Second Life 1.20 Viewer is Available Today!

As your login splash screen may have already told you, an optional viewer upgrade is available today… Announcing the Second Life 1.20 Viewer! It features improved reliability and a more flexible UI architecture so you can select the color of the User Interface. It also brings several improved features and many important bug fixes. Download it here! For those of you who’d like more detail on what’s in the new viewer, please read on.

This 1.20.15 version has finished fifteen weeks in a Release Candidate cycle of testing (with thousands of your reports & logs volunteered to our engineers). With more than 35 crash fixes in this version, you should experience better stability than the previous version 1.19.1. From all crash metrics collected to this point, we have observed an approximate 20% improvement in total crash rate in this viewer across all types of hardware.

One new feature is the ability to change the color theme (or “skinning”) of the User Interface. To do this, use CTRL+P to go to Preferences > Skins tab and select one of the options! The new Silver skin provides a refreshed color scheme for the UI and icons. This is the culmination of Project Dazzle, which was refined with residents in previous First Look and the Release Candidate cycle. Based on YOUR FEEDBACK, this new color scheme is optional in the final viewer: Second Life will install with the classic appearance until you choose to change it.

Finally, this viewer delivers some anticipated bug fixes as reported by you, our Residents… and a number of Open Source contributions. Here’s only a few of these from all which we are proud to include:

  • Fixed: VWR-2778: System skirt textures turn invisible on wearing
  • Fixed: VWR-2404: Lossless texture compression on small textures is not lossless
  • Fixed: VWR-2633/VWR-6889: Unable to interact with some Groups when role has no allowed abilities
  • Fixed: VWR-6800: Eliminate memory leaks in llcharacter/llmotioncontroller code
  • Fixed: VWR-4860: WindLight: Planar texturing renders incorrectly in version 1.19
  • Fixed: VWR-4580: Property lines are visible through avatar, objects and through ground
  • Fixed: VWR-1735: Directly interacting with a muted resident should unmute them
  • Fixed: VWR-6350: Word “Flycam” appears in Flycam Mode and does not disappear with UI
  • … and 104 more bugs as listed in the complete Release Notes!

There are plenty of small changes and improvements to explore — and you can find out where you can update your graphics card drivers (as we always recommend) — starting with this page on the Second Life Wiki:

click hereΒ» Ten Things You Want to Know in 1.20

Note: This viewer upgrade is OPTIONAL: You may still log in to Second Life with older viewers 1.19.0 and version 1.19.1.

[EDIT]: Can I still download the previous Viewer 1.19.1?

Yes. Click that same page as above to find the links to download the previous viewer.

About Ramzi Linden

I am a Project Manager at Linden Lab; and also work on localizations in the Second Life viewer.
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150 Responses to Second Life 1.20 Viewer is Available Today!

  1. Ron Crimson says:

    OMG OMG OMG YAYAYAYAYAY WOOOHOHOHO AWESOMEEEEEE πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!!!!!!!!!

  2. TC says:

    Yay, now i can release my partner from his little cage below the 768 line! Thanks viewer Lindens, I hope you all get a few minutes’ rest before the next round.

  3. finally, i havent upgraded for months, cant wait to see!

  4. BlueWall says:

    WOOT! Nice series of RC’s Congratulations – Good Job!

  5. Zai Lynch says:

    “20% improvement in total crash rate”
    That means we got 20% more crashes now? (^_^)

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist πŸ˜›
    I’m sure the viewer rawks!

  6. Argent Stonecutter says:

    You need a 1.19.2 with the 768 meter building limit removed… no other changes from 1.19.1… since 1.20 won’t run on Panther and you can’t use full Havok 4 functionality on 1.19.1.

  7. Alyx Sands says:

    Zai, you’re evil! πŸ˜‰ *throws watermelon*

    I’ve been testing all the 1.20 RCs and haven’t used the 1.19 viewer for months now (don’t like running around with invisiskirts)- looking forward to 1.20 as the official viewer!

  8. les says:

    The RC is the only viewer that runs out of memory for me.

    If that is solved with… Fixed: VWR-6800 then this viewer wins!

  9. Brandon Catteneo says:

    Good job! A special thanks for SpaceNav support – what an excellent product that is.

    For anyone not using a SpaceNav, I highly recommend getting one. The entire user experience is enhanced. For instance, you can navigate an entire sim without moving your av using flycam mode. And that’s just one example. Moving, building, driving/flying, and even combat are much improved. Also, if you get one you may want to join the group “3DConnexion Space Cadets”.

  10. Great job, cant wait for mono.

  11. Moll Dean says:

    wow!
    Good work guys…
    And the next viewer upgrade will bring the mono, right?

    Thanks there…

  12. Jessica Hultcrantz says:

    “As your login splash screen may have already told you, an optional viewer upgrade is available today…”

    The login screen has been nagging about updates for WEEKS!

    LL check the cgi that versionchecks the viewers, it’s malfunctioning with 3rd-party viewers.

  13. Jen Shikami says:

    Yeah, what Moll said — Mono? I’m overly excited about this. Meanwhile, thanks for this release!

  14. Ron Crimson says:

    Mono is a *server* update, not a new viewer… it’ll be rolled out with version 1.24 of the simulators on the grid, assuming of course (you knew this was coming, right?) they ever manage to get 1.23 off the ground. πŸ˜€

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  16. Marianne McCann says:

    Excellent! Been using the RC for some time, and have found it to get better an better. More like this, LL! πŸ™‚

  17. No wonder everyone has been so happy! =P

  18. Andy Enfield says:

    Excellent job, well done guys!

  19. Sedary Raymaker says:

    @15: Mono is a *server* update, not a new viewer…

    Well……you need a Mono-enabled viewer to compile scripts for the new VM, but yeah. And there’s not much point in releasing a mainstream Mono viewer before the server has been upgraded, and many reasons not to.

