User:Oz Linden/Draft:TPVD

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Using Third Party Viewers

You may connect to Second Life using software released by a third-party developer. We have a Policy on Third-Party Viewers to help promote a positive and predictable experience for all Second Life Residents. However, because third-party viewers are not our viewers, we cannot guarantee that they will follow our rules. You are responsible for evaluating whether you want to use and share information with them.

To be listed in this Third Party Viewer Directory, a software developer must self-certify that it complies with Linden Lab policies. Beware of third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory – they have either declined to self-certify or been refused for noncompliance with our policies.

Viewer List

The viewers in this first section participate in reporting crash statistics to Linden Lab, and are ordered from best to worst crash rate. The rate used for each viewer is that of the highest version number with at least 200,000 minutes of use in the sample period (generally, a one week sample from Sunday to Sunday). The official Linden Lab viewers are shown where they would be in this ranking.
Crash rate varies considerably depending on what platform (hardware and operating system) you are using, and on what you do in Second Life. You may find that your individual experience differs from this ordering.
Viewer Description Platforms
 Restrained Love The RLV enhances your experience when you use it in conjunction with RLV-compatible objects, which are able to restrict the user from detaching items, receiving IMs, hearing chat, teleporting etc. WindowsMacOS


Second Life Release 1.23
Second Life Release 2.3
Imprudence Imprudence The goal of Imprudence is to improve the user interface and usability of the viewer through community involvement, thoughtful design, modern development methods, and a pro-change atmosphere. WindowsMacOSLinux


Phoenix Phoenix From the ashes shall rise the Phoenix! A team made up of some of the original reputable Emerald developers and some great new developers. A viewer with the Emerald features everyone loves, with a bright future. WindowsMacOSLinux


Dolphin Dolphin The Dolphin Viewer contains many fixes and enhancements for explorers, sailors, and other vehicle enthusiasts. WindowsMacOSLinux


Kirstens Kirstens A hybrid viewer based on a mixture of snowglobe and render-pipeline aimed specifically at high end users, film makers and photography. Windows


Emergence Emergence Emergence viewer is ran by a single developer and is part of an effort to provide users with a safe alternative viewer. Emergence is currently a near clone to Phoenix, as they share this goal, and it is advised to use it instead for higher support. Windows


 Ascent Ascent provides expanded control for content creators and developers and improves upon basics such as client detection, parcel management, and asset browsing. WindowsMacOSLinux


The following viewers do not send crash indications to Linden Lab, and are listed only in alphabetical order by name.
Viewer Description Platforms
METAbolt METAbolt METAbolt is a thin text client with rich features to enable users to perform most important functions in SL. Windows
 omvviewer Native Debian and Ubuntu .deb files of Snowglobe for 32 and 64 bit architectures. Changes to the source are the most minimal possible to use LSB file locations and to comply with TVP, no significant feature changes are included. Linux
Pocket Metaverse Pocket Metaverse iPhone and iPad Client for Second Life® iPhone
Radegast Radegast Light-weight feature rich non-graphical client, ideal for situations where full 3D rendering client is less than ideal option, for instance, an office environment, running on low performance computers and similar. WindowsLinux
 Sparkle IM Log in to your Second Life® or Opensim account and begin chatting right from your iPhone or iPod Touch. iPhone
 Stored Inventory a Backup tool that allows builders to save all their creations directly to their hard drive or move them to other grids. Windows

For Developers: How to apply to list a viewer in this directory

  1. Your Second Life accounts must be in good standing, must not be suspended, and must not have been permanently banned or terminated.
  2. You must have valid payment information on file with us or have been age verified by us.
  3. Review our Policy on Third-Party Viewers and the Second Life Terms of Service.
  4. Make sure you and your third-party viewer are in compliance with our policies.
  5. Open an Application Issue in the Third Party Viewer section of Jira and submit it.


Policy Violation Reporting

If you believe that you have direct evidence that any third party viewer (whether listed in the Third Party Viewer Directory or not) may be in violation of the Second Life Terms of Service or the Policy on Third Party Viewers, you can file a violation report to be investigated.