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Exodus Viewer

Exodus Viewer

Since Kirstens Viewer is no longer available, you guys have been contacting me asking which viewer I’m now using. Therefore I thought I would do a video tutorial of my recent favorite viewer, Exodus Viewer. I’ve been using Exodus consistently since November 10th when I did this plurk about it. I had downloaded it but had some issues getting shadows to run. I found out I wasn’t the only one having this issue. If you read that plurk you’ll see that you just need to disable anti-aliasing and shadows will pop up for you. I’ve gone into a bit more detail about this in the video if you need to see what I mean I am embedding and linking the video below.

Here’s a link to the youtube page:

One thing I really love about Exodus Viewer is that I can take the biggest snapshot I like (usually 5760×3084) and I will not get any kinds of glitches or weird lines on my image. I have put up a pure raw shot on my flickr here which I’ll also embed a small version of below. As you can see, the image is completely clean and that’s how ALL of my images look whenever I use Exodus Viewer.

Another thing I love about Exodus Viewer is that it actually lets me take pictures without ever crashing using my avatar that is up to about 120K inventory now (I know, I’m bad, shush ๐Ÿ˜› wanna organize it for me? :D)

Exodus Viewer
(Raw shot from SL)

I recently purchased a new video card a few months back so I have updated my computer specifications page with that info. You can take a look to see what kind of computer I have. After getting the new 560ti video card, my crash rate went down significantly. And then after discovering Exodus and using it religiously, I rarely crash, if ever, and usually because I am doing a whole bunch of things at once (such as watching something on netflix, chatting in skype, checking plurk, and shooting massive images in SL, yeah…I know…I’m crazy :P).

The developer of Exodus is having some computer issues so the development has been a bit delayed but hopefully he’ll be back soon adding more updates and features to it. For now, the last version works fantastic for me so hopefully it will be good for you guys too.

So anyhow, I hope you guys like Exodus as much as I do. I have been really happy with it. If you do have any questions, feel free to email me and I’ll do the best I can to help you out.

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Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

40 thoughts on “Exodus Viewer

  • Masha Eilde

    Seems interesting but the viewer doesn’t incorporate the fixes for a very serious display bug (noted here Without those Shining fixes, many of us with nVidia cards crash when running it.

    I know that Firestorm includes the fixes referenced in the above JIRA – maybe Exodus can leverage that work?

  • Hi Masha, I wasn’t aware of this issue as I don’t seem to be having any crashing problems. But this is a great thing to note for when the developers are back updating it again. Thank you for pointing that out.

  • Thanks very much for the tutorial Berry, it was helpful! I was wondering if the photo quality suffers from turning off antialiasing? The tutorials I’ve read about getting high resolution photos always recommend keeping it on.

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  • Did you know, you can change how the inventory looks in Exodus? I hate their icons, but you can make it look like the default inventory in the SL viewer. Go to the gear tab on the side bar, interface settings, and there is an Inventory section, you check vanilla!

    Now you only have one thing you want in the veiwer for it to be perfect.

  • Great article! For anyone worried about shining fixes, we have incorporated it in our current test build. The next release will be soon. Keep your eyes peeled ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kit, to be honest I have never used anti-aliasing in any of my pictures and I never noticed the quality going down for me. I always take very high-res images and I believe that helps.

    Daphne I could seriously kiss you right now. THANK YOU SO MUCH! My inventory is absolutely perfect now. <3

    Clix, thank you for doing such a fabulous job with the viewer and I'm so looking forward to the updates.

  • Thanks for the post Berry. I downloaded it last night, but haven’t yet tried it. I’m still stumbling my way through shadows and DOF since getting a new computer.

    This will come in handy.

  • Lara ubert

    Hello Berry ^^

    Great work here, i did what u said above but still have one problem, is that when i go to Graphics ‘ Deferred rendering’ and ‘Ambient occluion’ are not turned on to me, even though i used to use kirstens before and everything was fine, but when i removed kirstens and downloaded Exodus i got this problem and lost my sl shadows.

    I tried everything i know and still no shadows :/
    Pls let me know if u know how to help me on this, i would really appreciate ur help, thank you!

    Lara <3

  • Ayamo Nozaki

    Hey Lara, if the two tick boxes are greyed out, you may be experiencing a problem related to your memory pool being low.

    Sadly, I don’t think there is anything you can do about that in the current version. You may have more luck with the next update of Exodus, which will be coming out soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m running off to play with the new viewer today. Thank you so much for all the information you post for everyone. I know it takes a lot of time and care ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am using Exodus Viewer since october and I like it, I had the same problem with shadows but after I disable my antialasing all was good. But I still have sometimes the nasty lines on my picks , if I enable the DOF I have huge lines, generaly it is a very good viewer, on my wish list about Exodus is less lag and no nasty lines.
    Great Post <3

  • OMG! Thank you so much, Berry! I have always been able to enable shadows in other shadow viewers (in ultra too), but they never appeared!. So thank you so much for finding out why. I am so sad about Kirtsens, since it was my favorite photo viewer (esp becuase it was the only one I could get shadows with), I am downloading this now. I hope I have good luck with it. Have a Happy Holiday and thank you for all your incredible images and tutorials through out the year. I really owe most of my improved skills to your tutorials <3

  • Okay I tried this viewer earlier today and for the most part I really like it. I have a couple of things that are bugging me but so far so good… one is that if I turn on ambient occlusion, I crash, every single time. so still no pretty shadows for me, but since I didn’t have them in firestorm either, I’m assuming this just means I need a better comp/graphics card. –

    The other is more aggravating for me. It’s a small thing but it’s bugging me, I can’t find anywhere to turn on hover tips. I use hover tips all the time so its a serious problem. Any thoughts anyone? I did want to comment also that I found that the site is not as complete as it could be in terms of… simple instructions i.e. this is how you do this…sort of a Exodus for dummies. LOL

  • Oh nooo!. I crash when attempting ultra. I guess I will have to wait until I guess I mew system…

  • I have installed it on my Ubuntu machine. I found that although Ubuntu complains – it says it’s a package of “bad quality” – it works fine and is nice and fast.

