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Hi Everyone,I wanted to share a few screenshots of the amazing ASV! You guys are going to love it!http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/118912.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/118913.txthttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/118914.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/118915.jpgThese were taken over Jamaica. Enjoy.Paul ( SPIM )edit ooops... I made a mistake with one of the pics...will post below

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Yeah, I'm definitely seeing some new cloud forms. I'm looking forward to some new randoms. I have your DXT clouds installed right now, so hopefully my FPS will still be okay. The choices make it appear as though the lower impact clouds can be selected. I'm looking at the screen for that right now. What clouds will be the closest to what I'm running now? 256 w/mip maps?

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Hi Chris,Depend on which DXT resolution...probably the lowest available 64x64, it will be 64x64 in asv same performance.The screenshots are all 512x512 32 bits with mips. 256x256 have better performance and almost not noticable visual decrease.In the release, there is no DXT clouds available, they are all 32 bits, but if you want DXT I will give a bat files command, they will convert all clouds to DXT for 3 resolution.There is another batch of 50 shots is coming at the bottom of the links.ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004betateam.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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I'm using the clouds from HIFPS_Clouds, and I picked the DXT simply because it's what everyone says give better performance. I'll try the 32-bit clouds. I get that irritating panel flicker sometimes, so I'd like to be able to turn 'render to texture' off and see what happens. Don't know if that'll effect anything else in the sim though with aircraft add ons. I'll try the 256 w/mips first and see how it goes. No worries, it'll take some time to mess with. Unfortunately, I'm heading out of town for a week Saturday, so I'm sure ASV will be released during the time I can't play, LOL

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From these shots I really don't notice any difference...in fact, what I'm getting right now looks better! And the frame rates right now are just fine. Hopefully there's more to ASV than what these pics show. I'd hate to reduce my framerates and end up with no significant visual detail. And aren't DXT more the future than 32bit? So why 32bit and not DXT?

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Hi C.S. Lewis,The shots are at the bottom of the page, you will have to notice real clouds never look the same on condition and others factor.http://www.hifisim.com/activesky5.htmThe problems with dxt format, these can cause problems, CTD, flickering Panel, and reduced performance with some system spec. The worst thing is cirrus with DXT, they look completly pixel and not acceptable at all for visual. In Msfs fs2004, by default are not designed to be used with DXT.Thedifference DXT and 32 bits. DXT is reduced in image quality and have lower size on the files, it is not true DXT will increase performance on all system. 32 bit can preserve quality and get lower size on the file with a reduced resolution 512x512, 256x256, 64x64, and prevent background issue from many users.-With Update We can include a bat files to convert all to DXT.As for the clouds you don't see difference because from screenshots there is many repeated from the same set, details are gone with the jpg compression (blur the image). In flight you will see difference. You will have to take care, the clouds formation in fs2004, can have better clouds visual than others, like few, scattered and broken, thunderstorm etc, there is near 30 type in Msfs, clouds will looks differents. All our beta tester use asv clouds and sky, the possibility are endless, from clean air sky to polluted air, these change the clouds looking, as well there is variation for the thickness and edge type. Ps: You can always use any clouds.ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004betateam.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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Not sure what he's not seeing. I see several new cloud formations and shapes I never see. Overall, it does look better. Not to mention the features you don't see, but feel, like the thermals. Also, the personalization of the weather and environment.

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Hi,Yes, as Chris said, these were all taken from the same set, I was just having fun, flying with some beautiful clouds and skies and I wanted to share. On the preview site you may be able to get a better idea of the differences.There really are so many different textures to choose from, or let ASV choose for you, either via the intellegent cloud selection ICS, or random selections or pre set themes.This really is a big step up from AS2004 with Skyworld.Cheers,Paul

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Chris Orlaam,It's not what I didn't see. It's what I saw. I think the pics are great. Just that I don't see anything visually better than what I just got today from AS2004.5 and Chris' clouds from FS Skyworld during several flights. See attached pics.

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Hi C.S Lewis,It is ok if you like active sky4.5 and fs sky world, but asv is not the same, fs sky world is based on few texture and not connected with active sky4.5. Asv render the cloud formation different then Active sky4.5. Specialy the update to ASVAE after the release, new feature and things will be added which I told damian to implement same thing in my side.ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004betateam.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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Hi!Have you checked out the screenshot gallery here: http://www.hifisim.com/activesky5.htm ? It's hard to give a general impression of the different variety and new visuals you will see with ASV, especially in only a few shots. The gallery has dozens of shots so it helps a little to get a better idea.

