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ASX Service Pack 2 Coming Soon

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Hi everyone!We are working on Service Pack 2, which should be in beta testing very soon and released shortly after.The primary focus of SP2, besides fixing a few small issues reported, is to significantly improve wind and visibility smoothing. We've been working hard over the past couple months on a new method of injecting weather in FSX which circumvents these problems, and we believe we have finally made major progress. The great news is that while this new method was originally reserved for our new weather engine product due late next year, we have been able to co-develop/port this over to ASX and things are looking very positive.SP2 will be a free upgrade for all ASX users!More information and release status will be available very soon.Thanks!

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This is fabulous news Damian. We wind smoothing geeks may not be as vocal or numerous as the "wing view" crowd, but none the less passionate. Thanks for the effort on this update.Ryan

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Great news! I was noticing a marked decrease in wind shift problems with the newest FSUIPC 4 installed and wind smoothing checked. Still notice some sudden wind shifts, but not as bad as they were before. Can't wait to try out the new patch.

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Hi,New to posting here, but have just been using FSX and ASX with the new PMDG airplane.. Problem is I get bad wind shifts at altitude. But it seems this problem is already known and looks like a solution is in the pipleline.. In the meantime I will try the FSUIPC smoothing..CheersCraig

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Thank you much HiFi! Good news indeed!Just curious to know, was this partly an outcome of the behind-the-scenes colaboration with Pete? Is FSUIPC involved in the solution?

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>The great news is that while this new>method was originally reserved for our new weather engine>product due late next year, we have been able to>co-develop/port this over to ASX and things are looking very>positive.Thank you *so* much for putting such emphasis on keeping your existing customers happy. I know you could have easily restricted this to the Advanced product-- Ireally appreciate your continued tradition of looking out for your exiting customers.

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Ha. I'm anxious and don't want to miss out.Thats Jim

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Thank you so so much Damian for all this efforts that you are making since the very beginning of this fantastic and indispensable product.Last night, I made my worst cross the pond flight ever in my Leveld 763 on Fsx!! Winds was approx at 90kts shifting abruptly all around from tail to head and left to right. And what is the most amazing, I completed my flight from Kiah to Lfpg but in almost 11hrs rather the 8hrs and 40 min that the flight planning from ASX did forcast.Thank you again and can't wait for SP2.Christian

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>Will it solve the overcast issues?Don't hold your breath on an answer to this topic. I am sure if they had a line on fixing this issue they would have announced it along with the wind shift fix.

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>Will it solve the overcast issues?I'll tell you what...I have ASG/ASX + FEX and for the first time since, oh, FS4, I am getting believable overcast layers.It's not perfect, but it's getting pretty close.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2585 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2gb Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (1T), WD 150 gig 10000rpm Raptor, WD 250gig 7200rpm SATA2, Seagate 120gb 5400 rpm external HD, CoolerMaster Praetorian

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>Thank you much HiFi! Good news indeed!>>Just curious to know, was this partly an outcome of the>behind-the-scenes colaboration with Pete? Is FSUIPC involved>in the solution?ASX uses SimConnect, not FSUIPC?RhettAMD 3700+ (@2585 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2gb Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (1T), WD 150 gig 10000rpm Raptor, WD 250gig 7200rpm SATA2, Seagate 120gb 5400 rpm external HD, CoolerMaster Praetorian

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If you have the right # of layers and the right conditions it works just fine..This is over KSEA on Nov 4th. .http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/180472.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/180473.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/180474.jpgand here was just after getting airbornehttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/180478.jpgMy only real beef is that the pop-up message boxes are hidden behind the main app window. This is a royal pain - for me, anyway. Other than that I'm totally happy with this product, and am looking forward to this being fixed in SP2. Cheers!

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Mace, could you please share your settings in these programs, pertinent to creating thick overcast?Thanks.

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>If you have the right # of layers and the right conditions it>works just fine..>My only real beef is that the pop-up message boxes are hidden>behind the main app window. This is a royal pain - for me,>anyway. Other than that I'm totally happy with this product,>and am looking forward to this being fixed in SP2. >>Cheers!>I don't think I have the right # of layers, so how do you array them?And what kind of message boxes you were telling about?Thanks.

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I also have the same problem regarding message boxes in ASX. They pop up behind the app window so they are totally useless! Arg.

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Hi Dirk; I'm at work - and perhaps Jim will correct this - but one of the configuration settings in ASX asks "How many stratus layers?": I think it defaults to about 5. I moved this up to (I think) 15 or 17. After that I could get thick, very flat, and dense cloud - stratus, I guess: I would like to see the proper, boiling cumulus that is more typical of overcast. Climbing up through in the pics above in the P40 was scary (I know - it's just a sim :) ) but I had to be right on the ball as the ground fully disappeared; it was complete instruments-only until I popped out on top at around 5000, I think. The message boxes which inform you that something or function "successfully completed", such as, for example, pop up when you, say - "apply the current weather to the flight simulator". Any message box that pops up - pops up behind the main "screen", so ASX just sits there and you're not aware that anything has happened and you can't close it, minimize it, or take any other action with it, other than use the task manager to close it. Others posted about this and someone found that only by "Show the desktop" and/or starting another app and then closing it - will the box appear in front of the main window. This is the only work-round that I've seen. I hope it's going to be fixed, because it is almost a show-stopper for me. I love the rest of the application, it does everything claimed - but (for me) there will have to be a permanent fix for this with this next service pack - and I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem. :-(

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Hi All,Let me first make a general comment and then comment on the cloud layer setting.The general comment is about the pop up window issue. On initial release we did have a fair number of reports of this and we looked into this and a fix was programmed into our SP1 which is build 1083. Since that time, and until now, there has probably been two reports of this. If I remember correctly we solved one and one is outstanding. This whole situation boils down to how Windows deals with these windows. My comment is this: "Wow, all of a sudden two more reports of this surface?" Did anyone post about this? Did anyone drop us an e-mail? SP2 is almost ready to go into testing and I am not sure if there is anything dealing with this because I don't think we saw this as an outstanding issue, except for one user.Now, on the cloud layer slider. Yes there is a general cloud layer slider and you can set the number of cloud layers. But I must say that these layers are determined by the METAR reports themselves. If a METAR contains 2 cloud layers, then that is all that is going to show in FS. It will not make a difference if your layers are set to 3 or to 15 or 17! Default is 5 or 7 because based on METAR data, that is the most you will ever get. We allow for a lower number in order to improve FPS on lower powered systems. I know we did discuss the reasoning for such a large number on the slider, but we know that the METAR will set the maximum cloud layers.Thanks All!Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/banners/hifi-community-sigbanner.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/

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Paul, thank you very much for the answers. I will increase Maximum Cloud Layers to 17, though Jim says it won't change anything, lol. Your pictures were very convincing though. I have never heard of those boxes popping up, perhaps because my ASX/XGFX and FSX are running on different PCs, and my FSX window is always maximized.

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You're welcome, Dirk. I normally start FSAutostart, which just starts AISmooth, PrintScreen and TrackIR; then ASX and wait for it to complete; then I start FSX.Yeah, Jim - I have the service pack and have re-installed a couple of times, but it still displays this behavior. I guess I'm like a large number of folks who rarely complain about things. I really thought it was so noticeable and that there must be hundreds of complaints that there could be no way that it could not have been fixed with the SP. I'm going to uninstall it after this post, and re-do it again, plus the sp on top. I'll pm you tomorrow, perhaps. Meantime - thanks for ASX and particularly your support. Along with UTX I really couldn't ask for better toys!:+

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I wouldn't go so far as to say "thick" overcast. I said "believable" overcast. I run ASX with 7 cloud layers (I think that's default), and FEX, well, I really haven't modified FEX at all. I run Wispy clouds 1+ASX and saw nice overcasts over Poland and Romania about 2 days ago (Nov 12, 2007) due to a nasty storm system traversing eastern Europe.By "believable" overcast, I mean that looking up or down, it's solid. I never saw that before FEX+ASG. FEX seemed to thicken things up.Now, when you fly through it, it's not thousands of feet thick of white/gray-out cloud. We're still not there yet.Is there any specific setting you want to see? Because I really haven't done much to ASG or FEX other than install them and run them...to see believable overcast.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2585 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2gb Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (1T), WD 150 gig 10000rpm Raptor, WD 250gig 7200rpm SATA2, Seagate 120gb 5400 rpm external HD, CoolerMaster Praetorian

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