The OnLook viewer is a new OpenSimulator viewer lead developed by Cristina Videira Lopes, an OpenSim pioneer and Xerox PARC alum who's now an ICS professor at UC Irvine -- known as Diva Canto in the metaverse. As she announced a few weeks ago, the special thing about OnLook is it allows UI customization, so users don't have to deal with the confusing Second Life interface that OpenSim viewers are based around:
The idea here is to allow OpenSim operators to have more control over the experience that their users will have; specifically, I want to be able to design much simpler user interfaces that are more appropriate for people who have no experience with Second Life and/or may be even uncomfortable with seeing themselves as avatars. But more importantly that any specific UI, I want to be able to provide those UI specifications dynamically as the user enters the simulator, rather than being hard-coded during the viewer’s build process. This way, we can change the UI without forcing users to install new versions of the viewer. And no one needs to agree on any specific UI.
This is super important for a number of reasons: