Fellow Residents! I want to talk- with YOU!
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the good and bad in 1.19.1. As I’ve been perusing the comments and feedback, I’m finding that they basically fall into one of three categories-
- Genuinely faulty behavior
- Behavior that can be fixed using very simple steps (oftentimes in the Graphics Preferences tab)
- Patently wrong or misunderstood perception of behavior (I like those the best – easiest to solve 😉 )
So, I want to chat with as many of you as possible in an impromptu office hour session held tomorrow, Thursday April 10th, at 12:00pm-2:00pm SLT at Brampton Stage. Now, before you all jump on me for not considering non-US time zones, know that if this turns out well I’ll hold these again next week at a substantially shifted time (alas, my poor beauty sleep 😦 )
My objectives here will be fourfold-
- To hear the worst and most often-experienced problems
- To help you with your current problems
- To explain our design decisions and what good they will soon bring (like avatar lighting)
- And, lastly, to discuss our future plans and get your input
I’m doing this mostly because PJira has become backlogged and, as the PM for much of this, I can directly influence the bugs worked on and the development process as it unfolds. Not promising miracles here, but at least a more direct way to get your satisfaction with the viewer as high as possible.
Why do this? Well, again, as PM (Project Manager) here, I know what good lies in the code- mostly stability, believe it or not- and I want to ensure that that gets across in the product, even if it’s only a few of you who are experiencing problems. We’ve been monitoring statistics, and crash rates and framerates are better than the 1.18 viewers- no joke. I just want to ensure that’s the case for as many of you as possible. Lastly, as a graphics industry guy, I want to talk to all of you about the direction we need to go to get to the future of SL. Lighting models, rendering paradigms, material systems- there’s a lot of complex stuff going on, and I want to break it down for anyone who’s interested.
So, come bearing pitchforks or bouquets- but come!
[EDIT – Just had another idea- a lot of you seem to have many good tips for your fellow Resis, which you’re more than happy to share on these blogs. If you’d like to come as an impromptu assistant for me, that’d be cool too- nothing like Resis helping Resis!]
See you there,