Firestorm Viewer Tool Tip Tuesdays

Others are covering this new service provided by the Firestorm peeps. So, I’ll be brief.

The Firestorm Viewer is the power user’s viewer of choice. But, even power users can’t know all the features rolled into this pretty awesome viewer. Many of the features are things you would probably use if you knew about them. So… the team is making little videos to show you how to use the features. (6 min)

This one is an example. Lots of good stuff in a short video. They say there will be another one released next Tuesday. They first post on the Firestorm Viewer Blog.

Obviously these are primarily for Firestorm users. But, some of the controls work in other viewers too.

The Camera Tools are a Firestorm and Third Party Viewers thing, at least for now.

Second Life Bits 2015-04

I’m just getting around to looking at last Friday’s (1/16) Third Party Developer’s meeting. See the video here.


The viewers in the RC pipeline are; VMM, Maintenance, and Experience Tools.

The Experience Tools Viewer is somewhat held up by backend issues, which are being worked on now. So, there are no changes to this RC Viewer.

Viewer Managed Marketplace – nothing new in this RC Viewer.

Hover RC Viewer – (download) Vir Linden was telling the group 1/16 this new Project Viewer was in QA. Vir was thinking it would be ready in week 4 and the RC test version of the server side did make it to a main grid RC channel in week 4. Due to Wiki changes and fixes the RC downloads page does not yet have this viewer available for download. Inara in her coverage has a link in:  SL project updates 2015 week 4/1: Avatar Hover Height along with examples of the features and instructions for using it.

You must be in a region that supports the feature for it to work. For now that is only Blue Steel regions. If the region does not support the feature the controls will be grayed out. Continue reading

Alchemy Viewer

CmdrCupcake says with the Alchemy Viewer they plan on a 2 month release cycle. So, that would be a new version every other month.

The Alchemy Viewer developers are considering moving to Linden style viewer update, which would make the Lindens happy. They would like to see all viewers using the automatic update. It has been working for me with the SL Viewer, so this is probably a good thing.

Coming Viewer Change

In regard to viewer updates, currently if a user says they no longer want to run the RC version and disables their ‘willing to  run’ setting, they get downgraded to the current main release, which is always an older version. So, they effectively get downgraded when they were asking not to be upgraded.

Understandably this upsets some people. In the near future this will change and one will remain on the RC version until it is promoted to the new main/default viewer. Then they will update in sync with the main viewer versions.

This might not work out so well. While I have no doubt that the current downgrade surprised some people, it was by design. It allowed one to easily back out of an RC Viewer that did not work well for the user. Now backing out of a poorly working RC Viewer will be a more complex process requiring one to download and install another viewer version. But, that may be less confusing.

We’ll see what people do with the process.

Texture Thrashing 2015-04

CmdrCupcake (Sovereign Engineer) has been looking at texture thrashing. He found what is eating texture memory and leads to textures cycling through rendering to full load sharp images then going blurry and apparently reloading and getting sharp again only to repeat.

House Triggering Texture Thrashing in some video cards.

House Triggering Texture Thrashing in some video cards.

While it was not immediately obvious the addition of CHUI and its addition of avatar icons to the chat discussions seems to be the trigger for the current texture thrashing. These images are loaded into the viewer as UI textures. There are a ton of these textures used for chat, group chat, and friends lists. These chat textures consume memory. Continue reading

RLV & Kokua 3.7.24

Kokua has a new version of their viewer out. This version changes from RLVa to RLV. So, what does that mean? Basically, just that you need to do a clean install. The RLVa settings need to be removed and the RLV settings installed. Installing over the previous version won’t clear the RLVa settings, thus the clean install is needed.

RLVa and RLV are similar. Both add to the viewer the ability to have in-world Linden Scripting Language (LSL) scripts control the viewer. To some lesser extent the new Linden Experience Tools serve a similar purpose.  Continue reading

SL Viewer Updates

Today I logged in to check out a Fab Free sale. There are some great nails on sale at  Nail Me (SLURL).

I had the typical message that an update had been downloaded and the viewer needed to do an install of version 3.7.24 (297623). I decided now was the time. So, I OK’d the update now option. The viewer didn’t log me out. It closed and started the update. But, when I tried to relog I had to wait while the SL system realized I had left, logged me out, and then let me log back in. I would have been really annoyed if I has been in a hurry to get some place. Continue reading

Second Life News 2014-51


The main channel will get a rollout Tuesday. This is a maintenance package that includes:

  • Fixes BUG-7595 Allowed & Blocked experiences persist with parcel owner change after purchase or abandoning.
  • Fixes BUG-7036 Experience based scripts in attached child prims reference their operation by region position instead of root position like non-experience based scripts.
  • BUG-7048 llGetExperienceDetails() returns 4 for state and “operation not permitted” for state message while over mainland parcels that have the experience allowed.
  • BUG-6757 Different error code returned for an Experience that is not permitted to run on a parcel / region OR a user clicked No on the permission request dialog
  • Additional internal Experience Key fixes
  • To find experiences with all unicode names you have to leave the search field blank and page through all results

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