Dance HUD Quadro

Please note that the Quadro is currently suffering from an SL bug, whereby you sometimes may not be able to see it when it’s dropped. This is an SL bug, awaiting a fix, and is nothing to do with the Quadro! There are easy workarounds:

 

 

Update: Having reported the bug, it has had it’s status upgraded to ‘Accepted’ by Linden Labs. I will update here when there is a public jira page to link to.

 

Welcome to the Dance HUD Quadro help page. The Quadro features an easy to use, yet powerful menu system. The HUD has been in development for many years, and is now on it’s fourth generation. Each generation has each new release has incorporated customer feedback and suggestions. The Quadro’s design is focused on making the HUD’s powerful features as intuitive and easy to use as possible.

Don’t just take our word for it! For an independent review of the Quadro, please click here.

 

Current Versions and Free Upgrades

This is the page for the Animazoo Dance HUD Quadro, not the free Quadro Lite. If you already have the Quadro Lite, or would like to try it out, please click here.

The current version of the Quadro is 1.6 (you can check the HUD’s properties to see the version). This update includes nine cool skins, easy dance loading with the Finder HUD and many minor tweaks and bug fixes. If you still have the old version of the Quadro, please get your free upgrade by IMing Shopkeeper Sideways (a bot) and asking for an upgrade.

 

Demo movie

 

Please find the relevant help section below and click to open.

 

Get the Quadro!

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Quadro features

  • Easy to use, intuitive and powerful menu system
  • Choice of nine cool skins
  • Ability to invite dance up to 9 dance partners
  • Ability to create your own Sequences and load them into the HUD
  • Edit Sequence menu allows easy drag and drop dance order changes
  • Edit Sequence menu enables you to enable and disable dances in a Sequence
  • Ability to export your edited Sequences
  • Safe and easy loading of dances with the Quadro Finder HUD
  • Minimises to tab to reduce screen clutter
  • Full backup and support with web-based help pages and support ticket system

Help and Support

If your Quadro has been lost or damaged, you can get a free, instant replacement by IMing Shopkeeper Sideways (a bot) and asking for a replacement.

If you have read the instructions below and are still having trouble, you can submit a support ticket by clicking here.

Quick Start

  • Drag the HUD from your inventory onto your Avi – the HUD will reset for new owner after which you will start dancing!
  • Your Quadro will be playing the Default Sequence of dances. This is automatically generated using the first 20 animations found inside your Quadro

 

You can just let the Default Sequence play, or you can do any of the following:

  • Choose a different Sequence: click the Sequence menu item and select ‘Load’ from the menu
  • Edit the Default Sequence from the Edit menu
  • Create your own Sequence. Please see the ‘Creating your own Sequences’ Section below

The New Skins

The Quadro now comes with a choice of nine skins. Select ‘Skins’ from the ‘Settings’ menu to change the Quadro’s skin. Reading left to right, the skins are called; Dark Grey, Silver Machine, Pheonix, Light Grey, Quadro Classic, Summertime, V3 Classic, Media Player, Pretty in Pink.

The Dance HUD Quadro skins

Buttons and Tab

 

Dance HUD Quadro HUD on, buttons showing

Dance HUD Quadro HUD off, buttons showing

Dance HUD Quadro HUD is minimised to tab

The HUD menu and buttons can be minimised to save screen clutter using the tab with the Animazoo logo, as shown on the left.

Simply click the tab to show / hide the buttons and menu. The HUD can be on or off when minimised.

Quadro Interactive Tour

Descriptions of the buttons and menus for the Quadro are shown below. Click the menu items for more info on a particular menu item.

 

Top row buttons

Reading from left to right, the four buttons across the top of the HUD do the following:

  • Back: Start playing the last previous dance
  • Forward: Start playing the next dance
  • Menu: Show or hide the Main menu
  • Power: Turn the HUD on or off

 

Please click the ‘Main menu’ area for more…

Menu header:

  • Click for help messages in local chat
  • Displays the name of the current menu

 

Please click the ‘Sequences’ menu item for more…

Switch to Sequences menu

Dance Sequences are defined in the ‘Sequences’ notecard. Sequences defined in the notecard can be selected from the Sequences menu. If the Sequences notecard has been updated the list can be refreshed by clicking the ‘Update Sequences List’ menu item on the Load Sequence menu.

