Second Life 1.23 (RC0) now available [updated]

Linden Lab have made a new Second Life viewer release-candidate available. RC0 is the start of a new series of release candidates, apparently scheduled to complete by the end of June.

This release features a number of changes, including the promised Shadow code (which is more than a little experimental), and the new support features for Adult content. While it has only been out for a day, there's quite a bit of controversy over a reordering of texture layers on the avatar head, which reportedly breaks a lot of skin content and makes avatar faces that use them appear 'clownish'.

Certain European locale settings may cause this release to crash on startup, and the viewer itself may be unusually slow to start up.

New Features:


Adult Content Access & Filtering

Are you uncertain what Adult Content access and filtering changes have been put into place? Are you wondering how you may or may not be impacted? For answers to these questions and more, please check out these links:

  • Adult Content Announcement and follow-up Blog Posts
  • Adult-Oriented Content Controls FAQ


What You'll Notice First...


UI Changes in Support of Adult Content Access & Filtering:

My Land Window Changes
  • The My Land window now shows a parcel's Type: (Homestead, etc) of each parent region.
  • The window was also widened and the columns re-arranged.

About Land Window Changes
  • The About Land > General tab now shows a parcel's Type: (Homestead, etc) and Rating: (PG, Mature, Adult) of its parent region.
  • The About Land > Convenant tab now shows a parcel's Type: (Homestead, etc) and Rating: (PG, Mature, Adult) of its parent region, and the layout has been re-arranged.
  • On the About Land > Options tab, the checkbox for PG/Mature content/Adult content will be greyed-out/disabled when it cannot be changed based on the rating of the estate/region.
    • NOTE: After a 60-day transition period, the Options tab will no longer display the 'Adult' dropdown choice on Show Place in Search under: [possible categories]
  • The About Land > Media tab options available under the Sound: and Voice: sections have changed.
  • On the About Land > Media tab, the options available under the Voice: section will be greyed-out/disabled when already set at the Estate level.

Buy Land Window Changes
  • The Buy Land and Buy Land for Group windows now show a parcel's Type: (Homestead, etc) of its parent region.
  • The Buy Land window will show an error message when a PG resident attempts to buy land with a higher rating (Mature or Adult) than the level indicated in their Maturity preference.

Group Info Window Changes
  • The Group Info window > Land & L$ tab displays a new column in the list of land parcels which shows the Type (Homestead, etc) of the region each parcel is in.
  • The Area column now displays "XXXX" instead of "0 / XXXX".
  • The columns have been re-arranged.

Menu Bar Changes
  • The parcel name displayed in the menu bar [eg. "LindenWorld B 132,123,24 (Mature) - Main Stage"] will now indicate "(Adult)" as well as "(Mature)" and "(PG)"
Edit > Preferences Changes
  • A new option on the Preferences > General tab allows you to choose your desired maturity rating (I want to access content rated:)
    • This option is greyed-out/disabled before you log in, since it must be read from the database.

Profile Changes
  • On the Profile > Classified tab, creating a new Classified now generates it for the parcel location you are standing at the moment.
    • If on a PG region, the classified can only be rated as PG Content.
    • If on an Adult region, the classified can only be rated as Adult Content.
    • If on a Mature region, you can specify the new classified as "PG Content" or "Mature Content".
    • If you try to create a PG or Mature classified but in the description utilize keywords which are deemed to be "adult terms", an error message will indicate which of those terms may not be utilized for this Classified, and will link to the Knowledge Base for further info.
Region/Estate Changes
  • The Region/Estate > Region tab allows you to set or change the region's Rating: (PG, Mature, Adult). NOTE: This is the only location in the UI where a region's maturity Rating can be set.
  • The Region/Estate > Region tab shows the region's Type: (Homestead, etc).
  • The Region/Estate > Convenant tab now shows (read-only) the region's Type: (Homestead, etc) and Rating: (PG, Mature, etc). The layout has also been re-arranged.
Search Improvements
  • Many controls on the Search tabs have been re-organized.
  • Search is now responsive to a) your maximum maturity access and b) what you choose to see, as set in Preferences:
    • Search will show an error message if you do not have Adult access but attempt to query on certain "adult terms"
    • The Search > All, Search > Classified, Search > Events, and Search > Groups tabs now include checkboxes to indicate whether you want to include [X] PG content, [X] Mature content, [X] Adult content in your search.
      • If you are a resident rated Mature, the [X] Adult content will be greyed-out/disabled.
      • If you are a resident rated PG, the Mature content and Adult content checkboxes will not appear and the tab will simply indicate that PG Content is being displayed.
      • If you are a resident cleared for Adult content but have selected a lower rating in Preferences, then any checkboxes above that level will be greyed-out/disabled.
    • The Search > Land Sales tab now includes checkboxes to indicate whether you want to include [X] PG content, [X] Mature content, [X] Adult content in your search. The panel displaying your search result details will also indicate whether the Land Sale's Location is on a region which is (PG), (Mature) or (Adult).
      • If you are a resident rated Mature, the [X] Adult content will be greyed-out/disabled.
      • If you are a resident rated PG, the Mature content and Adult content checkboxes will not appear and the tab will simply indicate that PG Content is being displayed.
      • If you are a resident cleared for Adult content but have chosen a lower rating in Preferences, then any checkboxes above that level will be greyed-out/disabled.
    • The Search > Places tab now includes checkboxes to indicate whether you want to include [X] PG content, [X] Mature content, [X] Adult content in your search. The panel for your search result details will also indicate whether the Place's Location is on a region which is (PG), (Mature) or (Adult).
      • The ability to choose "Adult" as a category of Places to search for will disappear after the 60-day transition period. Any places still categoried as "Adult" at that time will then be migrated by Linden Lab to the "Other" category.
World Map Changes
  • A new icon has been added to the World Map Legend to show Adult events, as distinct from PG and Mature events
    • If you are a resident rated Mature, the Adult events icon will be greyed-out/disabled.
    • If you are a resident rated PG, you will see neither the Adult nor the Mature event icons.
  • The World Map now shows land for sale (yellow) only when the land is rated at or below your Maturity rating.
    • In other words, only Adult residents will see yellow indicators on the World Map for Adult-rated Land for Sale.
  • The tooltip over any region on the map will show the rating of that region, appended as "...(PG)", "...(Mature)", "...(Adult)"
Teleport Changes
  • A Teleport error message will appear if you attempt to teleport to a region with a higher maturity rating than your rating.
    • If you are not cleared for the higher (e.g. Adult) access, the message will direct you to the Knowledge Base for more information.
    • If you simply have set your personal maturity Rating too low (in Preferences), the error message will include a button that will allow you the option to immediately raise your maturity Rating preference.
Region Crossing Changes
  • Attempting to walk/fly into a region which has a higher maturity rating than your rating will result in an error message.
    • If you are not cleared for the higher (e.g. Adult) access, the message will direct you to the Knowledge Base for more information.
    • If you simply have set your personal Rating preference too low (in Preferences), the error message will include a button that will allow you the option to immediately raise your maturity Rating preference.
    • You can choose to suppress this error message in the future, but you will always see a blue notification "tip" appear briefly & fadeout as you fail to walk/fly into a prohibited region, to make sure you understand why you were denied access.
Claiming Land Changes
  • Attempting to claim a parcel from a region which has a higher maturity rating than your rating will result in an error message.
    • If you are not cleared for the higher (e.g. Adult) access, the message will direct you to the Knowledge Base for more information.
    • If you simply have set your personal maturity Rating too low (in Preferences), the error message will include a button that will allow you the option to immediately raise your maturity Rating preference.

Additional UI Changes:

