This is a rant. This is also an open letter to Linden Lab. This is regarding the latest update on the SL viewer. (I am on the RC viewer version 1.23.1) I had been away from SL for just about a month, and when I returned, I had to load in the latest version in order to log into SL.
I was apalled.
Linden Lab has an unfortunate track record of implementing policies and making changes that have not been very friendly to content creators. I cannot understand why this has been the trend, and the latest changes to the UI eclipse anything that they have done in the past years.
What wasn’t broken that got “fixed”:
1. Moving the Edit feature to the second level of the pie menu.
Why?? Grabbing items is pretty much what we do every day in SL. Forget about being a content creator, we use Edit to move furniture, adjust our hair and other attachments etc etc etc.
Why would you move this heavily used feature? I cannot figure out any good reason for this. Anyone?
1a. The ability to minimize the bottom half of the edit box: GONE
Why?? Busy builders and creators need to be able to expand and contract this window, so they can access their inventory and other things on screen/on the UI with ease. I tell you again: no good reason for this. Was the More button so hard to figure out?
2. Creating clothes in appearance: completely fubared
WTF is all this pop ups asking me to save on every action I take? Let me explain why this is so troublesome.
In the past:
I could put on an outfit previously made. (so as to keep my permissions) I go into appearance, and apply the new shirt, skirt etc tgas to what I’m wearing. I then hit Create New Outfit and tada I have a new folder with the new outfit nice and neat in my inventory. Complete with my permissions etc all that is needed is to rename to the new design. Done and Done.
I have to strip naked, go into appearance. Create a brand new shirt, skirt etc from scratch. Every time I apply the new tgas to each piece of the design, I have to stop and save. When I have the new outfit done in inventory, I have to set the permissions as well as rename. Then I have to go back and delete the left over New Shirt, New Skirt etc sitting in my Clothing folder.
It is almost as if the person who decided on these changes has never spend any time in Second Life; has never built anything or made any clothing.
I also feel for the educators in SL. They have curriculum painstakingly created to teach how to build and make clothing and other content, using the UI that has been extant for the past years.
These changes are major and would cause plenty of hassle for the instructors to have to redo their curriculae.
3. The giant IM and Group IM window is back.
*sniffles* Why?? I have tried to resize it down to something more manageable. No can do. This change in the past, was one of the main reasons I switched to the RC viewer in the first place.
Someone please tell me that these changes are going to be corrected. Someone please tell me that Linden Lab is listening to its customers.
If anyone has a Linden pal, please send this to them. Or forward this to an LL email address that you know gets attention. I am at a loss. It was hard enough to come back after being on haitus, and having to play catchup with my business, and now all of this madness.
Feel the same way? Happy? Sad? Angry? Cheerful? Feel free to add your feelings as comments to my post.
For those of us designers, educators and builders who create many items every day, and are busy trying to do what we love: I feel for you, and you have my support.