Snowglobe, Linden Lab's community-developed after-market Second Life viewer has hit another milestone with a 1.1 release.

This version mostly focuses on bug-fixes, but has a few additional enhancements. A nasty race condition in texture-fetching has (hopefully) been resolved, reducing viewer crash-rates, bump-mapping has been corrected, the minimap has gotten some tweaking and tuning, and more. Read on for the complete list.

New features

  • SNOW-97 Building hotkeys to select/include next/previous prim in a link set (VWR-9287)
  • SNOW-79 Provide a setting to adjust the maximum size of objects displayed on the minimap (VWR-12631)
  • SNOW-78 Menu item to hide object selection outlines (VWR-6918)

Bug fixes

  • SNOW-22 High end systems receiving inaccurate notice of not meeting minimum requirements
  • SNOW-28 Bumpmaps don't appear (except Brightness and Darkness)
  • SNOW-67 Mini-map beacon icon doesn't display correctly when beacon position above or below camera (VWR-4106)
  • SNOW-68 Mini-Map labels are now black instead of white and hard to read in Silver skin
  • SNOW-69 Clicking send in an IM window does not add the sent text to the line editor history (VWR-14267)
  • SNOW-71 Gesture auto-completion adds uncommitted suggestions to the line editor history (VWR-14278)
  • SNOW-100 Linux: Can't open secondlife:// urls (handle_secondlifeprotocol.sh is looking for secondlife)
  • SNOW-119 Race condition in lltexture fetch
  • SNOW-136 Circular symlink to libuuid.so.1 in Linux viewer

There are also some known issues that might preclude your use of the viewer:

  • SNOW-48 - Large textures sometimes appear fuzzy and not fully loaded
  • SNOW-18 - On main login screen, when updates are available, the update and release notes are un-clickable
  • SNOW-14 - Entering fullscreen sometimes makes rendering very dark/black. Relog corrects problem.
  • SNOW-60 - Launching secondlife: urls (e.g. from http://slurl.com ) from a browser to a running Snowglobe instance fails on Mac
  • SNOW-59 - Texture Cache miss doesn't retry transfer, prim remains grey
  • SNOW-94 - Textures keep reloading
  • SNOW-112 - http map textures are corrupted
  • SNOW-64 - Map dialog is too narrow for some localized text (e.g. French)

Snowglobe 1.1 is available right now for Windows, Linux and Mac (universal binary), and can be downloaded from the Second Life website, where the test viewers live.

This article was originally published on Massively.