Customing a tourHUD

How to configure a tourHUD

You will first need to grab a ‘tourHUD’. You can either get the generic tourHUD from Idea City at:
» http://slurl.com/secondlife/Idea%20City/74/222/40
or, if you’ve been given access to The Knowledge Zone, my customised CISM tourHUD as part of the CISM Starter Pack from:
» http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Knowledge%20Zone/78/187/25
(Look for the object, inside the building, on the right, labeled ‘tourHUD Dispenser’.) Copy the tourHUD to your inventory.

Here follows a step-by-step explanation of how you will customise it with your own set of locations:

  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 (though feel free to change it to a more descriptive title), 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 using the format specified in Step 7 of Procedure, above (viz. “<short_description> Found by <your_K_number> <your_real_name> aka <your_SL_name>”). (Note that, since the entry in the LANDMARK field has to be 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–see figure below.) But what about the PICTURE? or, more accurately, the UUID (the 32-character ‘Universally Unique Identifier’–see UUID in the Glossary) of the picture?

    tourhud.png
  2. Go to Tateru Nino’s search form at http://taterunino.net/searchform.html 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: http://secondlife.com/app/image/<UUID>/1
      where <UUID> will be the unique reference of the image, for example:
      bed5773a-bb26-e095-7f44-9d63bb40b317
      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 (you’ll see the sequence in the figure below). Repeat the above steps until you have filled in all 12 locations.

changehud.png

Further guidance is given at the top of the locations notecard.

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