Magnus

Magnus Brody

MAGNUS BRODY - Thane of Urquhart
Winner of the 2015 and 2016 AVI CHOICE AWARD: Favorite Spoken Word / Performer / Actor Male.
Nominated for the 2016 AVI CHOICE AWARD for ARTS in 3 categories: Favorite Spoken Word / Performer / Actor Male, Favourite Formal DJ and Favourite Radio DJ.

I live in Brody Castle (like the rl Brodie Castle) and DJ:

Sundays 11am-1pm (SLT):
Grand Highland Classical Ball, Caledonian Ballroom

Fridays 12 noon - 5pm (SLT):
Friday Fun at the Loch Ness Inn

Thursdays 2pm - 3:30pm (SLT)
The Quiz (Trivia) of the Week at the Loch Ness Inn

I sponsor the adjacent Urquhart, a residential area, on the banks of Loch Ness with lovely cottages for rent.



Highlands of Scotland Calendar

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Oh My Giddy Aunt!

The newest version of the standard Linden Lab Viewer 2 is, and it may just be my computer, but, well, it's excellent!

I have been using Kirsten's Viewer for a very long time (currently S20/40), but what with my "getting on a bit" graphics card, an 8800GT, the frames per second (fps) is just not as high as it used to be. I would say I now average about 12-14 fps, which isn't too bad, I suppose, but it's not fantastic either; much as I love the shadows and lighting in Kirsten's.

So I tried the Phoenix Viewer (the latest v1.5.1.373) and it did improve things a little, at around 16-18fps, but SL just looked a bit washed out compared with Kirsten's. Also, I have an unusual problem with Phoenix, which again may just be my graphics card and computer combination, but it was a problem way back when I tried Emerald for a while and it remains: it's difficult to describe, but it makes trees shimmer in a never quite rezzed properly way.

This afternoon I downloaded the latest LL Viewer 2 (2.2.0.212097) and I am impressed. Not only am I managing around 23-25 fps, but the shadows work in a usable enough way, for me to take great pictures. In Kirsten's I dropped to around 1.5 fps, once I enabled shadows, which made UI use very awkward. With the LL V2, I can still manage about 7-8 fps.

Although I don't put forward my experience as an argument for everyone to immediately drop V1.*, or its third-party developers, I must say, I got very accustomed to the V2 format, through many months of using Kirsten's, and I now rather like it.

Lab folks, give yourself a round of applause!