Viewer release summaries 2014: week 20

Updates for the week ending: Sunday May 18th, 2014

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 Current Viewer Releases 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. This page 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
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information

Official LL Viewers

  • Current viewer release: update to version No change
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Maintenance RC viewer updated to version on May 12th – core updates: multiple fixes to Mac viewer; fixes in Recent tab, Chat, LSL editor, land management, etc; GPU table updates; crash fixes & performance improvements (download and release notes)
  • Project viewers:
    • No Updates

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers


  • Black Dragon updated to version on  May 16th – core updates: major UI changes; SL Share 2; new Snapshot floater design; Motion Blur is enabled by default (release notes)
  • CtrlAltStudio updated to version on May 12th – core updates: Xbox 360 controller support (release notes) – review


  • Cool VL viewer updated on May 17th, as follows: Stable: version; Legacy: version – core updates: please refer to the release notes (downloads)

Mobile / Other Clients

Additional TPV Resources

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Upcoming SVVR conference to be streamed in-world in SL


Update: The LEA blog post has been revised since this article was posted, and the following has been revised to suit.

The first Silicon Valley VR (SVVR) Conference and Expo will take place on Monday 19th May and Tuesday 20th May 2014, at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California.

The Computer history museum, CA (via the LEA blog)
The Computer history museum, CA (via the LEA blog)

The conference will bring together a host of experts in the VR and in virtual environments, including the likes of Palmer Luckey (Oculus VR), Philip Rosedale, Ebbe Altberg, David Holtz (Leap Motion), Ben Lang (Road to VR), Jan Goetgeluk (Virtuix) and many more – see the list of speakers and panelists on the conference website – as well as including exhibits and demos from some of the top names in the field.

For those unable to attend the event in person, the Linden Endowment for the Arts has announced that sessions will be streamed to the LEA Theatre, starting at 14:00 on Monday May 19th with Philip Rosedale’s presentation, and the Creating the VR Metaverse Panel also being streamed (see below).

Creating the VR Metaverse Panel

(l to r): Ebbe Altberg, Philip Rosedale, Stefano Corazza and Tony Parisi. Ready to answer questions on “Creating the VR Metaverse”.
(l to r): Ebbe Altberg, Philip Rosedale, Stefano Corazza and Tony Parisi. Ready to answer questions on “Creating the VR Metaverse”.

Tuesday May 20th will see a panel discussion take place on the topic of creating the VR metaverse. Occurring at 15:00 on the 20th, the discussion will feature Ebbe Altberg (Linden Lab), Philip Rosedale (High Fidelity), Stefano Corazza (Mixamo), Tony Parisi (Vizi), and will be moderated by Draxtor Despres. Together, the panel will be considering topics such as:

  • One global metaverse or many?
  • Identity and privacy
  • Virtual World Governance: democracies, the greek god model, or benevolent dictators
  • Intellectual property and legal jurisdictions
  • Avatar portability and standards

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put questions to the panel on these and other metaverse / VR-related subjects, and you can also potentially have your own question put to the panel. Simply add your question to the comments following THIS article (link), and if selected, Drax will put it forward during the course of the discussion.

SL11B Community Celebration: the deadline for applications approaches!

Midday SLT on Tuesday May 20th marks the closing of applications for all aspects of participation in the SL11B Community Celebration.

If you want to be a part of things, be it as an exhibitor, performer, volunteer or as the host of an event or activity in the SL11BCC auditorium, and you’ve not already submitted your application, now is the time to do so. You can find the relevant forms on-line as follows:

  • Performers (for any of the event’s main stages) should apply here
  • Speakers and performance artists wishing to use the auditorium should apply here
  • Volunteers ready, will and able to help keep SL11BCC ticking along should apply here (training will be given!)
  • Exhibitors seeking a parcel of land on one of the 11 regions should apply here.

Pallina60 Loon offers a few words of advice and encouragement to all who are thinking about applying in any capacity.

Similarly, if you have any questions about participating in the event, you’ll likely find your answers in the SL11B Community Celebration website.

With applications set to close at midday SLT on Tuesday May 20th, here’s how the rest of the celebration’s timeline shapes up (all times, SLT):

  • Friday, May 30th, noon: Sims open for builders
  • Wednesday, June 18th, noon: Sims close to builders
  • Saturday, June 21st, noon: Press day
  • Sunday, June 22nd, noon SLT: SL11BCC opens!
  • Monday, June 23rd: Second Life’s Official 11th Birthday!
  • Sunday, June 29th: final day of celebrations
  • Monday, June 30th to Saturday, July 5th: Sims will remain open for viewing. No performances.
  • Sunday, July 6th to Tuesday, July 8th: Breakdown
  • Wednesday, July 9th: Sims go offline
A sneak peek at Pygar Bu’s SL11BCC auditorium build (by Vivena Resident)

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