Second Life viewers can have a pretty major impact on your Second Life experience. I am constantly asked how to use Black Dragon because my favoritism for the viewer has developed pretty strongly. During tonight’s live for Second Life 101, I’m diving into everything I did to make it possible to use the viewer and some of the reasons I think it makes for the best Second Life experience. If your computer can handle it. RIP if it can’t or check out Shadow Tech to transform your computer into a gaming PC. Tech magic.
Why I Think You Should Know How to Use Black Dragon
Riddle me surprised when I logged into Firestorm today and couldn’t even remember how to get to my landmarks. Has it really been that long? I initially installed Black Dragon solely for photos. The graphics are just so much better, honestly issa fact. But, I’m not really that person in Second Life who spends much time setting the scene for a photo and planning it out. I simply live my Second Life and snap along the way.
It became abundantly clear that I needed to make Black Dragon my home. I was spoiled at this point. I mean, a rotating camera. Come on. While I haven’t figured out all of the machinima tools or even perfected the smooth cam, I can very confidently say shadows, windlights, avatar and terrain quality are all better in Black Dragon.
But not only that. This viewer hogs up some pretty serious computer resources BUT I very rarely lag in Black Dragon. Where has the lag gone!? It’s nothing in comparison to my lag in Firestorm. I know some of you watching my videos may be like, you lying whore… but no, streaming live with a million programs and sometimes SL voice going at once absolutely lags me out. But when I’m just chillin’ out like a villain and “playing” Second Life, I never lag!
Don’t Get On Black Dragon’s Bad Side
However, when Black Dragon feels a little lag coming on, its just going to rage punt you and completely close. I’ve warned you. Don’t run to the video comments asking why Black Dragon slapped you in the face while you were writing that massive notecard or snapping the most perfect shot that ever existed. You computer or maybe graphics card probably hated the graphics settings you loved. Black Dragon definitely got into a school yard brawl with said computer… Black Dragon will always win.
Anywho, I’ll stop talking fairy tales and get to the nitty gritty. (No one can tell me they haven’t pictured full blown boxing matches between a personified version of Black Dragon and whatever Nvidia card you have – insert the fact that I didn’t even know there were different cards before last month). So yes, those of us gaming or computer details ignorant… can use Black Dragon.
How to Install Black Dragon
- Download it. It lives on Bitbucket. Don’t be afraid of this. I was. It seemed, and I quote James Franco, “SPICIOUS.”
- Figure out which of these 2 babies you need. Now, this is something you can totally run to my comments to ask about because I promise you – I have no idea which version you need. And in typical YouTube fashion, someone will know! I don’t know what AVX is so I went with the first. Notice, these are also 64 bit (am I using the correct term here?) Anywho, make sure your machine likes that situation.
- Let your computer do its thing. Once you launch – you’ll have this whole situation and some seriously…serious music. I liked it. At first. But voila, enter your Second Life credentials and log right in. (also note, I am fully aware that I do not have the most current version of Black Dragon installed. Tis a life choice, let me be me).
This is What I Changed Immediately
This post is going to be a long one. I already feel it happening. Anyway though, I had to IMMEDIATELY change all of the controls. I couldn’t even move. Could barely look right or left. And I had no idea what was happening. My only experience with WASD was turning it off for Second Life surfing. I’ve played no other games. If you have, you’ll love it. If you want to change it – I used this tutorial. It’s an oldie but a goodie. It got the job done.
- You need to access preferences. You can do that by hitting ctrl + p (look familiar?) or upper left hand corner where it says “Dragon” then edit > preferences.
- From there we are going to “Keybindings.” We’re going to immediately delete some things. Which I know for some is super nerve wracking. Don’t worry, if you hate it or if you mess up you can always hit “reset all to default.”
- Select the keys select above and hit “delete selected.”
- Now let’s focus on the ones we do want:
- Locate “turn right” and hit “change selected”
- Hit the right arrow key and then hit “bind”
- Do the same for “turn left” but hit the left arrow key then “bind.”
- Rejoice! We can now walk the way we’re used to walking.
Now if you like WASD, keep it easy. Don’t change those. That video goes into more detail about changing camera controls to mirror Firestorm. I didn’t get into all of that but you’ve got some options. You can use keybindings to give all these controls what ever command your heart desires. Have fun!
Set Your Toolbar
This is honestly the reason I’ve forgotten how to use Firestorm. Everything I need is just right there in my toolbar. And its just so clean and small and I love it.
- Go to “Dragon” Edit > Toolbar.
- Decide on all the options you’ll like to use and you can choose to place them on your top, bottom, left or right toolbar. I personally just use the top bar.
Nothing fancy here. That’s it. It definitely does help a bunch!
On To Graphic Settings?
This is easier to show rather than tell. So, you’re welcome. Here are a million photos. All of these are located in the “Display” section in preferences. I have no idea how many I’ve actually changed from default. Feel free to pause the slideshow if you need to.
I talk about some of my other favorite features, including those I wish were more like Firestorm in the live so check it out! And let me know if you’re into Black Dragon as much as I am.