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Let’s say you want to have an emote programmed into a macro. You want to have an emote that says something like:

/me sends you a kiss

That’s nice, but wouldn’t you rather personalize the emote with the name of the person you are sending the kiss to? If you are in a crowded club, everyone there might think you are sending them a kiss. There are three tags you can use to insert someone’s name into an emote.

  1. [TARGET] inserts the entire name of your current target.
  2. [TARGET_FIRST] inserts the first name of your target.
  3. [TARGET_LAST] inserts the last name of your target.

That’s great but what is your ‘target’ and how do you pick a target? Well the EZ Animator Deluxe allows you to pick a target. This was originally just useful for HUDDLES Poofs that were targetable. But in the last couple of updates the target is used in a few different ways.

Setting your target

There are a few different ways to set your target. First you can say press the target button (it looks like crosshairs on the bottom left corner). Then choose someone who is nearby from the list.

Another way to set a target is to use the /99target command. If you say “/99target Keiki Lemieux”, you will now be targeting me.

Lastly you can give someone a hug. Whenever you hug someone, with a hug macro, they automatically become your target.

Now what?

Now you can do several things. You can personalize your emotes with one of these three tags like this:

[WHISPER]My target’s first name is [TARGET_FIRST]. Their second name is [TARGET_LAST]. Put it together and you get [TARGET].

You can also give your target an item like the landmark for HUDDLES Headquarters and send them an IM:

[GIVE]HUDDLES Headquarters|[IM]Hi! You are my current target and I sent you a landmark.

You can even use the target tags in the emotes for a hug:

[NAME]Pounce|[HUG]pounce1,pounce2,10,TRUE,/me pounces on [TARGET_FIRST]., would like to pounce on you.,0.4

If you are reading this page using the Google translator, please note that macro commands like [NAME] and [WHISPER] only work if use the English word in the brackets and not the translated word. Be sure to view the page in English to make sure you are using the correct command in your macros.

17 Responses to “[TARGET], [TARGET_FIRST] and [TARGET_LAST]”

  1. Kendra Chemistry Says:

    I have not tried this macro yet, but it might be nice to have a [TARGET_FIRST] macro also that inserts only the first name of the target. I think it would make targeted emotes more personal.

  2. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    That’s a good idea. I’ll put it on the list of things to do. The way I handled targets before it would be hard. But now it would be significantly easier.

  3. Shamir Katsu Says:

    I am trying to figure out why a macro that used to work doesn’t in the latest release. The [TARGET] is not being substituted by the name, it comes up as a null (not even a space).
    [name]Legs Hugged|[hug]hug2b,hug2g,20,TRUE,/me is hugged by [TARGET].
    Does the hug and the text is “Shamir Katsu is hugged by .”

  4. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    Rats, I’ll have to look into that and make sure I handled targets correctly with hugs.

  5. Tattianna Bloch Says:

    Oh yes, I love the [TARGET_FIRST] idea! Please move that one to the top of the to do list… I need it bad! 🙂

  6. Angelia Heartsdale Says:

    I am having a problem with my Hug using the last avi name I targeted on the Huddles control rather than the one I select in the dialog box. What am I doing wrong?

  7. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    @Angelia, You aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s an error on my part. It will be fixed in the next version.

  8. Stu Bikcin Says:

    I have a different target problem. Whenever I use one of my Abramination hugs via Huddles it does not give targets name. An example would be “Stu Bikcin dips and kisses .”
    Any ideas?

  9. Alec Chaffe Says:

    I concur with the request to move [TARGET_FIRST] to the top of the list, especially if it’s reasonably trivial 😉 . I just bought my Huddle and am setting it up for my job which starts on Saturday. I don’t think I would even use it for emotes if it inserts only full names – do you think you might have it done by then please ! (joking – but ever hopeful ! ) I can test it for you !

  10. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    @Stu, thank you for the report. It is a problem mentioned above and will be fixed in the next version.

    @Alec, [TARGET_FIRST] and [TARGET_LAST] will be at the top of the list for new features. I think it won’t be hard to add.

  11. Santia Szpringer Says:

    Just reading through these notes and comments on [TARGET] and I’m just another person raising my hand for [TARGET_FIRST] !! Also I wanted to find a place to say that your EZAD is exactly what I was looking for and more. Also your help site here is top notch, SL items and HUDs can sometimes be lacking in instructions or help, yours is the best I’ve seen. I love you guys 🙂

  12. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    [TARGET_FIRST] and [TARGET_LAST] will be in the next version: http://imakehuddles.com/wordpress/2008/06/21/ez-animator-deluxe-update/

  13. Orgate Dapto Says:

    I’m really just starting to realize how good this gadget is!

    Would you consider adding a [TARGET_KEY} to the macro language? Since the Huddles has to look up the key anyway, it’d save me a step if I could chat a key directly to my household systems, rather than them having to look it up again.

    This thing is already worth every L$ you charge for it.

  14. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    That is an interesting idea. There are some tools to get at that key easily. Click the tools button and choose Target Info and it will display the key in chat so you can copy and paste it. I’ll put it on the list of things to consider for next time.

  15. Alec Chaffe Says:

    I have the same problem as Shamir Katsu on February 26th, 2008 at 1:19 pm, that is that the taget name is not populating the message. This is since I upgraded to V1.2.1.

    I tried using the target button. As expected that gives
    [18:04] EZ Animator: Choose target (for targeting poofs and giving items).
    [18:04] EZ Animator: Targetting Samm Lubitsch
    but no name is inserted in emotes using the [TARGET] macro that used to work.
    I tried a Hugs – the hug worked but the text shows
    [18:05] Alec Chaffe gives a big hug.

    and typing /99target Samm Lubitsch did at one time give
    [17:59] EZ Animator: There is no avatar named Service no longer available.
    …. but now displays no text.

    Any clues please ?

  16. Mushray Pearl Says:


    is it possible to make multiple targets? example. i wanna [GIVE] my actualy landmark to all the people in my friendlist together with a text, with just one click.
    pls help

  17. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    No, you’d have to change the target for each person you want to give the landmark to.

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