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Useful gadgets #1 – The Bright Packer

I’ve been meaning to do a series about useful gadgets in Second Life for some time now, and since I’ve been spending a while doing some inventory-sorting and archiving today, I was making use of one really great freebie gadget, and thus the post series was born! These will all be freebies or very cheap items. Any pricier gadgets that I blog about will go onto my Ponderings blog (check the sidebar of this blog for a feed from there).

My first featured useful gadget is the Bright Packer. It’s a freebie, available from Bright Corporation (SLurl*) (Marketplace link) and it’s a script that you place into a prim containing items you want to sell/give away/archive. It enables you to unpack that box anywhere, without needing to rez it on the ground. This is really handy if you want to open an archive box to remove something from it, and you’re in a location that doesn’t allow rezzing, or you want people to be able to unpack a box in your store but you don’t permit rezzing there.

How does it work? Simple: it appends the words ‘(Wear to unpack)’ to the end of the box’s name, and you simply do that. Right-click it in inventory, select ‘Wear’ and it will immediately offer you a folder containing everything in it. And the best thing? You don’t even need to take it off again; it ‘unwears’ itself!

Hop behind the cut for a quick tutorial on how to use it.

First of all, create your prim and fill it with whatever you’re archiving/selling/giving away. Bright Packer suggests you make that prim Copy and No Modify, so that’s what I did with mine. No need to texture it:

Next, add the Bright Packer script, highlighted here, to that prim:

Your prim will suddenly have a load of hovering text above it, and that tells you exactly what to do. It’ll also have a nice rainbow moving texture on it:

When you’re ready, just type /1 ready into chat, then right-click on the prim and be ready to click ‘Take’ from the pie menu (or the dropdown menu, if you’re using Viewer 2) when the prim turns invisible and you see the swirly lights. Be quick about this, and don’t tab away, or you might end up taking your house instead (what makes you think I mentioned that, hm? Yeah, Mar tabbed away to take the screenshot, and accidentally ‘took’ her skybox when she came back, instead of the prim!)

If you make a mistake and want to find it again, just say /1 reset in chat. It’ll become visible, ready for you to add more items, etc. Then just type /1 ready again.

Look for it in your inventory, and you’ll see the ‘(Wear to unpack)’ appended to the prim’s name. If you then right-click that item and select ‘Wear’ you’ll be given a folder containing everything in the prim, and it will then delete itself from your person (which is why you should make it copyable, so you can wear it again, in case of mistakes) –

*Note: The Bright Corporation in-world store is at 2000m, so you’ll need a flight assist or flight feather to ensure you get there. If in doubt, it’s still absolutely free on SL Marketplace :)

November 11, 2010 - Posted by | freebies, second life, SL Marketplace, useful gadgets

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