Pie Menu Changes
  • When you right-click on another avatar, the Pie menu now includes an option to Report... abuse from that resident. The Abuse Reporter will then come up pre-populated with that Resident's name.
Camera Changes
  • Edit > Preferences now includes a new camera option: Camera View Angle
  • The camera option Camera Follow Distance now affects the camera more comprehensively/intuitively; setting the persistent distance the camera follows behind your avatar at its default position when you press ESC to reset.
  • The option Camera Transition Time has been removed from Edit > Preferences > Input & Camera.
  • The option Camera Smoothing has been removed from Edit > Preferences > Input & Camera.
  • The option Distance Factor has been removed from Edit > Preferences > Input & Camera.
General Changes
  • The Edit > Preferences > General > Rotate Mini-map option has been moved to Advanced > UI as a menu item.
  • The Edit > Preferences > General > Use default system color picker option has been moved to Advanced > UI as a menu item.
  • The Edit > Preferences > General > Show Search panel in overlay bar option has been moved to Advanced > UI as a menu item.
  • A new Switch off microphone when ending IM calls option has been added to Edit > Preferences > Voice Chat. When chosen, it will automatically un-lock your toggled microphone and turn it OFF when you select End Call on any private voice call.
  • The Edit > Preferences > Communication > Include IM in Chat History option now more comprehensively suppresses IM text when turned off, and will no longer display the text of incoming IMs in either Local Chat or the Chat Console.
  • Unused options from the right-click menu at the top level of My Inventory have been removed.
  • The minor cardinal directions (NW, NE, SW, SE) on the Mini-map will no longer display when the mini-map is sized to a very small window.
  • The People Chooser has been renamed "Resident Chooser" for consistency. It has also been remodeled and organized into three tabs - each representing a different methods for choosing a resident:
    • Search for a resident by name (no change)
    • Choose a resident from your list of Calling Cards (no change)
    • A new tab that will automatically list those residents who are Near Me. The scan range can be set to any distance from 5-40 meters from your avatar.
  • Minimized windows now remember their last position, so if you position a minimized window, it will return to that place next time it is minimized.
  • Linden plants and trees no longer sway with the wind (performance improvement). Set 'RenderAnimateTrees' to TRUE to enable legacy behavior.

Changes:

SpaceNavigator & Joystick Improvements
  • Added: VWR-5297: Joystick/SpaceNavigator/libndof/flycam support for Linux
  • Added: VWR-6583: Turn joystick build mode off by default
  • Added: Write linux README for SpaceNavigator & Joystick
  • Fixed: VWR-6348: Joystick: Make switch from avatar movement to object manipulation in build mode optional
  • Fixed: VWR-6354: Joystick Support: Pressing the jump button interrupts other motion
  • Fixed: VWR-6358: Joystick Support: OK and cancel buttons missing from the Joystick Configuration window
  • Fixed: VWR-6360: Joystick Support: Partially obeys the Auto Fly option
  • Fixed: VWR-6482: Joystick Support: Motion restricted to dominant axis in avatar mode
  • Fixed: VWR-6550: Joystick Support: Add running to the range of motion available
  • Fixed: VWR-7383: Space Navigator: Avatar falls asleep when using only Space Navigator to navigate
  • Fixed: VWR-8341: Bring back a UI indicator of 'Flycam' text -- necessary for using the SpaceNavigator
  • Fixed: VWR-8482: Joystick Flycam isn't automatically turned off, and can't be disabled, if user disables the joystick or the "control mode" for flycam

