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 19, 2013

2.3.8 Maintainance Update #3

Nothing to see here, please move along.

Let's get to the important stuff since i'm not in mood to talk around it this time.

User Interface:

I fixed the Group Info panels since the lower half of them were totally missing since the last update in which i slightly cleaned up their code a bit and i switched the Accordions to Tabs because usability you know.

I re-added the RLVa loadingscreen tip and fixed a few others because they were pointing into the wrong Preferences panels.

I made a few new loadingscreen pictures since i wanted to see something new, some old and some totally new ones were included, the style is subject to change.

I added some basic German Translation for Preferences (copied over from Nirans and fixed some overlapping and not fitting parts). Super WIP.


I fixed my Post Effects not working when Ambient Occlusion and Shadows were disabled (both at the same time), rigged alpha Meshes however are still not yet fixed.

'same object re-attach' Crash:

Temporarly fixed, absolutely not caring what could happen because of this fix.


Updated to the very latest changes.



2.3.8 Alpha

Added: 8 new Loadingscreens and removed the additional ones since they don't fit the new style anymore.
Added: Basic German Translation for Preferences. WIP.
Added: More basic German Translations for Preferences. Still WIP.
Removed: RLVa Menu doubles everywhere.
Removed: IM and Groupchat Popup options since they are now non functional and integrated into CHUI's optionset.
Fixed: Post Effects not working when Shadows and AO are disabled. Preparing shaders for another ifdef.
Fixed: Some Loadingscreen tips and re-added the RLVa one since we support RLVa again.
Fixed: Set Voice Button for German Translation.
Fixed: (Temporarly) Crash on marking an Object dead (same object re-attach)-crash.
Fixed: Lots of merge errors.
Fixed: Group Roles bottom panels beeing invisible.
Fixed: Group Info Panels and put them into Tabs instead of Accordions.
Fixed: An oversight when overhauling the Group Info Panels causing a minor error.
Changed: Only create a random number up to 7 for our Loadingscreens since we don't have more anymore.
Merged: RLVa Updates

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Alpha 2.3.7 - Maintenance Update #2


Today's the day of all days! nah! Just another update.

User Interface:

Biggest addition in this Update is the inclusion of the last round of missing Preferences options, most of them...if not all of them in "Display" tab. Nearly all LoD options have been added, all finetuning options otherwise only seen in an extra tab or in the Machinima Sidebar have been added to the main "Display" tab, all of them sorted and organized into their coresponding pack of options. You will find all Depth of Field sliders in the Depth of Field section, all Tone Mapping related stuff in the Tone Mapping section and so on. This Update makes the Preferences floater 98% complete, the other 2% are fixing, moving, removing, enabling, disabling or adding new options if i missed one or two out... to get an idea how many options there are just in the "Display" tab, have a look at this:

Also included, as you may notice, are "Default" buttons that will revert those slider (finetuning) options back to their Default. HURRAY!

PS: Camera Preset sliders work too ;)

Second biggest change here are the changed background textures for "Toasts". Chat messages, On/Offline notifications, Do you want to quit notification, You accepted friend request X notification etc. All these are "Toasts" and now have a greenish background image just like the "Tools" floater.

Also: Nearby Chat will no longer flash your toolbar button because you or someone else wrote in it, no matter if Nearby Chat is seperated or connected in the main CHUI floater, no more perma-flash in chatty regions!


Slight adjustments were made to my Tone Mapping and Color Correction Defaults to make the prettyness a tiny bit more colorfull and darker.


Other than that nearly invisible fixes in several places took place, nothing special or fancy, just little perfectionistic thingy, background color changes, aligning fixes and that usual stuff. You can now also change your Keyboard layout again, it needs a restart however.


