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Teleporting and Space-Linking

Teleporting and Space-Linking are the two ways users can travel from one Cobalt Space to another. With Teleporting, once the guest accepts the host's invitation, the guest simply materializes in the host's space. With Space-Linking, two users create a visible portal they can pass through to move between spaces. A Space link is analagous to a web page link and is one of Cobalt's most powerful features. It allows you to create any number of connections from your Cobalt Space to Spaces belonging to others. 

Teleporting Between Open Cobalt Spaces


There are several ways to initiate a teleport in Open Cobalt. Two methods are presented below.

Method 1: Teleport Using the "Join Me" Function in Cobalt's Chat Tool

The Host Sends the "Join Me" Invitation to their Guest

  1. Both you (the host) and your guest must login. Select Cobalt > Login. (See the section Text Chat for details on establishing an account and logging in to Cobalt.) 
  2. Initiate a chat session with your guest by selecting People>Contacts. Open a chat window by double clicking your guest's name (Note: To start a chat session, you'll need to add your guest to your contacts list, if you haven't already done so. See the section Text Chat for details on how to add new contacts).
  3. To send the teleport invitation to your guest, click the Join Me button located in the lower right of your text chat window.
     

     

The Guest Accepts the Invitation

  1. The guest receives a message in a pop-up window "You have received an invitation to create a portal...". Click Yes.
     

     
  2. After a few seconds you will receive a second pop-up window. For the purposes of this tutorial you will use the login information that's already been selected/pre-populated in this form (i.e. Database = Local, ID = foo, Password = bar). Proceed by clicking the Login button at the bottom of the window. Your avatar should now be visible in the host's space. (Note: It may take 10-20 seconds for the guest to appear.)
     

At any time you may return to your own home Space by selecting Cobalt > Home. 

Method 2: Teleport by Manually Distributing the Link Code

This method allows the host to send an invitation to someone even if they aren't logged into their Cobalt account. Rather than initiating the teleport with the built-in chat tool the host sends a small block of XML code to their guest by email or by an external chat client such as AOL IM.

The Host Sends the Link Code to their Guest

  1. Send an invitation to your guest. Select Space > Space Info. Locate the text box next to External LinkCopy the entire code block, everything from <joinme>... to ...</joinme>.

     
  2. Paste the Join Me text block into your preferred email or instant messaging program and send it to your contact(s).

The Guest Completes the Teleport

  1. Copy the Join Me code block the host emailed or IM'd to you
  2. Select Space>Link To... Paste the code block in the box next to Link
     

     
  3. After a few seconds you will receive a second pop-up window. For the purposes of this tutorial you will use the login information that's already been selected/pre-populated in this form (i.e. Database = Local, ID = foo, Password = bar). Click the Login buttonat the bottom of the window.
     

 Space-Linking


A Space-Link is a visible portal that two users create that allows them to travel between their respective Spaces. Cobalt can create two types of portals, one way and two way. A one way portal allows the person creating the portal to travel one way from their Space to the other user's space. However, they cannot use that portal to return to their own space. A two way portal allows both users to travel back and forth between spaces. Most of the time you'll probably choose to create a two way portal. Portals may only be created with the explicit approval of both parties.

The steps for linking spaces are almost identical to the steps used for initiating a manual teleport (mentioned above in the Teleporting section). One user sends a small block of XML code to the other user by email or by an external chat client such as AOL IM 

Partner A Sends the Link Code to Partner B

  1. Send an invitation to your partner. Select Space > Space Info. Locate the text box next to External LinkCopy the entire code block, everything from <joinme>... to ...</joinme>.
  2. Paste the code block into an email message or third party Instant Messaging application and send to your partner. 

Partner B Creates the Portal

  1. Copy the Join Me code block partner A emailed or IM'd to you
  2. Select Space>Link To... Paste the code block in the box next to Link.
  3. From the Portal Type drop-down menu, choose a Two-Way or One-Way portal.
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  6. After a few seconds you will receive a second pop-up window. For the purposes of this tutorial you will use the login information that's already been selected/pre-populated in this form (i.e. Database = Local, ID = foo, Password = bar). Click the Login buttonat the bottom of the window.
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  9. A portal will appear. To travel to the other user's space, simply guide your avatar through the portal.

Troubleshooting Connection Problems


See the section TELEPORTING OR SPACE-LINKING ATTEMPTS FAIL in the Troubleshooting Guide

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