Friday, April 29, 2011

2013 HELP: Building 101 Start learning how to build

Building 101 Start learning how to build
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The instructions here are for standard Second Life viewers of the 3.3+ class . The details may not always apply to other viewers.
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Viewers 3.0 and above allow setting prim dimensions up to 64 meters.  Objects this size used to be called "megaprims."
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Land Right-click Window 
Right click on the parcel land
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If you don't own land, you can practice building on one of the sandboxes listed here:
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Vocabulary
Sandbox: a parcel that lets anyone build (create, rez) things and has autoreturn set to several hours.
Autoreturn:  A parcel setting that causes objects to be returned after a fixed time unless they set to the controlling group.
Land Right-click Window:  A window offering access to the things you want to do with a parcel or the land in it.
Edit Window and Tabs: A window with multiple tabs, each offering information and control related to aspects of building.  The tabs important to new learners are: General, Object, Texture, and Contents.
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Click on Build to create an object.  Cursor becomes your magic wand.  Click on the ground and you create a plywood box .5 meters on a side.
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Ready to Create!
The Edit window appears, showing General tab.  The box will have colored lines showing grid directions.


Build/edit window
General tab
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You can move the box around by dragging one of the arrowheads.
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A lot to learn?
No.  This is not school.  Here you only learn what you need to do what you want to do.  At the time you actually want to do it.  Right now you probably want to find out enough about building in Second Life to be able to judge how it would fit into what you want to do.  So you are just exploring.
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What do I do next? 
Now that you have made a box, you need to explore what you can do with it.
  • Give the box a name you will recognize later.
  • Close the edit window by a click on the x (upper right corner).  
  • Right-click on the object to open the Object Right-click Window.
Object Right-click Window
The Object Right-click Window gives you a menu of things you can do with the object you just clicked on.  Main things:
Here are some ways to get familiar with building
  • Edit your cube.  Click the object tab. Change the size of  the cube.
  • Rez a full perm object that you own.   See what you can learn from the Edit menu.
  • See what you can do with a full perm object that you own
  • See what you can find out by editing an object that you do not own.  


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