There's No Music In The Egowall Dashboard Confessional, But ...

This post, which concludes our series of blog posts about recent changes in the Egowall user interface, talks about the Egowall Dashboard.

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

The Dashboard, the management area for a number of critical game functions, is made up of four sections, which are discussed in detail below:

  • Connection Requests - manage requests from other users

  • Notes & Private Messages - see where notes and messages have been left

  • Shares, Visits, and Media - see who has visited your spaces and what photos they have examined

  • People You May Know - find other users to connect with

 

Connection Requests

Accept/Reject a Connection Request

Accepting a Request

Choose Circle(s) for New Connection

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. Connection requests from other Egowall members will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Accept button to accept the request.

  5. Assign the pending connection to one or more circles by checking the box(es) to the left of the circle names (see image at right).

  6. Click the Confirm Connection button to indicate final acceptance of the connection.

 

Rejecting a Request

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. If another Egowall member has sent you a connection request, it will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Reject button to decline the connection request.

 

Notes & Private Messages

Notes & Private Messages

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Notes & Private Messages section (see image at right).

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] left you a note in "[Living Space]" or

    • "[Living Space/Room]" (see image at right)

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications.

  5. Click the "See All" link to expand the list.

  6. Click an Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their connections

  7. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the other Egowall Member left you a note.

  8. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  9. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Notes & Private Messages to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

Shares, Visits, and Media

Shares, Visits & Media

Shares, Visits & Media

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Share, Visits & Media section.

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] visited "[Living Space]" or "[Living Space/Room]" or

    • "[Egowall Member] viewed Media File Name

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications. Click the "See All" link to expand the list (see image above).

  5. Click the Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their Connections

  6. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the Egowall Member visited.

  7. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  8. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Shares, Visits & Media to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

People You May Know

The People You May Know feature was previously discussed in the blog post People Who Find People Are The Happiest People ..., but we will repeat the relevant content here.

This feature facilitates the expansion of your network to other Egowall users with similar interests. 

It is especially helpful when you are new to the service and have not yet identified a specific person that you want to connect with.

People You May Know

Follow these steps to find People You May Know:

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down (as required) to the People You May Know section (see image above at right).

  3. Identify someone in the displayed Egowall member list that you want to connect with.

  4. Click the Visit Profile button in their mini-profile.

  5. After their profile displays, click the Add Connection button.

  6. Click the box(es) adjacent to the circles into which the connection will be organized (see image at right above).

  7. Click the Send Request button; a connection request will be mailed to them and a notification will show up in their Egowall Dashboard the next time they log in.

NOTE: The connection is not complete until the recipient accepts the connection request.


Over the last few weeks, we've shared a lot of how-to instructions about the new features and user interface changes in Egowall. But there's still a lot for you to discover on your own and we invite you to do so.

If you're not already a member, please sign up for a free account today. If you are a member and have been away for a while, we hope you will come back and check out what's new.

And if you have any questions or comments about our service, please let us know in the comments below or via email.

Have fun using Egowall to be The Real You™.

 

There's Only One Shopping Day Left Until Tomorrow

In the latest of our series of posts about enhancements to the Egowall user interface,  we're talking about the process of buying things.

“Shopping Carts” by Polycart is licensed under Creative Commons

“Shopping Carts” by Polycart is licensed under Creative Commons

There are three types of purchases that players can make in the game:

  1. living spaces

  2. digital objects (furniture, frames, etc.)

  3. Ego Points

New users are provided with one free, furnished living space - the Mountain Lot.

In addition, they receive 1500 Ego Points for use in purchasing digital objects.

Ego Points - the game's currency - is used to buy additional objects during game play.

Points are accumulated through a number of in-game actions.

If you need to buy a large quantity of Ego Points at one time (e.g., in order to purchase another living space), you can do that with a credit card, which must be first associated with your profile.

 

Adding Credit Cards

Credit cards can be added to your profile at two locations in the game: within the Account Settings dialog and via the purchase dialog when you are in the act of buying Ego Points.

Once associated with your profile, a credit card is available for selection at the time of future Ego Points purchases. There is no limit to the number of credit cards you can add to your Egowall profile.

To add a credit card for use in purchasing Ego Points, follow these steps:

Add Credit Card From Account Settings

Account Settings

  1. Click the Account Settings button on the upper left portion of the interface

  2. In the Payment Method section, click the Add Credit Card link.

  3. Provide correct information for all the data entry fields (see image at right).

  4. Click the Add Credit Card button to save the credit card information for later reference.

 

Add Credit Card When Buying Ego Points

When Buying Ego Points

  1. Click the Shop button at the lower left of the user interface to display the Shopping Panel.

  2. Click on the You Have xxxx Ego Points link in the upper right corner of the Shopping Panel.

  3. Click on one of the available Ego Points packages (250/500/1000).

  4. Click on the Enter Card Manually link.

  5. Provide correct information for all the data entry fields.

  6. Click the Buy Now button to complete the purchase and save the credit card information for later reference.

NOTE: Credit card information is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your browser and the Egowall website. To protect any data you store on our servers, Egowall also regularly audits its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center.

For additional information on security, please see our privacy policy.

 

Buying Stuff

Now that you know how to acquire Ego Points, it's time to look at the process for using them to purchase objects in Egowall.

Living Spaces

Buy Another Living Space

Egowall users may buy any of sixteen available living spaces. To buy a living space, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Shop button at the lower left of the user interface to display the Shopping Panel.

  2. Click on the Spaces tab.

  3. Click on one of the available living spaces to display its Living Space Detail Panel.

  4. You will see either a Buy Now button (if you don't own any instances of the selected space) or a Buy Another button (if you do); see image at right.

  5. Click the Buy Now or Buy Another button (as appropriate) to purchase an instance of the living space.

  6. The number of available Ego Points will be decremented by the cost of the living space.

  7. Click the Spaces button on the left side of the screen to see your new space.

 

Furniture and More

Furniture and other 3D objects can be bought from the Shopping Panel or while you are visiting a living space, as described below.

Shopping Panel

Furniture Shopping Panel

To purchase an item of furniture from the Shopping Panel, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Shop button at the lower left of the user interface to display the Shopping Panel.

  2. Click on the Furniture tab.

  3. Navigate to the desired Theme / furniture type (e.g., Contemporary | Living Room).

  4. Click on one of the available furniture objects to display its Furniture Detail Panel.

  5. You will see either a Buy Now button (if you don't own any instances of the selected object) or a Buy Another button (if you do).

  6. Click the Buy Now or Buy Another button (as appropriate) to purchase an instance of the object and add it to your available inventory.

  7. The number of available Ego Points will be decremented by the cost of the furniture item.

Within Living Spaces

To purchase an item of furniture while visiting a living space (either your own or that of a connection):

Purchase Furniture Object Within a Space

  1. Enter a room in the living space where the desired furniture object is located.

  2. Click the Select button on the Palette Toolbar.

  3. Click on the desired furniture object.

  4. Click on the name of the furniture object in the lower left of the screen.

  5. You will see either a Buy Now button (if you don't own any instances of the selected object) or a Buy Another button (if you do).

  6. Click the Buy Now or Buy Another button (as appropriate) to purchase an instance of the object and add it to your available inventory.

  7. The number of available Ego Points will be decremented by the cost of the furniture item.


In our next post in the series, we will be discussing the Egowall Dashboard, where you can manage connection requests, write notes and private messages and get a look at who has visited your living spaces.

If you're not already a member, please sign up for a free account today and start using Egowall to be The Real You™.

Find Out If YOUR Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words

As we continue our series of posts about enhancements to the Egowall user interface,  today we're going to talk about Photo and Image Management.

Gizmo the Mogwai in Johannesburg, SA

Most of us have outstanding cameras with us at all times in the form of our smartphones. It's no surprise then that we're taking more pictures than ever.

We document our travels and family activities and share them to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other services.

Egowall is designed to provide you with another great way to showcase and share those images.

If you place them in your living spaces, they will never scroll out of sight and never be subject to the whims of an algorithm you don't understand and cannot fully control.

They will always be available for visitors to the space(s) to see.

Let's see how you can make that happen.

 

Adding Photos / Images

Any photo or image to be placed in the game must first be stored in one of the available multimedia storage objects (MMSO) or containers.

To add photos or images into a container, follow these steps:

Container Contents Before Adding Photos

  1. Click the Media button at the lower left of the user interface.
  2. Use the drop down list to select the desired Theme / container type (e.g., Photos | Snapshots).
  3. Click on one of the available containers to display its contents
  4. Click the Add Photos button above the photos (see image at right).
  5. Select one or more photos or images to add to the container (NOTE: only .jpg and .png files are supported).
  6. Watch as the photos / images are uploaded into the container and become visible among the contents of the container.

 

Placing Photos / Images

Once your photos and images have been successfully imported into a container, you can place them in any room in the current space by following these steps:

Adding a Photo to a Living Space

  1. Navigate to the desired room
  2. Click the Media button at lower left of the user interface.
  3. Use the drop down list to select the desired Theme / Container type (e.g., Photos | Snapshots).
  4. Click on the container which contains the photo or image you want to place in the room.
  5. Click on the photo / image you want to place in the room to display its Photo Detail Panel.
  6. Click the Add to Space button.
  7. Click on the desired Grid Snapping resolution (Large/Medium/Small/Off).
  8. Move the cursor to the spot in the room where you want to place the photo or image; the picture will follow the cursor.
  9. Once you've settled on the proper position for the object, click anywhere in the UI to place it; the Move button on the Palette Toolbar will remain active.

 

Editing Photo / Image Information

You can edit the name and description of any photo that you own - whether it is still in its container or has been placed in a room - by following these steps:

Photos / Images in Containers

Editing Photo Information

  1. Navigate to the desired room.
  2. Click the Media button at lower left of the user interface.
  3. Navigate to the desired Theme / Container type (e.g., Photos | Snapshots).
  4. Click on the container which contains the photo / image whose information you want to edit.
  5. Click on the photo / image you want to edit to open its Photo Detail Panel
  6. Click on the Edit icon adjacent to the photo / image name.
  7. Modify the photo / image name and/or description.
  8. Click the Save button to save the changes.

Photos Placed in a Room

  1. Navigate to the room where the placed photo is located.
  2. Click on the Select button on the Palette Toolbar.
  3. Click on the photo / image you want to edit.
  4. Click on the name of the photo / image in the lower left of the screen to open its Photo Detail Mini-Panel.
  5. Click on the Edit icon adjacent to the photo / image name.
  6. Modify the photo / image name and/or description.
  7. Click the Save button to save the changes.

 

Leaving Feedback on a Placed Photo / Image

You can leave feedback on any placed photo or image - both in your own spaces and in those of your connections. To do so, follow these steps:

Commenting on a Photo

  1. Navigate to the room where the placed photo / image is located.
  2. Click on the Select button on the Palette Toolbar (if you are in one of your spaces; otherwise proceed to Step 3).
  3. Click on the photo / image.
  4. Click on the name of the photo / image in the lower left of the screen to open its Photo Detail Mini-Panel.
  5. To Like/Dislike the photo or image, click on the Heart icon; you will receive 5 Ego Points for each interaction.
  6. To comment on the photo / image, click on the Comment icon to open the Comment Panel...
    • Type the desired comment into the edit field
    • Press the carriage return key to save the comment
    • You can leave as many comments as you wish; you will receive 5 Ego Points for each
  7. Click anywhere in the user interface outside the Photo Detail Mini-Panel to close it.

In our next blog post, we will be discussing circles and connections and management of all the people you interact with in Egowall.

Until then, why not sign up for a free Egowall account and use it to Be The Real You™?

Updated February 28, 2018

Human Cloning On The Way? Furniture Cloning Is Here Today.

This is the second of two posts about the how-tos of furniture management in Egowall.

In part one we described the procedures for initial placement, selection (once placed), and movement of furniture objects within the Egowall game space.

To complete the discussion, we will now focus on the rotation, scaling (where available), cloning and reboxing of placed objects.

Rotation

Placed furniture objects can be rotated independently in all three axes (X, Y, and Z).