  20. Zi Ree says:

    I think it’s funny that every fresh install of the viewer tells me, my system didn’t meet the minimum requirements. I chuckle, open the preferences and pull the slider to Ultra anyway. Because it works πŸ™‚

  21. TheTree says:

    I’ve been using the RC for months, now it’s called the main viewer? cool! πŸ˜‰

  22. Lindal Kidd says:

    Well done, LL. The elusive TP bug seems to be fixed, and the skirt bug, and many memory-related crashes. Space Navigator rocks! The skinnable UI rocks, too. This is the best viewer update in the year I’ve been in SL.

  23. Soap Clawtooth says:

    Looks like VWR-954 didn’t get fixed… :/

  24. Sarwat Miles says:

    yay finally, i have been waiting for this for so long

    thank you πŸ™‚

  25. Bagracer Bergson says:

    where do i find the functionality of the missing tools tab? does that mean we can no longer reset scripts, or use the take/take copy when multiple prims are selected?

  26. Dekka Raymaker says:

    @ 26 click object, select edit, tools tab magically appears

  27. Belle Shepherd says:

    I’m hesitant to upgrade as I’ve experienced problems with RC1.20 and always gone back to 1.19.

    Is 1.19 available somewhere if I have to go back to it?

  28. Dekka Raymaker says:

    @ 28 save a copy of it!

    It’s taking over an hour to download the Mac version, usually takes 15 minutes max?

  29. Ann Otoole says:

    Gratz on the rollout!

  30. “Fixed: VWR-6350: Word β€œFlycam” appears in Flycam Mode and does not disappear with UI”

    Thank you very much πŸ˜€

  31. Ramzi Linden says:

    @28 Belle- I’ve listed the previous 1.19.1 download links on the Welcome Page, near the bottom section:
    https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/10_Things_You_Want_to_Know_in_Your_new_1.20_Viewer#Where_can_I_get_the_previous_viewer_1.19.1.3F

  32. Jozzy Philbin says:

    The lag on my Mac is all but gone! Yayyy!!!

  33. Renee Faulds says:

    As a RL Nvidia dealer you can easily locate your drivers here

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx

  34. Frank Northmead says:

    Congrats on the viewer release, I am looking forward to the next series of RC’s with even better stability and fewer memory leaks.

  35. Matto Destiny says:

    Great work LL everything seems brighter and crispy to me since the RC14 and all works great at time of writting this. Just 1 thing i am still seeing Green Glows instead of avi’s??.

    Keep up the good work :))

  36. Ric Mollor says:

    Are the NakedLife viewer ‘enhancements’ included?

  37. Meade Paravane says:

    ‘Grats, Ramzi!!

    Any news on when 1.20 will turn mandatory?

  38. Net Antwerp says:

    Client still crashes while trying to take snapshots with the “Constrain Proportions” checkbox ticked.

    some of the issues mentioned in VWR-6240 is present in this release. Only noticeable if you take snapshots of water, or take object matte snapshots (high resolution).

  39. Darien Caldwell says:

    I’ve been using the 1.20 RC series since the early versions. I can say The viewer has come a *long* way in the 14 RCs that have resulted.

    If you tried it early on and were frustrated, give it another go, I think you will be quite pleased. It fixes so many long time issues, you won’t regret it. And if for some reason you do, you can always change back. πŸ™‚

  40. Jacek Antonelli says:

    Yay! Congrats to everyone (Lindens and Hippos) who contributed to 1.20!

    By the way, is there a list of changes (if any) between 1.20.14 and 1.20.15? πŸ™‚

  41. Prairie Kawashima says:

    Thank you for fixing the invisiskirt bug! πŸ™‚

  42. Jen Shikami says:

    RE: Mono, yeah, I know it needs both the client AND the server to work. I’m just asking, in typical overexcited yappy-dog fashion!

    Meanwhile the feature and bug-fix list for THIS version is really impressive! Can’t wait to try it!

  43. Ramzi Linden says:

    @38 Meade- Thanks for the question- At this time, we have no intention to make 1.20 a mandatory viewer.

    @41 Jacek- The only code change from RC14 to Viewer 1.20.15 was the one-line fix to VWR-6350: eliminate the Word β€œFlycam”. That, plus re-writing the Release Notes in a comprehensive list. πŸ™‚

  44. Tan Tantalus says:

    I am finding the new viewer release a lot more smooth than the previous version (even the release candidate). Well done and I look forward to it getting even better.

  45. Well, gee, let me be the party-pooper and ask the question.

    What went wrong this weeks implementation of 1.23? What are employee’s changing so they won’t have another week of rolling-restarts and reverts?

    The new viewer is great, as long as the long waited Memory Leaks are finished, but I’ll wait on Nicholaz to tell me that, he at least seems to understand your product better then your employee’s.

    So come on M, Uncle Philip, Aunty Robin, Joshua, Prosper, someone at Linden Lab give action to the words, “OPEN COMMUNICATION” that Linden Lab so declared over a year ago.

  46. paula sani says:

    Why is IM logging permanetly on in this version even when I turn it off in preferences?

  47. Rado Arado says:

    With llLordURL, it is regrettable to stop opening the media browser of viwer. 1.19 So although problem it was not.

  48. Belle Shepherd says:

    Thanks Ramzi!

  49. ChatNoir Moonsoo says:

    One weird thing running 1.20 and the latest RC side-by-side: in the current viewer textures appear way darker than in the RC, especially ground textures (all custom-settings in Graphics the same).

  50. Cummere Mayo says:

    WELL DONE!

  51. McCabe Maxsted says:

    w00t, finally release! I’m glad to see it’s made it πŸ™‚

    As always, older viewer versions can be downloaded at:
    http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Old_versions

  52. Constance Zapedzki says:

    Woo-hoo! I too must congratulate the L’s on a job well done here. Early RCs had me crashing, sending my reports, and scuttling back to 1.19, but the improvements in 1.20 were so good and just kept getting better, it was harder to go back each time. Especially once I bought a 3D “mouse” thingy. Of the last 3 versions, only 1.20.13 could be considered remotely “crashy”, but 20.12 was and 20.14 has been a stable, enjoyable experience. And I’m one who used to be on mod viewers only.

