Viewer release summary 2012: week 14

This is a weekly summary of changes to all SL Viewers / clients of which I’m aware and which are in popular use across the grid / listed in the TPVD. Detailed links to said Viewers / clients can be found in my Viewer Round-up Page. The links supplied in this summary are either to change logs or to reviews within this blog.

Updates for week ending: 8 April, 2012

Slightly late this week, due to Easter.

There were several changes last week, some of which fell just after publishing the Week 13 round-up. Changes are always reflected in the Round-up page as soon as I learn about them, so always best to follow the links to that page for the most up-to-date news.

  • The SL Beta and Development Viewers rolled out updated versions shortly after the last update, moving to  3.3.1.252229 and 3.3.2.252822 respectively
  • The Pathfinding Beta Viewer moved to release 3.3.2.252475
  • Dolphin saw a further release, 3.3.2.23722, which primarily comprised updates to the Build floater, with clean-up to Preferences and improvements to ID3 info on Linux
  • The Kokua team released an experimental version of their Viewer for the Mac
  • Niran’s Viewer saw a Preview release of version 1.33
  • Zen Viewer rolled to version 3.3.2.6, the release technical being this week, but as this summary is running late, it’s listed here as well
  • Cool VL Viewer rolled out 1.26.4.7 (.7b in the case of Linux due to repackaging). This release saw the port of the Merchant Outbox support
  • I received word via Twitter that the Astra Viewer is likely to be making a return to SL; as and when this happens, it will be added to this list.

Cool VL Viewer gets Merchant Outbox

The Cool VL viewer becomes the first V1-style SL Viewer to gain the Merchant Outbox for Direct Delivery. The new capability comes with release 1.26.4.7 (.7b for Linux due to a repackaging issue), released on April 5th.

The implementation is slightly different to Outbox support found on V3-based Viewers, as the notes accompanying the release specify. In particular:

  • There is no support for the Beta grid (Aditi) or the Beta Marketplace
  • The Outbox is implemented as a folder within Inventory, rather than as a separate floater
  • There is (currently?) no right-click->Copy to Merchant Outbox capability for items / folders, as seen in V3-based Viewers with Outbox functionality.
Coll VL Viewer: Merchant Outbox folder

To use the Outbox, simply drag and drop folders / items to be transferred to your SL Marketplace store to the Merchant Outbox folder. Or if you prefer, COPY and PASTE them.

  • If you are dragging one or more folders, a copy of each folder will be made in the Outbox folder with the same name as the original
  • If you are copying one or more objects into the Outbox folder, each object will be placed in a folder bearing the object’s name (same functionality as V3-based Merchant Outboxes)
  • To send items to the Marketplace, right-click on the Outbox folder and select SEND TO MARKETPLACE. A pop-up will be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the Viewer window upon successfully transfer (and will also note any issues encountered).

As is to be expected, all other constraints (number of items, nested folder levels, etc.) are the same within Cool Viewer and for other Outbox-capable Viewers (as these are LL-imposed contraints).

In testing the capability, I found it functioned smoothly and without any incident: all items dropped into the Outbox folder arrived safely (and suitably “foldered” themselves, where required), and the upload handled multiple items and nested folders without incident.

If there are merchants who have been waiting for a V1-style Viewer to implement Merchant Outbox support prior to committing themselves to Direct Delivery (and allowing for current Marketplace issues), then Cool VL Viewer now provides the answer.