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SL Project Viewer – Bakes on Mesh

Linden Lab have done something really good with this latest update, and there are a few things I want to talk about to try and answer some of the questions and concerns I have seen around the SL social sphere over the last few days.

Bakes on Mesh – what is it?

Bakes on Mesh is a project viewer currently available here: SL Project Viewer, Bakes on Mesh

The project will allow us to set our mesh bodies, hands, heads and feet to display the textures that are worn on the SL avatar’s system layers. This means skins, tattoos, underwear, clothing, and alpha layers can all be used on a mesh avatar that has been set up for Bakes on Mesh.

Siddean in TULI

The project is still in development, and I imagine it will be for a little while, but LL has surprised us with fast releases of feature updates before, so Slink is getting ready for it now.

There’s been a bit of confusion and misinformation spreading around about this project. In general people seem to be very excited about it, and those who truly understand what it means for our avatars are *really* excited about it!

Some dot points below, to hopefully answer some questions, as far as I know it!

  • System skin layers, tattoo layers, clothing layers and alpha layers all work. The mesh needs to be flagged by it’s creator, and properly setup for alpha layers to work as intended.
  • Hands and feet alone will not be possible without some changes on LL’s end. There is no way to hide the hands and feet by themselves, and make the system legs appear. The way the flagging works makes the entire lower body and upper body disappear when a flagged mesh is worn.
  • You do not need a full body alpha to wear a Bakes on Mesh flagged mesh. If the flag is present when you wear the mesh, the body section it is flagged for disappears. eg: if you have a lower body mesh, the entire SL avvie lower body will disappear when you turn on the Bakes on Mesh flag.
  • There is still a need for appliers for nailpolishes, specular maps and normal maps.
  • Multiple layers in a body mesh or head mesh are no longer necessary with a couple of cavats:
    • The old symmetrical arms and feet have come back to haunt us. That means those of us who have been offering asymmetrical tattoos for the last x years have to find a workaround that allows people to still have that function. For now, that means appliers.
    • stockings do not wrap around toes, therefore a separate stocking layer will be required – again this means appliers.
  • Heads should be the simplest thing to adapt to. We can wear 62 layers, which should be more then enough for you to wear many layers of freckles, moles, eyebrows, lipstick, tattoos, hairbases etc.
  • You organise what goes on top of what through your outfit editor, not through applier layers.
  • Alpha layers means that we no longer need to split our mesh bodies up into multiple little pieces with 8 material faces, and try to read the minds of mesh clothing creators to make a set of alpha cuts that doesn’t leave bits of bodies sticking out where they shouldn’t. The alpha is back in the hands of the clothing creator, and should be made alongside the clothing, and worn as you would wear any alpha layer. Provided the body is setup properly, this will just.. work.
  • Mesh clothing creators no longer need to mess about with auto alpha scripts! (yay)
  • Outfit creation is a lot easier
  • Changing mesh body parts is also a lot easier provided both bodies are setup for bakes on mesh. The body takes whatever you’re wearing on your system body and you’re done! No more digging around for your favourite skin and makeup appliers every time you wish to change heads.
  • You should not need a special HUD to activate this feature. This is a free update that LL are doing for us, and creators need to setup their mesh body parts to take advantage of it.
  • This should cut down a lot on extra polygons, textures that glitch and take up a bunch of system resources and script usage in mesh body parts as the parts that handle appliers and alpha cuts are all taken care of in this project.
  • In the meantime – keep your appliers, as they will continue to work on your current body parts, but you should expect to be keeping system layers for the future as well.
  • Mesh clothing creators should look into making alpha layers if they don’t already (some do, but due to differences between the system body geometry and mesh body geometry, some alterations may need to be made)
  • Skinners, makeup artists and clothing creators who make clothing for appliers should look into putting their creations onto system layers if they don’t already.
  • If a mesh head or body part doesn’t conform to the system avatar UV – that’s ok. Skinmakers who have made head textures could make a version specifically to fit that head, if necessary.