  53. Zena Juran says:

    I downloaded 1.20.15 from the official site and installed it. On the login screen at the bottom right, the viewer is listed as the “Cool SL Viewer 1.20.15”. Anyone else getting this? I do like Henri’s work in Linux but I didn’t know he contributed to the Win version. πŸ™‚

  54. Loydin Tripp says:

    In the release notes…

    “** Support for PNG textures”

    I wish a little more time was taken writing the release notes. SL already imports PNG, what does this mean?

  55. McCabe Maxsted says:

    @54 This is because he’s using a different channel version, and the viewer uses the last setting file you used regardless of what version you’re running. So if you’ve been using Henri’s viewer, and switch to SL’s, you’ll still be using Henri’s settings file.

  56. Loosey says:

    I’ve been using the RC 1.20.x all through it’s developments and each one has got better and better, but this new final release 1.20.15 has removed the word ‘flycam’ appearing in the bottom right corner of my screen when in flycam mode with a SpaceNavigator mouse.
    I was aware of a open JIRA for this with the video/Machinima makers wanting it to be removable item on the UI as it was spoiling the look of their videos.
    However, to remove it as a feature completely is NOT a fix…..Now I don’t have any idea of what mode I’m in and it’s making the switch between modes while building a complete guess (often a wrong one). Alot of builders are going to be wanting this feature put back in some way. Put a ‘flymode’ icon on the UI for SpaceNavigator users….(off screen to keep the Machinima makers happy).

  57. Argent Stonecutter says:

    The fix that I suggested for the flycam should only have removed it when you hid the UI. I guess they did something else.

  58. Dazz Anvil says:

    Frankly I’d rather see gray nekkid ruths. Is there a way to turn the cotton ball people feature off?

  59. Matthew Dowd says:

    Unfortunately, you seem to have totally ignored that the hiding of the tools menu is both illogical and unpopular (104 votes to revert this change brings it into the top 25 viewer issues! and no one has commented in favour of this change).

    Please change it back – this should have been reverted before 1.20 came out of RC

    http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-6328

    Matthew

  60. HolllYYY hanna. This is sweeeeet.

  61. Ilana Debevec says:

    @61

    Matthew, you don’t ‘ignore’ what dosen’t need fixing. Press the ‘build’ button on the bottom of your screen. There’s your TOOL MENU. Problem solved.

  62. Loosey says:

    @58
    Yep, the ‘Flycam’ status on the bottom right corner of the screen is gone completely, regardless of the UI being visibile or not.
    Unless there is some hidden option, perhaps in ‘debug settings’ or similar to turn the feature back on….it would appear to have been removed completely as a feature… to please the Machinima makers. I agree it should have moved off screen or linked to UI visibility, but now it’s just gone, MIA, whereabouts unknown.
    LL, it’s not just movie makers who use the Spacenavigator, some of us actually need the ‘Flycam’ status to be visible.

    I’m also suffering with the other annoying SpaceNavigator bug that makes the camera orbit out 100’s metres into the air if you close an ‘Edit’ window while in ‘Flycam’ mode. (JIRA bug VWR-7592, please vote on it πŸ™‚
    Now I really have no idea if I’m in ‘Flycam’ mode or not when I’m building/editing projects in SL and it’s really annoying to have my cam orbited out everytime I close an ‘Edit’ window and not know if I’m still in ‘Flycam’ mode or not.

    I’m ditching final release 1.20.15 the lack of the on screen ‘flycam’ status is definitely a showstopper for me 😦

  63. Cotytto Bonetto says:

    @60 Dazz – you can get your very own grey naked ruth avatar at my workshop in Tikka (Free torch included) πŸ˜€

    seriously – Kewl that it’s all done! Way to go Gang!

  64. Kira says:

    Awsome! at last i can go back to using the main viewer! Been using the RC cuse 1.20 was just to cool not to use.

    One question when i start up the splash screen it looks like two screens apear then the splash screen opens.

  65. Argent Stonecutter says:

    Ilana@63: the “build” button is only available when you’re in a land where you can build. There’s lots of tools in the Tools menu that you need in no-build zones.

  66. Matthew Dowd says:

    @63 Ilana, please read the jira entry before commenting.

    For instance, the build button is not available if you on no build land, but many of the options in the Tools menu (e.g. changing the selection options) are still applicable when on no build land!

    One work around to this, is to use the short cut key to option the Build toos – but if I can’t remember the short cut key, I can look it up in the Tools menu, but to get the Tools menu I need to remember the shortcut key, errm. – in any case why introduce a change which immediately requires workarounds!

    Moreover what *is* the point of having entries in the Tool menu to open the Build dialog if you can’t get the Tools menu unless the Build dialog is already open.

    I could go on but this is all in the jira.

    To summarise, hiding the tools menu makes no sense, offers no advantages, makes part of the UI totally illogical and make things more awkward for people who build in SL.

    Matthew

  67. I would like to add my suport to Matthew’s request to return the Tools menu. It is very frustrating and annoying for builders to have to these un-necessary and un-wanted workarounds – just to build!

    WHY???

    What was the JIRA number requestingthe Tool menu item to be removed?

    How many people voted for removing this functionality?

    Who decided to remove the Tool menu from being visible, and what were their reasons?

    What exactly is the benefit, or advantage to making building MORE difficult for people?

    As I said, what was the JIRA number requesting its removal??

    Angsty (builder)

  68. A. Malaprop says:

    *sigh* I wish you’d really fixed the new camera problem in the RCs, or just not instituted whatever it is that caused it. I had to stop trying the RCs due to it making me ill, and it’s now in the new release viewer. Why the soft responsiveness?

