Monday, January 7, 2013

End of an Era for Phoenix Users

As many of you already know, the Firestorm snobs have officially abandoned their only viable SL viewer in favor of an unusable, bug-riddled, resource-hogging piece of software junk.  The decision to kill Phoenix Viewer was always that of its developers, and now they've pretty much done it.  People can still log on to Second Life using Phoenix, but since it's no longer being updated features will continue to break as Linden Lab implements new code that is incompatible with Phoenix.

And it's a real shame, too.  Phoenix has a user interface that is far superior to Firestorm, is intuitive, and doesn't force you to spend countless hours trying to figure it out.  What's more, Phoenix always had and will always have a higher frame rate, more stability, and use fewer computer resources, than Firestorm.  Abandoning it might just bite the Firestorm snobs in the arse as people move on to Singularity and Cool VL Viewer.

Well, I guess it's time for me to move on to Singularity full time.  I won't be able to do as much building on that viewer, since its abilities to position prims aren't as precise as Phoenix, but I'll keep on the developers to get that problem addressed.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


After watching the 2012 Christmas Special, I thought I'd share some screencaps.

The Cybermen get a new look and it actually looks even cooler than the art deco design they had before.
Shades of the classic series opening with the Doctor's current face appearing in the opening titles sequence.

The new console room looks more high-tech and futuristic, and very metallic in style.

I like the new opening sequence for its throwback to the classic series, but not the color scheme.  There's too much yellow, red, and violet for my liking.  Still, it is definitely an improvement over the last opening CGI vortex, and the opening theme music is much closer to the classic series, which is a nice touch.