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New KIAD (Dulles Intl) avail just in time for weekend

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Blueprint Simulations just released KIAD for FS9 and FSX. Gotta say, for 15 dollars US (not Euro's ;-)) , the airport looks pretty dang good...textures look sharp and we can all finally dump simflyers version!http://www.blueprintsimulations.com/

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I've really been looking forward to this scenery, but I have to say that from what I've seen in the screenshots, it's not really any more detailed than the Simflyers version... :-( I'm kinda disappointed.Plus I've noticed with these Blueprint sceneries that the "model areas" don't cast or accept shadows.. so even if you have "scenery casts ground shadows" checked in your FS9 options, the scenery DOESN'T cast shadows OR accept the shadows from your aircraft. It just makes the scenery seem flat and very "2-dimensional".I might give it a try, but I have a feeling I'll end up sticking with Simflyer's version...Alex

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Just checked and all the gates, terminals and ground equipment cast shadows for me. The scenery even has the new runway due to open next year. In fact the scenery looks pretty darn good and the frame rates are staying maxed at 24 for me. The doc's that come with it even have 3 pages showing each gate and what airline uses it and the type of aircraft each gate can accomadate...very nice.

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I don't see any screenshots of the cargo ramps, are they detailed at all?

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How are the texture loading times? The problem with KCLE was that it stuttered like crazy while it was loading what must be enormous texture files.Also, how's the surrounding area? It looks okay. KCLE was plain ugly with some kind of photo imagery and zero autogen on top of it.I'm not sure, KCLE is barely acceptable, default runway and taxiway textures, etc... Stuttering, not too much autogen. Zero support on their forum. I asked a simple question and got nothing but static. 15 bucks it may be, but I'm holding on to Simflyers' KIAD for now.If someone could make some larger screen shots, it'd be appreciated as well. With some AI traffic perhaps.

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Hello,I purchased all of BluePrint scenery packages, I wanted to see what they brought to the FS table so-to-speak. I think, their products would make Good Quality "FREEWARE", but not "PAYWARE", not by todays standards.I've included two top down shots, if you would like to see others I can add more. I don't like the fact that they just added the extra runway and left FS2004 scenery in between the two runways as shown. I also have a tree problem with Blue Print, on the lower right hand side of KIAD there are trees on the airport.I have since reinstalled my Simflyers KIAD airport.Blue_Print_KIAD.jpgSimflyers_KIAD.jpg

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Thanks for those shots. Looks better top down than KCLE. But that fourth runway, oh my. I'm actually working on Simflyers' grass textures right now. A while ago I stumbled apon an interesting tweak: http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=21037. Doing the same for KIAD works quite well also. There's default grass underneath anyway, so why have the ugly grass on top of that, huh. Playing around with KATL now.

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""I think, their products would make Good Quality "FREEWARE", but not "PAYWARE", not by todays standards""aint that the truth.I have the last one they produced, ill wait on this one for more eye candy.EDIT.........***went to their site, looks better than i thought. I will buy it.***Keyno

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Michael, Is that FS9? If so, you are missing something because in my FS9 setup with this new KIAD, I have real nice ground textures for the whole airport that came with the package. I also have no trees intruding on the taxiway or wherever...something got hosed up on your install. I can see you don't have anything on the ground compared to what I have. Check out what I have showing in FS9:http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/172437.txt

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As well, I have 24 files in my scenery folder and 542 files in my texture folder to help you compare.

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Hello,I have 542 files in textures and 24 in scenery. Total size is Scenery = 3.15 megTexture = 237 meg

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You sure you downloaded the FS9 version and not the FSX version right? If so, I would uninstall and reinstall. I also have UT USA and GE Pro but it looks like you have that as well. Nevertheless, it should not affect what I am seeing vs. what you are seeing. If all else fails, try making it the top priority in your scenery.cfg

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Hi Alex,I got the following quote from Blue Print (Ignacio)."There is an issue with the technique that we use to render tarmac markings, using transparent planes. For those to display properly, they need to be set a few inches above the ground. Otherwise they flicker. With the ground scenery shadows option selected in FSX, these planes will have a shadow, and the tarmac will not look right. In FS9, the models do not have shadows at this time."

