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Asian Inspiration

Asian Inspiration

You may have noticed that – at the end of all of our jigsaw posts – we invite you to add your pictures to our Flickr group, and say that we hope to use some of them here as jigsaws.  There are some very striking photos posted to the group – and today’s is one of those.

It’s by Emerald Beningborough (whose photos you can see here), and it’s a photograph of one of her styling projects for the new Inspirations book – the amazing source book for interior design that’s the brainchild of Pitsch Parx and edited by Persia Bravin.  This is the from the second part of the Second Volume – and the whole is the most amazing and visually ravishing treat. Do go and take a look. And also a discreet tissue top mop up the drool …

Let’s take a deep breath and do a jigsaw!

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Asian Inspiration Book Vol 2 by Emerald Beningborough

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Front cover

Prim Perfect Issue 15 - Feb 2009: Front cover

Welcome to our Valentine edition of Prim Perfect!

Yes, we are attempting to detect the first touches of spring in the air (for all the Northern hemisphere types – Southern-siders will be looking out the winter woollies by now!).  But more importantly, we’re on the lookout for Romance!

We have some very special features for you this month – such as a special gift feature packed with ideas of what you can give (or hint that you would like to receive) for Valentine’s Day.  See what ideas some of the best designers in the Second Life world have come up with to make your Valentine’s Day that little bit special.

Our Sim of the Month is Dollz Town – a fantasy in pink and cute with some wonderful additions for everyone to enjoy – and a flavour that can be naughty and nice!  Don’t miss the opportunity to wander round the square and visit the shops – or the trailer park!  And make sure you call in at the Seaside cafe to enjoy a coffee.  And for after dark … there’s the Dollz Theatre – with its cabaret and burlesque.

Inside page

Prim Perfect Issue 15 - Feb 2009: Inside page

For our Landscape of the Month, we have something different.  M0lly Dench shares the location of ten very special sims, each guaranteed to give you a different and very memorable Valentine experience!  Will your favourite be on her visiting list?  Read the article and find out!

Our Designer of the Month is the recently-returned Zasa Rossini, now opening her own extremely lovely sim – Dans La Montagnes.  And Zasa has designed the very pretty townhouse that is on offer as our Star Prize … if you can complete this month’s Treasure Hunt!  There are a lot of entries … but one group of those should be easier to find than the rest; Qwis Greenwood will be spilling the beans on that on our blog over the coming month!

Plus we have news of a very exciting new project from Second Life.  We are starting an initiative to mentor new designers from their first attempts at creation through to becoming successful entrepreneurs.  Over the coming year, our chosen pathfinders will be advised and mentored by some of the top designers in Second Life – as well as by other mentors who can advise on related aspects of creating a Second Life business. Read the article to find out how YOU could become a Pathfinder – and more about how this exciting project will be developed.

Inside page

Prim Perfect Issue 15 - Feb 2009: Inside page

Jvstin Tomorrow visits the world of SL Shakespeare, and Kaye Robbiani shows you how to create a romantic garden.  There’s an article from Crap Mariner on his Music ISL Project, and from Gwen Carillon on concerns about Content Theft.

Plus articles to smooth our Second Lives from Qwis Greenwood and Annechen Lowey, while Nika Dreamscape tells us about some great bargains to be had!

Our team of talented photographers bring you some of the most gorgeous design eye candy in *Second Life*!

And you can learn about the lucky winner of last month’s prize.

All this – plus Charity News from Coughran Mayo, News from the Grid … and more!

So how can I get Prim Perfect?

Treasure Hunt

Prim Perfect Issue 15 - Feb 2009: Treasure Hunt

If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 15 here - and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also obtain a standard pdf for downloading and printing.

It is also available through XStreet (just search on either site for Prim Perfect). This will deliver you a copy in the form of a Thinc book that you can rez and read inworld.

