Viewer release summaries: week 42

Updates for the week ending: Sunday October 19th, 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 Release version 3.7.16.294959 – no change
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
      • Browser Fix RC viewer version 3.7.18.295539 released on October 17th – core updates – SSL 3.0 removal from internal browser due to the POODLE vulnerability (download and release notes)
      • HTTP Pipelining RC viewer version 3.7.18.295372 released on October 15th – core updates: Pipelined HTTP Operations for Mesh and Texture Fetches; Inventory Fetch Improvements  (download and release notes)
      • Maintenance RC viewer version 3.7.17.294943 – withdrawn from the release channel due to significant issues and a range of attachment bugs which affect it (see my week 41 update from the TPV developer meeting, under “AIS v3 Issues”)
  • Project viewers:
    • Oculus Rift project viewer updated to version 3.7.18.295296 on October 13th – core updates: Oculus Rift DK2 support (download and release notes)

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V3-style

  • No updates.

V1-style

  • Cool Viewer Stable Branch updated to version 1.26.12.21 and Cool Viewer Legacy Branch updated to version 1.26.8.79, both on October 18th – core updates: please refer to the release notes.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

Additional TPV Resources

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MSABC: get ready to walk against breast cancer

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL  (MSABC) team have announced the next major event in this year’s calendar of activities: the first MSABC Walk.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 26th, the MSABC Walk will be an all-day event, kicking-off a 09:00 SLT, with a series of themed laps around the Making Strides Walk regions, adjacent to the  American Cancer Society island, and culminating in a special Pink Power Time Machine Special event with Trader1 Whiplash, starting at 17:00 SLT and running through until 19:00.

The walk will see hourly themes throughout the day, and SL residents are invited to pop along and participate for as long as they like, and show support for MSABC and the American Cancer Society with their donations.

The full schedule will be as follows, remember all times SLT, 24-hour clock notation, as usual!

  • 09:00-10:00 – T1 Radio
  • 10:00-11:00 – Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00-12:00 – Survivor & Caregiver Hour
  • 12:00-13:00 – Boot It Up Hour: wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 13:00-14:00 – International Spirit Hour: wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 14:00-15:00  – Hat’s Aplenty Hour: stride the path in your favourite hat
  • 15:00-16:00 – Let’s Get Hopping Hour: grab a hopper and bounce your way around the path
  • 16:00-17:00 – Remembrance Ceremony: remembering those who lost their fight against breast cancer
  • 17:00-19:00 – Time Machine Special: it’s back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash!

I’ll have more on this event later in the week. for now – mark the date in your diary!

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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Mistero Hifeng: straddling reality and the imagination

Spettatori malinconici di felicita' impossibili - Mysterio Hifeng
Spettatori malinconici di felicita’ impossibili – Mistero Hifeng (click images for full size)

I’ve been coming across the work of SL artist Mistero Hifeng a lot of late; his pieces have appeared in a number of regions I’ve dropped into recently, and he has an entry in the UWA’s Transcending Borders challenge. So when artist and friend Sniper Siemens invited me to pay a visit to Mistero’s gallery and store, I was only too delighted to hop along.

Volare - Mistero Hifeng
Volare – Mistero Hifeng

While some may not be familiar with his name, I would endeavour to suggest many are familiar with his work, his sculptures being instantly recognisable when encountered, many of them presenting a subtle blending for realities: very human figures often in very extraordinary – you might say surreal – situations, driven from deep within the imagination. Little wonder, then, that Mistero takes a Tom Watts quote for his profile description:

Mostly I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.

E' soltanto  un ricordo - Mysterio Hifeng
E’ soltanto un ricordo – Mistero Hifeng

Mistero presents his work to visitors in an open air gallery space occupying one half of a homestead region. The design is minimalist, little more than a beach, partially flooded by the (presumably) incoming tide and a handful of off-sim islands, one of which is volcanic in nature, all overlooked by a marbled sky of white and black (do make sure you accept the parcel windlight on arrival). But while minimalist, it is also highly effective, the sand and water naturally acting to isolate each of the pieces on display, giving a sense that they each occupy a space that is independent of the others, no matter how relatively close some may be to one another.

The windlight setting also serves to complement the subdued colours used within each piece, allowing them to stand out on their own, an effect which certainly encouraged me to keep to the default rather than fiddling with alternatives.

Bella - Mistero Hifeng
Bella – Mistero Hifeng

The pieces on display are large – all the better to see the detailing within them; so much so, that I doubt my efforts here really do them justice – they really must be seen first-hand.

While there is a line of flat stones laid across the sand to form a footpath through the gallery space, linking two teleport points with one another, there is no need to keep to this when viewing the displayed works, the open space makes for relaxed wandering, and the park benches and pianos which can be found at various points encourage meandering – and sitting.

As well as connecting one to the other, allowing people to hop between the two ends of the gallery space, the two teleporters also provide access to Mistero’s skyborne store. Here one can purchase versions of the items displayed in the gallery, or images of them as captured by Mistero, as well as images of works not currently on display.

Mysterio's store
Mysterio’s store

If you’ve not visited Mistero’s gallery before, I have no hesitation in recommending it to you. His work is an exquisite blending of ideas, images and emotions, presented through a skilled layering of the real with the surreal to produce pieces which are marvellous evocative and compelling.

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Spettatori malinconici di felicita' impossibili - Mistero Hifeng
Spettatori malinconici di felicita’ impossibili – Mistero Hifeng