We’re getting closer to finalizing this viewer release! Second Life 1.18.5 Viewer Release Candidate (RC2) is now available. Please go to the test software page to download to try out these pre-production viewers.
Bug fixes in Second Life 1.18.5 Viewer Release Candidate (RC2):
- Fixed various XML errors related to the search feature, Windows & Linux only
- Fixed VWR-3064: Land Search does not show Description Text for any parcel selected in Search
- Fixed VWR-3084: Dramatic drop in frame rate after the first use of the new search engine.
- Fixed VWR-3200: Classifieds Statistics in profile are broken
Note, this is not an update to the WindLight First Look viewer. Keep an eye on the First Look download page for updates. Please continue to report any new issues in the Issue Tracker and be sure to set “Affects Version/s” to “1.18.5 Release Candidate“. Also, an updated source code drop is coming soon!
REMINDER: Release Candidates (RC) are intended for evaluation purposes. Please try them out only if you want to participate in the bug reporting process and identify issues before these become the default viewer. You can have both a Release Candidate and a production viewer installed on your computer at the same time, so if issues are encountered when testing an RC you can switch back to the production viewer.
Keep reading for more detailed information on the Search changes in this Release Candidate…
With today’s Release Candidate, you will see several changes to both the search website and client that improve search. First, you may notice we added a blurb about Search being “in beta” as we wanted to clarify that the new search is a work in progress. One of the most interesting things about the new search is that it is primarily web based, which means we can respond more quickly and without having to require a new download for some changes and improvements.
Since this is a work a progress, we’d love to hear from you! Please send any feedback you have to email@example.com – we will be reading all of the feedback, although we may not respond to each inquiry. Thank you for your support, feedback and thoughts as we continue to develop and refine the new search.
New Search Features in 1.18.5 RC2
- Lag Meter
Some Residents may wonder where the little green and red meters from the top right hand corner have gone. They have been replaced by the Lag Meter, which can be found under the Help menu. The Lag Meter provides more information and possible solutions for what is happening in-world to cause slow frame rate and/or “lag”. It also helps determine whether the viewer, network or the simulator (server) is causing the issue.
- Place Dialog
The reworking of the Place Dialog brings several nice usability tweaks when interacting with places inworld. For example, if you click on a SLurl inworld or from the web, the dialog that opens include more information about the location you’ve selected – including photos or description.
- Landmarks Easier to Use
There is a very handy new feature with landmarks which allows you to double-click to teleport directly to the location. You can also still right-click and choose “teleport” if you’d prefer.
- Classified Changes
The top 8 classifieds (based upon price paid) are included on default Search All page when search is first opened. Classified results, based upon keyword matching, will also appear alongside the page(s) of results to your query. The classified results are based upon the same direct word search as is currently returned in the “Classified” tab. This may of course change in the future as we refine the classified returns.
- Coordinates for Objects in Parcel Listings
We have added the coordinate information for all objects currently listed as “Show in Search” on parcels. This information is shown at the end of each object listing. These coordinates are not currently linked directly to the location, but they may be in the future. We’d love your feedback on this issue in particular firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search Related Fixes:
- Place Dialog
Due to the place dialog reworking (see new features below for more information) there were several errors in the last release in the old search. The first caused the place dialog inside of the “old” search to not properly display the description field. The second caused the Teleport and Show on Map buttons to only work for the first item found in search. Both of these have been fixed with today’s Release Candidate.
- Items Set for Sale Improperly
Due to a temporary error in Second Life last year, some objects were improperly shown as for sale, could not be purchased and the owner could not uncheck the for sale checkbox (VWR-2908). These objects were incorrectly set to “Show in search” during the initial population of search. Owners have always been able to deselect the “Show in Search” toggle. There is a two part fix for the for-sale problem. With this release candidate owners of such objects will be able to edit the “For Sale” toggle on these objects manually. With the next server update (currently scheduled for some time in the next few weeks) all of these objects will be reset to not for sale and be removed from search automatically.
- Classified Statistics
The 1.18.5 release candidate incorrectly displays classified click statistics (teleport, show map, profile), often showing “0” or “1”. The clicks are properly recorded in our database, but do not display correctly. Internally we are tracking 1.18.5 classifieds clicks separately from 1.18.4 clicks because we want to ensure classified click-through rates are similar with the new search. If you are still using the 1.18.4 viewer, you will only see click statistics from residents who are using 1.18.4. When 1.18.5 is the required viewer, you will see the total number of clicks from all versions.
- Groups Not Listed
Many groups were incorrectly not being included in the new Search All. This is now fixed and all groups should now be indexed. If your group has been set to include in search for at least a day and has not yet appeared, please let us know.
- Some Parcels Not Listed
About 6% of all regions and their respective parcels were not included in the new search last week. This has been fixed. If your parcel has been set to Show in Search for longer than a day and it is still not appearing, please let us know.
- XML Error Message
The new search sometimes returned a XML “key not found” error message when it was not able to locate a search page. This has been fixed. If you receive this error, please push the “back” button and try a different search.
- Upper Right Corner Searches
The “All” panel search button sometimes was disabled when searches were started from the upper right corner search box. This is fixed.
- Improper Display of Non-Roman Characters
Non-Roman characters (including Russian, German, Japanese, etc) were not behaving properly in the new Search and resulted in the display of a corrupted result page. This has been fixed and you should now be able to search for non-Roman characters.
- Linux Frame Rate
When using the Linux client, there was a dramatic drop in frame rate after the first time you opened the new search. This has been fixed and should no longer occur.
Current Known Issues with Search
- Avatars not Listed (VWR-3351)
There is a known issue where some avatars are still not being included in the new search. We are working on this.
- Some Characters not Searched (VWR-3388)
Currently some searches with an “&” in the search query will not return properly. We should have a fix for this soon.
- Google Pagination Error (VWR-3159)
There is a known error with the Google Search Appliance where if you do a search that has many pages of results and view the results page by page, it will sometimes not show results past page 5. We are working with Google to resolve this issue.