Avatar Render Weights (Avatar Complexity)
|Shows Avatar with render weight of 112k. This is a reasonable weight.|
Always use an approved viewer for stability and security.
Approved Third Party Viewers are listed here
Beware of third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory: they have either declined to self-certify their compliance with Linden Lab policies or been refused for noncompliance with the policies.
Most viewer preferences are explained in detail here:
Linden Lab produce their own viewer, but many seasoned users opt for one of the third party alternatives.
There are many viewers available for Second Life. Use one that you trust and always download it from their main site.
Two 3rd Party viewers clearly stand out ahead of the rest. They are FIRESTORM based on Viewer 3 and SINGULARITY based on Viewer 1.
Firestorm viewer has outstanding support, in world groups staffed by the development team and other enthusiasts and has a comprehensive site full of help, tips and tricks.
You can visit their site here to view various help scenarios or to download the viewer: http://www.firestormviewer.org/
Singularity is developed by a friendly team who will often offer one-to-one help with their product. The main focus of their support is via the in-world Singularity Viewer group.
You can visit their site here to download the viewer: http://www.singularityviewer.org/
Alternatively for the very latest versions you can join the alpha cycle here http://alpha.singularityviewer.org/alpha/
Are you part grey or are prims not attaching properly, missing cuffs, missing hair?
Right click yourself > Tools > Reload. done!
Not seeing things that you know are there?
CTRL+SHIFT+V will reset the vertex buffers and redraw the area.
CTL+SH+ALT+C for Avatar Cost. Cost and Weight can be toggled via Debug, see below.
Some useful Debug settings:
CTL+P > System > Security autoteleport when region is restarting (drop LM in here)
LiruShowTransactionThreshold = 2 Do not pop up a notification box for amounts less than this value.
UISndRestart = UUID of sound to play on restart (replaces Torley Linden)
AlchemyRegionRestartShake = true Shake the screen when region restart is imminent
ShortDateFormat for European format: %Y-%m-%d change to %d/%m/%Y
LiruLegacyLandmarks = true/false Landmark saved with position e.g. (22, 258, 23)
LiruSensibleARC = False Show new style render Weights not Costs
ShowSimChannel = True Shows the Server name on About land top bar next to region name
LiruMapShowAvCount = True Map shows amount of avatars on sim next to region name
AvatarNameColour = override the default name colours, you can still colour friends in vanity
LiruShowLastNameResident = Turn on or off last names ending in 'Resident' (on CTL+P too)
LiruNewARCLimit = Change threshold colour on Av Weight (suggest 120k value for >230kARC)
FontScreenDPI= (default is 96.0) try 104.0 for slightly bigger lettering
RadarNameSystem=3 Show Legacy (display)
FriendNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
GroupMembersNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
IMNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
Combining the beloved look and feel of viewer 1.23 with the very latest technology. Updated regularly and fully supported.
For those on an older computer, Singularity is lighter than most other viewers. You can optimize it further by reducing the LOD setting (bottom far right of the screen) and try reducing it to 1.00 or below. Mesh and Sculps will not rez as well, but your speed and stability will not be compromised by them any more.
For even older PC's or just for those crashy time, try these settings:
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The following information is very old and should be considered deprecated. It remains for posterity.. you never know!
Singularity, the very closest viewer you will get to the old Phoenix viewer, (not surprising when considering they are both forked by Snowglobe), but with more functionality and features and is infinitely more stable! It also has an extremely dedicated team of developers actively working on this project constantly.
However, when coming from Phoenix, remember that both viewers make use of same directory, C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife to store various "per user settings".
It doesn't matter too much, unless you use both viewers! If you use both viewers, expect some strange results as one will corrupt the "per user" settings on the other and lose many of your user defined settings such as keyword alerts and auto-responses etc.
My advice is if you use either Phoenix or Singularity that is fine, but NEVER use both on your system at the same time.
If you are moving from Phoenix to Singularity (or want to give Singularity a thorough road test) the following will preserve your Phoenix settings in case you wish to revert:
First remove the old Phoenix desktop shortcut.. You don't want to undo all your hard work by accidently launching Phoenix and losing your Singularity settings.
