The new Interesting Second Life viewer may be interesting, but not to many Mac users. It looks like the beta “Project Interesting” Second Life viewer doesn’t function on most Mac computers. All I see on both my macs is a world with no clouds, awful water, and not much in terms of landscape. It appears shaders just aren’t working. Has anyone been able to have a good viewer experience running the Interesting beta on a mac yet? If so, please let me know in Comments. I’d love to hear.
Both my macs are relatively new. But just this morning Jo Yardley reports “Unfortunately the new viewer doesn’t work for macbooks with old operating systems like mine.
So it appears the problem is with new and old macs. Macs have always been stepchildren in Second Life, although lately I have been able to run both Linden and Firestorm viewers well enough. Firestorm crashes quite often on my 2013 iMac, but I keep hoping I’ll be able to troubleshoot it.
Interesting viewer Is Very UN-interesting So Far on Macs
The Interesting viewer, however, looks terrible on both of my macs: a 2012 MacBook Air running Lion OS, and a 2013 iMac running Mountain Lion. The new Second Life viewer runs, but I don’t get much: no clouds, water, or much detail in terms of landscape. It appears shaders just aren’t working. And then this morning Jo Yardley reports “Unfortunately the new viewer doesn’t work for macbooks with old operating systems like mine.”
If anyone has a mac and can run Project Interesting with good results, will you let me know in Comments here? Please give your Mac model and operating system? I’d love to know.
The Grim View Mac-side
Here’s the grim view Mac-side using Project Interesting viewer on my 2013 iMac, NVIDIA 680 GPU, Mountain Lion OS. I am filing a Bug Report with Linden, and will update here if I have any results.
Background on Project Interesting
It’s a new Second Life viewer that rezzes what is “interesting” first. It’s called prioritized object loading.” The idea is that the viewer will now prioritize object loading to rezz what is “interesting” to your avatar first. So, for example, if you’re visiting a big castle, you won’t run into those non-rezzed doors anymore. They’ll rezz first because they’re important to your avatar’s experience. See Torley’s video about Project Interesting here.
You can get the beta of the new viewer on theSL Wiki (Viewer version 184.108.40.2063895). It is called Project Interesting, and it’s the finishing touch on Project Shining, which launched a couple months ago.