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Second Life Walkthrough: Just Joined Second Life? What Now?

First of all, welcome to Second Life, congratulations on getting your account and taking your first confusing steps into this confusing as all hell virtual world. Now you are here? What do you do first? Some Residents of SL would say that nothing really interesting happens until you reach 30 days old, but that isn’t true. It is true that you can’t really do anything until you are 30 days, like apply for jobs but we’ll get to that when we get to the living in Second Life bit of this walk through. You can do anything you want before you reach your 30 days in SL and Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life, have happily done something to help newcomers find their way.

I always tell newcomers that the best way to experience SL in their first few weeks is to explore the places in the destination guid. Back to Linden Labs making the kind of easier for new residents to explore the world.

Seven places as soon as your land in world, introducing you to Seven part of Second Life.

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Art

Second Life is ripe with culture and very creative people, one of ways residents show their creativity is through art. If you are interested in seeing the amazing creations of Second Life’s Art community go through that Portal.

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Roleplaying

Second Life’s roleplaying community is large, with several different kinds of sims dedicated to Roleplaying. From Lovercraftian Horror to Medieval Fantasy to Futuristic Cyber, if you are interested in checking out Second Life’s Roleplaying Go through the portal.

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Popular and Social

These two Portals lead you to popular hotspots as well as social communities, great places to hang out and meet other Second Life residents. Go through the portals to meet new people and make friends.

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Music

There are so many musical places in Second Life, from clubs to pubs, live musicians to teaching schools for wannabe musicians. Follow this portal to start your musician journey.

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Editor’s Picks

These Destinations were picks by the editor of the destination guide on the Second Life website. This portal leads to them.

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Linden Realms

Second Life’s very own video game, Go on quests, collect crystals and earn Lindens. Just head through the portal.

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Adult

Finally a portal that leads to the seedy side of Second Life, the adult sims.

Exploring Second Life will allow you to see and experience  every part of Second Life before you finally decide on what you’re interested in doing, but what happens when you don’t have found that special thing and you’ve reached 30 days? Well how about we answer a few questions that we are always asked here at The Torch. About things  that happen in every day Second Life, beginning with ‘How do I get a job in Second Life?’

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Things to do in Second Life – Week of February 17, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Fundraisers:

2013
Relay for Life: 
in Second Life Team
Registration has opened!! Please see the websites below for
more information:

http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl

Contests:

Catch the North Gang: The German Community launches its first event in 2013: Catch the North Gang. Hunt all members of the north gang in numerous shops for a chance to win and win up to L$ 1,500. Every North member carries a suitcase filled with stolen property and a code letter. Collect all parts and code letters and find the solution words. Running from February 20th to the 28th, good luck!

Music & Festivals:

KittyCatS! Goes Wild West: A grid-wide gift awaits you as KittyCatS! celebrates turning two all month long! Ride a MegaPuss Cat through a western town, play games,
hang out with friends enjoy dancing in the saloon, visit an Indian Village and more! Stroll through the little shack area and see the creative art installations our community has put together. Pick up your birthday cat gift and get it’s mate by doing a fun grid wide hunt! Find out more at: http://kittycats.biz

Hunts:

The Tainted Love HuntThe Tainted Love Hunt is a grid-wide treasure hunt focusing on anything but that nice, romantic Valentines Day love. Expect obsessional
love, painful love, even loving unto death. Featuring great prizes from some of most troubled, twisted and talented people in Second Life, the Tainted Love Hunt runs from February 1st to February 28th, 2013.

Art & Exhibitions:

Manilism: Manilism is a collaboration between new media artists Julius Redillas and Richard Coronel. This multimedia installation features the premiere of the video Bleached Nightmare, performances and a sound art. The sim runs from February 1st through the end of February. Come and see.

Split Screen Installation Space:  The fantastical installation “Yes, Giovanni” by Yooma Mayo is showing at the Split Screen Installation Space, along with Pixels Sideways’s “Afterlife.” Showing through February 28th, this isn’t a show to miss.

