So check out the Second Life preview page (you need to login for that) and find two (!) new preview versions: 1.11 and 1.12
1.11 features new UI enhancements while 1.12 is all about big new features such as groups and land tools. I was testing 1.11 and what I noticed was that the new snapshot screen freezes the view which is maybe not good when doing it during some action. Also I noticed that it now says “Send (L$10)” when doing a “Send a postcard”. I am wondering now if either sending postcards suddenly costs L$10,- or it’s just a bug (I filed it as such). So we will see.
Here is the complete list of the release notes for both releases:
Release Notes for Second Life 1.11.0(0) June 29, 2006 ===================================== Features: * Zoomable UI ** The entire UI can be scaled (including in-world text, manipulators, etc) by a user-supplied scale value (Preferences->Graphics->UI Size) ** When running fullscreen, the additional option "Use resolution independent scale" should ensure that the UI looks the same at all resolutions ** Additionally, changing to a resolution with a different aspect ratio than your monitor's aspect ratio should not result in any squashing or stretching of your display * Improved Snapshot functionality ** When taking a snapshot, the world will freeze in place and the snapshot will be previewed over the entire screen (but under UI elements) ** The camera tool will be active by default, allowing you to click and drag to move the camera around while objects/avatars/etc are frozen in place, without having to hold down ALT ** You can also change snapshot parameters (resolution, JPEG compression level) and the snapshot will update on the fly ** Any time the camera moves or a parameter is changed, the existing snapshot will "drop" away and be replaced by a new one ** You can also take snapshot of arbitrary resolution, up to 6000x6000 *** Be aware that the larger the snapshot is, the more system resources are needed to create it -- you can potentially run out of memory and crash if taking very large snapshots on a low-end system * Eyedropper tool ** Added the ability to pick colors and textures from objects in view (and that you own) inside the color picker and texture picker ** When depressed, the button changes the mouse cursor and activates a "pipette" or "eyedropper" tool ** The user can then click on another object in world to grab the texture/color of the face that they clicked * Gestural pie menus ** Pie menus now provide a gradually faded border when the right mouse button is down to suggest that you can use them by moving the mouse in a given direction, which is faster and easier than clicking on a pie wedge directly ** Also, pie sub-menus can be accessed with gestures, making it possible to chain gestures together to perform any operation in the pie menu by memory * Tear-off menus ** Added ability to click on a double line at the top of any menu or sub-menu and pin it in place on the UI as a "floater" ** All of the menu items should still work, as well as branching menus, etc. ** Closing the floater will make it disappear ** Accessing a detached menu via it's parent menu will bring the floating menu to the foreground, but not reposition it Other changes: * Improved text field support for INSERT key Bug fixes: * Profile can now be viewed after searching for one Resident in the finder * Preferences > Network > Clear Cache > Apply no longer starts parcel music stream Release Notes for Second Life 1.12.0(1) June 28, 2006 ===================================== Features: * Support for Covenants ** Covenants may now be associated with Estates ** These documents detail land use rules and restrictions ** Available in About Land * Estate Land Sales ** Estate owners/managers are now able to sell land to other Residents for L$ ** "Allow Land Transfer" option in 'Region/Estate > General' tab enables Estate Owners and Managers to sell parcels, and buyers to resell them *** Estate owners/managers may specify rules for land sale and usage in Covenants *** Buyers of the land on private estates may be limited in their ability to re-sell land depending on settings determined by Estate owner/manager * Group Enhancements ** Group limit per user increased from 15 to 25 ** Group member minimum reduced from 3 to 2 ** The group information user interface has been redesigned * Group Notices ** Group notices can be created in the 'Group Information > Notices' tab ** Group notices can include an attachment ** Group notices are sent to all group members ** Members may opt to not receive these notices in the 'Group Information > General' tab ** Members can browse the last 30 days of notice history ** Members with IM to Email set will receive these notices offline * Group Roles ** Groups can be configured using the 'Group Information > Members & Roles' tab ** A group is now composed of up to 10 user-configured Roles ** Residents may hold more than one Role in a group ** Each role can be configured to allow certain group Actions ** Each role gets its own title ** Members of a group are assigned to Roles to define the Actions they can perform in that group ** Group members are always a part of that group's 'Everyone' role ** Example: *** Current groups have two Roles: 'Everyone' and 'Officer' *** All group members can do Actions allowed by the 'Everyone' role, such as voting on proposals *** Only group members assigned to the 'Officer' role can do Actions such as invite new members ** Groups now have a special role: 'Owner' ** 'Owners' have full control over the group, but cannot remove other 'Owners' ** Current groups will have members selected to be 'Owners' based on the first to match these rules: *** 1) A founder in the group *** 2) Officers with 512 or more sq. m. land contributed *** 3) All officers *** 4) Nobody (no 'Owner' role is created) LSL changes: * llGiveInventory works on group owned objects * llGiveInventoryList works on group owned objects * llRemoteLoadScriptPin works on group owned objects Other changes: * Group elections have been removed * "Grant Modify Rights" has been changed to be more comprehensive ** You can now allow the person being granted rights greater freedom of modification * The 'Run Scripts' checkbox has been split into 'Run Group Scripts' and 'Run Other Scripts'. ** A parcel with 'Run Other Scripts' will run all scripts. ** A parcel with 'Run Group Scripts' will run scripts on objects set to the same group that the parcel is set to. * Group-owned objects that you have control over are now highlighted on the mini-map. Bug fixes: * llLoadURL now displays name of group in dialog, if used on a group owned object
Update, June 6, 2006: My bugreport was marked as “new known issue” (whatever that means.. is it new or known?). So guess it’s a bug and you don’t have to pay $10 per postcard.