Another inworld option is to buy from our inworld vendors (located at various stores). Sometimes we have had problems with these, but you can help! If you see a vendor still selling an earlier issue, contact primperfect@gmail.com, and we’ll send someone to update it.

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Prim Perfect Issue 15 - Feb 2009: Inside page

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life (these are taking over from our older vendors) – so you can just click to subscribe.  You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as a Thinc Book, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Thinc Book version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

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We have heard a number of reports that the recent asset server problems have put quite a dent in our clients’ sales in the last month or so. Since we are dedicated to supporting your success, we’ve hunted down some suggestions for propping up your customers’ confidence in buying your products. If you have other ideas, let’s help each other out by noting them in the comments below.

  • It appears that avi-to-avi exchanges are working, but vendor sales are plagued with losses. So if your volume is low enough and your or your staff are inworld a fair amount of the time, consider offering the option of contacting you directly for personal payment and delivery.
  • Encourage buyers to check their inventories immediately after each vendor purchase and to contact you if they encounter a problem.
  • If you offer a “pay by PayPal” option, post a sign prominently near your vendors and offer a notecard with clear instructions.
  • Likewise, if your items are avaiable at SL Exchange or OnRez, don’t assume that your customers will know that. Put easy-to-rez signs around your shop with the information that will keep them from just turning on their heels and looking somewhere else.

Remember, communicating a willingness to ensure your customers’ satisfaction will go a long way toward boosting sales and increasing buyers’ loyalty.

Best wishes for your ongoing success, from the staff at Prim Perfect.

A tip of the chapeau to Qalabah Quintus for brainstorming with us.

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Working with linked prmsAs regular readers of the Prim Perfect magazine will know, each month we have a “How to … ” guide.This month, in Issue 6 of Prim Perfect Brandy Rasmusson, the winner of our October Star Prize of a Cottage in Winterfell, explained she decorated her cottage for Christmas.

And, as we usually do, we have taken the article from the previous issue – Issue 5 of Prim Perfect and added it to the website. This is a very important guide, written with the help and advice of Sky Everrett (of L’Utopie), on how you can use linked (and very carefully unlinked) prims to edit furniture. But this only works in some cases, because it depends on the permissions set on the furniture.

So, how do permissions work?

Fortunately, we had an article explaining just that (You Gotta Have Permissions) for Issue 4 of Prim Perfect – and that guide is posted to the web here.

It’s our policy to post the “How to” Guides to the web a month after they’ve appeared in the magazine, so that users can access them easily.

Already published:

You’ll also find them listed in the right hand menu of this blog.

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Prim Perfect Issue 5As regular readers of the Prim Perfect magazine will know, each month we have a “How to … ” guide.

This month, in Issue 5 of Prim Perfect we explain how you can use linked (and very carefully unlinked) prims to edit furniture. But this only works in some cases, because it depends on the permissions set on the furniture.

So, how do permissions work?

Fortunately, we had an article explaining just that (You Gotta Have Permissions) for Issue 4 of Prim Perfect – and we’ve now re-posted that to the web here.

It’s our policy to post the “How to” Guides to the web a month after they’ve appeared in the magazine, so that users can access them easily.

Already published:

You’ll also find them listed in the right hand menu of this blog.

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Meditation cushionRegular readers of the magazine will know that each issue, we print a”How To” guide for newcomers to Second Life (and sometimes not quite such newcomers too!).

We hope these guides have been proving useful to our readers – we’ve certainly had some positive responses. But one cause for woe was tha, if you wanted to find the information, you had to go hunting through back issues of the magazine.

So we’ve decided to make these articles from back issues available on the website, so people can access them easily.

The articles from the first three issues are available now – if you want to read the article on permissions, you’ll need to read the current issue of the magazine! But we hope, over time, this will build up to a highly useful resource for Second Life residents.

The articles available now are:

You’ll find links to the articles in the sidebar navigation on this blog, and on a navigation tab on the main website.

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