>Having just blogged about the progress that Kirsten and Imprudence have been making towards incorporating V2XX features into their TPVs, it’s only right that we cover Phoenix as well, it being the most popular viewer, I believe, for builders in SL.
Firstly… about Firestorm..
This from Jessica Lyon…
“Within the next year or so, LL will be essentially breaking all 1.23 and snowglobe based viewers with features they are rolling out in their Viewer 2 which won’t work in 1.23 and snowglobe viewers. Because of this, and because we want our users to be able to take advantage of those new features we will be starting up a second viewer called Firestorm Viewer.
Our Firestorm Viewer will have all the features the LL viewer 2 has, plus we will be moving our features from Phoenix Viewer into it. So our users will get the best of both worlds. Moving to V2 codebase is a must because of the inevitability that 1.23 and snowglobe based viewers will no longer work in the not so distant future, including Phoenix. Our primary focus for Firestorm will be with making some big changes to the UI in the hopes of making it as familiar to our users as possible. We won’t be able to make it look exactly like the Phoenix interface but we will do our best to make it look and function closely to what you are used too.”
….and courtesy of Axi Kurmin who is one of the people testing Firestorm… the following shots…
Pretty obvious is the fact that the developers are fundamentally interested in what builders and content creators want….
“We have collected hundreds of emails resulting from our Firestorm Poll, listed in a previous blog post, thank you all for taking the time to send them. We will be using the results of that poll to determine what priorities we shall make in the development of the Firestorm Viewer.” [jessica]
…and as you can see the row of little function buttons in the bottom left (which can be removed/customised) is far more useful than the stupid LL lefthand slab of black rubbish.
Local chat and IM’s are/can be docked/merged as in the 1.23…(if they can do it LL…why can’t you?)…
All in all this looks very promising, aware as I am that there are lots of things still to sort out before it is finished. Phoenix will continue to be improved too, so there will be two viewers from the same stable… as Jessica makes clear…
“We will have TWO viewers on the Third Party Viewer Directory when Firestorm is released, however we don’t expect a solid release for Firestorm for at least 3-6 months [she said this in November…]. We have a LOT of work to do on it. To be clear, we are NOT forcing our users to use the Firestorm Viewer, however in time when Phoenix no longer works, we will all have to move to it.. or another V2 based viewer.”
Many thanks to Axi Kurmin for help and to the Phoenix/Firestorm team for taking our wishes and needs seriously in the further development of the new viewer.
I would imagine that with Kirsten, Imprudence and Firestorm we will be able to find a UI that suits us and our specific needs …. and I doubt that V2XX will gain much of a following… we will see.