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  1. 9 points
    In this thread we'd like to track all the 3rd party add-ons that are being updated, not new releases! Below are a list of add-ons we know will work in Prepar3D v4. As you find add-ons that are compatible, please don’t hesitate to post in this thread so we can update the growing list of add-ons and Developers that support P3D v4. Fun fact, in v4 your add-ons are kept OUTSIDE of the P3D directory, allowing for swift re-installs in the future and much better curation of your library!   Did you find an add-on that works? Please submit it in a post below!
  2. 9 points
    Hello ladies and gentlemen of The Sky Lounge! Pilots, we have been contracted by local cargo carrier Everts Air Cargo to help them move lots of cargo in preparation for the coming winter. This month takes us to the wild volcanic Aleutian Island chain stretching westward off the main coast of Alaska. Here you will find some challenging flying and unpredictable weather. Let's gear up as we fly from mainland Alaska to the westernmost tip of the United States. START DATE: Monday 10/16/2017 @10p PST on OMGEDSON's LIVE SHOWS and also with BCrawley57 FLIGHTS (PST timezone): PAHO PADQ PAPH PACD PADU IKO PAAK PADK PASY ATU Mon. 10p / Wed. 10p / Fri. 10p FLIGHT PLAN (.pln): TOOLS: Use either of the FREE software below to open the flightplan file and to see air traffic Little Navmap: https://albar965.github.io/littlenavmap.html Plan G: http://www.tasoftware.co.uk/ VFR Flight: https://albar965.github.io/littlenavmap.html WEATHER: Active Sky (for real and matching historic weather): http://www.hifisimtech.com PAYWARE SCENERY (optional): ORBX FTX Global - https://orbxdirect.com/product/ftxglobal PLANE (required): FREEWARE: Manfred Jahn C-47 - Custom Everts Air Cargo Livery below: PAYWARE: Just Flight C-46 - Everts Livery is included by default PAYWARE: PMDG DC-6 Everts Livery is included by default PAYWARE: Just Flight DC-6B (FSX) Everts Livery is included by default
  3. 9 points
    It's been a while loungers! We took a break from tours to spin up other fun activities and focus on marketing, but It's time to get back to our roots! I'm excited to introduce our next Tour, we're off to Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes! A huge thanks goes out to TSL Patron @Bucnatic60 for this tour suggestion. Pack light, we'll be in very very small planes, in fact I suggest a fanny pack START DATE: Monday 9/4/2017 @10p PST on OMGEDSON's LIVE SHOWS and also with BCrawley57 FLIGHTS (PST timezone): M69 0MN3 48B 5MN6 MN73 11MN 2MN5 CDD 09I Mon. 10p / Wed. 10p / Fri. 10p FLIGHT PLAN (.pln): TOOLS: Use either of the FREE software below to open the flightplan file and to see air traffic Little Navmap: https://albar965.github.io/littlenavmap.html Plan G: http://www.tasoftware.co.uk/ VFR Flight: https://albar965.github.io/littlenavmap.html WEATHER: Active Sky (for real and matching historic weather): http://www.hifisimtech.com PAYWARE SCENERY (optional): ORBX FTX Global - https://orbxdirect.com/product/ftxglobal PLANE (required): FREEWARE: Ant's Drifter Ultralight (DEMO!) w/floats - http://www.antsairplanes.com/drifter.html ANY ultralight float plane capable of 50-80 knots cruise LIVERY:
  4. 7 points
    Cheers Guys! I created a new PTA and ReShade preset that, i think, looks very neutral and realistic overall and i would like to share them with you and hear your opinions! Down below you`ll find a short video that gives you some impressions. Download links are in the video description. Also there is a link to my Tutorial video on how to install ReShade the way i use it, with an additional effect from Mr. Predrag Drobac's URP1.1. (Lightroom.fx) I implemented as much of the ReShade shaders directly into the PTA preset. So ReShade isnt really needed, but recommended to get the exact same result as me. ReShade effects in use: "Ambient light", "Lightroom" (From URP1.1) It is REALLY, REALLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use my PTA preset together with the Sky Textures that are linked in the video description! Credits go to Mamedov Gennadiy. If you have any questions or inputs feel free to ask, i will try to help... SkyFive!
  5. 6 points
    Hi, There is a reason I like Steam. Every single purchase is listed in the library of the application. This is not the case with Flight Sim downloads. Every single download got a standalone installer, and if you do not organize them, they tend to get lost on your drive. And who haven't searched through your email account to find that key for the plane or scenery you remember you bought a while ago? And that add-on tool, what was it again? Did I buy it? I would very much like to get some ideas on how you are organizing your content. What kind of structure are you using? Do you use programs or do you use maps? Are you using gmail as the organizer? Let us hear how you are doing it. Myself, and I guess many others would really like to get some advice and tips on the topic! Everything on the desktop is an option, but not very recommended.
  6. 6 points
    Did you know? All our latest and upcoming sceneries are compatible with the SimObjectDisplayEngine (SODE). Dock up to 3 jetways to your favorite aircraft! Download the FSDG update here: http://fsdg-online.com/home/54-fsdg-sode-link.html For any questions and more information, click on that source link to be directed to the devs Facebook page. LINK TO SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/flightsimdevelopmentgroup/photos/a.1421996194708530.1073741832.1397041187204031/1934735913434553/?type=3
  7. 6 points
    INTRODUCTION: FreeMeshX is a global terrain mesh replacement for the stock terrain mesh and features LOD10 (38-m) coverage for almost the entire world. LOD10 is equal to the same terrain level of detail used for the USA in the stock scenery. The rest of the world varies from LOD6 to LOD9. FreeMeshX was created to bring the rest of the world up to the LOD10 standard as much as possible, although some regions of the world in the higher latitudes are still limited to LOD9 (76-m). Compiling the source data into LOD11 yields neglibible improvements and is mostly a waste of precious hard drive space. FreeMeshX features LOD10 (38-m resolution) coverage for: North America (LOD10 Canada is released in this mesh - default USA is already LOD10, so USA is not included for the base release. A separate LOD12 USA mesh is available for beta testing) Europe Asia Africa Australia and Oceania A few regions are limited to LOD9 (76-m resolution): Antarctica Greenland Russian territories north of 60 N latitude FreeMeshX was compiled using over 400 GB of raw terrain data. The final size of the product is 46 GB, making it one of the largest freeware projects ever for FS. It wouldn't be in everyone's best interests to download all 46 GB at once, so we are releasing the product the product into continental regions for a total of 7 regions total. Each continent contains a number of 10 deg x 10 deg titles, mosaiced from 1 deg x 1 deg tiles into a 2.5 GB file, and then compressed into a BGL file. Defragmentation is highly recommended for mechanical hard drives to ensure smooth and quick loading. Largest improvements are found in regions that contained mainly the default LOD6 and LOD7 meshes. These included remote regions of Africa, South America, Antarctica, and Asia. Europe and Canada sees some improvement, but it's LOD9 mesh is just a one level upgrade to LOD10. Subtle improvements for these previously LOD9 regions will be found mainly in the accuracy of the mesh and level of detail in mountain ranges. DOWNLOADER: http://www.mediafire.com/file/wf4m97ck0v15w2n/fmx_global_2.0_downloader.zip Unzip the above file, and follow the instructions (below or in the README) to begin downloading. NEW INSTALLATION METHOD: FreeMeshX Global 2.0 is an update to introduce the new installation and download method that should alleviate the difficulty of installing FreeMeshX for some users. Included is a command-line based download system that uses the free and open-source wget tool to retrieve each installer and its associated parts. The entire download process is contained with a batch file that will commence automatically by simply double-clicking on it. Note, do not run the installer as administrator -- the downloader will fail. The download process is fully resumable, so those with