07-20-2012 01:39 PM - edited 07-20-2012 01:40 PM
Today Widely Linden closed MAINT-1299 marking it as expected behaviour after several months.
What this means - in English - is that invisprims are accepted as no longer rendering properly when shadows are enabled in the official viewer (and TPVs using the same rendering stream) and this will no longer be regarded as a bug. This has the biggest effect with many shoes and other items of clothing that took advantage of that as a feature some time back. More modern clothing should be using other methods, but older avatars (or avatars buying older content) may find that they don't look right when being viewed in a viewer with shadows enabled.
Using invisiprims in this way may be inadvisable (but once was widespread), and with this LL is admiting it is happy breaking current content without publicising anything about it beyond the limited JIRA community. Hopefully this will help publicise this issue more widely.
07-20-2012 03:13 PM
07-20-2012 06:43 PM - edited 07-20-2012 06:44 PM
Gadget Portal wrote:
No one should be using invisiprims anymore, anyway. Best case, alpha layers look better. Worst case, you're carrying scripts you don't need.
So show me how to hide Linden water now, without invisiprims? How can you make a dry dock, like in a few of the Linden-created builds have? And which this now formally ignored bug will break. Answer, you can't, too bad...
How do you hide part of an avatar's body behind an attachment that might not be in exactly the same place on every avatar? Like most adult bits that used an invisiprim to allow body cavities. Answer, you can't, too bad...
Oh, and the rendering problem with Shadows on also screws up anything that is alpha-textured behind an attached, alpha-textured system skirt. Too bad, LL couldn't care less if my tail has a hole in it because I'm wearing a correctly-made system skirt.
07-21-2012 04:52 PM
I just cannot restrain myself from commenting on this. What were they thinking when they did not publicize that rendering of invisiprims was broken and did not publicize the decision not to fix it? This kind of behavior is inexcusable. When I first noticed the problem with my shoes, I thought it was a problem with my viewer, cache, etc. I spent considerable time troubleshooting, posting a question here about it, and reading the jira. If LL had just told me that it was expected that invisiprims would not look right, then I could have saved that time. I imagine that thousands of others wasted similar amounts of time. It could have been avoided if a Linden had been willing to spend a few minutes writing a blog post. It is almost as if they go out of their way to be inconsiderate of customers.
07-22-2012 02:40 PM
Sadlly Linden Lab are making the minimum of publicity about changes that are happenning, whether they be bugs or new features. It seems it is now company policy to make no comment other than at in-world user groups (occassionally), in the technical and rarely read Release Notes (most of the time) and in the difficult to search JIRAs (most of the time).