A few days ago I gave my first impressions of the Greenlife Emerald Viewer, an alternate Second Life viewer; today I’m examining a few more of its features.
Bianca Kendall reported two particularly useful features of the viewer: radar and teleport history. In this article, we’ll explore these along with some useful build options.
The Radar button is located on the bottom menu bar, next to the Communicate button. It has an impressive range of features. It detects all avatars who are within your Graphics draw distance and reports their name, distance, age in days, and the viewer (client) they are running, although it didn’t recognize any other clients I tested (Meerkat, Snowglobe, or the standard Second Life viewer).
Radar shows you avatar profiles and allows you to offer them a TP, to teleport to them, to mute them, and either to "track" or "Mark" them. "Track" means that you you can see where they are located; "Mark" sets a flag next to their name in the Radar listing.
Another Radar feature is Moderation; this is useful for dealing with griefers on your land or estate. You can freeze them for 30 seconds, mute them, eject them, or file an Abuse Report on them.
Another feature in Greenlife Emerald that’s lacking in the standard browser is Teleport History, which you find in the Emerald drop down menu on the main menu bar. It shows your teleport history for your current login session, allows you to repeat the teleport, to show it on the map, and to copy the SLURL to the clipboard.
Another feature that some people will find extremely handy is the Command Line option, which you find in Edit/Preferences/Emerald/Page 1. It allows you to type certain commands into chat that do things like teleport you to ground level, or to a specified elevation, or to a region, or to home. One feature I’ll find extremely useful is the teleport to camera position command. If you’re like me and you roam with your camera, it can be very handy to be able to easily teleport to a place your camera is showing you. Another feature that could be useful is Calc. It allows you to do calculations. Do you quickly need to sum a few numbers? Just type "calc" in the chat window followed by the numbers you want to sum. It works for more complex mathmatical expressions also.
Finally, also on Edit/Preferences/Emerald/Page 1 you’ll find some Build options that can be very useful. You can change many default characteristics for prims that you create. Do you want your default prim to be 4mx6mx2m, Phantom, Glass, with a specified texture from your inventory with partial transparency and glow? It’s easy. Just set specify it here and then it will be the default for all prims you create.
If you’ve used the Greenlife Emerald viewer, I hope you’ll share your experiences in the Comments section.
You can download the Greenlife Emerald Viewer at modularsystems.sl. There’s a listing of available third party Second Life viewers at the Second Life Wiki, and you can read an earlier article in this series about fifteen alternate Second Life viewers.