HUD7 beta.11 Collar now partially available

HUD7-beta2Hi everyone,

Beta.11 brings you most of the features of the Collar, squeezed into the tiny memory profile of the new Quantum Engine.

What’s working now

The following buttons are now working on the Collar Menu:

  • Pet Crawl: you can go around on all fours, with four types of crawls. Your Owner can also ‘lock’ you in Pet Crawl so you can’t get up.
  • Pet Expressions: Most gestures will work: wriggle, whine, beg, bob etc. Hug might be a bit wonky.
  • Bell: You can also adjust Bell Pitch (5 sounds, from a low cow-bell sound to a high kitty-bell sound) and volume. You can click the Bell to jiggle it (No cheating, you have to be near enough though!).
  • Tag: there’s a new Tag button on the Collar Menu for your convenience. But it’s more fun to actually click the physical Tag inworld and seeing it flip up. Again, you need to be close enough.
  • Gravity: Bell and Tag will magically drop correctly through various crawls and anims.
  • Deed: your Ownership Deed is fully working.
  • styling: you can re-size, color and position your Collar.

For those still waiting on the fence, this Collar addition should be enough to get you to try HUD7, as the Cuffs and Gag are fully working already.

What’s coming

Other features like rez/de-rez options (starburst, drop-rez), emotes, and error messages will be added soon. You will not be required to activate a new HUD as these will be rolled out live and you will get a message when you log in.

Other features like Leashing and Utility HUD will be added in the next major releases (beta.12,  beta.13 or beta.14).

The following are beta.11’s  improvements over HUD6:

Smoother Pet Crawl Transition

Pet-Crawl has  been improved. The transition from one crawl to another is now smoother. Also when standing up from a crawl. Yes, it’s subtle.

Improved Gravity

Gravity is a special Collar feature where  the Bell and Pet Tag hang down towards the ground whether you’re on all fours, or whether you’re standing.

The all-new Gravity Engine results in smoother and quicker Bell and Tag transitions, especially with slower or crowded sims. They hang down perfectly with each movement for that sexy look on all fours!

And remember, you can always wear your Collar slanted. Bell and Tag will adjust themselves automatically.

wear-it-slanted

Smaller Memory Footprint

Beta.11 uses even fewer scripts than beta.10, while doing more. This is possible due to the incredible Quantum Engine.

How to get your beta.11

If you have an earlier HUD7 just wear it and you will get the option to update.

If you have HUD 6, just go to the Secret Warehouse, say the password (“ponygirl”) and click the blue HUD7 Beta Board right above the Update Switch.

Do not wear your old (i.e. current, existing) HUD or uHUD together with HUD7. Bad things will happen if you do!

Report any bugs!

With each release, a chance to find new bugs!

And get listed on the Bug Catcher Leaderboard

Plus the fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve made your LULU a little better!

♥ Lulu

HUD7 Beta.10 Supercharged Rezzing

HUD7-beta2Hi everyone,

Beta.10 is here and brings with it an improved rezzing experience.

 

Neighboring No-rez Land

Don’t you hate it when you rez a Gag or Cuff and it fails because you’re standing too close to the wall and they were trying to rez just over the neighboring parcel?

Now, HUD7 will automatically scan the land around to make sure this doesn’t happen. Even if you are standing next to a sim crossing, you can rez away.

Not just Gags, Cuffs and Collars, but Yellow Circles, and color balls too.

Air-rez and rlv-rez

When you issue the rez command, HUD7 will attempt to air-rez first. If air-rez fails, HUD7 will fall back to rlv-rez, so you don’t miss a beat.

Beta.10 improves on the process of beta.9 and is faster, more reliable.

RLV-rez

If you don’t wish to have all the used Cuffs in inventory, or if you know you are on no-rez land, you can always force an rlv-rez by saying “/1c rlv”, or “/1g rlv” or even “/1c1 rlv” (for wrists only).

