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Archive for December, 2010

A New Years Message from Jessica Lyon

As we approach the end of the year I tend to reflect back things, and 2010 certainly has a lot to reflect on in regards to Second Life. In fact 2010 has been a pretty crazy year, with the official release of Linden Lab’s Viewer 2, the massive layoffs at LL and office closures around the world, the departure of M Linden from CEO, the return and departure of Philip, the announcement of merging the teen grid, removing educational discounts, excitement over the upcoming 40 groups and death of chat lag, and much more, 2010 has been a year full of ups and downs for all of us.

But more than the on-goings at LL, we also saw the unexpected demise of the ever popular Emerald Viewer. It was a time of sadness and confusion for hundreds of thousands of users in SL.

However not all was lost, the demise of the Emerald Viewer lead way to the Rise of the Phoenix!

In just 4 months the people here at The Phoenix Viewer Project have brought the Phoenix Viewer from unheard of to the most popular Third Party Viewer in Second Life, more popular than all others combined… more popular than Emerald ever was. Having started with the Emerald code base which was stuck in beta for over a year because it was so unstable; In 4 months we made it the most stable Third Party Viewer in Second Life with the lowest crash rate in version 1.5.2.818.

Phoenix Viewer sessions ending in crash %
1.5.2.818 = 11.81%
1.5.2.725 = 12.44%
1.5.1.373 = 12.44%
1.5.1.225 = 13.10%
1.5.0.168 = 17.48% 
1.5.0.156 = 17.95%
Note: versions 168 and 156 will be blocked near the end of January.

Now I don’t mean to brag but suffice to say, I am DAMN proud of everyone on the Phoenix Team and the accomplishments we’ve made in such a short time should be mentioned in an end of year message like this. Our Developers, Support team and QA team deserve a huge pat on the back! I am beyond proud of them all. You guys are amazing… simply amazing.

But beyond all this, one of our founding goals was to rebuild the trust from the residents in SL and from Linden Lab towards Third Party Viewers in general. I believe we have come a long way in that regard as well.

New Years brings us the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. 2011 is looking very promising here at the Phoenix Project as we work on the much anticipated Firestorm Viewer based on V2 code base, but made a lot more friendly to those who are used to the 1.23 UI. Phoenix Viewer has pretty well reached it’s pinnacle and it’s time to start over and do it again. We have some very big plans for the Firestorm Viewer and while at first it may not be much, by this time next year I hope to see it become the next favorite viewer of the wonderful residents in Second Life. Some other plans for 2011 will be support run classes for sl residents on the Phoenix Viewer, more video tutorials especially for Firestorm and an announcement about a partnership Phoenix is forming with another grid. Stay tuned for that one!

I would like to also thank all the residents in Second Life for your enduring trust, faith and commitment to us. I must admit there was a time in the beginning where I had second thoughts about starting a new viewer project… The Phoenix Project. I questioned myself, if I would be able to dedicate my time as much as would be required to run such a project. After-all, I was left very tired, depressed and down after the demise of Emerald. I questioned if I even had the strength and leadership skills to lead such a project, I am after all, just a lowly photographer in the real world. Could I really manage a team of 14+ developers, a team of 20+ support people, a QA team of almost 200 people? Would I really be able to stick with it? without burning out? What was I thinking… to start a new viewer project.. I asked myself… Am I crazy?

It was YOU, with your enthusiasm and appreciation that swayed me into making that commitment and taking that chance. It was the thousands of IM’s from thousands of residents that inundated me with hope. It is YOU who made it possible for the Phoenix Viewer to exist. It was YOU! And It is now that I turn to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for pushing me over that edge. For pushing ALL of us into working so hard to bring you this viewer… this… improved user experience.

From the bottom of my heart and from all of us here at The Phoenix Viewer Project.

Happy New Year Everyone! and may 2011 be a safe, prosperous and happy year for you all!

Jessica Lyon
Phoenix Viewer Project Manager

Merry Christmas Everyone!

On behalf of everyone here at Phoenix, we would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and happy, safe holidays!

A few notes:
Support has the day off Christmas Day, although some have stated they would like to continue to help when they can.

If you can’t reach support, you can always submit a support ticket to our Jira here:
http://jira.phoenixviewer.com/secure/CreateIssue.jspa?pid=10003&issuetype=8m

And don’t forget we still have our “Unofficial” official Phoenix Forum where you can post questions and concerns. The forum now has a cool Christmas Theme set up which you can find on the drop down menu near the bottom of the forum. You can find the forum here:
http://s15.zetaboards.com/Phoenix_Viewer/index/

Have a Wonderful Christmas Everyone!!!

The Phoenix Viewer Project Inc.

1.5.2.818 Final Major Release!

It’s finally here! As promised.. a Christmas Release! Our final major release version 818. \o/

A few things to note…

We are no longer providing SSE and SSE2 in one installer for windows. We’ve gone back to providing two separate downloads for each because too many people were getting confused.

We will be using the SSE Standard binary in our quick download links because it works for everyone. For the SSE2, please go to our downloads page. When in doubt of which one to use… use SSE! It works for everyone, and while many systems can run SSE2, they don’t necessarily run it well. If you have a performance decrease on this version while on SSE2, use the SSE instead.

While this is our final ‘major’ release.. we will continue to have releases for Phoenix but they will mostly just be bug fixes and improvements.

Among many other changes we have added Display Name support in group, IM and local chats, radar, friendlists, partners etc, fixed a lot of RLV issues from 725, fixed voice issues on Linux and Windows, fixed the viewer lockups from 725, Parcel WindLight water settings, fixed the crash on “Initializing Multimedia” and “Failed to initialize application” errors some people were getting… etc etc etc, 

Full change log here:
http://wiki.phoenixviewer.com/doku.php?id=818_release_notes

Windows SSE: 
http://downloads.phoenixviewer.com/windows/Phoenix_Viewer-1.5.2.818_STANDARD.exe
Fixed ^

Windows SSE2:
http://downloads.phoenixviewer.com/windows/Phoenix_Viewer-1.5.2.818_SSE2.exe

Windows Failed to Initialize fix:
http://downloads.phoenixviewer.com/windows/Phoenix_Viewer-1.5.2.818_Fail2Init.exe

Mac:
http://downloads.phoenixviewer.com/Mac/Phoenix_Viewer_1.5.2.818_Intel.dmg

Linux:
http://downloads.phoenixviewer.com/Linux/PhoenixViewer-i686-1.5.2.818.tar.bz2

Special thanks to Jed Gregg, Crystal Glasswing and several other users for enduring dozens of trial and error builds in order to help us fix the long standing “Initializing Multimedia” and “Failed to initialize application” errors. We couldn’t have fixed those bugs without your help!

Enjoy!
The Phoenix Viewer Project Inc.