Friday, November 28, 2014

Virtual World Client Software Developer ~ Kokua : Releases First Open Sim Specific Viewer

By Avatar JayR Cela

     The Kokua Viewer, a virtual world client software program has a new viewer being specifically developed for Open Sim and it's counterpart(s) VW Server projects. Although you can still use this new software fork to enter SecondLife, I'm not sure why you would want to.


    As stated in their Blog post announcing the new release, developer NickyP hint's that although based on the current Linden Lab SecondLife viewer 3.7.8.x, some features have been cherry picked while others specifically intended to compliment recent enhancements relative to new SL server features are intentionally being left out of the picture for this, and future releases.

    I had a chance to briefly take Kokua 3.7.81.x for a test run, and although you will probably have to take a more indepth look around than myself to uncover any noticeable differences between it and it's SL intended counterpart 3.7.8.x I found it to work flawlessly for accessing a large number of preset Open Sim grid login location options, and with the supplied Grid Manager being extremely easy to use, adding additional grids for exploration is straight forward and simple, probably the best implementation I have seen yet.

    Another welcome feature I personally appreciate is the old keystroke macro Ctrl+Alt+F1 used in most all TPV's and the Labs own SL viewer to hide HUD's and the User Interface has been enhanced with the additional choice of Ctrl+Shift+U instead. If you are a Linux user I am sure this one feature alone could be worth either making a switch in your choice of prefered client software, or at least giving it a test run for the money.

    Ctrl+Alt+F1 in the Linux world of Desktop Environment's ( GUI's  all versions ) is an exit key combo ( macro or key binding shortcut ) for leaving your Graphical User X-screen Interface behind, giving you a straight Full Screen Command Line terminal generally used for troubleshooting purposes. Ctrl+Alt+U as an option is very nice touch and long overdue improvement in my mind. There are other little extra things unique to this viewer making it a great choice for Open Sim exploration. Available for Linux, Mac and Windows, you can read more about it here and grab a download while your at it.

JayR Cela :_)


mary tharpe said...

Virtual World Client Software Developer is awesome and very interesting. thanks for useful post.
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JayR Cela said...

Hi there Mary

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and leave your comment, see you in the MetaVerse.

JayR Cela :_)