Viewer round-up summary: week 14

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: April 7th, 2013

Discontinued Viewers

  • Phoenix – Development and support officially ended December 31st, 2012
  • Zen – Development and support officially ended January 27th, 2013.

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Materials project viewer released

Update: subsequent to this article being published, the Lab issued their own blog post on the new project viewer.

Linden Lab released a project viewer for materials processing on Monday April 8th, to go with the server-side support already released.


Materials Processing video demonstration

This is very much an “alpha” status viewer, and as such comes with a series of caveats, including:

  • The viewer is still very fragile
  • It is still subject to change in various ways
  • It should not be used on content you care about – particularly if said content is MODIFY / NO COPY.

As Oz Linden wryly commented at the Open-source Dev meeting where the release was announced, “Regular attendees may notice some small changes in my raft…. I had to reconstruct it because I messed it up playing with this viewer (mostly my fault).” So, if you plan to download and play with the viewer, be warned!

For information on the materials project, please read my overview.

The download itself is available on the Lab’s Alternate Viewers wiki page.

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