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Cobalt Spaces  are the sharable 3D environments where you create your simulations and interact in real-time with other Cobalt users. For those familiar with Second Life, Spaces are analogous to Islands or Estates. Since Cobalt Spaces don't depend on servers for delivery you can create as many Spaces as you wish — easily, and at no cost — to suit your specific individual, organizational or pedagogical objectives.

Creating a Space

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Creating a new space is easy:

  1. Space > Make New
  2. A rectangular frame will open in front of your avatar. The face of the frame will be white for several seconds while the new Space loads. You'll know the Space is finished loading once you see the image within the frame change to a black "room" with gray grid lines. (Tip: Occasionally the new space won't load---blame it on the unavoidable crankiness of early phase software. You'll know that the new space hasn't loaded if the black "room" never materializes within the portal. Just close the portal and try again. It will very likely work the next time.)
  3. To enter the Space, simply guide your avatar directly through the frame.

You're now ready to begin modifying your Space. To learn how to add sky and ground textures see Editing Spaces. To learn how to add content see Adding Objects.

Saving a Space

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To save a space:

  1. Space > Save As...
  2. In the Save Space As... dialog box, give your Space a name
  3. Click OK

Loading a Saved Space

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You can load a Cobalt Space from either your local hard drive or from a remote web directory.

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  1. Space > Load From > Local Directory...
  2. In left pane of the File Navigator click the chevron next to saved-spaces, so the chevron points down. This will expand the menu to show your saved Spaces.
  3. Click on the name of the Space you wish to open. Then, in the right pane, click on the file island.c3d.
  4. Click OK.

Loading a Space from a Web Directory:

  1. Space > Load From > Web Directory...
  2. In the Load from Web dialog box, enter the URL for the Space you'd like to open. Here's an example of what a URL might look like: "http://grid24lx.securesites.net/cobalt/templates/hello-world/island.c3d"
  3. Click OK.