  69. Dexter Rowlands says:

    I downloaded the new version and my environment still won’t change from night to day, yet it will on the release candidtate. Doesn’t make sense.

  70. Matthew Dowd says:

    @70 in Preferences under Input and Camera there are three sliders – Camera Follow Distance, Camera Transition Time and Camera Smoothing. Does tweaking these solve your problem?

    Matthew

  71. nice try, but something needs to be rebuilt.

    this official version is page faulting like hell when there’s plenty of
    free memory and no textures downloading. the previous RCs did not
    have this behaviour.

  72. Dexter Rowlands says:

    Nope, it didn’t help. It’s as if I’m stuck at permanment “mid-day” on here. I really don’t get why it works on the RC but not on the official one. I’m totally confused.

  73. Ciaran Laval says:

    I don’t know if it’s the new client yet or my PC playing funny but I keep crashing with errors about the video driver not responding, however it’s only affecting SL.

  74. Amphithetre Andalso says:

    Am I the only one with issues with the new client? It does not work for me at all, please see my forum post here:
    http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?p=2083236#post2083236

  75. Ramzi Linden says:

    @55 Loydin- I apologize that was unclear in the Release Notes. That bullet point is underneath the top line “An improved architecture for the user interface (UI) which now supports…”. What this means is, that icons & art assets that are used by the User Interface (stored in C:\SecondLife\skins\default\textures) were previously restricted to TGA or J2C format. These textures can now be replaced with PNG format. This opens up future functionality for improving the UI.

    I have updated the Release Notes in the wiki, thanks for the tip.

  76. Indeterminate Schism says:

    Anyone found a use for Glare (I mean Glow) values over 0.1 other than whiting-out the area yet?

  77. Ramzi Linden says:

    @70- I think you are referring to VWR-7126 on the camera issue? That problem in the camera code still needs further investigation, and the fix may be large enough that it requires development outside of the Release Candidate cycle. Or was it another bug you are experiencing?

  78. Tarran Aeon says:

    So in snapshot or preview window no checker board background for alpha textures, sorry. I don’t want to spend one of my weekends learning how to navigate the p-jira, to set up a issue tracker viewer bug report. that means I guess I’m a tard. I cant see if its white or alpha. No one else sees this? I do… seen it sence 20.10 RC viewer

  79. Lulu Pink says:

    Did you fix the jumping cam bug when a prim is close to the avis back in this final 1.20 release???
    AWESOME !!!!
    Using the RC and just now the 1.20.15…. and it seems gone for the first time…
    GREAT… keep doing GOOD things, too πŸ˜‰

  80. Ciaran Laval says:

    Ok where can I get the previous viewer from, not 1.19, the previous 1.20, this viewer keeps having an issue with my graphics card, the previous 1.20 viewer didn’t.

  81. Cristine Grut says:

    Avatares is not visualized and appears white clouds!

  82. DhouZhang Fhang says:

    oh gee …. how long until the “skirt bug” (vwr-2778) evolves and raises it’s ugly little head again? Everytime you guys fix this bug, it doesn’t take long until it evolves and re-appears and then i’m back to wearing jeans again.

  83. Ghosty Kips says:

    Stop All Animations is no longer in the Tools menu? Why? That was a really useful item.

  84. Charles Gemini says:

    This viewer is highly inferior compared to the last one. Hasn’t LL learned yet about their fancy new features sometimes making things worse? This supposedly smoother avatar interface now makes it so it takes 10-20 seconds to re-center the avatar if you turn your head, making it very hard to tp into somewhere and move around with any degree of efficiency. It might be prettier or less jumpy-looking but point of fact, it makes it more difficult to move around and get things done as quickly. And what the hell was the point of making the camera controls just as swimmy, so that when I move the camera point up, it pivots like I’m turning my head or something? I don’t get the point of that at all.

    I’ve been an SL user for nearly 2 years and this is my first post on the SL blog, so I’m not some complainer or nit-picker, but c’mon guys, you can do better than this. Your “update” is a throw-back.

  85. Neko says:

    @ 85 Ghosty Kips

    Stop animations is under the world menu now. Prolly moved there because the tools menu is hidden when the edit window is closed.

  86. Shadoe Landman says:

    Followed the link to update your driver. Aw, the newest driver is older than the one I have. They haven’t updated since 2005 for my card. Time to invest in a new one!

    *nervously trying out new viewer*

  87. Maggie Darwin says:

    1.20.15 seems to be crashing a *lot* on sim crossings.

  88. Moll Dean says:

    To Ramzi Linden

    I wrote before in another post, but I would like to say again about the high level importance of a LIGHT VIEWER

    The LIGHT VIEWER is a optional viewer designed to all those who don’t have a powerful machine (normal graphic card, laptops, old PC) and, also, to those that will not use SL to build things.
    So, the LIGHT VIEWER, don’t have advanced menu, builders tools, Windlight, Voice and some adjustments to make this the most basic viewer as possible.

    Please, Ramzi Linden and LL, I know there are many works scheduled, but this is very important to bring back dozen of hundred user that got confused to use SL, got too much crashes or even wasn’t able to run the viewer on their machines… We need more real people inside because milions of camp/copy-bots do not buy stuffs.

    Aslo (my last request), if all premium users have 512m of land, you should give them the parcel and one default house. A place where they can rez their stuffs, change clothes, invite friends and have some privacy.
    For all those time I am here I saw that I have a right to own this 512sqm, but I could find any and LL do not give me. So, where I can have it? Why by defauld I don’t have it?

  89. Ron Crimson says:

    Sedary@20: you’re right, absolutely agree. Good point about the viewer vs. server update for Mono.

