First up – Lelutka users, GREAT NEWS! There’s an update for your heads, and it includes (finally) DIFFERENT LASHES!!! You have no idea how excited I am about this, it’s the reason I stopped using my lelutka head really. The new HUD looks like this:
Additionally, Catwa is at it again, and this time she’s released another female basic head, Helena. The head is quite different from her others, which I think is a good thing really. One thing I noticed about it that I like was that it felt quite masculine in bone structure, and really made me want to mix it with my Tonic Fine body and go for a more androgynous look. In fact, I’ll do that later on 🙂 You can read all about the basic head range here.
Now, on to the topic for today’s post – BENTO!
Today I thought I’d answer some questions that have been floating around more recently surrounding the release of “Project Bento”. Now for those who haven’t caught up on what bento is, it is essentially the addition of some new bones and attachment points for the second life skeleton. Now don’t panic, it’s not going to break your SL or change your ability to wear what you currently wear etc, but for the curious, here’s some quick Q&A about bento!
1) What is bento?
Bento is a project name that’s been given to this new addition of bones to SL skeleton. It’s not a program or a new viewer, it’s just a name given to this project in particular. Once this is rolled out on SL, the new features this will offer users are (taken from the wiki):
- 11 new limb bones – For wings, additional arms, or extra legs.
- 6 tail bones – Include your tail in avatar animations.
- 30 New hand bones – For finer control over hand animations.
- 30 New face bones – For complex facial expressions
- 2 New head bones – For animating ears or antennae
- 13 New attachment points – Associated with the new bones. Accessorize your new limbs!
2) Why do I care if there are more bones or whatever? What does it mean for me?
Well on a day to day level it might not effect you at all – but it will enable creators to make some truly AMAZING things, like wings that flap (and are rigged to bones! so it’s not frame by frame animation, which is super heavy render wise), SL hands to be posed, facial expressions to be created (for the SL head and in turn, mesh heads) and much more! So it may not mean much now, but when you’re buying all this awesome stuff and enjoying the extra features you can play with, it will mean something to you! hehe.
3) Okay, so will all my old stuff still fit and work properly??
Yes! Nothing about the base of the avatar skeleton is changing – it’s just being added to! To see the features of bento, you will need a viewer that has capability built into it (like you did when mesh was first introduced to SL) but that will happen in due course as an update to your normal viewer ( I assume, I’m sure Firestorm will).
4) Okay so when?
Well, bento is already in the testing grid (something developers use), and word has it it will be rolled out in SL in the next few days, HOWEVER – bento is still very much in testing. Dan Linden has advised that whilst the server component will be ready very soon, the viewers are a while off yet, I assume to allow for more testing, so we still have a while to wait my friends!
Hopefully that answered at least some of your questions (and/or quelled your fears) about bento!
Mesh Head – Helena by Catwa
Mesh Body – Isis by Belleza
Skin – Nanny (Asia) by Glam Affair (Available at Kustom9) – Catwa applier
Hair – Fenella by Truth Hair (Available at Uber)
Bikini top – Carla Escultural bikini by Addams (Available at Uber) – Includes Belleza (all), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes
Skirt – Elise Maxi Skirt & Elise Chain belt by Just Because (Available at Uber) – Includes Belleza (all), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes
Pose – Redlight showcase by Exposeur