Basically just add “rlv” to the end of your command (with a space before)

Auto rezzing matching Cuffs/Collar type

A new feature for those lucky enough to own both leather and padded-steel versions of Collars and Cuffs.

If you’re wearing leather Collar and you rez Cuffs, leather Cuffs will automatically rez, skipping the menu that asks which version you want.

Similarly, if you’re wearing padded-steel Cuffs and you rez your Collar, the padded-steel Collar would be rezzed, matching the Cuffs, automatically.

Delayed Re-rez 

Beta.10 also improves delayed re-rez, removing a rare situation which might prevent a solitary wrist or ankle Cuff from re-rezzing.

How to get your beta.10

If you have an earlier HUD7 just wear it and you will get the option to update.

If you have HUD 6, just go to the Secret Warehouse, say the password (“ponygirl”) and click the blue HUD7 Beta Board right above the Update Switch.

Do not wear your old (i.e. current, existing) HUD, uHUD or Collar  together with HUD7. Bad things will happen if you do!

Report any bugs!

With each release, a chance to find new bugs!

And get listed on the Bug Catcher Leaderboard

Plus the fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve made your LULU a little better!

♥ Lulu

HUD7 Beta.9 Refresh: Cuffs, Gags are Ready

HUD7-beta2Hi everyone,

Beta.9 took a bit longer as it was more complicated than I expected. But it’s finally out, and with that, both Cuffs and Gag features are all working now.

So, if you have only both Cuffs and Gags, you can already switch over to HUD7 Beta.9 from the older HUD6 for a better experience.

After this I will be working on the beta  Collar. For now, you can wear your Collar, but no Collar features are working yet.

Meanwhile, these are the biggest shiny new things in beta.9:

Delayed Re-rez

You already know that when the sub’s  locked Collar or Cuffs or Gag gets detached for whatever reason (yes, even with RLV on!), LULU Gear will re-rez automatically.

Now, if the sub is on no-rez land, and if there’s no RLV on (so no RLV-rez), this re-rez will still happen – only later – when the sub steps onto land with rez-rights.

As usual, the sub’s Owner is notified when the detached item is successfully re-rezzed.

Re-starting the HUD will not prevent the delayed re-rez either.

SL bug triggering Alarm after TP

This SL bug has been around for ages, but seems to happen more lately. Basically your attachments randomly detach upon TP, and SL/your viewer quickly re-attaches it back for you without your noticing – irrespective of whether you have RLV on or not.

Unfortunately, the act of detaching would have triggered our Alarm if it was locked, causing untold grief to many a sub having to explain things to her Owner who was, of course, notified.

I’ve finally been able to address this in beta.9. Now, the SL detach bug will no longer trigger your Alarms.

But – in some rare cases, SL’s auto-reattachment would fail. In which case, our re-rez should kick in. But if re-rez doesn’t happen immediately (see above) – you need to re-wear your gear from inventory within about 30 secs. Otherwise the Alarm will be triggered.

 Gag Training in HUD7 Beta.9

Beta.9 brings on Gag Training,  (formerly Trials), with quite a few new improvements.

In addition, now the SL-detach-on-TP bug will no longer stop your Training as it won’t trigger your Alarm (see above).

But you still need to be vigilant to make sure that they are automatically re-attached, otherwise you have to re-wear your Gag from inventory within about 30 secs.

For a recap on what Training is all about, see here.

If you haven’t comleted your Trials yet, this is a good time to start :)

  • Getting your HUD7 Beta.9

If you have an earlier HUD7 just wear it and you will get the option to update.

If you have HUD 6, just go to the Secret Warehouse, say the password (“ponygirl”) and click the blue HUD7 Beta Board right above the Update Switch.

Do not wear your old (i.e. current, existing) HUD, uHUD or Collar  together with HUD7. Bad things will happen if you do!

Report any bugs!

With each release, a chance to find new bugs!

