Once upon a time (by which I mean last week), Second Life's official viewer was beset by profound technical problems which weighed my nutsack down with a deep and abiding sadness. This is what it displayed, for example, 5 minutes after logging in, at SL's busiest location:
The Lindens released an update to the viewer this week, however, and I have to say, it is now dramatically better. Here's the very same place today, on the same settings and laptop, after 5 minutes of logging in:
And most of the avatars and the general location was rezzed in after the first two minutes. But can the new viewer handle my fairly mediocre DSL connection many minutes after? Here's what the old version from last week was like, 10 minutes after log-in:
Now here's what this week's version looks like, 10 minutes in:
As I say, a dramatic performance improvement. And I haven't even gotten to the sweet new features like shadows and depth-of-field, but you'll surely be seeing those in NWN screenshots soon. Second Life still has a long way to go before it's really ready for primetime, but at least for me, it's taken a dramatic step that way in under a month.
Of course, a common fallacy is to assume since my experience is better, that must be the case with everyone else. So do please share your own reactions to the new viewer below.