Sometimes it takes us humans quite some time to admit something to ourselves that we don’t want to admit, but eventually there’s no more putting it off.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the end. It’s over. No more new Dolphin Viewer.
With my current RL job and all the travelling that I’m doing there are more exciting things to do with the little time I have to spend on SL and other hobbies, than maintaining a third party viewer… especially when most of the “maintenance” involves fixing stuff that shouldn’t have been broken in the first place.
I have been porting a few of the things that used to be in Dolphin Viewer 3 to Firestorm in the last few weeks, the repository with those changes is here.
I invite the FS team to grab anything from there that they like.
I’ll leave the website and the forum up and running for the time being, but I’m going to close the Dolphin Viewer Resort at Hippotropolis at some point in the future.
I will keep the openSUSE repository at OBS running for my own use, but eventually there will be no more Dolphin Viewer in there… just radegast, Firestorm and the official viewer.
Good bye, and thanks for all the fish!
It is my great pleasure to announce that I finally have something that I can release into the wild!
I present you with:
The first public beta of the revamped Dolphin Viewer 3!
Right now it’s on par with RLV 2.9.1 (the official viewer around version 3.7.9), just before SLShare came in, but I’ll be working on that now.
Implemented from what we had in the last public Dolphin Viewer 3:
- Mesh upload
- Sailor’s mini map Mk.II
- Worn tab
- Inventory filters
- Lots of small fixes
- All build tool improvements
- Area search
- Asset blacklist
- Spam protection
Not going to be implemented:
- Flickr uploader (see: SLShare)
- Client AO (see previous blog posts)
- Media filter (see previous blog posts)
The Windows download is here (and not on the download page, since it is only a beta version).
The Linux version is only available as a rpm package for openSUSE 12.3 and 13.1 right now, just do a “zypper in dolphinviewer3-beta” after adding the repository (instructions are on the download page) to try it out.
Update: the download link for a Linux version of the Dolphin Viewer 3 BETA is here. Of course openSUSE users can simply install it with zypper or from YaST, if the repository has been added.
Here’s a little bit of a status update on Dolphin Viewer…
I am currently struggling with the changes under the hood that have come into the official source code by means of “Project Interesting” (as many other TPV developers are too).
Besides that, I do have now, on top of what I listed in the previous update:
- Worn tab
- Preferences page
- Machinima floater
And I made a few decisions about some features that the Dolphin Viewer won’t have in the future:
- No client-side AO (To fully implement this in such a way that the user can have the same advantages that are possible with inworld AO attachments , I’d have to port the scripted Bridge from Firestorm, and that is too big a fish for me to fry. Besides I don’t want to force an attachment like the Bridge on people.)
- No media filter (Is that one really still needed? Does actually having to confirm the URL for a stream actually help anything?)
- No Flickr uploader (After all there is “SL Share” coming from the Lab, which includes a Flickr uploader, and posting to Twitter.)
So after getting through all that “Project Interesting” mess, I still need to get the build tools sorted, area search, and the inventory filters … and then we can haz dolphins!
Timeline: “When it’s done.”
Just in case you thought it would not happen … from Help/About:
Dolphin Viewer 3 3.5.99 (30446) Jan 25 2014 17:15:48 (RestrainedLove viewer v2.08.05.09 (184.108.40.206354))
So far I have:
- Latest Viewer-Release+RLV
- The Sailor’s Mini Map V2
- Avatar name in the title bar
- Several bugfixes
What I still need before I can even think of calling it a public beta, let alone release:
- Proper branding in all places, including icons and names of settings files
- Preferences pages for all Dolphin Viewer 3 features
- Flickr uploader
- Improved build tools
- Worn tab
- Advanced inventory search/filter
- Area search
- Machinima floater
Estimated release date: no idea yet. Right now I have time to work on it, but that might change in a few weeks.
Just thought you’d like to know…
I am not exactly happy about what I have to announce here, but this is how it is going to be:
The next Dolphin Viewer is not going to be around any time soon.
I have looked at the mess that my current state of the sources would produce, and I have (finally but far too late) come to this decision:
I will start from scratch.
Right now, taking the current Dolphin Viewer source and just “shoe-horning” in everything new from the official sources produces a terrible mess that does not compile cleanly, let alone works. Besides, the last Dolphin Viewer has a quite large number of features that don’t work any more, due to changes that the Lab has made in the meantime.. temp uploads being one of them.
So, I’ll basically have to reinvent everything. That will of course take some time. I’m guessing “several months” right now, not the least due to the fact that with my new job that I have been doing since April, I’m travelling a lot, so I’m not even home all that much. I’ll see how much I can do on my company laptop.
I will go back to my usual “release early, release often” policy, as soon as I have something that is properly branded as Dolphin Viewer and has more to offer than just the name. I will plan to release at least a public beta as soon as I have something.
Not exactly totally unrelated: I will eventually stop building / providing openSUSE rpm packages for some of the other third party viewers in my OBS repository. I just can’t seem to get more than 24 hours out of a day.
… and Dolphin Viewer 3 is not ready … sorry about that.
I’m working on it as hard as I can, and it shouldn’t be more than a couple of weeks now. I have to do a bit of QA on it, I do want to release something usable after all.
This notice only affects linux users.
On November 5th, openSUSE 11.4 has reached its end-of-life date.
For linux-based users of the Dolphin Viewer 3, this means that there will be no more rpm packages for openSUSE 11.4 from now on.
If you are using 11.4 and can’t upgrade to 12.1 or 12.2 you will have to use the tarballed linux release.
For obvious reasons this has no effect on users of other linux versions, or Mac OS X or Windows.