There are a million dance HUDs to choose from in SL. How do you know which one works best for you?
For most people, I suspect it’s trial and error. After doing several interview with dancers and troupe leaders, I got to wondering.
What is the most popular dance HUD? I know there will be different choices based on use. For instance, someone who goes club-hopping doesn’t need all the fancy extras that dance performers do in a dance HUD. My first dance HUD was a cheap (probably free) chimera. Shortly after that, I found the HUDDLES. I bought the less expensive version. I used it to dance onstage, happily clicking away, until I learned about the Deluxe version and the ability to do sequences with a note card.
After using the Deluxe version for several years, I was introduced to the Barre. The Barre was my go-to HUD until a friend introduced me to the SpotOn Director’s HUD. I still have my HUDDLES, and I still use the Barre to do choreography, but I am relying more and more on the Director’s HUD.
I’ve tried many dance HUDs through the years – I’ve used the Animazoo HUD, the Henmations HUD, the MLDU5 HUD, and the Fleursoft HUD. Although many of them had options I liked (I loved the webpage loading on the Henmations HUD and the recording function on the Fleursoft was amazing), none of them came close to what I needed in a performance dance HUD except the HUDDLES and Barre.
However, after several interviews, I find people are using HUDs I’ve never even heard of. I’ve been thinking of doing a comparison of HUDs – not to determine which one is ‘the best,’ but to determine which HUDs are better for certain functions. I’ve never heard of/used the +AFY+ HUD or the BPAC HUD, for example. I’ve not seen/read much about The Artiste HUD (one that I’ve used and has tons of capabilities).
So, I’m curious. What dance HUD do you use? Leave a comment with the name of the HUD you use and why you love it (or don’t).