    Ric@37: … WHAT? o_O C’mon, voyeurism is hardly an enhancement. o_O

    Net@39: agreed, there are still issues with hi-res snapshots… but for now they can be worked around, thank goodness. πŸ™‚

    Bob@46: I thought I asked you to zip it. YAWN. X-(

    paula@47: are you changing the I log setting before you log in? Try to set it while you’re in-world as some of the settings are only saved when you’re “live,” or so I found…

    Loydin@55: good question – my GUESS is that while SL was always able to *import* PNG images, apparently now it offers support for storing textures *on the server* in PNG format, or in other words: lossless compression. Hmm, might be related to small textures? (I really don’t know)
    EDIT: nvm, Ramzi answered it. πŸ™‚

    Kira@66, you said “One question when i start up the splash screen it looks like two screens apear then the splash screen opens.” So what’s the question? πŸ˜‰

    @68, @69 and others: I’ve never been bothered much by the hidden Tools menu but you got my sympathy..it would be a good idea to have it back permanently. In the meantime, for those who need an easy way to bring it up even when in no-build areas, just hit CTRL-3 to open a “blank” Edit window. Now repeat after me: CTRL-3, CTRL-3, CTRL-3…. πŸ˜€

    @70: The soft camera responsiveness can be reduced/disabled in preferences – Torley just made a QuickTip about that too, have a look. It’s not a problem if you can solve it *grin*

    Dexter@74: Just a hunch… but since the main viewer and RC have separate folders where Windlight settings (including days (including the DEFAULT day)) are stored, could it be that the default day in your main viewer was somehow altered and that’s why you’re stuck in daytime? Might be worth looking at.Ciaran@82: all of the “previous 1.20 viewers” were RCs but this is the new MAIN viewer. Since they can be installed side by side, you should still have the RC on your computer if you want to go back to it.

    @83: That’s a feature, read the changelogs πŸ˜‰

    @86: You might want to invest less energy in complaining and more in informing yourself about changes. Again, the camera smoothing is ADJUSTABLE via the preferences and you can disable it completely, too. See Torley’s latest QuickTips. ^_^

    Whew, this was a fun post to write. Now I’ma head for some SL lovin’ πŸ˜€

  90. Ron Crimson says:

    @90: why not make a feature request in the JIRA? As for the 512sqm plot – I don’t remember for sure right now but I think that’s only for premium members, and even then it only means you can own up to 512sqm of mainland *without* incurring any tier fees on top of your membership fee. You’ll still have to go out there and actually *buy* the land.
    Default house? Hmm… Inventory -> Library? πŸ˜‰

  91. Moll Dean says:

    #92 Rom

    Yes, I am premium member and you are right. That is the way thing are today.
    What I meant is that it is very rare to find a Linden Lab land where I can buy the 512sqm and live there for all my premium live without tier.
    But I am proposing that we should have not only the tier free, but also the land and a default house.

    thanks for the comment

  92. Ron Crimson says:

    I’m not sure I’m understanding you correctly – but as long as you buy a 512sqm plot *on the mainland*, LL won’t charge you any tier fees beyond the premium membership fee.

    As for the land itself being free, they USED to have a program where you could buy “First Land” for a ridiculously low price, but ppl abused it to the effect of snapping up tons of parcels and reselling them at normal price, so the First Land program was canned.

    Default house? I did mention the inventory library, right? πŸ˜‰

  93. Thohi Torok says:

    I’m just gonna be a tard like so many others and offer a small complaint here, in the comments, rather than in the Jira where it belongs. I’m tired, sorry..

    For reasons beyond my comprehension my windows are repositioned with each relog. I like to keep my inventory, IM and chat windows neatly positioned around the edges of my screen, but every time I log in now, they’ve been moved inward toward the centre of the screen, and I have to draw them back where I want them. As you can well imagine, this is quite annoying. So, is there a workaround I’m missing, or is this something that should be included in a future fix?

    That said, so far (with only a few hours on the new viewer) I’m liking it. Great that my hud-elements are no longer blurred out when looking at something glowy, and _great_ to be able to open people’s profiles by just touching their names in the chat.

    And I’m sure all the other changes are sweet too, but I haven’t encountered them yet :3

    Keep up the good work!

  94. Soap Clawtooth says:

    @Ramzi.
    Why didn’t you take up the advice some of us gave you about making the flycam text a floater, same as ‘release keys?’ Taking the text away all together proves to be irritating because in High Lag areas pressing your flycam button doesn’t always cause it to go into flycam mode first time, and without any indicator you end up walking into someting/off something/into someone.
    Also, when will the flashing textues problem be fixed for imac?

  95. nikita says:

    shorty after downloading the 1.20 my nvidea 8600 card crashed,never did that with the 1.19,only had the 1.20 for about 2 hrs and problems are happening,one message says ” a problem with your video card caused windows to stop working correctly”
    I think i’m going back to the 1.19

  96. Georgette Whitfield says:

    Woot! So long, Ruth. See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya! πŸ˜€

  97. Evangeline Biedermann says:

    Curious about the latest viewer and to see if anything had changed ..i teleported to my home island with scripted items attached and on landing still find that my HUD attachments, i.e. AO, Mystitool and TE HUD are disfunctional, cannot be de- and reattached and make a relog necessary – i clear cache, log out and relog everytime i teleport ..after relog, some prim attachments are missing. As i am not discouraged to spend my money inworld for any of these items, and my premium is being debited without fail for this service.. i expect that i get to enjoy the service w’out resorting to reduce my game experience. i have filed a JIRA on this and keep posting comments on this fault every time an upgrade has been made.. yet this is the final viewer.. i’m disappointed to say the least!!

