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Happy New Year 2017

Another year come and gone, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, things working and not working. Another fun year of Second Life with Firestorm. 2016 is over, in the past, ancient history, let’s wave good-bye to a great 2016.

Now along comes 2017. A new year, new possibilities, new resolutions for those who attempt new year’s resolutions. A new year of Second Life, a new year with Firestorm, role playing, going to clubs, hanging out with friends or enemies, basically doing your Second Life thing.

From the Firestorm team, we thank you all for making us what we’ve become, the greatest viewer on the grid, and we wish you all a wonderful and prosperous new year!

Happy New Year! Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar! Gëzuar Vitin e Ri! መልካም አዲስ ዓመት! سنة جديدة سعيدة! Շնորհավոր Նոր Տարի! Yeni Yılınız kutlu olsun! Urte berri on! З Новым годам! শুভ নব বর্ষ! Sretna Nova godina! Честита Нова Година! Feliç any nou! Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig! Chaka chabwino chatsopano! 新年快樂! Bon annu! Sretna Nova godina! Šťastný nový rok! Godt nytår! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Feliĉan Novjaron! Head uut aastat! Maligayang Bagong Taon! Hyvää uutta vuotta! Bonne année! Lokkich nijjier! Feliz aninovo! გილოცავთ ახალ წელს! Frohes neues Jahr! Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! સાલ મુબારક! Barka da sabon shekara! Hauʻoli makahiki hou! שנה טובה! हैप्पी न्यू ईयर! Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab! Boldog új évet! Gleðilegt nýtt ár! Ezi afọ ọhụrụ! Selamat Tahun Baru! Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit! Felice anno nuovo! 明けましておめでとうございます! ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯ! Жаңа жыл құтты болсын! រីករាយ​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី! 새해 복 많이 받으세요! Sersala ve mibarek be! Жаны жылыңар менен! ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ປີ​ໃຫມ່! New Anno Felix! Laimīgu Jauno gadu! Laimingų Naujųjų metų! Schéint Neit Joer! Среќна Нова година! Tratry ny taona! Selamat tahun Baru! പുതുവത്സരാശംസകൾ! Is-sena it-tajba! Tau Hou hari! नवीन वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा! Шинэ жилийн мэнд хүргэе! ပျော်ရွှင်ဖွယ်နှစ်သစ်! नयाँ बर्षको शुभकामना! Godt nytt år! نوې کال دمبارک شه! سال نو مبارک! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Feliz Ano Novo! ਨਵਾ ਸਾਲ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ! An Nou Fericit! С новым годом! Manuia le tausaga fou! Bliadhna Mhath Ùr! Срећна Нова година! Mahlohonolo a selemo se secha! Goredzva rakanaka! نئون سال مبارڪ! සුභ නව වසරක්! Šťastný nový rok! Srečno novo leto! ¡Feliz año nuevo! Wilujeng taun énggal! Heri ya mwaka mpya! Gott nytt år! Соли Нав Муборак! புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు! สวัสดีปีใหม่! Mutlu Yıllar! Щасливого Нового року! نیا سال مبارک ہو! Yangi yilingiz bilan! Chúc mừng năm mới! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Nyakhomtsha! א גוט געבענטשט יאר! E ku odun, eku iyedun! Jabulela unyaka omusha!

Whew, that’s a lot of happies!

Also, don’t forget to get your Firestorm Christmas gifts if you haven’t already! They won’t last forever!


The Firestorm Team!

Firestorm Christmas Party w/great gifts and performances!

Come celebrate with us whatever you do celebrate this time of year!

The party runs Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1pm to 4pm with live performances from…
EDIT: The gifts are no longer available folks! Limited time, 2 weeks, times up! But we’ll have a whole new set of gifts at our next party!

JavaJoe Macintyre

Custom-made, exclusive limited edition GIFTS for you including…


A Firestorm cheetah from WK Wild Kajaera Breedables.

Bringing the Wild to your SL with Wild Kajaera’s Big Cats and Wild Dogs. This animal needs no food but can be converted to a breedable to expand its unique Firestorm characteristics!kajaera



A beautiful Ryan Navion aircraft from CLS Aviation

Painted in Firestorm brand colors that would go great with the Trans Am we gave away at the last Party! CLS Aviation brings great aircraft to Second Life!cls-aviation

Both gifts will only be available for a limited two-week period starting at 1pm Sunday at the Firestorm Major Event Space.

