Saturday, July 11, 2020

Learning 3DWebWorldz – Step By Step QuickStart

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3DWebWorldz.com QUICKSTART

Welcome to the official QUICKSTART MANUAL for 3DWebWorldz.  Following these instructions will help you enjoy a great experience! If you need help, let us know.  We’ll be happy to give you a helping hand.  If you don’t catch us in world, contact our techs and community on Discord.  You can also send us a support ticket.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. GETTING STARTED – THE QUICK-START BASICS

A. Get Control of your CURSOR and FOCUS POINT
B. How to Move
C. How to See
D. How to Communicate:  Quick Chat and Talk in Voice
E. Learn the Bottom ToolBar (Default Features)
F. Quick Glance at the Top ToolBar
G. Social and Info Toolbar on the Right Side
H. Support – Need Help?  Have Questions?  Have Comments?


I. GETTING STARTED – The Basics

The  image is provided for reference as you learn features.  We recommend opening this document in a separate tab window and splitting your screen, if that is an option, so you can follow the instruction below as you begin your 3DWebWorldz experience.

Below is our Orientation Region and where you will land (as of 1/1/2020).


A. Get Control of your CURSOR and FOCUS POINT First 

(1) Click inside the world to begin – you will see your cursor disappears.  That means you are in NAVIGATION and INTERACTIVE MODE.

Sometimes you will need to get your cursor back to work with huds, toolbar buttons and panels.

(2) To get your cursor back: Click ESCAPE on your keyboard, or use your MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON.  Now you see your cursor again.

(3) Your FOCUS POINT is the RED CIRCLE in the middle of your screen.  Focusing this on inworld objects will allow you to interact with things.  You will learn more about that later, for now, just understand it is like your “inworld cursor”.


B. HOW TO MOVE

There are several different movement modes in 3DWebWorldz, each movement option is coupled with a camera option.  When you land, you will be in 3rd Person Camera with Mouse Look.

(1) Moving the mouse is like turning your head.  You can look around, but it doesn’t move your feet in 3rd Person Camera Mode. Look around and then return to where you can see your avatar in front of you like the image above.

Return to where you can see your avatar in front of you and remove your hand from the mouse.

(2) Take a few steps forward by pressing the UP ARROW Key or the W Key.  You will see your avatar take a few steps.

(3) Take a few steps backward by pressing the DOWN ARROW KEY or the S Key.

(4) Rotate right and left by using the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW KEYS or the A and D Keys.

(5) Raise or lower your height by pressing the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN Keys, or the E and C Keys.

Terrific.  Keeping your hands OFF of the mouse, walk around the path a bit and practice.  Once you get the hang of it, add the mouse back into your journey.  You can see a bit more by turning your head when desired.  Just remember, in 3rd Person Camera Mode, if you can’t see your avatar walking and you are pressing movement keys, you are not moving the direction your camera is facing.  The mouse moves your head, not your feet.

When you are done practicing, turn around and come back to where you started.


C. CAMERAS – HOW TO SEE

In Virtual Worlds the cameras are your eyes, but like a movie set, you have many different angles and options you can call upon.3rd Person Camera with Mouse Look is the default landing camera.  Every time you land on a new region or reload your world, your perspective will revert back to this setting.

Three camera options, marked in blue below, are included with your default bottom toolbar.  The others can be accessed by the pull down menu Cameras or added to your toolbar by customizing your own user interface through the UI button.

Camera Information and Instruction

This is a help button we provide for new users.  Movement can be confusing until you learn how to use your different camera options.  If you find yourself struggling to understand how the cameras work, click this button to get a quick and easy guide, or a refresher course.

The Me Cam – Mirror Camera

Click to see yourself.  Keyboard movement available in this mode.

First Person Camera

Avatar movement through the avatar eyes.  Keyboard movement available in this mode.  As your vision moves, so does your avatar.

Note:  This camera is not a default button.  Learn to customize your user interface to add it.  For now, if you want to see what first person camera does, use the pull-down menu at the top of your screen: Cameras >> First Person

Bird’s Eye Camera

This camera is above the avatar’s head, first person through the Anemoji character.  Recommended for those that choose to use only Anemoji as their avatar.

Note:  This camera is not a default button.  Learn to customize your user interface to add it.  For now, if you want to see what first person camera does, use the pull-down menu at the top of your screen: Cameras >> Birds Eye

Third Person Camera with Mouse Look Rotation

Camera is behind the avatar body. Rotating your mouse, turns your avatar head only.  If you do not see your avatar moving on the screen, you are not walking the direction you would expect.

Free Cam

This camera mode separates your eyes from your avatar body. Rotate your mouse to change your direction, keyboard movement available including strafe right and left. Your camera will move whichever way your mouse points.


