We have been waiting for this update. This is the one that adds Animesh. If you haven’t heard of Animesh… well, where have you been? This is the feature that allows us to animate mesh things. So, better horses and dogs…
Firestorm Viewer has had a beta version of their viewer out. It had the Animesh feature too. People often prefer not to update to a beta version. With ~75% of Second Life™ users running on Firestorm and a significant number not updating, Animesh has not been a thing in SL. Now we are likely to see it explode as new animated things begin to be released, animals, pets, babies, Non-Player characters (think Santa and store-bots), new machines…
Otherwise… Besides Animesh, we get a few fixes, about a half dozen I have never run into (see release notes). The ‘splayed hands’ problem has a fix. Some install parts of the viewer updated; all the Linden 6.0.1 fixes and additions, changes to the code playing sound, the code handling the images – Kakadu – was updated, and the OGG library that has to do with… audio compression of files, you know the sound files we upload versus voice.
Environment Project is progressing and nearing completion. Thursday Feb 14,
2019 Rider Linden updated us on where they were in development. (Ref) He is expecting the project to move
to RC status very soon™. It is now
available to test in its ‘project status’ in the Blue Steel and Le Tigre
channels of the main Second Life™ grid. So, it may be time to start playing
with the feature.
Also, with this feature comes a new item, EEP-Windlight
settings, that can be sold on the market place and traded among users. If you
have a talent for making sunsets, this may be your niche.
You can get a copy of the Enhanced Environment Project viewer in the Second Life™ Alternate
Viewers. As I write we are on version 188.8.131.524123 of this project viewer. It installs in its
own directory. So, it won’t break or affect any of your other installed
viewers. Updates to this viewer are mandatory. Meaning when a new version of
the Project or RC viewer is released you have to install the update to continue
NOTICE: If you click SLURLs to open your viewer and login into the SLURL’s region, installing any viewer will change which viewer Windows uses. Windows uses the last viewer installed. There are tools and tutorials that will help you tell Windows which viewer you prefer for those clicks. See SLURL Proxy.
The planned roll out to the main channel (leaving us running #19.01.25.523656) was canceled due to a bug in the logging. So, no restart to the main channel. Main channel regions got a restart last week.
The Deploy notice was posted Monday and revised Tuesday. So, if you are confused, it is because of late breaking changes.
Blue Steel and Le Tigre will update to #19.02.08.524296. This includes the EEP feature, which is to being installed in more regions fo broader testing.
The third-party Dev UG meeting was short and griefed. The
video is here. Pantera
Północy, the videographer, edited most of the griefing out. Annoying.
The main channel got an update, #19.01.25.523656. Has logging to gather baseline
information on simulator performance in various areas of interest and additional
internal logging. So, they are now getting data from the majority of the grid.
What To Wear
If you drive, fly, or sail now would be a good week to be active. Of course, Tuesday afternoon is a good day to drive, fly, or sail as the most regions have just been restarted.
There is no Deploys thread this week. From the
Server-Scripting UG we hear,
[12:05] Simon Linden: For server news, there wasn’t an update to the main channel today but tomorrow will see 3 different RCs [12:06] Simon Linden: We’ll have a new maintenance update in one channel [12:06] Simon Linden: Another that only has internal changes [12:07] Simon Linden: and _maybe_ an update for the EEP servers, but Rider is going after a bug that’s blocking that from moving forward [12:07] Joe Magarac (animats): The “time is stuck” bug? [12:07] Simon Linden: exactly Joe [12:07] Simon Linden: yeah that one is a show-stopper …. and he’s working on it right nowServer-Scripting Meeting
So, no roll to the main channels and 3 updates likely coming to the RC channels Wednesday.
Scheduled – We will be conducting scheduled
maintenance on our inventory system on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00 AM until
7:00 AM PST. During this time, some residents may experience difficulty rezzing items.
There is news. Everyone has been back to work long enough post-holiday
for things to be getting completed. So, changes are in progress. I am behind,
again. So, I’m just getting this converted from my notes to something readable.
We did get a Deploy post, appearing Tuesday afternoon.
The Rainforest Photo Contest, Entry # 2
The main channel
updates to version #19.01.09.523003. This version is listed as having logging
collecting data to build a baseline performance measure. Also, more internal
My empirical take is things have degraded. But, without some
objective measure that is only an opinion. As I started flying a complex Shergood
helicopter in July 2018 my perception of region reliability has likely changed.
But, my observation of what happens when crossing region boundaries is more
Using the Firestorm Viewer, I have the option to cross
regions in two ways. The default is to cross using the basic viewer prediction
of what should happen for a smoother appearing crossing. The other is sort of
stop-action crossing. (Preferences->Move
& View->Movement->Movement at region crossing: Predict or Stop)
Seems many are excited about Brad & Oz Linden making comments about development of an app for iOS and probably Android. Inara has been writing about it at Modem World. And Hamlet picked up on that posting LINDEN LAB CONFIRMS.
Hamlet adds a bit of speculation. But, Inara makes the most speculative guesses about what the Lab is doing. She is knowledgeable and her guesses are those of a person well informed on and experienced in the subjects of Second Life and Linden Lab. I think they are reasonable.
I’ll add an additional twist. Consider. The people using and requesting mobile apps for SL are existing users. The current mobile apps provide a means for existing SL users to manage business tasks while on the move.