Viewer release summary 2013: week 34

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
  • 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: August 25th, 2013

Official LL Viewers

  • The current release viewer updated on August 20th to version 3.6.3.279564 – formerly the Maintenance Viewer RC (download, release notes)
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • None at present

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

  • Black Dragon updated on August 21st to version 2.3.0 and then August 23rd to version 2.3.1 – core updates: inclusion of materials viewer RC rendering updates (ALM underwater, etc ), UI tweaks and general fixes (release notes: 2.3.0 and 2.3.1)
  • Kokua updated on August 24th to version 3.6.3.29169 – core updates: parity with LL 3.6.3 code base; implementation of .DAE format object export (respecting the SL permissions system), plus assorted updates (release notes)
  • Restrained Love Viewer updated on August 24th to version 2.8.5.3 (all versions) – core update: on-the-fly “z-offset” height adjustment ported from Cool VL Viewer; Linux and Mac version also updated to 2.8.5.3 (release notes)
  • Cool VL updated on August 24th to:
  • Metabolt updated on August 24th to version 0.9.69.0  – core updates: SL crash reporting implemented; sim Stats indicate if the sim has SSA enabled or disabled; “Attachments” button added to Object manager window; “Detach”button added to Worn Attachments window; New Protection to protect against attacks via chat, script dialogues and URL offers (release notes). Additionally, the METAnomy plug-in was updated with an SSA-related fix.

Additional TPV Resources

Depreciated / Discontinued Viewers

  • Niran’s Viewer – discontinued as of version 2.2.0.2701 & superceded by Black Dragon
  • SLiteChat removed from listing; no updates since 2011, removed from TPV Directory & no response from developer
  • SL Second Life Beta viewer – depreciated as of version 3.6.2.278491, July 15, 2103
  • SL Development viewer – depreciated as of version 3.5.2.274629 April 24, 2013
  • Zen Viewer – discontinued by developer and no longer available, January 27th, 2013
  • Phoenix viewer – development and support ended on December 31st, 2012

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