Life Is About Using Your Whole Box Of Crayons

Some people like rooms with plain white or gray walls. Others prefer them to be more colorful so as to better exhibit their personality.

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

There are also people who prefer that every room be carpeted. Well, not in the kitchen or bathroom. Because that would just be wrong.

But some people wouldn't even consider having anything other than tile or hardwood on their floors.

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

How your house and the rooms within it look are a direct reflection of who you are and how you want others to see you when they visit your abode.

That's why we created Egowall - to allow you to do the same thing online that you are currently doing in real life.

And we have good news. You can fully personalize the look of your Egowall living spaces.

There are three customization options available:

  • painting walls and other surfaces,

  • changing a surface material, and

  • copying color and/or material from one spot to another.

 

Painting Walls and Other Surfaces

To change the color of any wall, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button at the upper right of the game's user interface (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to paint; observe that the available surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (thus highlighting it in gold) and display the color palette.

  4. Click the Paint tab.
    Note: The Current Color for the selected surface is displayed and highlighted at the upper left of the predefined color selections.

  5. Decide whether you want to (a) choose one of the predefined colors or (b) select a color from the full palette of available colors.

  6. Click your preferred color and the selected surface instantly changes to that color.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

How to Change the Material of a Surface

Changing a Surface Material

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Material tab.

  5. Scroll through the list of more than 80 surface materials to choose which material will be applied to the selected surface.

  6. Click on your chosen material in the list; the selected surface instantly changes to that material.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

 

Copying the Paint and/or Surface Material

You can copy a color/material combination from anywhere in the current room to another spot in the same room by following these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Eyedropper icon.

  5. Select one of the available options from the drop-down menu:

    1. color and materials

    2. color

    3. material

  6. Click on another surface in the current room that has the color and/or material combination you wish to copy. The originally selected surface instantly changes to that

  7. Click your preferred material and the selected surface instantly changes to that color and/or material.

  8. Click any available button in the user interface to close the palette.

We look forward to seeing how you use these features to tailor your space(s) to your identity and interests.

When you do, please consider sharing them in the comments below, where we are also happy to entertain any questions you may have.

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9 Things To Do With Your Favorite Photos

Egowall users get access to sixteen unique living spaces and hundreds of furniture objects to decorate them with.

But what REALLY sets them apart from everyone else's spaces are your memories, as represented by the photos and other digital images you showcase within them.

So for today's blog post, we want to summarize nine things that you can do with photos and images in Egowall.

(1) Add Photos and Images From Your Computer

Containers Store Up to Fifty Photos or Images

Import up to 50 photos (.jpg or .png) from your computer or any external drive - including your smartphone - into each multimedia storage object / container.

There is no limit on the number of containers you can have.

This means that you can import as many photos as you like and organize them in whatever way you prefer.

Detailed instructions on how to do this are available.

 

(2) Display Photos and Images

After importing your pictures into containers, you can display them in any room of any living space in two different ways:

Custom frames are special photo objects onto which you can drag a photo or image. The following custom photo frames are currently available:

  • Single Frame (Desktop)

  • Single Frame (Wall; various colors)

  • 3-Photo Multiframes (horizontal and vertical)

  • 3-Photo Desktop Multiframes

  • 4-Photo Multiframes (square)

  • 5-Photo Multiframes (horizontal and vertical)

  • 8-Photo Multiframes

 

(3) Change the Frame

When initially placed on a wall, photos and images are assigned a default frame - Contemporary Black Metal.

At any time after that you can change the standard picture frame to any of the following color and material options (seen in the image at right):

Changing a Photo Frame

  • Light Wood

  • White Plastic

  • Tan Plastic

  • Red Plastic

  • Orange Plastic

  • Black Plastic

  • Stripe Material

  • Light Metal

  • Contemporary Brown Metal

  • Contemporary Black Metal

  • No Frame

 

(4) Scale the Photos / Images and Frames

Much like scalable furniture objects, photos and images that are placed in standard frames can be resized. There are two types of scaling available:

Scaling a Photo/Image - Before and After

  1. The frame can be scaled horizontally, vertically or in both directions simultaneously.

  2. The image - which by default has a white matte, can be resized so that it fills the frame.

 

(5) Rotate The Photo or Image

Again, in a manner similar to what can be done to furniture objects, placed photos and images can be rotated on a wall.

Of course, unlike furniture objects, pictures can only be rotated on a single axis.

 

(6) Move or Reposition The Photo or Image

Don't like where you placed the picture? Change it.

It's easy to move any object in Egowall - including photos and other images - to another place in the same room.

Want to move it to another room or living space? Well, that takes just a bit more effort, as we describe in our next item.

 

(7) Remove Photos or Images From Display

If you want to change the room in which a picture is displayed, the first step is to return the photo or image back to the container where it was originally stored.

The process is identical to that of reboxing a piece of furniture.

Once the photo or image is again in the container, simply go to the new room and repeat the process explained in Step (2) above.

 

(8) Change Photo / Image Name Or Description

Changing a Photo / Image Description

When initially imported into a container, pictures retain their original file name as the image name, and the description is completely blank.

Provide your site visitors with additional information about the photos and images you have on display - especially to explain why they are meaningful or significant - by changing their names and descriptions.

You can edit the name and description of any photo that you own - whether it is still stored in its container or has been placed in a room.

 

(9) Like the Photo / Image or Leave Comments

Leaving Comments on a Photo / Image

Part of the fun of looking at photos from your friends is to indicate approval (likes, etc.) and/or leave comments about them.

In Egowall, you can like any placed photo or image or leave feedback about it.

This includes pictures you own as well as those you come across while visitingspaces owned by your connections.

We're sure that once you engage with the game you will find other things that you can do with your best pictures in Egowall.

When you do, please consider sharing them in the comments below, where we are also happy to entertain any questions you may have.

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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.

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