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SZYM Intruder 6
User Manual

Welcome to your new SZYM Intruder.

To help you get the most out of your new vehicle, we recommend browsing this manual in its entirety.
However, users of the SZYM Intruder 5 should at least read the section titled What's New in SPT2 to learn about new features.

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What's Included

Your box should include the following:

These are all the same basic vehicle, but to reduce prim count and unnecessary script usage, each package has different equipment installed.

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What's New in SPT2

The SZYM Intruder 6 features SPT2, the next-generation powertrain from NTBI. SPT2 drastically improves handling and adds a ton of new features:

Although practically everything in your vehicle has been redesigned, it's easy to learn if you've used SPT before. Get out there and start driving!

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Before You Drive

You're probably pretty excited to hop in, but there are a few things that we need to cover first.

Before driving for the first time, click your vehicle and select Get HUD. You'll be sent an EVHUD, which adds a lot of additional controls. Right click it in your inventory and select "Wear" or "Add". If you want, you can attach it to a different HUD position. You can also edit it to move it around. For more information on the EVHUD, see the section labeled EVHUD Operation.

You may also want to configure your car before you drive it. Click the Web Config button, then click Go to page to load Web Config. (You can also click the Man Config button for manual configuration, although this includes only basic options.) For more information on Web Config, see the section labeled Web Config & Live Preview below.

As a general rule, it's recommended to detach unnecessary attachments if you're going to be driving fast across region crossings, e.g. mainland driving. In most cases, attachments and HUDs cause slow (or failed) region crossings - not the vehicle.

Once you're set up, you're ready to go. Right click the vehicle and select Drive to get in. You may want to refer to the Controls section below, as your vehicle is equipped with more than just arrow keys and WASD. Happy driving!

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Controls

This probably looks pretty confusing, so let's walk through it step by step:

It's important to note that the Movement and Throttle keys, and the keys listed under Additional Key Combinations, are the only keys that work by default. To enable the rest of the keys, you must get the EVHUD Gestures by clicking the Menu button on the lower right of the EVHUD, clicking Get Gestures, accepting the folder, and activating all gestures inside it (select all, right click, Activate). If some keys do not work (or only work occasionally), make sure you do not have any conflicting gestures activated - press Ctrl+G and sort by Key to identify and correct these conflicts. A good rule of thumb is to deactivate all other gestures, just in case.

Some keyboards don't process key combinations correctly, so the Handbrake keys may not work in some instances. For example, the spacebar may not trigger the handbrake correctly when turning and accelerating, or the Up+Down keys may not work. In our testing, we discovered that using two hands (WASD to drive, and Down key to hold the handbrake, or vice versa) generally works much better. Of course, your driving style is for you to decide.

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SPT2 Handling

We designed SPT2 to work best in an urban environment. We've taken suggestions from years of feedback and used it to design an engine & transmission that's perfect for city driving, but handles great on highways as well. As such, SPT2 takes the best aspects of powertrain scripts over the past decade and combines them into an unbeatable package.

Learning the ins and outs of SPT2 is simple, and experience is really the best teacher. However, here are a few tips that you may not have known:

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EVHUD Operation

Before continuing, it's worth pointing out that the EVHUD supports Passenger Control. When a passenger sits in the front seat and wears an EVHUD, the driver will be given the option of allowing them to control the vehicle through their own EVHUD (with some minor exceptions, such as turn signals and headlights).

Additionally, the EVHUD has State Memory, which means it will load the button states left by the last driver. This eliminates having to double-click buttons to turn off lights, for example. The EVHUD is the only HUD in Second Life with these two features!

Now, let's take a look at the EVHUD's layout. Below is the EVHUD for a SZYM Intruder Priority.

Please note that the EVHUD automatically changes its buttons to only show controls for equipment installed on your specific vehicle. However, the general layout will always remain the same. The EVHUD is, additionally, backwards compatible for most NTBI vehicles up to 5 years old.

There are some general concepts about the EVHUD's layout that will help you get the most out of it:

The EVHUD's sirens are, unquestionably, Second Life's best. We've included 12 siren packs at no charge - you don't have to buy sirens to find the one you want. Plus, the EVHUD is the only HUD which allows you to control two sirens at once in a simple, user-friendly interface.

To install a siren, click an empty slot and browse through the available packs. Each pack sounds different, and some have more details than others, but all have 3 tones and 2 momentary buttons. To eject a siren, click the eject button to the right of the unit you want to remove.

Siren operation is extremely simple - just click the tone you want, or hold one of the momentary buttons. To turn the siren off, click the active tone again.

There is a lot more to learn behind this simple interface, however. Remember, the following features require that you have the EVHUD Gestures activated. Refer to the Controls section for help with this. Additionally, the EVHUD must be worn for these controls to work.

First, you may want to use the Code Hotkeys, which trigger lights & sirens immediately using last used patterns:

Or, you may want a little more refinement, which is where our Hands Free Control keys come into play:

As noted above, instead of using the PATT button, you may want to use the Pattern Channel buttons:

However, you may not want to constantly tap through patterns on the road to find the pattern you want. That's where our new Pattern Profiles come in. Say, for example, you want to set your lightbar up in the cruise pattern when you're just driving around, but you want to easily be able to switch into the default (CYCLE FULL) when you're Code 3. Simply set up the patterns you want (in this case, set your lightbar to a cruise pattern), then press Ctrl+F5/6/7/8, depending on which profile you want to save it to.

Pattern profiles store the patterns on all lighting equipment, but do not store light power states. So, in our example, you would have to manually turn off all lights except for the lightbar, then load the cruise profile. This setting is stored in the vehicle, not in the HUD, so you will have to set this up on every vehicle. Additionally, it is not stored in the vehicle's configuration. By default, all pattern profiles use CYCLE FULL (the default pattern) on all lighting equipment, so it's recommended to leave Profile 1 (F5) as the default.

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Customization & Web Config

If you're looking for templates for custom graphics, see the Templates & Custom Graphics section near the bottom of this page.

The SZYM Intruder 6 features an unprecedented amount of customization. In the interest of brevity, we won't cover all options here - most are pretty self-explanatory, anyway. However, we'll briefly cover how to cutomize your vehicle.

This vehicle has two options - Web Config and Man Config. Man (Manual) Config only allows for some basic customization, but is useful for quick changes in the field. However, you'll probably want to use Web Config for your customization. To start Web Config, click the Web Config option in the main menu, then Go to page. Your web browser will open, and you'll be shown the new Web Config interface. (If you haven't set up an NTBI Group account, you'll be prompted to enter a password. You will not need to use this password when using Web Config in the future - it is only used to log into the website manually. You likely already did this when you opened this help page from the vehicle.)

As mentioned above, there are so many options in Web Config that we're not going to explain them all here. However, there's one aspect of Web Config that we'll explain - the welcome page. This is where you can select which configuration you want to load:

The new Web Config is streamlined and more user-friendly than before. First, you'll notice that there is no preview image - instead, Web Config now supports Live Preview. Changes you make in Web Config are instantly sent to the vehicle in-world, allowing you to see your selections immediately. Because of this, Web Config now loads much more quickly. Plus, we've redesigned the backend so that setting up options and settings is automatic in the background, so you won't experience any errors or bugs (hopefully).

On the last page in the Save & Send Configuration section, you'll be given the option to save your configuration to your account. This is optional, but as there are no limits on how many configurations you can save, there's no harm in doing so. Keep in mind that if you enter a name that's been saved before on your account, you will overwrite the old configuration.

Once you're done, click Finish Configuration to send it to the vehicle and, if you wanted to, save it to your account.

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Trunk Equipment

The SZYM Intruder 6 includes a variety of trunk equipment in the Priority, Vertex, and Agent packages:

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NTBI SatNav System II

The NTBI SatNav System II, installed in your vehicle, features a new navigation mode which directs the driver to an address. This service is only available in select regions, listed here.

To navigate to an address, make sure the display is in Navigation mode, then click the Options button to open the destination screen. Click Set, then enter the address you want to navigate to. The system will attempt to "clean up" any entry, so don't worry about abbreviations or capitalization (for example, "123 MAIN ST" is the same as "123 Main Street"). To return to the map screen, click Show Map. The direction to your destination will be shown by a colored arrow and the distance will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The NTBI SatNav System II also has a Settings page, accessible by clicking Settings, which allows you to change a variety of settings on the vehicle.

The Entertainment page is for the Sei Audio Player, which is described below.

The Power Off button will turn the screen off, although media (if playing) will continue to play.

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Sei Audio Player

Your vehicle comes installed with a Sei Audio Player, under the Entertainment screen in the NTBI SatNav System II. The Sei Audio Player allows you to play full-length music tracks, individually or sequentially, without having to deal with rezzed objects or prim media.

To load a track (or disk), click the Load File button on the Sei Audio Player screen. Then, you can enter one of the following:

The main controls are at the bottom of the screen, and are always shown. The volume control and track controls are in the Entertainment screen.

Unfortunately, the Sei Audio Player's playback may be affected by your driving speed. This is a known bug which can only be fixed by Linden Lab, whom we have notified. Until this is fixed, we recommend using the Sei Audio Player only while parked.

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Tracker Dual Radar

The NTBI Tracker Dual Radar, installed on police models of your vehicle (optionally removable for fire or other emergency services), features the most advanced, realistic detection algorithms in Second Life. We have worked hard to accurately recreate every aspect of a real speed radar unit.

