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The fast-track guide to non-newbieness for girls (3 of 3)

So you’ve got the looks, you’ve got the walk. Now all you need to do is to create a simple AO (animation overrider) so that you no longer have that characteristic set of newbie stand poses. You can use any of the freebie static poses to be found in-world, but I’m going to show you how to use the free animated poses created by ANIMAH, and available at FabFree. If you decide to stay in Second Life, then there are a lot of stores that sell great animations and animation packs, so you can put together your own unique AO. For now, though, we’re concentrating on freebies.

Hop behind the cut.

OK, remember in my previous post I told you to grab the two free packs of ANIMAH animations (stand and flight) from FabFree? If you haven’t got them, then go and snag ’em now. I’ll wait *g*

Now you’re going to head to Outrider Animations, in Kona d’Alliez. At the very back of the store, in the middle of the wall, is the original ZHAO, created by Ziggy Puff. If you want girlie or less bright variations, then turn around and look near the doors: there are other free ones available, in different colours. They’re all ZHAOs, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose:

Next, you need to head to a place that allows building. I suggest a quiet sandbox. Try any of these three: they’re ones I’ve found to be pretty good:

Sandbox @ Kaemi

Sandbox @ Nerdy Sanchez

Sandbox @ SkyBeam

Once there, find a quiet spot and right-click on the ground. From the pie menu, select Create:

Now left-click on the ground, and you will rez a prim. Welcome to the wonderful world of creating stuff in Second Life *g*

Now, open up your inventory and search for ZHAO:

Left-click on the ZHAO and, holding down the mouse button, drag it onto the prim. There is a reason for doing this, and that’s because when it’s rezzed in-world, the ZHAO itself is pretty small. if you were to rez it on the ground you might lose it. Working with it on a prim makes it easier to see:

Right-click on the ZHAO and select Edit from the pie menu:

You’ll see a new window in your client, and it should feature the tabs you can see here on the left panel (there’s more stuff above it; I was trying to save on image space by cropping it a bit!) If you don’t see the tabs, then look to see if you can spot a blue button on that window. If you can, and it says More, then click it. You’ll see the tabs. While you have the Edit window open, search for ANIMAH in your inventory, to find the animations you snagged from FabFree:

Make sure you’re in the Content tab, on the far right of the Edit window pane.

To select all the animations, hold down CTRL and click each one. Then release CTRL and click once in the selected space and (holding down the mouse button) drag the animations into the Content tab. After a few seconds, the tab will reload and you should see all your animations in there:

You can now close your inventory window. Next you need to double-click on the notecard called ‘Empty’ in the Content tab. This will open the notecard up. (Note the red asterisk; we’ll come to that in a second):

OK. Now you have the notecard open, you’re going to fill it in. Look back at the red asterisk in the previous image. It’s beside the animation called ANIMAH AO Flying. Find the line in your notecard titled :: [Flying (also FlyingSlow) ] :: and type the animation name exactly as it appears in the Content tab. It’s case-sensitive, so make sure you get the capital letters exactly right. There’s no need to type the (no transfer) bit; just the animation name. Also, don’t use the Enter key to put a space after the line. Your notecard will look like this (and I’ve asterisked the animation name, so you can compare it):

Continue filling in all the animation names in their relevant spaces. Your finished notecard should look something like this:

Click the Save button and wait a few minutes. The Content tab of the Edit window will reload again, and you can close (or minimise for now) the notecard.

Now it’s time to reset the script. Don’t worry if you’ve never messed with scripts before; you’ll only need to click one button. Look in the Content tab again, for a script called ZHAO Main Animation Overrider. The version number may vary, by the way. Double-click that to open the script:

You’ll see this. All you need to do is click the Reset button at the bottom of the script:

Watch the lower-left of your client. First, you’ll see this (although possibly with a different number of bytes free):

And then you’ll see this, again possibly with a different number of bytes free:

Your ZHAO is now all put together. All you have to do now is give it a name, so head to the General tab of the edit window and give it a name. I called Roxie’s ROX_AO:

Hit enter and then you can close the script, the notecard and the whole edit window.

Now you have to take the ZHAO back into your inventory, so right-click on it and select Take from the pie menu:

Don’t forget to clean up after yourself and delete your prim so it doesn’t get auto-returned to your Lost and Found folder when the sandbox clears out. Right-click, select More, and then Delete from the pie menu.

Now, search your inventory for the ZHAO:

Right-click and select Wear. By default it will attach to the lower-right HUD point, so if you have anything else there (such as your radar) it will replace that. I always have my ZHAO in the upper-left corner of my client. If you want to change the HUD position it attaches to, right-click on the ZHAO in your inventory, and mouseover Attach to HUD, then mouse across to the point you want to attach it to. Once it’s on your screen, you can right-click and edit it just as you would a prim, moving it about until you have it in a place that feels right.

And voila! From newbie stands to nice animated poses:

This concludes the three-part fast-track guide to non-newbieness for girls:

Part 1

Part 2

Boys, you’re up next!


May 17, 2008 - Posted by | AOs, hints and tips, newbies, second life |


  1. […] OK, that’s this post done and dusted! Tomorrow, I’ll be showing you how to create an animation override using a ZHAO, which will put your avatar through the standing and flight poses that you got from ANIMAH, at FabFree. You can find that post here. […]

    Pingback by The fast-track guide to non-newbieness for girls (2 of 3) « SL for Nowt | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Reimbursement!

    Comment by Reimbursement | June 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. I just had to let you know how much I appreciate this tutorial! I have tried in the past to do this…with no success. I have just completed putting together an AO for my avatar using your excellent step-by-step directions. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I love reading your blog!By the way, my inventory is now down to 1600 from 2000 thanks to your suggestions. :)

    Comment by Trisha | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] SL in May (or was it April?) Anyway, I haven’t been successful…UNTIL I came across this tutorial. It is the best step-by-step tutorial I have seen, and believe me, if I can do it then anyone […]

    Pingback by AO Success At Last « My Second Life | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Trisha, I’m so glad I could help! Figuring out how to put together an AO is a pretty tricky thing (I remember it took me ages!) so when I put together the tutorial I wanted to make sure I illustrated every step :)

    I’ve not been in-world for a few days, hence the lack of posts, but I’m glad the inventory-sorting tips are working for you. I should be back on freebie-hunting form in a few days!

    Comment by Mar | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. […] I came across the best tutorial that I have ever seen on putting together your own AO. It can be found on the blog SL For Nowt. The step-by-step post can be found here. […]

    Pingback by Putting Together Your Own AO « Lost In Inventory | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  7. YOur tutorial is great! Your the best writer so far in sl that i have found. Why? You provide screen capture and you’re very direct to the point. Thank You btw!

    Comment by garamond | January 2, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thank you so much, garamond. I really appreciate that, and I’m glad I could help :)

    Comment by Mar | January 2, 2009 | Reply

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