The Sequences menu has three options:

  • Load: Load a Sequence from the internal ‘Sequences’ notecard
  • Edit: Drag and drop to change order of dances. Enable and disable dances
  • Export: Export your modified Sequence to local chat ready for copy pasting to Sequences notecard

Editing Sequences

To change the order of the dances in the Playlist, simply drag and drop them up or down, one position at a time.

To enable or disable a dance on the Edit menu, simply click the checkbox to the left of the dance name.

 

Please click the ‘Dancer’ menu item for more…

Switch to Dancer menu

The Dancer Options menu allows you to invite or stop already invited dancers. The Dancers menu has two options:

  • Invite dancer: Invite someone else to start dancing with you
  • Stop dancer: Stop someone dancing – you can stop self too

The Invite command will present you with a new menu listing nearby avis who are not already dancing with you. You can select who to invite from here.

The Stop command will present you with a list of avis who are dancing with you so you can chose who to stop dancing.

Note: Invited Avis can also stop themselves from dancing by typing ‘/99stop’ in chat.

Note: It’s now possible to stop yourself dancing whilst people you have invited carry on.

 

Please click the ‘Settings’ menu item for more…

Switch to Settings menu

The Settings menu gives you the following options:

  • Skins: Change the Quadro’s skin. Choose from the available list
  • Lock HUD position:Locks the screen position for the HUD
  • Change Viewer: Select your viewer type for optimum display
  • Timing: Set how often you change dance. This will over-ride any individual settings as set in the Sequences notecard
  • Messages: Turn on and off status messages appearing in chat
  • UI Sounds: Turn on and off the sounds made when you click buttons
  • Reset: Reset the HUD

Warning! Resetting the HUD will reset any Playlist changes you have made and will reset the Default Sequence.

 

Please click the ‘Help’ menu item for more…

Display Help Pages

Clicking the Help menu item will bring up a dialog inviting you to open this web page.

Click ‘Go to page’ on the dialog to display these Help pages.

 

 

 

You can return to the main menu by clicking the small arrow at the bottom of the menus.

You can close the menu by clicking the small ‘x’ at the bottom of the menu. Clicking the menu button on the top row will close all menus.

Adding or Removing dances

The Dance HUD Quadro uses ‘rezmorphing’ technology, whereby when the HUD is rezzed for adding or removing dances, it morphs into a large, easy to see box. In addition, you are given a Quadro Finder HUD that displays the last location of your Quadro. Dropping the Finder HUD automatically triggers the re-attaching of your Quadro, making the whole process easier and safer.

Three steps for adding dances to your Quadro HUD:

  1. Wear your HUD, turn it off and Right Click -> Drop it

          ~ A dialog will ask to attach the Finder HUD. Click ‘Yes’

  2. Your rezzed Quadro HUD has morphed into a large, easy to see box

          ~ Drag dance/s from your inventory to the rezzed Quadro

  3. Right Click -> Drop the Finder HUD.

          ~ A dialog will ask to re-attach your Quadro. Click ‘Yes’

You now have two options;

Option 1) Simply turn on the Quadro and you will start dancing. Use this option if you’re not worried about what order the dances play in, and you have less than 20 dances inside. The Quadro will play the Default Playlist. The Default Playlist comprises the first 20 dances found inside the HUD.

Option 2) You can configure your Quadro to play dances in a given order, or Sequence. The easiest way to do this is by editing the Default Sequence from the Edit menu. If you want complete control over the Sequence, you can ceate your own. Please see the ‘Creating your own Sequences’ section below for more details.

Important Note: When you re-attach your Quadro by dropping the finder HUD, for some reason, SL puts it into your ‘Objects’ folder. So you will find your updated copy of the Quadro there. This is a ‘feature’ of SL and currently cannot be changed.

Creating your own Sequences

You can create your own dance Sequences by editing the ‘Sequences’ notecard found inside the HUD. Then you can use the HUD to load your new Sequences.

Note: Any dances listed in the Sequences notecard must be copied from your inventory into the HUD. See the ‘Adding or removing dances’ section above for more details on how to do this.

Here’s an example Sequence, as found in the notecard:

 

[ Sequence name ]Salacious:29.75|Crisscross:28.083|Salacious|Crisscross:NEVER

 

The part in [brackets] is the Sequence name. This is the name that will listed in the ‘Load’ menu. Up to 18 Sequences can be defined. Any Sequences defined after the first 18 will be ignored.

