Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 WW: The road to your horizon, not a lot of compromizin'. Tutorial.

The road to your horizon, 
not a lot of compromisin'.
Turorial
Exploration of the possibilities of the Cybalounge horizon.  Cybalounge will soon give you some options for the horizon on your location, if you got it recently.  But you have complete control anyway--just put panels of 510x510 near the edge of the land.  Here is a tutorial and some tests on bringing images in from OpenSim.
My Kitely poster farm
on the horizon
Click image to enlarge
  • Every web-world needs a visual boundary
  • A simulation of  the outside needs a horizon.
  • That could be mountains, sky, buildings.
  • I thought I would put some OpenSim promotions on the horizon. 
  • Taking another step in connecting web-worlds to Cybalounge to OpenSim.
  • Here I tell how to get an image and set it up as horizon.
  • And show some tests with my blog farm on Kitely


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How to make horizons in Cybalounge

Considerations for Cybalounge horizons

  • A Cybalouge location is a cube 512 x 512 x 512 meters.
  • The horizon is formed by 4 images 512 x 512 meters.
  • You can make images 510 x 510 to replace the horizon if you want.
  • The horizon  is only 256 meters away from the center.
  • 256 meters is about 840 feet or .16 (1/6) of a mile.
  • About 10 city blocks by a Google estimate based on blocks in eastern US.
  • Only the horizon strip is normally seen.  

Import a horizon image into Cybalounge

  • First get the picture.  You probably want eye level and from a distance.
  • The picture should be about square. 
  • In Firestorm you can make the screen square.
  • Stand your avatar in a convenient place.  
  • Drag the .jpg file onto the screen and drop it.
  • The image will appear where your avatar is standing
  • It will be a plane one meter square.  

Adjust the image to be horizon


    • You want the image to be 510 meters square.  
    • Don't reset the dimensions.  That will give you a lot of little images.
    • Reset the scale (X and Y) to 51000.  (Cybalounge measures in centimeters.)
    • How to start building in Cybalounge, a roadmap for beginners 
    • Reset the position according to the table below.
    • Adjust the setting on the Y axis (vertical) to put the best strip on the horizon.
    Settings for user-made horizon panels
    Click image to enlarge
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    Some trial horizons

    I first tried to make the horizon promote a place

     ISM Rocket Ring image 
    in Cybalounge

    ISM Rocket Ring in Kitely

    • HG address:
    • grid.kitely.com:8002:ISMuseum
    • Put the HG address in the Find bar of your world map, click Find,TP
    • Visit on the web:
    • International Spaceflight Museum in Kitely (web link)
    • I hope to have some rockets in a Cybalounge mini-museum soon.
    ISM Rocket Ring as horizon

    • Most rockets are too tall to be seen in normal view.
    • You can see them if you free the camera, but most people won't do that.  
    • Horizon could only promote things that fit in a horizontal strip.

    My poster farm on Creative Collaborators in Kitely 

    My Kitely poster farm
    on the horizon
    Click image to enlarge
    • The above shot is  from far back from the center.
    • Image Y axis set to put the land flush with location horizon line
    • HG address for Creative collaborators:
    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Creative Collaborators
    • Put the HG address in the Find bar of your world map, click Find,TP
    • Visit on the web: Creative Collaborators (web link)
    • The poster farm is a sim sized area on my region.
    • The posters display my blog articles and other things about virtual worlds.
    Shot from too high and too close


    Better distance, but too high

    • Shot from a viewpoint too high

    The distant island is too high
    • And farther away would be better.
    My best shot so far
    • This is the image before I put it in Cybalounge
    My Kitely poster farm
    on the horizon
    Click image to enlarge
    • Here is the best image now brought into Cybalounge by drag/drop,
    • adjusted for size and placed on the horizon.
    • How to start building in Cybalounge, a roadmap for beginners 
    • It does look a bit like the island next door. 
    • But the concept needs more development.
    • I will leave that till another time.  Maybe next month I will be smarter.
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    License

    • Original text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domain
    • Use as you please with attribution: link to the original.
    • All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.
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