This is a feature that Firestorm has and has had for some time. A person can find another person’s name, right click on it and teleport to them. It is kinda fun.
Jonathan Yap (I hope I spelled that right, its late and I’m tired.) wrote the code that is appearing in the SL Viewer and the Lab is wanting in third party viewers to adopt. You click on a name and REQUEST teleport. The target person says yes or no. If yes, you teleport to them otherwise you do not.
The Firestorm Team has combined the two teleport-features in the Firestorm Viewer. So, if you are in a region that allows teleport anywhere in the region, you can do the older teleport to in current versions or the new request teleport. It is your choice. If the region uses a teleport-to-designated-landing-point only, the feature will default only to the teleport request. You don’t have a choice. There will be no teleport to option in that case.
There is a use case for teleport to. Region and estate managers often need to teleport to troublemakers. This gives them that ability. Support people often have the same need to reach people that need help. Jessica feels the Lab is not all that happy with the team’s decision to keep teleport to. But, feels it is an important feature users want.
Firestorm will have this feature. It is not Jessica’s favorite feature.
Region Restart Warning
Various region restart warnings have been tried in SL Viewers. Still I miss those warning from time to time and get kicked out of a region. Jonathan Yap wrote a revision to the warning signal. It shakes the whole SL image in the viewer. This is a warning that it should not be possible to miss if you are looking at the screen, no matter how intensely you may be focused on some small part of the screen.
You also get a big noise and a big message in the middle of your screen. Between the three you should get the idea the region is restarting and have time to run for it.
The FS Team thought the shake was too much. So, they have made it optional in Firestorm. The default is to have shake enabled.
Firestorm will have a 64-bit ‘release’ version for Windows and a beta version for Linux. The Linux version has some media and search problems. There will be no 64-bit Mac version. Now that Cinder is gone there is no one on that project.
This 64-bit viewer is very stable for most people.
The Windows 64-bit installer is S L O W. It took Jessica 16 minutes to install it. Be patient. It is installing.
Animation Explorer – This is back in Firestorm. It was in Phoenix long ago. It will be in the coming release.
Contact Sets – I didn’t understand what this is. I did get previously made sets will work in the new version. They will have a class on it.
Texture Export – it works.
There are a load of updates and fixes in this release. Wait for the release notes. There is too much to write in. Jessica was starting to read a long boring list…
Stuff from the Exodus Viewer is being imported to Firestorm. No one is seeing much development on Exodus. So, Exodus users are coming over to Firestorm. They are asking for some of the features that made Exodus popular. So, the team is adding them in.
Firestorm is the most popular viewer in Second Life. More people use it than any other viewer. In general I like it. I prefer cutting edge viewers, even with the problems they have. For now that is the SL Viewer. But, we may see Firestorm catch up this year. I still have some doubts as to whether they can.
Whether they do or not, Firestorm remains a popular power user’s viewer. More features are being added for photographers and machinimists and will likely take over those slots too. But, people already have to go to school to learn how to use the viewer. Is there a danger of it becoming too feature heavy and people seeing it as overwhelming? I don’t know. You make the call.
I know that if I need to build in Second Life or have a reason requiring me to be on for more than a two-hour stretch in a have-to situation, Firestorm is the viewer I plan to use.
And they have the best support going.