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ActiveSky2004 is nearing release!

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Hi all,We have put together our beta team and we are preparing our first beta run at this time. We are expecting to release AS2004 on or around December 15, 2003.For our preliminary product info page including features, screenshots and pricing plans, go to http://www.hifisim.com/activesky2004.htm.Here are a few screenshots!http://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss1.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss2.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss3.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss4.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss5.jpgEnjoy!-Damian

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Damian,Looking forward to get ActiveSky2! Just a question. I read the price information you posted in the ActiveSky

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Hi Edmundo,You'll want to leave your wxRE installation alone until after you install the new AS2 upgrade version. Then you can uninstall anything wxRE related. Hope that helps!-Damian

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Guest Glaudrung

This looks great and I sure am in the line, waiting to buy this one.One question though.Right now, I am running the version 1.91 on a networked pc.Can I do the same with version 2...?and please, don't tell me that I can't....Luc 'Glaudrung' BrusselmansBelgium

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Hi Luc,Yes you can run AS2 via WideFS...However, the radar module is a .dll that will normally be run on the FS computer... It does not require much overhead (most of the work is done inside AS2 standalone .exe). You COULD (I think!) also run the radar module via wideview if you want the radar on a different display. I'll have some beta testers try that scenario...-Damian

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Guest Glaudrung

No..... you didn't make my day here... you made my whole weekend (and some in the fututer too I guess)The previous version was great value so I am convinced you did (again) a great job on version 2.0Really looking forward to get my hands on it.Luc 'Glaudrung' BrusselmansBelgium

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Thanks Luc I'm sure you'll be very pleased!Here are some more screenshots!http://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss6.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss7.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2shots/ss8.jpg[table border=0" cellspacing="30" cellpadding="0][tr][td align = "left"]Damian ClarkHiFi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSkyThe next-generation weather environment simulation for FS2002!http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky[/td][td]http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg][/td][/tr][/table://http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/ima...[/tr][/table

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Guest Steve_Park

Great news!But, I take it that if I have not received an e-mail from you, I am not on the beta team.....oh well, would have liked to help, but maybe next time...can't wait for this, it sound's great.Steve ParkKSDF

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Hi guys,I was currently using Active Sky 1.91 for my real weather but have stopped using it because of the pop up clouds that I could not seem to get rid of. The clouds just appearing and disappearing out of nowhere.I mostly fly in Western Canada.I have read some of the suggestions on what to check or uncheck, and flew a bit more, but just got exhausted trying to correct this issue for me.My alternative was to use FS2004 Real weather, which if you deleted the temp folder and cleared the weather before you downloaded real weather,everything seemed OK. The weather for me was not that far off because I use a real weather sight to check current weather and cloud cover along my route. Another thing I like about FS2004's weather was the clouds stay put and no appearing and disappearing out of nowhere. Although no overcast.Do not get me wrong here, I am as exited as the next guy to purchase Active Sky 2 and I no I will be purchasing this product because it will be more acurate than FS2004'S weather and it has a lot of great features I am looking forward to, But I am scared I will have to deal with these issues all over again.Damian, can you give me some feedback on this, or get the beta testers to see if they can see the cloud pop up issue along their flights.Again I am really looking forward to your product and I do appreciate all the hard work you have done.Regards,Vincent

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Vincent,You know this is a big issue with many users and I am sure we will know if it is resolved as soon as we begin. Watch the forum here for updates, as I know you will!Hope this helps,JimActiveSky Support

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Hello,I bought ActiveSky 1.9. at end of August as it was advertised to work with FS2004, but I couldn't ever use it due to the rapid weather/wind changes. I complained about this, but your support asked me to wait for the upgrade, what I did.As much as I appreciate your little upgrade price reduction, this now adds up to more than 40$ in a short time. Is there maybe any solution planned for those that bought 1.9 after FS2004 was released ?Mike

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What does AS2 offer over FS9 real weather, or FSMeteo? One thing I would pay for is a solution to the defective way FS handles visibility layers in mountainous areas. Unless AS2 offers better perf than FS9 weather, or more interesting weather at the same perf hit as FS9 weather I can't see paying. I DID enjoy ActiveSky in FS2002, but when I look at the screen shots I see scenes I'm seeing with default weather, so what's the real diff?Noel

