Today, we’re releasing Viewer 2 (Version 2.2.0 Beta) on our Beta release channel. This is an exciting release for us for two reasons. First, this release marks the first Viewer download since we announced the Snowstorm Team at SLCC in August. The Snowstorm Team has been working in the open to share our design and development process and directly engage with open source developers. Second, this beta release also marks the beginning of a new approach to our release process. Since we kicked off Project Snowstorm, we’ve made the latest Development Viewer available to Residents nightly so they can see our day to day progress and try out new things as soon as they’re in a build.
In our Beta and Release channels, we will make Viewers available to you more frequently. Our plan is to update Betas weekly with new official releases happening every 3-4 weeks. This lets us get new ideas and features into your hands faster and it gives us the ability to react to your feedback more quickly.
This latest beta release of Viewer 2 (Version 2.2.0 Beta), is mostly focused on bug fixes, but also includes some great user interface customization options. Here’s a quick run-down of what you’ll find in this release:
- Sidebar Tabs can now be undocked and turned into regular floating windows.
- The buttons on the Bottom Bar can be reordered.
- Right-click on your avatar and select “Sit Down” to sit anywhere.
- Parcel property icons (found in the Location Bar) are now on by default.
- Selection beams are working again.
- Language translations in local chat (via Google Translate API).
- Group permissions now work via the Snapshot tool.
- Turn off scripted particles and lights.
- Builders can more easily align textures across linked prims using planar mapping.
- View profile inspectors via the Mini-map.
- Pan the mini-map with shift-drag.
Many of these features came to the official Viewer through resident contributions, both directly by way of the Snowstorm team, as well as indirectly through past contributions to the Snowglobe project. Thank you to all of you who have contributed code, testing, and commentary. Please keep it up!
To view a full list of changes, see the Release Notes.
Please note that, as always on the beta channel, we only support one beta viewer at a time. If you’re using an older Beta Viewer, then you will be asked to upgrade on your next login.