slower download bandwidth can stop the download, and resume it at a later point. The installer will automatically detect where it left off and resume. The installers for each region are comprised by an .exe file and several .bin files if necessary. All of these files for each region must be downloaded completely into one folder before the installer .exe can be run. A downloader batch file is included for each region, and an all-in-one batch file is included for those who want to download the entire set in one go. A raw list of download links is also available who prefer to download the files through their own methods. Interior view of the extracted download folder: Example of the download tool working: A list of MD5SUMs is also included for those who want to directly verify the integrity of any or all files. A map is also included to illustrate how the world is divided up into regions. FreeMeshX Global 2.0 is cumulative. It includes all patches to each region, and an updated "FreeMeshX - Patches" folder where miscellaneous fixes belong. There is no need to download the old 7-ZIP parts from 1.0 - 1.07. They are fully incorporated into version 2.0. INSTALLATION: These installers will install each FreeMeshX Global region into a directory of your choosing. We highly recommend installing FreeMeshX Global OUTSIDE of your C:\Program Files directory. PLEASE REMEMBER TO ADD THIS FOLDER TO YOUR SIMULATOR'S SCENERY LIBRARY. This installer will not automatically add a Scenery Library entry (we don't want to accidentally corrupt your scenery.cfg). There are many tutorials online on how to add a Scenery Library entry for your simulator. We try to modify your system as little as possible. Therefore, no registries and no uninstaller are created. To uninstall FreeMeshX Global, simply delete the installed folder. We designed the installer this way so that you will have the full flexibility to do with FreeMeshX as you please e.g. such as moving it to another drive. ADDITIONAL NOTES: FreeMeshX does not update any vectors in the simulator. Vectors control the elevations of water bodies such as lakes, ponds, and rivers, and the elevations of airports. The mesh cannot alter these. Using FreeMeshX without a 3rd-party package to update the vectors within the simulator will result in the topography of the updated terrain to lie at different elevations while the vectors still remain at their inaccurate elevations. This mismatch will lead to artifcacts such as raised or sunken airports and waterbodies that will break immersion. Therefore, it is HIGHLY CRITICAL that the simulator's vectors are updated as well, such as through FTX Vectors or UTX, or the topography system of the simulator will be INCOMPLETE. We officially recommend the use of FTX Vectors because all of our testing incorporates it, and it uses elevations derived from the SRTM dataset, the same dataset we use for FreeMeshX Global. To conclude, it does not make any sense to use a global mesh without using any updated vectors. Likewise it does not make sense to use updated vectors without using an updated mesh. FreeMeshX is officially supported for FSX, FSX:SE, and all versions of P3D (including 64-bit P3D). FreeMeshX should be placed above the default terrain entries in the Scenery Library, and below any airports or FTX Regions or landclasses. Updated torrents should be released in the upcoming week (as of 07/29/2017). FreeMeshX USA: FreeMeshX USA entered open beta. See our announcement for details. CHANGELOG ADDITIONS: 07/29/2017 2.0 - Incorporated new installers and an automatic downloader to easily fetch installers over HTTP - New installers are up to date with all previous patches (1.01 - 1.07) - High-resolution 50 GB USA mesh now available through sign-up beta process Hypothetical scenery library order: 1 FreeMeshX - Patches 2 FreeMeshX - Africa 3 FreeMeshX - Antarctica 4 FreeMeshX - Asia 5 FreeMeshX - Australia and oceania 6 FreeMeshX - Europe 7 FreeMeshX - North America 8 FreeMeshX - South and Central America Of course, your real load order will be different, but you must keep FreeMeshX - Patches always above the FreeMeshX regions. -- Nine-Two Productions More screenshots....
  8. 6 points
    Biarzed