    Here’s a question: the version I got onto my computer doesn’t yet have support for neck and root attachment points (as SL3.2 and FS do). Is that in the pipeline?

  • @Lila I run my shadows on high not on ultra ,try to disable your anisotropic filtering too not only Antialiasing , maybe will work for you this way <3

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  • Strawberry,

    suggest you also take a look at Niran’s Viewer; I’ve reviewed bot the Beta ( and the Final release versions (

    While Exodus remains my 2nd Viewer of choice, Niran’s is closer to being a “successor” to Kirsten’s in the truest sense. It also benefits from OpenGL fixes, the V3.2 UI and a *lot* of additional graphics customisation from Niran. As a photographer, you may find it interesting.

  • I’ve been using Exodus for a few months too, and its been terrific for a number of reasons. I especially love the help chat which pops up an IRC box in the viewer, so doesn’t use laggy in world group chat. also, I have found the devs very helpful, especially on the rare instance that i crash.

    The FXAA setting is actually a type of anti aliasing, so with this enabled you get beautiful shadows. I understand there’s some really super new graphics features in the coming release too. oh, and the forums are great for finding out things, making suggestions and bug reporting.

    My understanding is that Nirans viewer is a fork of kirstens so I guess you would expect it to be similar. I personally found it very clunky to run, even with my 580 graphics card, but Exodus is smooth as a baby’s bum! I’ve actually got ultra high fps which I could hardly believe at over 100. I’ll put the screen grab up on my flickr.

    In the end, we all choose what best suits our own machines. I just think its great to see a new viewer emerge with such talented and enthusiastic devs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ok so i took the plunge and followed your tutorial and now i have shadows! yay.. but the lines are still persisting in this viewer for me ๐Ÿ™ i wish i could have some of your magic to make those go away because they are totally ruining my otherwise awesome photos!

  • Ayamo Nozaki

    That’ll be fixed in the next update, only seemed to affect some users, bug from Linden Lab’s end.

  • Hi Strawberry. I’m using the Exodus viewer now which I love love love! I couldnt run shadows on any viewer at all before and on Exodus they are perfect! I found out about it thanks to your tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve got one question though… I’ve seen people walking around with the word ‘(Vanilla)’ next to their name which means its a viewer. I’ve search on Google for a Vanilla viewer lol but haven’t really found anything. Any ideas?

  • Ayamo Nozaki

    Vanilla is the name we use for Viewers that identify their-self as the offical Viewer 2.0 or 3.0, maybe we should note that somewhere…

  • New Exodus viewer is out! Also includes Karl’s alpha tester mesh deformer, but it also has an on/off switch. Very nifty! And some incredible *new* graphics effects.

  • In love with this viewer completely. It is so convenient for my machinima. Thanks for letting us know and thank you to the team who initiate to create Exodus.

  • Hey Strawberry,
    great Post!! I tried the Exodus viewer today. No matter what i do, i dont see any shadows ๐Ÿ™ Thinking about updating my system with a new video card.

    Lovely Blog :*

  • Cheloca

    Hi!! I really need an Exodus for Dummies I couldnยดt even log in. kkkkkkk What do I have to chose at the space under the start at???


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  • thank you so much for making this tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚
    now my shadows are smooth, just ideal! Although i miss antialiasing and for designing I will use different viewer, for shadows Exodus is perfect!

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  • Niele Kowalski

    I installed the viewer, and although my dream was to have a good viewer for pics with Phoenix Like/V1 UI, I like Exodus UI better than others I’ve tried for pictures.

    But anyway, I am having trouble with shadows: even with Ultra quality, the shadows look like they are moving and quality isn’t good. I changed all the settings, with /without antialising on, but shadows do not change. Even changed my Nvdia 9800GT card settings but nothing worked. Here is how it looks:

  • Lotus M.

    Hi! I really loved the Exodus, but I have a little problem that I’ve tried everything and can not resolve. My avatar is simply not on the floor, I’ve been a good distance from the ground with several inches high. I thought it was because of alphas, so i detached everything and solves nothing. And this only happened in the Exodus. Anyone had this problem? Knows how to solve? Ty so much! โ™ฅ

  • My wings don’t glow :(((

  • Blair

    Hello Straw! Well I loved the viewer and I’ve done all the steps, BUT the shadows won’t show ;(

    I have a macbook pro… Do you have any suggestions?

  • Exodus is the best viewer I ever used. The first MacOS-viewer working like a MacOS-software should do.
    No crashes at all. Everything works as i should do.
    If Linden Lab hade this viewer from the beginning we hade been a lot more avatars today.

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