Disclaimer

This is MY Viewer, i decide which feature i want to add and which to remove, i share this Viewer to show the world that user base size is not important, i do rate quality by effort, thought and love put into the project, not some rough estimated numbers. I consider feature requests only if i you can name proper valid reasons i can agree on. It is my unpaid time i'm putting into this project, i'm not here to cater to every Joe's desires.

Introduction, Manuals and other stuff.

Table of contents:


|1. Installation
|1.1 Uninstall



|1. Installation


To install the Viewer you'll have to go to the download page first which can be found in the sidebar menu on the right of this blog, it is labeled as "Download Black Dragon". You will be redirected to the Bitbucket 'Downloads' section where you can also grab the source code of the Viewer if you are a developer or a more-than-normal user and the latest release and only the latest release.

After you downloaded the WinRar executable usually labeled as 'Viewername.Versionnumber.exe' ( EXAMPLE: BlackDragon2.3.9.9.exe ) you double click the executable to start the WinRar executable, it will ask you for a destination folder ( DEFAULT: C:/Program Files 86x/Black Dragon ), change this to where you want to unpack the Viewer files and the unpacker should take care of the rest including creating a shortcut on your desktop. Note that this is no a normal installation setup like other Viewers or applications use, this is a fancied up WinRar zip which allows you to select the destination folder and create a shortcut for you. After unpacking the Viewer should be ready to be started with the just created desktop shortcut or by browsing into the installation folder and starting it from there directly.

The reason i chose WinRar over the usual installation setup is to allow users to inspect the contents guaranteeing you transparency of what is inside, also the Viewer doesn't need to be installed as Windows creates all necessary registry entries itself, all cache and settings folders are created on startup by the Viewer. This gives one big disadvantage, the user has to uninstall the Viewer manually which needs quite a bit of basic knowledge ( SEE: 1.1 Uninstall )

|1.1 Uninstall


To uninstall the Viewer you currently have to delete the Viewer folder, Cache folder and Settings folder manually, these are located in different locations, some of them only reachable with some basic knowledge.

Viewer directory is where you installed it, you can right-click -> preferences, check the path to find out where if you forgot it.
Cache directory is located here if not changed: C:\Users\PCUSERNAME\AppData\Local\BlackDragon
Settings directory is located here if not changed: C:\Users\PCUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\BlackDragon

You can get to the appdata folder either by enabling "show hidden folders" in your Windows explorer settings or by typing %APPDATA% into the search bar at the bottom of your Windows start menu and hitting enter.

Remove the 'BlackDragon' folder in all 3 locations and you should be fine, this procedure is also needed for a clean install.

31 comments:

  1. Hey
    thats amazing, nice view, congratulations.
    I was searching for a function to desable LOOK AT. I explain: I like to use my zoom (alt + mouse) but I doesn't like that people can see where I am looking. How I disable this?
    Thanks for your time
    Felipe Heuser

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    1. There is no option to do it for very special reason, although you can do it manually.
      You can take a look at this wiki article and find out how to do it.
      http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Show_Look_At

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  2. Just downloaded Black Dragon, and I'm loving it so far. I'm having trouble though with the Edit window, when working with prims, specifically their texture. The window is different than what I'm used to, so I'm kind of lost on it's interface. I don't see a spot to change the colour of the prim I'm working on. Forgive me, it's only been a few days, so I'm still learning the whole viewer. Can you help me with where the colour option is?

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    1. The color swatches are found right below the texture selection, there's a little (by default white) bar that is clickable which will open the color selection.

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  3. ok goin nuts here.. mesh ass and mesh boobs both fitmesh neither will rez in.. help please

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  4. I just downloaded Black Dragon after having problems updating Second Life on my computer.

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  5. Hi, love the viewer but for some reason menus for furniture does not pop up. Is there a setting?

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    1. Which furniture?
      Did you accidentally mute it?

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  6. Does it have an AO as we have in Firestorm ?

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  7. Hi; am trying out Black Dragon, but have one problem that is stopping me: in other viewers, the camera is always behind the avatar; in Black Dragon, the camera seems to always point in one direction unless I pause, manually turn the camera in the direction I want to go, then continue walking. Is there something I'm missing, a setting I haven't flagged correctly, or is this the way it's designed? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Its how the controls are designed. It was explained (again) in the second last (from this posting) update blog post here:
      http://niranv-sl.blogspot.de/2016/01/black-dragon-viewer-update-2448-binding.html

      A and D are strafe left / right now, so is arrow left and right. What you are looking for is rotate left / right which are now bound to Q and E. You can rebind the keys in the keybinding tab. Follow these instructions:

      Press the trash icon for all 4 actions: rotate left, rotate right, strafe left, strafe right.
      Now rebind them to whatever you want them to be (probably A/D or Arrow Left/Right) by clicking the [set key] text to bind a primary binding or [set alt] for a secondary binding. A popup will open, press any key you would like to bind and confirm with "Bind".
      If you did everything right your controls should be like they are in other Viewers.
      There's a default button at the bottom of the panel to revert everything in case you break something.

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  8. I just downloaded and installed for the first time, and I'm lost on one particular thing, why other avatrs don't rezz or show in different colors (grey, blue, orange, red) until I right click on them and choose "render always"?

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    1. The download page should have given you a few links that send you to the blog posts explaining the latest major changes, including this one.
      You can read about it here

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    2. The default settings are 12 avatars rendered and not always the ones you want.

      You can change that up to 50 somewhere in display preferences.

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    3. That does not really help his "problem" with the Avatar Rendering Complexity feature.

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  9. So far amazing except for one thing....terrain shows up nothing else does.....shadows but not my house or furniture...or is it something I did in the settings thanks

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    1. Enable Deferred Rendering as said in the blogpost.

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    2. I'm having the same issue even though Deferred Rendering is enabled :( This is what I see at Apple Fall currently http://grabilla.com/0640a-fa41f8d1-d372-4cc4-92c4-dd1181812a9f.png

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    3. Deferred is clearly off.

      Your hardware does not support shader level 2 Deferred Rendering. I'm working on a workaround.

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    4. deferred is on and it looks like this :( http://grabilla.com/0640d-ba96f549-9426-4ed8-9fa4-15269b54987e.png

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    5. Thanks for your help though!

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  10. I can't find out about the Debug setting window.

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  11. Dragon - Advanced - Show Debug Settings

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  12. Just discovered this Viewer. Awesome work. I love it. No problems at all. To me this Viewer is Very beneficial, since I'm into photography I especially love the "Machinima-Sidebar" a lot. Keep up the great work. <3

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  13. how do you hide the chat pop ups from appearing on the screen

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    1. Preferences - Chat Options, scroll down, select Flash or Don't Do Anything for those types of chat you don't want to appear anymore.

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  14. Hello, recently on Black Dragon this viewer seems to suit me but I like to shoot (fraps) the only problem is that I can not remove the toolbar as well as the hud in order to be able to shoot in big screen ,how to do?
    Thank you in advance

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    1. Ctrl + Alt + F1 to hide/show the UI.
      Ctrl + Shift + H to hide/show the HUD.
      These are default controls and should work in all Viewers unless they have changed them (Firestorm probably did).

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