News Machine Gun: Linden Prize, Paint Your 3D Models, VRML On Chrome, And More!


Announcing the $10,000 Linden Prize
The Linden Prize will award one Second Life Resident or team with $10,000 USD, paid in Linden dollars, for an innovative in-world project that improves the way people work, learn and communicate. Send your application before January 15, 2009. Finalists and the winners will be announced before April 30, 2009.

Painting your 3d printed models - Shapeways
Shapeways, the 3D printing service, has produced a video in which they tell you how to paint your 3D models.

VRML On Google Chrome With Cortona3D Viewer 6.0 Beta
ParallelGraphics starts beta-testing of Cortona3D Viewer 6.0 Beta (previously known as Cortona VRML Client).

It works as a VRML plug-in for popular Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome. 
  
You can download Cortona3D Viewer 6.0 for free. I have installed it on my system. This is a screenshot of my Google Chrome running a VRML world of CyworX. It would be even better if Cortona asked you on which browsers should it be installed.

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Some improvements that I would like to highlight:

  • You can choose between different toolbars or hide it.
  • It runs on Firefox 3.0 and Google Chrome, that are the favorite browsers of many of us.
  • It incorporates Phong lighting support.
  • The graphics quality and speed are much better than in previous versions.
SceneCaster Facebook Game
SceneCaster and Millions of Us launched their first casual game for Facebook, The Quest for Eternal Life. Read it here.

Koinup now supports OpenSim
Open Sims residents can easily now share their avatars, screenshots, opinions and everything else on Koinup.

Demo of  Precomputed Radiance Transfer Using Kambi VRML game engine
Kambi VRML Game Engine has added a demo of Precomputed Radiance Transfer. This is a technique to make high quality self-shadowing by soft shadows under dynamic lighting.

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Vivaty Message Center
Next time you install the newest version of Vivaty Player, you will see that it adds a small icon in your Windows task bar (you can disable it if you like).
This is the Vivaty Message Center, that even when you’re not logged into Vivaty in your web browser, you can still get the latest updates when your friends log in or drop by your scene, so you can then jump in and join them.
It will tell you when your friends have logged in, sent you a gift, commented on your scene... You can customize it to just get the messages you want to receive.

Torley Linden Video: Script Editor Featurettes
Shows some of the interesting features and tips of the Script Editor.



Twinity
Twinity has added some exciting features like: Five Star Rating System, an In-world map that allows you to navigate the city using a Mini Map located in your toolbar, and the ability to give gifts to others.

-Jordi R. Cardona-


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