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Pathfinding Update

posted Jan 15, 2013, 8:37 AM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Jan 15, 2013, 9:01 AM ]
VKC Updates 12 January 2013

Summary

  • Regenerated Golden Retriever (pathfinding-enabled)
  • New hug and scratch animations for Puppies
  • New collars for Huskies
  • New collective terms for calling Polar Bears and Puppies
  • Improved animation for petting Cats (scratch animation)

Details

Regenerated Golden Retriever

Pathfinding — in Pathfinding Mode, your dog will be able to find his way around obstacles, through doorways and so on without crashing into them.

To get the best out of this new feature, you may need to do a little work on your land to optimize it for Pathfinding. Please watch out in the VKC Group for announcements of Pathfinding Classes. If your land is not ready, or your landlord has disabled Pathfinding, your dog will still be able to work in "Traditional Mode".

Bandanas — the Golden Retriever now has a bandana (scarf) like the Bloodhounds. There are 40 different textures in it. You choose the texture by clicking on the bandana to cycle through the choices or by saying: fido bandana <number>  where fido is the name of your dog and <number> is the number of the bandana on the bandana textures sheet. For example, if your dog is named Fido and you wanted him to wear the red spotted bandana, you would say:

fido bandana 35

You can also say scarf instead of bandana. It makes no difference to your pet if you say scarf or bandana. For example:

fido scarf 23 means the same to your dog as fido bandana 23

New Collar — the Golden Retriever now has a more detailed collar like the one the Bloodhound and the Dachshunds have, with the little loops and the buckle. The collar has the texture changer. You choose the texture by clicking on the collar to cycle through the choices or by saying:

fido collar <number>

Here Fido should be the name of your dog and <number> is the number of the collar on the collar textures sheet. For example, if your dog is named Rex and you wanted him to wear the red and silver plaited leather collar, you would say:

fido collar 32

Hide and Show the dog's name — you can use fido hidename and fido showname to hide or show your dog's name.

New Commands (in Pathfinding Mode)

  • Explore
  • Patrol
  • Hidefrom

Standing — the dog now stands right on the ground.

Three petting animations — choose fido setpet hug, or setpet stroke, or setpet scratch

New options for the turn command

In the previous dogs, turn was used with the compass points (N, S, E, W, NE NW, SE, SW) along with l for left, r for right, toward for turn to face the speaker and back for turn around and face the other way.  In this dog, we’ve added some more options — avatars, other dogs, left, right, and angles in degrees!

For example:

fido turn enrico — fido turns to face enrico

fido turn bo — fido turns to face bo (another VKC Pet)

fido turn left — fido turns 90 degrees left*

fido turn right — fido turns 90 degrees right*

fido turn 130 — fido turns 130 degrees to his right

fido turn -20 — fido turns 20 degrees to his left

* The original turn l and turn r still work. They turn the dog 45 degrees just as they did before.

To get the new version of your Golden Retriever, use the Regeneration Station at the Clinic at Turing Isle or Canis Beach.

New Hug and Scratch Animations for Puppies

You may recall from the puppies’ release that Solcar was not available to provide the full set of petting animations. All we had at release time was the stroking animation and the carrying animation and we promised that we’d update them as soon as we could to give you the full complement of petting animations. Well, I’m happy to announce that he got his Internet back this week and we set him to work straight away to finish up the animations for the puppies. When you say fido setpet hug, or setpet stroke, or setpet scratch, the petting animations will change accordingly.

New Collars for Huskies

The Huskies now have the more detailed collar like the one the Bloodhound and the Dachshunds have, with the little loops and the buckle. The collar has the texture changer. You choose the texture by clicking on the collar to cycle through the choices or by saying:  

fido collar <number> where fido is the name of your dog and <number> is the number of the collar on the collar textures sheet. For example, if your dog is named Fido and you wanted him to wear the red leather collar, you would say:

fido collar 14

New Collective Terms for Calling Bears and Puppies

As you know, if you say "dogs come", all of your Dogs come and so do your Bears, Wolves, and Hyenas. In the new version the different sorts of animal will have their own collective forms with which to address them as a group.

