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AS2004.5 B174 Update Officially Released!!!

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PRESS RELEASEFROM: HiFi Simulation Software2/09/05 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--------------------------------HiFi has announced the official release of their newest Weather Simulation effort: ActiveSky2004.5 Build 174. This new revision of ActiveSky includes several fixes and enhancements as requested by users, continuing the tradition of ever-improving weather realism for desktop Flight Simulation. All AS2004 and AS2004.5 users can update free of charge from http://www.hifisim.com/downloads.htm. ActiveSky2004.5 B174 is the result of over 3 years of continued development built on the award-winning AS engine, and aims to be the most realistic and complete real-world weather simulation engine made exclusively for Flight Simulator 2004. Unique features include integrated weather/flight planning, dynamic forecast processing, included radar and wx info display module, high-resolution private data server system with weather archive access, wake turbulence simulation, overcast enhancement effects, smoothing and full FS2004 integration. If you are interested in learning more about ActiveSky, please visit the HiFi Sim website at http://www.hifisim.com.Special thanks go out to Jim Skorna, the entire Private Beta Team, Pete Dowson, AVSIM, and all our users for their help and support!!!

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Great news :)BTW any chance this update also having the Greek stations that are missing?RegardsChris

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Guest DNelson

Thanks Damian! Quick question: will the 174 beta that was available last week eventually time out, or can we just continue to use it?Dan

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Great job Damian & Jim, but I'm still having the problem with my Radar screen. This problem started with MR1 and continues even with this latest update (today). It's snowing like crazy in Detroit and raining in Atlanta, the weather shows up as it should but the radar doesnt show clouds whether I choose color or black and white. I tried your suggestions of reinstalling AR (no help), manually clearing weather via FSUIPC and reforcing a weather update (no help). I am using the latest fsuipc 3.45. I have enable "show radar details" also. I tried zooming the map from 25nm to 200 nm and no clouds show up. I am using the suggested default configuation (with online updates enabled though. Everything else is great. Any ideas, its kind of bumming me out. Thanks for your continued support!!!

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Guest EISN_CONTROL

Well I've installed it and after I complete this flight I'm going to uninstall it. The wind changes are unbelievable and make planning a descent impossible. I got from being perfectly on a descent profile to near stall speed and then almost immediately to overspeed which makes the AP go crazy.It's a shame, thanks for your efforts though.John http://homepage.eircom.net/~eamonnmca/images/logo_ba.JPGwww.bavirtual.co.uk Senior Captain Simflight.com Staff Reviewer

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I haven't downloaded the latest version, but I've been having those same radical wind and pressure change problems with the previous build (1.46, I think? Not at home right now). I was hoping they had been addressed with this latest release. I've been following the threads on the subject in this forum, and have tried all the tips that have been posted, but to no avail.Regards,ScottKJMS

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>I got from being perfectly on a descent profile to near stall>speed and then almost immediately to overspeed which makes the>AP go crazy.Are you sure that you have not just encountered the wake turbulence of another aircraft (most likely AI) in front of you? There is a thread related to this point further down in this Forum.

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It's not wake turbulence for me. This happens at all altitudes from 3000' agl up into the flight levels. Dosen't matter whether it's a DC3 or a B727. Yes, I've seen the wake turbulence threads and have it turned practically off.Regards,ScottKJMS

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OK, if you fly the same route, offline, but with real world weather do you get the same issue happening?If it doesn't, it may be that the weather information supplied by the online system is at fault and AS is just interpreting it the best it can.If it does, then with the same information, I'm sure the AS developers can investigate and fix if needed.

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Guest Jan Bergwall

Hi,I purchased AS2004.5 just a couple of days ago and I'm very pleased with the product. Everything just work as expected.When I checked what version I'm using it says B147 in the corner down right of the main user interface. Does it mean I should update to the new beta Build 174 release or did I get it the new build with my download?Regards,Jan Bergwall

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>When I checked what version I'm using it says B147 in the>corner down right of the main user interface. Does it mean I>should update to the new beta Build 174 release or did I get>it the new build with my download?The B147 displayed in the bottom right corner indicates that you have build 147. This was the last shipping version before this latest update. Sounds like you just missed it when you purchased.You should update to the new build 174 release, which is now the latest release version. After you install it, it should say B174 in the bottom right corner.

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Hi Qauntum,I guess it's build 147 that I'm using, and I fly totally offline all the time with downloaded weather.Regards,ScottKJMS

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Hi have you made sure to load the flight plan via AR? And load a FP in AS prior to this?If you continue to have problems please contact me directly @ damianc.hifisim.com for a troubleshooting session.Thanks!

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mankal4,I need you to go to the tracking screen and see if it shows your current location and if the precipitation line reads anything. The snow in Detroit was not fun this morning as it was just enough to ice up the roads for my morning drive!Hope this helps,JimActiveSky Supporthttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004proudsupporter.jpg

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I'm just slightly confused with the readme:"ActiveSky2004.5Build 174FSUIPC 3.45 or later is required! ........**** INSTALLATION **** (MAKE SURE FS2004 IS NOT RUNNING)........ 2) Install FSUIPC 3.40 or later "I have to stick with version 3.40 as I use FSHotseat, and v3.44 and above causes a problem.So can you clarify the confusion here for me please - is v3.40 good to go with build 174?Thanks

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I think the problem with the severe wind direction/velocity and barometric pressure shifts has been solved - at least for me.I noticed that when I was using FSUIPC v3.44 (I'm a registered user) under the winds section, the wind smoothing check box was greyed out, although the other boxes on that page were not. I didn't pay much attention to it since I had the "let FSUIPC control wind smoothing " (or something like that) box checked in AS2004. Last night before I simmed I downloaded and installed FSUIPC v3.45 and when I fired up FS, I found that the wind smoothing box that was greyed out in v3.44, was no longer like that - I could put a check mark in it! Which of course I promptly did.I flew a couple of flights. One in south Texas in the MAAM DC3 at around 4500' MSL. No problems. Flew another flight from Munich to Zurich at 10,000' MSL in a Convair 340. Once again no problems. Yes, the winds did shift direction and velocity, but they did so in a nice and smooth manner.By the way, this was still using AS2004 build 1.47. I haven't downloaded the latest build yet...maybe this evening.Just wanted to let you know, and to thank all those who responded.Regards,ScottKJMS

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Thanks Jim, I have e-mailed Damian per his request and we are trying to sort this out. I'll post when we come up with a solution. How many software developers actually have one on one sessions with their customers!!! You guys really stand behind your product, and that keeps many of us loyal to Hifisim.:-)

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Guest Johto

Oh man, this version roks !Works much smoother than the older 16x version, now i have again found that random turbulence effect is back what i somehow killed with older version + fsuipc installation... lot less juddering and soo much smoother flying in general and the smooth visual transitions seems to works too!Thanks :)

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Guest robkeith1

I purchased Active Sky just prior to the new update. Love it, never seen better weather cloud effects. However since updating to the new build have noticed some different behaviour that is perplexing. One such instance is when instant replay, the aircraft seems to lag behind the actual time then speeds up in fast motion to catch up, has anybody else experienced this, and if you have a fix i would be intersted to know

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