Update 11/22: I’ve encountered glitches with this viewer, so be warned. It still may turn out to be a good entry into SL for some, but here’s what happened to me:
- I’ve logged into the CSI/SL viewer with my regular avatar, Grinn Pidgeon, and it changed a few of my preferences, like my Home location.
- And then when I logged back into the regular viewer, my hair rezzed in an embarrassing spot! Oh my!
- The avatar I created through the CSI site, Fay Mayflower, can’t be logged in again since I changed my password. I’ve tried to log her in on the OnRez viewer on two different computers with no luck. And those CSI avatars can only be logged in via the OnRez viewer.
- You can’t get help for a CSI-created avatar from the main SL site, because it won’t recognize the name and password. At this point, I don’t know if we’ll ever see Fay again ;(
If you’d like to try a different Second Life viewer, maybe one that seems more familiar to Web users, and one that feeds your CSI addiction, try the OnRez viewer from Electric Sheep. We have one on one of our little Macs (it’s also available for PCs) and while its features seem odd to a regular user of the traditional client, I can see the attraction.
The new viewer is a little too overtly shopping oriented for my taste–not that I haven’t spent a bundle of Lindens on clothes and hair lately;-0
Below is my original avatar, Grinn Pidgeon, and a new one chosen from the CSI site. The CSI-related avatars come complete with skin, flexi-hair, clothes, and a shape, but you can only login with them through the OnRez viewer. But they are able to travel throughout SL like any other avatar. Meet Fay Mayflower.
P.S. I hate it when I don’t see my grammar errors and typos before I publish.