By default the SN tilt forward and backward (Pitch) doesn’t work. Instead tilt scrolls the Flycam Setup panel… depending on where you last clicked. So, you will have to change the default settings. See the image below.
The SL Wiki states the viewer controls work as:
Joystick Flycam offers 6 degrees of freedom that you can bind to various actions:
- Y-Axis– Move camera up/down
- X-Axis– Move camera left/right
- Z-Axis– Move camera forward/backward
- Yaw– Turn left/right
- Pitch– Look up/down
- Roll– Bank left/right
- Zoom In/Out
When changing values in the Flycam settings the Tab-key does not move you from field to field as it does in most viewers. You’ll need to click the next field or outside the field to set the value. I set mine to the values in the image. I like a bit of a heavy hand on the SN and a slow smooth movement. So, you’ll likely want different values. But, with these everything will work as you expect, but slower. Use higher values to speed things up.
Black Dragon has a Machinima side bar. It is pretty neat. You can dig through the menu and find it in Dragon->My Useful Features->Machinima Sidebar. Or just press the F1 key to reveal and hide it. It allows you control of most of the render settings in one place. I think it is good competition for Firestorm’s Photo Tools.
In some ways I find the sidebar a much nicer and easier to use panel than Firestorm’s Photo Tools. I like both, but I think for machinima Black Dragon’s is better. It is certainly faster to open and close. So, if you are doing machinima/video in SL this is a viewer to check out.
MEMORY USE – I’m still testing this aspect off Black Dragon. So, far it seems to mostly stay below 2gb. And often below 1gb.
Performance – this viewer seems to run a bit faster on my hardware than the Linden and Firestorm viewers. It will take some more time before I’m sure and have time to make actual 1 to 1 measurements. So, for now I’d say they are close enough there is no significant advantage.
But, I have not been having the mini-freezes I am getting with Firestorm and Linden.
The viewer is nice and I think worth trying. There are render features that make it a good choice for photographers and machinima types. The volumetric-lighting or God-Rays are a neat feature added some time ago. I have yet to take time to play with those, but I want to try them. Pictures using them are pretty awesome.
Be sure to check the comments. If NiranV disagrees with me… no shyness. NiranV will correct me and that is appreciated. But, I may edit some of the words chosen…