Viewer Skins/Starlight

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By: Hitomi Tiponi
Viewer Version:
Information: Starlight 2.1.6
Source: "Starlight" skin download
"Starlight" skin to improve Viewer 2 usability - Viewer 2.1 Version

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Use caution when installing these skins, as modifications to your installed software files are not officially supported by Second Life support


This skin is designed to give more choice, and hopefully improve the usability and promote usage of Second Life Viewer 2. It consists of a number of previously published viewer tweaks - produced by various residents (see credits in the downloaded 'Read Me' file) and added to, together with a slight reskinning to give the interface a lighter feel. It should hopefully benefit those people who have no wish to edit the XML code themselves, yet wish to benefit from a number of tweaks made by other residents, without using a third-party viewer. To download the starlight skin for Viewer 2.1 click on the link in the box on the right.

StarLight Version 2.1.7 for the new 2.1.1 Beta Viewer ( ONLY is available here.

Major Changes to the Standard Skin

  • Sidebar reduced in size, becomes possible to drag, and does not slide the chiclets/buttons along the bottom bar (note: this is not changeable to crop the world view)
  • Better formatting of tabbed IM window (tabs larger and no icons in them)
  • Several UI components made semi-transparent
  • "About Land" Button added to Navigation Bar
  • Draw Distance slider added to Navigation Bar (between 32 and 512 metres)
  • Options added to the menu ('XStreet', 'Grid Status', 'My Uploads', 'My Useful Features')
  • "Inventory" Button added to bottom bar
  • Resize marker for bottom bar to make it more obvious (from Kirstens Viewer)
  • Camera control made smaller than the standard version (similar to the Kirstens Viewer approach but smaller)
  • Minor tweaks to the skinning and usability (resizing columns, increasing glow, realigning text etc.)
  • Special, lighter Black & Orange look (with several changes to colours and widgets)

Known Bugs and Issues

  • Only working fully with English language version of the interface
  • Draw distance slider appears on screen during mouselook and may produce a minor shadow effect on some widgets near top of screen

Changes to 2.1.6 from 2.1.5

  • Three extra tabbed panels in Preferences controlling more functions of the viewer
  • Separation and reformatting of Second Life and Real Life details in the "Profile" tab of People
  • New "My Profile" and "Edit Profile" panels
  • Optional extension to place the Sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Draw Distance slider widget moved from navigation to menu bar so it remains visible when other bars are closed
  • "Create New Notice" button replaces confusing "+" on button for Group notice creation
  • UI Size moved to Graphics preferences panel (as in Kirstens Viewer)

Changes to 2.1.5 from 2.1.4

  • Works with release 206756 of Viewer 2.1 (fourth Beta available July 14th 2010) and release 207030 (full version available July 21st 2010)

Changes to 2.1.4 from 2.1.3

  • Works with release 206543 of Viewer 2.1 (third Beta available July 7th 2010)

Changes to 2.1.3 from 2.1.2

  • Works with release 206371 of Viewer 2.1 (second Beta available June 30th 2010)
  • Sidebar can now be dragged across the screen (by pulling on the left-hand edge)

Changes to 2.1.2 from 2.1.1

  • Works with release 206197 of Viewer 2.1 (first Beta available June 22nd 2010)
  • Full length sidebar and vertical IM tab extensions make a return