How to hide all your HUDs (temporarily)

The Second Life viewer has a handy built-in feature which allows you to hide your HUDs from your screen. This is only a cosmetic operation, as the HUDs will still be equipped and working as normal.

There are two ways to achieve this. Since Viewer 3, Linden Labs has added a handy dandy shortcut called Show HUD Attachments to the Me menu, which is the first menu at the top (left) of your viewer. You can also use the following keyboard shortcut to achieve this effect:
Alt + Shift + H

I recommend to not use this functionality as a way to hide lots of HUDs. While invisible, these items still require server resources and contribute to lag. Instead, try to detach as many HUDs as possible. Personally I’ve found that the only HUD I never take off is my AO, everything else can be derezzed ’till needed.


The Advanced Menu

The Advanced menu is a menu in the Second Life Viewer which is hidden by default. A lot of nice tips, tricks and tweaks directly or indirectly involve the use of this menu. I’ll explain a couple down later on the blog. Below you’ll find a link to the official documentation.

All about the Advanced menu on the official Second Life Wiki*

*Just want to know how to make this menu appear? You can enable it through the Advanced tab in Preferences or use this keyboard shortcut to activate the menu:
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + D

Testing rigged mesh clothes

Rigged mesh clothes are clothes that move along with the wearer’s body. They don’t fully adhere to all body sliders though, and sometimes glitch a bit. Since you can’t modify rigged mesh clothes, I’ve found it’s top priority to demo these types of clothes (or any other type) before purchase.

There are several reasons to test rigged mesh clothing:

  1. Rigged mesh does not adapt to all body shape sliders, so there is no guarantee the item fits your body.
  2. Some items look good in when standing still, but start to glitch when you take on different poses. This is my number one reason for not buying a product.
  3. Sometimes alpha layers provided with mesh clothes are just off. If you shop at a store which has good customer service, you might get the creator to make you a new alpha layer. If not, you’ll have to make your own alpha layer if you still wish to purchase the item.
  4. Items usually look much better in their advertisements than in reality, so wearing a demo is the only way to make sure a piece of garment is made for you.
  5. You’re not going to spend a lot of money on a piece without trying it out first, now are you?

In this article I’m mainly going to focus on reasons two and three by telling you how to test rigged mesh clothes before buying them.

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