Since Phoenix is now defunct as it will not support SSB and Singularity supports Server Side Baking, my work around was to rename the directory to C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife-phoenix to mothball my old settings and chats (which I can copy across later). Now on starting Singularity, I can be assured that only Singularity is using the directory C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife thus preserving my settings from corrupting.
If for any reason I find that Singularity is unworkable for me and I want to return to Phoenix from where I left off, I can safely delete C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife and rename C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife-phoenix back to C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife
I am told that you can copy the language files from Phoenix too if English is not your native language.
The Bridge Detach Crash: If you're coming from Phoenix or Firestorm, detach the Bridge created by these programs first before you log out of them. They don't do anything useful and can mess up your Singularity experience. (Detach is now automatic in the alpha releases, but not in the April 2013 release, so don't forget to do it!). You will know if you forgot as Singularity will do all the logon stuff and the instant you think you're arriving in-world, you will crash to desktop.
Although you can copy across the old Phoenix fonts, you might be creating a lot of unnecessary work for yourself as a lot of development has been put into more recent Singularity releases to improve the appearances. So before installing the old fonts, do try Singularity as it is. If the size is too small, try this: Advanced > Debug, type in FontScreenDPI and change it from 96 to 104 (or even 108 or 112, although above 104 gives me a tab on use profiles to go to notes which I dislike).
Slow rezzing? If rezzing is slow and grey forever, go to the Network tab and uncheck "Use HTTP for Textures". (Note: As of October 2013 Linden Lab are re-developing the way 'get HTTP ' works, so you may find it now suits you to keep this enabled).
Head bobbing around or eyes rolling when you move the mouse around?
Preferences > System > Security - uncheck Do not look at objects.
Want to run more than one instance of Singularity with Voice enabled? Check out the debug setting: VoiceMultiInstance (Singularity will use a unique voice port each time) isn't that clever!
Also lots of cool additional features are available in the pre-release version available from https://files.streamgrid.net/singularity/
As per above, see settings in Preferences > Graphics > Hardware. Unchecking "Enable OpenGL Vertex Buffers" can add an additional layer of stability against graphics crashers, however the trade off is a slight hit on speed.
Other settings also exist to prevent you being a victim of graphics crashers. Although these settings do indeed work, they do so by reducing your experience in effect breaking some of your rendering, so use these settings with caution. If you suspect someone of using a graphics crasher, contact our team and we'll remove them, its a lot easier than reducing your experience!
On my set-up, yours may vary. The settings that most mimic Phoenix is in Preferences General > UI Size 1.025
In Debug: Font Screen DPI: 104
I have found no other need to meddle with Fonts.XML or to copy the old Phoenix fonts across, the new build of Singularity (available from the Alpha download and slated for release shortly) is perfect and I wouldn't know I had changed viewers, except that this has more features and doesn't topple over like Phoenix did constantly. You can even upload pictures to your profile feed.. that's something Phoenix didn't support and something FS cannot do reliably!
OSGridFancy experimenting outside of SL? Here's how...
Go to OSgrid and create a user account, it's dead easy: http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/auth/register
Most viewers have a grid selector in them and you can just scroll down from Second Life to Osgrid to connect. This is the Grid Manager from Phoenix viewer (click it to enlarge):
If your browser does not support a Grid Manager, you can set OSgrid or any other grid from the command line as follows:
Right click your desktop and create New Shortcut.
Press Browse and locate your viewer. Usually something like this C:\Program Files\Secondlife\Secondlife.exe
Then press Next and call it OSgrid and an Icon will be created.
Almost there, Right click the Icon and Select properties:
Lastly, change the target to (changing the viewer to match the same as yours, so something like "C:\Program Files\Secondlife\Secondlife.exe" then the rest of the stuff afterwards, thats the important bit..
"C:\Program Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe" --loginuri http://login.osgrid.org/ --loginpage http://www.osgrid.org/splash/
Click Apply and you're ready to logon. Double click the icon and you should see the Osgrid splash page. Login as you would in SL.
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