Since I did the tutorials on running shadows with viewer 2.1 and also Kirstens Viewer I have gotten a multitude of requests for more tutorials about running shadows in a few other viewers along with many other questions pertaining to shadows. So this morning I asked some of my plurky friends what they are running and if they can get shadows. The answers in this plurk might be able to help you out with some of the questions you may have.
Here’s a short summary of the information I have gathered after speaking to many people inworld and on plurk.
- Running shadows using a Mac Computer is difficult and almost next to impossible. If you have a Mac and are able to run shadows, please leave a comment here and let us know how. Thank you!
- If you have an ATI card, make sure to enable “hardware skinning” and that might help with running shadows. Some of the older ATI cards might be better at running shadows then the newer ones. If you have an ATI card and are able to run shadows easily, please leave a comment here and share some tricks and tips if you can. Thank you!
- The majority of people have told me that Kirstens Viewer is possibly the best viewer to use to run shadows. For more information check out my Kirstens Viewer shadow tutorial.
- The new Second Life Beta 2.2 viewer has corrected a lot of the glitches that were a problem in the old 2.1 viewer (such as the need to use prim eyes). To download the new Beta 2.2 viewer, check out the Second Life downloads page. View my tutorial on how to turn on shadows in viewer 2.1.
- With viewers that are not running the 2.0 platform (such as Phoenix, Imprudence & Emergence), you may be able to turn on shadows, but it is very difficult to take snapshots in these viewers. Please see how to enable shadows in these viewers below.
Here are the steps to turn the shadows on in Phoenix, Imprudence and Emergence Viewers. (Please also check the comments below for more helpful hints about turning shadows on in Phoenix and Imprudence, from esteemed members of the SL community)
- Press ctrl+alt+d simultaneously to enable the Advanced menu
- In the Advanced menu, select “debug settings”
- Search for “RenderDeffered” and make sure it is set to false
- Then search for “RenderUseFBO” and set that to true
- Finally go back to “RenderDeffered” and now set that to true
As soon as you do that you will see that shadows will be enabled. I used my windlight setting for sl shadows for that snapshot above. If I remove all of my clothing, then my shadow shows up perfectly behind me. However since I have my clothing on, my shadow has disappeared from the areas where I am covered with clothes. I am not able to take a snapshot because it does not recognize the shadows. I had to use the snipping tool in Windows 7 (screenshot) to be able to shoot that image with shadows.
If anyone has any advice to those that would like to use shadows with these viewers, please share it here.
EDIT: For Phoenix users, Mr. Don Hosho has done a very informative post on his blog sharing interesting debug settings within Phoenix that you might find useful.
I’m sorry to all those that feel discouraged about not being able to enable shadows. Just remember, shadows might add more depth to your image but there are many other ways to make your photos beautiful. If you read my tutorial on how to take a high-res snapshot you will find more information about graphics settings, windlight presets and also setting the scene.
And once again, feel free to contact me inworld. I am always happy to help to the best of my ability! <3
» You can view all of my current tutorials on my tutorials page.
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