Now that Mesh creation has arrived in Second Life, and I’ve had a chance to work with it. I have to say Linden Lab did a pretty decent job of integrating it into our world. Of course, there are certain areas that have room for improvement (like the number of materials, a pet peeve of mine).
But out of all of the limits that Mesh currently has, I think one stands out as the biggest shortcoming, and that is the when it comes to fitting it to the varying sizes and shapes of the Second Life populace. Mesh does stretch to fit some of the most basic size parameters, height, body fat, and thickness. However, other shape parameters such as musculature, hip size, breast size, etc, are completely ignored. So getting that ‘perfect fit’ is a real pain. It either involves changing your shape to match the item, or changing the item to match your shape. (or some combination of the two).
With my products, I plan to offer a custom fitting service, for a fee. I have worked out a system for translating my creations to the various shapes one may encounter in SL, and for those who want the best fit, They will have it. I know making this service an extra cost may seem unfair to some, but there is a fair amount of work behind each fitting, several hours per item, per avatar. I wish it was possible to do this for free, but it’s not, time is limited. I also wish things just *fit*, without any customization.
I”m not the only one who wishes this apparently. Karl Stiefvater, the fellow previously known as Qarl Linden (creator of sculpties), has graciously agreed to create a deformation system for the Second Life viewer, that would make clothes take into account *all of the sliders* if the donation goal can be met. You can check out their project page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Mesh-Clothing-Parametric-Deformer-Project?a=268376&i=addr
Now of course some feel that LL should be doing this work, and probably they will, in a few years (smirk). But I think it’s good that the community grip the bull by the horns and try to move Second Life in a direction they would like to see it go. We don’t always have to rely on LL for everything, and this is a good as any example of that. So feel free to donate a few dollars if you feel inclined. In the end we’ll all benefit from it.