The Tracker Dual Radar has been drastically updated for the SZYM Intruder 6. The most notable change is cosine effect. This more accurately simulates how an actual speed radar calculates an object's speed. The image on the left shows two scenarios - patrol cars A and B - which demonstrate two different angles of measuring the passing vehicle's speed. The red beams are the individual radar pulses that are sent out, which detect distance. Speed radar calculates the difference between these two pulses, then divides it by the difference in time between the two pulses, to generate the vehicle's speed. However, one of these patrol cars won't be getting accurate readings.

As you can see, Car A's beams show two different distances, which allow the radar unit to display a roughly accurate speed. On the other hand, Car B's beams show the same distance, so the vehicle's speed would be calculated as zero, even though it is moving. In broader terms, the more a vehicle's path is perpendicular to the path between it and your vehicle, the less accurate the speed reading will be. For a detailed explanation on the cosine effect, click here.

The Tracker Dual Radar also detects whether the moving object is in your line of sight. Other radars scan for moving objects within their detection range and always report them, even if they are behind obstructions such as buildings and other vehicles. The Tracker Dual only reports vehicles which can actually be seen.

However, let's get to the more practical side of things - how to actually operate your Tracker Dual Radar.

The SZYM Intruder 6 is equipped with a rear radar, which can be selected by pressing the REAR button on the EVHUD. This will switch the FRONT icon to REAR, indicating that the rear radar is being used.

The Tracker Dual Radar has a LOCK feature. This allows you to capture the current speed from the TARGET window (unless the FAST window is displaying a speed, in which case the FAST speed will be captured) and show it permanently on the FAST/LOCK display. To enable/disable LOCK, press the LOCK button on the EVHUD.

Finally, let's go over what the different displays actually mean:

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Gentek Taximeter

The Gentek Taximeter, installed on the Taxi package of your SZYM Intruder 6, is unquestionably the most realistic and advanced taximeter available.

First, an overview of each display:

Although you may think this system is simple at first glance, there is a lot of customization that you can perform to make it truly yours.

In Web Config, under Options, you will see Taximeter Fare Options. This provides a large variety of customization to make your own pricing schedule. Generally, different rate codes are used for different trips - for example, rate 1 may be downtown, while rate 2 may be to a suburb, and rate 3 may be to an airport. Of course, this is totally optional.

Operation of the taximeter is simple. Press the HIRED button on the EVHUD to start a fare. To add a 50¢ fee (extra passengers, bags, etc.), click the EXTRA button. To end the fare, press the HIRED button again. The total is displayed, and the fare is completed.

You can disable the time fare (for example, if you're stopping on your own accord during a fare and want to pause the meter) by pressing TIMEOFF.

You can shut down the taximeter entirely by pressing OFFDTY.

Your vehicle is also equipped with an ad board which can display different lighted indicators depending on your status (hired, available, off duty).

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Interior Amenities

The SZYM Intruder 6 features several interactive features inside the vehicle:

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Additional Features
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Troubleshooting & FAQs
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Templates & Custom Graphics

Please read these instructions before creating custom graphics for your vehicle. They are important, and will save you a ton of trouble later.

We strongly recommend using local textures while creating your theme. All Second Life viewers should support local textures (including the LL "vanilla" viewer). Local textures allow you to apply a texture to an object without actually uploading it and paying L$10, but only you will be able to view it. Additionally, local textures update instantly, so you can view your changes almost immediately after saving to the file.

The following is a step-by-step guide for creating a theme:

  1. Download the template and save it to your computer. Note that Photoshop Elements does not support PSDs with layers.
  2. Get a copy of the free Texture Grabber tool (online or in person at an NTBI Distribution Terminal - one is located in the Astaro store).
  3. Start designing your theme.
  4. Save as a JPG when you are ready to preview it. Make sure you save as the maximum quality. Do not save as PNG, TGA, or any other format.
  5. Rez the Texture Grabber and select a colored face using the Select Face tool.
  6. Click the texture on the Texture tab to open the texture selection window, then click the Local option.
  7. Click the Add button, select the JPG file you just created, and apply it.
  8. Touch that face on the Texture Grabber. You will be given the UUID of your local texture in chat. Use this UUID as a custom theme.
  9. Overwrite the JPG whenever you make changes on the theme, and they will appear instantly on the vehicle without any upload costs.
  10. IMPORTANT: once you are finished, make sure you upload the JPG file normally and apply it to the vehicle. If you don't upload it as a normal texture, nobody else will be able to see it.

Here are the graphics templates available for this vehicle:

Specular and normal maps are for advanced use only. They are only for users with knowledge of Second Life's materials system. Pseudo-reflective decals can be made by adding them to the specular map (do not edit the alpha channel). Save these textures as TGA 32-bit with alpha channel.

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Support, Credits, Known Bugs, and Release Notes

The following is a list of known issues for the latest version (v6.1.1):

To report any other bugs, make suggestions, or ask general questions, contact us.

For direct assistance with this vehicle and its components, please IM Will Szymborska in-world.

As the release notes are quite long, click here to read them.

And of course, credit where credit is due:

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