I see a new project viewer has been released for the Mesh Deformer as of August 31. Version: Second Life 3.4.1 (264215) Aug 31 2012 07:02:04 (Project Viewer – Deformer).
You can download the Mesh Deformer Project Viewer here. CYGWIN = Windows version for XP, Vista, and Win7. Darwin is for Macs, and you can probably figure out Linux is for Linux.
The viewer has the new limited grid selector. So, it is not usable on OpenSim grids. It also only lists the main and preview grids, which is all the residents can use anyway.
The only mesh related change I see is in the model upload panel. We now have an option titled: Deform to avatar shape. When selected you can select between the Male and Female shape. I suppose this could be setting the framework for other shapes. That was the point under discussion when the project went silent.
I still do not see an update on Karl’s blog.
Oz Linden only announced the viewer release in the JIRA: STORM-1716. I have yet to find any release notes.
Hope Dreier has added a video to the JIRA. There are still some problems with the avatar poking through. But, we really don’t know what this version of the deformer is supposed to be doing or changing.
I am still having problems with close fitting clothes having poke through problems. I have made versions of a skirt using different distances from the avatar model. With a space of 1cm (Blender-SL units as 1 Blender unit = 1m in SL) the skirt usually remains outside the avatar when deformed. As I go under 0.5cm and toward 0.1cm I start to have problems with the skirt deforming to the inside of avatar.
I remember Karl discussing the problem somewhere. I don’t know if anything has been done about it or if there even is anything that can be done about it. I was hoping all offsets would have to be 0 or positive, toward the outside. But, there may be a reason that is not a good idea.
I am guessing alpha layers are going to be an important part of mesh clothing design forever.
We have a new version of the Mesh Deformer Project Viewer, Yay. We have no idea what has or has not changed in this release, Boo. It may just be the 0.3 version of the Deformer with a viewer change to allow selecting the male or female shape. I hope this is a version 0.4 of the Deformer (meaning the part doing the deforming), but I can’t really see any difference. I’ll be playing with it more after the holiday.