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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.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Black Dragon 64x - Update 3.6.6 "Baking Dragon"

Finally an update, was about time.


Last month was a very hectic and special month.

My computer started falling apart as you'd expect after almost 10 years... first my power supply died, which took my GPU with it (again RIP GTX 670) then my backup harddrive failed completely and took basically everything with it and before my last HDD dies as well i thought i should probably do something. Sadly i don't have the money to do anything (infact, i'm on the verge of not being able to pay even my internet anymore >.< with Coffee Lychrono dropping his patron and a few others following in on the absolute low end right now). Luckily for me a couple friends i've been playing the past 2 months extensively (which is why the updates were so slow and delayed) agreed to help me out on this, together they bought me much needed new parts.

They visited me end of last month to build the PC together with me. A Ryzen 5 3600, 64gb of DDR4 3000 RAM and (finally) a new mainboard with 5.1 sorround sound again i can absolutely rock everything that's coming at me for the next 5 years minimum. I've also got two SSD's (small 250gb ones) and reinstalled Windows (and down upgrapded it to Windows 10, sadly). With 10 basically throwing stepping stones into my way, sabotaging my every move, pissing me off more than i could have ever imagined and 10 behaving like a pile of shit, taking away my rights even for my own folders, wanting me to confirm confirmations of confirming confirmation confirmations and still not allowing me to do what was considered a breeze in 7... and 10 absolutely INSISTING on reactivating every single background app, stupid backdoor, disabled telemetry collection and basically undoing what i've been doing the past couple weeks trying to get 10 to... behave... it hasn't exactly been easy to stay focused on ... well doing anything. So far i've reinstalled and configured most of the things again to allow creating updates again, so today marks the first update since the upgrade. I sure hope everything is in the right place and doesn't blow up immediately.

But holy cow i can tell you i am NOT disappointed at all. This Ryzen fares exactly like i expected, twice as much FPS across the board (some places even far more). Hah i can basically turn off jellydolls and still run around with 30 FPS in Ark Club (though really that's the absolute maximum and i haven't managed to get more there... the place seems completely outdated and simply runs like crap sadly even without people around)

Anyway, enough of the story of my life, back to the Viewer. This update brings the Viewer back on track, all the latest changes from LL are included plus a few more bugfixes of reported issues and some tweaks as well as a new playtoy.

This new playtoy listens to the name of "Object Manipulator" (such imagination, much wow) and is basically an extended version (or is going to be) of the "Prim Manipulation" menu that was previously found in the My Useful Features - Shortcuts sub menu. Right now it allows you to see a list of all (and i mean ALL) objects the Viewer knows about currently, minus your own attachments (and objects in world, hopefully). You can double click items to highlight/select them and you can "manipulate" them just like you could previously do with the menu, you can force change their alpha mode between blending, emissive and masking and you can see whether an object is a light and casts a projector shadow, you can also manipulate these as well and turn their shadow casting off, this should make finding and eliminating shadow projectors much faster and easier and allow you to select the projectors you really want to cast shadows easier than ever, all in the name of machinima. Great.

What it means to change the alpha mode can be seen in this example:


From blending to masking:


This allows temporarily fixing the fuckups of creators without needing permissions. What this essentially means is i can turn... this mess:


into something absolutely beautiful with some masking and some setting tweaks:


Looks like someone applied reshade but i promise you this is a raw image. I don't do the editing.

Further the viewer version is now shown in both login and "About Black Dragon", both the actual code version and the version i use for my updates, no need to start a second instance of BD anymore. I hope this reduces confusion a bit. Checking for update now also brings you here and the "Release Notes" link should now properly link to the changelog page.

Apart from that i fixed the price spinner for objects on sale, you should be able to set a price again and the annoying "Hippos!" badge has had its shortcut removed because apparently people have been accidentally triggering it since its so close to the teleport home shortcut (who the fuck does this?).

I've still got a huge bunch of things planned but only time will tell when and how they get done... if they get done at all.

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2 comments:

  1. i sure feel ya on the pc dying part though. mine blew up in october lost my cpu when the vrm controller blew. sadly i have no help so playing sl on an i3 4130 is hilarious.

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