‘Mystical Serenity a romantic isle’ is the perfect location to experiment with the Second Life 1.20.0 platform update. This romantic and peaceful island has lots of water, big skies and beautiful trees.
I took these first 1.20.0 photographs using advanced settings in the environmental editor (under World in the top menu bar).
Advanced sky settings set to ‘Blue Midday’ and water set to ‘glassy’ producing a soft pastels look.
‘Fine Day’ once again. You can move the sun in an arc across the sky and watch the changes in lighting and shadow. It looks pretty amazing, like watching time lapse photography speeded up.
Pirate ship in the distance and ‘Foggy’ setting.
‘Mystical Serenity’ has nooks and cranies galore to explore, the picture above gives a glimpse of a small sandy beach with a treasure chest and camp fire. There are many surprises on the island, but I won’t give them away!
Cyberloom with baby dragons, this picture was taken using the previous viewer and now seems less 3D when compared to the pictures taken using the new viewer.
The updated viewer takes a while to get used to. It gives a huge range of choices for how your virtual world can appear. We may soon see an explosion of gaudy images emerging from Second Life! The pictures above are from my first experience with the viewer. The next thing is to find a good reason to render a ‘Valdez’ oil slick or ‘Second Plague’ water effect!
Some will feel overwhelmed by the range of choices now available, but they can always leave their settings on default, and avoid the learning curve. The biggest concern is the demand on computer resources, but if I understand correctly you can open preferences, and move all your graphics sliders down low (if your system is having problems). I suspect many people are going to be updating video cards and some may be buying new computers to handle the updated graphics demands.
Take a look at the Torley Linden YouTube tutorial (below) on setting graphic preferences if you want to know more.
May you find ‘Mystical Serenity’ with advanced settings! Oh… by the way this island looks gorgeous on any setting but its a great place to hang out and practice with your viewer!