Monday, May 20, 2013

SecondLife : A Brief Look At Recent Advancement's In The 3rd Party Viewer Stable

By Avatar JayR Cela

    This past week or two saw some interesting event's taking place in the world of  TPV's available for SL.

    The Catznip Viewer integrated a new set of font's for their UI geared towards helping out people with Dyslexia, which I think is a wonderful idea. Having dealt with this myself since I was a child, I am hoping this will soon become a standard feature for all SL viewers.

    The Cool Viewer just keeps plugging away, mostly squashing bugs in the base LL code. But this is typical for Henri anyways. This weeks experimental release includes a work-a-round for the Server Side non rezzing prim's after a TP problem, plugged some memory leakage issues, and is continuing to improve upon the Mesh Deformer code and the upcoming Materials Rendering feature.

    The Dolphin Viewer has no had no new release's since March 01

   The Exodus Viewer nothing new yet, but I think the next release will have a lot of major goodies for everyone once it does.

    The FireStorm Viewer  no new release, but for the past two weeks has really updated their Blog with a weekly, Frequently Asked Support Questions report, written very clearly in laymen's terms by Lette Ponnier, of the FS team, it is very well done and quite impressive. Wither you are a FS user or not, this is quite possibly the best thing I have seen happen in SL. I can't even begin to say enough good thing's about Lette's writing style and her ability to really drill down to the nitty gritty of things.

    The Kokua Viewer has a brand new version  out ( as of today May 20 ) a number of updated features and bug fixes, that I am sure a lot of  die hard Imprudence fans have been waiting for. It's nice to see them back and working on regular release's again. I hope to get some Open Sim exploring in soon so I'm planning on trying it out.

    The Nirans Viewer had two major announcement's last week, along with the usual rearrangement of various aspect's of the UI. #1 a renaming to The Black Dragon Viewer. #2 an announcement that he may be ending development sometime later this year.

    The Singularity Viewer nothing new to report here currently.

    The StarLight Skin as always continues to enhance the look's and general usability of the Stock and Beta official LL version's, plus a lot more. I have said this before and I will say it again. If you are a person that is happy with the official LL version, ya really owe it to yourself to try this out.

JayR Cela :_)

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