Yesterday at the SLPro conference Linden Labs announced the “beta” version of their new viewers. Suddenly everyone at the conference was emailing and twittering others to download and test this new “game changing” viewer out. Please note: THIS IS BETA — if you do not like to deal with problems, do not download it. I crashed twice just trying to upload a texture.
So today, I want to summarize some of the comments by others. Most of these comments are from people who have been in Second Life for some time. And this is where we are going to have to relearn something. This will be easy for “newbie”, but old timers are getting frustrated.
Invisible prims are not needed, there is a new tattoo and alpha layer. Invisible prims, hid part of a mesh in an that you could not get rid of. This way you can create other than human like avatars. The new alpha layer is “mostly for the ability to mix’n’match skins, tattoos, and makeup”
Snowglobe 2 is a open source version of this viewer. By the way, Linden Labs now will is going to control viewers and what they can do. Linden Lab told us at the conference, who are mostly content creators, that they are going to take copyright violations seriously.
Second Life has also changed the search options making it easier to find places, people and things.
Second Life viewer forum is a great place to make comments and look for help in resolving issues.
Good luck, and be calm….breath!