Viewer release summary 2013: week 4

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: 27 January, 2013

The major news for the week is that the Zen viewer has officially ceased development and has been delisted from the SL Third-party viewer directory at the developer’s request and all repositories removed from public access. The reason for this is unknown at the time of going to print with this summary.

  • SL Viewer updates:
      • Development rolled to on January 22nd, then on January 25th
      • CHUI development viewer rolled to on January 25
  • Dolphin rolled to on January 24th – core updates: cursor now displays in the correct position on the input line of the Places floater; moving, animated linksets will not leave phantom prims behind (LL breakage); llLoadURL no longer includes a “?” when sending URL to a browser (VWR-17689); source up-to-date with latest LL development viewer code – release notes
  • Kokua issues an experimental CHUI viewer (3.4.4) on January 24, with dedicated repository 
  • Niran’s Viewer updated to version 2.0.8 on January 22nd – assorted UI updates (About floater and fog settings, updates to playing local sounds); revised animations speed to control speed of all animations sseen through the viewer; improvements to custom always-on mouse steering mode; XML files clean-up  – release notes
  • Cool VL updates – three versions for the time being, all updated on January 26th:
    • Stable version rolled to
    • Legacy version Legacy (v2.6 renderer) rolled to
    • Experimental version rolled to
    • Release notes
  • Phoenix officially reached end-of-line for SL on December 31st – read more here
  • Zen viewer was withdrawn from the SL TPV directory and all repositories shutdown on January 27th, 2013.

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