Tuesday, September 22, 2015
After a spluttering initial launch and having ironed out some problems, Bright Canopy, the service that lets you stream Second Life via a web browser, offering a new lease of life for slower computers and superior streaming for android devices is available again from Wednesday 23rd September.
Bright Canopy says:
Bright Canopy has been down now for almost one month. We have done our best to be transparent and communicative during the downtime. We have been working with Frame on a new pricing plan that will allow us to offer the service immediately. We will continue working on options that will improve our costs on the back-end and allow more flexibility in the future.
The service will be charged at US$17 per month for 20 hours service, additional charging at $0.02 per minute.
For information, head to their site here: https://www.brightcanopy.com/
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
The successor to SL Go has launched to tremendous fanfare.
It is however proving difficult to blog this story as the situation keeps changing.
Yesterday the site said they were oversubscribed and had to suspend registrations.
It now appears that the service has been suspended whilst cost and usage allowance are recalculated:
We suggest you head on over to their site to catch new information as it emerges.
You can elect to use either the Second Life or Firestorm viewer.
Bright Canopy Just Launched! For all of the users out there that are missing using SL Go, or have a slow machine or laptop - your wait is over!
"After months of invitation only testing, we have just opened Bright Canopy to the world. You can start your 14 day free trial right now at www.brightcanopy.com and be streaming Second Life or Open Sim in a browser in less than five minutes." states Bill Glover, Founder of Bright Canopy and Long time Second Life Resident.
"We're going to have a big party next weekend to celebrate, but right now we're here for you 24/7... Be sure to follow @BrightCanopyApp on twitter for updates and news."
I for one have been awaiting this news for months, since the demise of SLGo. I have been working in Beta testing of Bright Canopy for the last 2 months on an old lap top. If you can access Chrome, you can use Bright Canopy. Great News for users that have older machines and experience a bit og lag in high traffic areas such as London City in Second Life.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
With only 250 signatures on the petition to save SL Go, one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the market for a Second Life streaming service is far too niche to be of interest to developers.
Bright Canopy think otherwise and held their first meeting with Second Life residents on 25th April to explained that this service should be similar to SL Go, but will be web browser based, initially using Chrome. So, if a device or PC can run Chrome then in theory it should be able to use this service as an alternative to SL Go, which ends tomorrow.
Bright Canopy is in closed beta right now, but will be a premium service accepting payment via credit card or Bitcoin, with plans to add Paypal and Linden Dollars after launch.
The service still seems to be a way off from launching, but appears to be the most likely successor to SL Go.
For information about Bright Canopy, see the notes from the in-world meeting here
Friday, April 03, 2015
SL Go offers the ability to run Second Life at an optimum speed on older computers, because it does all the hard work of rendering and processing for you and streams the result to the computer or Android device.
Considering just how popular this service is and that only last month SL Go added the option to pay for the service with Linden Dollar, this is will be quite a loss to the Second Life community.
It will come as a bolt out of the blue for SL Go users as the company had only very recently opened their own Second Life Island SL Go Island and announced only two weeks ago it was making Firestorm viewer its primary service for Android users.
This style of processing, the first of its kind is revolutionary, so it was a prime candidate that the technology would be acquired. Onlive, the people behind SL Go has sold its patents to Sony, who will not continue with the Second Life streaming service.
The announcement on the SL Go Website reads:
It is with great sadness that we must bring the SL Go service to a close. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don't include a continuation of SL Go. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to use the service until that date.
After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all credit card data will be deleted. No refunds will be available for any subscriptions.
We will have extremely limited coverage for customer service over the next 30 days. We hope the FAQs below will answer all of your questions. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being an SL Go customer, and we wish you all the best.
In our year of SL Go service, we have become quite close to the Second Life® community. Thanks to your patronage and constructive feedback, SL Go became one of OnLive’s most successful services. We know how important SL Go is for many of you, and it saddens us to bring the service to a close. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of “SL Go by OnLive” and wish you all the best. Link to website: http://support.onlive.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/238/