As you all might know, Dusan Writer promised a worthwhile bounty - 800 000 LS - for the best theorical new “GUI” design for the Second Life client. Today together with Keystone Bouchard, Eristica Strangelove, Ordinal Malaprop and Dusan Writer and an impressive crowd I listened (and read) to 5 of the 6 presentations of the contestant. Woot! and Impressive! Obviously a lot of thoughts went into these designs, and each of it had some great ideas that Lindens could implement. Shall Lindens do so? I don’t know. But as Marc Linden recently stated: ‘We also launched a new initiative to completely redesign the viewer from top to bottom – recognizing that new users don’t need such a dizzying array of features, and experienced users, land and business owners and content creators need better tools that are more thoughtfully designed and organized for their needs. Everyone needs better inventory management and search is due for an overhaul. We hear you. We’re on it.’ Contestants are McCabe Maxsted, Rheta Shan, Jacek Antonelli, Damien Fate and Roy Cassini. Links to their entries you can find at Dusan Writer’s blog.
Some of the great suggestions that dazzled me:
- Getting rid of the taskbar below, using the sides of your screen more, to accommodate the mass that is using multimedia widescreen monitors and laptops.
- Making it possible to change perms on objects from within the inventory window, not needing to open properties for each and every object.
- Grouping all communication options in the lower left corner. (A constant throughout the UI design suggestions.)
- ‘Send to’ option in inventory window.
- Option to ‘favourite’ inventory objects, and sort to see only fav items.
- Sort by creator for inventory.
Features/ideas that were not mentioned in the presentations but that I would love to see added:
- Sort friends in groups, need be this information is stored locally.
- Option to ‘colour code favourite’ objects in inventory, sort objects by colour. Eg. Only show items that are annotated as blue, as they are work ones. Or green, as they are personal. Or pink as they are SLex related. Etc.
- Return a full functional record film/machinima recording function.
- Client functionality is skinnable. Content creators can in some way distrubute a viewer that is kept up to date by LL. Certain functions & menus can be disabled (eg. fly, rezz objects, chat, … compare it to the restraint life client), LM’s & objects added to library, arrival points set, windlight settings, etc. When the viewer needs to be updated, it keeps the information from that file about functionality. At any point a user can click ‘revert my viewer to the standard one’, or return to the presets, which can be multiple from different companies.
- Buying and selling L$ in general to be more prominent present in the Second Life UI.
What about you? What do you think about the entries, and what would you like to see changed in, added to or taken out of the Second Life client as we know it?