  • dogs — all dogs and puppies respond.
  • puppies — all puppies respond (but not dogs).
  • bears — all bears respond.
  • cats — all cats respond.
  • pets — all VKC animals respond.

The new terms apply to all Dual Mode (Pathfinding) VKC Pets.* You can use the collective term for all commands your pets know, not just for come. For example, if you say, "bears rest", all of your bears will lie down and rest. If you say, "puppies turn enrico", all of your puppies will turn toward Enrico. If you say, "dogs go enrico wag sit", all your dogs and puppies will go to Enrico and wag their tails before sitting down.

* For the older pets, you can still use the collective term, dogs, to command all your pets as a group.

Improved Animation for Petting Cats

The cats have a new and improved version of the petting “scratch” animation. (The one where you scratch the cat’s belly.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What is pathfinding?

A. Pathfinding is an amazing new Second Life feature that allows animals like the VKC Dogs to move around without crashing into things. They can find their way around obstacles instead of jumping over them and can find their way in and out of the house, provided the doors are open or if you have a fence around your yard, the dogs/animals will stay inside the yard. You’ll need to keep the gate shut and make sure there are no holes in the fence of course.

It takes a little bit of work to get your land set up for pathfinding, particularly your buildings. But it’s not difficult by any means and the results can be stunning. You can read more about it on our web site and on the Linden Wiki.

Q. My landlord has disabled pathfinding on my sim and he won’t turn it back on. Do you have anywhere I can rent where it will be more friendly for my pets?

A. Yes! You can find land at both Turing Estates which is owned by Enrico Genosse, Blu Sparkle and Sandry Logan, and Racer Group Estates which is managed by Aztek Aeon (of Canis Beach). Land at these estates is always pet friendly.

Q. How do I get the upgrades?

A. For everything in this release except the Golden Retriever you take your dog to the clinic, rez him nearby and say: update fido in local chat.

For the Golden Retriever the process is slightly different, but it is very simple. You will need to visit one of the Dog Parks and Regenerate your dog. See the instructions below.

Q. How do I Regenerate my dog?

A. Go to the clinic at Turing Isle or Canis Beach and look for the sign named "Regeneration Station" on the counter of the clinic. (It has a picture of the Bloodhound on it.)

Rez the dog that you wish to regenerate near the clinic.

Click on the Regeneration Station — it will look up the dogs that you may Regenerate and show you the breed names in the menu. Choose the breed that corresponds to the dog that you are going to Regenerate.

You will now see the names of the dogs that you can Regenerate. Choose a dog.

The Regeneration Station will ask you to confirm that you wish to proceed.

After you have confirmed, your Regenerated dog will be delivered. He will be in your Objects folder and his name will be "Breed_name II". For example, if you Regenerate a Copper Husky, your dog will be "Copper Husky II"

Q. Is there a charge for Regenerating my Golden Retriever?

A. No, Regenerating your Golden Retriever is free. It is also free for the Huskies and Polar Bears and Polar Bear Cubs.

Q. Why is there a charge for the Bloodhounds?

A. The Bloodhounds were completely rebuilt from scratch. This was a lot of work. They are a brand new dog. We think that the Regeneration Fee is a fair price to convert your old prim Bloodhound to the new version.

Q. Will you rebuild the other old breeds?

A. Yes, we intend to rebuild the old prim dogs. We also intend to upgrade the more modern dogs — for example, the Golden Retriever or the Great Danes — to have Pathfinding and the other new features. This is an ongoing process. We will also release new breeds in between the work on rebuilding and upgrading. It's not possible to say when a particular breed will be ready.

Q. Will you charge for the other updates?

A. The plan is to charge for the Regeneration of the old, prim dogs, just like we are doing for the Bloodhounds. Where possible, we will update the more modern dogs for free. Some dogs will require more work than others to make them compatible with Pathfinding and the other new features, and may incur a charge. We will announce charges at the time of their release.

Q. When will my <whichever> breed be upgraded?

A. The rebuilds and upgrades are an ongoing process.  We also wish to release new breeds in between the work on rebuilding and upgrading. It's not possible to say when a particular breed will be ready.