To rotate a placed object in the currently occupied room, follow these steps:

Rotating a Placed Furniture Object

  1. Click the Rotate button in the Palette Toolbar or the "t"/"T" shortcut key to activate the rotate function.
  2. Click on the object to be rotated; the Rotation Menu will appear.
  3. Click in the Rotation Menu to identify the axis the object is to be rotated on.
  4. Choose one of the following rotation methods:
    • Click and hold the left- or right-rotation keys to free rotate the object; release the mouse when you want the object to stop moving, OR
    • Click on one of the Quick Change rotation buttons (45 ° left / 45 ° right / 180 ° / Reset) to rotate the object the specified amount (or to return it to its original position).
  5. Click anywhere in the UI to close the Rotate menu.
  6. The Rotate button on the Palette Menu will remain selected.

Scaling

NOTE: These instructions only apply to those furniture objects which can be scaled.

Scalable objects can either be scaled independently in all three axes (X, Y, and Z) or simultaneously in all three axes.

To resize a scalable furniture object in the currently occupied room, follow these steps:

Scaling a Furniture Object

  1. Click on the Scale button on the Palette Toolbar or type the "e"/"E" shortcut key.
  2. Click on the object to be scaled; the Object Scaling Menu and the Scaling Axes both appear.
    • Scaling with the Object Scaling Menu
      • Click to choose which axis/axes (X, Y, Z, or all) you want to scale
      • Click and hold the left- or right-rotation keys to scale/resize the object; release the mouse when you want the object to stop scaling, OR
      • Click on one of the Quick Set scaling buttons (25% / 50% / 100% / 200%).
    • Scaling with the Scaling Axes
      • Click-and-drag or X, Y, or Z axis arrows to scale/resize the object along that axis, OR
      • Click-and-drag on the cube in the center of the X/Y/Z axis arrows to resize the object in all three axes simultaneously.
    • Click anywhere in the UI to close the Object Scaling Menu and the Scaling Axes.
    • The Scale button on the Palette Menu will remain selected.

Cloning

To clone a furniture object placed in the currently occupied room, follow these steps:

Cloning an Object When You Have None in Inventory

  1. Click on the Clone button on the Palette Toolbar or type the "c"/"C" shortcut key.
  2. Click on the desired object.
  3. If you already own another instance of the selected object
    • Click on the desired Grid Snapping resolution (Large/Medium/Small/Off)  
    • Move the cursor away from the selected object and a copy of it (pulled from your existing inventory) will appear
    • Click on the spot where you want to place the cloned object
    • After initial placement, if you want to tweak the location of the placed object, you can do so by
      • clicking-and-dragging on the X, Y, or Z axis arrows to move the object along that axis, OR
      • clicking on the cube in the center of the X/Y/Z axis arrows to move the object freely in the space
    • Once you've settled on the proper position for the object, click anywhere in the UI to place it, which will also clear the arrows and the Grid Snapping menu.
  4. If you do not already own another instance of the selected object
    • Click on the Buy Now button to purchase another instance of the object
    • Click on the Add to Space button
    • Click on the desired Grid Snapping resolution (Large/Medium/Small/Off)  
    • Click on the spot where you want to place the cloned object
    • After initial placement, if you want to tweak the location of the placed object, you can do so by
      • clicking-and-dragging on the X, Y, or Z axis arrows to move the object along that axis, OR
      • clicking on the cube in the center of the X/Y/Z axis arrows to move the object freely in the space
    • Once you've settled on the final position for the object, click anywhere in the UI to place it, which will also clear the arrows and the Grid Snapping menu.

Reboxing

To rebox a furniture object in a room in the currently occupied space, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Rebox button on the Palette Toolbar or type the "x"/"X" shortcut key.
  2. Click on the object to be returned to inventory. NOTE: You will not be prompted to verify the reboxing action and it cannot be undone.
  3. The object disappears from the game and is returned to inventory.
  4. The Rebox button on the Palette Menu remains selected.

So that's it. You are now equipped with everything you need to manipulate furniture objects in the latest Egowall release.

Sign up for a free account today and start sharing The Real You™ with everyone you know. While you're at it, won't you please invite your friends and family to join you there?

Next time we get together to talk about the new Egowall user interface, we will discuss photo and image management, the most dynamic part of our game.