And get listed on the Bug Catcher Leaderboard

Plus the fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve made your LULU a little better!

♥ Lulu

 

Firestorm Beta Bug causes Cuffs to drop off

Lulu-at-deskSeems some have missed the in-group announcement by Idris Georgia regarding the Firestorm Beta knocking Cuffs off, so I’m posting this here.

(If you’re not in the Lulu’s Designer Club already, you can join here)

Firestorm Beta

The current Firestorm Beta 4.7.1.45325 causes Cuffs to drop off or not attach. They also cause attachments to randomly drop off after TP.  The Firestorm team seems to be aware of this.

The workaround is to rez the Cuffs by pairs or one at a time.

To rez by pairs, say:

/1c1 for wrists /1c2 for ankles /1c3 for arms /1c4 for thighs

To rez individually, add behind for “right”, or for “left, e.g.

/1c1r for right wrist /1c2l for left ankle and so on.

More details here.

♥ Lulu

HUD7 Gag Progress Report

HUD7-beta2Hi everyone,

A quick progress update on the Gag:

The Meaning of the Gag

I’ve always wanted the LULU Gag to be much more than a pretty attachment on a pretty face.

That’s why it has a special  garbling engine that randomizes the sub’s words differently each time (so hearers can guess the words). That’s also why Ball Gags garble differently from Ring Gags, which are again different from the Bone/Bit Gags. The HUD7 engines are improved.

But more than that. There’s a time to garble, and there’s a time for Silence.

The Gag in the mouth needs to help its wearer understand its meaning.

And what better way to contemplate the meaning of Silence other than a Training Program?

That’s why HUD6 has the Trials of Silence. But with HUD7, it’s time to improve on the experience.

The Gag Circles and the game is largely the same, just better:

HUD7 Gag Training Improvements

  • Trials are now renamed Training. At the end of the Training program, the First Slave is trained in the Virtue of Silence.
  • Starting a Training Session is now explicit, via a start button.
  • You can also explicitly stop a session via a stop button.
  • The moment the sub levels, the session now ends – except for the last session, when she is made First Slave. In that case the session continues (as in HUD6) in Sudden-Death mode.
  • Only Firsst Slaves are now eligible to vie for the Leaderboards.
  • Each Gag type has the potential to be listed on three different Leaderboards. e.g. Subbie is First Slave on Ring-Strap already, and has just completed First Slave on her Ball-Strap. Her Ball-Strap Session is eligible for listing on: Top 100 (all Gags), Ball Strap (top 20) and First-Slave x2 (top 20).
  • Now the ‘check time‘ button is only available to ‘newbie’ trainees (Initiates and Adepts) to check the time left before leveling. Adepts and Slaves will have a more intense experience by not knowing. The button is always available to the sub’s Owner (but not if she is self-owned).
  • First Slaves (even if you’ve just leveled this session) can use the ‘check time’ button – it will now show  the total time spent in the current Sudden-Death session (which is the score that would be displayed on the Leaderboards).
  • If you clicked on a wrong button during a Focus (previously No-AFK) challenge, you will now be given a second chance, in case it was an accidental click (it happens!)
  • If you crash in the middle of Training (happens during TP!), your progress is preserved. The old Gag used SL’s built-in timer which would get irreversibly rolled-back during crashes.
  • The Gag timer will no longer accidentally unlock mid-Training, due to the required time being made longer from added penalty time.  Instead, the Gag will now unlock the moment the current session ends (whether by a breach, by leveling, or by the stop button).

So when’s it coming?

It’s taken a lot longer than I expected to squeeze all that code into the tiny Quantum Engine framework (which keeps the script-count low so you can visit more sims!).

I’ll probably need another week or two to finetune and test things.

After this, both the Cuffs and the Gag are fully ready for HUD7. And it’s time to work on the Collar.

Exciting times ahead.

Until then,

♥ Lulu

 

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