#7 In Focus! METAbolt!

metaboltIn Focus this article is a tool which Eku bought to my attention as I found myself unable to log in without a computer able to support Second Life’s Graphics. METAbolt, an open source, non graphical metaverse (virtual world) reader. A Non Graphical Text based SecondLife Viewer.

METAbolt, a client for the graphics hater, a friend to the chatter and as I found out an interesting tool to keep in mind if you are on a computer unable to support the graphics of Second Life but need something to communicate to those within Second Life especially for Business!

SecondLife is really at its core a 3D Graphical chatroom like those that use to float around in the late 90’s or something like a beta attempt at the Matrix (Again with the late 90’s).  METAbolt is kind of that viewer into the Matrix, all that random code sorted out and then fed to you in the most simple way it can… as a TEXT styled “messenger type application” with lots of built in virtual world features so that one cannot only carry out communications but also be able to perform most of the important tasks required in a virtual world. Without jacking in and becoming part of it. (I really love the Matrix I am going to re-watch it tomorrow)

METAbolt is light weight and cross grid. With a single click, it is possible to run multiple instances.  METAbolt however it is and was primarily developed for Second Life but that does not mean it can’t also be used on any grid based on OpenSIM.

Though one use of METAbolt and I can’t stress this enough, is multiple avatars in a region without straining your computer. Being nothing but a text based client, it takes up very little to no computer power, and if you have a need for 8 or 9 avatars in one place from a single computer, this would be the way to do it… (Perhaps you want to see how many avatars will fir in your build… I just don’t know).

METAbolt doesn’t have the rich support of text-based chat that you might see in IRC but  Still, if you need to have a presence in Second Life, keep in touch with certain people, browse groups… or to teleport your region from one to another without being able to login… or just have a pressing need to log in several alts at once. METAbolt is worth a look.

METAbolt is ideal if:

  • The graphical viewers are not allowed at your work place
  • You have a low powered computer that has difficulty running the SecondLife viewer
  • You have a low speed internet connection e.g. dial up/ISDN
  • You need to run multiple alts at the same time for land security, modeling, group management functions etc
  • You can’t or don’t want to run the SecondLife viewer all the time but need the ability to stay online for communications or other reasons

Extra Features

Here are just a few:

  • Ability to mass distribute products, objects, scripts etc
  • Ability to start multiple instances for different alts from a command and/or batch file
  • Auto log-in upon SecondLife disconnect
  • Built in Machine Translation with 16 language pairs
  • Emoticons on chat & Instant Messaging . Feature can be switched on/off
  • Land monitor: monitor parcels that are for sale on a SIM
  • Object Manager: Detailed object information & stats
  • (optional) Group Manager plug-in for sending direct group invites
  • Uses extremely low computing power and bandwidth
  • Displays advertising from various partners
  • One-to-One technical support via METAforums

Screenshots of the Client are on their main page, and overall the tool works well… however! It won’t work on this desktop! For some reason when I open the tool up, and log in… it goes not responding and crashed, I have a feeling it may have to do with Vista, or perhaps my insanely huge inventory! Though I can vouch for it working on other machines! As I tested it on a visitor to my houses laptop! (I am mean!)

Please note, its 5:58am, any inconsistencies, non factual information or anything of the like feel free to point it out in a comment so I can fix it… but I need sleep

Thanks Eku for your help on this one once again!

Happy Building!
BRN Blog Team!

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One Response to “#7 In Focus! METAbolt!”

  1. Tweed Woodget Says:

    While I personally don’t have a need for this type of viewer, I think it’s a great idea for the reasons you mention. Sometimes people just need a low tech way of doing some work in SL without all of the bells and whistles.

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