LEA Arts Festival:  What better way to showcase the work of over 30 artists, performers and machinimatographers than with a month-long celebration in February? The LEA Arts Festival features twenty full sims of art installations, machinima screenings, artist talks, interviews, performances, classes and more! Opening day is Feb 2nd with a
packed schedule of great events. Read more at http://lindenarts.blogspot.com

Danger in Evolution: DangerInEvolution is a project born from an artistic collaboration between Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo for the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts). DangerInEvolution makes it possible to see the contradiction at the heart of any technological and scientific evolution that fails to take into account, maturity and an
awareness and value of all potential risks. The installation is open from now until the end of February.

CitySphere: Welcome to Citysphère, a new vision of Second Life. A city with 132 buildings distributed on a floating sphere, this mind-bending experience features three times the surface area of most sims and must be seen. For more information, and important Citysphere advice, go to bit.ly/RNdSf1. The exhibition runs throughout
the month.

Puzzles/Games:

Global Domination:  Global Domination will immerse you in exciting and interactive puzzle solving game play. It will take you through a challenging journey through the globe as you solve puzzles based on different countries around the world. Solve all the puzzles and win amazing prizes from some of Second Life’s favorite stores. Come get
your passport today to play for fun and then finish for your prizes!

The Winter Safety Game: Winter weather can be a killer. The challenge of The Winter Safety Game is to prepare home, barn, and car for a winter blizzard and travel safely through it to Grandma’s 75th birthday party. Score points by interacting with content, encountering a variety of hazardous situations and solving problems. Collect
enough points to access skating, fireworks, and prizes at the party. Open now through March 20th.

Things to do in Second Life – Week of February 10, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Fundraisers:

One Billion Rising in Second Life:  ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Walk, Dance, and Rise as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

2013 Relay for Life: in Second Life Team Registration has opened!! Please see the websites below for more information:

http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl

Mardi Gras Themed:

Mardi Gras Town: The vibrant sounds of authentic New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobblestoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a world-renowned festive spirit, Mardi Gras Town is your destination to let the good times roll.

Mardi Gras at Two Moon Paradise:  Come and celebrate Mardi Gras week from February 7th to the 14th at Two Moon Paradise. Join in the week-long festivities including live music, events, costume contests, festival rides and much more. There’s even free masks and Mardi Gras beads for everyone. For a list of all events for the week, visit the blog at http://twomoonparadise.wordpress.com/.

Valentines Day Themed:

2013 Valentine Town: Valentine Town is a visual panorama of all things that denote love and affection. From chocolate waterfalls to the sugary delight of giant gumballs, expect an endless feast for all the senses with remarkable vistas and colors that bathe visitors with affectionate delight. Incredible stores are also packed with items for passionate lovers and those they love. So what’s stopping you? Head to Valentine Town today!

Love Potion No. 9.9 Hunt:Phinneas Phicklephogg needs a challenge. He has mastered all the lessons in the Spellmaster’s Guide to Alchemy, 2nd Edition and life has become a monotany of talismans, wards, and curses. With Love in the air, people are pounding down his door for ways to protect and control the heart, but the one thing he can’t create is True Love in a bottle. Or can he? Join Phinneas’ adventure to brew Love Potion 9.9. Perfection may be overrated but the rewards of True Love never are!

The Tainted Love Hunt: The Tainted Love Hunt is a grid-wide treasure hunt focusing on anything but that nice, romantic Valentine’s Day love. Expect obsessional love, painful love, even loving unto death. Featuring great prizes from some of most troubled, twisted and talented people in Second Life, the Tainted Love Hunt runs from February 1st to February 28th, 2013.

Valentines R’ Us: Choose from a great selection of Valentine’s gifts this year at Valentines R’ Us. Whether you’re looking for roses, chocolates, unique cards or formal wear for that most romantic of nights, you’ll find it at Valentines R’ Us.

