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Damian Clark

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A new website for ActiveSky wxRE is now up and running. For further details about the latest release (due in December), go to:http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/sure looks like this version is going to be a winner.see you in the clouds!David

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Hello, Sadly he gone like all others= payware, and I have FsMeteo, I will not buy this one.Eric

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I'd be willing to bet that there's still room for improvement in the area of weather, and that there's room for at least one more weather generation option. After all, how many flight planners are there? I'm anxious to see what Damian has up his sleeve... the advance publicity makes it sound pretty awesome.

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yes Eric, Damian has gone 'payware', but I guess with the costs associated with developing good addon products, the developer has the right to recoup those costs in some form or manner.I don't recall Damian ever stating, or reading that his product will 'forever' remain freeware, and I have been using ActiveSky since its first release.I also have FSMeteo, but will definately be purchasing Damians latest release (when released in December).I hear the same argument all the time........he's gone payware.....I already have this or that. But, at the same time, Simmers will run off and purchase YET another aircraft, bearing in mind that they already have more than one purchased aircraft in the hanger..........sort of defeats the argument a bit, lol.Anyway, each to his, its all a matter of personal choice.........to purchase or not.see you in the clouds.David

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Thanks for the link David! I use ActiveSky now and think it's a great addition. After looking at the new web page and reading all the new proposals for the up and coming version of ActiveSky (new name: ActiveSky wxRE), I too think it will be a winner and a most welcome add-on to my flight simming arsenal. A few bucks for a great product is okay by me.

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I hope you'll go public when you'll switch to Active Sky in a few weeks.

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I agree, this freeware has been immense fun, and 14.95 seems a fair price to pay for the smooth transitions and wake turbulance modelling.B

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Also guys, don't forget that ActiveSky 1.5 is still out there and available for free. From what I can tell, Damien will keep ActiveSky 2002 available for free download. I've been using it and love it. I also think $14.95 is an incredibly reasonable price for the features in the WXre version. Some of these like wake turbulence will add new elements of realism to our hobby that have never been modelled before. Also, the $14.95 includes upgrades and given Damien's history of rapid and substantial upgrades I doubt that very many people will feel like they didn't get their money's worth. Happy flying,Philip

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You are welcome Brent, I didn't know about the website until I was made aware of it, thus my reason for posting here.It gives others the opportunity to have a look and make up thier own minds as to whether they think the product is suitable for them.I too think the price is more than reasonable, I sort of expected that it may have been even a little higher, so my surprise was instantly turned to delight.I suppose by keeping the price at a level where it is attractive, it will also allow those on limited incomes to maybe make a purchase, after all, not all flightsimmers are adults working and earning a living, there are a lot of the younger generation that participate in this great environment and who also like to purchase addons for thier beloved FS. Same goes for the non-working adults and those who are on limited incomes, it provides a reasonable avenue for them to make a purchase, should their funds permit it.Also, Damians current freeware version will still be available for those who wish to use ActiveSky with out having to make a purchase, albeit they wont have all the added extras that ActiveSky wxRe has to offer.I can't wait for its release.........its going to be AWESOME!!!see you in the clouds!David

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I presently use FSMeteo, but I tried ActiveSky 1.5 and frankly I didn't like it as well as FSMeteo. I live near my hometown airport and fired up FS2k2 to check out the weather using both programs. The weather when using FSMeteo was very accurate, but when I used ActiveSky 1.5, the weather was not at all accurate. When I looked out my window, visibility was about 1 mile with light drizzle. FSMeteo showed this exactly. ActiveSky 1.5 showed an almost clear sky with no precipitation at all! I tried the same thing for a few days to give ActiveSky a fair chance in different weather situations, but the results were always the same. I removed ActiveSky from my computer and unless there has been a dramatic improvement in the way it reports the weather, you won't see me forking out $14.95 for it. I didn't like it when it was free!Ray

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Project ActiveSky looks fantastic! I have downloaded used and enjoyed each release of the freeware version and can't wait for the release of the payware version! Just look at the features!! These are the things that most everyone has been crying for since the release of Flightsim itself...Wake Turbulence!Smooth Weather Transitions!Intelligent Turbulence and Icing!In-Flight Weather Updates!etc... etc... etc...Those are just a few of the features I read off the ActiveSky wxRE website, there's plenty more! The smooth weather transition feature is worth the asking price alone!!!Just my 2 cents, but for what it's worth I think wxRE is going to revolutionize the flightsim weather "experience".C172_FlyerCYQG

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FSMeteo does have access to better weather servers for whatever reason, especially worldwide winds aloft (FD) weather reports. Active Sky only simulates FD data outside of the continental US. Simulated data does not allow for accurate real world flight planning, thus FSMeteo will be hard to beat in the foreseeable future.

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I should have known. All the bit of freeware upto version 1.5, our suggestions and feedback is only to make a payware in the end. We all have been let down! I will not buy. There is a limit to simulation, and we should not get carried away. We should not get lost in the virtual world. Shri

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Fair enough Shri, don't buy it. ActiveSky 1.5 will continue to be available in the avsim libraries, and is a great weather program as it is. The new commercial product has a bunch of new features that will make it an outstanding addon. I'm particularly looking forward to the cloud transistions.

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FSMeteo is $29. I live in Canada... that converts to $46 out of my wallet for a weather program with only *some* of the features that ActiveSky wxRE is offering at half the price.I'll survive with simulated winds aloft outside the U.S. to get all the other features I already mentioned in an earlier post.Also, I think there is plenty of room for two weather add-ons to survive together. There's lots of commercial aircraft add-ons out there and I'm sure more than one of the same aircraft type.Until now FSMeteo has been the only game in town. Now ActiveSky has joined the ranks. Look at the features and price of both products and make your own decision. My money will go to ActiveSky.C172_FlyerCYQG

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I agree. I wholly support anyone who wishes to charge for their work. I'm not sure why there are people who think that a person who has devoted many hours of their own time to develop a product has to offer that product for free. I've seen this same type of complaint in the racing simulator arena and I've never understood it. I kinda figure that if someone has taken the time to create something nice, they certainly are entitled to charge as much or as little as they care to for it. If someone doesn't want to buy it, that's fine. But don't hassle the guy who has created it just because you want something for nothing. BTW, this is not directed to anyone in particular, but I know there have been many complaints here and elsewhere by people who think they are owed free stuff.

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i'm right there with you on that C172! i'm not much of an FSMeteo fan. consider some of the other "things" in life we spend $15 on and this isn't so bad.chris

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Ray,What is your home airport? Perhaps there is a problem with the METAR processing there or something I can do to fix this.Many users report the opposite, that the weather is MORE accurate with ActiveSky than anything else out there.There must be some kind of problem/bug and I would love to address it.Also, wxRE has TAF processing which by nature will solve problems with out of date METARs, which also may be why you experienced the problem.Damian ClarkDeveloper of ActiveSkyThe next-generation weather environment simulation for FS2002!http://hifi.avsim.net/activeskyhttp://hifi.avsim.net/activesky//images/wxre-banner.jpg

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I'll bet you worked hard on those suggestions and feedbacks. And now, sheesh, they've been STOLEN....those valuable suggestions and feedback.What's this world coming to.B

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You may be right. Each will have its + and - , as always. How many of us have more than one sim (OK, it's getting a little rescticted right now..., or more than one add-on in the same category. On the whole, I think it's good and healthy that people turn their gaze more intently upwards in the sim world. One day, perhaps soon, perhaps in small part thanks to contributions like ActiveSky, we'll be able to post screenies that will look like Cpt. Sidoli's shots!

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