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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.

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