GStreamer Compatibility Improvements
Uploadfees-Viewer
  • Changed: Make asset upload fees variable at the viewer
General
  • Added: VWR-2681: Populate the Resident Chooser list with avatars within chat distance
  • Added: VWR-3060: Add a setting to hide the IMs in the main chat
  • Added: VWR-3321: "Untoggle push-to-talk button automatically when ending private chat / conference" option
  • Added: VWR-5334: Abstract login progress screen to XUI
  • Added: VWR-5386: LLProgressBar widget type
  • Added: VWR-8080: Improved attachment pie menu for prim-based avatars
  • Added: VWR-8179: New Feature - Right Click > 'Report Abuse' from Pie Menu on the Avatar
  • Added: VWR-8430: Usability improvements to the land tools floater
  • Added: VWR-9765: Allow user to control visibility (ON or OFF) of Ban Lines
  • Added: Group Info / Land & L$ Viewer UI needs to be implemented
  • Added: Linux: switch from fullscreen when popping up a dialog window
  • Added: Add "Choose your picture" as the default image in profile
  • Added: Add an image to Locations with no/image associated
  • Added: Include name, region and local position in IM chat history for IM spamming objects
  • Added: Add an option to develop.py to match the solution name to the branch
  • Added: Implement SLURL to close the current browser window for L$ buy in client
  • Changed: VWR-1813: "About Land" and "Buy Land" floaters should display the cost per square meter if the selected parcel is for sale
  • Changed: VWR-4065: Clarify non ability to hide owner role from group members list
  • Changed: VWR-4371: Ambient sound not governed by Master mix
  • Changed: VWR-4826: Ignore friendship rejections to keep online status private
  • Changed: VWR-5529: Group chat are scrolled up when opened, when logging is enabled
  • Changed: VWR-5729: Can't copy text from chat window and paste in to firefox
  • Changed: VWR-7547: Statistics floater should remember its state, position, and individual widget states
  • Changed: VWR-10669: Statistics "Ping Sim" and "Lag Meter" include frame time
  • Changed: VWR-11666: Rework camera slider preferences
  • Changed: VWR-11844: MiniMap - Conversion to XUI, and code clean-up
  • Changed: Revisit Linux clipboard code
  • Changed: Packaged libllkdu on linux client should always be the one we just built
  • Changed: All menu-based links to Help warn modally before jumping to the webpage (but then open in Media Browser)
  • Changed: View > Communicate should do the same action as the Communicate button
  • Changed: Integrate L$ buy webpages with viewer
  • Changed: Add mac address and volume serial to log_viewer_stats
  • Changed: Disable the "Show in search" checkbox for land if area <= 128 square meters
  • Changed: Persist visibility state of the browser tutorial between logins
  • Changed: Linux viewer left-alt logic should apply to right-alt too
  • Changed: Make the field-of-view setting persist across sessions
  • Changed: Hovering over a dot on the minimap should show the name of that person
  • Changed: Allow secondlife:// SLURLs to fill in login screen username fields
  • Changed: Alt-zoom always focuses on surface of object
  • Changed: Tie camera constraints to draw distance
  • Changed: RenderAvatarMaxvisible
  • Changed: Allow disabled controls to show tooltip - tooltip strings were missing in the silver skin
  • Changed: Specify fonts in XUI files
  • Changed: Fix avatar appearance bug that causes textures to be baked/sent out before "save" button is hit
  • Changed: Change Search / Events dropdown option "All" to "Any Category"
  • Changed: Camera ZoomTime is set to 0 in 1.23 viewer
  • Removed: Remove support for paletted textures
  • Removed: Removed commands that should not appear in the root folder (i.e My Inventory)
  • Removed: Remove Advanced>Clothing>Wear menu option
Experimental/Not Supported
  • Added: Add per-pixel lighting and real-time shadows to the viewer (Experimental)

This feature is a prototype of a new renderer in the viewer graphics engine. It is turned off by default. The new renderer supports only high-end graphics cards and requires a GeForce 8 or Radeon HD2600 or later, but will not work on Mac OSs. This version is a debugging prototype only and is not yet supported by Linden Lab.