Love Bug: Love is in the air, and the passionate music lovers at the Velvet are celebrating Valentines Day with a festival of amorous music. They’ve built a drive-in cinema and lined up 11 lovely DJs to entertain under the big screen this Valentine’s day, February 14th, from 12 am ’til 11 pm. Like an awkward first date, you might not be watching the movie, but you can be sure the soundtrack will sweep you off your feet. Grab some popcorn, head on down to the Velvet Drive-In and catch the Love Bug.

Ready for Love Festival: Come to Tribute City as they usher in the Valentine love season with a month long festival! Events include singles parties to find that perfect someone, a couples photo contest to show off that perfect someone, a merchant’s fair, live DJs, tribute bands and more. For more information, visit http://tributecity.blogspot.com/.

Music & Festivals:

Trojan Empire:  The Trojan Empire is honored to present The Pulse of Musical Spring, A Second Life Music Festival. Doing their part to promote music and wonderful performers in Second Life, the sim is delighted to host this amazing this full scale music event from Friday, February 15th to Sunday the 17th. Come on down and join in this ultimate sensation!

The Light and Shadow Pleasure Faire:  Part craft fair, part historical reenactment and part performance art. Buy crafts and food at booths, enjoy parades, crafts, live jugglers, musicians, magicians and other entertainers as they perform throughout the weekend. Or even test your skill at tournaments throughout the realms. Bring medieval attire, or touch the Sylvhara welcome kit for the location of free period clothes. Running from February 14th through the 17th, visit http://bit.ly/VIyVT5 for more information.

Hunts:

The Stupid Cupid Hunt: That Cupid, he’s so stupid! Flying around, shooting arrows everywhere, making everyone dizzy, trailing little hearts wherever he goes… He’s trying to make love matches all across SecondLife! It’s time to stop Cupid before he gets any more stupid! Find the arrows at stores across SL to lead you to Cupid’s love nest and fall in love with over 20 sponsor prizes! Running from February 1st to the 15th, don’t miss it.

The Tainted Love HuntThe Tainted Love Hunt is a grid-wide treasure hunt focusing on anything but that nice, romantic Valentines Day love. Expect obsessional love, painful love, even loving unto death. Featuring great prizes from some of most troubled, twisted and talented people in Second Life, the Tainted Love Hunt runs from February 1st to February 28th, 2013.

Cold Winter Nights Hunt:  The Cold Winter Nights Hunt is a high quality gridwide hunt from 50 of your favorite designers and stores. Set your diary to midnight on January 15th and get ready to hunt! Each quality item in this hunt only costs 10 Lindens! Be sure to check out their website for more details: http://coldwinternightshunt.wordpress.com/.

Art & Exhibitions:

Manilism: Manilism is a collaboration between new media artists Julius Redillas and Richard Coronel. This multimedia installation features the premiere of the video Bleached Nightmare, performances and a sound art. The sim runs from February 1st through the end of February. Come and see.

Angelwood Bay Arts Center: Angelwood Bay Arts Center is a pioneering venture to help artists make the transition from SL to RL and vice versa. Angelwood Bay is honored to present five great artists at their opening on Feb.14th, 2013. Make the connection at http://bit.ly/XjxDb8.

Split Screen Installation Space:  The fantastical installation “Yes, Giovanni” by Yooma Mayo is showing at the Split Screen Installation Space, along with Pixels Sideways’s “Afterlife.” Showing through February 28th, this isn’t a show to miss.

LEA Arts Festival:  What better way to showcase the work of over 30 artists, performers and machinimatographers than with a month-long celebration in February? The LEA Arts Festival features twenty full sims of art installations, machinima screenings, artist talks, interviews, performances, classes and more! Opening day is Feb 2nd with a packed schedule of great events. Read more at http://lindenarts.blogspot.com

Danger in Evolution: DangerInEvolution is a project born from an artistic collaboration between Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo for the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts). DangerInEvolution makes it possible to see the contradiction at the heart of any technological and scientific evolution that fails to take into account, maturity and an awareness and value of all potential risks. The installation is open from now until the end of February.

