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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Soda Skin Designer News

First of all, thanks to everyone who has helped make the opening weekend of the skin designer a success! I am still plowing through orders, so if you haven't received yours yet, you will soon!

I wanted to mention to anyone whose skin was delivered Sunday, there was a problem with the kiosk and you may not have been able to pick up your skin. Turns out I was simply putting too many items into one kiosk and the script overloaded. SO... I put two kiosks out for the time being until I can figure out a better way to hold them. It may be as simple as making a couple kiosks and organizing them alphabetically. I will look into this as soon as there is a lull in orders. But in the future, incase kiosk decides to choke again, don't pay the kiosk unless it asks you to, cause that money will go nowhere! You will know if the kiosk is borked cause it won't respond at all when touched.

I also wanted to take moment to mention a couple of upcoming features that will be added in version 2.0 of the skin designer. I am going to be allowing users to add custom elements to the body area (not just the face) and also have a way to view the skin tone on the avatar without having to be in world.I am also looking into adding a "fat pack" feature, ie. allowing users to order all lip colors or eye makeups for your chosen combination.

Thanks to all customers who have supported me and been patient in the early stages of this project, and PLEASE if you have feature suggestions, let me know. I hope to improve the product big time by version 2.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Soda Skin Designer is Here!!!!!!

I am very excited to announce the beta release of a project I have been working on for AGES now, The Soda Skin Designer.

What is the Soda Skin Designer?:

It'a a unique tool I have created to allow residents to customize their look by choosing between a number of facial features. You can choose your eyebrows, eye shape, eye makeup, nose, lip shape, lip color, and extra features. There are hundreds of thousands of combinations available (no, really!), so you can make sure you are truly unique!
Visit the Soda main store for more information and free demos!

EDITED TO ADD: at the moment, you can only have ONE order in the queue at any given time. I am working on fixing that, but for right now, order one and when you receive it, order another.

So, How does it work?

How to use the Soda Skin Designer:

1. Visit

2. Use the web interface to design you custom face and skin color. (flash is required to use the skin designer application.)

3. Make your choices carefully! You will not be able to make changes once you submit your order.

4. Once your order is submitted, your skin will be created by hand and placed in the Pickup Kiosk located at the Soda Main Store. Please allow 3-5 days for skin creation, depending on the current volume of orders.

5. You will be notified by email and IM when your skin is ready for pickup.

6. When you visit the Pickup Kiosk, simply touch the kiosk to purchase your skin's demo.
(The demo is $100L and is a deposit for your final skin purchase. The reason the demo is not free is to prevent billions of orders from non serious buyers. All demos are hand created, so I have to keep my sanity somehow!) If you wish to make changes to your skin after viewing the demo, you must visit and resubmit your order. Your skin in the kiosk will be replaced with your revised design.

7. Once you have purchased the demo, simply touch the kiosk again to purchase the full skin.

This tool is new and in a sort of beta stage. It's fully functional, but I am looking for ways to improve the usability and products themselves. Please feel free to drop me a notecard with your feedback on how i can improve the skin designer.