Phoenix Viewer support ending on 31st December 2012

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) 

to opensource-dev 

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
set yet).

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?

New video showing how to download, install, and setup Second Life

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Is Viewer 3 around the corner for Second Life?

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.