A new Second Life viewer is available as a Release Candidate. Release Candidates are optional viewer updates that contain the latest round of bug fixes and/or soon-to-be-released new features. We make them available for public testing before releasing them as primary viewers. Read more about this process here.
Today’s Second Life 1.18.4 Release Candidate Viewer contains bug fixes and soon-to-be-released new features. The new features are:
- Lag Meter
- German, Korean, and Japanese Language Improvements
- Friends and the Minimap
Jeska Linden will post a more detailed entry on Search immediately after this, but briefly, today’s viewer contains a “Search pre-launch” that consists primarily of interface changes. By “interface changes” we mean opt-in and opt-out check boxes for Resident Profile, Parcels, For Sale Objects, Not For Sale Objects, Regions, and Groups.
The pre-launch Search changes in today’s release are in preparation for a forthcoming release of new in-world Search (in approximately late November or early December). We are releasing these changes now to give you several weeks to set your Search preferences, BEFORE the official Search launch.
Jeska’s post will have more information about Search and instructions on how to make changes before the official launch.
We’ve also created a Lag Meter that monitors client, network, and server lag and reports possible causes. You can access this new feature at Help > Lag Meter. Please note that the Lag Meter does not notice extreme ping times and still steals keyboard focus. The Lag Meter also shows lag when Second Life is not the front-most application, so making Second Life front and center may change the Lag Meter readings you see.
German, Korean, and Japanese Language Improvements
Today’s 1.18.4 viewer includes many more translations in German, Korean, and Japanese. In addition, the size of viewer interface elements in the German viewer has been adjusted to fix truncations and better accommodate the German language. A forthcoming viewer with the same size adjustments for Korean and Japanese is coming soon!
Friends and the Minimap
We know it’s easy to lose track of a friend in a crowd, and thought that seeing a friend rendered differently in the Minimap would provide a simple way to navigate to him/her/it. In this release, the Minimap indicators for “above” and “below” have been updated. After an upcoming server update, friends will appear in a different color. Small victories!
If you find any bugs while using this Second Life viewer please file them at http://jira.secondlife.com under version 1.18.4. Thank you for your patience while we improve Second Life for everyone!