After the name of the Sequence we find the name of the dance, followed by the amount of time it will play, separated by a colon. As of version 1.6, it is no longer necessary to specify a time for the dance. If none is specified, the Quadro uses the current default value, as set in the Settings menu. The pipe | symbol is then used to separate the dance names.

A dance can also be set to never change. To do this, simply type NEVER for the amount of time for that dance.

So the above Sequence is called Example Dance, and it plays Salacious for 29.75 seconds, then it plays Crisscross for 20.083 seconds. Since no time is specified, Salacious is then played for the Default timing (usually 30 seconds). The Quadro then starts playing Crisscross indefinately.

A note on dance times:

The exact length of Animazoo dances can be found in the dance properties. To see the dance properties, right click on the dance in your inventory and click ‘Properties’.

Not all Second Life dance makers list the length of the dances in the description. Kindly, The Dance Queens have compiled a database full of SL’s most popular dances, compete with the length of the dances. To access their list, please click here.

Limitations

The HUD will not display properly if your screen resolution is less than 1024 by 800.

When the Finder HUD is dropped and the Quadro re-attaches, SL puts the Quadro into your Objects folder in your inventory. Unfortunately, there is no way to change this.

A Sequence can only contain a maximum of 20 dances.

The HUD menu displays a maximum of 19 Sequences (including the Default Sequence).

Notecard lines are limited to 256 characters, so all Sequences must be defined using less than 256 characters. The Sequence will not load properly if it’s longer than 256 characters.

FAQ

  • Q: Can I use dances from any animation maker in the Quadro?
  • A: Yes. In fact, you can use any SL animations you like
  • Q: Why won’t my Quadro turn on?
  • A: Most likely causes are; you are in a ‘no script’ area, you have no dances in you HUD or you are experiencing heavy lag.
  • Q: I added some dances and I can’t find my Quadro in my inventory. Where is it?
  • A: When you re-attach your HUD, for some reason. SL puts it into your ‘Objects’ folder. This is a ‘feature’ of SL and cannot be changed
  • Q: How can I find out the name of the currently playing Sequence?
  • A: To find out the name of the currently playing Sequence, click the menu header for the ‘Edit Sequence’ menu. The name of the currently playing Sequence will appear in chat
  • Q: Which permissions should I choose when buying dances – copy or transfer?
  • A: Dances bought with transfer perms are far more suceptable to inventory loss, whereas dances bought with copy perms can always be replaced, instantly and for free by IMing Shopkeeper Sideways (a bot) and asking for a replacement. It is for all these reasons, we strongly recommend always buying dances with copy perms.

Known Issues

  • The Quadro is occasionally suffering from a Second Life Viewer ‘invisible prims’ bug when the HUD is rezzed or worn. If you have rezzed or worn the Quadro and it has disappeared, this is what’s happening. This is bug in Second Life, not in the Quadro and as is easily fixed! If you Quadro disappears, simply log out and log in again to see it. This is the best workaround I can offer until Linden Labs fix the bug. Please see here for more details and to add to the discussion.
  • Laggy Conditions (e.g. laggy sim, slow Internet connection) may cause the menu to not display properly. If this hapens, you can wait for it to display, or you can click the menu button twice to try again.
  • When re-attaching your HUD under laggy conditions, there may be a pause before the attach dialog appears. Please just wait, the HUD will always come back to you.
  • The HUD’s normally smooth edges can sometimes become ‘jaggy’, especially when editing the HUD. This is an SL bug and comes and goes as it pleases!
  • If you delete the currently playing dance from the HUD’s inventory, the HUD is unable to stop the dance from playing – this is an SL limitation. For this reason, it’s recommended that the HUD is turned off before adding or removing dances from the HUD’s inventory.
  • Some viewer versions allow you to wear two HUDs in the same place. If two copies of the HUD (Full and / or Lite versions) are worn together at the same time in the same place problems will occur. Only one copy of the HUD should be worn in the top right hand corner at a time.
  • If your camera is ‘fixed’ on the HUD when it’s rezzed, attaching the HUD can cause your view camera to go off-sim. If this happens, simply click the ‘escape’ key.
  • Dropping the Quadro near a land border where rezzing is not allowed can cause the Finder HUD not to rez. Make sure you are well inside a rez area before you rez the Quadro