ActiveWorlds 3D-Browser

In Active Worlds 4.2 the following changes have been made: You can create Custom Avatars ( CAVs ), you can now change the font and quality on signs, you can now scale object sizes, you can make say commands for example ~bump say "hello world"~. Some bugs were fixed and tweaked.

Application Details:

Version: Active Worlds 4.2
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.3

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What works

It installs perfectly, It runs ( See the How To on how to make it run. ), you can walk, you can talk but the chat box goes blank sometimes so you have to click on the tack at the top right of the chat box to fix that. You can teleport, you can telegram ( If you are a citizen.), you can build, you can fly ( If the keys for flying aren't on the numpad. ), you can jump ( If the key for jumping isn't on the numpad. ) 3D rendering ( If all you see is a black screen go to Options > Settings go to the tab Video and select Software Renderer. ), shifting through solids, toggling grid by pressing F10, creating custom avatars ( It is much harder to make CAV's in WINE because the box were you can see yourself while editing your CAV doesn't appear. ), you can change worlds without a problem if you are able to enter them.

What does not

All the keys on the numpad don't work except for the keys "Num Lock" and "Enter" so anything like flying or jumping wont work unless you change the key for the function. You can't do anything that you can normally do with the keyboard while building except for typing into an input box. So if you want to duplicate an item "Insert" won't work, you have to do it manually with the buttons.


What was not tested

Bots, world settings, creating Care Takers for worlds.

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Additional Comments

It runs fine if you follow the How To but it's pretty laggy if you can't run Direct3D and have to use the software renderer.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 22 20101.3.3Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 22 20081.1.11Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 30 20081.1.9Yes Yes NoGoldDan Kegel 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

How To

Open up the Terminal ( It would normally be in Applications > Accessories. ) and paste in the three commands:

  • ¬≠sudo apt-get install cabextract
  • wget
  • sh winetricks mfc42 wininet ie6
(mfc42 because they forgot to bundle it, wininet so updates work (bug 16292), and ie6 so it doesn't complain about ie3 missing (bug 16294)).

If you have a wine older than 1.1.12, you'll also have to do sh winetricks directx9 to work around a crash bug (bug 16293).


This works for Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10; it may not for other versions of Linux.


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