Version: Black Dragon 3.7.27 (34575) May 22 2015 Review
Update: This article starts out listing a number of small problems with the Black Dragon Viewer. From some feedback I decided to add here at the beginning, this is a pretty nice viewer.
I am not into doing reviews of Second Life™ viewers like I once was. It has been a long time since I have used the Black Dragon Viewer. I often say I stopped using it because the user interface (UI) changes so fast. NiranV objects to my continually saying that. When I was using it, it was changing. But, NiranV tells me that has not been true for some time, years. And at the time I was forming my opinion he had just started work on Black Dragon and was changing it pretty fast. Fair enough. I need to update my thinking and belief about what is actually happening.
So, I now (6/2 – week 23) have Black Dragon 3.7.27 (34575) May 22 2015 installed. I’ll be using the viewer as I write this. Then over the next few updates I’ll decide if the UI is changing so fast I can’t keep up. I’ll publish this well before I have time to decide on the rate of change. But, my experience is that NiranV is pretty factual about what is going on with the viewer. So, for now I’ll concede the point and change what I say.
NiranV points out that the viewer is changing and he is still experimenting. But, he says he is past the massive changes to the UI I saw in earlier versions. So, for the sake of intellectual honesty I should reconsider and try the viewer again.
I’ve written this over a few days and I’m just now publishing it.
Download & Install
Everything in the download and install process is very similar to the Linden Viewer. No surprises.
The viewer installs in its own folders. The viewer keeps the chat logs separate from other viewers. It also has a separate cache. It uses separate settings files. So, there should be no conflicts between this viewer and others. This also means you can install and uninstall this and other viewers without a problem.
One interesting note, this install does not change the link to which program handles SLURL’s. Normally your system will call the last viewer installed to open SLURL’s, unless you specifically set that link. Black Dragon’s install did not change that aspect of my computer. Clicking SLURL’s still calls the previously installed Firestorm. I suppose some would consider this a good thing, other not so much. Whatever your case, if you want Black Dragon to be your default viewer for SLURL’s, you’ll have to manually change your system.
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