The big news this weekend announced by Jessica Lyon during a recent Phoenix office hour with the SL community is that the Phoenix Viewer support will be ending on Monday 31st December 2012. Apparently the Phoenix Viewer will then be removed from the SL third-party directory and Phoenix links will be removed from the Phoenix Official Blog. In 2013 Firestorm Viewer will be the default popular third party viewer and more new developments will continue to happen.
The reason for why Phoenix Viewer support will be ending is because Linden Lab will be rolling out server-side avatar baking in 2013 which should be interesting. TPVs have been told about this 2013 avatar baking roll out and hopefully the deployment will go without any major issues.
It seems like the server side baking rollout is at it’s final stages now with a timeline of 8 weeks according to Oz Linden via the Open Source Mailing List recently.
Oz Linden (Scott Lawrence)
For any of you developing viewers that are not in the TPV Directory and
so didn’t get the notice there….
We have now made available the code for our upcoming server side baking
changes – you will need to update to be compatible with this in order
for users to see avatars correctly once the server side change is rolled
out to the main grid (some time > 8 weeks from now, but no date has been
for information on this new code, and watch it for updates.
Tonya Souther blogs about this roll out here…
As Oz said in the meeting, the clock is now ticking. We asked for at least two months’ notice, and yesterday we got that. LL would like to roll the code out to the grid in February, but they’ll work with TPV developers to make sure we all have had the code and a good chance to implement it before they actually roll it out.
History of the Phoenix Viewer
- Transition from Emerald controversy to Phoenix in September 2010
- Phoenix Viewer added to The Third-Party Viewer Directory list in September 2010
- Phoenix Viewer Beta 2 in July 2011
- 40 groups enabled on Phoenix Viewer in January 2011
- Phoenix Project turned one years old in September 2011
- Phoenix Viewer Beta 2 with Mesh Support in September 2011
- Phoenix classes started in 2011
- New changes to TPV policy & Phoenix TPV policy meeting in late February 2012
- Phoenix Viewer support ends 31st December 2012
What do you think about this major announcement and will you be switching to Firestorm if not already?
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Here is the second Second Life video which shows you how to move, go places, friend, and other basic features.
A few days ago Opensource Obscure posted a screenshot of a test version which appears to be showing version 3 from the latest Development Viewer. Opensource talks futher about the transition from version 2 to version 3 in his post called With the arrival of the mesh, the Second Life viewer goes to version 3.0. On LL viewer development changeset page it shows version 3 on there as well.
This suggests that Viewer 3 versions will be here soon and if so will support the introduction of mesh etc.
In the coming weeks the number of the official version of the viewer will go from 2 to 3
Oz Linden said today that the transition to the version number of 3 points to support the introduction of ‘ import of 3D models - the famous ” Mesh ” .
The transition to the version number 3 does not involve radical changes in the interface such as those carried by Viewer 2.0, which differed greatly from versions 1.x
In other words, the official version 3 of the viewer should be almost identical to version 2.8 , adding support to the mesh and some other minor innovations.
We will have to see if Linden Lab will announce more details about Viewer 3 during SLCC 2011 this weekend. It’s going to be interesting to see what announcements Linden Lab will make this year.
I will be blogging about SLCC 2011 during the weekend – stay tuned.
It looks like Linden Lab have added a new SL login screen page on Viewer 2.8.1. It’s now live on http://viewer-login.agni.lindenlab.com/ so check out the new web launch of the login screen. I like this new improved SL login screen than previous ones. But I would like to see the current SLT/PDT clock with grid stats perhaps in the near future.
Older versions of the SL login screen can be found here.
- Shows upcoming events and sets location when clicked on
- Shows the latest blog posts from Linden Lab and now the posts can be easily viewed without navigating else where
- Shows the latest hot places around SL and showcases the Destination Guide by selecting them
This is the May 2011 edition of popular Second Life news with links and dates below.
