We have the package from the RC channels being promoted to the main channel Tuesday, 6/14. This package labeled as having minor improvements…
(I love the freckles…)
No new package comes out Wednesday. So, all channels, main and RC’s, will be running the same package.
Second Life Inventory Message Viewer version 126.96.36.1995555 – No change since last week.
Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 188.8.131.526312 – No change since last week.
Second Life Project Bento Viewer version 184.108.40.2066366 – No change since last week.
Second Life Project VLC Media Plugin Viewer version 220.127.116.116087 – No change since last week.
Second Life Project VOB Viewer version 18.104.22.1686123 – No change since last week.
I have been using Catznip (10.0 January Release), Firestorm (4.7.7), Linden Bento, VOB, and main viewers this week. When asked which was giving the best performance, I decided Catznip and Linden main were the best performers with an edge to Catznip. But, I also had to explain that my results are only true on my hardware.
I’ve also started working on a new tutorial. I typically write about things either I don’t know how to do and need to learn writing as I go or things I know well and see people having problems with. This one is from a place of not knowing and my having problems. The VOB, Visual Outfit Browser, project viewer and having met a couple of REALLY cute avatars bring up some inventory management problems along with Role Play issues.
I am finding a bunch of tutorials providing conflicting information on how to do things. What a headache. People have posted in the SL Forum and SLUniverse about the conflicting information. So, it isn’t surprising I am finding it and having problems. The way I resolve the conflicts is to experiment. That is revealing differences and bugs in viewers. That pushes me to try a task in 3 or 4 viewers.
The experience of quickly shifting between viewers has been enlightening. One outstanding problem I repeatedly see is being in an avatar crowded place while using the Firestorm viewer with shadows enabled is a mistake, at least with my Quad Core2 and a GTX560. In crowds the main Linden Viewer with Jelly Dolls and using shadows survives longer. But currently no viewer lasts even an hour before going into black-screen video freezes.
I can’t call them mini-freezes, which I consider as lasting seconds, a few to may be 30. These can be a minute or two and the whole computer freezes. Waiting them out is faster than rebooting but, not by much.
If I have Google Chrome and a viewer open, as I often do for tutorials, things are way worse. But, I am still experimenting with viewers and browsers as I work my way through the new tutorial. Catznip or Linden Main along with Firefox seem to give me better performance and longer up time… but, that is on this computer.