Download Second Life
If you want to download Second Life (SL) and start exploring the virtual world, you probably have a lot of questions. After all, the demo of the site's animation is so visually stunning that it's easy to assume that all of the instructions are complex. Fortunately, that's not the case. But here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about how to get started.
Do I have to download SL to my computer?
No, Second Life resides online and you have to be connected to the internet to interact with it. However, you must download the viewer software in order to participate on the site as a member. The viewer also serves as your in-world control panel which allows you to move your avatar around once you are logged in.
Where do I download Second Life viewer, and why do I need it?
download the viewer
in the Second Life support area. The viewer has heavy duty graphics requirements, so it is a good idea to check your computer system with the
Second Life system requirements.
Older computer systems with outdated graphics cards or systems that have dial up internet access may not have sufficient system resources for the viewer to function properly. If that’s the case with your computer or internet provider, you may have to wait until you buy a new system in order to participate. Just be sure that your new computer meets the minimum requirements.
The viewer lets you connect with the Linden Lab servers which hosts Second Life. It also contains the software with the basic controls you need for chatting with other people, making sales and purchases, and moving your avatar and the objects near it. With practice, you will be able to create clothes and accessories for your avatar, build a house for her to live in and make her fly or teleport her to your desired locations. Without the viewer, you cannot interact with Second Life.
How do I download Second Life and install it on a Mac?
You can download the Mac version for the viewer from the download page that was previously mentioned, or type "get.secondlife.cm/mac" -- without the quotation marks -- into your browser window. The disk image should automatically mount. From there, just drag the Second Life icon into the Applications folder, and the program should launch. After the view is open, enter your password and user name to enter Second Life.
Where can I find the Second Life Quickstart Guide?
The Quickstart Guide
is available as a page in the Second Life Knowledge Base that you can print out and use as a hand cheat sheet while you become familiar with the viewer controls. Keep it next to your computer while you're learning about Second Life and refer to it often.
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