Wolvic 1.5.1 Released

Welcome to the release notes for Wolvic 1.5.1. Some of the bigger changes in this version surround the 3D environment that a user is in while running Wolvic. Environments can be chosen by selecting the Environment cell in Wolvic’s Settings. Here, you’ll find a new environment called “Spring”:

The other major change is how all of this works. Previously, the available environments would be packaged up with each release. With the release of 1.5.1, whenever you open the Environment cell, Wolvic will check to see if new environments are available, and let you download and install any you like.

Don’t see an environment you want to switch to? We’d love to have you create your own environment and share with the community! There’s now a GitHub repository called Wolvic 3D Environments where you can contribute an environment you’ve created. Environments are essentially six images named and processed in a specific way, so that Wolvic can assemble them into what’s called a “skybox”. The README for the repository has a stripped-down guide to creating your own environments, and improvements to the guide are welcome.

If you find keyboard input a bit of a challenge in XR, we’ve added a microphone button to the virtual keyboard, which allows you to use speech recognition as input. Need to search for something? Hit the button, speak your search terms, and get results.

By default, this feature uses MeetKai to do the voice-to-speech translation, except on Huawei devices, where Huawei’s Automatic Speech Recognition service is used instead.

That’s not all, though! We’ve added support for the Meta Quest 3, passthrough support for Pico devices, and the use of trusted root certificates on your system, which makes it much easier to use Wolvic in corporate settings. We also made it so that a video set to “fullscreen” is played on a curved display surface.

We’ve further enhanced video handling, including fixes to pause behavior, support for the top-bottom format in VR videos, active time labels to jump to the beginning or end of a video, and more.

There are a variety of other changes and updates, listed in the notes below, including better support of Chinese and Japanese keyboards. If you’ve found a new problem or have another issue, please send us your feedback or, if you prefer, file an issue on GitHub.