Monday, 29 July 2013

Evo / Tango Skin Update - Additional HUDs - Demon and Verotic Studio

I have just finished part of one of an upgrade to the Lolas Tangos / vString Evo appliers with the introduction of the so called "Nat" HUD.

In the Demon Studio, the Elyssian / Veyra Skins (All) and the Moritas Skin (All) have been updated.

In the Verotic Store, Ava, Gia and Ori have been updated.

Other Skins (such as Abyss / Torya) didnt need updating as they dont seem to be affected as badly)

If you wear the Applier HUD, you will be automatically sent the update - if you are still on the older model of separate appliers, wear the Updater box that came with the appliers.

In addition, here is a name I am surprised to be saying but Scythe is now available for Tangos and Evos ... even if the skin was discontinued 2 years ago.
I was begged by customers to do this update as apparently people still have a soft spot for this skin so it is now Tango and Evo compatible.
Again, just wear the updater box that came with you appliers / skin to get the latest version.

Whats this update about though?

As many will know at the back end of last year, I updated my skins line to be Tango's compatible and subsequently vString Evo compatible.
However, this has been a bit of a painful time really as it seems that environmental factors on Second Life have been causing the skins and implant textures to do some very silly things.

If you want more detail on this, head over to the soapbox where you will find an article on exactly what the problem is however skipping to the end of that article I sadly had to draw a stark conclusion.

Simply put, there is no solution to these errors - its very much an end user thing that I have zero control over.

To that end, if I cant provide an all encompassing solution, then the next best thing is to provide two huds.

The original HUD is there for those that liked the way I custom tinted the implants in so they matched to regular implant settings on SL.

The New "Nat" HUD is a raw output - what this means is there is no messing around, no extra shading or tinting - what is on the avatar, is the same as what is on the implants.

Its up to customers really which they prefer but its nice to have the option.


Friday, 26 July 2013

Verotic / LTX Clothing Update - Super Appliers, Tangos and Evos!

Violet Studios has always been at the forefront of developing new tech and design theory when it comes to our products, and one thing that has constantly bugged me personally is the way appliers work.
In the old school way, customers would end up with 10+ separate appliers in their sales boxes, causing confusion and irration. From a designers POV they were a nightmare to work with, taking excessive time and effort to put together.

During the vString 3 project, we showed off our Super Applier system for skins - gone were the dozens of boxes - everything was put in to one easy to use HUD.... and now we have done it for clothing too!

The Clothing Super Applier has now been rolled out to all Verotic and LTX Clothing in my stores making things an absolute doddle to use.

How does it work? Wear the HUD... press the relevant button that matches the breasts you are wearing.

What, you expected more effort?

The secondary reason for this update though was moving all my clothing over to the SL Upper body Mapping which is currently available on Lolas Tangos and on vString. This update required a massive amount of work as effectively I had to rework, design and upload new textures for every single item across the range (it add up to over 300 new textures).

I personally will admit, I was dubious about how these textures would look on Implants, however after finishing the update, I have to say, I am sold as  the new textures add a level of seamless depth to those breasts that are capable of using them.

For Lolas Tangos, we have after considerable thought on the matter, had to create a special script to handle working with the super applier. This may sound strange and Tangos come with their own applier, but cutting a long story short - I wont use it.
The Tangos script we have designed is quite intelligent though as it not only works with our super applier, but adds a neat little feature in that older products that are vString compatible, will apply to the breasts!

Just making that bit clear - if you have this script in your tangos, and you have a Version 2 vString applier with an item of clothing, and you wear that applier, the top from the applier will be sent to your tangos and
will work - maybe not perfectly, but it opens up a new feature for you.

The script itself only need be put in your implant the one time. Once its in there, it will work for all outfits you buy from Violet Studios.

So... Summing up.
* Simple, Easy to Use applier system
* Tango / Evo Top textures now available
* Extra features to Lolas Tangos
* The Most popular SL brands available
* Works with other compatible Implants!

Even nicer... The Scripts are available for free in world - just find the LTX and Verotic Notice in store (it looks like this really.  If you buy this  board, you get the Tangos Script and Instructions making your Tangos backwards compatible.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

VSXM Arrives in store

As this is the PG blog, I wont really say much more here - the VSXM (VSX Mesh) series have arrived in store - either check out the Adult blog for more details, pictures etc, or pop in to the Main VSX Store in world to see what all the hoohaa is about.


Saturday, 20 July 2013

VSX Version 5.0 Released

I am pleased to say VSX Version 5.0 has been released.
For more information on this, see the Adult Blog for VSX and vString.