Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Comparing Dance HUDs - Categories


Comparing Dance HUDs - Categories 111116


Based on DANCE QUEENS member input an additional HUD was added to category 4.
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A few days ago I requested help in placing Dance HUDs into four categories. Thank you to the several people who responded. I also looked on SL Marketplace and in-world Search. Now we have a preliminary list of Dance HUDs identified by category. Most of these HUDs were placed in categories based on their sales descriptions. If you see that a HUD is not categorized properly, please let me know.

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DANCE HUDs BY CATEGORY

(NOTE: Some vendors have multiple versions of the same HUD and use a separate name for each. I have placed the word NAME in italics to identify these.)

Category 1 (BASIC) - Lets the owner dance alone using dances placed in the HUD
  • A&A Table Dance HUD   
  • AO GIRL neko 6.0 anim   
  • Beavis and Butthead Dance HUD
  • Belly Dance Animations & HUD v8
  • *Body Boutique* Belly dance hud (by Oceane) 
  • ##CI## NAME
  • Crazy Dance HUD
  • Dance hud by Pearl Islay
  • Dance HUD 2.0 by Vannik Tigerpaw
  • Dance HUD CorKob  
  • Dance Hud : NAME 
  • -< DanceLika HottChic >- v2 Version 2
  • Dance menu (CHIMERA, HUD)
  • Diamond Dance HUD
  • : FF : DANCER HUD PRO V.1.3
  • Gestures/Animations/Tp[HUD]1.3.1 
  • *GOR-JUS ANIMATION HUD* 2010
  • HYKOVA PARTY HUD
  • HUD MULTI NAME DANCES
  • Hurly Burly Dance  HUD 3.1
  • kajira HUD of Gor 2.7 Gorean Slave Dance Animator
  • Kru HUD 0
  • Ladies Groovin Dance Hud V.2 
  • Ladylicious Dance Hud
  • ALL-IN-ONE HUD 1.5 LITE Version 1.5
  • Ministry of Motion Free Dance HUD v1.1(C/M/NT)
  • MPP - Dance HUD - Cyan (Basic)   
  • MrS - NAME (copy) (just wear)
  • Multi Dance Hud
  • NAME Dance Hud v.2 
  • Nymphoto - Simple Animation Hud
  • Nymphs - FEMALE/MALE Dance HUD Version 1
  • 170 DANCE HUD
  • ORACUL-NAME AO (Oracul Animation HUD)
  • PERSONAL iDANCE MACHINE
  • (pixelDolls) Ballerina
  • Really useful kajira HUD
  • RSL Dance Hud 2.3
  • Rock Concert Dance Animation HUD
  • Sexy Dances HUD   
  • * S & L * EXCLUSIVE * DANCE HUD 
  • SOCD Dance HUD 3.0
  • TB`s Disco Dance HUD
  • THC Belly dancer HUD
  • Uber Dance HUD Pack
  • ULTIMATE Dance HUD V6
  • VISTA ANIMATIONS *HUD 3.9b* NAME v4 U
  • WESTERN DANCE HUD [ 2 ]
  • Yelka Dance Mega Hud
  • ZHAO II
Category 2 (LEAD) - Does the Category 1 capability and lets the owner add other people to dance in sync with the owner
  • Abranimations NAME Dance HUD
  • +AFY+ Dance hud
  • ANI-mate Animation / Dance / Photography HUD
  • Animation HUD Pro v3.12AV
  • Animazoo dance HUD v3.1
  • CheerMaster Cheerleading HUD
  • Dance X-HUD
  • EMPTY CHIMERA
  • Eyefliez Inc. - Dance HUD Version 2.5.0
  • Huddles EZ Animator Basic
  • iRawk (Group Dancer)
  • lsDance Extreme Edition Dance Hud
  • MoveMe Dance HUD
  • MPP - Dance HUD - Purple (Invite)   
  • NuTec: Dance HUD Version 2.4
  • Sync Dance HUD Pro   
  • Yet Another Dance Bracelet 2.5
Category 3 (FREESTYLE) - Does the Category 2 capability and lets the owner control the display of dances to choose to activate (necessary for Freestyle Choreography)
  • Animazoo Dance HUD Quadro (Free Version)
  • CHIMERA OPC21 Mix v6.1
  • NHC Dance HUD
  • SINFUL NEEDS A4 HUD V2.0!
  • Stasis HUD w/ Built In Dance Huddle  v1.7
Category 4 (SEQUENCED) - Does the Category 3 capability and lets the owner make dance sequences (necessary for Sequenced Choreography)
  • Animazoo Dance HUD Quadro (Full Version)
  • Barre Dance HUD
  • DanceMaster Mobi
  • Fleursoft DanceHUD v1.0
  • Henmations Dance Control HUD V3
  • Huddles EZ Animator Deluxe
  • MLDU4 and MLDU5
  • TIS Fusion Pro
  • VISTA ANIMATIONS- DANCE HUD v1.5
I have thought about making an additional category {Category 5 (SHOW)} for HUDs that allow control of two or more groups of dancers simultaneously. In the detailed analysis, which is next, if any of the Category 4 HUDs have capability to control multiple groups, I will add this category.
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CRITERIA FOR ANALYZING DANCE HUDs
The next step is to analyze the HUDs to find which perform best and which are the best value for the type of dancing desired (BASIC, LEAD, FREESTYLE, SEQUENCED). To do so I have developed criteria. These criteria are for the Category 4 (SEQUENCED) HUDs, but are applicable to the lower categories. Lower categories just do not have some of the capabilities identifed.
I. CAPACITY
A. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DANCES IN HUD - UNLIMITED
Advanced dancers have thousands of animations that are used in the HUD. There are tens of thousands of animations in SL.
B. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DANCERS TO LEAD - 94
The most avatars I have ever seen on one sim at a time is 94. The most I have ever led in dancing is 20. The most I have ever heard of being led at one time is 34.
C. MAXIMUM SIZE OF A NOTE CARD -UNLIMITED
Current notecards are limited to about 64,000 characters. This is about 320 dance sequences.

