Black Dragon 2.4.4.6

Blackdragon logoBlack Dragon, the v3-style viewer by NiranV Dean updated to version 2.4.4.6 (aka version 4.0.1.36965) on Tuesday, December 29th.

The update primarily comprises a re-working of the viewer’s preferences floater, with Niran noting, “while the display preferences tab has gotten quite some upgrades and consistency changes, all the other panels were left out… until now.”

The most noticeable change is that several more of the tabs now have a slider to the right, the result of options which had previously been presented in two columns now appearing in a single column. As well as this, some options have been moved around to present a more logical top-down flow, as has previously been seen in the Display option tab, and with radio buttons replaced by combo boxes.

Niran has been re-working the Black Dragon Preferences floater, offering an approach to the tabs which matches the top-down flow seen within the Display options tab (click to enlarge)
Niran has been re-working the Black Dragon Preferences floater, offering an approach to the tabs which matches the top-down flow seen within the Display options tab (click to enlarge)

The result is a more logical flow, but currently comes at a cost  – the aforementioned increase in sliders on the right of some of the tabs. However, and here’s where an assumption on my part comes in – I do wonder if this might only be an interim thing, and whether Niran will be adding  expanding sub-tabs, again in the same style as the Display tab – as possibly evidenced by the inclusion of one such sub-tab in the Sound and Media tab.

The Sound and Media tab includes a sub-tab expansion option - a sign that expansion capabilities are to be added to the Preferences tab
The Sound and Media tab includes a sub-tab expansion option – a sign that expansion capabilities are to be added to the Preferences tab

Niran also notes that this release was to have contained the Project Bento avatar skeleton updates, but these have been left out. This is probably a wise decision; Bento is still in formative beta testing, and could be subject to changes throughout the next few months, as such the viewer code (and server-side support) could undergo change. As it is, Bento support is best witnessed on Aditi.

This is clearly a tidying-up, rather than a major update. however, it continues Niran’s work in offering a consistent presentation of the UI within his viewer. Also, given that the Lab prefers TPVs do not make significant releases over the holiday period, keeping the updates to UI clean-up is probably no bad thing.

And it certainly makes a nice little Christmas present for Black Dragon users.

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3 thoughts on “Black Dragon 2.4.4.6

  1. Rumors.

    There is no update.
    There is no Christmas.
    There is no Niran.
    There is no spoon.

    I was never here and this message doesn’t even exist.

    PS: I could make all sub-tabs expandable but it would require static coding and a whole bunch of more debug settings which i didn’t like adding for display preferences.

    PS: You got fooled by the radio button appearance, they were never replaced, they just replaced a few comboboxes. Nothing is what it seems.

    The Viewer is a mystery bending reality at will, no one knows if what they are doing is really what they are doing. The Viewer might not even exist after all, you could have been using the Linden Viewer all along. No one sees, no one knows, what lies beneath.

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    1. I think you need to put the games controller down, turn off your computer screen and have a nice, warm cup of tea followed by a lie down in a darkened room with a towel over your eyes… 🙂 .

      Point taken on the expanding sub-tabs.

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