Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 HG: NEW: Starting in a virtual world with Firestorm: Manage the buttons

Starting in a virtual world with Firestorm: 
Manage the buttons
Firestorm comes with a lot of buttons on the viewer screen and even more, hidden but available to you,  Few people will want all of these buttons on the viewer screen. Most of the buttons are shortcuts to actions that are available under menus.  You won't know immediately which ones you want, so this page offers suggestions on how to select and arrange the buttons to suit you. 
My toolbar window
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Firestorm viewer buttons
  • When you first log in with Firestorm, there will be lots of buttons on your screen. 
  • You won't want all the buttons, so you will hide some off screen.
  • But you can't decide which ones you want till later.
  • You can easily hide and restore the buttons, so try several options.

What is the value of the buttons to me?

  • Some buttons offer a one-click way to start things you do often.
  • Some buttons let you start things when you don't know any other way.
  • Some buttons may show you things you can do that you did not know about.
  • Firestorm video instruction for screen buttons
  • (More after the break)
  • Where is Arcadia?

Metaverse events, current and upcoming


Manage the buttons 

  • If the buttons don't show labels, you can get labels:
  • Right-click any button and click on 'Icons and labels.'
  • To see hidden buttons, right-click any button, click 'Toolbar buttons.'
  • This is especially useful to know when you realized you hid the wrong button.
  • To use a button, drag it to the bottom (or side) of your viewer screen.
  • To remove a button, right click on it, click  "Remove this button"
  • To arrange buttons, click and drag any button to the place you want it.
  • Many of the actions produced by the buttons have other ways to call them.
  • Some are in menus, some can be called by key combinations, like Ctrl-m.
  • Menus often take several clicks to get what you want and can be hard to find.
  • Key combinations are the fastest access, if you can remember them.
  • Firestorm instructions
  • Firestorm video instruction for screen buttons

Buttons you will most likely need from the start are:

  • Inventory: opens your inventory window
  • People: opens various windows for finding people.
  • Preferences: opens window for many adjustable settings
  • Places: opens window to your landmarks folder
  • Map: opens window with world map
  • Conversations: Open window with current text conversations.

Buttons you may want, depending on what you want to do,

  • Speak: turns your voice on and off inworld.
  • Camera: takes a snapshot of your viewer screen.:
  • Search: opens search window.
  • Create landmark: puts landmark to your current location into your inventory.
  • Build: Open the build window to create objects.
  • Appearance: Open the window that lets you manage your avatar appearance.
  • Video about radar and other things

Buttons you may want to know about

  • Area search
  • Asset blocklist
  • Avatar
  • Blocklist
  • Choose an avatar
  • Conversation log
  • Debug settings
  • Gestures
  • Mini-map
  • Mouselook
  • Picks
  • Radar
  • Snapshot to disk

News and Notes


    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show 

    • Next WIP show: Sun. June 12, Noon SLT 
    • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
    • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop:// II/68/369/22

      Previous Articles from the WIP show 

      HG links-- depending on your interests 

      Metaverse beginner help

      Schools in virtual worlds

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