Bug Fixes

Voice
  • Fixed: VWR-12010: Spatial chat remains in previous region after Teleport
  • Fixed: Dial-An-Avatar: The "Call" button is not disabled in an IM tab after dial-an-avatar is used
  • Fixed: Dial-An-Avatar: Incoming Phone numbers have "profile" buttons when dial-an-avatar is used
  • Fixed: Unable to talk in spatial voice, but can still hear others
  • Fixed: Voice does not recover after hibernate
  • Fixed: Actual voice volume does not match that indicated by the UI slider
General
  • Fixed: VWR-423: Selecting group charter text (and various other things) causes Apply/Ignore/Cancel popup even if the text wasn't changed
  • Fixed: SVC-1679: Inventory folder names incorrectly treated as numbers
  • Fixed: VWR-2554: "Remember Password" often doesn't
  • Fixed: VWR-2850: Stop All Animations works only on local machine
  • Fixed: VWR-4212: Cannot drop object onto land if group-only object create/object entry is enabled
  • Fixed: VWR-4456: Do not error on gcc warning converting string to const char *
  • Fixed: VWR-5093: No or Headless Reflections
  • Fixed: VWR-5530: Minimized windows not remembering position
  • Fixed: VWR-5791: Multiple local lights cause flickering with Flycam
  • Fixed: VWR-5828: Setting clothing for sale changes their inventory icon
  • Fixed: VWR-6110: I was attaching a hud when my other hud with animations-content (worth 22000LD!) disappeared
  • Fixed: VWR-6744: If wearing an attachment that has animated an avatar before teleport, the animation is not active after teleportation
  • Fixed: VWR-7036: Clipboard handler in linux viewer is slow
  • Fixed: VWR-7037: Second clipboard paste from synergy into linux client freezes it
  • Fixed: VWR-7354: Scripted Hovertext 70m away looks like its right next to me!
  • Fixed: VWR-7751: Editing a linked part in an NO MOD object looks editable!
  • Fixed: VWR-7764: Edit dialog doesn't update Name when selecting multiple objects
  • Fixed: VWR-8073: Open Map window causes SL to use 10k+ handles
  • Fixed: VWR-8211: Black terrain below the water line
  • Fixed: VWR-8357: World map region text input not limited to 63 characters
  • Fixed: VWR-8723: Degenerate Checking using New Oblong Sculpts Too Strong
  • Fixed: VWR-8744: llSetPayPrice causes "When Left Clicked: Pay Object" to break
  • Fixed: VWR-8781: Chatbar does not properly remove gesture observer
  • Fixed: VWR-8876: Beacon Render Highlight broken (objects appear gray as if their textures haven't loaded)
  • Fixed: VWR-9127: Delete key does not function when editing text in teleport, friendship offers, etc.
  • Fixed: VWR-9190: Cannot copy from SL and paste into some applications in linux
  • Fixed: VWR-9191: Second Life viewer causes slow Windows logons when roaming profiles in use
  • Fixed: VWR-9256: Compiling 1.21 standalone without llmozlib fails
  • Fixed: VWR-9257: Window size in graphics preferences does not resize the window in window mode on Linux
  • Fixed: VWR-9260: Moving/Rotating an object while sitting causes violent camera jitter.
  • Fixed: VWR-9384: Modify the calculation of sculpty mesh size to eliminate bad texture mapping and bad LOD transitions
  • Fixed: VWR-9393: 1.21 RC: Disabled attached lights still count towards 6 light limit
  • Fixed: VWR-9517: A mistake in LLFontGL that currently causes no runtime problem
  • Fixed: VWR-12479: 'llui/lltextparser.cpp:125: error: overflow in implicit constant conversion' in Trunk
  • Fixed: VWR-12499: Restore Group Planning Tab; remove one column instead of whole tab
  • Fixed: Atmospheric shaders being used even when disabled
  • Fixed: Window opens large, then small, then large on startup
  • Fixed: Name and location information difficult to read using silver skin
  • Fixed: Group titles allow new lines
  • Fixed: Gesture autocompletion in chat bar can force you to capitalize first letter
  • Fixed: xul.dll errors on startup
  • Fixed: Terms of service dialog does not display window on web error
  • Fixed: Default window locations dip behind the chatbar
  • Fixed: Fonts have a slightly different size/appearance
  • Fixed: Password field is populated when Remember password is cleared
  • Fixed: Viewer DOS with complex prims
  • Fixed: Eliminate the fake "WARNING: LLAppViewer::loadSettingsFromDirectory: Cannot load ...\user_settings\settings_per_account.xml - No settings found."
  • Fixed: Memory leaking caused by unused textures
  • Fixed: Inventory offers to an IM window invoke the string in chat too early
  • Fixed: SSAO erroneous black speckles
  • Fixed: No transfer clothing can be duplicated and transfered
  • Fixed: Ctrl-h and view-"local chat" no longer toggle the "near me" window
  • Fixed: SLURL in chat log has space before it highlighted, link launches browser and teleport dialog
  • Fixed: Deferred pipeline - bad atmospheric lighting/haze
  • Fixed: "About Land" and "Buy Land" cost per square meter needs to be more localizable
  • Fixed: Font rendering very slow when large number of glyphs shown in a frame
  • Fixed: Chat console with scaled UI shows vertically misaligned characters
  • Fixed: Viewer's text-snapping is broken in a few ways
  • Fixed: Four types of alert missing from notifications.xml
  • Fixed: Cannot type or join voice in a group if others initiate the session
  • Fixed: Make Quit button in Loading floater not squished in default skin
  • Fixed: Duplicate instance of LandBuyAccessBlocked, LandClaimAccessBlocked in notifications.xml
  • Fixed: Invisiprims obscure attachments, shaders in 1.23
  • Fixed: Media browser url line and 'Go' disappear when it is resized small
  • Fixed: F1 Help will not open in an external browser
  • Fixed: Glow visible through avatars
  • Fixed: Place Info dialog, created from chat slurl, has bad button placement
  • Fixed: Water reflections seen through avatar
  • Fixed: "Highlight Transparent" not showing alpha masked or invisible avatars
  • Fixed: Non-prim hair sometimes doesn't show up
  • Fixed: Only avatar's hair shows up at some points
  • Fixed: Fix 'no newline at end of file' error in llpaneldirgroups.cpp

