2012: a year in review – Part 1

It’s that time of year again, the closure of 12 months of ups and downs, ins and outs and numerous other goings-on in the so-called metaverse and the galaxy therein with call Second Life. As with previous years, that means it’s time for me to take a look back over the last 12 months as seen through the pages of this blog.

First up: January through June. For those interested in July through to December, Part 2 of this review can be found here.



The magnificence of 13,000 well-ordered prims
Koelner Dom (G) – a 13,000-prim reproduction of Koln Cathedral and one of my February destinations


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Viewer release summary 2012: week 51

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Viewer Round-up Page, a list of  all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware) and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy
  • By its nature, this summary will always be in arrears
  • The Viewer Round-up Page is updated as soon as I’m aware of any releases / changes to viewers & clients, and should be referred to for more up-to-date information as the week progresses
  • The Viewer Round-up Page also includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.  

Updates for the week ending: 23 December, 2012

  • SL Viewer updates:
      • Release version rolled to on December 18 – release notes
      • Beta version rolled to on December 20 – release notes
      • Development rolled to on December 21
      • The CHUI project viewer rolled to on December 22, which saw some updates to the CHUI UI and a move to the 3.4.3 viewer code (latest dev version now / Dec 24)
  • Dolphin rolled to on December 17 – core updates: primarily under-the-bonnet (/hood) fixes – release notes
  • Kokua rolled to 3.4.3.r2 on December 18
  • Zen Viewer rolled to on December 20 (mis-labelled “20 November” on release notes page) – core updates: Large Group Servies update; removal of mesh deformer; removal of AudioEngine log spam; fixed Web Profile floater not showing when web profiles check box selected in Grid Manager; removed “>” Character from localhost loginuri in Grid Manager.
  • Cool VL updates – three versions for the time being, all updated on December 21:
    • Stable version rolled to
    • Legacy version Legacy (v2.6 renderer) rolled to
    • Experimental version rolled to
    • Release notes
  • Phoenix officially reaches end-of-line on December 31st – read more here
  • Libretto – removed from round-up page due to website being unavailable and client removed from the SL Third-party Viewer Directory.

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