Currently (as of 2015) OpenSim’s internal web browser that is used for streaming content does not support HTML5 fully. This is causing effects now with streaming videos from sites like YouTube, and so this guide will provide a simple work-around for playing your videos on the macGRID using self-hosted files with DropBox.
- If you do not yet have a DropBox account, make one for free at https://www.dropbox.com/
- Download and install the DropBox application on your computer
- Copy the video you would like to stream to the GRID into the DropBox folder that the application created on your computer
- Once your file is uploaded, you can right click it and choose “Share DropBox link”, to copy the web link to your file
After these steps, adding media to a prim is the same procedure as before with this new video URL instead of the YouTube URL.
The new Singularity viewer update 1.8.6 features new tools, such as bump maps and specular maps, which can help better our projects. I’ve posted a link below which contains the downloadable file.
Note:- Before you can purchase land, the land must first be sold to your avatar account. All land is initially owned by Mac Grid. Contact Dennian Clarke or Ian Murray for purchasing land.
Follow these steps to get your land:
- Skip this step if this is your first time logging into the macGRID. If this is not your first time logging in then start by opening up your viewer and locate your viewer’s Grid Manager and click that. When the Grid Manager is open ensure that the macGRID grid is selected then click “Refresh Grid URLs”. This step is crucial. Because your viewer saves URLs for the macGRID this step deletes any old URLs and replaces them with new URLs that may have been changed for the macGRID. Click “Apply” then “Ok” to exit the Grid Manager.
- Log into the macGRID with your avatar account (only the avatar that the land was sold to can complete the land purchase).
- Find the map button on your viewer’s screen, I use Singularity so my map is located at the bottom. Now type in your land name into the search box and click “Search”. Use exact names for lands and do not leave out underscores if the land has an underscore in its name.
- You can either double click the land on the map or select the land in the list of results and click “Teleport” to teleport there.
- After you’ve teleported to the land, from the menu bar above click “Advanced” -> “View Admin Option” or press Ctrl-Alt-V . You will notice an “Admin” menu has now appeared in the menu bar. You must do this so that you can access the “Buy land” option.
- Now you have two options to buy the land:
- Right-click on the land itself (Buy land option should now be select-able) and select “Buy land”
- from the menu bar above click “World” -> “Buy Land”
- A dialog box should pop up, it will begin searching for the buy and sell information give it a minute. After it’s completed, agree to the Estate Covenant then click “Purchase”.
- The land is now yours.
Welcome to macGRID’s Simulation Research Network! Follow these steps to connect to the macGRID.
- Download and install the Singularity viewer from the link provided below. You need this in order to connect and view the GRID. Download the package that corresponds to your Operating System. (e.g if you have a Windows click on the Windows Installer).
After the download has completed go to the folder where that downloaded file is located. Open and run the installer. This should take a view minutes.
- After Singularity has installed, the program should open itself. If it does not, find the Singularity desktop icon or any other Start Menu Singularity icon and open the Singularity application.
At the bottom of Singularity’s screen you will see a button called “Grid Manager”, click this button.
- Now that the Grid Manager is open you can add macGRID to the list on Grids. Begin by clicking “Add” in the Grids tab.
Here you will enter the Grid details in order connect to macGRID.
Under “Grid name” type in: macGRID
Under “Login URI” copy and paste this exact URI address into the field: http://opensim-robust.sharcnet.ca:8002/
Select “Platform” as Opensim (Optional)
Click “Ok” to apply these settings. Grid Manager will exit. macGRID should now appear in the list of available grids.
Next you need to enter your account details given to. Enter your username in the “Name or Username” field and your password in “Passsword”. Confirm that “macGRID” grid you created in step (6) is the selected grid under “Grid”, if not, click the drop down menu and select “macGRID”. Also, select “My Home” as the Start Location. Click Login.
- Welcome to the macGRID! Check other KnowledgeBase articles for more information.
Have the ‘Position’ tool selected in the ‘BUILD’ toolbar.
Click and drag to create a bounding box – everything that resides ENTIRELY within the box will be selected. By default, selected objects will show a yellow highlight. Ok?
Click the ‘Object’ tab in your ‘BUILD’ toolbar. Click ‘Link’.
If all the objects do not have the same owner, OpenSim will not allow the objects to be linked.
Find the object that is not owned by you (typically a facade, or building element copied from another build).
Make note of the object’s position and copy it. Click the first “C” to copy its position.
Make note of the object’s name.
You will have to ‘take’ this object by right clicking on it and selecting ‘TAKE’
The object will now be in your inventory. Place it somewhere.
Click the second P to position the newly placed object based on the original position (saved on your clipboard).
Return to step one and select all objects for linking.
In our experience, buildings look much nicer in Singularity. It’s often the case that we’re designing in Singularity, and are unaware of slight differences in Imprudence or other viewers. Make sure we’re using Singularity for demo on high performance mode. (Far draw distance, optimal lighting, etc.)
Viewing quality is also determined by performance settings on a user’s machine.
The sim is not terrain-accurate.
Satellite layer at y-index of 25.000
Road layer at y-index of 25.1
walkway at 25.2
environmental objects above – 25.3
openSIM ignores very small differences in y-values in terms of layering, so the 0.1 separation should be a safe amount.
Textures should be uploaded as PNG files to ensure that ALPHA transparencies are maintained.
Save images as 24bit color PNG to ensure high-quality edges/transparencies. (As opposed to 8-bit which may cause issues with uneven edgest – OpenSIM will be modifying the image anyway)
Images are (typically) converted by OpenSIM to have an aspect ratio of 1:1, 1:2,
Images are converted by OPENSIM to a native file format for use within the grid.
Images are converted to the following sizes depending on their original resolution/dimensions.
You’ll typically get image dimensions of:
However, in cases of extremely uneven aspect ratios for images (such as very wide panoramas), openSIM will may make the width a multiple of the height. (eg, a 512×2048 image).
EDIT THIS FOR CLARITY.
In addition to naming the component pieces of a building or other structure, ensure that you name your newly-linked objects to make it easier for others to find.
Use the “description” to hold associated keywords for easy searching.