    I won’t even start on the annoying bouncing camera ..camera going out of control and locking in wild spinning cycles ..and the fact that on ‘recommended settings’ ..i still have to rebake textures every few minutes as my skin and system textures turn either black or represent my HUD attachments ..sculpted prims around my home turn to a multicolour glow ..as i said ..i’m disappointed 😦

  98. Moll Dean says:

    #94 Ron
    Yes, you mentioned Inventory > Library. Indeed.
    Well, I guess you got my point. There is no land avaible to all premiun user. They give you free tier but no land. And yes, it means that this “first land” program is on stay-by for now.
    In general, I am pointing to a mass type of users that would longer if you could offer a very light viewer, few fuctions and already rezzed house/parcel. That is more about conception of how SL will be among us.
    Thanks again for the comment πŸ˜€

  99. Jayden B says:

    I can definitely confirm removing the debug memory allocation test in the idle loop increases frame rates by 2fps.

    I wonder why it was left in.

    But still, thanks to the release team for a decent release process, not rushed for once. Thanks also to the inventory team for returning so many of my lost items….

    Wear a HUD (AO for example), drop it. add an animation or change a notecard, wear it from the ground not from taking and attaching, then crash without logging out and it poofs…. your no parent folder got all these back

  100. Ciaran Laval says:

    @97 Nikita that’s very similar to the problem I’m getting, my video card stops responding but I’ve been using the previous versions of 1.20 without this problem, it’s just this latest incarnation that is causing the problem.

  101. Jayden B says:

    @ 99, Evangeline: Your huds or prim attachments not working and not able to be detached is not the viewer, its a Havok4 thing. http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/SVC-1517

    The camera can be fixed to 1.19 and before action with Edit > Preferences > Input & Camers > Smooting to 0

  102. sp says:

    Yay! I no longer have to worry about the sporadic crashes I was getting in the RC. Now it crashes every time I quit.

  103. nikita says:

    @102 Ciaran the 1.19 ran flawlessly for me,never crashed,almost no failed teleports to speak of,i guess what bothers me most is i had a laptop that barely handled sl,it was about 8 months old,so i went out and bought one especially for sl,cost $1500,i wanted everything that i needed to run sl ,it had been flawless until i downloaded the 1.20 and now my nividea 8600 crashes with the 1.20.i have gone back to the old reliable 1.19
    I have tried some of the past RC 1.20 but i always seemed to have to go back to 1.19 for good performance

  104. Velvety Avro says:

    I downloaded this viewer and still cannot see my skirts when I wear them…I can see them when I go into alter appearance but when that closes they are gone…..I dont understand why and thought that, that was one of the bugs fixed?

    Hmmmmmm….maybe next time

  105. Ciaran Laval says:

    @105 Nikita, I’ve been to the Nvidia site and updated my drivers and it seemed to work better although it’s too soon to tell for sure.

  106. Shire Pony says:

    My heart is heavy now that I can no longer quip about the endless series of release candidates πŸ™‚

    Good job getting this one to Gold guys. Now comes the really juicy stuff when we get started on the mono release! Hopefully there will be a work around for the “black water” glitch.

  107. Cincia Singh says:

    I downloaded and installed the new 1.20 main viewer (I’ve run each and every RC of the 1.20 cycle). I was online last night for 4 hours without a crash, I can see my skirts, everyone else can see my skirts, no viewer twitch or delays, no failed TP’s, no lost inventory, so I applaud the team who wrote this viewer and I’m eagerly awaiting the next RC because I am, and always will be, just itching to get the latest and greatest.

  108. nikita says:

    @107 Ciaran thats one of the first things i did,check for card updates,it said mine was up to date,thanks so much for the input

  109. Marcus says:

    Great ! Search and the group box in the profile have been changed to black texts on white backround ! That makes it impossible for me as a visually challenged person to read it.

  110. Lina Pussycat says:

    There appears to still be a memory leak that causes a stack-heap collision in the actual client itself… other then that the client is good. The clients memory usage in general keeps climbing at times sometimes to high and then other times it just goes back down…. Aside from causing a stack heap collision it appears to be causing the client to pause every few minutes….

  111. Fredy Kyong says:

    HELP! I downloaded the new viewer right away, installed the English Version and it came up with a German GUI. Right now I do not know where to change it!

    Can I go back again to the release before?

  112. Fredy Kyong says:

    Sry, got it. Seems the new viewer installed the language depending on the OS and not what I select in the installer. German SL viewers are translated not properly, so I understand english better as the German translations πŸ™‚

  113. conrad negulesco says:

    Wish I could say the new viewer is good. In all honesty I cannot. It is flawed and buggy and corrupted settings in my older viewer which I preferred and have attempted to return to. As always, developers are smashed by management to rush new product out before it is effective, efficient or proper. If you take my advice – stay with what works until they make this one work as well as 1.19.05 did. Peace to all.

  114. Ron Crimson says:

    @114: that’s correct πŸ™‚ I actually noticed myself that the “–set systemlanguage” option (or whatever the syntax was now) in the desktop shortcut is gone and Secondlife.exe now starts without any arguments whatsoever. Hence it no longer defaults to US-English as the viewer language, unless that’s your OS language too.

  115. Fernando Dagostino says:

    SHOWCASE IS UNFAIR!

    As Lindan Lab always states it’s OUR economy. Showcase interferes with OUR economy where LINDEN LAB decides who get’s most money (most customers). It’s like President Bush/Obama saying “I RECOMMAND PEOPLE TO BUY A SONY TV. HERE IS THE LOCATION OF A GREAT SONY STORE. GO BUY IT IT NOW, WE THINK IT IS GOOD.

    VERY UNFAIR!

    This means that people that suck up on brag on blogs will get more attention that people that do not do this. UNFAIR. In search everyone has equal chances, but with showcase it’s a matter of having friends at the spotlight club. UNFAIR.

    this means an ELITE group of people will decide what is good and what is not. I do not mind showcase on itself, but i DO MIND SHOWCASE as being part of our search. If people want to see showcase so badly, just give it an own independant WEBSITE.

    DO NOT PUSH YOUR PREFERENCE DOWN THE THROAT OF RESIDENTS. It is NOT the direction linden lab should go to. In some countries the president that has been there 40 years PUSHES HIMSELF down the throat to people, so he will be the only well known candidate, which will lead him to REMAIN president forever. Second life should be an OPEN MARKET, and not a market of a few ELITE PEOPLE that PICK where we SHOULD GO.

