Kirstens: “And finally…”

The crowdfunder effort to keep Kirsten’s Viewer alive did not reach the required target of £25,000.

Kirstenlee (Lee Quick) posts a sad message today on the subject, confirming that the end of the road has now been reached, saying:

I will no longer have the time ( or inclination ) to develop any more, on January the 1st I start a new job, and will be busy looking after my nearest and dearest.

Given all they are facing, a move back to England, getting into a new home, Dawny’s health and the need for full-time work, one cannot help but extend both Lee and Sylvia (Dawny) love and best wishes.

It’s easy to dwell on what might have been in terms of the crowdfunding effort, and not to feel regret that Kirsten’s Viewer will not longer be under development. However, I’d like to remember some of what Kirsten’s gave us.

It may not have been my primary Viewer, but it was the one I always looked to when I wanted to take really good photos in SL – simply because it was so good, it made anything I took look good.

It was the first Viewer (indeed, the only Viewer for a long time) on which I could experience shadows in SL.

Kirsten’s goes V2

It was the first Viewer to demonstrate what Viewer 2 could have been and that the V2 UI could actually be made into something usable.

It was the first Viewer to give us DoF in a usable degree and the first hybrid TPV to bring us both mesh rendering and mesh uploads.

Kirsten’s and mesh

It remains the most comprehensive viewer made available for photography and machinima.

Kirsten’s goes 3D

It was the first – only, to date – Viewer that dared to go 3D.

To Kirsten and Dawny, and on a personal note, I hope that Second Life continues to bring you both fun, friendship and enjoyment throughout 2012, and I’d like to wish both Lee and Sylvia a happy and bright Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2012.

Thank you to both of you, and to everyone involved in Kirsten’s Viewer.