Forum registrations are now in-world


in my constant struggle to keep spam bots out of the Dolphin Viewer forums I managed to finally get an in-world forum registration kiosk working, with lots of help from Jan Hajek.

Therefore the forum registrations on the website are now closed.

To register a forum account, click on the Forum registration terminal at The Dolphin Viewer Mountain Retreat and provide a valid e-mail address.

In case you do not have access to that location due to the M rating fo that region, or because you use The Dolphin Viewer only for other grids than Second Life™ , contact me.

Happy Canada Day!


Notice to current users of openSUSE 11.3

This post only concerns those of you, who are currently running openSUSE 11.3 linux environment.

On January 20, 2012 Benjamin Brunner of the openSUSE team announced that openSUSE 11.3 has reached its end-of-life. That means that the repositories for openSUSE 11.3 are no longer available and it is no longer a valid build target.

Since openSUSE 12.1 is the version that I am working with, and there is no longer a controlled build environment for the previous version, I will not be providing any new Dolphin Viewer packages for openSUSE 11.3.

So if you have not already, I suggest you consider updating your OS 😉

Support for the Dolphin Viewer? Use the forum!

I want to remind everybody that posting comments on the blog here is not the officially supported way to obtain support for the Dolphin Viewer. That’s what the forum is for. Background: forum posts send me notifications, comments on the blog don’t.

Commenting on blog pages has been disabled for this reason until further notice.

Dolphin Viewer 2

Here is the next release in the 2.5 series.

Fixed in this release:

  • SEC-906: Fixes a griefer crash attack through  a maliciously broken animation (Aura Linden)
  • STORM-1042: non-functional save button on new landmarks

Improved in this release:

  • Web profiles are back
  • Web profiles open at the “About me” tab instead of the “stream”
  • RenderVolumeLODFactor defaults to 2.0 instead of 1.125 for “High” graphics setting

New in this release:

  • STORM-56: Extra decimals on build floater for position, scale, and rotation, with keyboard modifiers for increasing/decreasing the different digits (use alt/ctrl/shift with cursor up/down)

Known issues in this release:

  • The web profile opens at the “stream” the first time you open a profile after you login. This is consistent with other web-based functions not working properly on the first use after login.

Downloads are at the usual place: the download page.

Dolphin Viewer 2, Mesh & Web Profiles

I guess I should say something now about Dolphin Viewer 2, and mesh.

I just did that in an email mini interview with Inara Pey for her blog, so I’ll just throw in the link here.

To make the difficulties quite clear:

To upload mesh, the viewer needs to be able to do what is called “convex hull decomposition” on the uploaded mesh object. This is for the purpose of creating the “collision mesh”, which determines where the physical hull of the object is, the surface that things bounce off. Simply, with that you can walk across a mesh boulder without the need for it to be phantom + a non-phantom invisiprim, but you don’t walk on empty air a foot over the rock either, like you would with a sculpt.

The problems for Third Party Viewers come from the fact that the original source code uses parts of the Havoc physics engine to do this, and that code can’t be given away, because it’s not open source.

Several members of the Snowstorm community are working on a replacement that is based on an open-source physics engine, and so far they have something quite promising but not quite ready. Things are looking good though.

Another hot topic are the new (and in my opinion much improved) web profiles.

The web profiles were removed from Dolphin Viewer 2 in release 2.5.3 because back then, they were just way too broken for me to be happy with having them in a viewer meant for actual daily use.

Let’s just be quick and painless: Any 2.7 / 2.8 based Dolphin viewer (the version yet to come that will have mesh) will also have web profiles. And since I’m kind of forced to wait for the people with the mesh open source thingie, I’ll be working on plugging the new web profiles back into Dolphin 2.5 in the meantime. With some small improvements of course or my avie’s name is not Lance Corrimal 😉



I’m still alive and kicking ass: Dolphin Viewer 2

“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated!”

Ok, there haven’t been any, but who could pass an opportunity to quote Mark Twain, hm?

Anyway, I have a new day job which proves to be quite demanding. On top of that, certain real life things proved to be more important, such as trying to keep my wife from falling apart after her mom died and her brother either proved to be the biggest, unmitigated arse on the face of the planet, or proved to be married to the biggest, unmitigated arse on the face of the planet, I haven’t decided which.

But I digress, and therefore, without further ado, present you with Dolphin Viewer

As you can see it’s still based on 2.5 source. Partially for reasons mentioned above, partially for reasons to do with the complexity of the changes between 2.5 and 2.7 on one side, and RLV 2.4 and 2.7 on the other side.

What’s new in 2.5.8:

  • hovertext is now properly occluded behind objects
  • you can copy a list of everything in your Outfit/Worn tab to your clipboard (the “Look of the day” blog crowd will love this)
  • when building, you now have the option to directly create a new prim as “Sculpt” instead of creating anything else and then changing it
  • the cache can be bigger than 1 gig
  • the logfile gets less spam about sim capabilities

Quick HowTo about the worn items list:

  • go to your “My Outfits / Worn” tab
  • click on the “gear” button at the bottom of the sidebar
  • Choose “Copy outfit list to clipboard”
  • Paste the list into your blog post / forum post / whatever you need it for

Find the downloads at the usual place: the download page.

Important security update: Dolphin Viewer 2

Sorry for being a bit late about it, but I haven’t been close to my build environment for almost four weeks.

Anyway, I finally managed to build a version of Dolphin Viewer 2 that incorporates the security fix for the vulnerability in the ogg libraries.

Please make sure you download and install the new version as soon as possible.

There’s nothing else new in this release.

It’s on the download page as usual.


openSUSE 11.2 discontinued – consequences for Dolphin Viewer 2

As of May 12, 2011, openSUSE 11.2 has reached end-of-support from Novell and

What does this mean for the Dolphin Viewer 2?

Simple enough: there will no longer be any rpm packages for openSUSE 11.2 available, and from now on the Dolphin Viewer 2 will be built on openSUSE 11.3.

If the linux binaries built on 11.3 do not work on your linux system, I strongly encourage you to upgrade to a newer version of your linux distribution.

Ogg Security hole, status update on next version

I’m aware of the security hole in the ogg libraries used in the current dolphin viewer.

Unfortunately I’m about 6000 miles away from my computer with the build environment right now, and will be until at least the end of may… so i can’t do anything.

Luckily enough the security flaw has not been exploited for any shady things as of now.

As soon as I’m back home I’ll build a with the fixed libraries. In the meantime, switch off media playing if you are concerned about possible exploits.

After that I’ll start on integrating my patches, RLV, and 2.6.3 into the next real version.