CitySphere: Welcome to Citysphère, a new vision of Second Life. A city with 132 buildings distributed on a floating sphere, this mind-bending experience features three times the surface area of most sims and must be seen. For more information, and important Citysphere advice, go to bit.ly/RNdSf1. The exhibition runs throughout the month.

Puzzles/Games:

The Winter Safety Game:
Winter weather can be a killer. The challenge of The Winter Safety Game is to prepare home, barn, and car for a winter blizzard and travel safely through it to Grandma’s 75th birthday party. Score points by interacting with content, encountering a variety of hazardous situations and solving problems. Collect enough points to access skating, fireworks, and prizes at the party. Open now through March 20th.

So You Want to Own a Business in Second Life – Part 3

In this installment of So You want to Own a Business in Second Life, we tackle the business of Affiliates/Franchises.  Think about all of the items you have in your inventory, you will probably find many by the same one or few content creators! Often these very same content creators that you love, may have affiliate/franchise vendors that you can either purchase or at time’s get for free and set up your own Second Life business! Below are a few tips to help you get started with this type of business:

  1.  Selecting an affiliate/franchise-this may be the hardest part with this type of business, as there are many affiliate/franchise opportunities in Second Life.  You can often find such vendors on the Second Life Marketplace, by looking in the business category.  As of 7pm slt (4/23/12), there are over 3200 affiliate/franchise opportunities in Second Life! To help yourself narrow them down, think of items you like to purchase or services that you use a lot in Second Life, then do a search on the marketplace.  Of course if you are within a budget limit, some of the costly affiliates/franchises may be out of your reach and you may have to choose one or several of the freebie ones.
  2. Read the terms, rules, and instructions-this is very important as affiliate/franchise businesses often have their own terms, rules, and instructions that can affect how you set up your business.  Often such businesses may require that you join their update or merchant group, so make sure you have group space available.  Some may have requirements such as how many can be located in a particular sim and where you can place the vendors. You should also check to see who is the customer support or your first line of contact in the event that items are not delivered to customers or if you have a problem with any of the vendors. You should also read the commission split, as this may determine if it is cost-effective to even rent property to set up the affiliate/franchise.  Some affiliates/franchises pay more than others, some pay very little.  Lastly read the terms to see if you can even use and set up the affiliate/franchise business, since some vendors have avatar age restrictions—you have to be a certain age for the vendors to actual function for you correctly.
  3. Location, location, and location-land rental can be costly in Second Life the same is for shops.  You will have to have a location to rezz and set up your affiliate/franchise business.  If you buy a complete affiliate/franchise that has many vendors, then you may need a much larger piece of property, shop, and prims to get set up everything.  Of course there are many affiliate/franchise businesses that just include a single multi prim vendor, that can be prim heavy.  Choosing a location is never easy either, you may not want to set up an affiliate/franchise that contains the same business that you have within the same sim.  You also would want to look for areas that are less laggy but busy enough so you can get some traffic to the shop.  Always look around a location before making a selection.
  4. Advertising, promotions, marketing-after you set up your affiliate/franchise, you have to promote the shop’s location.  You can do things such as looking at promotional rental groups, if you are leasing property and send out notices announcing the shop’s opening.  You can also hit social media or ask the sim where you happen to lease property, if they can do a profile on your new business.  Make sure you promote your business in any groups that you own or groups where this is allowed.  You should also put your business location in your profile picks and take out a small classified ad, if it is within your budget.  Also make sure the business is listed in Second Life search via the parcel.  Another idea is to talk to the creator of your affiliate/franchise to see if they have any advertising or promotional material that you can use to set up your store or if they have any events that tie into the business that you can be a part of.
  5. Update, update and update-if you have a good affiliate/franchise business, then you should receive product updates or notifications that vendors have been update.  It is important that you make updates to vendors or place out new items as they become available, this helps your store to stay up to date and you can have new material.  If you have an affiliate/franchise that does not offer much support or updates, you may want to contact the creator to see when updates may occur. Remember when someone purchases an item from your affiliate/franchise vendors, they will always message you first if there are failed deliveries or the item does not work correctly.

