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Avatar Complexity Settings

“Jellydolls” are a new anti-lag feature created by Linden Labs. You can use this feature to reduce your lag and to protect yourself against graphics-crashing devices worn by others.

For general information about Avatar Complexity (“jellydolls”), please see:

  • Torley Linden's short video tutorial:

This will give you a good overview of how jellydolls work and how they can help you. Don't try to find the settings the way Torley describes, since those are the official SL viewer settings! See the rest of this page for the Firestorm settings.

Please note: the official Second Life pages (above) describe how to find the settings in the official SL viewer. See the descriptions below for how to find them in Firestorm.

How to Adjust Who You See as Jellydolls

Avatar complexity slider

  • This determines which avatars will appear as jellydolls to you, based on their complexity.
  • Go to Preferences → Graphics → General → Maximum Complexity.
  • Note: Lowering this slider will decrease your lag and turn more avatars into jellydolls; raising the slider may lag you but more avatars will be fully visible.
  • Note: Moving this slider all the way to the right is not advised, as this sets this setting to “No Limit” — which means that no avatars will render as jellydolls to you, but you will be subject to lag and worn graphics crashers.

Note: Another factor plays into whether an avatar is rendered as a jelly doll: texture area. If the texture area on an avatar is above the default (1000^m2), then the avatar will render as a jelly doll even if it has a complexity less than your limit.

To turn specific avatars into jellydolls, or render them fully

  • Right click on the avatar's name tag and choose from the menu:
    • Render Normally – avatar will be affected by your complexity slider (above)
    • Do Not Render – avatar will be a jellydoll for you
    • Render Fully – avatar will be rendered fully even if over your complexity slider setting
  • In the pie menu, these options are under More → More → Render.

To render all your friends fully (not as jellydolls), no matter how complex they are

Go to the top menu bar > World menu and select Always show Friends normally.

To review avatars for whom you changed render settings

Go to the top menu bar > World menu and select Avatar Render Settings. Here you can change how avatars render for you. Refer to this page for details.

How to Adjust What Complexity Information You See on Screen

Show/hide avatar complexity information in name tags

  • Go to Preferences → General and set “Show Avatar Complexity,” “Only if too complex,” and “Show own complexity” as you wish.

Show/hide warning about your avatar being too complex for others to see you

  • This appears in the top right of your screen.
  • Go to Preferences → Notifications → Alerts, and move “Warn me if my avatar complexity may be too high” to the “Always show” box or to the “Never show” box, as you prefer.

Show/hide the display of your complexity changes

  • This appears in the top right of your screen when you change clothes/accessories.
  • Go to Preferences → Notifications → Alerts, and move “Warn me about my avatar complexity changes” to the “Always show” box or to the “Never show” box, as you prefer.

Additional complexity info in hover text

  • This shows complexity plus rank and area in hover text over avatars.
  • Go to Avatar menu → Avatar Health → Show Avatar Complexity Information
  • Note: The height of this hovertext cannot be adjusted.

To see your own avatar complexity at any time

Go to Avatar → Appearance and look at the bottom right of the window.

How to find out the rendering weight of a specific item

Two methods:

  • Wear the item and then remove it, noting the change to your avatar complexity in the upper right of the viewer.
  • Wear the item. Edit it → in the Build floater, click “more info” → and see the number listed for “Display.”

Default complexity settings

These are the default settings that determine the threshold at which you view avatars fully rendered or as jellydolls. They correspond with the “Quality and Speed” slider located in Preferences → Graphics → General. When the settings are left at these defaults, avatars whose complexity numbers are below these thresholds will be visible, while avatars with higher complexities will appear as jellydolls to you.

  • Low: 35,000
  • Low-Mid: 100,000
  • Mid: 200,000
  • Mid-High: 250,000
  • High: 300,000
  • High-Ultra: 350,000
  • Ultra: 350,000



See this page for documentation on Firestorm 4.7.9 (50527) and earlier.

fs_avatar_complexity_settings.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/14 00:12 by miro.collas