Inventory Management: Wish You Were Here! (The Landmarks Post)
OK guys, this one is going to take you a while, and it might make you cringe a bit, but this weekend we’re going to be tackling Landmarks (LMs).
It’s a fact of SLife that stores move around and go out of business. It’s also a fact of SLife that they put an LM to their current location into just about every single box of stuff you’ll buy from them. And no matter how much we may weed out those extras the time will come when you open your map view and can’t find a bloody thing because of all the * and ! and [[ and whatever that store owners put at the start of their LMs. Why do they do this? Well, why do you put the same kind of thing at the start of your folders when you’re sorting inventory? Yup: it puts that folder at the top of the list. Same thing with LMs. A store whose LM reads ** Wonderful Store! ** will be higher up in your map view than a store whose LM reads Amazing Store. Is it any wonder that when you look among the W’s for Wonderful Store you can’t find it?
No more. We’re rolling up our sleeves and we’re going to clear out your LMs. In short, we’re going to begin afresh. Been in SL for a few months? Chances are you already have a bunch of dead LMs in your inventory, so instead of wasting time teleporting around to them all to see if they still exist at that location, simply clear them out. Yes, it’ll take you a while to build up your LM list again, but this time around you’ll be smart, right? This time you’ll delete all of those extras as you go along, and you’ll rename all the ones with the fancy tricks that mess with your alphabetic sorting system. This time around you’re gonna be organised!
Hop behind the cut!
First of all, though, what about the LMs to places you visit regularly? Personally, I use the paid version of the Mystitool, which has a nifty LM feature that allows you to load lots of LMs into it, which will pop up in a menu at the click of a button. This is not available in the more limited free version, however, and the Mystitool isn’t cheap at L$423. Other paid-for options include the Huddles Landmark Pal (free 14-day trial here, then you need to visit the store and pay the vendor L$349 to activate all features). However, if you only have a few LMs that you visit regularly, then there are several freebies on Xstreet that may help you out. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I found a few free and cheap LM/teleport HUDs on XstreetSL. Have a look around, use some different search terms, try out some demos, and you might find the perfect thing. Here are the few that I found with a quick search:
HRN Teleport HUD – L$2
Slipe Teleport HUD – Free
Qwiksilver TP Favs HUD – Free
UPDATE! Build your own HUD! See the tutorial on the new SL for Nowt blog, here.
Your other LM storage option is notecards. Simply create a new notecard and drag your LMs into it. You can create different notecards for your LM categories, such as skins, clothing, places to visit, etc. When you want to visit a place, open the relevant notecard, click the LM link inside and use the popup window to go there. The advantage of this is that the LM stays in the notecard, and doesn’t go into your inventory. You can also write a bit about what the store sells or why you like the place, underneath the LM itself in the notecard.
So now that you have a few places to store your favourites, what about all of those hundreds of LMs you currently have? Well I’m afraid this is the painful bit. It took me a good half hour of clicking and not a little bit of RSI, but I was stunned at the amount of LMs I got rid of. Here’s what you need to do, once you’ve stored your favourite LMs using your preferred method.
First of all, empty your trash and make a note of how many items you have once you’ve done it. I always do this at the start of an inventory management session, then when I’ve finished the session and emptied the trash again I can see how many items I’ve thrown out. That’s always a good morale boost and a reward for the time spent sorting!
Open your inventory, then click File > Show Filters. Click the None button, then check only the Landmarks radio button, like this:
This will make sure that only your Landmarks are showing in your inventory. (I wish that was Mar’s inventory, at less than 5k items! Sadly, it’s my alt, Roxie’s!)
Hold down the CTRL button on your keyboard and click each Landmark in turn. Don’t click the folders, because when you hit Delete, you’ll be deleting the entire folder! Just click the LMs themselves. Once you’ve clicked a good handful (I wouldn’t recommend more than about 50 at a time) then hit the Delete button on your keyboard, or right-click your Inventory and select Delete. Then carry on clicking and Deleting until you’ve got rid of them all. At this point you’ll begin to realise just how many LMs you actually have clogging up your inventory!
If you have a whole bunch of LMs in one folder to clear out, click the first one, then hold down the Shift key and click the last one. That will select them all, quickly.
It’s as simple as that, but yes it’s a bit time-consuming. If you don’t want to dedicate a full half hour to it, why not do it in bits and pieces: maybe while you’re stalking a lucky chair or hanging around a Mobvend while people TP in to lower the price?
Once you’ve done it, though, remember to keep on top of it! Delete all extraneous LMs you receive from now on, and rename the ones that have asterisks and exclamation points at the start, so they stay in their correct alphabetical place in your inventory! The bonus, too, in getting rid of all your old LMs, comes when you don’t teleport to where a specific store is, only to find that’s where it was and is no more. Regardless, you’ll still have to search for it, but you’ll save yourself a wasted TP.
Now hop to it and surprise yourself. How many LMs did I delete? Just over two thousand. Let me know how many you got rid of!