Thursday December 12th saw the Kokua team release version 18.104.22.168743 of the viewer. This appears to be a fairly contained update, focused on updating the viewer with the recent SL viewer 3.6.11 GPU Table updates and the 3.6.12 NameUpdater changes. Neither of these involved functional changes to the viewer from LL’s side, but do bring Kokua to parity with the current SL 3.6.12 code base.
In addition, the short-form release notes highlight the following updates from the Kokua team:
- UI enhancements by Jessica Wabbit.
- UK-english dictionary added to the spelling checker
- Removal of packaged PCRE libraries from Linux 64-bit builds as they caused web kit to fail to load on newer Debian based distributions.
The release notes also point out that when the viewer is started for the first time following installation, there will be a notice and link to check graphics drive availability. The Kokua team urge caution if the option is taken to update drivers, as system breakages have resulted in the past. They also point out that the notice is a recommendation to check for updated drivers, not a requirement to update.
- Kokua 3.6.12 blog post
- Kokua 3.6.12 change log (download)
- Kokua 3.6.12 downloads (SourceForge and BitBucket)
- Kokua coverage in this blog (news and reviews)
CtrlAltStudio and UKanDo
The CtrlAltStudio and UKanDo TPVs have both undergone self-certification and have been added to the Third-party Viewer Directory (TPVD).
The associated wiki page for CtrlAltStudio describes the viewer as :
The CtrlAltStudio Viewer has been set up in order to try out and share a number of ideas, the first being stereoscopic 3D display and some initial Oculus Rift support . It is based on the Firestorm Viewer which it tracks closely while adding particular features.
The associated wiki page for UKanDo describes the viewer as:
UKanDo gives a whole new perspective in Second life by using a camera placement adopted by the vast majority of third person video games.
Also includes RLV along with plenty of other useful tools. It won’t have all the gadgets/gizmos a lot of the bigger viewers have, the aim is to keep it as lite as possible with only the fixes, gadgets and gizmos we need to keep the Viewer stable and up-to-date! The Avatar happy! And to aid with building!
(Please note that descriptions are supplied by the viewer developers, not Linden Lab.)
Congratulations to both viewers, both of which I’ve been following in these pages. You can catch-up with them as follows: