Loss Of Support For Multigrid Builders
April 1, 2012
updated April 14, 2012

I am always trying out the latest releases of software, such as the various viewers that we use. With viewers, I will install the latest and then see what the features are, how it handles my at home stand-alone, how easy is it to build, move and all the rest. Lately, though, I've noticed a loss of an important feature in some viewers, the ability to import and export linkset XMLs.

For me, this is a very important feature because many grids do not allow the export and import of IARs. So, if I make something here on my home system, I need to use the XML export and import functions to be able to move a copy from my home setup into the grid(s) I want to use it in. Yes, that means I have to re-script and re-animate and all that, but that's simply the way it is at the moment.

I have read nothing that says that this feature is being phased out. If it is, why are people not saying anything? If it isn't, then why are some viewers apparently dropping it?

I don't have copies of all the different viewers and there are likely newer releases that do have the Linkset Import/Export function, so please let me know of if this is the case. Here's the list of viewers I have checked, updated April 14,2012:

Viewer Export via Pie Menu Export via Drop Down Menu Import Linkset Download Link
Catznip No No No http://catznip.com/downloads/
CoolVL Yes Yes Yes http://sldev.free.fr/
Firestorm No No No http://www.phoenixviewer.com/downloads.php
Imprudence Yes Yes Yes http://wiki.kokuaviewer.org/wiki/Imprudence:Downloads
Phoenix Yes No Yes http://www.phoenixviewer.com/downloads.php
Singularity Yes No Yes http://www.singularityviewer.org/downloads
Teapot No No No https://bitbucket.org/ArminW/teapot/downloads
Zen No No No https://bitbucket.org/Zena_Juran/zen-viewer/downloads
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