If there are any Hipihi users that can help provide any information on the Hipihi interface in any language that can be run through the Google translation service, please post in the HIpihi wiki at

If there are any other Hipihi wiki’s already in existence, please let me know.

Gliffy might be a good way to collaborate on documenting an interface – just put up screenshots of the interface and put sticky notes with questions or translations, etc.

On a different topic, anyone looking for a multimedia, cross platform project to fill some time with might try doing a live video stream from Hipihi into Second Life.


Buying land and building in Hipihi

I lucked out on my lunch break today and managed to find the menu options for buying a parcel of land and for building.

This is the option for building:
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The option for buying land I think is “Right Click the land and click the fourth option down”.

While writing this post I just discovered how to create prims, how to move, rotate, copy, and delete them.

It looks much like the Second Life building in it’s nature and function, though the dialog boxes are laid out differently and of course in Chinese.

The icons for selecting what prim to create appear to be exactly identical to the icons in Second Life – in other words, if those icons are the intellectual property of Linden Lab, then it looks like Hipihi has either licensed the right to them from Linden Lab or it has ripped them off. They might, of course, be extremely similar but not identical, and they are just pictures of basic geometric forms, and might not be copyrightable or trademarkable, but still, I think that making them look to the eye to be exactly the same as the familar box, cylinder, prism, etc. from SL was pretty bad form on Hipihi’s fault. How hard could it be to make your own icons?

Here’s the prim selection icons:
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There’s some prims intersecting my helicopter.

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I think I’ll post this before something goes wrong. If anyone knows anyone that is willing to translate the Hipihi interface from Chinese to English please let me know.

Transcript of video about Hipihi on YouTube

There’s a video on YouTube with English captions. Here’s my transcript of the captions:

[b]Bold Title Text:
[i]Enter into Hipihi World.
You will have a more wonderful life![/i][/b]
A young lady starts speaking:
Hipihi World is a completely user created and owned real time 3D virtual world. The world enriches and develops itself along with the imagination of its residents. Enter into Hipihi World, you will have a more wonderful life!

I am Christina. I entered into the Hipihi World by chance and I was deeply attracted by this very innovative product. Now let me take you to explore this brilliant world!

Every new resident will be born right here in Hipihi.

Wanna change your personal image? Certainly you can. Here we have a complete customized avatar system.

I can select my favorite avatar. Then I can change its hairstyle, face, clothes, height, weight, and skin color.

Along the road, many wooden signs indicate me on all sorts of operations. Very soon, I almost become a professional.

Pass the Hipihi Gate and come into the central square where there are bars, architectures, sculptures, chairs, flowers beds, TV screens … It is quite hot when many people gather here!
They can hold concerts, watch movies, drink and make friends here.

Want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire Hipihi World? Follow me!

We can try the public transportations. Look! I am now sitting in a hot air balloon on the way to the destination.

Or you can take a flight [in a helicopter] Even more, we can pilot a plane by ourselves to start your own journey of adventure. Flight to the upper air, bail out. It is breathtaking and thrilling.

The core value of the Hipihi World is that the Resident is the Creator of this world. We all realize our value right here!

I tried to buy a small piece of and begin my journey of Creation. This is the land I bought. I can build up hills and lakes on it. Build a house of your own!

The Hipihi World provides a library with lots of materials for scene creation. [untranslated details] Let me show it. You can edit the model on three dimensions. Change its location, angle and direction, size and color, whatever you like.

Come and decorate the outdoor surrounding. Plant some trees, build a row of fence! How about that? Nice living environment.

Well, let us walk into it and have a look. The house is empty now How about some furniture? Put a bed on first where I can have a rest. Gradually my home is getting luxuriant in my hand. Now I need a new style curtain.

I am now designing couples of beautiful sofa, and hope that they would sell good price!

Every resident of the Hipihi World has the whole property rights for his digital creatures. These creatures can be character images, costumes, buildings, games, and all the digital modes that people can imagine. Moreover, the users can trade between each other and get the profit. The is exactly the source of the glamour that appeals me most.

The Hipihi World is exactly like the real world where there is time, the weather changes, the sun set and sun rise. I love the bonfire party at night. I enjoy much chatting and making friends with people in the 3D environment. I add the interesting people onto my friend list and invite them to see a sunrise or a night view!

When more and more users come in the world becomes even more diversified and abundant! I have seen that in the near future there will be users run bars, coffee shops and sunny beaches. Residents with different colors and of different races from different parts of the world come here to communicate with each other and to have fun.

