Both the UKanDo viewer and Black Dragon saw updates in week #6. Each of the release contain under-the-hood (so to speak) changes, with UKanDo in particular being something of a catch-up release more than anything else, as noted below.
The last UKanDo update was in October 2014, so it’s been something of an extended period between releases for the viewer. However, there is a good reason for this: Connor Monaron, the man behind the viewer has a good reason for this: he’s been off in the United States tying the knot with his SL (and now real life) partner. So the first thing to do here is offer congratulations to Blackrose and Connor.
Obviously, being away and being focused on such a major event in one’s life means that all things viewer naturally take a back seat. As such, the new release of UKanDo, version 188.8.131.52064, released on Wednesday, February 4th, is more about catching-up with all of the recent output from the Lab. This being the case, the release see the viewer gain parity through and up to the following LL releases:
- 184.108.40.2065539 – the POODLE vulnerability threat fix from October 2014
- 220.127.116.115700 – Monty Linden’s last round of HTTP updates, also for October 2014, which improve texture and mesh data fetching and which offers significantly faster inventory loading
- 18.104.22.1686094 – the GPU removal update and the subsequent 22.214.171.1247128 update which fixed an inherent crash issue within the 126.96.36.1996094 release
- 188.8.131.526724 – the winter open-source contributions release from November 2014, providing improved Japanese language input, improved projectors rendering, fixes for object editing when rotating and for an OS X Yosemite full screen crash issue
- 184.108.40.2067296 – the winter maintenance release from December 2014, which included a range of fixes to voice, texture animation, object rendering, privacy, inventory management, etc., and which included fixes to previously released changes in the way joint offsets in rigged meshes are handled
- 220.127.116.117643 – the Experience Tool viewer (at the time this article was written, the de facto release viewer from LL).
So while this release many not offer anything “new” in terms of TPV updates, it does bring the viewer right up to the cutting edge in terms of formal releases from both LL and RLV, which should be more than enough to keep UKanDo users happy.
Black Dragon 18.104.22.168
The latest version of Black Dragon, version 22.214.171.124, was release on Friday, February 6th, and is the latest in a series of nips and tucks to the viewer as Niran continues to integrate code updates from the Lab and also work on refining the UI.
The core update from the Lab with this release is the inclusion of the winter maintenance release code from the Lab’s 126.96.36.1997296 release, including the fixes for previously released changes in the way joint offsets in rigged meshes are handled. This means that deformations to an avatar’s shape are more intelligently tracked, and the viewer should be able to correct them without necessarily having to have the attachment causing them removed, or requiring a re-log in order to fix.
The other major update for this release see the Friends List undergo a revision. The accordion tabs separating on-line from off-line friends have been removed, and the Friends list rationalised so that on-line friends appear at the top – their names now in blue – and an duplication of names has been removed.
The release notes also list the following updates / changes:
- A possible fix for RLVa detach and re-attach issues via RLVa commands
- A possible fix for a crash caused by the connection issues panel when the region becomes invalid
- A viewer compile fix
- Max VRAM has been changed 1024 Mb in Preferences > Display Settings
- Incremental steps for Shadow Blur changed to 0.1 in Preferences > Display Settings
- The connection issues panel will no longer briefly appear when logging-in with the viewer
- Appearance floater outfit status colour has been changed
- Worn items are now listed in italics in the Appearance floater, rather than in bold
- Beacon colour has been changed to stream “blue-ish”.