D. HOW TO COMMUNICATE

There are lots of ways to communicate in 3DWebWorldz.com.  We are going to show you the two easiest methods now and elaborate on the others further in your training.

(1) Using the Local Chat Splash

This little box shows up on your screen by default.  It is one of many ways you can chat with others on the same region.  Try it for yourself, don’t be shy.  If you aren’t sure what to say, just type “Hello 3D World!”

To send the message, click the Send Button or use keystrokes Tab then Enter.  Your chat appear just above the input box.  This little splash shows a limited number of messages, but it is an easy way to get started.

More expansive chat tools can be found under the pull down menu Communicate.  Turn the default showing of the Local Chat Splash off by clicking the UI Button on the top menu bar, unchecking Local Chat Splash and saving your custom desktop settings.  To temporarily close the box, click the red X in the bottom right corner.

(2) Talking in Voice

Talking in voice is extremely easy.  You literally click the microphone button on the bottom toolbar and talk.

On occasion,  a small hiccup occurs the first time using this option.   By default, most web browsers will block any kind of microphone use… until you accept or allow it. It is a security feature to keep sites from taking over your microphone without your knowledge.

If your microphone is successfully activated, you will see a RED DOT appear in your browser tab (Chrome) and Firefox will show a Microphone symbol to the left of the site URL.

Look for a permission dialog box . In most browsers you can right click the symbol in the URL bar.  As of January 2020, Chrome places that symbol on the right and Firefox on the left. 3DWebWorldz.com voice service is offered through the  “a2zsg”allow that domain to use your microphone and you are ready to go!

*Troubleshooting — if you have provided browser permission and still do not have voice access.  Check your computer device settings to make sure the proper microphone and speakers are being accessed.  And, of course, make sure the microphone is not muted on your end and that your speakers are turned up!

*Note — Your voice extends to those on the same region as you.


E. Learn the Bottom ToolBar (Default Features).

*HUD = Heads Up Display, a panel that opens on your screen providing options / choices.

MINIMIZE TOOLBAR BUTTON

Click this button to get the toolbar out your way momentarily. It will reduce it down to one single button.  Click that single button to open again.

You can set your screen to minimize this toolbar by default through the Top Toolbar Button:  UI.  Uncheck the Bottom Toolbar on that form and save your changes.  Minimizing by default means the toolbar will be reduced to one button on login, teleport and region reload.

REGION VOICE
Top Toolbar Access  >> 
Communicate | VoiceTalk to others in the same region by turning on the voice channel.  A mute option is available. We recommend you test the mute function with your browser version and computer set up before you begin having a conversation with your cats.
CHAT MASTER – World and Region Chat Panel
Top Toolbar Access >>Communicate | Chat – In WindowThe Master Chat Panel offers many options.
(1) Chat with anyone in 3DWW using World Chat.
(2) Chat only with those in your region using the Region Chat.
(3) Access Private IMs (Be sure to click the Load PMs to open those in your list).
(4) Access Radar to see who is online.
(5) From the Radar Panel you access user profiles and send Private IMs.
(6) Access the Screenshare Tool.
(7) Access the Chat PopOut option if you prefer to split your screen and use Chat in a separate browser tab.*Note the Chat PopOut Option and the Local Chat Splash are also located under the pull down menu Communicate.
INSTA-CHAT
Top Toolbar Access >>Communicate| InstaChat BubbleThis button will open a small panel in the center of your screen (drag to move).  Typing in this space will put a literal bubble over your head. Use it like a typewriter, enter at the end of the space provided to keep your text in the bubble. This is a great way to leave a short message if you are AFK or to help new users find what they need.  You can see the InstaChat Bubble above your head by using your Me Cam Mirror View.***Note: If you can not access the text input area, click the send button to initiate the hud.
INSTA-MOJI EXPRESSIONS
Top Toolbar Access >>
Avatar | InstaMojiThe AnEmoji character above your head can be used to share instant reactions, or just how you are feeling at the moment.

  • Click the button to open a large panel of options.
  • Chose an image (click the radio button)
  • Click the green “Change ” button to instantly change your emoji.

This fun is available to both guest and registered users. Other InstaMoji uses are sharing when you have a question, or take a vote during group session, as examples. Registered users can upload their own InstaMoji images in the Customize Avatar Closet. Registered users can also set a different default. Not only is it a wonderful option for personality, but a great way to share a logo. **Texture uploads can be set for public or private use.

