I haven’t kept up with the Astra Viewer nor do I know much about it. I did a review of the viewer in March of this year. (OpenSim Astra Viewer Review). I saw in my net reading that Astra Viewer has mesh render ability. Hmmmm. Maybe it is worth an update.
If you don’t know, the viewer is targeted at Aurora-Sim and OpenSim. It is said to work with Second Life too. I haven’t tried it in SL.
A quick search of my blog reveals the download link, oops it’s broken. So, I back off the URL to the just the web site… Oh! It gone too. Dang. A Google search for the viewer download takes me into the Google Code repositories and shows a number of Astra Viewer download sites… ummm well… some of those are AstroViewer.
It took some time to chase down the download. I found Aurora-Sim/Astra Viewer in the GIT Hub. You can eventually find Astra Viewer 184.108.40.206 Download. There are zip, tar, and exe download versions. I got the exe version and installed it over the top of my existing install.
I click to launch it and I get a series of errors about missing files.
You can find these files in C:\Program Files\SecondLifeViewer2. Copy them to C:\Program Files\AstraViewer. Once there my Astra Viewer copy ran.
When the viewer opens it is pointed to the NOVA world, grid, whatever. The viewer has a grid manager. It comes with these grids setup:
- NOVA – an Aurora-Sim, which is a fork from OpenSim.
- AnSky Grid – …I’m clueless
- Local Host – This is for those running Aurora-Sim or OpenSim on their home computer.
- OSGrid – Yay! My home away from Second Life
- Second Life (ADITI) – The Second Life Beta or preview grid
- Second Life (AGNI) – The main Second Life grid
When you change grids it takes a few second for the splash screen to change. I never did see the OSGrid splash screen come up. But, the login worked.
Once I got logged in I went over to my in-world office where I have mesh objects. They render! Yay!
I can’t find any mesh upload feature.
Most of the user interface is V1 style (SL Viewer 1.23). Like most third party viewers the user interface has lots of additional features.
The viewer comes with 5 skins.
The viewer has shadows.
Enhanced Avatar Physics is included. You can bounce your breasts.
Some features did not work in OSGrid. I was going to update the terrain textures in one of my regions. I don’t know if it is my settings or the viewer not communicating with OSGrid. Whatever the case, it could make the change.
It appears all the build tools are included. The build panel looks very much like Imprudence’s.
There are a number of features I’m skipping because they are common to all third party viewers. Radar, yadda, yadda…
I got 50 to 65 FPS with my Duel Core2 and GTS 8800, which I think is pretty awesome. On average I get 35 FPS.
The viewer works well and it renders mesh. I’ll still be using Kirsten or SLV3 for most of my work in OSGrid as they have mesh upload with I need. For meetings and visiting I may start using Astra Viewer.