We are so, so excited about this update – we need to talk to the people at Linden Lab about a few little changes that won’t affect the end user, but could make a big impact on those of us who create these things for you, but as it is now, it’s so much fun to play with and think about and plan for! We have some great plans going forward to use this feature to it’s fullest advantage, and hopefully make the lives of our creators, and our customers (and ourselves!) very much easier.

Feel free to contact me (Siddean) if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer as much as I am able!

 

SALE & Body Bundles INFO

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I am having a sale at Slink from now until December 31st. Most Slink items in the store are discounted by 25%. (Does not include 1 Bad Pixel, or the new body bundles). Read below for Bundles info.

Don’t forget you can pick up giftcards in the console in the centre hallway as you walk into the store 🙂

Now at Slink Mainstore

For any assistant please contact Slink Resident

Demos are available for all items in the store.

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We have Bundled our Female and Male bodyparts into package at a discounted price ongoing.

Female Bundles : 2800L Each

Physique Hourglass Body Bundle

Slink - Physique Hourglass Bundle Physique Hourglass Body, Dynamic Hands – Bento Compatible (including idle animation and stiletto nails), Deluxe feet.

 

Physique Original Body Bundle

 

Slink - Physique Original Bundle

Physique Original Body, Dynamic Hands (including idle animation and stiletto nails), Deluxe feet

Male Body Bundle – 2250L

Slink - Physique Male Body Bundle

Physique Male Body, Dynamic Hands – Bento Compatible (including idle animation and stiletto nails), Male Feet.

 

Please join our FREE group secondlife:///app/group/54faa901-6fa3-3cfb-56cc-e57788b9508a/about for information on all things Slink as well as to earn 10% store credit while shopping with your group tag on.
Because of the limits to groups, we also give 5% store credit to non group members.

Slink @ UBER and Mesh Body Addicts Fair

Hello all! This month I have 3 new releases, exclusive to 2 different events that are going on at the moment!

I was invited by Sissy Pessoa of Baiastice to be her guest this month for the UBER 3rd birthday celebration! She was very sweet and kind to think of me, and give me this opportunity, so of course I jumped at it!

I created these extreme ballet style heels for the event, and you can find them at UBER. They are something I have wanted to create for a very long time, and I am very happy with how they have turned out!

Monica Ballet Heels

They come in 8 colours and a multipack, and have a subtle bump and specular map to give a realistic shine and texture to the surface of the leather. Available now at UBER.

Mesh Body Addicts fair is the other big news of August, and I am very happy to be a sponsor at this big event! I have created the exclusive Gina shift dress for this event, and a brand new set of sheen body appliers for the Slink Physique bodies!

Gina Main Vendor

Gina is a sexy body-con shift dress in 8 colours that match the Siren stiletto heels available in the Slink shoe department. She includes both Physique Original, and Physique Hourglass sizes, and is equipped with an Auto Alpha configuration, so all you need to do is wear it!

Phys Specular HuD Vendor

The Body Sheen and Detail applier provides body detailing in a subtle bumpmap, and 3 different levels of sheen, from very light, to very heavy. The gloss level and tint of the sheen can be customised through your Physique HUD, on the Effects tab. This applier applies the effects to the Physique female bodies, Slink hands and feet, and Visage heads, (the heads are still to be updated, so the gloss and tint does not currently affect them)

Both the Gina Dress and the Body sheen and detail applier can be found in my booth at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair

As always, my products are best viewed with Basic and Atmospheric shaders on, and advanced lighting on! I have made a handy snapshot of my graphics settings, so you know what to enable to see your Slink products with all their features! 🙂

Materials Preferences setup

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Slink Dynamic Hands (aka Project Bento comes to Slink)

I am happy to announce the release of the first of Slink mesh body parts for the updated SL Skeleton (Project Bento) which allows for nice and realistic animations for hands and faces.

Dynamic hands vendor

About the Dynamic Hands

This release is for the girls! (guys, yours are coming soon, promise!) The new Slink Dynamic hands are now available for purchase in the Slink Mainstore!!

