Emerald released version 188.8.131.521 in a normal and optimized version today.The downloads have been temporarily taken down. The new install was breaking voice. If you broke yours, install the voice pack from the previous install (950). They are fixing it and downloads will be back ‘soon’. UPDATE: New files went up about midnight SLT.
The viewer has a User Interface (UI) that is a bit different than other viewers. Expect to take some time to get used to it.
Imprudence has added chat with vertical tabs, which I love. This change puts the tabs on the left side rather than bottom of the chat dialog. You can see many more tabs. It makes it much easier to keep up with ongoing IM’s. They don’t get scrolled off so easily.
On November 18 a new release of the Snowglobe Viewer came out, 1-2-4-3007. On November 23 a new version of the bleeding edge beta Snowglobe Viewer was released, 184.108.40.20608. You can find the download links on this Second Life wiki page.
WARNING: Often new viewers crash more often than the previous version, not always. But often enough that one wants to keep a copy of the previous viewer in case one needs to rollback. Windows users can create a System Restore Point before installing a new viewer version for easy rollback. Linden Lab has a blog post on what to do if one keeps crashing. See: Keep Crashing
KirstenLee has updated her site with news of an updated viewer, (214).
This viewer gets better and better. I use it for most of my photos in SL now. I have not had time to use this one yet. I plan to use it this weekend. More later.
A new version 1101 was released Wednesday. See: Emerald Viewer Review – Update
12/3/09: I’ve added an index to all the Emerald Viewer Reviews. See: Emerald Viewer Review Index
The 1.23.5 (950) version has been released to handle the new LL updates. Greenlife Emerald Downloads 950
Second Life Blog Thread: Female Avatar complete. End of “bouncing-Prim-Business”?
Emerald Impostures Warning: [Emerald] Imposters!
11/6/09 – Emerald License Violations – Emerald goes after abusers
12/2/09 – Second Life Inventory Loss & Recovery
Linden Lab 3rd Party Viewer registration coming: Discussion: Third Party Viewer Policy
Massively covering the issue: Linden Lab to alter third-party Second Life viewer policies
10/24/09 – Modular Systems Response: [Emerald] Regarding ‘Third Party Viewer Policy Changes’
10/21/09 – JIRA Report: Import “Breast Physics” feature from Emerald Viewer – This is about having the feature added tot he standard Second Life Viewer.
11/23/09 – Speed Rezzer for Emerald Review
You may need to click MORE before these links will work.
10/21/09 – Added Vertical IM or Chat Tabs info.
10/21/09 – Added CryoLife Detection + 10/26/09
10/21/09 – Added Emerald Viewer Manual
10/23/09 – Added Emerald Attachment Points
10/24/09 – Added WARNING: Emerald Losing Shapes
This week Modular Systems released version 1.23.4 (904). This version has lots of new features. One the guys will like is bouncy boobies. One everyone will appreciate is the client-side-AO. Read on. (Continued from GreenLife Emerald Viewer Review)
AO’s or Animation Overrides are typically prims with animations and a control list that attaches to the viewer window as a HUD (heads up display). They control the walking, running, setting, jumping and other animations by overriding the default animations. The AO’s contain little computer programs (scripts) to run the animations. The scripts add to the sim server load. Now the Emerald team has added a client side AO. Skills Hak added this feature. Running the script client side means less load on sim servers and frees up a HUD slot. Plus it expands the number of animations you can load. Scripts in SL have a size limit. Plus Linden Lab (LL) is considering limiting scripts in some way like they limit prims (think tier).
This is a Second Life photographer’s dream viewer. I don’t use it for everyday use. But it is fast and has great visual features. As KirstenLee is changing things faster than most other viewer makers so this may be the least stable of the alternate Second Life® viewers. Others claim it is the most stable and needs the least CPU power. That just has not been my experience. Still, if you want that great shot of an area or model looking so sexy, this is your viewer.
Gwyneth Llewelyn wrote about viewers in June and felt the S-17 (198) viewer was simply great. See Pushing the Limits.
I did try it in a combat sim. Server lag, automatic weapons fire and all… it did pretty good. No locks ups and the FPS stayed over 10, which is great for a combat sim.
October 12, 2009 – Another Beta version has been released. See Imprudence 1.2 Beta 2 Viewer Review here for a link to more information.
A new Beta version 1.2 is of the Imprudence viewer is out. New World Notes has a good review of Beta version.
Original Imprudence Review
I have been hearing about this viewer. I decided to try it out in my ongoing quest for the best Second Life viewer. While looking for information I came across Gwyneth Llewelyn’s review of Imprudence (11m/25d/09y). It is an interesting read and covers much of the philosophy of the Imprudence developers, of which the sort summary is, they are developing a viewer for Second Life Power Users. Ok… sounds cool.
The Imprudence Viewer release notes tell one what is new and what is still a ‘known’ problem. I’ll give you the short version here.