    UNFAIR!

  116. Ron Crimson says:

    @95 Thohi: that’s an unusual problem, alright. o_O One *possible* solution (assuming you’re running SL in windowed mode, but even if you run it in fullscreen mode, go ahead and try this)… Edit your desktop shortcut (rightclick -> Properties) and change the default window (next to “Run:”) to “Maximized.” I’ve found that this helps me avoid issues with the SL window size changing unexpectedly on me – and the window size affects the placement of SL UI windows. See if this helps. πŸ™‚

    @101 Jayden: your example shows why it’s NOT a good idea to just drop a HUD in-world, edit it and re-wear it again without ever simply detaching it/taking it to inventory. The process of taking it to the inventory is vital for saving the HUD’s “state” to the grid, specificially the asset servers. Personally I would recommend that anyone who edits a HUD/its contents first rezzes it on the ground, then (when done) retakes it, wait a few seconds, then wear it. Has worked perfectly for me so far πŸ™‚

    @111 Marcus: are you using the old (dark) skin or the Dazzle one?

  117. Ron Crimson says:

    @118 Fernando: WTF? Dude, it’s just a showcase. Nothing more. Nobody’s forcing you to go to any of the featured places. Good grief, man. o_O

  118. Ciaran Laval says:

    @120 Ron Crimson I agree to a degree with Fernando.

    Art & Culture, Music, Hot Spots, heck even sports & hobbies is fine.

    Fashion is a no no and shouldn’t be in there.

  119. Razor says:

    adding commercial business to the showcase is unfair. if linden labs doesnt likes you, you have to pay 300.000 linden a week to get a classified. if linden labs likes you you get it for free.

    so long for the “your world your imagination”

    its now “linden labs choice, your imagination”

  120. Zena Juran says:

    Hey LL, what actually happens when the last RC is converted to the production model? I test and use all the RCs until the production release and it never fails that the production release is always a downgrade in graphics.

  121. adel Quandry says:

    is there a way to go back to the old viewer.. this one crashes like crazy for me and I dont have the instal file for the old one 😦

  122. nikita says:

    @123 adel,there is download for the old 1.19 viewer,i used it this morning,i am at work and don’t like to my sl password to get in the sl website here,i have the link on my computer at home,
    I’m sure if you look around the sl website you will find it,i could’nt find it right away but there is one there
    You will have to uninstall the 1.20 and re install the 1.19

  123. Renee Faulds says:

    The ‘latest’ nvidia drivers can be found here;

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx

  124. Emerald Ansome says:

    I downloaded this viewer, hoping that the triangle glitches and distortions present in the previous new version were fixed, but those annoying glitches are still there. I don’t know why they are there (turning off Vertex Buffer Objects, a workaround for most users, only worked for about half an hour before the triangles came back) and I feel that my Second Life experience will be hindered forever.

    😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦

    The only true workaround for me is to downgrade to 1.18 with lesser features.

    I want help, please.

  125. Ramzi Linden says:

    @123 Zena- can you elaborate what you mean by experiencing a “downgrade in graphics?” Does that mean your default Graphics level in Preferences gets set to a lower setting than you were using in the RC?
    To you general question: when a last RC build gets converted to production, we rebuild/repackage the same code with new branding (as “Second Life Release” ) that’s embedded in several places in the viewer. Because the final version is running in the official release channel, it is supposed to inherit the same settings that you used in the last official viewer. (This is why you can run different settings side by side with a Release Candidate.) So this new official viewer is intended to use the same settings you had in 1.19.1… was that the case?

    @124 Adel- you can find the download links on this page:
    https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/10_Things_You_Want_to_Know_in_Your_new_1.20_Viewer#Where_can_I_get_the_previous_viewer_1.19.1.3F
    Please do tell us about your crashes in the Issue Tracker, so we can investigate.

  126. Spook Maroon says:

    Oh great. I’ve been using the RC since the beginning. Now it’s released and I totally can’t use it. The thing locks up my whole computer every ten minutes and needs a reboot.

    Can we continue using 1.20.14 till the production viewer is fixed? It’s horrible!

  127. You are right! My crashes are 20% more efficient than before! Now I crash before I even get logged in! hehe

    Seriously, when I look back over the past few months, it’s gotten a LOT better! There is still a ways to go, but I was happy before, and even moreso now πŸ™‚

  128. Ack I take it back, I am going back to RC again, cause I am crashing 20% more often now….eep!

  129. Ticia Babii says:

    Where can people having issues with this current download, download the last version. files corrupt is what it said when he downloaded.and mozilla but he has IE

  130. Phoxpaws Vollmer says:

    1.20.15 is slick and I have beat the thing to death. No crashes so far. But then the last RC didn’t crash either. What can I say, great job LL.

  131. Intra Fraina says:

    Nice update, but when is the crash related to teleporting while using the 2Wire HomePortal system going to be fixed? I’ve been having this issue and hav’nt been able to use any of the main clients to teleport since this past christmas, it would be great if that would be looked into, relatively soon.

  132. DhouZhang Fhang says:

    Well, i’m just in the middle of updating my drivers for the vid card i’ve got (NVidia GeForce Mx4400) after having downloaded the latest regular client since the old client crashed on me virtually straight away. So maybe now, i can have some piece and quiet and fluidity with sl. Oh – and before you start saying “you’re vid card’s old, no wonder you’ve got troubles” – I’m running two (yes two) Intel Pentium 4CP) 2.80 Ghz processors.

  133. Shadoe Landman says:

    The graphics are much better, but it’s laggier. Haven’t crashed yet, though, and I’ve used high graphics preferences. Good thing I like to take pictures πŸ™‚

  134. Udge Watanabe says:

    I agree with A. Malaprop and others: I find the “soft” response of the camera controls _very_ offputting, almost nauseating. That the camera also often continues moving far beyond when I take my finger off the mouse button is extremely annoying.

