Monday, September 29, 2014

RealRestraint update to v1.26

Hi !

As promised, the RealRestraint line has been updated to v1.26. Don't be afraid, only one product needs a replacement, and that is the Pretty Mummy set. The rest of the products need only a simple update (if they were already v1.25, that is, otherwise a replacement will be required).

The biggest change in this update is the Pretty Mummy set itself : Linden Lab has provided us a way to control materials through scripts, so it was time to merge all those 4 variants (the old Latex, Plastic, Tape and Wrap boxes) into one... and to add even more materials !

Instead of the 4 original materials, you will now have access to 15, all of them through the MummyTex plugin of every part of the Mummy set. You have Latex (*), PVC, Rubber, Plastic (*), Bin plastic, Smooth plastic, Bondage tape, Vinyl tape, Duct tape (*), Nylon, Wrap (*), Gauze, Waxed fabric (**), Spandex (**) and Bodystocking (**).

(* : Those are identical to the original ones of the same names)
(** : Those are new, they look like Wrap, but without stripes)


Here is the full change list brought in this version :

* All restraints :
- fixed : When /77 was turned off, the wearer could not click on the secondary items. This made no sense, since blocking touch is the responsibility of the Touch plugin (for RLV users) and the "Block" feature (for non-RLV users). If you want your sub to be incapable of touching their restraints, you have to block /77 AND touch.
- changed : Now, only the keyholder (or everybody if the keys are available) can change the animation of the sub, unlike before. I got a lot of flak from people who really really didn't want just anyone to change their animation, and there is no room in the Anim plugin to allow for an option. If I can make it an option in the future, I will, but for now it is keyholder-only.

* Ropes, tape, blindfold, mummy, and every third-party plugin that uses Unlockable :
- fixed : The API wasn't respected for the "-20" link message, and could confuse some third-party plugins. Now the "-20" link message is sent again when someone touches the ropes (for example), and if "Force" is pressed, then the new "-40" link message is sent. This will be updated in the plugin template as well. In plain English, this means that some rope-specific third-party plugins that were broken in v1.25 will work again in v1.26.

* Blindfolds (with RLV 2.9 active) :
- changed : Now, when locked on Medium, Thick or Opaque, hovertexts in world will be hidden (but not those on the HUDs). This is normal, the sub is not supposed to be able to read in those configurations.

* Pretty Mummy :
- changed : Merged the 4 variants into one, added the ability to change materials through the MummyTex plugin.
- changed : Removed the Shape plugin, since it served only as a way to copy and paste the shape of the set across variants.
- fixed : When tying the legs on "Pet", the arms would go on "Pony" but "Loosened". Now the one who ties the legs also gets the arms, but ONLY if the arms had no keyholder prior to that.

* Ropes in general :
- fixed : Now, the leash texture is updated also after a reset.

* Shibari :
- fixed : The textures were rotated and stretched wrong when changing them through the ShibariTex plugin, and there was no way to get them right again.
- fixed : The leash texture and the hogtie/lotus particles were wrong. They are now exactly the same as the ones in the Siren rope set.
- changed : When tied on "Tie", two coils of rope will show around the arms and legs so that the sub can be tied to some furniture. Attention, to benefit from this change, you need to have your Shibari replaced (arms and legs).

* Vixen collar :
- fixed : When locked on "4 Post high", there was a useless "+0 h" message or something like that. It didn't do any harm, but it had nothing to do there.


You can find an updater at the following places in-world :

My little shop

The Little Shop of Kink

Roper's Dark Playground


Have fun !

Marine

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New product : HD Video System

Hi !

I am proud to announce the release of the first High Definition Video System in Second Life !

Remember what I blogged about nearly two months back ? Well it's ready now, and even better, I am releasing the tool chain I mentioned at the same time, in open-source.




This video system is quite powerful. It can :

* Display HD pictures (pictures bigger than 1024x1024, the current max is 4096x4096, but it can be extended later).


* Display HD videos (animated pictures with a better resolution than what simple ones, allowing for 30-second long videos).



* Play long sounds without gaps (sounds that last longer than 10 seconds, for example musics). You can hear an example of a music in the video above.

* Display subtitles. The video above also shows one of the subtitles. Subtitles are simple hovertexts so it is easy to make your own story that way.


And all of it is inside SL. No external media source such as YouTube, nothing. It's safe and you can watch with your friends, everybody would see the same thing at the same time !

All the data of a movie are contained in a tape that looks like a VHS tape (if you're old enough, you have the right to feel nostalgic), and you can buy tapes and even create and sell your own ! More than a simple product, this video system opens a whole new business ! It's easy, everything is explained clearly, with examples. And if you don't really want to make movies but you want to create your own slideshows, it's even easier.

So if you are an artist, like those people who tell Second Life stories on Deviant Art, not only this product will help you, but it may even become a business for you.

The basic manual for the video system is actually on a tape rather than in a notecard, so you both learn how to use it with many pictures and videos, and see what this system can do.

To produce HD content for this video system, in a nutshell, you need to download 4 free, open-source tools (Python, VirtualDub, ImageMagick and ShnTool, if you want to know), and to process your content with the Python scripts that are provided in the Director's Manual. Everything is explained clearly there. You don't need any programming skill to make them work.

The product is Copy/Mod/No-Transfer, and takes 11 or 15 prims when rezzed (10 for the 16-screen TV, 14 for the 25-screen TV, which can display 5x5 textures, and 1 for the player). It costs L$400 and you can find it in any of the Marine's Goodies vendors. Here are a few SLURLs :

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pak/76/61/105

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lineside/102/146/77

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lost%20Island/80/168/22

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sensual%20Freedom/172/130/30


And for the first time, I am opening a store on the Marketplace. Not to sell Marine's Goodies or even RealRestraint products, but to sell the movies I will produce, specifically for that video set. The name of the store is "Maison de la Marquise" ("House of the Marquess" in French, a homage to "House of Gord"... and it's always more erotic when said in French, isn't it ?), and is dedicated in producing and selling high-quality adult videos.

The store is at :
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/163370

And the video set being available at :
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/HD-Video-System/6398304

At the time of this writing, there is only one movie in the brand, it is called "Applicant Payback". It is not kink-centered (more like vanilla porn, with a little flavor of kink near the end), but it is high-quality. The next movies I will produce will be a lot kinkier, with themes that will mostly revolve around heavy bondage and domination.




Have fun !

Marine


PS : It will take some time for people (me included) to produce movies for this video set. This is normal, because movie producers need the provided tool chain to make their own movies. I will make my own too, in the meantime. As I pointed out earlier, it will be erotic movies, mostly about kink (bondage, ponyplay etc). It will be fun ! And yummy !