    Make thunderstorms great again!

    Following the release of P3D v4 and the new Dynamic Lighting, I explored various areas of the sim that uses the new feature. One of the things that were not updated from all other versions of the ESP sim is the way aircraft are lit when there are thunderstorm around. With the new Dynamic Lighting, the old effect looks atrociously awful. Ath the end of this thread, you can download a replacement effect for that. Here's a quick comparison video of the difference between default and the replacement: DOWNLOAD the effect: Backup the fx_plane_lightning.fx file in P3Dv4/Effects Extract the effect attached to this thread in that same folder Launch the sim and enjoy! Have fun with the new effect, it looks much better! BONUS: - Tune your rain to LOOK much much better with a few lines of code here: - Tune your rain to SOUND much much better with this mod:
  9. 5 points
    Guys, PTA v2.60 is released for P3D v4.1, access is through Simtweaks site and account. LINK TO SOURCE: https://simtweaks.com/
  10. 5 points
    Hi All, the biggest change in this version is X-Plane support for almost all Little Navmap features: Scenery Database, moving map, traffic, weather and more. The update is also recommended for FSX/Prepar3D users because of several bugfixes and other small improvements like the new configurable update notification which will show a dialog if a new release is available. Announcement on my page with all links. Screenshots Online Manual Direct download link Windows Direct download link macOS Direct download link Linux Changes from Release 1.4.4 to 1.6.3 The scenery database format has changed and the program will ask to erase its own databases if started. Enhancements X-Plane 11 Can read full X-Plane scenery database: Airports, aprons, taxiways, navaids, airways, procedures (including speed limits). Also add-on overrides and path exclusions in the options dialog. Supports navdata updates. Display of AI aircraft on map and in information window. Weather from X-Plane downloaded weather file `METAR.rwx` (station or nearest station). Copy airspaces from FSX or P3D to X-Plane database. FMS and FLP flight plan file loading and saving. Moving map. Needs the _Little XpConnect_ X-Plane plugin which is included in the download archive. Altitude and one-way restrictions for airways are considered when calculating flight plans. Supported platforms are Windows, macOS and Linux for all programs. General Automatic update check on startup (daily, weekly or manual) with settings in options dialog on tab `Startup`. Added push buttons in flight plan and procedure search top area to remove selection and map highlights. Rhumb line measurement now shows both magnetic and true course where declination is based on origin. Can now load and save FMS and FLP flight plan formats. Can load FS9 flight plan format. Route string generation is now more robust for malformed and incomplete flight plans. Now erasing wrong airway entries at departure and destination when loading flight plan to avoid problems with malformed flight plans from other tools. Shows startup positions in the information window now. Added donation link to help menu and about dialog. Bug Fixes and Improvements Improved weather display for nearest station: Added name, distance and map link to reporting station if that is an airport. FSX and P3D: Fixed several problems with magnetic declination by using `magdec.bgl` file now. Fixed issues when loading P3D v4 add-on.xml. Fixed crash when loading older FSX/P3D scenery. Fixed handling and display of helipads. Now using name as an identifier. Improved detection of military and closed airports. Database loading dialog now pops up after erasing incompatible databases. Fixed missing encoding in saved FSX PLN files causing problems with other tools. See the include file `CHANGELOG.txt` for a detailed list of all changes across all versions. Alex
  11. 5 points
    smurf_john

