Converse in your own voice with other people in a 3D online "avatar" world
Downloading and installing DigitalSpace Traveler
Click here to download and install the FREE DigitalSpace Traveler 2.03 Client (save this 4.87 MB installer to your disk).
This installer is for Windows XP, 7 and windows 8. Thanks to DEX for his good work.
Note: by downloading and activating this software you agree to the terms of our license agreement presented at initial startup and also to our disclaimer about your use of third party community spaces we reference (click here to see this disclaimer).
Brief instructions for "the pros":
Start up Traveler and then visit the Traveler Community Directory (and documentation)< to open and enter Traveler spaces, see current user populations, and view community and Traveler documentation. If you use other voice chat systems your microphone should already be correctly configured for use with Traveler. If not, follow the steps in our Traveler Sound Setup document here. Don't forget to sign up on Traveler-News to get occaisional news about the Traveler platform and community.
More detailed step by step instructions for "the newbies":
1. Download the Traveler installer to a familiar folder your hard disk, find it and double click on it to run it. Answer all prompts with Accept, OK, or Yes. When the installer prompts to add an entry to your registry reply by clicking on Yes. If the installer fails to complete and "hangs up" your sound card may be incompatible. Some laptop sound chipsets are unsupported by Traveler. Traveler should work just fine if your sound card is 100% soundblaster compatible.
2. The installer should place a shortcut on your desktop which you can double click on to run Traveler. When Traveler first starts up, accept our license agreement and they you will be presented with the startup screen.
The Traveler Start Screen
On the Start Screen you can click on the Create New button and define a name that you will be known as and then click on Edit to choose an avatar to represent you in Traveler spaces. Finally, click on the button Lets Go Traveling and then Traveler will launch you into a 3D world called the Start Space with several portals to active third party user communities displayed.
The Traveler Start Space
3. If you don't see something like the Start Space shown above, your Traveler client may not be able to run because of a firewall or other system incompatibility . See our section Other things to know below. The window on the left is your view onto the 3D universe of Traveler community spaces. The two windows on the right show who is in this space and where everyone is located relative to you (like a kind of air traffic control radar). You can close the two windows on the right and get them back through the Locate menu. You can also size the 3D window on the right to get a better view.
As you can see from the example above, we are alone in the Start Space. To find spaces where there are other people to talk to simply double click on one of the multi colored globes (called "portals) and you will be taken close into the portal and then collide with the portal and be launched into third party Traveler community spaces. The spinning blue object in the middle is the DigitalSpace logo and doesnt do anything but spin.
The "Wormhole" shown by Traveler when you are going to a new space 4. If the portal works and the Traveler space is available, you will see the "wormhole" transition above as the new space is loaded. You may however receive the following error message.
Notice that you cannot join a space
This error message usually means that a space is unavailable due to network traffic or the files for it not being online. At this point you can do one of two things. Answer Yes and click again to return to the Start Space and try the other portals or click on No and then visit the Traveler Community Directory and use this page to enter spaces (see more below).
Traveler Community Directory listing
5. Most Traveler regulars use the Community Directory to find out who is online and to enter spaces. The image above shows four active third party community spaces each with one person inhabiting them (just waiting for you to talk to them!). At some times during the day there may be several dozen people inhabiting Traveler spaces. To find out who is in a space, hold your mouse over the Space Name and a popup wil be shown that lists the user names of all people in the space. To find out more about the community hosting the space click on the Server Info on the left and you will be taken to the web page for that community, which provides news, community guidelines and terms of service for that community.
Before you enter third party communities click here and read our disclaimer on the use of third party Traveler community spaces.
To enter a space, simply click on the Space Name. If you are a first time Traveler user you may be prompted by Windows to open or save a file, select Open and check the box that will always open files and then the Traveler client program should start up and you should see the "wormhole" sequence as the space downloads. If some spaces are unavailable, try others in the Space Name list. You may also explore Vacant Spaces also listed on the Community Directory.
When you arrive at a Traveler community space
1. When you arrive at a Traveler community space, you can navigate your avatar through this space to join others in conversation using the arrow keys and other keys on your keyboard. Clicking on the two interface windows to the right will give you the ability to more easily join click on their name). People who are talking will show flashing effect on their icons in the user list and map. Please show common courtesy by not bumping into people (your avatar will collide with others if you get to close) until you have established you "sea-legs" in this new space. Don't be afraid to ask for help, the community is very supportive of new users.
Getting your microphone and speakers ready for use with Traveler
2. The next step you will want to do is to establish that your microphone and speakers are working. If you use other voice chat systems your microphone should already be correctly configured for use with Traveler. Make sure your microphone and speakers are plugged into the correct jacks on your soundcard. Next, follow the steps in our Traveler Sound Setup document here. You should be able to hear other users' voices right away if they are talking (their avatars lips will move).
Right clicking on another person's avatar te send them a text message
3. In additon, other users of Traveler can help you set up your sound. If you right click on another user's avatar you may send them a text message, and they may reply to you.
Other Traveler guides for newbies
Bruce Damer's book chapter on Traveler is another great place for resources on how to run traveler, communicate and live the life offered in this new kind of social space. On this site there is an excellent FAQ and other documentation to help you with any unanswered questions about Traveler.
Other things to know about running Traveler:
1. If you are behind a firewall the Start Screen might not display correctly and you may have to open several ports to be able to use Traveler. See our FAQ for this and other information on running Traveler.
2. To remove DigitalSpace Traveler, go to Start, Programs, DigitalSpace Traveler, and select Remove DigitalSpace Traveler.
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