Second Life News 2018 w45 Election Day

Busy with RL last week and looks like this week. The Adobe updates that screwed things are not helping.

Costa Bella 4: Fountain

Costa Bella 4: Fountain

Servers

The main channel is getting an update to version #18.10.25.521081. This version is apparently the same as last week’s version 18.10.19.520868, but with some fixes to the logging. That version was all Internal Changes.

Blue Steel and Le Tigre will update to version #18.11.01.521328, listed as about Land impact/streaming costs

Magnum gets version #18.11.01.521329, with Logging improvements and land impact/streaming costs

From the Server-Scripting UG I hear the Snack Channel will get an EEP update. Continue reading

Second Life Bits 2018 w/40

Uploading Mesh – Beq Janus has an article on her blog explaining some of the esoteric aspects of understanding mesh uploading to Second Life™. See: Shedding light on Mesh uploading.

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🐼 718 🐼 Blueprint Event Uber Event

Beq is working on the Firestorm Viewer’s mesh upload panel. So, now is a good time to be providing her feedback and ideas you think would make the uploaded easier to use or understand.

The article also defines some of the terms in use in the uploader that you may have misunderstood. Some of those ‘the word means… Y but here we are using it to mean X’ type of things. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w39

Lots of interesting news and updates… I’ve combined information from the Third-Party Dev meeting and my regular Tuesday updates. There is normally about two working days between the Third-Party and Server-Scripting meetings. Not much changes in that time. So, I combined them.

Servers

No roll to the main channel. It will continue to run #18.09.04.519319.

The Forum Deploys post says the RC channel roll is to be determined. Rider Linden at the Server-Scripting UG says no RC packages are ready to roll out. We’ll find out Wednesday what actually happens.

Guardians

Guardians

He did however, provide a new server package update for EPP on the ADITI side.

He said, “It [EEP server update] will address some validations where FS had much larger ranges of values than the lab did.

I’ve dealt with a cloud speed issue that had annoyed me and I forgot to get in before we sent out the preview.

Oz Linden at the Friday Third-Party Dev UG announced they will be turning off the UDP Asset Fetch API’s in January. Most viewers no longer use them. But, there may be one or two that do… These API’s do not pass through the CDN servers so are slower and add more load to the region and asset servers.

Old viewers will likely break. Old as in like 4 years old. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w38

Servers

The main channel has updated to version #18.09.04.519319, labeled a change in logging.

The RC channels remain running the same version, #18.09.04.519319.

Simon Linden at the Sever-Scripting UG meeting said the RC roll is still undecided. That wasn’t noted in the Deploys thread. So…

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

I am not sure, but I think the operating system of the simulators and backend machines have been being updated. Some feel this may have affected various HTTP connections. Simon Linden says this update includes lots of low level updates and changes. So, it is possible.

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.1.8.518593, since week #34.

Second Life Animesh Viewer version 6.0.0.518949 – Last updated in week #35.

Second Life Bugsplat Viewer version 5.1.9.519462 – Last updated in week #37. Continue reading

Catznip Beta 12.1.1 vs Firestorm 5.1.7

I just noticed a post from a couple of months back on the difference between Catznip Viewer and Firestorm Viewer. Alyona Su provides a good comparison based on her experience. She switched and is now using Catznip as her primary viewer. Not my experience.

Catznip vs Firestorm September 2018 – FS on timer: 00:01:23 @ DD 256m

Those switching to Catznip experience it being faster and less crashy than Firestorm. Remember. Viewers are very sensitive to the computer they run on. What is crashy on one machine may not be on another. Viewer speed in FPS and render time is also sensitive to your hardware and connection. So, Catznip may crash more and be slower on your hardware. But, try it and know. Hopefully the chance is you’ll have good results. If not, well no one will make you use it.

The release of Catznip I last used was Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). Visiting the Catznip website you’ll find R12.0 is still the main release, Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). OR version 12.0.6.180160035. No update since then. Continue reading

Second Life ACI is SO Screwed…

This week has seen discussion on the ARC/ACI values and how broken they are. See the SL Forum thread: Rigged mesh LoD bug. I knew ARC/ACI weren’t all that accurate. But, I thought they were reasonable comparisons. I still believe once up on a time they were. But, in light of this new information I can’t prove that.

ARC = Avatar Render Cost
ACI = Avatar Complexity Index

Comparing ACI in LL, FS, and BD viewers

The purpose of ACI is to influence users and designers to buy and create more efficient mesh content. Something along the lines of Consumer Reports, but free and in your face.

A couple of things have happened that has not only changed ACI’s usefulness but distorted it and pushed us away from its goal. Possibly even making it counterproductive Continue reading

Second Life News from Third-Party Dev UG 2018 w#34

By meeting time, the Voice RC viewer had promoted to the main viewer, 5.1.8.518593. They have already found one new bug. Still, voice should be better on this version.

The RC version of the Animesh was waiting for a merge with voice, but, in the meeting, Kyle Linden told us it had passed Q&A and should be up on the Alternate Viewers page by the time you read this.

Let me tell you the story ♫♫

Let me tell you the story ♫♫

So, you may see some frozen characters scooting around the grid, which is what you see when you do not have an Animesh viewer and look at Animesh.

The Love Me Render RC viewer needs to update with voice. We’ll likely see that this week, 35.

Next week another Maintenance RC viewer w/bug fixes should pop up on the page. Continue reading

Firestorm Fundraiser

The Firestorm Team provides the most popular viewer in Second Life™. They provide a new user area training people new to SL. They provide and maintain a JIRA, website, and wiki. There is a cost for all of these things.

Firestorm Logo

About 2-years ago they ran a fundraiser and have been paying for stuff from that effort. Now those funds are running low. It is time for a new fundraiser. See the article Gacha! A Firestorm Fund Raiser!

The Gacha event is happening at the Firestorm Sandbox. You can make a donation in the marketplace and you can pick up a Firestorm Jacket while you are there.

Or… you can make donations directly to Kio Feila in-world.

These funds go toward paying expenses. All labor is from volunteers.

Help out.