Second Life Viewers are making the news this week. As Linden Lab roll-out the Windlight Project Viewer and Viewer 2.7.1 with “real time” shadows, Jessica and the team over at Phoenix Firestorm roll out a Beta version of their offering.
Firestorm has been around in a couple of pre-release versions for a while, both of which I’ve looked at here in the past. I have to say that overall, it’s been a magnificent addition to TPVs even while still a work-in-progress; currently my only complaint is that it isn’t as faster, fps-wise as either Kirstenlee’s S21 and LL’s own viewer 2.
The Beta release moves Firestorm closer to prime time, and includes many features users have been requesting, making it something of a true hybrid – Viewer 2 functionality with the capability to use Viewer 1 facilities such as pie menus. Here’s a bullet-point outline of some of what to expect with it:
- The option to switch between Viewer 1 pie menus (default) and Viewer 2 context menus
- A resizable chat bar in the bottom toolbar area
- Radar (still embedded in the People tab of the Sidebar by default) gets:
- A minimap option
- Most of the features of the Phoenix radar
- Additional options
- The ability to undock it from the People tab and have in displayed in its own window
- Client-side AO with improved functionality
- Massively-improved Bridge capabilities and security
- Keyword alerts
- Shared Windlight settings
- Everything currently in the pre-releases.
You can download the Beta from here.
A video has also been produced, featuring Jessica herself, to support the release: