We have been working hard on the new Rezzable Browser Viewer for OpenSim and finally have a test version ready for you. Check it out at the end of this post. Feedback is more than welcome, drop any comments or questions here on this post or via our handy contact form.
The scene you see is loaded dynamically from OpenSim, so you will see what is on the Region at the time of the download. If the content changes during your session you will need to reload the scene to see the changes.
There is a single basic avatar here now, and to use chat, you simple hit "C". Test your flying (or floating) skills by hitting "Home", and then using Page Up/Page Down. Keep CTRL down and click to focus your camera.
The visual quality in the browser-based viewer seems good and pretty close to the OpenSim+Imprudence combination. You can compare 'the view' to the actual OpenSim region if you go onto the Heritage Key grid. Search for the "Black Swan" region using the Map tool. The environmental features are not there at all. Movement is controlled by OpenSim physics.
There is a module for the specific OpenSim Region that packages the content and sends it to the browser. We then have a special Unity3D scene that then presents the content and uses OpenSim as the MMO engine. You can see and chat to other visitors. In OpenSim the avatar is represented as a cloud and on the browser as the one female avatar.
We think OpenSim Region owners will benefit from being able to share their content immediately on the web. This should enable many more visitors to easily access their areas. How many people will really want to do this? We have no idea. Assuming that some portion of all the OpenSim Region owners did want to use this we guess that we will need to charge in the range of $50 licence/region and $20/month to host the browser sessions. If there is enough support then we could look at increasing the features.
What say/think you?