Alpha 2020.2.5 Asteria Release Notes

This version of Vircadia is an update to 2020.2.4. It is compatible with the 2020.2.0-Asteria protocol. This version was released on September 6th, 2020.

Interface (Codename Athena)

The numbers at the end of each item are the PR numbers in the Project Athena repo.

General

  • Application: Improve performance of entity updates. (#276)

  • Application: Enable resolving of relative URLs when importing entities with JSON. (#586, #672)

  • App: Add incremental suffix to cloned entities’ names using the Create app. (#603)

  • App: Update the colorSpread color-picker and other misc. fixes in the Create app. (#606)

  • API: Add About JavaScript API to replace the now deprecated HifiAbout API. (#624)

  • App: Fix freezing when opening the Avatar app when custom bookmarks are present that do not have thumbnails. (#631)

  • UI & Security: Improve the OAuth2 domain feature to not show domain login status or domain login menu item on domains that do not have the feature enabled. (#639)

  • App: Add update notification message on Interface start if a new version is available. (#658)

  • Graphics: Fix and extend glTF blendshapes support. (#671)

Miscellaneous

  • Application: Code-signing has been re-enabled on Windows installers. (#303)

  • Application: Improve the handling of C++ exceptions by Crashpad on Windows. (#441)

  • App: Update the URLs to the default particle and image entities for the Create app. (#604)

  • Docs: Update build docs to include parameters for building client and server only packages. (#652)

  • Application & Docs: Update the application folder icons for Vircadia on OSX; update build docs for OSX to be more up to date. (#653)

Domain Server

The numbers at the end of each item are the PR numbers in the Project Athena repo.

General

  • Server: Improve performance of entity updates. (#276)

  • UX: New metadata fields added to improve domain details alongside the addition of an HTTP exporter that makes this data publicly available as JSON over HTTP if desired. (#465)

  • UI: Updated text references from High Fidelity -> Vircadia in the Assignment tab of the domain-server panel. (#641)

Metaverse Server (Codename Iamus)

The metaverse server has been renamed to Iamus, known as Apollo’s son in Greek mythology. It is beginning active testing with the wider Vircadia community. The metaverse server interface is under continued development.

Vircadia Launcher (Codename Pantheon)

Vircadia’s launcher has not had any updates since the last release (2020.2.4 Asteria).

Extra Applications

Explore App

The numbers at the end of each item are the PR numbers in the Project Athena repo.

  • Nothing new to report, yet!

Community Apps

The numbers at the end of each item are the PR numbers in the Community Apps repo.

  • Nothing new to report, yet!

Documentation

User Docs

The numbers at the end of each item are the PR numbers in the Vircadia-Docs-Sphinx repo.

  • Release notes for 2020.2.5 Asteria. (#76)

API Docs

The API docs are generated from the software source repo. The latest live deployment source can be viewed here.

  • The Stats API was updated to include two new properties. (#276)

  • The About API was added to replace the deprecated HifiAbout API. (#624)