Crash Fixes:

  • Changed: Track of call stacks when crashing into drivers or libs
  • Fixed: VWR-3058: Second Life Crashes on Install on Korean Windows XP if they have default Korean Text as windows xp user name
  • Fixed: VWR-5575: Crash uploading files with non-latin characters in path
  • Fixed: VWR-9926: Viewer crashes when clicking "group chat" in incorrectly displayed contextmenu while renaming object inventory
  • Fixed: VWR-10370: Streaming music stops (CRITICAL *: volume_transform_ip: assertion `this->process != NULL' failed) and random crashes (segfault) related to this
  • Fixed: Viewer crashes on Korean Windows XP when WINDOWS acct name is korean
  • Fixed: Flooding viewer with bogus AgentAnimation packets crashes viewer
  • Fixed: Crash on RepadBitmap - autohint/ahhint.c
  • Fixed: Linux viewer crashes at startup when using the Japanese language
  • Fixed: 1.23 viewer crashes while viewing multiple alpha textures
  • Fixed: Crash with RenderDebugGL enabled when hover text is on the screen
  • Fixed: Fatal error when teleport fails
  • Fixed: Viewer crashes in LLKeyframeMotion::getJoint: ASSERT (index < (S32)mJointStates.size())
  • Removed: Remove Distance Factor audio slider (was: set Distance Factor audio slider to 0, move avatar = CRASH)

Internationalization & Localization Fixes:

  • Added: VWR-2710: Add a Turkish translation to the Viewer (BETA)
  • Added: Add a Russian and Ukrainian translation to the Viewer (BETA)
  • Changed: Make English strings in the GTK/Linux filepicker be localizable from strings.xml
  • Changed: Keyboard accelerator prefixes in menus should be localizable from ui_strings.xml
  • Changed: VWR-11844: Mini-Map should be localizable from panel_mini_map.xml
  • Changed: Convert all foreign-language alerts.xml & notify.xml into notifications.xml
  • Changed: Search > Land Sales layout needs to be better internationalized
  • Fixed: VWR-9985: Gesture editor crashes in non-EN-US languages
  • Fixed: VWR-5575: Crash uploading files with non-latin characters in path
  • Fixed: VWR-2237: The Viewer should bundle an open source font to normalize the display of international text
    • Also Fixed: VWR-2605: Problem with the current fonts and Cyrillic characters
  • Fixed: Login screen shows English words "Second Life Release" on non-English viewers
  • Fixed: Linux viewer crashes at startup when using the Japanese language

During the RC cycle, we will continue to make improvements to the missing translations and truncated text in Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Chinese, and Japanese.

In this release candidate (RC0), all of these languages contain Known Bugs in the form of truncated text.

Building & Scripting:

  • Added: VWR-5082: Bulk change object contents permissions
  • Added: VWR-7827: Allow Dimple/Profile Cut for boxes, cylinders and prisms
  • Added: VWR-8624: User-settable default upload permissions
  • Added: Render particles in HUDs
  • Changed: VWR-7877: Change the default cut increment from 0.05 to 0.025
  • Changed: VWR-9222: Change Permission Throttling on to a 'per object' model for an agent's own objects versus the current 'per owner' model
  • Changed: Support larger size terraform brushes and finer granularity of control
  • Changed: Do not automatically preview bulk upload textures
  • Changed: Replace grey X for locked textures with locked image icon
  • Fixed: VWR-770: llPlaySound() Sometimes loops sound or wont even play
  • Fixed: VWR-9499: Cmake fails to find DBus librarys during compile
  • Fixed: VWR-10956: Recompiling scripts before loaded deletes the source code and replaces with text "Loading..."
  • Fixed: Edit Terrain > Revert Land + Strength at full, use of bulldozer creates big spikes
  • Fixed: LSL function tooltips missing from script editor

Release candidate viewers access your live account on the main Second Life grid (Agni). Potentially they may cause hair-loss in pets, and should be always be kept out of reach of children. The downloads are served by Amazon's S3 service and we use and recommend the use of a download manager to keep your download times to a minimum.

Notably, while they're called release candidates, they're actually beta (and occasionally alpha) releases. The reasoning behind calling them release candidates has never been made clear.

You can download this viewer from the usual place for Windows, Mac and Linux. UPDATE: The download has been withdrawn while reports are investigated that the download is tripping some virus scanners.


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