Work resumes on New World Studio

Olivier Battini, the creator of New World Studio, has resumed work on the project. It will soon be available as a free download and as a paid, premium version.

New World Studio is the hands-own easiest way to set up an OpenSim mini grid. (My review of it here.) Like Sim-on-a-Stick, it is based on the Diva Distro version of OpenSim, but has a very friendly installer that automatically downloads all the needed pieces, configures them, and launches the virtual world server and the viewer software.

The current version of New World Studio is version 2.0, and was released last May based on the 0.7.3 release of OpenSim. Today, the recommended version of OpenSim is 0.7.5, and includes support for hypergrid-enabled groups and offline instant messages.

A work in progress: new interface for New World Studio. (Image courtesy Olivier Battini.)

The paid version of New World Studio, priced at around US$20, will include an advanced web interface, automatic network and firewall configuration, IP address configuration, and an automatic updater, Battini said in a recent Facebook post.

All the core OpenSim and Diva Distro functionality will remain free, as per its open source license, as will region backups, avatar creation, region OAR uploads and inventory IAR uploads, viewer selection, and other configuration features currently available in New World Studio.

Future development could include multiple mini-grids from the same installer, or support for fully-fledged multi-server OpenSim grids, as well as in-world currency.

A landscape generated automatically by Virrea Terraforma for New World Studio. (Image courtesy Olivier Battini.)

Battini is also working on a product called Virrea Terraforma for New World Studio, which generates a random terrain, with plants.

Another possibility is the automatic generation of terrains based on data from geographical information systems, and automatic generation of molecules based on data in the Biological Macromolecular Resource.

New World Grid restructuring

In related news, Battini is also working on restructuring New World Grid, a non-profit, French-language grid that allows anyone to connect home-based regions.

Most of the changes are legal — the Virtus Association that sponsored the grid is closing, and the grid will now be run by Battini’s company, Virrea, a virtual worlds consulting firm.

As part of the transition, the current grid will shut down the last week of March, and the new grid will launch a few days earlier, so that members will have time to make inventory backups.

“For region owners, OAR archives will be available that we can restore to the new grid on demand,” Battini said in an announcement earlier this month.

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24 Responses

  1. Wow, He is one smart cookie. 🙂 Very impressive.

  2. Ener Hax says:

    since NWS is using D2, her update function should work


    if that function has been removed, i bet simply copying the one exe and placing it back into the bin folder will work

    • Yes, it is a Diva at heart. But updating can be tricky — I personally haven’t yet managed to do a successful update! I just wind up starting over, instead.

      It would be nice to just have a button you can push, and it all gets done for you.

      •' Gren says:

        I swear you will be the first to buy a robot butler Maria lol.

      • Ener Hax says:

        hmm, you should try it with SoaS 0.7.4 – it’s simply a double click on update.exe and that’s it! the command console window provides info that says it is connecting to Diva’s download site and then tells you when it is done

        clicking a file name or a button seems the same to me – just one-step

        for my connection speed, it takes about a minute and a half to complete

        then you dismiss the console and voila! =)

        in fact, the SoaS 0.7.5 available for download was updated just like that!

        oan, i envy NWS and have often recommended it over SoaS but the lagging of major release updates is a drag – plus both have their place with SoaS being for those, who like me in the workplace, have firewall issues and don’t require a full functionality OpenSim =)

        • Really? No moving folders around? No fiddling with INI files? That’s my kind of upgrade!

          (I always worry that I’ll move the wrong folder, or fiddle with an INI file the wrong way, and destroy everything.)

          And YES, I would LOVE a robot butler!

          • Ener Hax says:

            no nothing! Crista Lopes is pretty frigging amazing! the one function does it all =)

            it’s truly Ener-Easy (meaning if Ener can do it, anyone can!) =D

          • Just tried to update my old NWS 2 — there is no bin folder, and no update.exe anywhere. However, the update may be coming out as early as end of this week, according to the NWS Facebook page, so I’ll just wait.

          •' AviWorlds says:

            I think that if you had an old version of NWS it will not update. You will probably need to download a new one with the updater working on that version. Then from there on you will not have to download new will update auto…:)

          •' Gren says:

            Downloads are offline for this pendinbg website upgrade and NWS new version release. Apparently coming very soon.

          •' Delana Quinn says:


            I miss Ener!

  3.' Larry says:

    all you have to do in diva is go to bin and update exe it does all the work for you and even saves your old files

  4.' Vanish says:

    “All the core OpenSim and Diva Distro functionality will remain free, as per its open source license, as will region backups, avatar creation, region OAR uploads and inventory IAR uploads, viewer selection, and other configuration features currently available in New World Studio.”

    I’ve read this now four times, and I still don’t get it. What do you mean? The license of OpenSim? The license of D2 (which is pretty much the same)? The license of NWS (whichever that is)?

    •' Gren says:

      Means NWS will install for free to a degree but if you want additional features like “advanced web interface, automatic network and firewall configuration, IP address configuration, and an automatic updater”… then you will be required to pay a $20 fee, which is reasonable especially if it includes the ‘Virrea Terraforma’ as described above.

  5.' Anthony says:

    Does anyone know how to share projects built in world publicly.

  6.' Donna E. says:

    Is it possible for me to create more than one grid with the paid version? Also, are there instructions on how to hypergrid my grid?

    • The way I do it is that I make a copy of the entire NWS folder for each grid that I run.

      To hypergrid in, the address is the same as your login URI, on the bottom of your Wifi screen.

      So if your loginURI is, you would just have your friends type into Map and hit teleport.

      Whether they will be able to actually arrive on your grid or not depends on your router, a hardware issue that is, unfortunately, difficult to deal with. If you’re lucky, it will work. If you have router configuration skills, you might be able to fiddle with it and get it to work.

      I myself have about a 50% success rate when I try to set this up, even though I’ve been doing it for five years now. Each time I try to set up a new grid — to test a new version of OpenSim, usually — hypergrid it fails half the time for unknown reasons. Even if I set all the router settings exactly the same as I did before. (Maybe I miss something!) The first time I did it, it took several weeks of trying and failing, and the support of pretty much all the OpenSim developer channels.

      Sometimes I get a weird situation where other people can teleport in, but I can’t teleport out. Or vice versa. Arrgh!

  7.' Donna E. says:

    Thanks Maria! I’ll try it.

  8.' Tina V says:

    Hi I was wondering is NWS a dead project? Was looking into a licensed version, but do not want to waste the money if it has been abandoned. The help forum is mostly empty, or spam and no one responds. It also looks to be several versions behind opensim at this time.

  9.' Madmouse says:

    I’m wondering the same…………after I bought a copy……….no license………. sheesh

  10.' Delana Quinn says:

    I don’t suppose you could put out a copy into the wild – the community version with hg hookup capabilities. Clearly this guy has abandoned it so maybe somebody can pick it up and make it better? Willing to share your copy?

    • I’ve no problem sharing my community edition — email me at [email protected]

      However, enabling hypergrid has a lot to do with punching holes in your local firewalls and forwarding ports through your routers — when I run OpenSim at home, my success rate for getting hypergrid to work is about 40% or so. And I’ve been doing it for six years. (This is why I get all my regions hosted by someone else these days!)

      •' Delana Quinn says:

        Awesome, thanks! On its way.

        Thank you 🙂

        PS – Do you have contact info for the NWS devs? I wish they’d get back on this and update it. It really was a great little tool.