There’ll be various events such as the bonfire celebrations, birthday parties, press conferences, etc., even a business model which can not be achieved in the real world will be born right here! When the large screen broadcasts daily video news, films, TV series, advertisings, when Coca-Cola is placed in the hands of each resident, when the Hipihi World is selling real brands of dresses and automobiles, when the real estate agents are promoting and selling their buildings here, when schools are handling all kinds of procedures and giving lectures on the scene… how can we distinguish between what is real and what is virtual?


The video is at:

Hipihi pictures

Trees reflecting on the water in Hipihi. The tree reflections ripple. The terrain doesn’t wiggle and change appearance as you change distance from it, unlike the terrain in Second Life.
Trees reflecting on the water

Flames shooting from the ground in Hipihi. I hope they don’t shoot up right from I’m standing.
flames shooting from the ground

Me, my helicopter, flames, and streetlights. Part is this picture got cut off due to a sizing error on my part.
Me, my helicopter, flames, and streetlights

The Hipihi welcome area, to use the Second Life term, or perhaps it could be called the orientation area.
Hipihi welcome area

The big map. I wish I could read the text. You put your cursor where you want to go and click on the button in the top right near the coordinate display, that will teleport you. Another button in that vicinity takes you to the Orientation area.
Hipihi - Big Map

The orientation area has a number of green floating diamond shapes which give out info on cards when you touch them. Unfortunately, I can’t read the info.
Hipihi - info box

Success regarding Hipihi – Hipihi is neat.

My earlier trouble entering the Hipihi world despite having adequate hardware and having the Proper Chinese language functions installed turned out to be the need to set the Hipihi shortcut’s properties to turn off advanced text features for Hipihi. I don’t know why that worked but it did. That idea was given to me by a member of a Hipihi group in Second Life.

With that taken care of, I entered Hipihi. I liked what I could see of it, but it was pretty hard trying to use the program with the entire interface being in a language I have absolutely no knowledge of.

Despite my language limitation, Hipihi was pleasant enough to look at and play with.

The F key toggles flying and not-flying. The WASD keys are forward, left,back and right. Clicking and holding both mouse keys lets you go forward and steer with the mouse. Click both mouse keys, and you can turn with the W and D keys. It may be possible to change the key assignment, but I can’t tell because I can’t read the manual.

There’s a lot of fires coming up from the ground in Hipihi. I don’t really know why. I think that, in general, if I were trying to select a place to live or found a colony, I would generally try to pick the places that don’t have big gouts of flame shooting up from the ground, especially if particular spots – such as the one I’m standing on – are prone to make a transition from the non-spouting-flame state to the are-spouting-flame state.

So I clicked on the toolbar at the bottom and produced some dialog boxes as a result, but I couldn’t really tell what to do with no English manual.

Yesterday I met a fellow in Hipihi with a name in Chinese that I don’t recall, who spoke a bit of English, enough to connect me someone fluent in English. That turned out to be Zafka, who has a blog at, which I’d seen some posts at. Zafka taught me some of the interface, like how to use the chat bar, which has a send button and a channel select button. I didn’t make it as far as figuring out how to change my appearance. I can get to the dialogs, but I’d rather wait till I get an English set of instructions before clicking too much on stuff I can’t make heads nor tails of.

Time to move on.

I strongly recommend anyone interested in virtual worlds give the Hipihi beta a try.

The Hipihi website is at

English page at .

Beta registration page in English at:

Chinese download page at:

In the anyone wants to help document the interface in English, feel free to do so at the Hipihi wiki at .

Some progress on running Hipihi, but not enough

I’ve made some progress in getting Hipihi to run.

Previously Hipihi simply vanished from the display shortly after displaying it’s initial screen.

By making some selections in the Control Panel Regional and Language Settings dialogs, I’ve made it past the initial screen display and on to the Login screen.

I can enter my Hipihi user name, which displays in English characters, but when I move on to the password field, nothing happens when I press keys. No new characters appear. The cursor doesn’t move.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hipihi, in the event you haven’t heard, is a new virtual world, someone like Second Life, currently in beta testing. For more info, see, for Chinese speakers, or for the English page.

maximum and minimum Land for Sale parcel size for the map

Maximum and Minimum Land For Sale Parcel Sizes filters in Map

I’d like to be able to enter values for maximum and minimum Land For Sale parcel sizes for the map to display.

This would make it possible to, for example, shop easily for 4096 parcels in the old continent.