If you love this type of business, then you may want to consider leaping into the world of content creation, which will be our next installment of So You Want to Own a Business in Second Life.

It’s Winter Time!

Christmas Is all about togetherness plus some lovely clothing so here’s two idea’s for the love or maybe just that good friend in your Second Life

First off we have myself Look Stoop in the “Winter” outfit by BULLET (Blue) this set cost L$75 Includes

Sweater

Jeans

Shoes and cap and look’s really great on

By Bullet

Chipmunk Zhong is warring *B.D.R.* Basics: Baby It’s Cold Outside (Pink) / Winter Promo!

This fab outfit come with A wonderful coat, Jeans, Earmuffs (not shown in our picture) tongue with snowflake, A blush tattoo layer and some fab pink boot’s

By B.D.R.

This outfit cost L$99 and my wonderful wife was over the moon

A big thanks to chippy who stepped in last minuet thank’s sweet love you bunches

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Back to Basics: Changing Your Avatar in Second Life

The Different Avatars Choice given to you when you sigh up to SecondLife

Second Life have been as given its users a lot more variety to choose from since its start in 2005. Over the years Second Life Residents can choose from User generated content and their own starter avatars. It very easy to switch between the two. From Vampires, Werewolves avatars, Cars, and the normal human avatar.

So how do you change to these new avatars? It fairly simple actually. In the current Second Life up dated viewer, you have a Sidebar, which is located on the left side of your viewer. It has your avatar choices (as  shown above), outfits options, your inventory where items go when you buy them, the search button where you search for second life content, Places where landmarks are saved when you are given them, your voice settings, and your mini map which is a small that shows you the area on the sim you are in.

While it is important to learn about Search, Places, Voice Settings and Your mini map, that will have to come sometime later. For now it will be the first three buttons we will focus on.

Avatars 

Second Life is filled to the brim with different kinds of avatars, this is part of SL’s creative freedom, you can be anything you want to be here and Linden Labs is showing you this by adding on new avatars that step into the different kinds you can be in this virtual world. Don’t believe me? Check out our Awesome Avatars Section. Think of your avatar as a way of expressing yourself. Whether you want to be a human, a car or a furry, you have the freedom to do so.

Outfits

If you want to change your appearance and you don’t have clothes, you can always use the outfits given you for another avatars. Just right-click on the item and Wear, Add to Current Outfit, or replace Current Outfit. This is automatically add anything you click to your avatar.

To remove items, you can either: Right Click and then click Detach this item. You can also Click the wearing tab, as soon in the picture, this will list every item that you are wearing, to remove them, once again you have to right-click and then detach this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Inventory

When you start buying items, whether free or not. Anything you receive in second life is placed in your inventory. To wear clothes from your inventory you can double-click the item and it will appear on your avatar.

Nice and simple. Have fun.

If you any questions about Second Life and Avatars, don’t forget to visit the Torch SL Guide Group in world: secondlife:///app/group/c9805496-74de-d093-f3af-5b9dbec426de/about

Alli & Ali Designs: Just Heaven

Alli & Ali Designs is a name that you will hear a lot in Second Life, they are one of the top hair designers in Second Life and a few months ago the Torch SL Guide had the privilege of Interviewing them:

 

How did Alli&Ali Designs come into existence?

We formed our business in February 2007, and it has evolved since that time.  We started by helping new residents get set up in SL, and set up a small shop with our initial designs.  The small shop eventually grew into a big shop, and is now the business you see today. 

What are the basic aims of Alli&Ali Designs ?  
Our mission is to make products that SL residents will enjoy using in various aspects of their Second Life, whether it be in role play, doing business, clubbing,  parties, events, and more.  We want people to have fun and look great! Our personal interest in this business is, that we want to have fun living out our creative side.

 

A&A Tekesha Hair Fire, (updo with curls)How does Alli&Ali Designs contribute to the newbie population of SL?

