2021 viewer release summaries week #9

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, March 7th

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 for purposes of length, TPV test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are generally not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current release viewer: Project Jelly viewer (Jellydoll updates), version 6.4.13.555567 and dated February 5th, 2021, promoted February 17th – ROLL BACK, see below.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Maintenance RC viewer – Eau de Vie, version 6.4.14.556149, released on March 4th.
    • Custom Key Mappings viewer updated to version 6.4.14.556098 on March 4th.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

Roll Back Notes

The Simple Cache viewer, version 6.4.14.556088,was promoted to de facto release status on Tuesday, March 2nd. However, as a result of two significant bug (BUG-230337 – cache location not being adhered to, and BUG-230295 – uploads of textures above a certain size failing), it had to be rolled back, with the release viewer reverting to the Jelly Doll improvements viewer (6.4.13.555567). However, this resulted in some users who had updated to the Simple Cache viewer users experiencing a corrupted texture cache when using an older version of the viewer.

Because of this, the Simple Cache viewer has returned to a development status, and viewer releases were paused pending investigation into the texture cache corruption issue. Currently, and while the Lab continue to investigate the texture cache problem, it has been indicated that the Love Me Render 5 viewer, which was not merged with the Simple Cache viewer code, might be promoted in week #10.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V6-style

V1-style

  • Cool VL Stable branch updated to version 1.28.2.12, followed by a hotfix release of 1.28.2.13, both on March 6th.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

Additional TPV Resources

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Vanessa’s Vignettes of Calas Galadhon in Second Life

Camel Art Gallery: VanessaJane – Vignettes of Calas Galadhon

Currently open at the Carmel Art Gallery, curated by Martha McFarren (Martha Damballar), is a cosy exhibition by Vanessa Jane (Vanessajane66), entitled Vignettes of Calas Galadhon – A Journey to the Spirit of Place.

As one might gather from the title, the subject of the exhibition is the Calas Galadhon estate, thirteen regions of fabulous open landscape that form a public park operated for all Second Life residents by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and their dedicated team.

Camel Art Gallery: VanessaJane – Vignettes of Calas Galadhon

Now in operation for more than a decade (December 2021 actually marks the estate’s 12th anniversary), Calas Galadhon is one of the genuine gems in Second Life’s crown, and a place one can never tire of seeing. While its form may have changed over the years as it has grown (and occasionally shrunk), it has remained a place of endearing beauty; its regions both demonstrate the power of creativity in Second Life and the true magic of the platform’s ability to offer living, breathing spaces we can escape to and enjoy.

Rich in open landscapes and waters that can be explored on foot or horseback or boat, or flown over in a hot air balloon, the park contains many places large and small to discover, and is home to regular and seasonal events. While through its contiguous vistas, it offers a breathtaking sense of space and natural depth that is genuinely stunning to the eye. In this, it stands equal to any national park we might choose to visit – but with the added benefit that the freedom and magic are just keystrokes, not hours, away, and can be instantly enjoyed whenever we choose.

Camel Art Gallery: VanessaJane – Vignettes of Calas Galadhon

It is this sense of place that Vanessa has sought to capture in the pieces offered through her exhibition. Within the fourteen images presented in the gallery space, she reveals both the estate’s essential natural beauty and the hints of otherworldliness that is very much a part of its magic (and which is reflected in their names, drawn as they are from Tolkien’s mythology).

Offered with an artful touch of post-processing Vanessa presents these pieces as if seen through the eyes of a painter. Each one individually and uniquely captures an aspect of the park’s landscape, offering a hint of story for the observer to unfold. They are also collectively part of a whole, their individual stories coming together to offer an anthology of images that reveal the living spirit contained with the Calas regions.

Camel Art Gallery: VanessaJane – Vignettes of Calas Galadhon

Set within a space that Vanessa has also dressed in a manner that reflects the park’s glades and grasslands, Vignettes of Calas Galadhon – A Journey to the Spirit of Place richly illustrates the enduring beauty of Calas Galadhon and the manner in which it can capture the hearts and eyes of those who visit. As such, it is the perfect way by which those familiar with the park might recapture specific memories of their times within it, while for those who have yet to wander the park’s regions, the exhibition presents the ideal means to whet appetites and prepare the eye for all that might be revealed when exploring the regions themselves.

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SL18B music festival auditions applications are open

June 2021 will see Second Life officially “come of age” as it were, as the platform celebrates it’s 18th anniversary of opening to public access – and around the world, 18 is generally acknowledged as the age of shedding minority status and of (if only in a legal sense in) reaching adulthood.

As such, this year’s Second Life Birthday (SLB) celebrations will likely acknowledge this in some way or ways – although we’ll have to wait to find out exactly how.

In the meantime, opportunities for Second Life residents to actively participate in official SLB events and activities are starting to open, with the first – as has tended to be the case over the last few years – being that of the Second Life Music Fest, applications for which opened on Friday, March 5th.

Now in its 7th year, the Music Fest has become the traditional opener for the official celebrations, and this year it will provide three days of live music entertainment between Thursday, June 17th and Saturday, June 19th inclusive.

The Lab is seeking at least a dozen performers, both veteran Second Life musicians and those new to the scene, to provide the music for the festival. Full details on requirements / policies can be found in the Music Fest application form; however, and in brief:

  • Previous sets at the festival have generally run to an hour in length, so unless otherwise stated, expect this to be the case.
  • Accepted acts are requested to be at the venue one hour ahead of their appearance, in order to complete final check-out with SLB personnel to ensure everything is ready for their set.
  • This year, there will be no payment for participation – however performers will be permitted the use of tip jars, subject to the festival policy notes.
  • All performances and song lyrics must be G-rated.
  • Applications will close on Sunday, March 28th, 2021.

As with previous years, final selection for participation in the festival will be via an audition process, details of which will be provided to successful applicants. However, note that application submission does not guarantee acceptance for audition; all applications will be subject to an initial review, and invitations to audition will be extended on the basis of that review.

For more information, check the links below.

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