    QW787 Released for FSX!

    69.95 USD / 57.34 GBP available now, Note!! This is for FSX Only!!! This was showcased on the skylounge stream this morning...x2 LINK TO SOURCE:
  12. 5 points
    New short video of the QW 787.
  13. 5 points
    Few of the community members recently noticed QWings website with new screenshots of the 787 product. These new pictures also seem to include P3Dv4 dynamic lighting. See for yourself. Will we have it in our hands by the end of Summer 2017? More via the source link below. Be sure to check out both the exterior and the fantastic new interior shots! LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.qualitywingssim.com/787.html
  14. 5 points
    Kimo_nl

    ObjectFlow 2 Open Beta

    ORbx posted this on their forums: During the open beta, ObjectFlow 2 will be distributed via Fastlane. Fastlane allows you to opt-in to receive potentially unstable updates before they are released to everyone. Once you have opted-in to Fastlane, you will receive a beta update to FTX Central that includes ObjectFlow 2. This update will also allow you to view your airports in FTX Central for Prepar3D v4. Things to note: ObjectFlow 2 is an open BETA. This means it may cause instabilities in your simulator (crashes, display anomalies, etc). You do not need to download any additional programs to access Fastlane. Just opt-in from the Fastlane page on the website. Any open beta updates will be delivered via FTX Central v3. FTX Central updates will be more frequent, so you'll get new features faster. However, you may also experience more bugs. ObjectFlow 2 is only used in Prepar3D v4. FSX, FSX-SE and P3Dv1-3 will continue to use ObjectFlow 1. If you find an issue with ObjectFlow 2, please post it in the ObjectFlow 2 Open Beta forum. Additionally, please use this issue template as it will help speed up the troubleshooting process. How to opt-in to Fastlane and receive the open beta: Log in to your OrbxDirect account. Go to the Fastlane page: https://orbxdirect.com/account/fastlane Click "opt-in to Fastlane" Start FTX Central. You will be prompted to update to FTX Central version 3.2.2. You should now see all of your airports for Prepar3D v4 in FTX Central. When starting the simulator, click "yes" when it asks if you want to run ObjectFlow 2. How to opt-out of Fastlane and restore to the latest stable version: Log in to your OrbxDirect account. Go to the Fastlane page: https://orbxdirect.com/account/fastlane Click "opt-out of Fastlane" Delete the %localappdata%\Orbx\FTXCentral directory. Re-install FTX Central from https://orbxdirect.com/ftxcentral You are now running the latest stable version of FTX Central. LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/139402-objectflow-2-open-beta/
  15. 5 points
    Luckily for us the fantastic RealAir Lancair Legacy and Turbine Duke V2 works out of the box in P3D V4! We're now going to look at a three options when installing the planes into V4. Installing options 1. Use the installer and install directly into the P3D V4 folder. Except for a couple of warnings the first time you install a RealAir plane, this works just fine. But, in V4 all add-ons are expected to be installed outside the main P3D folder. So the next option will install these planes as an Add-on, where the plane is installed somewhere else on your disk. 2. Installing as an add-on using the command line If you want to keep things tidy, install the plane into a folder of your choosing, but not the P3D V4 folder. Then you will need to create an add-on.xml file in the root folder where you installed the plane. I'm using the Duke as an example below. Add the following to the add-on.xml you just created; <SimBase.Document Type="AddOnXml" version="4,0" id="add-on"> <AddOn.Name>RealAir Turbine Duke</AddOn.Name> <AddOn.Description>RealAir Turbine Duke</AddOn.Description> <AddOn.Component> <Category>SimObjects</Category> <Path>SimObjects\Airplanes</Path> </AddOn.Component> <AddOn.Component> <Category>Effects</Category> <Path>Effects</Path> <Type>GLOBAL</Type> </AddOn.Component> </SimBase.Document> Save the file. Make sure the file is located in the root folder where you installed the plane; The next step is to make P3D V4 aware of the plane you just installed. You will be doing this by using the preferred method mentioned in the SDK, by using the command line; s:\Prepar3Dv4\Prepar3D.exe "-Configure: Category=Add-on Package, Operation=Add, Title=RealAir Turbine Duke, Path=s:\planes\Turbine Duke V2 P3D3" In the line above, replace the location of Prepar3D.exe and the path to the install folder of the plane. Optional create a add.bat file in the same location as the add-on.xml where you add the line above. After the command line has executed, the plane is available to use in the simulator. Note: The command line added an entry in c:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\add-ons.cfg 3. Adding an add-on.xml to <user>\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Add-ons Thanks to FlyBye for pointing out an even simpler way to do this. Create a new folder under your 'C:\Users\yourusername\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Add-ons\ and call it RealAir Turbine Duke; Then you will need to create an add-on.xml file in the RealAir Turbine Duke folder you just created; <SimBase.Document Type="AddOnXml" version="4,0" id="add-on"> <AddOn.Name>RealAir Turbine Duke</AddOn.Name> <AddOn.Description>RealAir Turbine Duke</AddOn.Description> <AddOn.Component> <Category>SimObjects</Category> <Path>s:\Planes\Turbine Duke V2 P3D3\SimObjects\Airplanes</Path> </AddOn.Component> <AddOn.Component> <Category>Effects</Category> <Path>s:\Planes\Turbine Duke V2 P3D3\Effects</Path> <Type>GLOBAL</Type> </AddOn.Component> </SimBase.Document> Make sure the two path elements points to the location where you have installed the plane. Start Prepar3D You will get a question if you want to enable the plane when the sim is starting up. Click Yes. Back in P3D V4, when you have loaded a flight, select Options->Add-ons in the menu. You will then see the following dialog; There you got it! All nice and tidy. And no cluttering of the P3D V4 folder! If using option 3, the Directory will show you the add-on folder in your Documents folder. Good luck.
  16. 5 points
    Hi All, I just released the final: The announcement with a small changelog and all links is here. Direct download for Windows and Screenshots. Prepar3D v4 is supported and you can also run v3 and v4 parallel with separate databases without changing paths. Alex
  17. 4 points
    FSFX Packages release Immersion pack for Quality Wings 787 LINK TO SOURCE: https://fsfxpackages.com/en/787Immersion/
  18. 4 points
    tarpoon

