Third Party Viewers Week 44

This is a brief round up of the Third Party Viewers for Second Life that I find interesting. Not in any particular order. The popular feature to be adding is: Restore to Last Position. I explain that in the section on RLV.

RLV 2.9.15 Update

Marine has updated the RLViewer she maintains. She is adding in the feature from Firestorm and Kokua: Restore to Last Position. This is a controversial feature the Lindens have omitted from the Linden made viewer. It apparently generates too many support calls.

What's that sound?

What’s that sound?
[Good facial expression]

The controversy centers around a problem the feature creates. Imagine you have a parcel in, say, Fishergate and it is in the northwest corner of the region. You build and rez stuff into that parcel. You then take them into inventory. You go to a different region, say Furball, and get a parcel in its south central area. When you use Restore to Last Position to rez those items they will poof away. You will most likely find them rezzed at the 0,0,0 point in the region. Continue reading

Alchemy Viewer 3.8.5

This week an Alchemy Viewer 3.8.5 update was released. The developers are busy will real life money making. So, updates are coming slowly. It has been almost 3 months since the last update. This update brings Alchemy to a level with the Linden 3.8.5 version.  The current Linden version is 3.8.6.

Alchemy 3.8.5 - Oct 2015

Alchemy 3.8.5 – Oct 2015

This means Alchemy has the 90+ fixes the Lab added with the promotion of the Maintenance RC Viewer. Plus Alchemy fixes. But, it will still lack the new Notifications Handling released in Linden version 3.8.6. Continue reading

Alchemy Release 3.8.2

A new release of the Alchemy Viewer is out. The announcement is here: Alchemy Release 3.8.2.

Serenity At The Beach

Serenity At The Beach

The highlights of this version are:

  • OpenSimulator Support
  • Build tools improvements
  • Second Life 3.8.2 Base and library updates
  • Update to the Visual Studio 2015 toolchain for Windows
  • Support for up to 2 gigabytes of texture memory

New features:

  • Add a means of aligning materials to texture
  • Add Script Options from the Build>Scripts> menu to the right click>build> submenu
  • Hypergrid support/multigrid support
  • OpenSim Varregion support

There are some other improvements and bug fixes. Release Notes.

Second Life Icon Textures

You may remember that weeks ago a point came up about how the little profile icons used in chat are never flushed from viewer memory. The more people that enter chat the more memory is used and never released until the user logs off or memory is consumed and you crash.

Um certo cais

Um certo cais – A certain pier

As tiny as they are they have a larger impact than one would suspect. The profile image has to be download and is the source from which the tiny icon is made. It is, as I recall, it is the memory for both images that is not released.

Last Friday word in the Third Party Developers meeting is Cinder Roxley started writing a fix. I would guess that we’ll see one this year, but I have no idea what Cinder’s schedule is like – which you should read as I have no real basis I can point to for that guess. I expect the fix would be tested in the Alchemy viewer before appearing in any other viewer.

For most, all this means is another memory leak is getting fixed and we will crash less often.

Second Life Viewers Week 35

From the Third Party Developers’ meeting last Friday we got some news. Not much from the Linden side. I am often wondering if there is really so little for them to talk about in regard to Second Life™ or if the community is wearing them down and they are talking less as a defense. We have been down that road before.

Fantasy uprising

Fantasy uprising

Viewers

RC Second Life Project Oculus Rift Viewer version 3.7.18.295296 – This view is often left behind. Oz describes it as being ‘preempted’.  They have more important things to do and spend time on those rather than updating this version. I suspect few people are using this version as the Oculus type headsets it is designed for are not yet in retail release.  Continue reading

Second Life: Alchemy Viewer 3.8.0

A new release of the Alchemy Viewer is out, Alchemy Beta 3.8.0. This not new news… I’m just catching up. There is not much one can say about what is new in Alchemy as they aren’t telling, deciding to let it be a surprise to users. Right.

Ladies of Summerfest '15

Ladies of Summerfest ’15 by Kaelyn Alecto, on Flickr

The release notes read:

  1. Up to date with Second Life 3.7.30
  2. Included Experience Tools Project
  3. Lots of other new sh!ts

But, there are a number of Alchemy changes if you scroll down. One interesting one is the ability to export a group membership list to a CSV file. That could be useful. Exporting ban lists for use in other groups might be more useful. Also, added to the inventory panel filters is an option to filter LINKs, the basic entry used in the Outfits folder. Third party viewers allow LINKs to be created outside the Outfits folder. So, I can see a need to search for LINKs.

Second Life: Free Language Translator

If you use a translator in Second Life, you know recent changes at Google have caused several models of translators to fail. You also know that since 2012 the viewer’s built-in translator cannot be connected to the Bing or Google translation services as originally planned by the Lab. Viewer translation is essentially broken. We have to use an add-on.

JUSTICE COURTESY OF (wear)*katat0nik* (melon) Heart War Hammer Click to resize RARE

JUSTICE COURTESY OF (wear)*katat0nik* (melon) Heart War Hammer Click to resize RARE by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓, on Flickr

Following this blog you’ve seen the recent previous articles. (See: Second Life: Metanomics Translator Failing.) Continue reading