Customising the tourHUD

It took me a while to figure this out: how can one change the thumbnail picture of a location in the tourHUD without taking a snapshot, cropping and editing it in an offline image editor, and (at an irksome cost of L$10 each time) uploading it to your inventory?

The answer turns out to be quite simple:

  1. Find the tourHUD in your inventory and either rez it to the ground or ‘wear’ it. Right-click on it and select Edit from the pie-menu; then select the Contents tab. In the contents you’ll see a notecard named “Locations – Fill this out to change the tour!”–double-click to open the notecard. For each location in the tour you’ll see four fields, as in the following example:

    TITLE: CISM at the Knowledge Zone
    LANDMARK: CISM, The Knowledge Zone (74, 198, 25)
    PICTURE: d35903d8-fc65-eec7-3176-56ceb93b47a4
    DESCRIPTION: The main CISM building on the Kingston University virtual campus.

    You’ll see the TITLE in the menu bar at the top of the browser window, and the LANDMARK field will be the name of the landmark–you can simply copy these into the notecard; the DESCRIPTION you can write yourself. (Note that, since the entry in the LANDMARK field has to identical character-for-character to the name of the landmark, the most fool-proof way to enter this will be to copy-paste from the landmark name.)  But what about the PICTURE? or, more accurately, the UUID (the 32-character ‘Universally Unique Identifier’–see UUID in the Glossary) of the picture?

  2. Go to Tateru Nino’s search form at and type in the search field the name of the location. Click the “Search Second Life!” button, which will return a list all items matching the search string.
  3. Click the location you want from the list (locations are preceded by the ‘landmark’ icon)–this will display a page of information about the location, including a photo on the right of the page.
  4. Right-click on the photo and do one of the following:
    • select View Image from the pop-up menu; the image will be displayed on a new page. In the address field you’ll see:<UUID>/1
      where <UUID> will be the unique reference of the image, for example:
      Copy the UUID and paste this into the PICTURE field of the notecard.
    • select Copy Image Location from the pop-up menu–this will copy the image URL to the clipboard. Paste this into the PICTURE field and remove all but the UUID
    • select Properties from the pop-up menu, and copy only the UUID from the Properties dialog. As with the other methods, paste this into the PICTURE field.
  5. Save the notecard and close the Edit dialog. Click the picture in the HUD and wait for it to refresh.

There may be other, and simpler, ways to grab the UUID of a picture, but I can’t think of any. If you’ve another method, I’d be delighted to hear from you.


About Christopher Hutchison

Museologist, cognitive dissident, political grouch, curmudgeonly bibliophage, and all round jolly nice chap.
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