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Hi Noel..That question comes up all the time..Read the list of features and think of how they can help make your weather more realistic. Check out the main FS forum, I just posted a lengthy response there (heck, check all the forums, I answer this one very often!).If you are wondering why the cloud visuals are no different, that is because this is FS, using the FS weather system. There are no new "cloud textures" here, just a VERY different way of depicting them. If after reading the list of features, you don't see how it can help you, then you probably ARE better off not getting it. This is aimed at realism enthusiasts. If you are only looking for pretty graphics, DO NOT GET AS2 (well, the radar is sort of pretty). If you want more realism with tons of options and enhanced weather control, then you won't be disappointed.Damian ClarkHiFi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSkyhttp://www.hifisim.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2betateam.jpg

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Hi Vincent...Well, I've been test flying all day (all month really!). Not one cloud "pop up" issue. The new design simply prevents this type of problem, which is attributed to global weather and FS2002 routines.Damian ClarkHiFi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSkyhttp://www.hifisim.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2betateam.jpg

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Hi Mike,I think there was a communication problem here. AS 1.9 works fine with FS2004, just like any other weather add-on or default FS real weather that was designed for FS2002. AS2 is a new can of worms, made for FS2004, getting rid of many of the FS2004 problems that not even MS could solve... We did that by making the program EXCUSIVELY for it. All processes are designed to get the best out of FS2004.I can't comment on your purchasing timing other than to say that sorry FS2004 has wx transition issues! We had to build a NEW product to "get around" them. There is no way to make wxRE do the same thing.Damian ClarkHiFi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSkyhttp://www.hifisim.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2betateam.jpg

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Damian, thanks for the reply. Can you comment on performance impact? In general, it seems FSMeteo is a little easier on frames than default FS Weather. How do you feel AS2 stacks up in this regard?Cheers,Noel

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Hi Noel,The weather add-on is not what affects flight frame-rate performance - only the weather in which it creates. I have noticed no difference in frame rates compared to FS default weather. However, AS2 can help by limiting cloud layers to a specified #. This is the single biggest factor in cloud performance (that and your hardware + FS display settings). Hope that helps!Damian ClarkHiFi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSkyhttp://www.hifisim.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2betateam.jpg

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Guest VCSIGDA

Thanks Damian,I am glad to here you are having great success with the cloud pop up issue. I am more than exited to get my hands on Active Sky 2.Cant wait.Regards,Vincent

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Damian,>> I can't comment on your purchasing timing other than to say that sorry FS2004 has wx transition issues!Hmmmm, I think that might have been based on some misunderstanding then. The support Email I got was asking me to wait for the upgrade, while normally I would have asked for a refund for 1.9 wxre then (seeing I could do not much with it regarding airliner flying due to that sudden weather changes). As I said, my purchase was end of August and intended only for FS2004.So I thought avoid refund is good for developer (since maybe costly due to reverse credit card process ?) and patiently wait for upgrade.The end result is good for you (you get US$ 42), but not for me and that I consider a bit unlucky for me then. But so be it :(Mike

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Mike,Are you able to do airline flying with the default MS weather, or with any other weather add-on? In otherwords, is there something specifically wrong with ASwxRE, other than that is wasn't designed to enhance FS2004? If so, let me know more details, I can work on a bug fix!-Damian

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>> is there something specifically wrong with ASwxRE, other than that is wasn't designed to enhance FS2004Than why have you sold it under the label of FS2004 ? If what you said is true, then were can I find that following feature in 1.9 wxre for FS2004 (so advertised at simmarket.com ) :>> FS VERSION : FS2002 FS2004 >> New SMOOTH cloud, visibility, pressure and wind transitionsThat's what you advertise under the label FS 2002 AND 2004 !! That feature simply doesn't work with wxre 1.9. in FS2004 and your support had confirmed that !! How shall I know as non "behind the scene" weather expert, but only regular user, you didn't mean it like that ?As I said, not asking for a refund, but patiently wait I thought was developer friendly, but your reaction doesn't sound like that. >> If so, let me know more details, I can work on a bug fix!You want me to tell you details for a bug fix leading to what was advertised at simmarket ? I mean, can be my German english, but in what movie am I now ?Given how this has turned out now, may I ask for a refund for my 1.9 wxre now ?Mike

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Mike,I don't know who told you that any feature advertised didn't work, but that is certainly not the case. Smooth cloud transitions are facilitated by octa smoothing which is fully outlined in the manual. FS2004 has problems, yes, but it is not related to wxRE! Note also the second half of the feature description which you have cut off: "FSUIPC handles wind, vis and baro smoothing". With Global wx mode, is this not working for you? wxRE works great for many FS2004 users despite the FS2004 weather issues. There are certainly important features here that I am sorry you don't appreciate.E-mail me for further discussion of this please.. damianc@hifisim.com-Damian

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Do I need a registered version of FSUIPC to make all features work ?

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