Okay, so I’m a slacker and haven’t been doing these every day. Sue me! :p
(I need an excuse! Um… er… oh! Well, we all have more time at the weekends, right? So I’ll do these for the weekend. That’s a good enough excuse!)
Anyway, on with the show! Today we’re going to think about your inventory filing system, and we’re going to start putting together a mirror of it on your hard drive (or you can put it onto a flash drive). Read the post and you’ll see why.
For those with a lot of time to spare:
– Log into SL and open up your inventory. Then, alongside it, open up your Documents folder (sorry, I’m a Windows user, so Mac and Linux peeps just open up whatever your equivalent is!) and create a new folder there. Call it something like Second Life Inventory Mirror.
– Inside that mirror folder, re-create the basic SL Inventory folders, like this:
(Don’t bother with the folders for Calling Cards, Current Outfit, or Lost and Found.)
– If you already have sub-folders in your SL inventory, then recreate those folders inside the hard drive/flash drive folders.
This is going to be where you organise your inventory and eventually keep pictures of your outfits and various other items. Today we’re just going to start with your My Outfits folder.
– Make a simple white photo background (or grab the dollarbie one I put on Marketplace, here) and try on all your saved outfits, one-by-one. Take a screenshot of each one and use whatever photo editing software you have (Gimp, Paint.net, Photoshop, etc) to crop each one down. Save them into the My Outfits folder you created on your hard drive/flash drive, using the same name you gave them in your inventory.
You now have a very quick way of seeing exactly what each outfit looks like, without having to upload photos (which will take a while to rez, anyway) to their relevant inventory folders!
UPDATE: Libera has a great tip in comments that will save you from having to resize the snapshots in an external graphics program. Scroll down to read it!
For those with a bit of time to spare:
– Create the folders, as above, and whenever you get some spare time start taking and filing those outfit screenshots. Or you can begin to think about sub-folders for things like your Clothing or Objects folders, and working out a new inventory filing system. The reasoning behind putting this offline (on your hard drive/a flash drive), as opposed to working on your inventory in-world, is that you can begin to organise your inventory when you’re not logged in (because when you’re logged in you often want to do other stuff, right?)
For those with less time:
– Create the folders, as above, and whenever you get a few minutes to think about it, start working in those folders to create a new filing system that you’ll eventually transfer to your in-world inventory.