Sunday, October 8, 2023

Genesis Release

We very much hope that our current Genesis testers will continue to use the Nightly Builds. It is thanks to their testing that we can find and fix issues quickly. Those on the Nightly build will always get features and fixes quicker than the Releases.  This release build is identical to the Nightly build of the same number.

Genesis Viewer, EIGHTH Release 1.8.957

Main changes since: 1.7.880


For a log of all that has transpired from the last version to this version, please see the Nightly build notes listed immediately below this story.


- For your security, MultiFactor Authentication is fully supported See the SL blog.

- Introducing Temporary Asset Blacklists, accessed from the pie menu "more option".  The temporary list is cleared down upon teleport.

- Genesis now has its own Splash screen on start up, to keep you up to date with events in world and developments with Genesis Viewer.

- Introducing Multi-threaded rendering.  Why limit render decoding to a single core when most computers have more than 2 cores?  Faster rendering via Preferences > Genesis > Texture Management.

- Ability to render/derender "sim" water from the Quick Preferences menu.  Sim water is always rendered, even if it is 100m below the region.  By disabling sim water, better frame rates can now be achieved.

- Substantial rework of internal AO engine.  Multiple note cards for multiple sets of overrides are now supported.

- Complete rework of Object Area Search and ability to Cam-To


- Added "Use the legacy font" to Preferences: Genesis> Main. 
When enabled Genesis will use the smaller DejaVu font that supports a much wider range of high/extended ascii characters (unicode) commonly used for display names that use arabic letters.   Left unticked, Genesis will continue to use its existing clearer and larger font, which doesn't support the full unicode range.

Genesis is optimised for the existing font, so when switching to Deja Vu, you will most likely need to also adjust (FontsDPI) Preferences > Genesis > Adv. Features "Screen font DPI."

Apply and Save.
You need to restart the viewer when switching between fonts.
You need to restart the viewer when changing sizes of fonts.

Should you lose any windowed floaters from your screen by changing these settings, see the section called "I've accidentally dragged my chat floater off screen", in FAQs

- Nightly Beta versions will now expire on a 3 monthly cycle, to prevent potentially unfinished versions of the viewer being used for a protracted time.

- Mouselook crosshairs: Using OpenGL, the size of mouselook crosshairs can now be increased/decreased  GenxCrosshairSize (factor) See Prefs: Input.

- Viewer now supports the uploading of 30 second wave files

- Estate Management tools: Increased banned agent limit from 500 to 750.

- Estate Management tools: Increased estate manager limit from 15 to 20.


- Fixed font issues in certain floaters.

- Don't show the favourites bar when in (M)ouselook.

Genesis Change Log R9

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