    I crashed three times yesterday on 1.20, whereas 1.19 hadn’t crashed for me in weeks.

    The world is much prettier, that’s good. But on the whole I was disappointed and annoyed, and have downgraded to 1.19

  135. Udge Watanabe says:

    @137 (myself) Just read 103, I’ll turn the Smoothing off and give it another try. Still annoyed about the crashes, though, for me 1.19 was the most stable release yet.

  136. Rianne Rayna says:

    I liked the Old search function much better.. had a better overview and i did not have to click and click back constantly… where is the good old simple, List.. click on it , see the pic and text explenation.. and a nice teleport button.. Now the old one has been taken out.. not a suprise but a disapointment never the less…as i am not waiting for secondlife to turn into the Windows look.. with browsers and stuff like that..luckely the Skin option , is still a choice you can make i was really afraid that that would also have been made into the Silver look as a default… personally i hate it !! the only thing missing when i log in with the Silver look is the windows start up screen and loading bar.. Some good thing we can still choose the default…. Crashes , Memory leaks , others issues.. they are part of secondlife.. and i can partially live with that.. Frustrating.. but Please please LL Stop touching the ui any further on future updates.. please fire the person responsable for it.. As it is now i still have a option , but i see the end comming for that as well.. as Options are taken away more then they are given it seems… Generally i am happy.. iam just worryed the interface will suffer more damage in the future.. so i hope you guys use some common sence..

  137. Infrared Wind says:

    This release is working fine for me. I’ve been using the 1.20 release candidate, so there no surprises other than my one issue with flycam text. I prefer it not displayed. I can appreciate those that want it, so at the very least it could be a debug feature toggle on/off.

    Great job LL, I see above that people are having problems, but things are working great for me.

    – Infrared Wind

  138. Ron Crimson says:

    @134 DhouZhang: impressive CPUs, no question, but your videocard is still old. *ducks and runs* (However, I had the same card in my older PC for a while and it ran SL without a hitch – just slowly.) πŸ™‚

    @120 Ciaran: what’s wrong with fashion? It’s no different from arts and music and whatever else o_O

    @128 Spook: actually, yes, 1.20 RC14 continues to work fine.

    @137 Udge: did it help? Hope so! πŸ™‚

  139. Khiara says:

    i’ve tried the new version and sorry, dont like it one bit. Dont like the way the cam moves, and when av stops moving the cam doesnt. it seems to rickochet all over the place :-/
    ive reverted back to 1.19 and dont plan on upgrading… and if it becomes absolutely necessary – i leave SL …
    sure its fixed some issues, and looks better.. but i would rather stick to what im used to.

  140. Khiara says:

    one question though… will the onrez viewer more or less be exact same as this? because if not – then when it becomes necessary to upgrade via the LL ui i may as well just switch to onrez viewer (if it doesnt have same upgrade as normal ui has)

  141. Supa Shang says:

    Still getting sporadic frame rate freezing, this only happened in the RC and now it is in this release. Is anyone else having this issue? The previous client did not suffer from this and works fine. Client locks every few mins for about 5seconds then resumes, really annoying. Uninstalls.

  142. Like so many of the latest RC viewer updates, this new version gets me to “Waiting for region handshake” and that’s as far as I can get. I’ll have to go back to 1.19 unless someone knows how to fix it.

  143. Ianthe says:

    I’m getting some people who look pure grey head to toe. It is like they are shadows.

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  145. Erinyse Planer says:

    @ 115 unless youre on a mac, do these steps. Update your drivers. or update your computer. or update your settings.
    the new viewer with a few minor adjustments depending on the machine its running on works just fine for most people (the sole exception being on some macs. Ive been in the testing cycle for 1.20 from the beginning, and I don’t find it flawed. I couldn’t even hardly run 1.19.1 and 1.19.0 worked but had all kinds of problems. I’ve almost never crashed with the 1.20 viewer, it works better. As you can’t seem to provide any details or fill out a jira (which takes all of 5 min), I am wondering if you just like to bash the viewers and those that worked so hard on them?

    As for those of you that want the toolbar unhidden, its being planned in a later release.

    @141 and 136 check to see if the cam is on an invisible object or if your standing with your back to an object. those are the onl two times i’ve experienced that. the controls for the camera aren’t that soft and are adjustable.

    for those with nvidea 8600 or 9600 issues I found an easy fix that worked for me. Upgrade to the newest drivers THEN revert one update.

  146. MaCelia Morane says:

    Well, the last several RC versions finally worked well for me, and I was happy about the news that it’s now the main viewer and downloaded it. Alas, more crashes & lag than I’ve had in a long time ensued…or is that the rolling restarts? Sigh. Maybe I’ll stick with RC 1.20.14 for awhile and check back on the new main viewer (1.20.15) a bit later.

    @128 – we can still use 14, luckily!

  147. Ron Crimson says:

    Ianthe @ 145, that’s another new feature in the 1.20 viewer (much like the new Ruth glow). If an avi shows up like a grey cardboard cutout it means you have them on your mute list…and the grey appearance is a visual mute so you don’t have to put up with their appearance, blinding facelights, excessive bling or whatever else it is that bugs you about them. If you don’t WANT to see them this way, well…unmute them. πŸ™‚

    On an unrelated note… I’m amazed (in a sad way) at the number of people who can’t figure out a simple camera adjustment and would rather come here to complain about it and announce they’re leaving SL. *sigh*

  148. Ron Crimson says:

    Almost forgot, but here’s a tip for everyone who’s been using the RC and wants to use the main release now (this is for Windows btw): go to your Application Data\Second Life\user_settings folder and rename “setting_releasecandidate.xml” to “settings.xml” (or just copy it). This will ensure you run the main viewer with the exact same settings as the RC and will prevent surprises. πŸ™‚

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