SLurls: If your first initial is

Firestorm Update with BENTO!

The demand for a Bento-capable Firestorm Viewer has been overwhelming, to say the least! With over 8,000 people in our preview group running it, is widely regarded as faster by testers and is expected to be a rock-solid update. For those who don’t know about it, Bento is Linden Lab’s latest and greatest improvement to Second Life that enables a whole new realm of possibilities and realism for avatars. Because it adds dozens of new joints to the Second Life avatar skeleton, we can now have ultrarealistic moving tails, ears, wings, fingers, facial expressions and so much more! For more info on Bento, check out Torley Linden’s Video or Linden Lab’s announcement or read from the many posts about it, including at Inara Pey’s blog. Even if you have no intention of using Bento-enabled content or animations, you will need this viewer in order to see it properly on others.

But this Firestorm Viewer update isn’t just about Bento. It’s also packed with lots of RLVa fixes, new features, performance improvements, bug fixes and so much more! There are some highlights below, but first a quick reminder: If you’re currently using version 4.7.5, you have three weeks to update to any of our more recent releases (5.0.1 recommended and supported; 4.7.9 and 4.7.7 permitted) before your viewer will be blocked. Versions 4.7.7 and 4.7.9 will continue being usable for now.

And now the 5.0.1 release highlights!

  • Visual Outfit Browser (VOB) feature from Linden Lab:
    • VOB allows you to use the Appearance floater to capture/upload/select images of your outfits and save them alongside the outfits in a new Outfit Gallery tab.
  • New Avatar Render Settings feature under World menu:
    • Lists all avatars you have chosen to fully render or never render.
    • Right-clicking on one or multiple avatars allows direct changing of the setting.
  • Improved Asset Blacklist:
    • Temporarily blocked objects are now shown in the Asset Blacklist floater so they can be removed.
    • Fixed the crash when leaving an area where many objects were blacklisted.
    • Added an option to rerender temporarily derendered objects after teleport or after end of session or to perform manual rerendering via the Asset Blacklist floater.
    • Added button to clear all temporarily derendered objects to the Asset Blacklist floater.
  • New option to log autoaccepted inventory to nearby chat:
    • Preferences -> Privacy -> General -> Log automatically accepted inventory items to nearby chat.
  • Status bar improvements:
    • Added an FPS meter and seconds to the clock.
  • New option to render friends only:
    • World -> Show Friends Only.
  • You can now resize the Movement controls:
    • Avatar -> Move Controls.
  • Attachments ghosting after teleport fixes:
    • Ghosted attachments are those that appear attached, but others don’t see them.
    • This fix will not 100% eliminate the bug (that will need a server-side fix), but the frequency of the bug should be much reduced.
    • For when things do go wrong, added a new “Refresh Attachments” feature — in cases where an attachment is ghosted, it will attempt to reattach it:
    • Avatar -> Avatar Health -> Refresh Attachments.
  • RLV updated to RLVa-2.1.0 and many RLV bug fixes.
  • Project VLC from Linden Lab:
    • QuickTime has been replaced with LibVLC support for the Windows and Linux versions of the viewer, as Apple recently announced they are no longer supporting QuickTime for Windows and will not be offering security updates.
  • Firestorm is now DPI-aware — no more tiny user interface and font on high-resolution monitors.
  • New font! — Google Noto:
    • Preferences -> User Interface -> Font.

For more information, you can see our RELEASE NOTES or have a read from Inara’s summary here.

Since this is such a significant release, and since it merges us up with LL’s new 5.0 Bento viewer release, we’ve decided to change our version numbering convention to match LL’s moving forward. This version is, and from now on the first two digits of our versions (in this case 5.0) will reflect the version of the LL viewer it is in parity with. This should help you identify what we’re up to date with on the LL side of things.*

If this all sounds confusing, don’t worry — the only thing you need to know is that higher numbers are newer, and we are keeping up with LL features and functionality while maintaining an ultrastable, feature-rich viewer for accessing Second Life and other virtual worlds, just for you!


The Firestorm Team!

P.S. Hope to see you all at our Christmas Party on the 18th! Live performances and great gifts as always, announcement to follow later this week!

* The third number, such as the 1 in 5.0.1, will be specific to Firestorm (odd numbers are used for release versions, and even numbers are internal and prerelease builds such as alphas and betas). The last set of numbers, such as the 52150, reflects the revision from our repository.