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Great news Damian. Sounds like it'll be one brilliant addition to FS.Question: What about any news on FS10 and whether it will have advanced weather, if it's even in development?Is it at all possible to implement ASV as an upgrade to AS 2004.5 or will it be a completely stand alone product?RegardsGoran

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Based on my experience with AS2004 I'll be purchasing this the day it is released. :)Mark Kuebeler

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Well this should be real interesting.... just when I thought things couldn't get any better. I have been real happy with the last two versions (175, 182).Question: It sounds like this next version might(?) be replacing the weather modeling engine in FS; where ASV not just tell FS what the enhanced weather is, but it will model the weather and display it using AE. Is this a correct assumption?Thanks for the great workMK

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I wonder if this new version might (or might not) be compatible with any potential new version of FS that might (or might not) be announced soon, sometime in the future or never? :-hah :-lol

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This will be offered at an upgrade price for existing customers right? I mean everything was working well now and there is a few good addons to this new version plus the fact that Chris joined was a very good idea as well. But if this is a new stand alone product all we are doing is starting all over again. In my opinion it made me feel like a beta tester for this new version. Just my 2 cents! I wont talk about fs10 as i don't think it will even be out this year so thats not a problem.Anyway can we have an approximate month of release or season?Keep up the good work, activesky is the best addon for fs9!!

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Joe,I don't usually write many posts, but GOOD GRIEF MAN ... these people have provided 150% support and many many many updates over the life of AS4 ... can't even remember when I bought the original. I believe they have the right to charge for a new release ... it is customary in the software biz ... in which I have worked most of my life, to charge for new version releases ... (and some even charge for "dot" releases).These guys deserve to have some compensation for ALL OF THEIR HUGE EFFORT AND SUPPORT of our hobby.While I certainly respect your opinion, I do think it's not unreasonable to expect to pay for a product that is "a new version."My 2 cents.Paul BenoitKSAN

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This all sounds pertty cool. I'd love to have FSW and AS all rolled into one, but I'm a little miffed if I have to pay full price again. I just bought AS2004.5 about 3 weeks ago. I would have held off if I knew about AS2005. I'm not angry or anything as I like AS2004.5 just fine. But, I hope I don't have to spend another 40 some off dollars for a newer version.Although, this new thing does sound pretty cool. I don't know how I got along without AS until now.. :-)Dondo

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Paul i agree but would there be an upgrade price, i mean some people just bought activesky so why would you want to spend another 40$ nobody would. Of course unless someone has money to blow.

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Howdy,I'm a fairly recent member of the happy family of AS users too. For me the decision to upgrade or not will definitely depend on the price tag in relation to the new features. The new AS engine features sound great (I fly gliders frequently) but I'd definitely want to have more detailed information on the difference between the freeware version of Chris' wonderful textures and the version that will become part of AS Version 5.In the meantime, all the best with finishing up the new version and congrats to Chris for joining a great team!Cheers, Holger

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Been using Active Sky since the original. I'll gladly pay full pop for version 5. The work and support that these guys give is fantastic. I'm happy to support their efforts.

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Well, believe it or not, I'm still using Activesky wxRE in FS9. I was thinking seriously of purchasing AS 2004, but now I think I'll hold off till AS 5 is available.I certainly have no qualms about buying anything from Hifisim. They are absolutely top notch in every way, most notably their support. I was a member of the wxRE beta team and really enjoyed it, but didn't have a suitable machine to run AS 2004 when it was being developed.I'm curious about system requirements for AS 5. I'm currently running wxRE on a P 3/1ghz using WideFS to connect it to my P4 3ghz FS machine through my network. Will this be a suitable setup for AS 5?KP

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Hi All,Since Damian is offline for couple of days I will try answer question:""Question: What about any news on FS10 and whether it will have advanced weather, if it's even in development?""These official news will be available on major flight sim when Ms will be ready, and even from those know, they are in are NDA.In My case, I don't expect the release of FS10 in 2006. Lou Betti talked about these on the others forum site too.Buying Procedure -Upgrade price from the existant "ActiveSky" user's. -New users will have another price.-Another Option to buy it ( still to be confirmed)HolgerFirst thank you for your incredible contribution to the Msfs addon, they are top notch!Clouds are completly differents compare fsw2004 they don't look the same, There is selectable edge type, map, variationdata and more to be announced. There is new stuff (not available fsw2004). ALL texture came with a AE interface built in ASV (no more need to swithclose open external program interface at the same time) with many option from user's choice.New option to change the weather rendering with ASV and new feature. As well about fog, overcast, stratus etc.We are still working on this, more details will be revealed soon. ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004proudsupporter.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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That is where I fit in. I started with version 4.5 in December. Most of my AS time has been spent trouble shooting overcast problems. 4 months and I have spent more time testing than just using the product. Don

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Way to go you weather wizards!I have been hoping for a weather program that would combine all three (FSUIPC, FSSkyworld, Active Sky). There's no reason in my mind not to purchase it when it's complete. Chris, your textures, and Pete's relentless changing of FSUIPC to get things working better, combined w/ Active Sky has really given my flight simming a boost. Kudos to all of you. Looking forward to the release.(I knew something was up...and I knew you had some better clouds up your sleeve Chris).

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Hi,i just can say i'm a AS2004 first hour owner and i'm very happy with it and i never saw another product that was that often updated with new features and technics and had that good support.I'm happy with it and will buy AS5 for sure, price does not matter to me. Damian simply deservers it.best regardsjanosch

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Hi Chris,thanks for getting back so quickly and detailed and thanks also for the nice words - likewise ;-)The cloud updates sound great and it really looks as if AS V5 will be a no-brainer to get. Great team work!Cheers, Holger

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I bought AS also at a relatively early stage of it's development - and it has become a MUST for me (like PM software and Pete Dowson's programs). I'm pretty sure I'll buy AS V the day it is available...:)

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I am VERY interested in an upgrade price as I just purchase 4.5 two weeks ago. Thanks.Bob.....

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I think I will wait to see how well it really works and how much the upgrade price is. I like and use AS2004.5, but there is only so much money I can allocate for flight simming. My question - will they continue to support version 4.5, or is it upgrade or you're out of luck? The new version sounds like it has some excellent features, but will we need a supercomputer to use them?Dale

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Great news!Finally something more complex, with lots of new features enriching the already rich weather scene!

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Glad to hear about the upgrade price - if it's reasonable, I will upgrade for sure.

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