The Next Version of the EZ Animator Deluxe: Hugger Improvements

I have redone the hugger script in the EZ Animator Deluxe. I’m excited about the changes to how hugs work. They might seem like small changes, but I think they will be big news for a few power users out there. These changes will be included in the next version (due out in June).

The first big improvement is that now you can set the distance between the avatars for a hug. The closest my avatars seem to get to each other is about 0.4 meters, so that will be the new minimum distance. But you can set it to be 0.5 meter, 1 meter, even 50 meters (the maximum). This should help people adjust their hugs to best fit the size of their avatar and the particulars of the animations they are using. Also, the 50 meter setting could be fun to use, making your avatar run away from the person who just accepted a hug from you. I might include a sample macro to demonstrate this.

Second Life Hugger

The next change is that now you can stop an hug, once it has begun. So if you hug someone and realize that the hug is a little long and uncomfortable, you can end it early by hitting the stop button. Also, you can make a hug be really long, even an hour or more and end when you want. This means that you could set up a couples dance with the HUD, set it for 10 minutes or an hour and then just let the animations run until you decide to hit the stop button. It will often be better to use a set of poseballs for couples dances, but this might make a nice compromise when none are available.

Oh! Another change that I’m sure people will love is that in addition to using someone’s full name in a hug emote (by putting [TARGET] in the emote), you can now use just their first name or just their last name. Your name remains your full name for now, although I’m thinking of ways to change that. Also, the [TARGET] command in general is now fixed. I messed it up with the last update.

Best of all, it should work fine with all your existing EZAD hug macros. If there is anyone out there who uses hugs a lot with their EZAD and want to test it early, please send me an instant message. I’d be happy to give you an early release to test it.

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5 Responses to “The Next Version of the EZ Animator Deluxe: Hugger Improvements”

  1. Coyote Jansen Says:

    This looks great, looking forward to your next release!

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  4. Sovery Short Says:

    The first big improvement is that now you can set the distance between the avatars for a hug. The closest my avatars seem to get to each other is about 0.4 meters, so that will be the new minimum distance. But you can set it to be 0.5 meter, 1 meter, even 50 meters (the maximum). This should help people adjust their hugs to best fit the size of their avatar and the particulars of the animations they are using. Also, the 50 meter setting could be fun to use, making your avatar run away from the person who just accepted a hug from you. I might include a sample macro to demonstrate this.

    Where is this done please? How can we alter this distance at all?
    I cannot find a sheet/note with macros in mine with the exception of the example macro and that says nothing about hug distance that I can see…unless its in the script that I am not permitted to read.

  5. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    Yes, the minimum is around 0.4 meters. I had to do a lot of tweaking to see what would work, best for that.

    Ok, I’m adding some documentation to the the hug page right now. I’ll put a few examples there.

    http://imakehuddles.com/wordpress/about/hug/

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