On Tuesday 28th July 2020 the Firestorm team released a EEP public beta version of the Firestorm Viewer (188.8.131.52799) which comes with support for the Environment Enhancement Project (EEP). The viewer includes new camera controls with the ability to create camera presents. The viewer translations have been updated in this beta version.
EEP is the new environmental lighting system where the sky, water and day cycle settings are now saved as inventory items. EEP settings can be applied now to the land by region owners or by parcel or for personal use. Learn more about EEP here.
What you can do with EEP…
You can use your own sun, moon, and cloud textures.
You can customize the length of the day (yes—you can now have 24-hour day cycles!).
You can set different skies at various levels on your land.
Visitors to your parcel will be able to see all your customized settings.
You can import your old Windlights as EEP settings (many have already been imported).
This version is not a required update and you do not have to uninstall your current Firestorm viewer. This new beta Firestorm viewer will install alongside your existing Firestorm viewer.
For OpenSim users the viewer incorporates Windlight allowing EEP viewer users to visit windlight regions. The viewer supports the new OpenSim 0.9.2 with the EEP code “Ugly Sky”. There is now the ability to enter a URL to add a new grid on the login screen.
Linden Lab is hoping to get feedback from the community and the Firstorm team highly encourages you to file bug reports on the Linden Lab Jira. EEP has been in the works for some time now and it went live back in 2019 on the main grid.
The Second Life viewer has actually had EEP for a few months or so now. The firestorm team have said recently that they don’t feel that EEP is ready for full release. It has not even passed the QA yet. Maybe later this year EEP may be ready for full release.
What do you think of this new beta version ? Let me know in the comments section below.