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I see that they have the udvar hazy air and space center in there that MS left out for whatever reason.Mike, you need to fix your sig because you have broken image links next to your photo pic.________________________________________________________________________________________________Intel D975XBX2 'Bad Axe 2' | Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.20Ghz | 2 GB Super Talent DDR2 800 | Big Typhoon VX | eVGA 8800GTS @ 565/900 | Seagate 2x320GB SATA RAID-0 | OCZ GameXStream 700W | Creative X-Fi | Silverstone TJ-09BW | Matrox Triplehead Setup

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I am still on the fence. The Simflyers one is pretty dated but I am not yet convinced on getting the Blue Print version. Any other findings from those who bought it?

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I have a 3 year old machine...3.2Ghz P4 with a 256MB ATi X850 card and 2G of RAM. I have all FS9 sliders maxed save for terrain mesh at 93%. I had AS6 and Track IR 4 running in background as well as SB3 for online. I have UT USA and GEPro. On approach from the north in the PSS 777LR in VC, I got a few stutters as the scenery initially loaded at the 20nm point. Note I did not get any freezes like happens with Simflyers and Imaginesim's older stuff. Smooth from there on out to touchdown. No stutters while taxing to the gate. This was at night as well. All in all, very well worth the 15 bucks. See my attachment above to see what I am seeing. The pic that Michael has is some sort of error (if he is using FS9 setup, if he is using FSX setup, it may indeed look like that).

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Hi,I just got done writing to Ignacio from Blue Print. Looks like I'll have to do some testing to find the problem. Well, If I can figure it out I'll let you know.

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Well, finally had time to check out my install. And alls well. Looks great, frame rate good 15-19 with all maxed, ie..AS6,AI,FSHotSX,ect...Worth the $15 USD. There is still room for improvement, many buidings missing(edge of photo scenery), but i do have EZ Scenery, and can fix that thru Google Earth.Yes it is high end freeware, hopefully he'll go payware after each product.Keyno

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Are they (he) using default runways too?Hmmm....! Even the FS9 version looks like default runway texture.Default runway texture IMO, is not acceptable for a payware. I'd rather have a high resolution airport phototexture with its runway overlaid on the entier airport rather than take the default runway texture.. That too for FS9.As for the price..Fly Tampa's with its awesome aiports is like $5 more than this.Manny

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This is my thought, too, Manny. Fly Tampa's airports (excluding St. Maartens - which is tops, with latest technologies) are #1, are equaled only by Flight Scenery's Rhode Island and Portland, and these are closely followed by Cloud9's offerings: all are great payware.I looked at both sets of screenshots and was not overly impressed by the "artificial" graphics quality; the buildings are very "computer-built" - not photo-realistic - like those of FlyTampa or Flight Scenery. These guys are "almost" there (PLEASE don't give up, guys) - it is absolutely GREAT to see someone making some inroads into the many numerous airports that we need - and especially KIAD. I have wanted this one for a long time. Hangar doors go rusty, buildings get weather-worn, grass and weeds grow all over the place. "Clean", "square", "straight" don't last long in the real world.Right now there are only eight or nine payware quality major airports modeled for FS9, and so there is a pretty large market "for the rest of them". I WANT "FlyTampa-quality" Philly, Denver, Kansas City, O'Hare, Toronto Pearson, Champagne, Boeing Field, Van Nuys, Chimo, etc.. I can't be the only one that wants this quality scenery, and so I would urge BluePrint to improve on their artistic skills and keep at it. I won't be buying this version, but I promise I will buy it at FlyScenery quality.Cheers,

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Yeah..I don't want to discourage them either... I'd like more payware vendors do airport sceneries.But at the same time..we cannot be discouraging to awesome payware vendors like Fly Tampa and Aerosoft and Flight scenery etc by paying almost the same amount for work that is 20% of what these other guys do. Manny

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You guys could try out my version located here in the library. I know its not quite up to these standards, but from what I see in the screen shots, for free its at least a god bit better than default. I may try updating it a bit here soon. The west wing of the terminal closest to the old building is just about complete and the new runway looks like its well on its way. I was there the other day.Hornit

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Hi;What's the filename, Hornit? I did a fast "KIAD" search under FS2004, Scenery, FS2004 and FS2004,"hornit", but zippo comes up. :-hmmm

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