My Lumiya Experience So Far
I blew town a week or two ago for business. My organization recently updated my workstation to a docked laptop with this awesome 17” monitor and decent power specs, but the IS dept won’t allow such frivalous software as Firestorm on it. I just could not see taking two laptops on this weeklong adventure. A couple of months earlier, circumstances developed where I acquired an Android tablet. I installed Lumiya viewer http://www.lumiyaviewer.com/ on it and have tested it on a very limited basis. This looked like a good opportunity to do more with it.
I must say that the Tumbler app is wonderful. While there isn’t a Plurk app, it does a wonderful job of resolving my favorite SL social media community to a vertical scroll via regular browsers like Chrome and Firefox. So at least three of four of my favorite social media programs work, what with MyYahoo! doing a splendid job as well. (The Flickr app also looks marvey on it.)
As it turned out, I didn’t have a lot of time to post that week nor to give Lumiya the workout I had hoped. I did run into an emergency that required I jump inworld or let my cats die!! (It always feels like that, at least.) I was able to get into my inventory and pull out a dish of kibble for them. I had thought it would rez with my Writers’ Rest group on it as it also needs to feed Lisa’s cat, but alas, that didn’t happen. She had to jump in to save Demonia, who is undercover and sucking on a thermometer, poor baby. (All better now.)
An upgrade to my tablet’s OS has rendered making screenshots untenable. Various forums don’t seem to be clear on the method, and each of the ones described seem to turn the tablet off. It may be that I need to have a SDOS card in place for saving these shots. That’s a $30USD experiment I have yet to budget.
The times I’ve gone inworld, the cats rendered well and moved about the way they usually do. I used an arrow array to move and touching a CAM button toggled the mode for moving the camera instead of my avatar. In a similar fashion, there’s a “button” in the upper left part of the screen that I touch to allow me to grab something with my finger-as-cursor. I haven’t interacted with anyone yet but I know that Lisa has used it to chat with me on her tablet. The app works on her phone but that is strictly IM-avatar-in-place duty.
I will attempt to test it out more but inworld time is so precious that I prefer to spend it using my home laptop.