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Archive for August, 2014

Soon to block version 4.5.1


4.5.1 on the chopping block.

The time is quickly approaching where we once again do an “In with the new, out with the old” block of our 4th oldest version. This time around it’s version 4.5.1 on the chopping block. When we initiate the block, folks on 4.5.1 will get a notification when they launch the viewer indicating it can no longer log in and that they must update to something newer. For those already on newer versions need not worry as you are not effected by this.


We will block it on the 12th of September. That means if you are running version 4.5.1 (which none of you should be), you should update as soon as possible. If you wait until the last minute to update you will have a harder time reaching support since most people seem to wait until the last minute and then contact support for help.

4.4.2 is still safe for Mac users as many are unable to use newer versions due to Mac specific bugs in more recent versions. However only Mac users with these problems on later versions should be on version 4.4.2, everyone else should absolutely be on a newer version.

(Why we block)


P.S. Stay tuned here for some exciting news around the end of the weekend! 

Jessica Lyon
Project Manager
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc

Firestorm Release


We arrive once again at that time to update your version of the ever popular Firestorm Viewer.  Most notably this version brings Firestorm up to LL’s version 3.7.8 with Project Interesting. With which you will undoubtedly find world rendering to be much faster when logging into SL or teleporting around. This version also comes with a lot of bug fixes and a few cool new things.

To list just a very small few…

* Project interesting (Big improvement in scene render speed)
* Fixed for the Mac Cocoa bug – Alt-clicking while moving the mouse can move the camera significantly now fixed for most.
* Fixed Flickr upload
* Distant avatars now animate at the correct speed when avatar imposters are disabled
* Mac 64bit beta!
* Much more.
For a complete list of changes, fixes, features and known issues please see the CHANGE LOG.

Nice Summary by Inara Pey as well:

NOTE: As a result of our policy to keep only 3 versions running, we will be blocking version 4.5.1 beta in the coming weeks. If you are on 4.5.1 please update now. Version 4.4.2 will continue to remain for Mac users until all the major Cocoa Mac bugs have been resolved. However, if you are not a Mac user there is absolutely no excuse for you to be still on  a version as old as 4.4.2. Please update as well. 

The Firestorm Team.