Inara has an article up describing a new feature in the Black Dragon Viewer. See: Volumetric lighting: soon for SL? (Inara has a video of the feature)
Inara is speculating on whether this feature will make it into the SL Viewer. Her’s is educated speculation. She and Niran, the developer of Black Dragon, think it will make it into the SL Viewer.
Inara acknowledges there are a lot of twists and turns that can decide whether this feature does or doesn’t make in. I agree. I’m not taking bets either way.
Volumetric lighting: It allows the on looker to see beams of light shining through the environment; seeing sunbeams streaming through an open window is an example of volumetric lighting, also known as crepuscular rays.
What would the feature mean for Second Life?
This is a feature that goes beyond just pretty.
I think one of the best uses for the feature would be in night clubs. How many times have you been in a club where they used translucent prims to portray light beams?
I mouse steer my avatar. So, these fake light rays are particularly annoying. But, if you’re trying to perv-cam someone you’ll have the same problems. They interfere with mouse selection. With volumetric-lighting, that would be a problem of the past.
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