Designers offer OpenSim goods on Websites

With the recent growth of OpenSim grids, both public and private, and growing demand for both low-end starter items and high-end content, content creators have recently launched several Websites to distribute both free and commercial products for OpenSim.

Total Avatar Shop

Total Avatar Shop is a commercial destination for OpenSim users looking for high-end, designer clothing and hair by well-known Second Life designer Sunny Whitfield. Prices are in US dollars, starting at $1, and payment is by PayPal.

Purchases are delivered automatically to avatar accounts on InWorldz, Alpha Towne, Second Life, Virtual Worlds Grid, OSGrid, My Open Grid, New World Grid, and Virtyou, but she will deliver to any grid — including private company and school grids.

“Once I get an order from the online store I get in touch with the person via email and find out where to go in a virtual world for delivery,” Whitfield told Hypergrid Business.

Usually, she will simply go in-world and send the boxed-up purchases to the buyer’s avatar. However, she will also deliver to private grids or even minigrids running on USB sticks.

“I get the URI information and just add the grid to my Imprudence viewer,” she said. “Then I go to the person’s sim or a sandbox and do the importing or uploading. Other times we will set a meeting time where I can personally give them their items. So far, everyone has been very happy with the service. I’ve even delivered to people’s private sim –since sim on a stick is becoming popular.”

Since she has a Facebook account, she can deliver content to people’s private Kitely worlds as well, she said.

The entire delivery process isn’t automated, she added. “It’s all very personal, which I think people like.”

People who get their purchases delivered to OSGrid, New World Grid, AlphaTowne or another hypergrid-enabled world can also take their goods to their own grids.

“I don’t see why someone couldn’t take their items to their private grid,” Whitfield said.

Now that Whitfield has figured out how to sell in OpenSim, she’s willing to help other designers learn how to do it as well.

Content creators can also sell through her online store, she added.

“I would like to … provide a place for other designers to sell their items on my site,” she said. “Like a hypergrid marketplace. I think that would be a great new way for more people to get products out to other grids. I could set up a page for a particular designer, they would give me their photos, description and prices so I could add it to their page. Once an order came in I could email the designer so they can prepare the delivery.”

OpenSim users who want to visit her stores in person can find them on the Decades region on InWorldz, and the Sunny Island region on AlphaTowne. She also has a store in Second Life.

KatiJack Studio

KatiJack Studio is a virtual design firm specializing in landscaping and building. The company has a website up to share some of their creations. Today, the site has ten OAR files available of different island terrains, but more OARs are promised."We are primarily targetting what we see as the growing number of users of virtual worlds, probably via such interfaces as Kitely, who are not content creators themselves but who wish to have 'ready-made' spaces that they can easily upload and adapt for their own purposes," said Claire Atkins, the "Kati" in KatiJack, who is also known as Arwenna Stardust. "We specialise in landscaping and building rather than in avatar accessories although we are hoping to expand gradually."Instantly visit KatiJack's Lazy River region in Kitely.

Folks who want to see the regions for themselves can visit them instantly in Kitely, she added. The link to the Kitely world is blue icon of the white glasses, but a Facebook account is currently required for access.

All items on the site are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and are free to modify and customize.

OpenSim Creations

OpenSim Creations also has a large selection of content -- the site has avatars, clothing, furniture, buildings, scripts, plants, terrains, textures, and hair and other attachments. And it's all free, thanks to designer Vanish Seriath of TGIB.Most objects are in the form of XML files -- ready to be uploaded to any grid or even to Second Life by using the Imprudence viewer. (Instructions from the Imprudence team are here. Instructions from Vanish are here.)The site also has free, downloadable OAR files. These are complete regions, with terrains, landscaping, and all the other objects, textures and scripts located on them, ready to upload to any public or private OpenSim grid or to Kitely.But Vanish Seraph isn't the only designer sharing content on this site. Other content creators here include furniture maker Arklo, Dutch virtual artist Ruben Haan, and Pam Broviak, founder of GovGrid.Pam Broviak's Lily Pads are a free, open source alternative to proprietary plants not yet available in OpenSim.

In fact, anyone can share their creations here by following these instructions. You can also watch a video tutorial on how to export your objects and share them on OpenSim Creations.

The site can be used by people who like creating and sharing content under the Creative Commons license, or professional designers giving away freebies or samples from old collections in order to gain brand recognition or invite people to their commercial sites.

