WHAT ARE THEY?
Sculptured prims are often a single custom prim that
can have a very unique shape and yet only be a single prim. They
are made by offline programs or very complex online programs that can
deal with complex three dimensional mapped surfaces. While that
may seem too technical, what it really means is that complex shapes are
possible. And yes, if you can have one complex sculptured prim,
you could also combine several of them and do an extremely complex
design with few prims.
Why few prims? More on this by
clicking here. But basically SL charges
monthly fees based on the amount of land you use, but in a way, also on
the number of prims (objects) you have on your land. That is
because land can only have so many prims because of the time and energy
it takes the second life computers (servers) to draw them. So you
can get more out of your second life experience and yet spend less if
you get into low prim, or even sculptured prim technology and products.
SEEING SCULPTURED PRIMS AT FURTHER DISTANCES
Sculptured prims are becoming more and more prevalent in Second Life,
and yes, the software people are aware of it and trying to ensure you
see the right shape at a better distance. Later versions of Second Life,
such as 1-23 and later we are told do better with sculptured prims than
earlier versions. However, if you are an expert, this next item can also
be quite helpful. Enable "Advanced" in your pull down menus high on your
screen if you have not already done so. Then under "Advanced", find
"debug Settings". A window should open on the bottom of your screen.
Type the following in the box (or highlight and copy and transfer it
If you set this to a value of "4" or higher, that also may help viewing
sculptured prims at a distance. Note that it might take a minute for the
change to take effect and you may need to move your avatar to help it.
Of course this works best for faster computers, and be careful, it may
slow down older or slower computers. However, it worked great in our
fast computer, and even did quite well on our very slow portable. The
old value seems to be 1.125 if you need to return to the previous value
and it slowed your computer too much. In general better vision usually
means slower response so you might find that happening. But in our
cases, even with our slow portable, this seemed a better SL experience.
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