II. NAVIGATION
A. DANCES VISIBLE AT ONE TIME - ALL
The more visible dances organized in an easy way, the easier it is to use any dance.
B. NUMBER OF CLICKS TO START ANY DANCE OR SEQUENCE - 1
If all dances are not visible at one time, then the fewest clicks possible to start a dance is desirable. In the Huddles, for example, dances that are many clicks away do not get used.
C. DANCE NAMES - SHOWS ENTIRE NAME
The entire name of the dance should be listed.

III. ORGANIZATION
A. ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS - UNLIMITED
Sometimes you want to put dances that are the same speed together and other times by the same maker. Or you may have other organizational schemes. Multiple organizational schemes should be possible.
B. EASE OF USE - INTUITIVELY SIMPLE
Ideally the HUD should be completely useable with no instructions. The more instructions there are the less likely people will master it.

IV. SIZE AND APPEARANCE
A. SIZE ON SCREEN WHEN DANCING - INVISIBLE
Ideally the HUD shold be visible only when you need it and invisible when you do not.
B. SIZE ON SCREEN WHEN CLICKING - EASY TO CLICK WITHOUT ERRORS
When you need to click the HUD, it should be sized so that you can click a button without error.
C. COLOR AND TEXTURE MODIFIABLE - YES
The HUD should be easy to change the color and textures to match your desired appearance scheme.

V. LEADING DANCES
A.  ADDING DANCERS - EASY
Adding any dancer on the sim should be one click
B. DANCERS CAN ADD AND REMOVE SELVES - YES
Optionally any dancer can add or remove her/himself
C. MULTIPLE GROUPS - LEAD 2 OR MORE GROUPS FROM THE SAME HUD
Ideally, two or more groups can be lead from the same HUD. This would allow couples dancing also.
D. START DANCES - STARTING ANYWHERE IN THE ANIMATION (E.G. IN THE MIDDLE)
Ideally, starting dances at a place other than the beginning of the animation would be a useful option.
E. RANDOM MODE - YES
A random mode should be available with an adjustable time for each dance
F. OPTIONAL NO DANCE MODE FOR THE LEADER - YES
Sometimes you need to lead a dance and not dance yourself.

VI. SEQUENCES
A. ALLOWS USE OF DANCE SEQUENCES - YES
Dance sequences can be used in the HUD
B. DANCE LOOP TIME - AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINES
The HUD automatically determines a dance's loop time in seconds.
C. SEQUENCE CREATION - CAN CREATE WITH HUD
Using the HUD a dance sequence can be recorded and converted to a sequence.

VII. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
A. THE HUD SHOULD BE THE LOWEST PRICE - FREE
The lower the price, the more people will use it for dancing
B. AVAILABLE EASILY - IN WORLD AND MARKETPLACE
Full-perm would allow anyone to use it and access it.

VIII. ADDING DANCES
A. LOADING PROCESS - AUTOMATIC
Select a folder and all the contents are loaded automatically.
B. NOTECARDS - AUTOMATIC
Notecards are automatically created when needed.
C. DANCE LIST - AUTOMATIC
A listing of the HUD's contents is made automatically when needed.
D. DANCE PROPERTIES - AVAILABLE EASILY
Getting the creator, loop time, name and other information about a dance should be easy.
E. NUMBER OF PRIMS IN HUD - ZERO
For users who are prims short the HUD should have as few prims as possible.

IX. LAG
A. ADDS DANCES TO YOUR CACHE - AUTOMATIC
When worn the HUD automatically adds dances to your cache.
B. HUD SCRIPT RESOURCES - ZERO
The HUD does not contribute to lag.
C. ADDS DANCES TO OTHERS' CACHE - AUTOMATIC
Optionally, your dances should be added to others' cache for example for shows.
D. INFORMS PEOPLE ABOUT AVATAR IMPOSTERS - OPTIONAL
Optionally, gives dancers and viewers information about avatar imposters.

X. HELP
A. AVAILABLE HELP - 1 CLICK AND EASY TO USE
Detailed help should be available in world.
B. USER FORUM - AVAILABLE
A user's forum should also be available.
C. CUSTOMER SERVICE - HUMAN AND RESPONSIVE
An available expert should be available at all times.
D. UPDATES - AUTOMATIC
Any updates are done automatically/

XI. OPTIONS
A. REZZ ITEMS - YES
The HUD should be able to rezz items at specified locations.
B. ANIMATION OVERRIDE - YES
The HUD should be able to let the user override the standard walk, sits and flies.







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NEXT STEPS
Before we go further I want to give you (DANCE QUEENS members) and any HUD makers a chance to comment both on the categories and on the criteria. I also am looking for volunteers to help with the analysis. I will wait a few days for feedback and volunteers, then the analysis begins.
xxx
Nottoo

2 comments:

  1. ultimate dance hud applies to all of your lists

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  2. Can't wait for the results !!

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