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, November 6, 2012

Release 2.0.2 (2225)

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NOTE: Dont forget Cache clear and Settings reset if nothing else helps!
NOTE #2: You can do a settings preset before changing to the new version, it might come in handy to just load your settings in again.

Yea we´re getting back into that weekly update routine and i encourage you to update , all previous versions werent listed for some reason...

User Interface:

I remade the loginscreen as the Group and SLU users may have seen already , i´ve also made a new Video for it to go with the new loginscreen , watch it here! well...or on Youtube... you know...

the whole new thing pretty much looks like this in the Viewer...

and comes with a basic preference panel to revert core options if you broke something inworld and it somehow got saved , causing you to freeze/crash to death... clicking "Settings" will open it. For those that asked about the small one-way-in street sign (xD) to the left of those preferences ... well thats the unnecessary "Close Viewer" button you basically wont need because you can just click the X , however if you should come across Space Magic and the menu should vanish and the X button of Windows not work anymore then you can click that little X button over there haha... also the Version information at the lower left corner is now the "About" button , just click on it and the About Nirans Viewer floater will pop up. As you may have noticed , without the preferences opened it looks alot more basic than before , only revealing very important stuff like the huge LOGIN TO SECONDLIFE button which is actually the login button you have to press in order to login (Captain obvious Renamon just stated the obvious again).

I fixed a missing code line that prevented the "set group button" (wrench icon) in tools floater from becoming enabled asswel as corrected a little "mistake" i made somewhere in SLURL code preventing the "none" label from appearing when no group was selected.

All Privacy and Personal related options like "send IM to my E-mail when im offline" , "only friends and groups know if im online" , "show me in search" and all that stuff didnt work until now because the internal message delivering your personal information that are needed to pin those options to your account wasnt coming through to my preferences panel. They should be fixed now.

I made a dangerous change in my Featuretable´s that will "hopefully" allow everyone to enable all high end graphic options even tho they are not supported or may result in complete breakage of the Viewer, crashing your drivers or even damage your OS. Please be FUCKING carefull with that, i think i´ll find a way to display you some more informations about what your video card can do in "About" in later updates, so you can see what your video card can do. You can then decide easier if it might be dangerous for you to enable certain options.

Some minor things again most of you wont notice, i updated the tips n tricks shown in the loadingscreen tips floater and translated them, aswell as the local texture selection panel and the navigation bar Pathfinding tooltips when hovering over those Pathfinding icons

About Users , the Blog , my opinion and stuff:

A fact is that im really pissed, pissed because of alot of things, not just that it looks like some/one/all TPV dev/s seem to see me as the new Kirsten asshole. No! , im also pissed that some people seem to boycot updates which makes me start building up rage. As if that wouldnt be enough theres also those kind of users that dont even have the balls to read atlast the blogpost of the version they are downloading, its sad and it makes me angry. In meantime while the viewer is unpacking/downloading you could have easily read half up to a complete post. This would ensure that you atlast know whats new in this version and whats going on, especially if theres bad stuff known like bugs , crashes or things in general you should know, but alltogether this is by far not the worst. Some people dont understand what im doing here, im literally doing a whole Viewer on my own with all kind of side projects, like support, people that think im an evil person because sometimes im going in INSANE MODE on my blog are the worst... you have to understand that im trying to support all my users even tho i basically dont care about them WHILE caring about them. Its paradox, i know and thats why i will try to explain it. You leave = i dont give a fuck. You give constructive feedback where i want it = i care. This is "my" Viewer, if i would be in mood, i could just stop it, right here, right now, right out of the sudden and for no reason. So if all users whould run away now, i wouldnt care because, hey, no users = no people having problems and i would just go private with the Viewer, taking it off the TPV list and im fine. The reason im not doing that is because i am enjoying more or less happy users, also people would beg me and ask me for a download link if i would teaser them with my stuff all the time. Thing is, im really pissed and when i am pissed, i will tell you, beeing a dev behind a Viewer doesnt prophibit me to act like i want, remember im not restrained in any way, in that case im just a normal user just like you, i have the rights to use my mouth to tell you when you´re pissing me off and i will do, thats for sure.


Just a tiny change, that involved changing 2 debug settings (basically disabling them) which should prevent shadows from dissapearing with certain sky presets at certain camera angles (like Maroon or Burn)


*sarcasm* most of you wont even notice but.... i did a radical change to the overall blog layout and style...just btw *sarcasm end*





added missing changes for allowing ALL cards to enable high end graphics
redone login screen panel and added mini preferences to it
fixed preferences backgrounds sometimes not loading
fixed shadows vanishing on some sky presets in certain angles
fixed "set group button" always beeing disabled
fixed group name in tools floater not showing "none" when no group is selected
fixed personal info never coming into preferences , resulting in all privacy options to not work
tranlsated missing Deferred lights option
translated Pathfinding navigationbar tooltips
translated Local Browser texture selection
translated tips n tricks floater
updated all tips to the most recent version as they are shown on teleporting
changed channel to Nirans Viewer - Reboot (Nirans Viewer 2.0 Reboot before)
cleaned up texture selection floater


  1. Would adding an option not to load the name list help speed things up when we switch to group chat?

  2. And, BTW, thank you for doing this work. :)

  3. Running great and I totally love the new login screen - the settings at the side for location etc. is a great idea.

    As I always read your blog whilst I'm downloading the update (seems a totally sensible use of the time to me!!) I noticed your opinion and stuff. I have a confession - I did start to use your viewer after Kirsten's vanished because it was recommended to me for it's great graphics, not because you were newKirsten.

    I'm glad I did start using your viewer, because it's now much more than just the graphics quality for me - your viewer is one of the easiest to use, leaves plenty of room on screen and it works best for me.

    I've tried Firestorm (leaving that for the folks with intel graphics cards), the Lab's Viewer (leaving that for the folks who don't know what a graphics card is - joke! joke! ffs!), Exodus, Catznip, in fact, the whole TPV and more, but I always come back to yours.

    Whilst you continue to share, I'll happily continue to use with thanks.

    Don't let the moaners get you down, I get that all day at work and I'm always impressed that I'm so lucky to meet so many people who know everything.... as you say, *sarcasm end*

  4. Hey ... I'm getting my machinima screened at art galleries in Ottawa and Boston, so I'm putting a credit for your viewer at the end ... great tool. Just letting you know.

  5. Hey Im really like your Viewer. Can you do a guide how to update the viewer from a previous version? I don't know how to clear cache and settings. Or shuld I uninstall?

    1. Since i´ve hackily hacked together an install.bat file (with help of google) you can just go into the Viewer folder (program files x86/Nirans Viewer) and start this bat file , it will ask you if you want to clear cache , settings and/or the whole Viewer folder. But please be aware that this bat file has been created with and for Windows 7 64bit , using any other OS like XP can and will probably result in an error telling you that the cache/settings folder aswell as the viewer folder dont exist (due to Windows 7 64bit having them named differently or placed in different folders)

  6. Your viewer is great and i thank you for sharing it with us. I will probably ask stupid questions sometimes, but it is just because i enjoy this viewer so much.

    1. Then please make sure im not completely pissed at that moment.

    2. Like when I asked my stupid question above?

    3. i didnt see a questionmark O.รด

  7. Hello NiranV Dean i would like to talk to you about your viewer?