Have fun,


2.3.7 Alpha

Added: Ability to revert a Debug to its default value and control Array Debugs (X Y Z).
Added: Huge amounts of missing finetuning options for Depth of Field, SSAO, Tone Mapping, Color Correction, Vignette aswell as a "revert to Default" button for each finetuning option.
Added: Ability to change Keyboard layouts. Needs Restart.
Added: Functionality to Camera Preset controls.
Added: Function to refresh all widgets after resetting them to default.
Added: Several missing misc dropdown options aswell as LoD options.
Removed: High Precision toggle and all its calls in code.
Changed: Friend online/offline notification layout slightly.
Changed: Notifications floater background to the normal floater one.
Changed: Layout and alignment for the quick "Sound Preferences" panel in Statusbar.
Changed: Wrong description for CameraOverWaterDistortion Debug.
Changed: Allow a smaller minimum height for toast floaters.
Changed: Do not flash our Toolbar "Chat" button if the received message comes from Local Chat.
Changed: Preferences layout slighty, made some adjustments and realigned all headers a bit.
Changed: Several background textures for Inspectors and Toasts to make them more fitting to the overall Theme.
Changed: Tone Mapping and Color Correction defaults slightly for a more colorfull look.
Reverted: Potential crashfix.
Fixed: Offset for Draw Distance slider panel in Statusbar.
Fixed: Some Group panel dummy errors.
Fixed: "Reset to Default" not directly applying the defaults.
Fixed: Search floater and all other web-based floaters once and for all.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2.3.6 Alpha - Maintenance Update


Here we go, a whole bunch of fixes for bugs that have been reported...mostly feedback that is totally invisible and went to me directly instead of using my Blog so everyone can see it.

MU Pose Chat and Auto-close OOC Chat have been added, Color Correction has gotten a toggle in my Machinima Sidebar, Sepia was moved below Greyscale and linked because both options are connected to each other since Sepia needs Greyscale in order to look like real Sepia, a bunch of new actions (Offer Teleport, Share, Pay, Mute, Call and Show on Map) have been added to SLURL styled names, the Experimental Youtube background on Login can now be disabled, Voice Indicators in Friendlist have been slightly changed.

*takes a deep breath*

Grouplist and Blocklist have been upgraded and were redesigned to look like the Friendlist does, also Groupcount and Groupslots left have been added to the panel...

Preferences has been overhauled everywhere, widgets were realigned, reorganized, moved, added, removed, enabled and disabled, a few of those options are the Quickbutton options for the Navigationbar customisation, they are now enabled since i added the ability to hide/show them again.

The Main Menu has been cleaned up a bit, Network stats have been lengthen a bit and several bugs and problems were fixed including the Webprofile beeing broken, your own Webprofile beeing broken, the Place Profile beeing broken when beeing redirected there from Search, the Snapshot refresh label was unreadable and huge and some other minor changes...

Also a crash has been potentially fixed that seems to happen whenever your Inventory bugs out leaving you unable to take off stuff out of your Inventory or wearing it because it is already worn but not shown in Inventory etc.

Also check out this cool pic a friend drew of my Avatar =3

I think its perfect. Hit my chocolate side like nothing else. \o/
PS: You can see the picture i gave him for drawing me below, its the second one in "Snapshots".


Have fun,


2.3.6 Alpha

Added: MU Pose Chat and Auto-close (( OOC )) Chat.
Added: Color Correction toggles to Machinima Sidebar and removed the Accordion tabs.
Added: Label for the labelless "More Options" button in Place Profile.
Added: Offer Teleport, Share, Pay, Mute, Call and Show on Map to SLURL Name menus.
Added: Experimental Login Debug to toggle off the Youtube background in Login Screen.
Changed: Blockedlistitem layout to match Avatarlistitem and Grouplistitem layout.
Changed: Lots of alignments, removed unused Features, added missing ones for CHUI and generally enhanced and overhauled alot of places in Preferences.
Changed: Grouplistitems layout to match the Avatarlistitem one.
Changed: Grouplistitem Profile buttons to always show whenever the GroupID is not null.
Changed: Voice Indicator icons in Friendlist to something more visible and easier understandable. Still WIP tho.
Changed: Main Menu layout a bit, added a seperator above Show Debug Settings for better visibility.
Changed: Layout and backgrounds of Landmarks and Teleport History tabs in Places.
Changed: Network Statbar length in Statusbar.
Changed: Navigationbar main Quick-buttons are now hidable via Preferences.
Changed: Enabled KeepConversationLogTranscripts UI option in Preferences. Unsure if it already works.
Fixed: Users own Webprofile layout beeing broken.
Fixed: Place Profile breaking when redirected here from Search.
Fixed (Potential): Random crash caused by some old code from Kitty that might now cause some users to randomly crash for no reason and no real crash message except (same object re-attached) twice.
Fixed: White refresh text on white background in the Snapshot floater.
Fixed: Misc height asyncronisations in main_view.xml. Not a fix for desyncronised World Rendering/UI mouse positions after UI size change.
Fixed: Web Profile layout beeing broken.
Removed: RLVa doubled menu and some other menu entries to clean up the main menu.
Moved: Block List Sidetray panel into People panel itself for a better and straight aligning.