in the last month i have had several posts about textures with the gist of it being that taking the time to create textures and optimise them to their ideal sizes is a good practice. for me that is far easier said than done
when i am making something and the little light bulb in my head goes off and sez: “ooh, i need a zebra stripe pattern for this!” i tend to head over to cg textures, quickly resize the first one i find to something like 512 pixels, and then upload it. i should take the time (woohoo, just an extra 2 minutes could save me hours later) and size it as small as possible and then save it somewhere neatly (the flickr post on that)
in my current OCD-natured manner of going in and swapping out textures, i don’t really know the impact i am having – partly because i don’t remember what size and formats the old textures were. in the zebra stripe example, i believe it had been a 1024 pixel one that i had imported into Second Life a few years ago and it came over to OpenSim as a zeppelin. the new texture is a 256 pixel one so i feel confident it’s a better one to use
so far i have only swapped out 18 textures (freely available here but download them as originals which was discussed here) and have only done that on 4 regions – but is the time i’m spending doing this going to pay off?
i don’t know how to read LOE or load info in-world but i see my OAR backups daily. it’s not a scientific way to judge what’s going on but when i consider that i’ve done just a small amount of building in the last month (w00t! i made me a traffic cone!) then it shows a downward trend
at the beginning of february, before changing 18 textures in 4 regions, the combined Enclave Harbour OAR size was 156,550 kb. after changing those, the combined OAR size dropped to 135,402 kb which is a 20 meg difference!
it only averages to about a meg per region but i’m not done yet; i presume this savings mean a little less load time for visitors
the conclusion being – don’t be an Ener wiener when it comes to your textures! exercise discipline and save time in the future! =)