Continuing this week's theme on virtual worlds, I saw thatGartner predicts 80%
of the online community will be using virtual worlds like Second Life
by 2011.ComputerWorld ranks the top 8 corporations present in Second Life
, IBM ranks #1.
Based on our success with Second Life launch event last week, see my previous blog posts hereandhere, people have asked me what tools and software we used. The ones that were the most useful were:
- GIMP - available at gimp.org - is an open-source alternative to Adobe PhotoShop or Corel PaintShopPro, and is useful for editing photos and graphics, such as the surfaces of 3-D objects and clothing.
- Avimator - available at avimator.com - for the gestures to animate your avatar. This allowed us to hold microphones up to our mouth to speak, hold a pointing stick to focus attention on specific things, or to drink coffee afterwards.
- FRAPS - available at fraps.com - to capture video and screen shots. The free version is limited, so our designated "camera crew" purchased the full-price version, and worked very well.
Raymond Ray presents other free software you should consider, and Mefeedia has Some tutorials on Second Life that might be useful.
Not everyone has bought in. InformationWeek explains why they areDevoting So Much Coverage To Second Life, as well as a Complete Rebuttal For Second Life Skeptics.
Well, I'm off on another business trip.
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