Viewer release summary 2013: week 7

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: 17 February, 2013

  • SL Viewer updates:
      • Current release version updated to on February 14th –  release notes
      • Development viewer updated to on February 14th
      • CHUI development viewer reached release on February 18th
      • Sunshine (server-side baking project) project viewer updated to on February 14th – wiki page
  • Cool VL updated on the 9th of February and again on the 16th to arrve at:
    • Stable version:
    • Legacy version (v2.6 renderer):
    • Experimental version:
    • Release notes
  • Lumiya released version 2.4.3 on February 16th – core updates: flexiprim support; teleport to selected avatar; improved notification settings; corrected attachment positions on avatars  –  release notes
  • Metabolt updated to (Beta) – February 17th – core updates:creator UUID now displayed for objects in Object Manager; radar now displays all avatars in the region; upgraded to the latest version of libopenmv; optimisations and bug fixes – release notes

Discontinued Viewers

  • 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  • Zen viewer was withdrawn from the SL TPV directory and all repositories shutdown on January 27th, 2013.

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5 thoughts on “Viewer release summary 2013: week 7

  1. Trying to find out what upgrades I will need for my computer to bring up to date for future Pheonix Firestorm useage per LL changes; I have Intel(R) Core (TM) 2; 2 Quad PC; Q 6700@ 2.66 GHZ mrmory 6.00 GB. What do I need to meet server change requirements??


    1. You shouldn’t need to update your computer for upcoming server-side changes (such as Server-side baking).

      Materials processing may present a challenge for your graphics card (depending on what you have). Right now, and by way of comparison, my PC’s specs are:

      CPU: Intel Q6600 Quad core, @ 2.4GHz
      * Memory: 3GB DDR2 (PC2-5300) 333MHz
      * OS: Windows 7 SP1 32-bit
      * Video: nVidia GE9800GT 1GB

      So I’m actually running the “little brother” to your CPU. With this set-up, I can run Second Life pretty well in most circumstances – well enough to be able to run with deferred mode (Lighting & Shadows, soon to become Advanced Lighting Model) active and in relative comfort (although it can struggle at times with deferred on and shadows active. How well this machine handles materials processing remains to be seen.

      If you are in a position where you are looking to upgrade anyway, my advice would be to go for something like a i5-based machine with a reasonable amount of RAM (say 8GB) and as high a range GPU as you can afford (ge650 / Ge660, say) again with a reasonable amount of onboard memory (say 2GB).


        1. Hi, Deny.

          I assume you’re most likely using a machine running Windows if you’re on a Mac or Linux machine, I’m afraid I can’t help.

          If you go to the START menu, then right click on COMPUTER (might be MY Computer) and select PROPERTIES from the menu. This should display a screen listing your operating system version & service packs installed, and then your VPU, RAM and OS type (32 or 64 bit).

          Top left of this panel is an option labelled DEVICE MANAGER. Click on this to open the DEvice Manager window.

          Locate the item labelled DISPLAY ADAPTOR in the list and click on the little arrow icon to the left of it – this will display your graphics card make and model, but not total memory.

          Hope this helps.


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