Yet more on Mesh

Various questions have been floating around, re: Mesh. In the hopes of providing clarification, here’s a couple of points of clarification:

TPV users will not be able to see Mesh objects.

  • Users of 1.23.5 / snowglobe-based viewers will likely not be able to view Mesh objects.
  • Users of Viewer 2.x-based TPVs will be able to view Mesh objects correctly.

TPV users will not be able to upload Mesh imports

  • Users of 1.23.5 / snowglobe-based viewers will not be able to upload Mesh objects
  • Users of Viewer 2.x-based TPVs might be able to upload Mesh objects, depending on whether Linden Lab agrees to release a “wrapper” that will make this possible.

It’s by no means certain that the second point above actually happen; Linden Lab appears keen to ring-fence the ability to upload Mesh within Viewer 2.x. However, those TPV developers developing Viewers based on the 2.x have requested a means by which they can provide the means for users to upload Mesh objects, and Linden Lab have apparently agreed to look into the matter and see what can be done, without necessarily lifting the fence on the code completely.

One thing that is clear is that if the ring fence remains firm, those wishing to see – as well as upload – Mesh objects will, at some point, find it necessary to make the move to a Viewer based on the Viewer 2.x code. Both the Imprudence and the Phoenix teams are already moving in this direction – with Jessica Lyon of the Phoenix team going so far as to state that the upcoming release of Phoenix will likely be the last major release to that particular code base, with future releases being restricted to bug fixes and the like, while the focus within the Phoenix team shifts more to the Firestorm (Viewer 2.x-based) Viewer project.