Alternative Viewers for Second Life & OpenSim

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Overview of the most popular third party viewers for accessing Second Life & OpenSim, including Imprudence aka Kokua, Hippo, Kirsten's Viewer, Phoenix, Radegast, Pocket Metaverse, and Mobile Grid.

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Alternative Viewers for Second Life & OpenSim

  1. 1. Alternative Viewers <br />For Second Life &<br />OpenSim<br />Chris Collins (SL: Fleep Tuque)<br />Project Manager, University of Cincinnati SL Project<br />Second Life Ambassador, Ohio Learning Network<br />fleep.tuque@gmail.com | fleeptuque.com<br />December 2010<br />
  2. 2. The “Viewer” is the window through which we experience the virtual environment.<br />It frames our experience and constrains our interactions.<br />
  3. 3. Change the window, change the view – change the experience!<br />
  4. 4. New users start with LL’s official viewer<br />Experienced users often migrate to alternative viewers..<br />
  5. 5. Alternative viewers give users more options and are often developed to cater to certain types of users/activities – movie makers, photographers, role players, mobile, etc.<br />http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Third_Party_Viewer_Directory<br />
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  7. 7. Imprudence*<br />http://blog.kokuaviewer.org/<br /><ul><li>Rapid development cycle
  8. 8. Well known developers with excellent reputation for quality/security
  9. 9. Easy configuration for grid hoppers
  10. 10. Stable, familiar 1.23 based interface (v2 features soon)</li></ul>* Changing name to Kokua viewer <br />
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  13. 13. Hippo Viewer<br />http://mjm-labs.com/viewer/<br /><ul><li>One of the oldest “alt” viewers
  14. 14. Default viewer for many other grids
  15. 15. Fairly stable, but no updates since April 2010
  16. 16. Used primarily by grid hoppers
  17. 17. 1.23 based, no v2 features</li></li></ul><li>
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  19. 19. Kirsten’s Viewer<br />http://www.kirstensviewer.com/ <br /><ul><li>Extremely rapid development
  20. 20. High end graphics features for movie makers and photographers
  21. 21. Hybrid 1.23 + v2 Features
  22. 22. Needs high end graphics card to take full advantage of features</li></li></ul><li>
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  25. 25. Phoenix Viewer<br />http://www.phoenixviewer.com/<br /><ul><li>Born out of the “Emerald” viewer</li></ul>(Google “Emeraldgate” for history, Fleep advises some caution.)<br /><ul><li>Deepest option menu, many config choices
  26. 26. Hybrid 1.23 + v2 Features
  27. 27. Most popular among land managers, event hosts, social users</li></li></ul><li>
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  31. 31. Radegast Viewer<br />http://radegastclient.org/wp/<br /><ul><li>Lightweight text-based viewer
  32. 32. Works on many older machines, no graphics
  33. 33. Compatible with screen readers for vision impaired</li></li></ul><li>
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  36. 36. Pocket Metaverse<br />http://www.pocketmetaverse.com/ /<br /><ul><li>iPhone & iPad Second Life client
  37. 37. See friends online, chat and IM, teleport with world map, view profiles, basic functions.
  38. 38. Optimized for iPad and iPhone 4 use
  39. 39. $4.99 to purchase app through App Store</li></li></ul><li>
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  41. 41. Mobile Grid<br />http://www.mobilegridclient.com/<br /><ul><li>Android Second Life & OpenSim client
  42. 42. See friends online, chat and IM, teleport with world map, view profiles, basic functions.
  43. 43. Two versions with basic and pro features
  44. 44. Basic - $250L/month Pro - $450L/month or</li></ul>$4500L/year ~ $15USD<br />
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  48. 48. Experienced SL users should explore and try third party viewers (TPVs) to see what’s possible.<br />Many TPVs make grid-hopping much easier.<br />Building and special use cases often better served by TPVs.<br />
  49. 49. Caveats:<br />Always check to make sure a TPV is registered with Linden Lab.<br />Be wary of TPVs that do not disclose developers and data policies.<br />NEVER use your SL password with a TPV website.<br />
  50. 50. Alternative Viewers <br />For Second Life &<br />OpenSim<br />Image credits:<br />Title slide: <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetsetwilly/2581863218/<br />Stone Window: <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/freebird4/219077035/<br />Radegast: http://radegastclient.org/wiki/Screenshots<br />Pocket Metaverse:<br />http://www.pocketmetaverse.com/product/<br />Mobile Grid:<br />http://www.mobilegridclient.com/<br />Chris Collins (SL: Fleep Tuque)<br />Project Manager, University of Cincinnati SL Project<br />Second Life Ambassador, Ohio Learning Network<br />fleep.tuque@gmail.com | fleeptuque.com<br />December 2010<br />

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