Archive for August, 2013

Kokua-3.6.4 is released

***Note to windows users***
The name of Kokua changed from “Kokua Viewer” to “Kokua” to allow auto updating to work properly. If you are using a release named Kokua Viewer and then install Kokua the versions will be side-by-side. If you then decide to use the un-installer to remove Kokua Viewer it will remove your settings file. On windows 7 the settings are stored at C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Kokua. You need to backup this folder and then restore from the back up after removing Kokua Viewer.

Highlights

- This started out to be a crash / bug fix release then Linden Lab (LL) dropped the CHUI with Snowstorm cohort code into Viewer Release and it is merged into this release.

- Code base to Second Life (SL) Viewer 3.6.4.

Kokua Team Contributions

- A user on an older version of Linux reported an auto update issue that resulted in no working viewer. Kokua recently updated build systems from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy. While great for users that move ahead of the pack in updating their Linux distributions it left one user (and maybe more) without a working Kokua on their system. So, the request to upgrade was acknowledged and new Kokua was installed. But, it would not run then, when the old Kokua was tried it was stuck wanting to update. Tests of LL viewer-release showed the same problem. It would run fine on Wheezy and crash on Squeeze. Assumption being that LL is also building their viewers on Wheezy. Additional detail can be found in LL jira issue OPEN-186. Starting with this release we have gone back to building on Debian Squeeze and the viewer runs on both Debian Squeeze and Wheezy.

- Show each avatar’s age in their name tag unless they are older than the number of days specified in preferences. Defaults to disabled in preferences. When enabled, the number of days defaults to 28. Zero days means always show ages (when enabled). This feature helps greeters spot new players so they can be welcomed and offered assistance.

- Only show “Sit Here” or “Stand Up” options in the right-click context menu for objects.

- Added a “Teleport Here” option to go along with “Sit Here” in context menus.

- OXP backup crash fix: Selecting individual object(s) from a linkset, rather than the selecting the entire linkset, caused an immediate viewer crash.

- Disable the “Duplicate Values” button on the diffuse map panel if there’s no normal or specular map to copy values to.

- Added a button to copy the size, rotation and offset material settings from the diffuse map to both the normal and specular maps (if the extra materials are present). Also added a button to copy from normal to both diffuse and specular, and another to copy from specular to both diffuse and normal.

- Don’t include the trailing “?” in the link when asking “Load web page http://example.com/?" in notifications.

- Fixed a variable scope bug in LLVOVolume::getApproximateFaceNormal().

Auto update status

I just tested the update from Kokua 3.6.1.28998 (Jun 28 2013 17:19:24) to Kokua 3.6.3.29169 (Aug 21 2013 14:49:45) and it went well from old to new.

On older Kokua Viewers there will be a required update but, due a lack of correct notifications those will be directed to the Second Life Download web page. At that point a choice can be made to go ahead with the Second Life viewer install or exit the program and use this download link to install an updated Kokua.

This is not a conspiracy to force the Second Life viewer on anyone. The viewers involved do not support Server Side Appearance (SSA) and would be of limited use on Second Life grid.

THIS WAS MY DECISION. Please don’t grump about it to Second Life or their support group.

Kokua-3.6.3 is released

***Note to windows users***
The name of Kokua changed from “Kokua Viewer” to “Kokua” to allow auto updating to work properly. If you are using a release named Kokua Viewer and then install Kokua the versions will be side-by-side. If you then decide to use the un-installer to remove Kokua Viewer it will remove your settings file. On windows 7 the settings are stored at C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Kokua. You need to backup this folder and then restore from the back up after removing Kokua Viewer.

Automatic updating will be in play for users that updated to Kokua-3.6.2 (about 350 users). Please leave comments about how it worked.

The folks at Singularity recently developed (and licensed it LGPL) a neat feature to allow prim export to Collada (dae) and Wavefront (obj) formats. Jessica Wabbit has contributed a port of this to Kokua for Collada export. Based on user feedback she may include the obj exports at a later date. Testing this feature shows it complies with Second Life permissions. You must be the creator and the owner to export. I tested this on the beta grid with a couple random prims and then on a cube I created. It seems to solid in that respect.

Highlights

- Code base to Second Life (SL) Viewer 3.6.3.

Kokua Team Contributions

- Added a new “Permissions” sub-menu for friends on the People floater.

- Added display of group and role UUIDs at the end of the group’s General and Roles panels.

- Added Open Simulator Community Conference 2013 grid to the grid drop down list.

- Added plain text chat history as an option in chat preferences.

- Fine tuned notifications for the automatic update feature.

Download links

Bitbucket

SourceForge

Kokua 3.6.2 is released

****Note****

max reported a problem with the name change from Kokua Viewer to Kokua and both programs using the same settings file. An uninstall of Kokua Viewer wiped the settings file and then the install of Kokua had fresh settings. If you need to maintain settings; backup the settings folder and then copy the back up to be active.

Highlights

- Code base to Second Life (SL) Viewer 3.6.2.

- Includes vivox voice improvements.

- Automatic update functionally added. Recently, working with Oz Linden we have turned the automatic update feature on to attempt forced updates of older Kokua viewers.
It doesn’t appear we will be able to update older viewers as they are coded to offer links to the SL download site instead of the Kokua download site.
From this version forward automatic updates will be in play. Bitbucket does not support SL’s program control methods of downloading and automatic updates will come from Kokua’s SourceForge download area

Kokua Team Contributions

- Returned to standard SL viewer Debug for the login menu. This allows selection of Debug level before logging in.

- “Stop animating me” short cut is assigned to Shift-S.

- There are several Linux build changes to allow compiling on current compilers. (Builds on gcc-4.7 and gcc-4.8 have webkit runtime issues)

- Maximum number of groups is corrected for OpenSim.

- Freeze/Unfreeze and Eject/Ban context added per Feature request #1254.

- Clicking on the bandwidth or packet loss graph brings up Statistics window.

- Reach Out slider renamed Radar Range and now has a 4095m upper limit and is re-positioned above the mini-map.

- Middle mouse button functions as paste.

- Middle mouse button can scroll the world map.

- Toolbar button for “Map” is renamed to “World Map”.

Download links

Bitbucket

SourceForge