Viewer release summary 2012: week 16

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: 22 April, 2012

  • The SL Beta Viewer rolled to and Development Viewer rolled to, which includes the new local textures viewer (textures can be used in builds, but will only be visible to you; other users will see them greyed-out) – both released on the 17th April
  • Dolphin reached a jumbo number,, code-named “Armageddon”, which includes Linden Lab’s “local textures” solution integrated into it, replacing the code common to most TPVs (note this doesn’t replace the “temporary upload” option within the image upload floater), together with the single AO “button in a button” solution that has been appearing across V3.2 TPVs over the last few months. Lance explains the “Armageddon” code name in terms of a video clip, which kind-of has a link back to “747”…
  • Niran V Dean has rectified recent computer issues, making a 2nd PREVIEW release of version 1.33 of Niran’s Viewer. This includes a hosts of tweaks, a number of very cool additions (including two excellent camera presets and make a large number of fixes, include implementation of assorted STORM JIRA. I’ll be reviewing the full release of 1.33 in-depth in the near future
  • Zen Viewer passed rapidly through version, and reach with various fixes and tweaks in both
  • Cool VL Viewer rolled out Among the changes made are a number of LSL support updates and a fix to the Linux version to prevent the Viewer crashing when uploading rigged meshes

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5 thoughts on “Viewer release summary 2012: week 16

  1. As Exodus ages, I am really liking Zen’s stability. If only it had the easy control for time of day and other Windlight tweaks like Phoenix did.



    1. I’ve actually dropped the Exodus team a line on things; not had a reply so far. Will have a nudge and see if I can find out what is happening (although am aware that RL is having an impact on at least some of the work).


  2. Has stopped using Nirans and Exodus. Firestorm is my go to viewer. Nirans does not allow my pc to shoot at ultra, Exodus did but they have not updated the viewer since before Christmas I don’t think. I miss Kirstins Viewer! Nirans was good but no longer usable for my pc.


    1. I’m still using Exodus for a lot of my photography, due to the ease-of-use with the additional options palette. I also use Niran’s, as I’ve been fortunate in that the most recent releases do run considerably better on my hardware then earlier releases. Firestorm is certainly coming along, but I do still find Exodus has the edge in terms of overall quality when using shadows, and Niran’s is still several blocks ahead overall.


      1. My Partner agrees with you on Nirans. He prefers Nirans for videos especially . He loves the over all ambiance he can get with it with very little effort. I could never get him to try Exodus!


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