Updated: 8:00 PM
A new release of the Phoenix Viewer is out. This release fixes lots of problems. It takes some time for a new team to get things together and get organized. This release says much about the team coming together and stabilizing the viewer.
Jessica Lyon has published a blog article that contains the release notes and a new features list. See: Some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is a couple of team members are leaving. Seems there is a disagreement about how the team is to be run. That is not an ideal way to start off. But, this may just be a new team shaking out and people learning who they want to work beside. As time passes we’ll learn if this is just a startup issue or a more pathological issue.
This download (SSE2) is smaller than the last, 33mb verses 48mb. The installer has been customized for Phoenix, new colors and logo. The install installs over the previous installation. Your cache location and login name are retained. However a load of my settings seem to have vanished. So, things like the vertical chat tabs went away.
The viewer uses a new default skin named ‘Firebird’. I sort of like it. It is more version 1.23 style but uses rich warm colors.
Best of all I ran it for a couple of hours without problems. FPS stayed in the 25 to 30 FPS range. So, this is a good step forward for the Phoenix team, congrats!