2017 Viewer release summaries week 48

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, December 3rd

This summary is 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.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 5.0.9.329906, dated November 17, promoted November 29th – formerly the “Martini” Maintenance RC – NEW
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Wolfpack RC viewer, version 5.0.10.330001, released on November 30th.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer updated to version 5.1.0.511060, December 1st.
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Render Viewer updated to version 5.1.0.510604, dated November 30th.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5-style

V1-style

  • Cool VL viewer Stable branch updated to version 1.26.20.38 and the Experimental Branch (Animesh) updated to version 1.26.21.4, both on December 2nd (change log)

Mobile / Other Clients

  • MetaChat updated to version 1.2 on November 24th (no release notes) – included her as no week 47 summary).

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Alchemy Release 5.0.7.41341

On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, the Alchemy viewer updated to version 5.0.7.41341. The majority of the update appears to address issues and bug fixes, with the high-level summary in the release notes given as:

  • Re-Enabled HTTP Pipelining.
  • Fixes to IME for Japanese language input.
  • Numerous fixes to crashes and various other bugs.

Please refer to the release notes for a table of fixes.

The two significant updates to the viewer take the form of a revised Graphics tab in Preferences, and the adoption of the hypergrid currency extensions.

Graphics Preferences Update

This updates reverts Alchemy to displaying the Advanced graphics options within the Graphics tab of Preferences, rather than breaking them out to a separate floater, as per the official viewer. It also re-introduces the sub-tabs for General, Hardware, Lighting and Depth of Field, all of which makes the graphics option less screen real estate consuming.

Alchemy 5.0.7 does away with splitting the Advanced graphics options into a separate floater, as per the 5.0.6 release (l) & the official viewer, and instead re-integrates them into the main Preferences > Graphics tab (r), with sub tabs to logically split options.

Hypergrid Currency Extensions

Currently, if an OpenSim user log-in to one grid and then hypergrids to another, the currency symbol (displayed in the top-right of the viewer window) do not update to the new grid. With this extension, the currency symbol will be automatically updated, and the currency helper-uri should also update. Thus, the buy currency /  insufficient-funds / buy land processes should all continue to work correctly, and without the need for the user to manually update the grid info in their viewer and without any need to have specific  currency.php, landtool.php files or an xml-rpc server.

The extension has been developed by Chris Colosi, founder and CEO of Gloebit, a multi-platform digital currency web service which has been adopted by a number of OpenSim grids (see here for a list of Gloebit partners). It was contributed as a patch for the Firestorm viewer in October (with the assistance of Ansariel Hiller from Firestorm), and is being adopted by both Alchemy and (hopefully) Singularity. Colosi was, from November 2010 through September 2011, the Monetisation Manager at Linden Lab, responsible for the Linden Dollar virtual currency product. In 2011 he left Linden Lab to set-up Gloebit, and you can read more about the extension via his article on Medium, posted on September 26th, 2017.

Feedback

I’ve not had the time to drive this release hard, but it appears stable and didn’t give me any significant issues when playing with it over the last several days. The graphics panel update is appreciated – I’ve always tended to find the Advanced Graphics break-out panel in the official viewer a waste of screen real estate which offers few, if any, advantages for users. I don’t really drop into OpenSim any more, so cannot comment on the currency extensions capability, other than it appears to be a good and useful feature to have.

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2017 Viewer release summaries week 46

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, November 19th

This summary is 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.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 5.0.8.329115, dated September 22nd, promoted October 13th – formerly the “Moonshine” Maintenance RC – no change.
  • Release channel cohorts (notes on manually installing RC viewer versions):
    • Martini Maintenance RC viewer updated to version 5.0.9.329906 on November 17th.
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Render Viewer version 5.1.0.510604, released on November 14th.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5-style

V1-style

  • Cool VL viewer Stable branch updated to version 1.26.20.37 and the Experimental Branch (Animesh) updated to version 1.26.21.3, both on November 18th (change log)

Mobile / Other Clients

Additional TPV Resources

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2017 Viewer release summaries week 45

Logos representative only and should not be seen as an endorsement / preference / recommendation

Updates for the week ending Sunday, November 12th

This summary is 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.

Official LL Viewers

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5-style

V1-style

  • Cool VL viewer Stable branch updated to version 1.26.20.36 and the Experimental Branch (Animesh) updated to version 1.26.21.2, both on November 11th (change log)

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

Additional TPV Resources

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