Inara Pey has provided detailed notes from the Sansar Product Meetup of Tuesday, March 13th.
Of particular note is a decision by Linden Lab to pull the initial release of the Terrain Editor:
One of the findings from the performance investigations is that the terrain editor used to sculpt height maps from within Sansar, and the terrains edited using it, can have a significant performance impact in both Edit and Run-time modes. There is no quick fix for this at present, as the terrain editor requires a significant amount of work, and the resources aren’t available at the moment. Because of this:
- The terrain editor will be disabled with the next release.
- There’s no date as to when a replace terrain editing system will be implemented.
- Between now and the end of April, creators who have extensively used the terrain editor and height maps to produce terrain in their scenes / experiences, will be asked to remove / delete their existing terrain sculpts with tiles made via alternative means (e.g. custom made externally and uploaded for “as-is” use).
It’s unclear how many people will be affected by this. The Terrain Editor was noticeably buggy, and I think that few people actually used it to create terrain in Sansar experiences. I blogged about the Terrain Editor when it was first released back in September.