Media on a prim vs XYZZY text ( Ferd Frederix)
fred.b at mitsi.com
Tue Aug 17 22:10:51 PDT 2010
I think the Lindens have done a fabulous and marvelous thing with media
on a prim. XYZZY text is a very slow rezzing, script intensive, old,
old way to do text. Adding the new llSetLinkPrimitiveParamsFast would
be an improvement, but not by much.
Except for media on a prim, there aren't really any alternatives to it,
for text. But when I need text displays for scoring and such, I make
them into a HUD and use Hovertext. Positioning can be easily done with
the Z axis, and small graphs are possible.
Actually, I avoid text whenever possible these days. Why use text at
all? Its a visual and audible world, isn't it? More than half of the
world can't read English, anyway. And it is almost trivially easy to
use Google to speak any message, on the fly, in any almost any
language. Why not use the new power of the V2 to talk to your
visitors in their own language? In any font, in video, or in voice?
There are just way to many neat things to do with the webkit browser on
DHTML, audio and other neato technologies. You can easily make water
you can stir with your 'finger', or code up talking and animated
pictures and animals with almost no effort. E-book, anyone? I have a
prim that reads me any e-book out loud. Paying for streaming media?
Eww. Stop that. Play all of your MP3 files in an endless loop, for
free using Google's free storage and a simple media on a prim script
with a little bit of code.
And THANK YOU Kelly Linden! Your articles on using LSL to poke web
pages into a prim were a wonderful help to me.
Heres something you could never ever do the old way:
Google Translated->Wolfram Alpha->Eliza chatbot on a prim: A simple LSL
script drives a web page via llListen from chat. I put it on a cylinder
and wrapped it around a tree in Phaze Demesnes.
The 2-D web version below does not begin to compare to the gorgeous 3D
Second Life version.
Web version: http://secondlife.mitsi.com/talkingtree.htm
SL version: http://secondlife.mitsi.com/pandora/talkingtree.htm
A simple Sim Greeter: http://secondlife.mitsi.com/pandora/
Make your own greeter - it's free - see
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