This install was like a first time install as I had previously removed Dolphin Viewer because of problems I had. The viewer worked well on initial start up. Since the viewer now uses its own settings file all my settings were the defaults. That included the cache location using the SL default location. I changed the cache location before logging on and restarted the viewer.
Once logged in I went through setting my preferences, external web browser, my chat color, stack IM’s vertically, hide tp progress, build tool decimals (4), close chat on return, and uncheck arrow keys always move avatar… boring stuff.
On the Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Chat/IM there are options for highlighting posts with your name and nicknames. There is a chat setting for local chat and separate one for IM’s.
Plus there is a setting to use legacy names in your chat logs.
The setting to use only Legacy Names, Display Names (legacy and display), and only the newer Display Name are there. This combination of choices seems to be the way TPV’s are going to handle Display Names.
This is off by default. I think it should be on by default as it is a nice lag reducer, small effect, but nice. But, I don’t build viewers so I may be missing something.
If you don’t know… Speed Rezzers come in two flavors, good and bad. Built into the viewer speed rezzers improve the client and server performance, the good type. The other style uses HUD/Script speed rezzers, the bad. They both do the same thing. It is when they do it that is the problem. HUD rezzers cannot do anything until they load and run. This causes the server’s effort at getting you textures to be thrown away and restarts the process, essentially causing some number of textures to download twice. When built into the viewer a rezzer can run before anything downloads, so the initial draw distance request is modified and the server sends textures for the much smaller draw distance.
Like Phoenix this viewer supports the legacy Secondary Attachment Points initially implemented by Emerald. However, by default it is turned off and uses the newer series 2 attachment points, which one should be changing over to.
Dolphin Viewer downloads inventory in background starting automatically after logon. I like that. Opening inventory and writing for it to download before you can find the clothes you want is a waste of my time. So, this is nice.
I have only gotten to use the viewer for a little bit. However, my impression is good. It is fast running 35 to 45 FPS most of the time on my Duel Core2 w/8800 GTS. The region rez in a Magnum RC region seemed slow. However, rez in a production version region it was pretty fast. This might be a perception thing with the Speed Rez kicking in. The Magnum region was large open spaces so the rezzer would slowdown the appearance of distant objects. In the production server I was in a friend’s (deann.dufaux) store (Park Place Home Decor = SLURL – Myst Style furniture) where the Speed Rez would have improved rez time.
The previous problems I had are not present, where all my viewers suddenly had problems. While I suspect those previous problems were more due to MY computer than the Dolphin Viewer, it is NICE that it just works and they all play nice.
PS: The D’ni Refugees (Uruites from Myst Online) are having a Winter Myst Market Sale Dec 17-19. Visit the aerial stores at Loring Park Place (= SLURL) for Myst style stuff and things made by Refugees.
On the ground, look around in the Home Decor store and you will find a section of the store devoted to dresses by Kerryth Tarantal. If you remember the fractal castle in Burning Life… same artist.