SL project updates 16 / 30: server, TPVD, Bento

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Some of the notes in this update are taken from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, July 29th. The video of that meeting is embedded at the end of this update. My thanks as always to North for recording and providing it.

Server Deployments – Recap

  • There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, July 26th.
  • A new server maintenance package was deployed to all three RC channels on Thursday, July 27th, which comprised “minor internal logging changes”

It’s liable that this update will be promoted to the Main (SLS) channel in week #31 (commencing Monday, August 1st). However, we’re liable to be in a quiescent period, sever-wise for a while, doubtless in part due to it being vacation season.

SL Viewer

The Maintenance RC viewer updated to version on Thursday July 28th. This release includes an update to prevent the viewer using the deleted LLEventPollImpl upon rapid teleports. This is now the most likely candidate for promotion to release status, assuming no significant issues are found with this latest RC.

Thursday, July 28th also saw the VLC Media Plugin viewer achieve Release Candidate status with the release of version This viewer replaces the QuickTime media plugin for the Windows version of the viewer with one based on LibVLC. The RC release brings with it several additional fixes:

  • MAINT-6481 [Win LibVLC] MOAP mp4 mp3 playback missing video controls
  • MAINT-6502 [Win LibVLC] some .mov files play in LibVLC windows viewer
  • MAINT-6503 [Win LibVLC] some media file types prompt to download instead of play
  • MAINT-6527 [Win LibVLC] viewer plays MOAP video at maximum volume 50m away
  • MAINT-6577 [Win LibVLC] No sound in MOAP or browser video
  • MAINT-6578 [Win/Linux LibVLC] When media is enabled, many other textures in the scene get flipped upside down.

This viewer current has “very, very very” few users on it, thanks to the focus on the Maintenance viewer RC, although this should now start to change. It has apparently worked well as a project viewer, and would seem likely for promotion some time after the Maintenance RC and ahead of anything else which has yet to make it to RC status.

All other viewer remain unchanged thus far in the week:

  • Current Release version: (dated May 23rd), promoted July 5th – formerly the Inventory Message RC viewer
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Bento (avatar skeleton extensions), version, dated July 14th – incorporation of final skeleton and slider updates from the test viewer
    • Visual Outfit Browser viewer, version, dated July 1st – ability to preview images of outfits in the Appearance floater – a further update to this viewer (possibly an RC release) had been expected, but it is currently awaiting a further fix for a bug discovered by the Lab’s QA team
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Upcoming Viewers

There is no set time frame for this, but the following viewers should have project version appearing in the future:

  • The 64-bit Windows and Mac versions of the viewer. There is no working version of this viewer at present, and while the developers working on it are keen to see it running, it does not share the same priority as various other viewer-related activities at this point in time, delaying it from reaching project viewer status – something which will change once wthe viewer does get a project release
  • A further Maintenance viewer with updates and fixes
  • The new Voice viewer update, which is part of a series of changes being made the voice service by both the Lab and Vivox (see my last TPVD report). This viewer should be backward compatible on Mac and Windows, allowing TPVs to adopt it, and will include a new codec which should improve Voice quality for those using the update. This update may include some additional code for monitoring connections issues and failures, so the Lab can gather more informed statistics on these issues, although determining root causes for them is difficult, given the complexities of the connections between viewer, simulator and voice servers.

Project Bento

Vir is still on holiday, and will return on August 4th. Until then, the project is on a holding pattern, with time being taken to test the new skeleton updates and for AvaStar and MayaStar to complete their updates.

A further viewer update is expected, but not until after Vir has returned.  A bug has been filed against jaw bone issues resulting from the most recent set of updates (see BUG-37546), and general feedback on the new skeleton continues to be made via the forum thread. Expect in-depth reports to resume from week #31.

Other Items

Presenting Inventory in the Viewer

During the July 29th TPV developer meeting, Oz indicated that if any developers who have ideas for presenting inventory in a more usable, user-friendly manner within the viewer, the Lab would be “more than happy to take a look at it”, acknowledging that the current method of presentation isn’t the most user-friendly.