See you then.

How To Choose, Place, and Move Furniture Objects In The Game

As previously mentioned, we are starting a series of posts about the enhancements to the user interface in our latest Egowall release.

We're going to start by talking about the how-tos of managing furniture.

Image licensed via Creative Commons

Image licensed via Creative Commons

Because there is a lot of information to cover about this topic, we'll split the discussion into two articles.

In part one (this post), we will focus on initial object placement, object selection (once placed), and movement of objects within the game space.

But first ...

 

A Quick Reset For New Users

Egowall members have access to sixteen different 3D living spaces of varying sizes and floor plans.

Users select one or more of these environments and illustrate their passions and interests to visitors by decorating the space(s) with any of the hundreds of available furniture objects in order to .

They can also upload and post their own photos and change the overall appearance of the space(s), but those are discussion points for future blog posts.

Let's dive in to learn how to manipulate those furniture objects within the game.

 

Placement

Select Furniture Object For Placement

"Placement" refers to the act of placing a 3D furniture object in a legal location (i.e., one allowed by the game's physics) within a room.

To place a furniture object, log in and then follow these steps:

Furniture Detail Panel

  1. Click the Inventory button at lower left.

  2. Using the drop down menus, navigate to the desired Theme / Furniture type (e.g., Contemporary | Tables).

  3. Click on one of the available furniture objects (see image above right) to display its Furniture Detail Panel (image at right).

  4. Click the Add to Space button. This action highlights the Move button on the Palette Menu and opens the Grid Snapping Menu.

  5. Click on the desired Grid Snapping resolution (Large/Medium/Small/Off).

  6. Place the object by moving the cursor to the desired destination spot and clicking there.

  7. After initial placement, you can tweak the location of the object by

    • clicking-and-dragging on the X, Y, or Z axis arrows to move the object along those axes, OR

    • clicking on the cube in the center of the X/Y/Z axis arrows to move the object freely in the space.

  8. Once you've settled on the final position for the object, click anywhere in the UI to place it; that action will clear the arrows and the Grid Snapping menu. The Move button remains selected.

 

Selection

"Selection" refers to the act of choosing a placed furniture object for additional action (e.g., purchasing another instance of the object).

To select a furniture object that has been placed in a room, log in to Egowall and follow these steps:

Options Available When Selecting an Object

  1. Click on the Select button on the Palette Toolbar (at the upper right of the interface) or type the "q"/"Q" shortcut key.

  2. Click on the desired object.

  3. Click on the name of the object, which is visible in the lower left portion of the screen.

  4. At this point, you have two choices: Buy Now or Put in Inventory.

    • Click Buy Now to purchase another instance/copy of the selected object.

      • If you purchase another instance of the object, you will have three choices: Buy Another, Add to Space, or Put in Inventory (see image above right).

      • Click Buy Another to purchase another instance of the selected object

      • Click Add to Space to place the selected object into the current room

      • Click Put in Inventory to place the just purchased object in inventory

    • Click Put in Inventory to remove the selected object from the room and return it to inventory.

 

Movement

To move or change the location of a placed furniture object, follow these steps:

Moving a Placed Furniture Object

  1. Click on the Move button on the Palette Toolbar or type the "v"/"V" shortcut key.

  2. Click on the desired object.

  3. Click on the name of the object, which is visible in the lower left portion of the screen.

  4. Click on the desired Grid Snapping resolution (Large/Medium/Small/Off).

  5. Click to place the object in the desired location.

  6. After initial placement, you can tweak the location of the object by

    • clicking-and-dragging on the X, Y, or Z axis arrows to move the object along those axes

    • clicking on the cube in the center of the X/Y/Z axis arrows to move the object freely

  7. Once you've settled on the final destination for the object, click anywhere in the UI to place it; that action will also clear the arrows and the Grid Snapping menu. The Move button on the Palette Menu remains selected.


In part two of our discussion about Egowall furniture management, we'll tackle the subjects of furniture object rotation, cloning and reboxing.

But you don't have to wait for that post in order to sign up for a free Egowall account.

Do that today and start sharing The Real You™ with friends, family and business connections right away.