Monday 4/20 the Lab released Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP). (Ref)
The Monday before (4/13) the Lab released Name Changes. (Ref)
In 2010 the Lab took away user selected last names. Now they are bringing them back for Premium members willing to pay US$39.99 (or L$10,140). All the details can be found by clicking Ref above. There is a FAQ linked to from the article. It will answer most of the questions about names and what you can change and how often.
Inara has prepared a tutorial on EEP. You’ll find it here, EEP Tutorial.
The Second Life Environmental Enhancement Project (aka EEP) has taken way longer than anyone at Linden Lab thought. I suspect the reason for that is the old render engine. It is an ancient (in computer time) engine and the original programmers long ago moved on.
Some problems encountered in the project lead the Lindens to bring in some specialists. They have been working on resolving some complex problems. About a month ago, I’m not following viewer development as closely as I used to and my sense of time frames is shaky, the number of problems fixed exceeded the number being reported. So, we are likely to see EEP release soon, probably in April. I’ve missed my guesses a few times now… Lindens are more optimistic.
I am more optimistic because Whirly Fizzle hasn’t found any EEP bugs recently.
There was lots of detailed information in the third-party dev UG meeting last week. We got a bunch of information on what is happening with a couple of problems. Currently, disconnects and detachments are front lines.
From ‘How Does Your Avatar Look Today?’ 4/2019 – Click
The main channel rolls to #19.03.15.525315. This is the OS upgrade. It includes the EEP support.
The RC channels Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum will be the first version with UDP asset fetching disabled or removed. See the Tools & Tech section of the SL blog Obsolete Asset Fetch Disabled for more details.
The UDP change will mean older viewers using UDP asset fetching will stop working correctly. Avatars are likely to not render or render as Ruth/Roth. Sooner or later you will have to update…
The RC channels will have a change that is hoped will help with the disconnect problems people are experiencing, which seems to have started in December or January. Some think EEP is causing the disconnects. EEP is coincidental with the disconnects. The current analysis of the problem suggests it is in the TCP communication between the viewers and servers.
In the March 29, Third-Party Dev UG meeting Oz talks about the problem and why it took the Lindens so long to notice. Video Basically, the problem is not showing in the performance stats the Lindens watch.
The disconnects seem to fall into groups, those occurring during a teleport and those that are periodic (disconnect every so many minutes). People trying to chase the problem down are having problems reproducing the disconnect. They have the problem rated as #1 & #2 and have lots of people on it full time plus a QA team of remote users, meaning far from the Lab distance-wise.
There are rumors about different things one can do to stop the disconnects, change the WL/EEP sky, cancel a TP mid-teleport (cancel, open World Map – find destination region – wait for it to come up and you pop in), and others. For others the key is location, Blake Sea is a problem and Heterocera is not a problem. Continue reading →
In week 13 there was a third-party viewer UG meeting. A significant part of the meeting was spent discussing the EEP – Enhanced Environment Project (EEP).
The EEP Viewer is in RC and has been for several days. It is the big push in the viewer pipeline. Vir Linen thinks the Love Me Render viewer is the likely next candidate to be promoted. But, EEP should be ready to release in 2 to 3 weeks… Firestorm thinks they will be 2 to 3 weeks behind that. I think 5 or 6 weeks behind, but I’ll be happy to be wrong.
EEP Editing Problems – 4/2019
As soon as EEP releases the Lab will move on to EEP2. Some of the things people want in EEP are being put into EEP2 to allow EEP to release sooner.
EEP is causing the current black stars and changes in the appearance of some Windlight (WL) environments. So, lots of complaining going on. I’ve turned off ‘Use Region Default’ on my Firestorm viewer. You do that in Preferences->Firestorm->Windlight->Automatically change environments… (uncheck). I can still control whether WL is using the region-default WL or not with the Photo Tools controls. Continue reading →
Simon Linden is busy investigating the problems causing a disruption in service last Saturday. So, no new news on Animash. We do have news on EEP.
All the news is in the first few minutes. The rest is discussion.
You may notice the difference in panning between this video and the previous video. I’m not totally sure it is just this version of Firestorm. For now I suspect the viewer update is the reason for the improvement.
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 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.
Interesting news came out of the CCUG meeting today. There is word on Firestorm’s release.
Here is the video of the meeting. I missed the first couple of minutes.
Word on Firestorm is at the start of the video. Beq Janus gave us an update in chat on where Firestorm is. Their Beta testing has moved to the larger group of Firestorm testers named the Preview Group. Next, it will go to public Beta before Christmas and the final release is expected for early January 2019.
In another article I pointed you toward Beq’s article on the changes to the Mesh Uploader in this next release of Firestorm. Continue reading →