- Second Life concurrency stabilises - 3rd
- New look SL welcome screen – 3rd
- Eldars of Elf Clan Vs Linden Lab – 5th
- Q1 2011 Linden Dollar Economy Metrics Up, Users and Usage Unchanged – 6th
- Mass-deletion of staff user-pages from Second Life wiki – 9th
- Linden Lab alerts third-party viewer developers to active security exploit – 12th
- Bay City’s Third Anniversary - 13th
- SL listed on The 11 Most Influential Online Worlds of All Time - 17th
- New Voice in Basic Mode of Viewer 2 – 19th
- Facebook removes hundreds of SL FB avatars – 20th
- Linden Lab launches new Search Project Viewer – 25th
- InWorldz Phlox rollout - 25th
- Blondin Linden leaves Linden Lab – 27th
- Save the historical SL Globe Theatre – 30th
Linden Lab has released a new Search Project Viewer for testing which provides a brand new Second Life search system. Check out the Search Project Viewer FAQ for more details. I’m glad to see Linden Lab are spending time on improving Search at last with help by the SL community.
View screenshots of Second Life Search in previous years.
The Search Project Viewer provides an early look for testing and feedback on the new Second Life search system. For more information, see the Search Project Viewer FAQ and read the Test Out New Search! blog post.
Linden Lab mentions in the blog post that this is a big improvement from the current version of search and that 75% of residents that did a quiet test preferred the new search results.
It has been a while since we last updated you on search and that’s because we’ve chosen to take a big leap forward versus smaller, incremental improvements. We believe that new search is a vast improvement over current search both in terms of usability and relevance. But we’re not the only ones who think that. We conducted a quiet test with a savvy group of Residents who preferred new search results over 75% of the time compared with current search results.
At the end of the blog post Linden Lab mentions that they don’t plan on implementing the new search engine for the 1.23 viewer. It’s another nail in the coffin for viewer 1.23 as it’s lifetime nears the end.
“Will new search work in Viewer 1.23 and Third-Party Viewers?” New search will soon be available to you in the official SL Viewer and we will not be implementing it for the 1.23 Viewer. To be clear, you can still use the 1.23 Viewer, but search functionality will be impaired once new search is released into general availability, after the test period.
Soon after the announcement I installed the new search viewer and used it for some time. It looks pretty good and looks promising I think. It’s faster trying to find SL stuff and I like that the search results are now scrollable. The 15 minute window of searching for stuff in the new search I like as well. Improvements I would suggest is the following..When the Find menu opens everything is too quashed in and it needs to be separated out a bit. Another improvement is to have a filter for the maturity ratings and for search to link to SL wiki pages. There is more to add. Search results time…
- Everything: Searching for “Doctor Who” returned a lot of helpful location links
- Destination Guide: Navigating through SL showcase places was cool
- Events: Likes the Happening Now tick box
- Groups: Worked rather well when searching
- People: Didn’t work when I searched for my name “Your search for “Daniel Voyager” did not return any matches”
- Real Estate: Worked okay when searching
- Places: Worked okay when searching
This is a good step forward for Search for Second Life and hopefully it will be better when it comes out of beta testing stages later in the year.
Feedback and discussion links
- Forum Feedback to Linden Lab
- Lindens Launch New Second Life Search Engine – NWN
- Try out the new Second Life search, without the new viewer - Tateru Nino
- New Second Life Search Beta - Nalates Urriah
Linden Lab have recently updated the welcome login screen with two new featured slide boxes on Viewer 2. The left box links you to featured destinations in Second Life and the right box links you to the Official Second Life Blog RSS feeds.
Last year Linden Lab removed the SL grid statistics away from the login screen. Since then it’s just been blank with a changing background until just recently. Suggestions!..It would be good to see the SL grid statistics on the login screen again, the name of location of the background picture and the grid status reports RSS feed back.
View previous login screens of Second Life through the years.