It has been a while since I had the opportunity to announce a new feature that had the potential to change how people use the viewer.
It is with my heartfelt thanks to Kitty Barnett from Catznip for the nifty pieces of code and for allowing me to use them, and to seanabrady for pointing me in the direction of that neat piece of work that I can announce:
The Sailor’s Mini-map, Mark Two.
This is how we all know and hate the Mini-map:
This is what Dolphin Viewer 3 has now:
The new features at a glance:
- The Mini-map now uses world map tiles instead of the land textures – no more blue where there should be land (note: world map tiles do not get updated on the server in realtime. In areas with ongoing terraforming, use the regular map for navigating vessels.)
- The Mini-map now shows parcel boundaries (white lines).
- The mini-map now shows parcels that are for sale in yellow, same as the world map.
- The Mini-map now shows parcels that you cannot enter in red (note: due to technical limitations that can’t be overcome on the viewer side, banlined parcels only show when you’re already “really close”, roughly 4 meters.)
All this can of course be disabled in the context menu of the mini map, and in Preferences->Dolphin Viewer 3->Navigation.
As an added bonus the Mini-map does not have a space consuming title bar anymore.
Other features of this release:
- Reset graphics preferences to default button in status panel, next to draw distance slider, labeled “GReset”.
- Z offset reset button relabeled to “Z” to get room for GReset button.
- “Refresh texture” also refreshes sculptmaps of sculpted prims (corrected version of my own attempt, from Firestorm).
- “Restore inworld” now also sets the proper land group if you have “Rez with land group” switched on and are a member of that group.
One thing to take note of is that this is the last version that has support for logging into other grids than Second Life Main and Second Life beta. The reasons for this have already been explained here.
The downloads are on the download page, as usual.