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AS2004.5 Beta Update Now Available - B163

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Hello All!Thank you very much for your patience and support!The new beta update is now available. Remember, this is a BETA version and is not official. Use this at your own risk and always backup your original AS2004 installation package in case you need to revert back.Thanks to the internal Beta Team for their help getting the update ready for the public!! Thanks to Jim Skorna for all his help! Thanks to Pete Dowson for his assistance in optimizing our interface... And thanks to all our users for your great support and feedback!Download B163 at: http://www.hifisim.com/AS20045-b163.zipYou must have any version of AS2004 / AS2004.5 installed prior to applying this BETA update. This version is designed to use FSUIPC 3.411 / WideFS 6.4 or the soon-to-be-released updated FSUIPC/WideFS versions which we have been testing successfully for quite some time now. Please always use the latest available official FSUIPC/WideFS versions at http://www.schiratti.com/dowson.html.Revisions:------Update 2004.5 Beta Version (Build 163)

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Guest Flyer_116

Hello:Downloaded the new up date and experienced the following porblem.Flew from CYYC CYWG in a PMDG 737 900 with 2D panel. Everything looked ok till I commenced decent into Winnipeg and the panel began flickering on and off and all weather vanished. It was reporting 1 mile in light snow and I could see for miles.This is the first time this has occured since my intiial purchase of AS and I used the other versions in this AC before.Any ideas? BTW was using FSUIPC 4.11.Regards,Ron

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Guest Fjorko

I got "error during decompression" twice tonight after the upgrade.My DSL connection is very reliable....Must say those cloud pops seems to have been fixed (so far) !!

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And just when i got excited this is what i foundI am really frustrated now ! On descent i still get the visibility change from all grey to white'ish to grey etc etc....it's just not a smooth transition....(not shown in picture below - that is a thick cloud above some other clouds)See the Metar below and what is drawn on screen.... does that make sense ? Or else i must be doing something really wrong here !!!My "ini" file settings to follow as well...http://img57.exs.cx/img57/3614/pic1medium8qv.jpgSettings://AS2004.5 configuration file B163[General]WindowPosX = 105WindowPosY = 105DefaultWeatherFolder = C:Program FilesMicrosoft GamesFlight Simulator 9ModulesActiveSky2004SuppressionCeiling = 4000SurfaceWindLimit = 10CloudLayerLimit = 4LocalSuppressionRange = 100MinimumVisibility = 0MaximumVisibility = 59LastPlanFolder = NONEIncreasedWake = FalseDisableWindsAloft = FalseForceTstormsWithCB = FalseAutoConvertPlanFiles = TrueDisableVisGraduation = FalseForceDestinationWeatherZone = TruePreventIcing = TrueOnlineUpdates = TrueExtendedDestinationWindsForce = FalseGlobalWrites = TrueDepictFS9HazeLayer = FalseExtendTstormLayers = FalseDisableDirectWindControl = FalseVoicePlayback = FalseLocalSuppression = TrueStartupSound = FalseDisableGroundUpdates = FalseUseProxyServer = FalseFogLayerGeneration = TrueUpdateSuppression = TrueOvercastEnhancement = TrueIgnoreFSReadyStatus = FalseFSUIPCWindSmoothing = TrueLimitSurfaceWinds = FalseLimitCloudLayers = TrueAutoGlobalWriteToggle = TrueRainWithTS = TrueDisableUpperLayerGeneration = FalseVisibilitySmoothing = TrueDisableMessages = FalseAutoTimeZoneDetection = TrueUpdateInterval = 5VATSIMData = FalseZuluConversion = 0AloftPredictability = 100WindDriftRate = 0TAFProcessing = TrueEnforceVisibilityLimits = TrueWakeTurb = TrueStartPaused = TrueUseSystemTime = TrueDisableCAVOKClouds = FalseProxyAddress = NONE

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Hi,Technically TAF can be used in online mode too when a wx station is reporting old data for whatever reason - it will then go dynamic and provide changing wx according to forecast, and will reset if/when a particular station finally updates.In either case it hasn't gone DYNAMIC for the station in question so should not have much influence... but there is a chance for different results depending on other nearby stations. If turning off TAF processing stops such effect please let us know.I can't really tell what is happening with that screenshot without the main AS2004.5 screen. How close was FAGG during this shot? What was the wx like in nearby areas?Concerning panel flickering: Double check your render to texture setting, this needs to be off..

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Guest jubjub

The problem with turning render to texture off it that many people who use AI and addon scenery have dxt3 textures in the sim. When turning render to texture off it will crash when it comes in contact with any dxt3 textures.

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Hi,FSUIPC requires render to texture off as documented. Not sure why anyone would release an add-on incompatible with FSUIPC?

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Guest Edwin

Hi,When entering a flight plan on build 163, the navigation log still ignores the altitude entry in the "Flight Plan Entry" dialog box. I have a flight plan that had a cruising altitude of FL390 (set in FSNavigator) but when I changed the number to FL370 in the ActiveSky Flight Plan Entry dialog box, after processing, the navigation log still shows average winds for 39,000ft.Is this just a cosmetic problem (i.e. the average winds are actually from 37,000ft) or a real bug (i.e. the average winds are indeed from 39,000ft ignoring the input in the Flight Plan Entry dialog box)?Many thanks and other than the above minor issue, great work!Edwin

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Guest thx1137

I just had a flight with the new AS beta plus the latest FSUIPC beta and the cloud transitions were wonderful. It is definately the best I have seen it so far. Congratulations if it is consistant! :-)Regards, Steven.

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Guest Fjorko

Latest FSUIPC Beta ? Where did you get that ?1 ) Does that get installed with the B163 update or are you talking about the current 3.411 ?2) Another thing i was thinking of is this : How does AS2004 decide what clouds should be drawn on the screen ? i.e. the metars usually just report the AMOUNT of cloud cover, but never the TYPE of cloud that should be used to represent that. Is this a hidden piece of information that AS2004 deals with in the background ? i.e. draw SCT025 cumulus or stratus etc ?Thanks

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Guest victorwest

Im going to download and try out tonight.Many thanks for continuing to make an excellent product even better.Victor

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The build 163 setup file creates entries in a different start menu/program group than the shipping build 147 version i.e AS2004 vs AS2004.5

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>Hi,>>FSUIPC requires render to texture off as documented. Not sure>why anyone would release an add-on incompatible with FSUIPC?>>Jim,Are you sure about that? I use render to texture on with Active Sky and have found no problems. I searched the FSUIPC document and could only come up with this statement regarding render to texture. It is in the section listed "Important Notes for FS2004 Users""Second, it appears that on some systems you may get stuttering and flickering in any case, irrespective of the cloud settings.The flickering may even sometimes affect the 2D panel. The cause here seems likely to be an AGP incompatibility in the videodriver or the motherboard AGP minidriver (e.g. the

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Guest Erups

>FSUIPC requires render to texture off as documented. Not sure>why anyone would release an add-on incompatible with FSUIPC?Sorry Damian but i can't believe this.FSUIPC has nothing to do with graphics, why should it need any specific option regarding rendering???Can you link exact documentation you mention?

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Guest Erups

I have loaded a flightplan, and was enroute when suddenly all the weather changed.I don't know what to report here, is it normal?I believe not, if you tell me what can be usefull next time i can post it.

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OK thanks for that!! Now, let me understand correctly: Your first purchase and installation was AS 2004.5 and now installing the update created a new entry on your Start/Programs menu?This is important, as the beta team started with AS2004 as far as I know.Hope this helps,JimActiveSky Supporthttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004proudsupporter.jpg

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