The new SL 2.3 Beta version viewer is out. You can read the official release information here.
The big change is the addition of Display Names. There is a Torley video at the link above showing how to use Display Names.
While the viewer has the feature not all the regions have it turned on. The Lab is being cautious rolling it out. They made changes from user input. Griefing and impersonation being the leading concerns.
One of the concerns was being able to capture a name for abuse reports. Because names can use Unicode characters it can be hard to type them in. Also, names can spoof by doing tricky things like using lower case ‘L’ in place of upper case ‘I’ and other spoofs. So, they have made it easy to use copy/paste with Display Names.
They tell you to go over to Blake Sea to try it out. Type Blake Sea into your map and you find a load of Blake Sea this and thats. I suppose any of them will do, but I couldn’t find any that worked 10/27 about 10PM SLT. Bay City is another area. It has about a dozen regions named Bay City something. Tanelorn had Display Names enabled. You may have to exit Profile Edit and re-enter to see the Display Name wrench that lets you change the name. Use the Edit and Cancel at the bottom of the Profile Sidebar panel.
When the region has Display Names enabled you will see and additional control near the top of your Profile just under your user name.
Of course the first thing the I was told was invalid characters… ☻ ❤ Nal ❤ ☯ …which doesn’t look all that invalid to me… :/
You may be aware the chat log formats were changing. There is now the option to save them as plain text or use the new format. By default it uses the new format, which is apparently going to be more JSON than XML. Look in Me -> Preferences -> [Chat].
The viewer kept slowing down to 0.7 FPS. I had my graphics set to High. On Low I was getting 30 to 60 FPS. On Medium I began to slow down again 0.7 to 15 FPS, very jerky as it moved back and forth.
With a ping of 64ms I found the viewer basically unusable.
The SL Development Viewer 2.4.0. (213153) has the Display Name code in it. So, if you run into FPS slow downs with the Beta consider getting the Development Viewer.