Tateru Nino has and article out on the coming new viewer. See: Say goodbye to the side-bar. Rhett Linden talks Second Life UI redesign goals. I got it and took it for a spin. The image here shows the new user interface.
You can see the new 3.2.1 Viewer interface, if you are using the Development Viewer. It has a few problems:
Known Issues: o The Viewer floater camera views and presets do not work. o The Nearby Voice panel does not update to a new call or from nearby voice info once opened. o Viewer crashes when updating UI size in preferences. o The Speak button is activated when dragging and dropping between toolbars and/or moving back to the Tool Box. o Viewer crash when moving the speak button from one toolbar to another when there is an active call request. o Teleport history doesn't display visited locations. o Viewer crash when double-clicking the mini-map in People > Nearby. o Notification and conversation chiclets overlap. o WASD controls don't move avatar while the Move floater is in focus. o Closing voice controls while a group or p2p call also closes the group call/IM window o Viewer crash after teleport o Hitting back in the 'Create Group' panel or 'Blocked' panel requires multiple clicks for action to occur.
The New Interface
The interface is nice. The side bar is gone!!! Panels are floaters!!!
I’ve been using the Development viewers quit a bit lately. So, the change over for me is a trivial adaption. The buttons for the panels are at the left side and bottom of the screen. The right to lef change will take a day or two to get used to.
The install was easy. No cache or settings clear and it launched and ran. \o/
It is fast. In my cottage I’m getting 35 to 45 FPS on my 8800 GTS Duel Core2.
HOWEVER, I do crash on teleport. It even stalls my Vista Windows Crash logger… :/ However, if you login to your Last Location you will be in the area you tp’d to. And it doesn’t crash on every TP, just some.
When I did make it to Celtic Myst my FPS was about 25. Oh and this is with AA on 4x.
Jumping home, I did not crash. Next I jumped over to Dance Island and did not crash. While downloading I was getting 10 FPS. The interest list doesn’t seem to work well. I have stuff far and near rezzing. With 26 people and bad Time Dilation and Physics FPS I never got over 15 FPS.
When I tp’d home, I crashed again.
I guess the big feature change is the prep for Direct Delivery. Which rolled to the main grid Tuesday, I think. In the inventory there is a big new Received Items button and section. This is where items purchased from the market place will arrive. Received won’t be lost in the list of system folders, as I was expecting.
There are more menu items that take one to the SL web sites. A link to your SL Dashboard has been added to the ME menu item. It takes the place of Preferences, which has been moved down the list.
One of the items in the list is: Tool Bars. This opens a panel titled: Customize Toolbars. You can drag buttons from this panel to areas on the screen that highlight. As the button gets close you can see an ‘insert’ indicator showing you where the button will snap to. Let go and pop, this is the button. Drag a button from the menu bars and drop it in the panel to remove it from the menu bars.
Target areas for the buttons are left, bottom, and right. The top is not a candidate…
Buttons can be text, icon, or both. Right click the buttons in the menu to change. And there is a handy restore defaults button.
There are new movement options. They have been in the Development viewers for a time now. But, most have probably not seen them yet. In Preferences -> Move & View there is a Single click on land and Double click on land options; No action, Move to clicked point, and Teleport to clicked point. If you haven;t been using them and mouse steer having Single enabled will toss you a curve.
Help is built in. It has all the basic stuff, how to move, etc.
We still have chickettes, the button kind. But they have moved to the upper right. Clicking them opens the IM/Group windows below them. See the images.
There is a button that fooled me on the left menu. I thought it was people or groups. But, it is AVATARS. Click it and select an avatar. This should make it easier for new users.
The landmarks panel still opens with all the folders expanded. For me that is a problem. May be I have too many landmarks.
The Destinations Guide has changed. It is now categorized. I think it is a brainy idea, but not as handy as the bigger Destination Guide. This smaller compact one won’t promote places as well as the larger one did, IMO.
This is a pretty nice viewer. I doubt the V1 users will be impressed. I am impressed. I can stop freaking out as this is not a repeat of the V2 fiasco.
Summing it up
This is a nice viewer. I like it. I’ve only used it a little bit because the crash after TP is so painful.
Check out the rest of the images.
🙂 The End 🙂