Zen Available

Zen ViewerZena Juran has released a new binary of the Zen Viewer. This happened two days ago, and I’m a little late to the party on announcing it here, but hey… better late than never, eh? Anyhow, you can find The Zen viewer at Zena Juran’s Bitcucket, or you can grab the installer via the link at the end of this post. Remember, the Zen Viewer is currently only available for Windows.

Changes in this release include:

  • Consolidated various libraries to a single location.
  • Updated the HACD library for mesh uploads.
  • Updates the OpenAL library for audio.
  • The Grid Manager has seen some changes and updates.

You can grab the Windows Installer here:

Zen Installer


Zen Released

Zen ViewerThere’s a new version of Zena Juran’s Zen viewer out. This one adds a few new features and removes a few problematic ones. You can always check out for yourself what  Zen Viewer is up to over on it’s BitBucket site.

I tend to be a proponent of web based profiles, but so far as I’ve seen, only OSGrid even has support for these as a grid right now, and you can’t do things like edit your profile via the web version. In the past, Zen has had OSGrid’s profile URL hardcoded into it, but now it has more flexible support for web profiles in the grid manager. Zen has added support for V1 style profiles as well, and this is a very handy thing to have until it gains wider adoption.

I was sorry to see HPA support get removed, although this is far more important to 3DS users than it is to a Blender user like myself. The grapevine tells me that this was removed due to licensing issues. Any sort of import/export option is missed, though.

Here’s a quick summary of changes since the last release:

  • Switched back to Kirsten’s OpenJPEG 2.0.6 library.
  • Added “Show mini icons in chat history” checkbox to the Chat Preferences.
  • Added support for V1 style profiles.
  • Added a Profile URL field to the Grid Manager.
  • Removed HTTP Teleport support.
  • Removed Aurora-Sim Caps TP.
  • Removed HPA Import and Export.

If you wanna grab a copy of this latest release, you can download it here.

Take Three…

Alrighty then.

This will be my third attempt at a blog. I started on Blogger and hated that. I tried running my own WordPress installation, but found I really wasn’t terribly interested in maintaining the software. So here I am at WordPress, hoping I don’t regret it.

We’ll see how this goes. I had some momentum going on my last try, and I did enjoy writing about stuff on OpenSimulator and the like. I’ll have to try and get back in the swing of things. 🙂