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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Black Dragon 64x - Alpha 2 "Bit Dragon"

So this is it.

The final update before i vanish forever into the depths of Divinity: Original Sin 2 which is about to release today. My last words are:

This update disabled HTTP Pipelining until LL figures out how to not make it blow up the Viewer and it also includes some improvements to shadows in hopefully every possible situation but most importantly on high altitudes. Shadows should flicker less if at all and they should be almost as precise as on the ground now while the ground shadows should be slightly more precise on distance too, yay for less disconnected shadows!

I hope you value this improvement as much as i do.

I think the following two comparison pictures of a theater on 1800m altitude speak for themselves.

Last update

This update

Note these are 4k shots with 6k and 4k shadow resolution to show the effect even more. They do a big improvement on normal 2k shadow resolution too. Don't believe me? Normal 1080p shot with default shadow resolution below.

Last update

This update

Much better isn't it? All those ugly free floating totally disconnected shadows. I know this is still not perfect but its basically 10 times better than anything we've ever had in SL so far and probably close to what advanced shadowing technologies would achieve.

I realize that these snapshots are partly extreme tests, i think most of you have probably seen what happens when you set a sunset/sunrise (long shadow) like preset, right your shadows will go super nuts, disconnect, vanish completely (on LL Viewer sunset basically has no shadows whatsoever), its absolutely crazy how they break in these conditions and as you can see they perform absolutely fine now.

Have fun.

Also, sadly still no launcher... still trying to figure this monster out.


  1. Maybe it's a silly question, but where is the viewer to download? BitBucket still lists only 2.9 Alpha dated 4-September.

    1. Strange... the download vanished... reuploading it right now, sorry about that, might have deleted the wrong package accidentally.