Viewer 2.0 gets Starlight & I tweak KLee’s sidebar

Not too long ago, Tom (T Linden) Hale passed a comment in one of the multitudinous Viewer 2.0 threads to the effect that the skin of the Viewer itself can’t really be that radically changed because it is too much a part of the of overall viewer (and had I the patience to wade through the blasted flog, but patience and the official flogs don’t seem to go hand-in-hand).

At the time he mentioned this – back when the “beta” had just started – the comment struck me as odd. The majority of the Viewer files are XML…the folder structure of Viewer 2.0 isn’t that different from 1.2x – so wher’s the problem? However, I’m also not a programmer, so what on Earth do I know?

Now, Hitomi Tiponi has issued “Starlight”, a new skin specifically for Viewer 2.0, and what is likely to be the first of many such efforts.

Starlight brings together several of the tweaks developed by Alexandrea Fride and others, and presents them in a skin design that – while keeping to the overall 80’s approach LL opted for with the Viewer – lightens the basic colour scheme up somewhat. Avi Arrow has further tweaked Hitomi’s design to make the Sidebar somewhat less intrusive  so it doesn’t block the top and bottom right HUD attachment points (or the mini-map, if you prefer having that open on the top right of the screen). I’m borrowing the following screen shot from Avi to demonstrate both Hitomi’s skin and the sidebar revision.

V2.0 “Starlight” Skin with Avi Arrow’s modified Sidebar (Credit: Avi Arrow)

Notice the additional buttons and other tweaks to the interface in the image above.

The Starlight skin can be downloaded here, and Hitomi provides full installation instructions for Windows, while Mac instructions and Avi’s sidebar mod can be found in the flog thread on the skin.

Elsehwere, KirstenLee Cinquetti continues to revise and improve her take on Viewer 2.0, and the latest – S20.12 removes the sidebar completely from the screen until such time as it is need. Instead, there is an additional button in the toolbar area, which opens a mini-selection bar when clicked, which can be used in turn to display elements of the sidebar in their usual place. It is not elegant – but it does reduce the intrusiveness of the sidebar considerably.

In a tip of the hat to Avi’s idea, I’ve further tweaked KirstenLee’s sidebar so that it no longer blocks access to the top / bottom right HUD attach points, both of which I use.

My revision to KLee’s Viewer 2.0 variant

To make the changes to the Sidebar’s appearance (Klee S20, v16 or lower):

  • Close the Viewer, if running.
  • Use a text editor (such as Notepad) to open main_view.xml contained in the skins\default\xui\en folder of your KLee Viewer installation)
  • Find the section commencing <!– side tray –>
  • Within the < panel block, change the following:
    • Height=”450″
    • Top=”195″
  • Save the changes.
  • Start the Viewer – your sidebar should now be suitably resized when opened.

Klee S20 v17 and later:

  • Close the Viewer, if running.
  • Use a text editor (such as Notepad) to open main_view.xml contained in the skins\default\xui\en folder of your KLee Viewer installation)
  • Find the section commencing: <!– side panel now scales to top n bottom KL –>
  • Within the < panel block, change the following:
    • Top=”195″
  • Save the changes.
  • Start the Viewer – your sidebar should now be suitably resized when opened.

2 thoughts on “Viewer 2.0 gets Starlight & I tweak KLee’s sidebar

  1. You are assuming the most of people needs a space around the inventory sidebar. We are in 2011, the 90% of the screens are 16:9 or 16:10 (=more width)
    The default LL Viewer 2 skin is great. The dark color improves the experience, because is less distracting and more “minimalistic”, perfectly matched to a web 2.0 and social networks design. And it has not been developed by hobbyists.
    I talk from a web designer point of view (because my RL work). I work and sell in SL and I need all the height lenght of the screen, that small size of sidebar is confusing and annoying when you have to manage folders full of items, because it forces you to scroll more, or to open a new inventory windows to get a greater one. And it’s called “SIDE”bar because, when you don’t need it, you can close it at the side. I love Kirstens Viewer features but really, this reduced sidebar is really USELESS.

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    1. Nope. I use 16:9 (19-in monitor). While things have improved since V2 first arrived, the sidebar still remains ill-considered and valueless when compared to floating windows. Moreso, in fact, thanks to the likes of Firestorm arriving.

      I’ve used Viewer 2, Klee’s and now Firestorm for over a year, and I still find the Sidebar deeply distracting whenever I am abruptly forced to use it (such as when performing a search). Everything else is torn-off and positioned where *I* want it, and sized to suit *my* needs.

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