FleepGrid Shop

For free clothing, textures, animations and scripts, check out Fleep Tuque’s FleepGrid Shop.  All items were either created by Tuque, or were distributed under opensource or Creative Commons licensing. Purchases are available as IAR and OAR files, which means they can only be used in OpenSim, and only by users with OpenSim console access — or OAR and IAR upload options provided by their hosting companies.

FleepGrid Shop

The site currently requires registration, and users have to go through a lengthy checkout procedure before they get to the downloads. Products are distributed under a Creative Commons license, allowing users to use, modify, and redistribute the products as long as they are not sold, or used to create products for sale, and as long as Fleep Tuque is credited for the work.

What this means in practice is that users who upload the OARs or IARs should double-check that there’s a link to Fleep Tuque’s website in the object’s description, but then can share the objects with their friends, colleagues, fellow teachers or students, and can use the objects on any grid they like. They can also re-export the objects using Imprudence and upload them to Second Life, InWorldz, Avination or other closed grids — again, checking to ensure that Fleep Tuque’s credit line stays in place.

The scripts are also available at Fleep Tuque’s SL and OpenSim script archive.

Nebadon 2025

OSGrid manager Michael Emory Cerquoni — also known as Nebadon Izumi in world — is sharing free IAR inventory archives on Nebadon 2025. There’s also a category for OAR archives, but no content yet.

The site offers furniture, plants, sculpted stairs, wristwatches and a selection of other miscellaneous objects. There is even a collection of scripted vehicles.Other Websites for OpenSim contentRexxed is an older site which hasn't been updated since last fall. It has a small selection of free content, but the site also has a security warning that pops up.OSAvatars

OSAvatars has a large collection of simple hair and clothing. The download links weren’t working yet when we last checked, but you can download the whole spring 2011 collection as an IAR here.

There is also a large IAR is available from the Diva Distro download site, and contains a very broad collection of clothing, accessories, and other objects useful to new grid owners.

MyOpenGrid’s online store also has a selection of free OAR files for people to download, at its MyOpenSim Hypergrid Store.

And OpenSim Worlds is a self-serve clearinghouse for OpenSim OAR files. It is currently home to ten OARs, including the Apollo 11 Moon Experience, the CSI Virtual World and the Mars Simulator from Greenbush Labs.

OpenSim Worlds is also home to a Faerie Castle, from Jessica Random, which is a good-sized OAR file. It has castle on an island with a hidden cave under the castle and waterfall behind, and plenty of trees and mushroom groves. To upload the OAR to Kitely, I had to change the file extention to just “.oar” but then it loaded well — though it is such a big region that it took a while to rez on my computer — changing my preferences to the lowest graphics setting helped a lot.

Faerie Castle region

 

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Hi Maria, thanks for the nice post. Just a small correction, I made a new video tutorial on how to use OSC here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Do98aqDds

    It has better audio quality, some helpful subtitles and explains a newer version of the site, after I changed some of the background software.

  • Ener Hax

    no freaking way! Maria, you and i are spiritually attuned! i have 4 posts i am working on and one was on Sunny's shop! i started writing it on Saturday – this is way freaky . . .

    Sunny also has a shop in Enclave Harbour! of course, that does her no good since no one can get to it!

    Sunny is my oldest (first, not in actual age) friend from SL and her and her real and in-world partner are the only ones that know who i really am (and vice versa) in real life!

    she is an absolutely wonderful and generous person with a heart of gold =)

  • And here's a happy customer testimonial. I went to Sunny Whitfield's region in Second Life and tried out the hair. I liked two of the hairstyles, and bought them right there in the store, then bought copies of them online to use in OpenSim.

    Sunny actually logged into my private company grid and personally delivered the hair. And it looks FANTASTIC! Finally — I can look the same no matter where I go!

  • Your post is great and very helpful! Not having easy access to content has been one of the main reasons I've heard people mention for not sticking with OpenSim. So making more content available and easy to find – for free or for pay – will help to improve the experience of using OpenSim.

  • Pam — I love your lilies. I just got them installed on my new company grid. Love them! I'll be posting a snapshot up in a few minutes. — Maria

  • Ener — Maybe you’ll be able to think of a better headline for your review than I did. I swear, sometimes the old noodle just turns to mush.

    Vanish — Thanks for the update. I’ll update the post itself, as well.

    But I love these new stores. I’m finally getting the feeling that OpenSim is “real.”

    Meanwhile, http://twitter.com//Bunjie_ suggested a website that just has links to the content on other sites, so you can browse through a while selection of stuff, but then click through to the designer’s own site to buy it or download it. I like that idea.