I ran into some things very quickly. One, the user interface is different from the Linden V3 UI. That is OK and may be a good thing. It does make switching back and forth between viewers more difficult. It also means one does have to learn where things are. Using Black Dragon you do have a bit more screen space. I’m not sure it makes the differences worth the additional learning that is required.
I find there is no Clear All for Notifications. As a premium member it is faster for me to scroll through Notifications when I login and read those I want then click Clear All. In Black Dragon it is a one-by-one click each to clear.
The ‘Sit’ part of the right-click menu seems to be stuck on sit. In many cases this is the menu item scripts change to ride, drive, teleport, etc. I didn’t extensively test, so it may just be some scripts… But, I tried in at least a dozen things I know change that item.
The Chat panel is arranged differently. I see no operational changes. So, the changes make no sense to me. But, the differences are operationally insignificant. You’ll be able to use the chat panel in a couple of seconds. You’ll quickly learn where the usual buttons and controls are.
You’ll learn the chat panel has an annoyingly messed up minimize. It doesn’t dock into the viewer sides or minimize well. You cannot switch into and out of it conveniently. It is just basically in the way. The Firestorm and Linden versions of the panel move to side of the screen when minimized. I expect that to change and its a minor thing.
When you go to the Preferences Panel you will find massive differences from other viewers. NiranV has arranged the controls in an arrangement that makes sense to him. I can’t say the Linden arrangement makes nay more sense. Just that I know where they put things. Niran’s might make more sense to a new user. I don’t know. But, most users will be coming from the Linden made viewer. So, I think it will be a bit of annoyance. But, it could be just what someone is looking for. Only a couple of items took me some time to find. A little thinking and I can usually find what I want.
The Show Draw Weight for Avatars is in Dragon->My Useful Features->Performance Tools->Show… and it doesn’t work in some odd scenarios when SpaceNavigator is in use. But, that is true in all viewers. It is fine in normal use. With normal being all avatars being in the same region.
The Flycam shortcut doesn’t work with SpaceNavigator out of the box, viewer box. I had to figure out how to change the viewer’s settings so my SpaceNavigator worked the same in all viewers. Something else to figure out, but once done it is done.
You’ll find the SpaceNavigator set up in Dragon->Camera. There is a Flycam Setup button. To enable the SN, set the Flycam Mapping to 1 for the right SN button or 0 for the left SN button.
Also, when exiting SN control via the SN button the camera sits wherever it is when you disable Flycam. Other viewers snap you back to your last regular camera view. The work-around is to avoid the SN button when exiting and press ESC once or twice.
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