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  Jan + Feb. + Mar 2019
  AW News (jan. + febr. + march 2019)
 
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* AW 6.5 : rendering effects added
 
* Options - Settings - Graphics

Recently, Ambient Occlusion has been added as an option for rendering the 3d-scene, creating darker shades in corners and at the lower side of objects (=ambient shading).Now there are 4 additional rendering options, which you can select or deselect.

Depth of field / focal camera
Bloom (=glow edges)
Brighter pixels (sharpen+contrast)
Anti-aliasing (smoothen geometry edges)

 

* AW : new privacy statement
 

As from february, AW registers your computer's operating system when logging in. This information will be used for statistical information, and for support information. Nowadays, if a citizen asks for help or support about a software problem in the AW Forum, then Activeworlds often needs to ask first for the operating system of the user , in order to analyse the problem . Sometimes Activeworlds needs also to know about your video card or other technical information.

If Activeworlds has already this information, then they can start to search immediately for the solution of the problem,.
* Version AW 6.5 completed
 

The program upgrades of AW version 6.5 are finally finished. This upgrade was necessary to make the program ready for the newest software and requirements, and operating systems of today.On 1st february, there is a questions and answers session with Chris the Pegasus, who did the program updates for version 6.5 during 1 whole year. (see calendar).

 
* New from the worlds
 
* Sinking ship in Mouxi3D

The world Mouxi3D is owned by Desgros3d (#394224) . For the last few months, he has built together with James. (#381405) a sinking ship with advanced building methods. By clicking upon a button, the ship starts to sink, and finally breaks into 2 pieces. You can read more about it on the Explore page :
venice3d.net/2019explore36.html
 
* Activeworlds 2018 visitor statistics
 
The year 2018 was a good year and a bad year for Activeworlds at the same time. The good news is , that updates for the Activeworlds program have been resumed, which is necessary to keep up with the evolution in software, so that Activeworlds stays compatible with the lastest media and operating systems. The bad news is the visitors decline.
 
* User stats

First we look at the website of Tomas pens.sytes.net/aw

When looking at the user stats, we see a constant decline, starting in june. In that month we see a huge decline, but this was because of the change of policy of Activeworlds. As you know, the number of users consists of the number of online users + online bots. Until may, each bot was counted as 1 user, even if 1 person had put more than 10 bots in his world. This was not a fair situation, because those worlds were always at the top of the worlds list. Starting in june, if a citizen puts 15 bots online in his/her world ,then Activeworlds counts this only as 1 user.
Second thing that caused the decline was the fact that several supportive websites were started up in the beginning of 2018 by citizens ( awdiscord, jaisp ,locodarwin) , which after a short while didn't seem to be supportive at all for Activeworlds. They wanted to expand the current small community beyond the borders of Activeworlds, by trying to integrate the AW Community into other 3d chatsites (read : competitive websites). And this caused several citizens being banned by the AW staff in may and june. Also the spokesman of the Community Meetings got banned during several months , because he supported those people that got banned.
This lack of a spokesman (Bach Zhaa) ,got the AW Community in a bad situation, as that person also organized most of the important events.When he got back, he was not allowed to build in the landing zone anymore. The lack of events , and decline of visitors caused a negative atmosphere, causing some other citizens to leave as well. In spite of that, there have been constant program updates, some new worlds have been started up, and still a steady group of citizens have remained in Activeworlds.

 

User stats Average number of online users
January 139.97
February 139.68
March 124.27
April 126.83
May 126.29
June 85.64
July 74.62
August 73.98
September 72.10
October 71.20
November 63.31
December 60.15
* Citizen registrations

For this, we look at the website of Strike Rapier awportals.com/aw/citizens/statistics

The registrations already exists since 2016, but on the website,you can only view the registrations for the last 6 months. AWTimes only started to look at these statistics since september, this means only looking back from march.
Here we see a decline starting in september, when the number of registrations dropped below 300 and below 10 registrations per day. This could be because of the AW program upgrade to version 6.5 , not allowing access to AW for visitors which are using older operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows XP.
The further huge drop in november and december can't be explained, hopefully the statistics for 2019 will be better. These statistics are , on short term, not so important , because only a small percentage of these new registrations are really remaining in Activeworls. But on the long term, the number should rise again, because Activeworlds needs new citizens, to keep up as a steady community, even with the fact that Activeworlds has loyal users.
 
* Number of worlds

The number of worlds has dropped to 555 worlds.This was the consequence of the fact that the banned users (and their friends) also ran several worlds in Activeworlds. In spite of that, taking into account that program upgrades have resumed, a lot of new worlds were added in 2018, and also in november and december, new worlds have been started up.

Month Total of registrations Average per day
April 392 13.06
May 368 11.87
June 386 12.86
July 312 10.06
August 324 10.45
September 225 7.50
October 257 8.29
November 197 6.56
December 166 5.35

* Useful tips
 
* Renewing your world
 

For renewing your world, you need to pay with credits. There are 2 ways of knowing your current credit amount. Go in the menu to : show - credits (or CTRL+F7). But it is better to uncheck this, because otherwise this info will appear also when you make a printscreen of a 3d scene. The second way : Go in the menu to : options - citizen. At the right bottom corner , you can click upon "shop history", and in the right bottom corner, you see the current number of credits you have.

On the website of Activeworlds.com. At the upper right corner, you select "store". Now you go to "pricing details" and look to the number of credits that is required for your world size.
If you click upon "renewal" , then you need to enter your world name and world password. This password has been given to you, when you bought this world for the first time. Then select the world size, and your citizen number, e-mail address, and citizen password, and finally submit.
 
* If AW program crashes in the tabsheet Notepad
 
At the beginning of this year there has been a program update, causing problems when selecting the tabsheet Notepad (if you press F9 , then select tabsheet notepad). On some computers, the AW program crashed at that moment.You could not go to the AW Forum. But there is a solution for this : You send a telegram to yourself with these url links:
https://www.awportals.com
http://wiki.activeworlds.com
http://forums.activeworlds.com
Then read the telegram message, which appears in the chat window, and click upon the url-links and you will see that the AW program doesn't crash .