Misc Info On Second Life Viewers

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Second life Viewer 2 is here: http://secondlife.com/beta-viewer/download.php. Very new! A complete redesign.

Second Life Viewer 2. A introduction. Very good.

Also, VerticalLife has a temp home page at: Source. (click on the link “[Vertical Life v1.5.8]”) VerticalLife is alternative viewer designed for Second Life combat. Created by Nexii Malthus. It isn't as feature rich as Emerald, but you might give it a try.

Vertical Life is a viewer designed for Second Life damage land combat, often used by people in Second Life military communities. It doesn't have a public download location anymore, but the author, Nexii Malthus, lets me post the current URL and notecard info here.

Download the latest version (v1.5.7) at

For info about this version, see: vertical_life.txt.

Am downloading and trying the SnowGlobe viewer (http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Snowglobe). Several friends say it is much faster, but i can't really confirm. However, it does not contain any extra features such as in Emerald Viewer.

So, why is Linden Labs creating a new viewer? Apparently, it's a new generation of viewer geared toward LL's open sourcing initative. It's a very good thing. Partly, because a fresh viewer will probably get rid of the gook in the old official viewer. You can read about the why's of SnowGlobe here: Source.

Though, Snowglobe doesn't have any extra features in Emerald. I can't live without Emerald. In particular, features like sim wide radar, hide my show look at (extremely useful in combat), adjusting view distance without going into preference, several commands such as “gth” for tp to particular height, showing chat history, removal the tp black screen and annoying sound effect, button to cancel frozen tp, …, in fact, Emerald got so many important features that doing without it is now a major pain in the ass… (not to mention breast physics! LOL)

Want to dash through walls?
Try Xah Tele-Dasher!