So, continuing on in my alternative virtual worlds adventures.
As Kitely developer Ilan told me -- or rather admitted in a roundabout way after he was drilled on this -- Imprudence isn't recommended for Kitely (despite being recommended by one of his top sim designers!) because *the search doesn't work*.
Here's what he said in response to my complaint:
As stated previously, please stop evaluating Kitely using old viewers. Use Firestorm, Catznip, Dolphin, Exodus, Kokua, Nirans, RLV, Teapot, or even a relatively modern version of Imprudence (1.4 b2). Insisting on using an old v1 viewer that has problems loading the world map or doing searches on OpenSim-based grids says nothing about the quality of those grids. Evaluate us using Firestorm (which is currently the most popular viewer in SL) then judge.
OK, as I said, I refuse to load anything made by Emerald/Phoenix/Firestorm on to my computer -- ever -- and only reluctantly use these other ones, but you have to use the TPVs, now that SL does not work on alternative worlds anymore since August 2012 when the Lindens closed them off for various reasons.
In fact, I had the latest Imprudence download that I went to get after the Heresy dev said to use that for seeing her world on Kitely (she also has some other interesting worlds).
Since Kokua is merely an offshot of Imprudence, and since Teapot, which has a cute name, does not have a clear download link (its wonkly page at that link has lots of other downloads and remarks but does not have a clear download link *for the viewer on Windows -- oh, unless it's only for Linux), I went to the first one on the list, Catznip, although the loathsome Trinity Dejavu was involved with it.
So Catznip is basically just the viewer 3 from Linden Lab -- same interface, same stuff.
So I load up the search -- which has the Second Life Destinations in it which of course won't work -- thinking -- because Ilan said so -- I'd at least get it to search Kitely.
It gives you Second Life locations. For example, if you search "starship" you will find C3 -- but in SL, not on the Kitely grid.
So I tried plugging in the exact name of a sim I knew to be only in Kitely and not SL -- Heresy of Intimacy -- and it wasn't there.
As for people searches, I got this strange "Unknown grey person" result. I IM'd it -- thinking maybe Cube3 inside Kitely might get it. But these dopplegangers are odd -- somebody's going to have to get them sorted out.
It really seems inconsiderate and stupid to have your search load up with SL Destinations and other SL stuff -- and not work with the world you're in.
I visited the lovely Myst-like world Eoliah mindful that I was going to turn into a pumpkin any minute -- I should have a pumpkin head on this grid as my minutes run out.
This world loaded lots, lots more slower than worlds did on Imprudence. It wasn't just this sim -- which, like all Kitely worlds I've seen now didn't use a fraction of its prims. It was the viewer. I tried visiting several islands, they all loaded grey and you had to wait. I really don't mind. But I see now why the Heresy designer recommended Imprudence.
Search is a mess -- it's giving me Second Life's search. How can it even draw that data from SL servers, I wonder?! I mean, it's a separate grid, no? I don't get this...
I'll say this about Catznip -- it's showing worlds on the grid -- a string of them -- that Imprudence didn't show at the full zoom out. BUT that may only be a function of the location of Eoliah on the grid -- as distinct from the other related worlds or as distinct from C3's starship world where there may have been no nearby sims.
Island hopping is not for the faint-hearted -- most of them say "You are not allowed" or "Invalid". I finally to a place called Fantasy OAR. Now that's a lovely poetic name for a world, eh? Fantasy OAR. No boats included LOL. Here's the SLURL I grabbed from this world. Oops, that probably can't work. Because a SL obviously goes to SL, right! So that automatic URL grab isn't from Kitely. That's how all these viewers mislead you, I've discovered, all over the Knock-Off-Verse -- they all load up stuff from SL that isn't "there". Geeks tune this out as noise as they develop their nerdy stuff. But it's a huge obstacle for ordinary people.
So Ilan is incorrect. Search doesn't work on the first viewer on the list he said it would work in. I think he means it only works with Firestorm because he likes that best and a lot of customers already have it from Second Life viewing. If so, he should say so and stop misleading customers.
Lovely Fantasy OAR build...but to be honest? I don't know how to get you back there as the SLURL is a SLURL and not a KURL.
So let me go back to that lovely Public Worlds search page at Kitely *cough*.
Hard to tell which one is Fantasy OAR because there are a number with the same name, but it's this one by Atlanta Campese I recall the name. Put pictures on your public worlds, people! Or you won't get as much traffic!
She even has a Facebook profile. If I "like" her world on her page, it shows up in my Facebook stream.
You also want to be careful in Kitely landmarking, it landmarks things generically as they are all named, oddly, YOUR PARCEL. Maybe they will take you back to where you were with the coordinates, but good luck finding it again by name. It's like Object being named Object in your inventory. You have to manually rename it.
There's a lot to wrestle with at Kitely. Even so, the performance of the sims is good, better than the half dozen other worlds I've been to lately. It's like SL, so the transition isn't so hard. The price is right. But how I would find interesting content, friends, and most importantly, customers -- well, that's a crap shoot.