BUT – the great news for people who already own the Slink Avatar Enhancement Mesh Hands, these are an UPDATE!! Details about the update are below.

These hands are made to be similar to the popular Avatar Enhancement static pose hands, but with the added benefit of being able to animate them! They work with all of your Slink and Omega skin, clothing and nail appliers, and they now respond to the glossy, environment and mask sliders on the Physique body Utilities HUD.

The Stiletto nails option is now its own addon (included with the hands!). This lets me offer 3 different nail lengths for that style as well as the original.

The nicest thing about animated hands is that they will work with animations from Slink, or anyone who makes animations for the updated skeleton. You will need an updated viewer to see these hands properly.

Also available in the store now is the first of what I hope to be many pose sets for these hands. This set is representative of the original static set that we have had available for the last couple of years.

Static Pose Vendor

Update details – or who gets what?

  • If you previously purchased the Multipack of the Slink Avatar Enhancement female mesh hands, you will receive the new Dynamic Hands, the included idle animations, which give your hands a subtle lifelike movement, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, and the complete pose HUD shown below, containing the 15 poses from the original AvEnhance hands.
  • If you purchased the smaller packs 1, 2 or 3, you will receive the hands, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, the idle animations and a pose HUD loaded with the 5 poses from the pack you already own.
  • If you purchased one or more of the single hand sets, you will receive the Dynamic hands, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, and a pose HUD loaded with the single poses from the pack you already own. You will be able to purchase the idle animations separately in the store. If you purchased more than one base static pose previously, you will be able to add the extra poses to one single copy of the pose HUD. Instructions for doing this are in the pack 🙂  You will also be able to purchase the full static pose HUD in the Slink store!

You can now go to Slink, hit up the redelivery terminal and get your updated hands by simply requesting another copy of your hands purchases.

If your purchase is not in the redelivery terminal, contact Slink Resident inworld to fix it.

Slink – Claw Nails

Female Claw Nails Vendor

 

Slink Claw Nails have been updated to be an all in one add on for all Slink Female feet. Claw Nails & Pawpads are avatar enhanced so that you can use your Slink or Omega nail huds to choose your own polished look.

This is an add on item, you must have Slink avatar enhanced feet singles or deluxe to be able to wear them.

If you have a previous version of the female claw nails you can update them free to the new system. Contact Slink Resident for updates.

There is a demo available to try in the store

Slink Mainstore

 

New feet, and a big body parts update at Slink!

PLEASE NOTE: All of the single feet are available in the store, and FREE updates to V3 for the seamless ankles, redesigned easy to use Single Set Hands and Feet HUD, built in ankle locker and PHYS size buttons are in the Redelivery terminals.

Both female bodies (Original and Hourglass) have also been updated for free, as have all of the female single hands and all 4 hand packs.

You can get your updates from the redelivery terminals, or contact Slink Resident.

And now…. What is NEW in this release?

  • Warning: Long post, lots of pictures!! Heaps of information!

Today I am releasing the newest sets of feet in the Slink Female Avatar Enhancement range.
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These new feet are Kitten, for all your vintage needs, and Pointe for the dancers among us.


WHY NOW?􀀂

The last time Slink released feet was nearly 3 years ago, with the release of the High style at Shoetopia. For a long time, the feet have only been available as 3 separate purchases, due to the fact that they were released at very different times.

WHY THESE 2 STYLES?

I have had many requests for both of these styles over the last few years. Slink customers wanted a set of feet that was a height between the Flat and the Mid feet, and I’ve often been asked for the Pointe feet for dancers, roleplayers, and photography.

WHAT IS THE DELUXE PACK?

In the new DELUXE PACK, we have combined all 5 sets of feet (3 original and 2 new) into one attachment, and created a HUD for easy selection of the feet style that you need with the click of a button. You can mix and match, and turn them off as needed!

The Deluxe Pack is not an update, it is a new product, available now for the first time.

