can also switch to ice textures, with more or less snow. It's available in three sizes: 1x1 km, 250x250 m and 125x125 m (the last one is new).

Eight textures to choose from

Eight options include opaque textures, which means there is no transparency and therefore no ugly conflicts with other partially transparent objects, like trees and windows.

With HUD to change appearence

Everyone who bought the sky water in the past should have received this updated version by now. If not, then please get in touch with me, so I can give you one!

Make sure to switch on the Advanced Lighting Model in the Graphics menu of your viewer. You can get demos and the real ones on the Marketplace or on Landscapes Unlimited.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Highlands Coast Half Sim Surround & off-sim Edge Environment

I've just added two new editions of the Highlands Coast landscape to my collection: a half sim surround edition and a sim edge edition.

You can also select palm trees by using the HUD

The half sim surround is 4 sims wide, and can be placed along one or several combined sims. With a few copies you can surround almost any combination of sims. The Edge environment is one sim wide, and therefore fits on smaller parcels.

The Highlands Coast Half sim surround with HUD. Animated waterfalls are an important feature

Both come in two designs and baked textures of four seasons (with normal maps, advanced lighting!), like most other version 6.0 landscapes.

The baked Autumn texture set

Winter is just a few clicks away

Hebrides Half Sim Surround & off-sim Edge Environment

Up to now the only designs available of the version 6.0 landscapes were complete single-sim landscapes (meant for single island regions) and 1/4 region corner parcel landscapes. Now I have added a half sim surround edition and a sim edge environment edition of the Hebrides landscape to my store as well.

The Hebrides Sim Edge Environment [6.0] with HUD

The half sim surround edition can be used along one side of a single region or several combined regions. It has two landscape designs (small islands and bigger islands), and both designs come in baked texture sets of all four seasons. The half sim surround is about 1 km wide (close to a stretch of 4 sims).

The Hebrides Half Sim Surround [6.0] with HUD. It's about 4 sims wide, and works perfect along a small continent

The sim edge environment comes in the same designs and baked seasonal texture sets, but is significantly smaller: its width is only about 250 meters, close to the width of a single region. It can be used along any region side that has off-sim water.

One of the winter designs

These new landscape items can be purchased here. Of course, there are also free demos available.