And you really don’t need all those system layers either

This is an addendum to my previous post.

Before mesh, there were system layers. And like with attachment points, we often got identical items on different layers. Shirts on both underwear (tucked) and upper wear (untucked) and jacket layer, for example.

Most of the older sets are candidate for removal from your inventory. If you want to keep an item in however (I keep some), at least get rid of the extra layers. You can box them for example. I keep only the most relevant and complete layer of an item, like the jacket layer of a top.

While I have my inventory quite under control, I’ve noticed in the past two days that this is an area where I can still gain a massive inventory profit. One of the sets I tossed out contained 80 (80!) system layers in total.

Inventory count now: well below 18k and still going down!

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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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Applier sorting galore!

The other day, Siddean Munro from SLink dropped a bomb on Plurk when she announced an applier-only shopping district. I’m pretty sure that when you’re interested in this article, you have appliers in your inventory as well!

The other day I figured out I wanted to know which sets in my inventory come with appliers and for which body parts (or implants, as some call them). I already made this trick part of my sorting guidelines, but in the light of Siddean’s announcement I want to highlight it here.

I’ve started using special suffixes (tags) for body parts, which I append to the folder name of a product. I separate the product name and the tags using three spaces to clearly separate them from the name. I also surround each tag with braces to make them even easier to distinguish. Multiple tags are not separated by spaces.

Below are some tags you could use, I’ll assume you know what to use each tag for:

  • {Gos}
  • {Lolas}
  • {Phat Azz}
  • {Slink}

These tags shine when using the inventory search function as they prevent you from having to sift through folders looking for applier-enabled products.

One example is from a recent TGIF release from Blacklace, where Mariska Dufour went on the applier train and delivered four appliers in total (thanks for that, by the way). The end result:

Camillia (White & Pink)   {Gos}{Lolas}{Phat Azz}{Slink}

There it is. I hope this trick helps you sort your appliers. I’ll see you girls at the stampede once Siddean opens up the shopping district!