Early Thoughts On New Firestorm 4.7.3

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I had to go someplace before I could do any real playing or setup with the new version of the Firestorm viewer.  Some quick thoughts from the first day:

  • This is version 4.7.3; it’s finally made it out there, and it’s a “major” release, which means that one or two older versions will be blocked.  As the previous version was considered something of a “working beta,” it would probably be a very good thing to update to this one, as many pernicious problems have apparently corrected, including an attachment bug.
  • Your antivirus may trigger as you open the setup executable.  I checked on this in support (via going in world with the Linden viewer), and it’s definitely a false positive.  If you get a warning, click Allow to let it through.
  • Be prepared to do some resetting of your preferences, even after “saving and restoring” preferences — unless I messed something up during the clean install that Firestorm really really encourages you to go through to put in a major version.  I can say that I needed to turn transcripts back off (I hate transcripts on chat and IM for the most part), rejigger my graphics, reset a bunch of other clickoffs that needed clicking, and put all my buttons back into the locations I like them — and I’m still not sure I got everything where I like it to be.  As with everything involving computers, Your Mileage May Vary.  Usually depending on the phase of the moon, the height of the tides, the flip of a celestial coin, and whether or not you have sacrificed a she-goat, if not a higher and purer form of life.  (Darned hard to find a virgin when you need one….)
  • After working past that, I quickly found one of the obvious goodies I’ve wanted:  the dynamic hover height control.  If you find yourself floating too high, or slogging through the dirt at ankle level, right-click and select this control, and you can adjust your hover height ± 2.000 (you can fine-tune it to the thousandth, yes) over the current shape default.  This comes in very handy for situations where you put on a fresh pair of shoes and you find yourself at odds with the current ground level.  This is a keeper!
  • I haven’t been able to play with a promised goodie, the ability to pile on up to 60 attachments combined, all types, instead of only five attachments of any one type.  I may take a proof-of-concept photo of myself wearing 6 or 7 tattoos — though at least one of them will be like a hairbase — to see how well this works, and publish it.
  • I may try some experimentation with posting directly to Flickr or Facebook (using the included logins) from in world as well.  However, that will be more to get something up that I want to have a quick snapshot on, instead of a polished, finished piece.  Blessed be Paint Shop Pro X8, and health to all its subroutines.

Most other things, as far as I can see right now, are beyond my interest, leaning toward the more technical end of a complex piece of simulation software.  But if anything strikes my fancy in the future, I’ll surely note it here and on my other methods of communication.

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Posted August 19, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Software

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