2018 viewer release summaries, week #47

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, November 25th

This summary is generally 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.
  • Note that test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 6.0.0.520636, dated October 18th, promoted November 14th. Formerly the Animesh RC viewer – No Change.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Love Me Render RC viewer, version 6.0.1.521759, November 20th.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5/V6-style

  • No updates.

V1-style

  • No updates.

Mobile / Other Clients

Additional TPV Resources

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A Tranquil Bear Winter Resort in Second Life

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort – click any image for full size

Recently opened to the public is Tranquil Bear Winter Resort, a homestead region designed by Alex Luciano (AlexandraSadie). Given the time of year, it’s another snow-themed region, in which Alex invites visitors to enjoy horseback riding and ice skating along with walks along the trail that winds its way around the region.

Visitors arrive at a gazebo on the west side of the region, the main track commencing at its foot to offer a route around the island, running east to turn south and then back west, concluding at an open-air stone fireplace and seating area. Along the way, it passes under a step of rock on which sits a large wood-built lodge, and encloses a large frozen pond occupying the region’s centre.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

The ice skating referred to in the About Land description can be enjoyed on the pond. There’s a couple of skate givers on the south side of the pond, one alongside the coffee wagon beside the track, and the second on the ice itself. The skating animations are a little basic, so if you have your own skates with animations, these might be a preferable choice.

Horse riding is available to those who have wearable horses, the trails offering one possible path to follow, although the region has plenty of space out under the trees to make further wanderings possible.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

Up on its vantage point, reached by stone steps cut into the rock, the lodge offers warmth and places to sit for those who might find the outdoor setting a little too cold. It also includes the café also referred to in the About Land description.

A walk from here leads up to ruins on a hilltop, offering a view across the woodland of the region. The route up to ruin passes over a high rocky arch, beneath which a spur of the track points the way to where some of the region’s outdoor seating. More seating can be found alongside the frozen pond, offering the chance to watch any skaters on the ice. Those wanting something a little more romantic can enjoy a cuddle on a horse-drawn sleigh.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

The track running around the landscape could perhaps benefit from a little experimental re-texturing to see if it could be better blended with the snow on the ground, as it does tend to stand out a little, but other than this, Tranquil Bear Winter Resort makes for a photogenic visit.

Those taking photos might like to share them via the region’s Flickr group. Those needing rezzing rights for props can join the region’s group (via the joiner close to the landing point gazebo). But  do please clear away anything you put out once done.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

Surrounded by mountains, this is a simple region design that offers a natural setting that can easily be enjoyed without putting a heavy load on a computer even with the constant snow falling across the region.

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