Second Life Project Bento 2016-w21

Here is the video of the Project Bento user group meeting. There is a POST meeting video that I am working on. It has good information. Cathy Foil was answering questions from her experience with Bento from building MayaStar Bento support.

Dan Linden, at the Server Beta UG, elaborated a bit about project Bento going live SOON, saying, “And by live, I mean the server component that will allow the upload of Bento meshes animations that have additional bones. The Bento Release viewer is still a ways off. You’ll need a Bento Project Viewer to see Bento content for now.”  Continue reading

Second Life: Servers 2016-w21

ADITI

The preview grid has been and is a problem for many users. At Thursday’s Beta Server UG meeting some attendees were able to use Last Location as their login destination. For a couple of months that has not been possible.

I can now use Last Location, sometimes. It depends on the region. I cannot

Not Enuff Love

Not Enuff Love

Server Updates

This week (21) we saw a security patch rolled out on the main channels. Without announcement the package had been rolled out to an RC channel earlier, possibly in week 20.  It was rushed past the announced Minor internal improvements. No visible functional changes to Second Life package. This package was announced in week 19. It failed to make it out of QA in week 20 because of system problems interrupting testing. So, we would expect it to roll out in week 21. Now it appears it will roll out in week 21. Continue reading

Second Life News 2016 W20

Servers

There is no rollout and restart for the main channel this week. Because of problems and down-time on the Beta grid (ADITI) last week testing on the pending server update couldn’t be completed.

Bubbels & butterfly's

Bubbels & butterfly’s

This week the package is ready to move from the Beta grid to the RC channels of the main grid. So, we’ll have a roll to and restart of the RC channel regions Wednesday.

This is a package without any user-visible changes. It has unnamed improvements. Continue reading

Second Life Third Party Viewer Meeting Week 18

Viewers

Oz Linden was crashing so the meeting got a late start. Then only ran 20 minutes. Not anything new to talk about. But, there is an alarming change from the Beta Server group I’ve included as the last item in this article.

Aim

Aim

The RC Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 4.0.4.314579 has been promoted to the main release. This is the viewer that has a collection of fixes; crashes, memory leaks, input/cursor issues, graphics bugs, invisiprims, formatting, notifications, profiles lockouts, and more.

The invisiprims fix is a reversion back to previous behavior before a change broke them. There is a plan to do something with invisiprims. So, expect a future change. My advice is stop using them. We have better ways to accomplish the purpose they served.

The Second Life Quick Graphics Viewer version 4.0.4.314426 – is said to be nearing release. Oz says they only need to merge it up to the current main viewer version. If it continues to work well with the merged in fixes from 4.0.4.314579 then it is ready to roll out. I would expect the Lab to hold off until week 20, but they want QG with its Avatar Complexity Features out on the main grid.

Second Life Project Bento Viewer version 5.0.0.314884 – This viewer has updated from 5.0.0.313876 since I last reported. Oz tells us they are close to opening up use of the viewer on AGNI, the main grid. That means we can start importing ‘Bento’ animations to the main grid.

I think this is going add complexity to the animation market and the Second Life™ learning curve. For most of us, there will be little or no change. But, special avatars will need special animations. My little Fae Dragon avatar by Grendel in 2008 is now way out of date, being all sculpty and old skeleton animations. I am expecting some awesome new dragons.

Still my little Fae dragon is only 82k ACI, which is about the average of most of my new outfits.

Then there is the Second Life Project Oculus Rift Viewer version 3.7.18.295296 viewer, which has been going to update ‘soon’ for well over a year. Oz says they are working on it and is expecting an update ‘soon’. I think that they pulled people off the 64-bit viewer and kept people on the Rift viewer, says something.

The Lab is adopting the name ‘Jelly Dolls’ in place of Jelly Babies in the RC viewer menus. The babies name is trademarked. Legal is telling Oz to stay away from using that name. So, now the Lab is changing.

New RC Coming

A viewer version that has been on the shelf for some time is becoming active. This RC viewer deprecates the old inventory API’s. Once in place and tested a time will be set for when the server side of those API’s will be removed.

More pages… links below.

Second Life News 2016-Week 18

Servers

The main channel is getting a new package. This is the one running on the RC channels last week (17), which consists of a crash fix and improvements. The RC channels will continue to run the same package. So, they won’t be getting a restart.

.✩ Aura ✩.

.✩ Aura ✩.

Viewers

The main viewer remains 4.0.3-312816. No update for a couple of weeks.

RC Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 4.0.4.314579 – This version did update this past week from 4.0.4.314012.

RC Second Life Quick Graphics Viewer version 4.0.4.314426 – This version has NOT updated since last week.

Second Life Project Bento Viewer version 5.0.0.313876 – This version has NOT updated since last week.

Second Life Project Oculus Rift Viewer version 3.7.18.295296 – This version has NOT updated since forever.

The Third Party Dev’s meeting should be this week. But, the agenda page is still only showing 4/22 as the next meeting.

Last week’s report: Second Life News 2016 Week 17. More details on the viewer changes are explained there. Nothing new to report today.

Second Life News 2016 Week 17

Servers

No deploy to the main channel this week. The 3 RC channels are all getting the same package, which has a server crash fix and minor internal improvements.

Not much to go on…

Fantasy Faire 2016

Fantasy Faire 2016

Viewers

RC Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 4.0.4.314012 – No update since the Third Party Dev’s coverage.

RC Second Life Quick Graphics Viewer version 4.0.4.314426 – This viewer has updated since last Friday. See Second Life: LOTS of News for the details on the likely changes to this version.

Second Life Project Bento Viewer version 5.0.0.313876 – No update since Friday’s coverage.

Second Life Project Oculus Rift Viewer version 3.7.18.295296 – No update, Charlie.  Continue reading