Written 22 February, 2011
Gone is Gone!
I can't stand Linden Lab's 2.x viewers, and so consequently I use Phoenix. I like it. A lot.
One of Phoenix' more interesting features is derender. From the pie menu you can make any object or person disappear. It's handy when obnoxious people are present; you mute and derender them, and they're just... gone.
Until now crossing a region border or teleporting to a new sim would reset all derendered objects; they would e visible again.
But with Phoenix' latest release-- 126.96.36.1998-- derender is permanent. Once an object is gone, it's gone, and you can't see it, even with Highlight Transparent enabled. Ever. Again.
I found this out the hard way today. When preparing the last post I derendered the floating platform at the game area.because it kept getting in the way when taking photographs. Later, I derendered some plants at the swamp area at Whimsy so I could grab and manipulate a 100% alpha fog emitter.
This evening I teleported to the game area to play mahjong. When I arrived the table was there, but the platform wasn't.
I relogged. Same problem.
I flew to the marsh to check on the derendered plants there. Didn't see them.
I searched the web and found a JIRA for permanent derender. From there I went to the release notes and discovered derender is now permanent; objects will show only if you remove them from the blacklist.
Great. Where's the blacklist?
Maybe the preference menu... Phoenix tab... Nope... Network & Folders... Nope.
Maybe it's on the hard drive... C:\... Program Files... Phoenix Viewer... app_settings...Nope... llplugin... Nope.
Surprisingly, I found no FAQ on the Phoenix website. I did find an in-world support group and joined. With nearly 9000 members it was not working properly, but repeately typing queries that weren't posted finally resulted in a reply. The blacklist was in the Phoenix menu at the top of the screen.