Release Notes/Second Life Beta Viewer/2.8.1

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Release Notes for v2.8.1 (236154) - Second Life Beta Viewer

Released July 21, 2011

Installer Downloads

Windows | Mac | Linux

KBcaution.png Important: Apple OS X Lion is -not yet- supported by the Second Life Viewer. While we fully intend to support this latest OS X release, we are still testing and working out some compatibility issues. In the meantime, until we can be certain that the new OS X will play well with Second Life, we recommend you not upgrade to OS X Lion.

Crash and Performance Fixes

  • STORM-1468 [crashhunters] Pre-login crash at LLViewerWindow::LLViewerWindow(std::basic_string,std::allocator > const &,std::basic_string,std::allocator > const &,int,int,int,int,int,int) [secondlife-bin llviewerwindow.cpp]
  • STORM-1482 Crash reporter cleanup and auto-report fix

Bug Fixes

  • EXP-970 [PUBLIC] Group Roles > choose name causes other UI to become disabled
  • SH-1637 [PUBLIC] Mesh viewer camera jitters when flying up or down
  • SH-1638 [PUBLIC] Avatar stumbles around if fly mode is deactivated just as your avatar lands
  • STORM-1315 As a User, I want to be able to do simple math in numeric edit fields.
  • STORM-1325 The viewer doesn't retry to upload baked textures if the initial upload failed
  • STORM-1459 "Wearing Tab" - Add ability to copy displayed inventory names to clipboard
  • STORM-1506 Regions set to Fixed Sun with viewers < 2.8 are not reset correctly when set to use a Day Cycle
  • STORM-1510 Change LoginPage value in settings.xml to

Source and Build Changes

  • STORM-1494 [DUPLICATED ID] Duplicated ID error in menu_viewer.xml
  • STORM-1496 [OPEN-99] Harcoding arch to 'pentium4' prevents building for 64bit Linux.

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Known Issues


Render Issues Related to Basic Shaders & Lighting and Shadows
There are a number of issues relating to having Basic Shaders and/or Lighting and Shadows turned On. In some cases, though not all, the impact is to older hardware.
Possible Workaround: - If you find that your FPS is slower than usual, you may notice improvement by turning Basic Shaders Off... go to Me > Preferences > Graphics > Advanced, and de-select 'Basic Shaders'. If the problem appears specific to Lighting and Shadows, go to Me > Preferences > Graphics > Advanced, and de-select 'Lighting and Shadows'.

  • SH-1838 Black Screen when I enable Lighting and Shadows
    • VWR-26325 Rezzed items all Black after Beta 2.7 update
    • VWR-26347 Textures all Black, and not loading at all
    • VWR-26371 All background and scenery black after latest Viewer2 update

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Supported Viewers


With this release, we support Second Life Viewer versions 2.7.5 (235722), 2.7.4 (235167), and 1.23 (1.23.5), and Second Life Beta Viewer version 2.8.1 (236154). For more information, please go to the Supported Viewers wiki page.