But I wont be the (sometimes pretty sceptical) Drow I am if I won't have tested it by myself.
Since its getting two weeks soon since I posted my first impressions, it seems its time for a little update.
The good news first: The number of crashes is still on a very nice low level. Its really a well worked-out and stable little Viewer!
I also feel now very comfortable with the new features, the look of buttons, their position, etc. Speaking from my frontend-user-perspective I actually welcome more and more the modernization Viewer2 brought into SL.
Of course I didn't only found nice things. I noticed some bugs and minor flaws which want to get ironed out. Nothing serious though, but perhaps a little annoying ;-)
- As photographer and dedicated user of the sky-editor its of course a bit bothering that the environment-settings does return to the default-settings after relogging.
- When you want to save a snaphot to disk (which I regulary do) but cancel the saving (which I usually barely do) you may crash. Ok, you may also crash using Phoenix - it just seems to be a pretty unstable feature.
- Coloring of tags doesn't seems to work properly. I was surprised to learn my name tag is a "nicely reddish color" despite choosing white ;-) But ok, this may just be a feature I haven't completely understood yet...
Some sims wont appear on the main map. Thats a bug I already mentioned earlier while blogging about my bike tour. Perhaps it has something to do with the server-versions? I'm really guessing in that respect.
- Screen may freeze after teleport. Now thats really something annoying since Firestorm seems to be close to crashing when this happens. Perhaps its just a texture-loading issue, its nevertheless awkward.
And last but not least: For some strange reason I regulary receive the "Your clothes are still downloading"-message. Thankfully they appear just moments after clicking away the message.
In summary my positive impression from last time hasn't changed. Firestorm works very nice for me and I see no reason to do the step back towards Phoenix again. The viewer works pretty smoothly and they few bugs are nothing I do worry about too much. I can really recommend giving Firestorm a try - even in its current Beta-status!