The next Dolphin Viewer…

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.

The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

I’m sure there are one or two people wondering what is going on with the Dolphin Viewer lately.

To put it simply, my life has been quite hectic the last few months, and it still is. I have a new job that demands a lot of my time and attention. I’ve moved to a different province because of the job, and when I am actually home (the new job involves a lot of travelling), I’m just too damned tired to spend time on working on the viewer.

That being said, there will be a new version, that will have all the new shinies from the Lab. The CHUI interface, SSA, Materials, you name it.

Just … please do not ask me when. “When it is finished” is all I can say right now.


P.S. If you click on the link on the login page that says “Click here to update your viewer” (see screenshot), you will get the original viewer from Linden Lab, not a new Dolphin Viewer.


Dolphin Viewer 3 –

Here’s the next Dolphin Viewer 3 for you.

New in

  • The layout for the status panel on the Feed profile page has been tweaked for japanese users – thanks goes to Ayahime Twine.
  • All “Autopilot cancelled” messages are now optional. You can switch them on and off in the notifications tab of the preferences.
  • The sources have been brought up-to-date with the current development viewer.
  • Some internal fixes in preparation for the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 release, based to equal parts on work done by the  Kokua and Firestorm developers and by me.

The downloads are in the usual place… the download page.

Dolphin Viewer 3 –

Here’s the next Dolphin Viewer 3 release,


  • The input line on the Places floater now has the focus on opening (e.g. the cursor is in the right spot).
  • Source brought up to the latest development code.


  • Moving, animated linksets will not leave phantom prims behind anymore (broken by the Lab in last beta release).
  • The last traces of VWR-17689 have been fixed.

The downloads are on the download page, as usual.

Dolphin Viewer 3 –

Here’s the next one in the 3.4-series,

Fixed in this release:

  • The freezing up of the viewer for a moment when you open the Places tab for the first time after logging in is gone.
  • Rotating prims now rotate properly even when you’re not looking (fixed by Henri Beauchamp).
  • The source code has been updated to be on the same level as the latest development viewer from Linden Lab™.

As a sidenote, if you go back to an older version after running this one, you have to redo your toolbar customizations, because the format of the settings file has changed.

The downloads are on the download page.

I’ve had it with the spam bots

I don’t know what’s with these spam bots lately… but I’ve had almost as many spam comments in the first ten days of 2013 as I had in the whole year 2012!

To deal with this problem, I’ve added WP-Unite to the site. Basically, to post a comment on the blog you need to login with a valid forum account.
To get a forum account, go to the Dolphin Viewer Mountain Retreat, and generate it at the blue terminal next to the wind turbine.
If for some reason you can’t create your forum account there, contact me in-world.

This means that you need to have an active Second Life™ account to be able to comment on posts on the blog.

On this occasion I would like to point out that for any support questions you should use the forum anyways, and not by posting comments on release announcements.