LIGHT HUD
Top Toolbar Access >>
Avatar | Light HudThis feature allows you to change lighting around your personal space.  It will only change lighting on your monitor. No one else will see the change.
AVATAR ANIMATION HUD
Top Toolbar Access >> Avatar | Animation Hud
Open the animation hud to access sitting, standing, speaking, dancing and other animations.Click a button to begin an animation.  NOTE: Activating an animation automatically puts you in FREE CAM mode, which allows you to move your camera without interrupting your movement. To stop the animation and move your avatar, you will need to activate a different camera.Click a nudge button to reposition your avatar during animation.  The directional nudge buttons along the bottom of the animation hud allow you to perfectly position yourself. Each single click of a nudge button will move your avatar a small amount.  Continue clicking until you are happy with your location.
TELEPORT DIRECTORY MENU
Top Toolbar Access >> Travel | Teleport Menu
Easily transport yourself to regions all over the 3DWebWorldz.  Use the category buttons along the top to narrow your search (or choose ALL to see the full list), click the destination button and go!NOTE:  If you try to enter a private region that has not provided you access, you will be sent back to Orientation.
CAMERA INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTION
Top Toolbar Access >> Cameras | Cam Help
This is a help button we provide for new users.  Movement can be confusing until you learn how to use your different camera options.  If you find yourself struggling to understand how the cameras work, click this button to get a quick and easy guide, or a refresher course.
MIRROR CAMERA – THE “ME” CAM
Top Toolbar Access >> Cameras | Mirror
Click to see yourself.  Keyboard movement available in this mode.
3RD PERSON CAMERA WITH MOUSELOOK
Top Toolbar Access >> Cameras | 3rd Person with Mouselook
Camera is behind the avatar body. Rotating your mouse, turns your avatar head only.  If you do not see your avatar moving on the screen, you are not walking the direction you would expect.
FREE CAM
Top Toolbar Access >> Cameras | Free Cam
This camera mode separates your eyes from your avatar body. Rotate your mouse to change your direction, keyboard movement available including strafe right and left. Your camera will move whichever way your mouse points. Go stealth!
RELOAD YOUR WORLD

This button is similar to how the reload page button works in the browser, except that it reloads your 3D world.  Builders will use it to see their region changes, fashionistas will use it to see their clothing changes, and everyone may need it on occasion to give their browser a kick.  If things get “wonky” for you, try this button first.

NOTE:  While the button is similar in operation to your browser reload page button, they are NOT interchangeable.  If you use the reload page button in your browser you will be logged out.


F. Quick Glance at the Top Toolbar

The bottom toolbar is defaulted to the most common options and can be customized to suit your needs.  The TOP TOOLBAR provides access to all 3DWebWorldz features.  Hover over an item for a quick description. You can’t customize this toolbar, but you can minimize it by using the right-most button.

LOGOUT — When you are ready to exit, please be sure to click the LOGOUT BUTTON.  This will end your networked session,  delete your cookies, and properly remove you from World Radar.

From Left to Right:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  This button toggles World and Region Announcements (on/off).

UI – Registered members can customize their User Interface.  Click this button to choose what buttons are found on your bottom toolbar, whether your toolbars are maximized or minimized by default, etc.  It’s easy to use and changes to your interface are instant.

The image buttons reference your bottom toolbar. Checked buttons will be included on the bottom bar.

The toolbar and announcement options can’t be removed, but they can be minimized/maximized by default. Check the box to have them open and ready to use during region load. Uncheck to minimize them to a single button.

HELP – Find links to support, most common FAQS, full knowledgebase and more.  Need help or have questions?  Start here.

EVENTS – Under this pull-down menu you will find the Event Calendar, Add Event, and the buttons needed to participate.  For example, if you attend a live music performance, look in this menu to gain access to the audio or video feed.

COMMUNICATE – Find all the chat options and voice option here.  You can also find out who is online.

CAMERAS – If you don’t like to put all your cameras on your bottom toolbar, but occasionally need a different viewpoint, they can all be accessed through this pull-down menu. Clicking an option will instantly change your camera.

TRAVEL – Where do you want to go? Access the full teleport menu and even offer a teleport to other registered members.

AVATAR – Access to avatar customization and personal avatar HUDS are found here.
REGION – This pull-down menu is mostly for region owners/builders, with one exception.  If you want to see who owns the region, or which 3D creator(s) built something awesome you found on the region, use this pull-down menu and choose Info & Credits.

G. Social and Info Toolbar on the Right Side

The Right-Side Vertical Toolbar is pretty self explanatory.  Find us on social media, access our news blog… even quick access to our Region Rental option so you can begin building your own 3DWebWorldz today! The links on this menu will open another tab in your browser.  Close that tab to return here.


H. Support – Need Help?  Have Questions?  Have Comments?

If you are looking for additional instruction, be sure to visit the FAQ Knowledgebase.

 

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