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SL Viewer v2.8.1

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. So, 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.

Release Notes for SL Viewer v2.8.0 (236429) - Second Life Release

Released July 26, 2011

KBnote.png Note: Due to the declining usage of some older SL Viewers, with this release we will be blocking logins for all versions from 2.1.1 to 2.6.8. While we don't expect these deprecations to impact significant numbers of residents, we do apologize if you are inconvenienced as a result. For more information about the SL Viewer versions we support, as well as our current deprecation policy, please visit the Viewer Support Policy wiki page.

Feature Highlights

  • Region Environment Settings - Region environment settings (aka Windlight region settings) are controls that enable region managers to customize water, sky, and day cycle environment settings for their regions. See Region environment settings in the Second Life Knowledge Base.
  • Hiding Avatars and Restricting Avatar Sounds - For more information, see Hiding avatars and restricting avatar sounds in the Second Life Knowledge Base.
  • Search Button on Bottom Bar

Crash and Performance Fixes

  • SH-1650 [PUBLIC_JIRA_USERS] Widespread crash-to-desktop via llvertexbuffer.cpp(1005) - "memory allocation for vertex data failed" or Render Pool 15
  • SH-1903 [PUBLIC] Basic Shaders On chokes framerate in 2.7.4
  • STORM-1352 [crashhunters] Crash in LLNearbyChatScreenChannel::showToastsBottom()
  • STORM-1368 [crashhunters] Crash at [0] LLPreviewNotecard::saveIfNeeded(LLInventoryItem *) [secondlife-bin llpreviewnotecard.cpp]
  • STORM-1372 [VWR-24099] [crashhunters] Crash at [1] LLTemplateMessageBuilder::nextBlock(char const *) [secondlife-bin lltemplatemessagebuilder.cpp]
  • STORM-1423 [VOICE-3] [crashhunters] LLVivoxVoiceClient::stateMachine()
  • STORM-1439 [EXP-825] [crashhunters] Crash in LLToolPie::handleMouseUp
  • VOICE-3 [PUBLIC] [crashhunters] LLVivoxVoiceClient::stateMachine()

Bug Fixes

  • EXP-961 [PUBLIC] Keyboard definition file keys.xml contains invalid XML markup
  • SH-1838 [PUBLIC] Black Screen when I enable Lighting and Shadows
  • SH-1897 [PUBLIC] Formerly visible windlight clouds are no longer displayed
  • STORM-323 Redundant popups
  • STORM-787 Mute Gestures Button
  • STORM-1103 Nearby sidebar minimap should be optional
  • STORM-1334 Console debug data scrolls away too quickly and is hard to read
  • STORM-1345 Use colour picker for sky colors
  • STORM-1350 [VWR-25480] Worldmap: Partial region name search UI bug
  • STORM-1392 Add Nearby Voice to the Communicate menu
  • STORM-1393 Missing Object/Prim count in Second Life 2.7.4 (233201) Jun 17 2011 21:33:05 (Second Life Development)
  • STORM-1396 [STORM-787] (mute gestures) also mutes sounds from objects
  • STORM-1406 [ENG LAYOUT] Viewer - Overlapping text in Input/Output devices preference
  • STORM-1472 Favorites folder in inventory does not translate properly
  • STORM-1480 Searching in the world map clears the destination arrow but not the destination beacon
  • STORM-1484 No way to apply changes in estate settings like Allow public access or Allow Voice Chat after merging WLRS
  • VWR-25957 /me [message] emote displays /me [message] instead of <myname> [message]

Translation and Localization Updates

  • STORM-457 There is no space char after [AGENT_NAME] in 'conference-title-incoming' for Japanese language
  • STORM-1302 (ALL LANGS) [TRANSLATED BUT IN ENG] (Spanish) Side Menu > Gente tab > MIS AMIGOS tab > buttons "Call", "Share" and "Teleport" and their tooltips
  • STORM-1326 [ALL LANGS] (Spanish) [HARDCODED] Selling land, advice with "Anyone" in English.
  • STORM-1327 MULTIPLE LANGS (Spanish/German) [FORMATTING] Overlapped text in About Land Window when the land is for sell: "Los objetos se incluyen en la venta"
  • STORM-1452 Debug settings -- TRUE/FALSE name (not label) translated in foreign languages
  • STORM-1462 [TRANSLATED BUT IN EN] ALL LANGS - Untranslated "Cancel" button on Edit Pick page
  • VWR-25660 (Spanish) [TRUNCATION] Construir > Seleccionar la Herramienta de construcción > Herramienta Editar: button "Desenla"
  • VWR-25681 [DE] BESCHR is displayed for each slider in the Edit Physics panel
  • VWR-25879 (Spanish) [MEANING] Yo > Preferencias > Colores: "Activo" should be "Activa"
  • VWR-25880 (Spanish) [MEANING] Yo > Preferencias > Colores: "Inactivo" should be "Inactiva"
  • VWR-25881 (Spanish) [Regression: MEANING] Yo > Preferencias > Sonido y Media. "Música en streaming... Activados" should be "Música en streaming... Activada"
  • VWR-25943 [TRUNCATION - SHORTEN OPTION] Mundo > Foto > VISTA PREVIA DE LA FOTO. "Calidad de la imag" should be "Calidad de la imagen"

Source and Build Changes

  • STORM-1446 Sockets not correctly set to non-blocking on Windows
  • STORM-1447 Switch from grep -v setenv to <filters>setenv</...> available in the latest autobuild.

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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'.

  • EXP-997 Basic Shaders On chokes framerate in 2.7.4
  • SH-2038 Severe performance drop on MacBook Pros
  • 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 2.8.0 (236429), 2.7.5 (235722), 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.