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NICE pics Paul, very nice!!ASV sure beats the #### out of AS2004 - totally wicked!!Always thought AS2004 was awesome - that is until ASV poked its head up - there is just no comparison between the two - ASV is miles ahead.Hope you post some more screens Paul - it is a real pleasure looking at them, feels almost like I am sitting in a plane along side yours, looking out.Great stuff!!

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*sigh**shakes head**laffs*Good grief pilot guru. You'd better check your undergarments! Anyways, the shots Paul took were pretty, but don't seem realistic, to me that is. Each to his own though. Those last two, the new ones, especially the sunset, once again, are pretty, but there seems to be a lack of haze amongst the clouds, which I get now with AS2004.5. I will probably end up getting ASV because I really like the idea of it all being combined, plus as Damian said, or at least I think he meant, that still pics don't always convey what you experience on the fly.You guys haven't let anyone down that I can think of when it comes to your past accomplishments with Active Sky and AS2004.5, so I'm not expecting to be disappointed. I was just conveying that I hope I won't be getting basically the same thing w/ a few added bells and whistles. Then I thoroughly read what you have on your home page, and I am looking forward to trying out ASV.Sorry if I got anyone's nose out of joint.

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HI CS Lewis,"but there seems to be a lack of haze amongst the clouds, which I get now with AS2004.5. "The problems with static screenshots, it is imposssible to see what's is in the metar condition, visibility, clouds formation etc.See these 2 first pic, they are from real world. If we make them in fs2004, there is many will told, completly unrealistic and saturated, I never see this in my life, the color and even in the groundwater is saturated and it's look like crap etc :-lol.. The Real problems is, if we don't saw this or don't know about it at all, many will never know, they will tell anything only from what's they have seen in their life and not from what's it look like in the entire world with all factor and condition, many things others. Real Actual World Pic. Many will told us if it was in fs2004, they are completly unrealistic sky and groundwater color.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119057.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119058.jpgASVAE sunset (not related to the pic from above), there is overs 300 sky set in ASV.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119064.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119065.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119066.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119062.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119063.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119059.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119060.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/119061.jpg ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004betateam.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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WOW! Those two (FS pics) of the zoomed out sunset are absolutely stunning.I am one of those individuals who have never seen a sunset on the ocean...in fact, I've yet to see the ocean in real life (I know, I know...sad, sad. No I'm not in my teens, not even my twenties...past that. Yes I know...now it's even sadder).But I have seen sunsets here, and have seen them when there are clouds yet the atmosphere seems clearer. Yet even in those r/l pics you'll notice the sky is kind of hazy. In fact, that's what gives you a beautiful sunset is the sun's rays' filtering through and bouncing off the haze. I agree, it is more realistic to have cloud filled skies and a seemingly clearer atmosphere, and times when there is a prevalent haze amongst the clouds, like when a storm is brewing.Most of the pics I see even at the website the clouds all look like little bunches crammed together, and you can see gaps and outlines, whereas, when I took those pics when I was flying there was a haze that made all the clouds into one moving front. I'm guessing ASV will do that too, just a shot hasn't been taken of clouds w/ the haze effect on, or in a brewing storm, or w/ the rain falling. Or maybe I've just missed enlarging a shot or two, there's so many of them.I'm sure ASV will give me those wispy, hazy, cloud fronts and storms that AS2004.5 generates.And yeah I know, hard to get it out of your head that I haven't seen the ocean in r/l yet.And btw. C.S. Lewis is who said my quote. That's not me. I'm "flight".

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HI Flight.I'm guessing ASV will do that too, just a shot hasn't been taken of clouds w/ the haze effect on, or in a brewing storm, or w/ the rain falling. Or maybe I've just missed enlarging a shot or two, there's so many of them.I'm sure ASV will give me those wispy, hazy, cloud fronts and storms that AS2004.5 generates."these have not been changed at all, like I said , it's all depend with the condition etc. ASV will generate like you got before.In real life, many time the light from the sky will reflect at the ground color densitywater depend on the conditionhaze and visibility are a factor etc.Ps: I tought your name was C.W Lewis, sorry :)ThanksChris WillisHiFi Simulation Software Team Developerhttp://www.hifisim.com/images/as2004betateam.jpgFreeware Addons for FSW GROUP

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