I saw a blog post today that said that the new Bakes On Mesh viewer would be released soon, perhaps Monday.
I don’t use the Official Viewer, so I am assuming that a new Firestorm update will happen soon after. Once BoM is live, I expect content creators to issue updated mesh bodies to accommodate the new options.
I know that SLink has said they have updated versions ready to go, I can only hope that Maitreya will follow soon thereafter. I have noticed that with my purchases recently, I have received textures that are labeled as BoM textures for some of the items.
BoM is supposed to help reduce avatar complexity, and therefore, I hope, the lag that is sometimes generated because of it. I don’t expect it to go away completely, however, since lag can be caused by a whole host of factors, some of which can only be changed/controlled by the end user.
And, unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to educate themselves about what might be causing their lag, finding it easier to blame something else for the issue.
I have gotten into the habit of derendering people as I travel around SL. It’s amazing how much faster you can get around then. 😛 Of course, I am generally either shopping or taking photographs, so I don’t need to interact with others for the most part. For those who spend most of their time in social settings, I’m sure things can get frustrating. Let’s hope this BoM update makes things better for those people.