So I gave this viewer a try today and oh boy is this going to be frustrating.
Search is unusable. For one thing it’s nearly impossible to find (which is a total disaster because the first thing a newbie needs to learn is how to search for things And now it’s buried in the “Destination guide” several clicks in). When I did finally find it, the page remains totally gray, even after its finished “loading” and says “done” its just an empty grey box. No text, nowhere to type in keywords or anything. Just empty. Like this:
Other things that involve opening a web page (eg dashboard, webpage on my profile etc) will workjust fine.
When I receive an IM that’s part of a group conversation, it’s not immediately clear what group is chatting, or whether I’m receiving a private IM. When I logged in and had my usual colection of IMs to go through I had absolutely no idea what these notifications were, or how old they were. There seemed to be no obvious way to tell the difference between a group notice and a private IM.
Because people’s profiles, group profiles, land info, landmark info etc all show up in the same sidebar panel, it appears to be impossible to have two of them open at once. Only inventory seems to be exempt – the “open new window” for inventory is still there, thank god.
FPS is down to about 60% of what I had with the old viewer (used to be around 60-ish, this viewer is down to under 40).
Overall I kind of like it, it’s neat and streamlined and gets rid of a lot of the clunkiness of the old viewer. But the failure of Search makes this viewer 100% useless to me. I rely on Search ALL THE TIME.
Another thing – I like how the Preferences now allows you to change the Angle and Distance of the default camera view. yay finally I can adjust my camera angle suitable for my shorter-than-average avatar. Except changing the “Angle” slider actually changes the Distance, and the “Distance” slider does nothing at all. D’oh.
I’ll be sticking with Emerald.