There is a new video on YouTube showing the Mesh Deformer in action. 6 minutes. Notice that Enhanced Avatar Physics are enabled. That apparently surprised some of the people commenting in an SL forum thread.
Check out the Forum thread: MESH DEFORMER PROJECT NEEDS YOUR VOICE. WhiteRabbit0 posted.
While I understand the frustration, there is so much wrong with that post I’m not sure where to start.
I’ll go with the recommendation to post in the JIRA for a starter… no don’t. Don’t add any more to the JIRA unless it is a bug or problem. Using the JIRA as a forum is why the JIRA got locked down. If we are ever to get it unlocked, we are going to have to use it as the Lindens intended.
The Lindens and Oz in particular are not happy with the amount of off topic, non-bug reporting discussion, in the thread. If you want to make a statement and show support, post in the Forum.
The idea that the Lab is refusing to assign people to the project is a matter of syntax and a bit of spin. The Lab has limited resources and other problems have higher priority. So, I believe Oz thinks he will eventually get personnel assigned to an Avatar Improvement Project. But a much larger number of SL users want other things, like region crossings and avatar bake fail fixed. So, it is a matter more complicated than what WhiteRabbit0 portrays as refusal.
WhiteRabbit also fails to mention that the community has expressed its opinion on what it wants, the Deformer, better weighting, access to morphing, better avatar topology, custom skeletons, more bones in the existing skeleton, access to more of the existing bones for animation, and flat out a new avatar. All those requests have created a project that the Lindens apparently plan to address. But, it is no longer something a few people can handle, plus management is involved.
Codewarrior Congrejo has posted a great summary and assessment of the project and its status. The Post. If you don’t read all the posts, at least take time to read White Rabbit’s opening post and Codewarrior’s.
But, let the Lindens know you are still interested. I suggest you do that by posting in WhiteRabbit’s thread. The link is above.