    Intel i7-8700K review

    This is the CPU for the next build... A new review of a Core i7 8700K has leaked onto the web, in Asia it is EXPreview who posted some benchmarks of the 8700K versus the 7700K and 7800X. LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/intel-i7-8700k-cpu-review-leaks-onto-the-web.html
  19. 4 points
    Hello Tarpoon , nice topic! Since P3D V4 came out, i have a folder where i put every file that is specific for this version, divided in Airports and Aircraft. Also have a text file where i keep all the serial keys stored. On the email i have a folder created for all Flight Simming emails, be it product updates, releases, etc! It's by no means perfect and i consider it my own little organised "chaos" , i know where to look if i need to find something. And i always keep a backup external disk in place and updated.
  20. 4 points
    Welcome to our new Facebook page! Here you will find all news for our new product, FlythemaddogX, which is undergoing development for FSX, P3Dv3 and P3Dv4. Showing P3Dv4 reflections LINK TO SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/LeonardoSoftHouse/posts/180372262506769 http://www.flythemaddog.com/
  21. 4 points
    tarpoon

    Navigraph Charts Released

    The new version with Jeppesen charts is out of beta. LINK TO SOURCE: https://navigraph.com/ViewNews.aspx?newsId=118
  22. 4 points
    As promised, Turbulent Designs released Terra Flora right on time! My own quick screengrabs; ENEV, Norway ENNK, Norway. Orbx Airport Turbulent Designs 203 Angwin, CA LINK TO SOURCE: https://www.turbulentdesigns.co.uk/product-category/products/
  23. 4 points
    SXAirportDesign Nashville & Antonio Rivera Updated. Vidan Design Samsø Updated. JustSim Jerez Released.
  24. 4 points
    alphafoxsierra

    FSW trueSKY Update

    Today, we (Dovetail Games) released an update which implemented trueSKY into Flight Sim World. I'll just let the videos speak for themselves LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/302636/Advanced_Weather_System_Coming_to_Dovetail_Games_Flight_SimWorld.php Comparison Video: Gameplay Trailer:
  25. 4 points
    Noodle

    Piracy and You

    All, I'm going to be blunt here...piracy is NOT tolerated here within the Lounge. Discussions, information passed...etc! It was brought to our attention earlier that a member of the Lounge detailed and informed one of our most trusted and senior Loungers (from the beginning) that he infact pirates and was offering details on how he could go to a website and get whatever you wanted. Now we do not care how you get your applications and if you get it illegally then its on you and your conscious, but we work with developers who have been GRACIOUS to provide us software to test and give to you as giveaways! We do not pirate out software to give to you, all of our giveaways are LEGAL and you if you become a winner you deal DIRECT with the developer on obtaining your winning copy. And to prove point, the current 24 winners of the A2A giveaway can easily indicate that they infact were contacted by an A2A representative and did receive the aircraft of choice. Because of this this person is hereby permanently banned from the website, Discord and this also goes for anyone else. If you discuss it within the confines of our website and our Discord channels and it is brought to our attention and verified your gone....period! End of Line
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