Quick n’ dirty inventory catalogue
This morning I was pondering the different methods that could be used to remember exactly what a specific outfit looks like, amid the chaos that is the average Second Life inventory. Sure, we all have our favourites, and there are many instances where we know immediately by the name of an outfit what it will look like.
But, for instance, take my folder from the Discord sim. I have all the group gifts and a number of lucky chair items. All the names are in Japanese: a language I don’t speak: SAI-REI, JOU-DEN, JU-BAKU, etc. How on earth can I remember what those look like? So, apart from maybe appending a descriptive name to the item’s folder (how many ‘black pants with long coat and belt’ can one have?) what other ways are there of knowing what’s inside that folder?
Of course I could take pics and upload them into SL. But we all know how long it can take to rez textures and snapshots in-world, and each of those pics would cost me 10L$ to upload (even if I crammed several outfits/hairstyles etc into one shot, as I suggested in this post) but I have a great solution, and it’s called…
That’s right. I was browsing the folders on my computer for all the blog posts that I make, and it struck me that this was the perfect place to keep those labelled pictures of not only the outfits I buy but the outfits I put together. A bonus is that, by taking simple screenshots and editing them in a graphics program, it costs me nothing at all.
Hop behind the cut.
You can do this on your main computer hard drive, or load it onto a flash drive: whichever method works best for you. But recreate your in-world inventory filing system (and if you don’t yet have one, this is the ideal place to try sorting one out that you can then move over into SL!)
For outfits you’ve put together, create a folder called My Outfits. Take screenshots, bung ’em in that folder. Simple as that. For multiple outfits from one designer, create a folder for that designer, and do the same. Here’s the folder for all the Lemania Indigo items I’ve blogged so far:
You can see that I’ve called them ‘lemania01, 02, 03’ etc, simply for ease of remembering where I am in my FTP directory. You’ll probably want to name them after the outfit, and then sort your files by name, into alphabetical order.
That’s a good enough start for me (although you won’t want to put prices or other info on there; just a simple clean, legible text description of the outfit’s name on the screenshot). Here are some of the Discord items I have in folders, for an as-yet-unmade blog post:
I can’t speak for Mac (always been a Windows user myself) but you could also check the View options in your folders, and look at bigger versions of the images, if you need to see details: