Improvements to Kitely since April 2011

Since Oren Hurvitz and Ilan Tochner launched Kitely in early 2011, there have been a lot of changes. Some of those changes have been gained through improvements to the OpenSim platform. Many were the result of work done by Hurvitz and Tochner. Almost all of this information can be found on the Kitely blog. I wanted a relatively short reference that I could update easily and see most of the changes/additions to Kitely in one place. I won’t add every item listed in their blog, but I’ll try to list changes that might be important to users without listing items that are no longer relevant.


Mesh was available on Kitely before the public beta began.

April 20 – Welcome to Kitely

Major update made service more robust and manageable
Kitely’s first blog
Support site
Twitter account
Contact page
Announcements added to top of webpage
Kitely messages to connected users
Content protection including Abuse Report and DCMA Takedown notice and procedures to deal with copyright infringement.
Ability to set access of a world to “My Friends” restricting world entrance to facebook friends only.
Many bug fixes

April 29 – Terms of Service

Kitely released their Terms of Service

May 21 OpenSim 0.7.1 and More

Opensim update allowing Shared Media (Media on a Prim) with a V2 viewer.

May 30 – Better World Descriptions

Kitely virtual world descriptions upgraded to allow hyperlinks, images, separators and text formatting options.

June 13 – Kitely Plugin 1.2.0 and Export World

Added ability to choose viewer along with support for Safari on Mac
Digitally signed plug-in, plus notification of new plugin versions
Ability to export worlds to OAR files as backup for 10 KC.

July 6 – Backend and OpenSim Improvements

Faster script loading
Exported OAR’s with creator information
Direct URL for downloading Kitely Plug-in

July 14 – Faster Startup for Worlds with Many Assets

Faster loading of complex worlds
Buttons added allowing Kitely homepage or individual world pages to be shared with social networks
Improved IE9 support

August 28 – Copy World and Export World Respect Permissions

Copy world allows multiple copies of a world on Kitley or export as OAR. Objects with insufficient permissions will not be copied/exported.

October 23 – See Which Worlds You Visited in the History Panel

See visitors to your worlds and your visits to other worlds in History Panel.

November 16 – Public Worlds, Maturity Ratings and Making Public Worlds Affordable

Directory of all public worlds added showing visitors, with keyword search ability and common categories of virtual worlds.
World Maturity ratings: General, Moderate, Adult
Procedure for reporting worlds violating Kitely TOS
Added ability for World Managers to decide if KC’s are deducted from their account or visitor account at a rate of 1 KC for each minute in the World Manager’s world.
Kick users from your world

December 2 – Improved Search, Permanent URLs and Introduction Slideshow

Improved world ranking search making it easier to find high quality worlds.
Sharable URL’s from search
Permanent World URL’s for easier sharing

December 23 – Happy Holidays: Kitely Supports Vivox Voice!

All Kitely worlds are voice-enabled using Vivox with public voice and private calls.


February 2 – Billing System Finally In Place

Billing System with several payment plans added

Ability to buy KC’s: 1,000 KC – $5 / 5,000 KC – $20 /15,000 KC – $50
Ability to allow others to access your world for free
History Table showing minute and KC usage

March 2 – Use Kitely Without Facebook

Ability to add a Kitely account using Twitter or an email account
Some OSSL scripting functions enabled

March 30 – Teleport Between Kitely Worlds and Additional Viewers supported

Teleporting between Kitely worlds enabled
Nine viewers supported. Viewer selection available on the Settings page
Viewers able to start automatically or manually

April 18 – OpenSim and Additional Script Functions Supported

OpenSim and Mono updated for faster more stable performance
More OSSL functions including NPC functions  (bots)

May 5 – Avatar Groups, Profiles and Offline IM

OpenSim groups supported.
User Profiles avaiable
Offline Instant Messaging added
Security enhanced to allow only world manager to build in the by default. Can enable building by other avatars inside viewer. Pushing also disabled by default.
Updated OAR format to save region’s Telehub

May 24 – Replace Existing Worlds and Automatically Disconnect Idle Users

Replace existing worlds with OAR files
Automatically disconnect yourself and others when idle for more than 30 minutes

June 10 – Kitely Credits as a Virtual Currency, and Web-Based Messaging

New subscription plans
Price changes for storing and creating worlds.
Increase in amount of KC’s that can be purchased – up to $500 worth.
More free time for free plan users during their first month.
Ability to pay monthly Kitely charges with Pay Pal and/or Kitely Credits.
Ability for World Managers to set a price for world visitors.
Ability for World Managers to pay others for their time in world.


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