Feet Deluxe Ven small

 

WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT ALREADY OWN FEET?􀀃

We want everyone who already owns one or more pairs of the single feet to be rewarded for their support, but unfortunately our technology doesn’t realistically allow us to extend a loyalty discount exclusively to current feet owners…

So, we have decided to release the single Kitten and Pointe feet at the usual price of $675L each, but for the first 2 weeks after release (3rd April to 16th April) the Deluxe Pack of all 5 feet with improved HUD will be priced at just $1350L, which is equal to just 2 of the single feet! Think of it as buying the Pointe and Kitten styles, and getting the original 3 styles and the very cool Deluxe HUD features as a bonus!

Slink Hands and Feet Utils HUD Feet Tab Guide

After the special offer period, the price of the pack will be increased. This pack will never be this price again, so get in and get it while it’s hot!!

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What else is in this update?

  • All of the female feet have been updated to have a seamless join with the Female Physique original and Hourglass bodies.
  • There is now a built in ankle lock in the Utilities HUD, so no one has any excuse for broken ankles!!
  • The Hands and Feet Utilities HUD has been made over, hands and feet are now on separate tabs for ease of use, and there is a handy infographic included.

Slink Hands and Feet Utils HUD Hands Tab Guide

  • There is now a PHYS button on the hands and feet tabs, which will activate the ankle and wrist best suited for your Physique Original and Hourglass bodies.
  • Because of this, both of the bodies also needed to be updated at the same time. You will find them in the re-delivery terminal. If you want truly seamless ankles, you must update your Physique body.
  • All of the (female) hands, feet and bodies have had a very small update to the latest Omega Script.

Female Hands Large

  • The Ballet Slipper style Margot has had a little facelift, and now works with all 5 styles of feet! Margot cleverly listens to the Deluxe feet HUD, to change when you change your feet, and there is also a Mini HUD available for those with single feet, that allows you to match your Margot to your style of feet with the click of a button! It’s pretty cool 🙂 If you previously bought Margot, you will find the update in the redelivery terminal!

 

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Slink West – New Sim, New Chat, New Gift

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We have exciting things to announce.

Slink West Sim has been remodeled, giving us more space, and you a better opportunity to enjoy not only the stores, but the location as a destination to enjoy spending time at. It is located directly opposite the Slink  Mainstore, and even includes a Slink store so that you do not have to travel back and forth if in need of updates, re-deliveries etc.

We have some new tenants and older tenants in the new build, and we hope you will enjoy all of them.

We would like to thank Whimsy Winx for all of her landscaping and layout work on the complete remodel of the Sim. She has made the sim an incredible photo opportunity for those looking to take some great pictures of Slink compatible products, or just have fun on location. Check out her themed vignettes scattered around the builds.

We have opened Slink West Group Chat! it was always our intention to have it possible to chat about Slink/Compatible items in a fun and jovial setting. It made it difficult with it being our Store Group in the past, so we have decided to open up Slink West Chat,  so that people can have the freedom to discuss all things Slink Compatible, in an environment where Slink 3rd party creators are also involved.

You can find the Rules for the group HERE.

To Join Group – Copy and paste the following into open chat, open chat history and click the link to join the group.

secondlife:///app/group/a65f4ae7-af66-15e7-618f-287c0f5cbb9f/about

We understand group space is limited for some, we do have a Slink Subscribo if you want to drop your Slink group for your Slink West Group. Both groups are FREE and will remain free, so you can pick up the Slink one when shopping to still earn store credit if desired.

Slink has a GIFT item exclusively for the Slink West sim location. It is a Special colour of the Lulu add on shoes for the Slink Mid Feet. The Gift is located next to the mid feet in the store at the far end of the Slink West sim – couldn’t have it too close to the other store that would have just been silly.

Slink - Gift - Lulu Special.jpg

Slink @ Slink West

If you have any questions about anything Slink West related, please send an IM or notecard to Slink Resident and she will get back to you as soon as possible.