A new Blender release is out: 2.78. You can download it here: Blender 2.78 download.
There are new features that will help Second Life users. The full list of features is here: Blender 2.78 Release Logs. Interesting ones for SL users are:
- Viewport Rendering – Improvements in texture display
- Cloth Physics – New Dynamic Base Mesh and Simulation Speed option
- Cycles Render Engine – Faster easier
- Modeling – New tools
- User Interface – Better snap, new eyedropper, and something about operators
There are more changes. For instance, Animation & Rigging improvements that may or may not help us. It is hard to say clearly because we are limited in what aspects SL actually supports. But, a number of improvements will provide better work flow and make some tasks easier. So, depending on how you work these may help you, probably.
I have not yet tried AvaStar 2 with Blender 2.78. No one in the Blender-AvaStar group spoke up when I asked. So, I’ll just have to try it.