I can live with the annoying extra clicks, the slide out sidebar, the smaller and less noticeable notification boxes, but I do have two huge complaints with viewer 2.1:
- Search doesn't work AT ALL. Nothing but an empty black box comes up when I open search.
- My wireless connection cuts off when I use 2.1. Someone told me that this sounds like a firewall issue.
Every single time I log in with 2.1, my wireless connection cuts off. Sometimes I can be logged in for an hour or two, but most times, I'm logged in not even two minutes before it happens. I log in again, and the same things happens over and over. The end result is that I usually end up practically slamming my poor innocent laptop shut out of frustration and I and watch tv instead.
This really sucks because contrary to popular opinion, I actually like and want to use viewer 2.1. I love the new alpha layers, the ability to create outfit folders that link to my items rather than having to copy them, I like the back and forward browser like buttons, the shared media, and the option of changing my camera view from back, side or front. I tell you, when I first discovered that new feature, I was endlessly amused watching my avatar walk from a front view. Silly, I know, but little things make me happy.
Ya, I know, there are a lot of valid complaints about 2.1, but I don't mind the extra clicking or the dreaded slide out sidebar. Yet, I hope that that in future updates all of these things will be fixed. This kind of stuff I can live with and even retrain my SL viewer habits just because I love the new features so much. Maybe if I was a hardcore builder or creator, I would feel differently.
But those things aren't preventing me from enjoying my time in SL the way the absence of a search feature that actually works does, and the fact that my laptop hates viewer 2.1 apparently as much as everyone else does. If my MacBook didn't dislike 2.1 so much, even just the absence of a working search feature is enough to deter me from logging in with 2.1. I use the search feature way too often to go without it.
My bottom line is, I am tired of waiting for an update that will fix these problems,and I'm not going to spend my precious spare time researching how or if i can get my laptop to call a truce with 2.1. I especially hate to waste my time on that when I know there are other viewers out there that are perfectly compatible with my beloved MacBook.
So, as a result, I have turned to the Emerald viewer for relief. I started using Emerald more because unlike the old viewer, it is still being updated, it is stable, my MacBook agrees with it, and the search feature actually works, complete with events listings. Excited as I was about all those cool new features of 2.1, I'll have to put that on the back burner. Emerald does the job and you know what? It's starting to grow on me, and I may even be developing an unexpected fondness and attachment to the darned thing. Emerald is quickly becoming my new best friend.
Still, I miss all those linked outfit folders I created, the tattoo layers, make up options, invisiprim-less shoes, shared media, and inconspicuous notifications and all those other things that were presented as being so appealing in 2.1. All those little things don't add up to much when I can't even stay logged in for more than an hour before I get cut off. Sorry 2.1, I thought we would be good friends but it seems we just aren't compatible.
Now, you can call me crazy, but after having said all that, I have to admit that I still have a teeny tiny glimmer of hope for 2.1, and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to use it again someday.
Oh well. Hope springs eternal, I guess.