Michelangelo doesn’t have much to worry about yet, but in today’s testing of the "dev4" developer release of Wonderland 0.5, we discovered that yes, you can rotate and move shared applications just like any other object in the world. When someone moved the whiteboard over our heads, we dubbed this the Sistine Whiteboard.
Perhaps more interesting to note is that the whiteboard control panel can now be moved on and off the HUD. In this illustration, you can see that I’ve moved the Sistine Whiteboard control panel onto the HUD, but the second whiteboard in the image has the control panel in-world at the base of the whiteboard. The magnifier icon on the far left of the control panel toggles the panel on and off the HUD.
With the whiteboard up in the air like that, we couldn’t resist standing on top of it. At the moment, you have to use the "+" and "-" keys on your numeric keypad to get your avatar to go up and down (don’t ask why they sit when moving up and down).
While we were just having some fun with this, there are many potential uses for horizontal application surfaces. You can create war-room-style map tables or sketch out a floor plan that you can walk on. You can also create surfaces for voting such that each avatar moves to stand on their choice:
While it can be handy to use your whole avatar to indicate something like a voting choice, this is not the most effective way to point to 3D objects. Paul has put in some preliminary 3D telepointers. Here you can see that I’m pointing to the little robot:
Perhaps my favorite new dev4 feature is the ability to drag-and-drop .png or .jpg images from either your desktop or a web browser directly into Wonderland. Here we see a Wonderland window on the left and a web browser on the right which is displaying one of my whale photos stored on the Flickr photo sharing site.
I simply grab the photo in the Flickr window and drag it on to the Wonderland window:
And then drop it. This automatically uploads the photo to the server for everyone to see.
In less than a minute, I was able to grab a few more photos from the same Flickr collection and use the in-world editing tools to arrange them. Voila, a little whale photo exhibit:
In addition to images, you can also drag-and-drop .svg documents into the world. This will automatically spawn an instance of the whiteboard.