Black Dragon is MY Viewer, i decide which feature i want to add and which to remove, i share this Viewer to show the world that user base size is not important, i do rate quality by effort, thought and love put into the project, not some rough estimated numbers. I consider feature requests only if i you can name proper valid reasons i can agree on. It is my (unpaid) time i'm putting into this project, i'm not here to cater to every Joe's desires.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Release Candidate of 1.44

Well i havnt made it in time and 1.44 will still need some time to flesh out a lot of bugs
but you can help me by trying this Release Candidate and reporting all bugs to me that you find , especially UI bugs

note that you might have to delete your settings in order to make this release working , so make backups!
oh and you might wanna clear your cache just in case

but please do not report the following bugs , im already aware of them:
Land Info doesnt show Owners in Object List
Adv. Graphics tab showing 2 tabs at the same time
Machinima Sidebar as Overlay sliding out strangely
Alphas sometimes dont load their Alpha (need right click or LOD change to refresh and show correctly)
SSAO Effect beeing greyed (its not working atm)
FPS increase (will fix this as soon as possible!)
Teleport Request button missing
Dock tongue below IM/Group floaters beeing shown reversed
FPS as text still not beeing default

the following behavior is normal for this release:
crashing like hell
not starting at all
no fps at all
everything broken what could be broken
niran joking around


  1. Hello Niran!
    I have a problem with the shadows. They only appear with the chart in ultra up to version 1.42, the most current versions does not activate the shadow. The button appears disabled and even though I try to take the Develop menu does not work. Is there any way that I can solve this problem in the panel? Thank you!

    1. yes either wait for me to maybe find a fix
      tell me your sys specs and if you did a driver update recently , if so downgrade and try again , i´ve heard that a lot of people got problems with High End Cards like GTX 560 and 6xx , they arnt able to activate shadows aswell

    2. Thank you for your attention :)
      I have not checked if there is upgrade my video card. I'll try to make this option and notice to you if I get results. The specs of my system are:

      CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor (3214.65 MHz)
      Memória: 8192 MBs
      Versão OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit (Build 7600)
      Placa de vídeo: NVIDIA Corporation
      Placa gráfica: GeForce 9800 GT/PCI/SSE2


    3. Hello, I did update the video card and a clean install of the latest versions of Nirans. I still have the same problem, the shadows are only active in version 1.42. : (

    4. i didnt say you should update , exactly THAT is what you shouldnt , anyway i havnt had any problems yet with activating shadows and i dont know yet whats causing it , no one yet gave me his logs for me to take a look

  2. Sorry to not help you, but i need to be on SL with shadows and a functional viewer, so far the v1.43 is letting me do that, so ill wait for you:)

  3. Hi Niran,

    Love the feel and appearance of the viewer's graphics, however, I just updated with this most current version and cannot activate shadows as well. It is grayed out. The last version of Niran's did not have this issue--I don't remember the version number I had though.

    I have installed this current version twice with a clean install.

    I updated my graphics driver maybe two months ago, but was still getting shadows with the previous Niran's version I had. I am trying to also figure out a solution for drastic fps drops with every viewer I have which started suddenly for some unbeknownst reason. Fps is good for 10-20 mins, then drop to nearly nothing for some minutes increasing in time the longer I am logged in (shadows activated and not activated.) This began before my driver update (I don't expect you to have an answer for that though as it isn't just your viewer it happens with. I just needed to vent since it's driving me batty that I can't really take pics in SL anymore...lol.)

    Anyway, thanks for your hard work on such a great viewer (I hope I can get shadows working again!)

    Here are my system specs:
    Nirans Viewer 3.3.6 (1485) Jul 3 2012 07:16:22 (Nirans Viewer)

    CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00GHz (1995.02 MHz)
    Memory: 6144 MB
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
    Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
    Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 260M/PCIe/SSE2

    Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0013.0142
    OpenGL Version: 3.3.0

    1. You might want to try the 1.44 Release , otherwise i can only think of some things you could do:
      Go back to Login Screen
      open Preferences
      Go to Display & Sound tab
      set Overall Quality to High or Ultra
      make sure everything is ticked as follow:
      Bumpmapping , Transparent Water (needs to be set with Vertex Shader off) , Vertex Shader , Atmospheric Shader , Deferred , Deferred Lights , Ambient Occlusion and Depth of Field.
      then the dropdown for Shadow amount besides it should be enabled , click it and select All Shadows.
      If it still stays greyed out , upload your Nirans Viewer.log file from that moment and give me a link so i can check if shaders probably fail to compile or if its something else causing this issue.
      the Log file can be found in:
      C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Nirans Viewer\logs

    2. This was helpful in getting the shadows available in the menu, however, new issue(s)...there are no water reflections and shadows do not appear on the ground. Terrain Texture Quality and Reflection Quality are grayed out. If I tick the Vertex Shaders, shadows disappear enabling the water reflections once again. Also, all ticked boxes under Deferred disappear.

      I set my prefs back to the way they were with the shadows grayed out and uploaded the log.

      The log file is here:

    3. I will try another clean install with the 1.44 Release this evening when I have more time. Thank you for your suggestions and assistance!

    4. Ok, did a clean install of the 1.44 Release and I am still getting the same behaviors. I uploaded the new log and it can be found here if you want to view that as well: