The performance of the Second Life mac viewer is the worst it has been for a long time. It is so bad it actually makes me not want to login.
The performance really started to degrade more than it usually is just before Fantasy Faire. I put it down to traditional low performance before major SL events but its persisted and perhaps got worst. maybe i should be filling Jira reports but I’m not really sure where to start and i’m never sure if its just me who’s having the troubles.
When i say poor performance i don’t mean low frame rates. I’m a mac user so am used to existing and working in a low FPS world. The performance loss starts with simply logging in. It’s taking three times longer than usual just to log in. Once i arrive inworld i am greeted with the usual ‘wheres the dam cache?’ phenomenon. Non existent cache has been around for me ever since the lab switched to using CDN’s to quickly deliver nothing for 3 minutes. This is ok as long as I’m not crashing at an event where i need to quickly get back into SL. It’s the next thing thats really causing me grief.
The UI has become a sticky horrid experience of constant pauses. It used to be that when i clicked to open preferences window i’d get a pause of about five seconds. Now that pause has gone up to 20 seconds and isn’t localised to just preferences, it happens when you open an IM with someone, click to open inventory, and most annoyingly clicking to open the texture window when editing objects. It’s driving me mad.
Also should mention i still can’t post snapshots to my SL feed since the last official viewer update.
The performance drop is across all the official Viewers and release candidate viewers. Of course it’s not happened in the Firestorm viewer, either because the Firestorm viewer has yet to add this performance drop or because the firestorm viewer is 64bit. I don’t know.
I don’t want to use the Firestorm viewer even though it gives a smoother frame rate experience. I find it bloated with options and features, but i may have to if I’m going to build an Exhibit for SL13B. Makes me wonder what we’re going to be celebrating. Not improved stability, well i won’t be.
Is anyone else is having the same performance drop? i’d like to know incase it is just me and my stupid computer is to blame. That would be embarrassing.