Very exciting! The long awaited Second Life Viewer 2 Beta is now available. It’s the ‘web on prim’ every developer has been talking about for years. Content creators can now place Web pages, video, Flash content, and other web media, onto any surface in Second Life. For educationalists this means a qualitatively different way is now possible to access content. Seemingly, a server can now push pages directly into the virtual world on any prim surface. We should see a new level of educational and experimentation developments from this breakthrough upgrade to the Second Life viewer. Check out the official video below for more information. Improvements include:
- A browser-like navigation bar with forward and back buttons. You can even save favourites and review your teleport history.
- A sliding right-hand panel that surfaces the most frequently-used features and makes managing your profile, contacts, groups, landmarks, inventory, and appearance easy.
- Improved Search, powered by Google Search Appliance technology, makes it easier to find friends, places, and cool stuff to buy.
- A superior alternative to invisiprims for non-human avatars. In Viewer 2, a new wearable type, called Alpha Masks, allow you to "mask out" parts of your base avatar to make entire body parts disappear.
- And, you'll enjoy the new contextual help to help you acclimate to the new viewer experience.
We’ll be testing the possibilities and will blog updates here.
Download the beta viewer here: http://www.secondlife.com/beta-viewer
UPDATE 24/2/10: This latest offering looks pretty nasty even for a beta version. The user interface is unintuitive and lacks commonly used functions previously at hand. The graphics engine seems to have been modified in some way as Viewer 2 has crashed every PC I've used it on so far. There doesn't seem to be a way in 'Preferences' to use full screen and even on the lowest settings produces lock-ups on stable high-end systems. Many of the promised features are troublesome or not as claimed as well, according to community feedback so far. Given time I think this could be a success but those familiar with the most recent 1.x viewers or favorite third party viewers won't be moving over to this version until the many glitches have been ironed out.