Linden Lab releases new Viewer 3 user interface

On 18th October 2011 Oz Linden added a new Beta Candidate to the SL wiki Downloading test builds page. Viewer 3.2.0 beta viewer now has a new user interface which looks good. Today I downloaded and installed the new beta version which seems to working fine on my pc. I like the customization and the new features added in this release.

When I logged in I noticed that there was no sidebar and that’s because Linden Lab have replaced it with new customized panels. A big majority of SL users wanted the sidebar to be removed in the early releases-recent releases of Viewer 2 and now most of which have moved to third-party viewers instead.  Many liked Viewer 1 for many reasons and now with this new release perhaps users will start returning to Viewer 3.

New changes

  • New panels have been added left of the viewer and at the bottom
  • New Avatar picker added to left panels
  • Notifications now appear top right of the screen
  • New Received Items in Inventory > when purchasing things from the marketplace
  • Dashboard & Toolbars added to the Me menu
  • New Destinations Guide on the bottom toolbar
  • Shop button added to top toolbar
  • There’s much more!

The new Viewer 3 user interface


Looking at the new Avatars picker 

Dashboard & Toolbars have been added to Me menu 

New How To basics 

New Destinations Guide 

Basic Chat bar 

Here are some mixed reactions from the SL community about the new Viewer 3 user interface.


  • I like it
  • It looks good
  • Looks promising
  • It’s running pretty smoothly
  • Not happy with another change
  • Not so good for performace
  • There are significant bugs
  • Slightly behind firestorm with regards to the toolbar/ sidebar
Try out this new user interface and see what you think of it. Feedback is welcome in comments! :)




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Posted on October 19, 2011, in Linden Lab, Second Life, Second Life Stats, SL Announcements, SL Breaking News, SL Community, SL Cool Stuff, SL News Alert, SL Snapshots, SL Summary, Viewer 3 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. ok, i just did sort my most used buttons, i didnt no what i saw first place , but not a bad idea to let people deside wish side they want buttons and wish buttons, only problem i have now is that IM and group boxes show top right screen , and thats just the place where i have a hud, and i miss alot ims now not used to look on top screen, it would be nice if we could place that to where we want ( or i did miss that part, but i cant find it now ) and i miss the option to chat public in the main, now im forced to chat in a box wish covers my screen for a part as whel again
    but so far its not bad at all ,


  2. Thanks for the comment!


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