August 23rd, 2013 by NickyP
I just tested the update from Kokua 126.96.36.199998 (Jun 28 2013 17:19:24) to Kokua 188.8.131.52169 (Aug 21 2013 14:49:45) and it went well from old to new.
On older Kokua Viewers there will be a required update but, due a lack of correct notifications those will be directed to the Second Life Download web page. At that point a choice can be made to go ahead with the Second Life viewer install or exit the program and use this download link to install an updated Kokua.
This is not a conspiracy to force the Second Life viewer on anyone. The viewers involved do not support Server Side Appearance (SSA) and would be of limited use on Second Life grid.
THIS WAS MY DECISION. Please don’t grump about it to Second Life or their support group.
April 24th, 2013 by NickyP
Kokua 3.5.1 is released. If you track version numbers you will notice this version, Kokua-3.5.1, is less than the one used for development. Kokua-3.5.2 will stay as the development version. Linden Lab Server Side Baking is in play with this release. For OpenSim users, Disable Build Constrains has been added under the Advanced menu. This feature is aimed at region operators who also build things so that the maximum prim limit can be set high in the simulator configuration and then be the prim size constraint controller. In the viewer the lower limit is zero so if the simulator limit were lowered from its present 0.001 meters very small prims are also possible. This allows large and small objects that can be transferred by the IAR/OAR procedures. For OpemSim script writers OpenSim Scripting Language (OSSL) hover text is in the viewer. This was ported from the work of Cinder Roxley of Firestorm and based on licensing we collectively owe her a beer. Likes and dislikes can be reported in comments to this post. Bugs need to be reported in our redmine bug tracker.
Downloads request have to be routed through a central wiki page because of TPV disclaimer requirements.
Please download from here.
Detailed change log is here.
February 11th, 2013 by NickyP
Secondlife servers provide a default Invisible Avatar as inventory item Library->Body Parts->Alpha Masks->Invisible Avatar. On Secondlife it is easy to use this invisible avatar alpha mask with a rigged mesh avatar to make the underlying mesh visible.
OpenSim does not provide this in its OpenSim Library. There are iar files that can be used to import the invisible avatar to an avatar’s inventory however, this requires access to the OpenSim server console. If there are procedures to perform a client import of an iar file someone please comment. Following the procedure below results in an Invisible Avatar Alpha Mask in your inventory.
Adding an alpha layer when none exists in the avatars inventory.
Right click and select Appearance.
Select Edit Outfit.
In the drop down next to Add More… button Select Alpha.
Since there are no alpha layers in inventory Loading… will be present.
Towards the bottom there is a bar with a gear icon. Notice two text lines icons. The one next to the gear is grayed out. This is for a full inventory display and the selected one next to it is for a filtered display of Alpha masks.
Select the grayed out text lines icon. The entire inventory is now present.
Right click on the Body Parts folder.
Arrow down to new clothes and another menu list will be present.
Select New Alpha Mask.
New Alpha object is now present in the Clothing folder.
Right click and wear the New Alpha. The New Alpha has no alpha mask selected so, there is no change to the avatar.
Cursor up to the upper part of the Edit Outfit panel and under the Body Parts folder select the worn New Alpha.
Select the wrench icon and the Editing Alpha Mask panel will activate.
Enable all five default alpha mask with the check marks next to the alpha texture thumbnail graphics.
The avatar is now invisible. Attachments will still be present.
Select Save As. Name it.
Close out the Edit Outfit panel.
The only thing left visible of the avatar should be a name tag and attachments.
Invisible Avatar may be worn to expose rigged mesh avatars and then taken off as desired.
Note: This procedure could be avoided completely if Opensimulator project provided the Invisible Avatar in its OpenSim Library.
Comments to improve this procedure are welcome.