We’ve provided free tutorials since 2007 and we provide freebies of our products on a regular basis.  We also provide a safe respectful environment for all customers.  We understand that getting started in SL can be difficult, so we do what we can to ensure that they have a place to start without getting overwhelmed. 

Can you tell us a bit more about the dollarbie deals on your markplace store?

The dollarbies are special offers of our hairstyles in one color. The idea is, that people can try to wear the style in their daily life, for a low price, and if they wish to have other colors, they can buy our regular products at 175 L per color.
Visit their Online Store for fantastic dollarbie sales or go visit their inworld store to see more of their products. Interested in finding out about their upcoming items, check out The Alli&Ali Designs Blog. 

Fall Fashion

For the lady in fall I found this great dress for  L$1 from L’esprit Creations 
Her long socks were from  Grumble Grumble for L$25
Mary Jane’s shoes in black were L$50 Also from Grumble Grumble
So this full suit was L$76
Now for the Men we have a grey jumper with grey pants and black shoes. This whole outfit came in at L$99 From TRC 
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Working in Second Life: Enjoy Life Jobs Agency

Like many newcomers to Second Life you may find yourself looking for a place either to get a job or earn a few Lindens. It is not as easy

Start your Second Life with Enjoy Life Jobs

as some may think to get a job on Second Life when you are a freshly made avatar. One reason is that people do not want to hire a person who is new on SL because of their inexperience with the game or because they do not think that a newcomer will stick at it hard when trying to predict what goes on in other people’s minds. However, there is a place that newcomers can come and get a job or find work in other locations. That place is called Enjoy Life Job Agency and the staff are really friendly and helpful to newcomers.

  • Enjoy Life Job Agency is a great place to visit because of all the things they have to offer. They offer low-cost to no-cost clothes to make you look less like a newcomer and more like someone who has been on Second Life for a while. Having a refined look and a good style on Second Life is really important and can help you land a fantastic job in a club or other place of business. Enjoy Life Job Agency can really help you get your start. They offer both greeter and model positions that can help you get started in the second life. They pay a small amount for a worker (four hours of work for one hundred lindens) not bad for a newcomer in Second Life. This is a great thing for newcomers to earn and save up to make their appearance ready for places that require a better look . Many places will not take on workers under 30 days old and sometimes even 60. The Enjoy Life way enables you get your foot in the door with experience in modeling or greeting and the time you need to be online.

So. If you are new to Second Life, need a job, and maybe some freebies, Enjoy Life Job Agency is one of many places to get started. It is also a good place if you need a camping ground for such games as Fish hunt, coin hunt, or even getting betaverse coins. You can also camp on the two available chairs which will let you to camp until they vanish.

This should get you started in Second Life and if you ever have any questions or need any advice do not hesitate to contact me in world with an IM or a notecard. Always remember that Second Life is always fun as long as you try to make it fun.  Check out Enjoy Life Job Agency and if you can’t get in world check out the website.

Kittysmiles Soulstar

New Dolphin Viewer

Virtual Worlds Simulator, Dolphin has  joined the growing list of viewers to have its own viewer 3 update. Dolphin, which is a viewer for all virtual worlds not just Second Life, have enhancements that are quite popular with builders, sailors and explorers. Based on Linden Lab’s very own source codes, it has its own version of Viewer 1.5, Viewer 2 and has now upgraded to the new Viewer 3 with mesh support.  Developed by Second Life Resident Lance Corrimal, it is compatible with Windows, Linux and Apple Mac operating systems

New Dolphin Viewer 3 is said to have the following:

  • Dolphin Viewer 3 now defaults to its own separate cache folder (users of previous versions need to reset the cache

    Dolphin Viewer 1.5

    location once this version is installed, unless you already set it to its own location)

  • Restrained Love check box in preferences renamed to RLV to make it more consistent with all other RLV options
  • Chat bar hovertip now properly mentions whispering by using shift-enter
  • Linux build works for users of older linux distributions
                                                                                                                                – Lance Corrimal
For more information on Dolphin’s previous viewers and to down load the new viewer 3, Check out the Dolphin Viewer website.