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Pete Dowson - time to show your appreciation

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To everyone who uses FSUIPC,Pete Dowson - the author of FSUIPC - has opened a support page for FSUIPC over at simflight.com. I'm sure the chaps here at AvSim won't mind me mentioning this. On that site you will find a link to a page where you can make a financial contribution to show Peter how much you appreciate his efforts.This is a donationware site. FSUIPC remains free and Pete wishes to keep it this way for as long as he can. But, he's now working full-time on making FSUIPC work with FS9 (for which I'm sure we'll all be very grateful in a few months when it's released) and feels that some financial encouragement would help him in his endeavours (my words, not his).Please visit http://forums.simflight.com/viewforum.php?f=54 (you will need to register before you can post) and help Pete carry on with his good work. You can also post questions about FSUIPC and Pete's other software on this new support Forum.Thank you.

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As soon as I saw that the other day I could not get my credit card fast enough. I have spent money on all kinds of addons that do not work or will not work on newer versions of FS. I am VERY selective on what I buy now, but I have to say the money I sent to Peter is the best money I have ever spent!(Of course other than FS). With no Peter and Fsuipc just think were we would all be.Money well spent and for years to come.

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Just made my donation and felt that it was worth every dime. Keep up the fantastic work Pete!While I am glad to support Pete in his endeavors, to a certain extent I feel that in donating I am subsidizing payware developers. They are directly benefiting from the use of freeware (now donationware) that I support. Just my (additional) two cents.Dennis

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I made my donation this morning...I hope everyone that uses FSUIPC and Pete's other Awesome Utilities will donate! Barry

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It would be nice to see some of the companies who have developed payware and shareware addons that rely on FSUIPC put their hands in their pockets and sling a buck or two in Pete's direction. One of the biggest beneficiaries would be Microsoft who sell bucketsful of FS in various incarnations simply because addons are viable. How about it Bill?Without FSUIPC, addon developers would not have a product.

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Hi Ray,Long time no speak ;)I fully agree with you and have made a donation.Take care,Egbert Drenth

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I don't think that it is donationware it's freeware but if people feel that they can support someone that gave so much to everybody they should. But on the other hand companies that use FSUIPC have the moral obligation to contribute without expecting any retribution, FSUIPC is enough.Jos

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Hi Egbert and everyone,Nice to hear from you too Egbert - we go back many years and I hope you're keeping well and enjoying our favourite hobby.I totally agree with the comments by Dennis, Jose, Andy and Barry in that commercial developers owe a big debt of gratitude to Pete and should show it in the customary way. Gratitude is welcome but it doesn't buy a loaf of bread! :-)Cheers,

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bump.AvSim staff, could you please consider locking this on page 1 for a couple of weeks please? I think it's a worthy enough cause.Thanks,

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Bump,AVSIM needs to add a headliner article as many of their sponsors use FSUIPC.Barry

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Ray,We all know how much Pete's work has meant to the MSFS community. It was pure "JOY" to make a donation to a work that means so much to the addon community.Pete has dipped his toe right down to the bowls of MSFS code and helped us have a much better simming experience.Thanks for helping the community understand just how much Pete means to us all.Bob Johnson

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Just did a donation ware for a wonderful piece of software :-)Andr

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Andre,Thank you very much for your contribution.Everyone, ask yourself one question - "If I took FSUIPC off my PC how much would it affect things?". More than you would think I suspect.In fact, why not try it for 24 hours and see the effect? Could be a bit of an eyeopener!Cheers,

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bump...AvSim staff - please lock this to the front page. Surely Pete's Dowson is a worthy enough cause given that he has been awarded AvSim's highest award for the quality of his contributions to the FS community.Thank you.

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hi allme too.for all peters hard work.had to reach for the credit card. best wishes steve

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Not only for the end user. But the question also needs to be asked. How many vendors would be able sell their software without FSUIPC. We have all freeloaded on Mr. Dawsons product and the Vendors of FS addons are not exempt. If fact they are the only ones who have profited on Mr. Dawsons generosity. I feel that a large portion of the burden also falls on themDennis

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Dennis,Well said! I totally agree and I'm sure that many of them will make a contribution. I know of one already who has made a very generous contribution but I have no intention of naming either the contributor or the amount.BTW, it's Dowson - not Dawson ;-)Regards,

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Nice one Steve - thanks :-) To all who have contributed so far - thank you very much. I know Pete will be very grateful. To anyone who hasn't - please reconsider. It would be a shame if Pete was forced to go commercial. The more that make a contribution the smaller the chance he'll have to consider that option.Cheers,

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>Nice one Steve - thanks :-) To all who have contributed so >far - thank you very much. I know Pete will be very >grateful. To anyone who hasn't - please reconsider. It would >be a shame if Pete was forced to go commercial. The more >that make a contribution the smaller the chance he'll have >to consider that option. Considering the number of commercial addons that simply wouldn't exist without Pete's programs, I should think the commercial developers would be at the forefront in providing financial support for his development efforts.**Disclaimer: The above is my personal opinion, and does not reflect the opinion of AVSIM.COM or other staff members.Now, that said, I will certainly contribute what I can! :)

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Bill,Thank you for your message and for making a contribution.Essentially I agree with you that the commercial beneficiaries should head the list so let's start the ball rolling. I'd like anyone who is using a FS commercial utility which relies on FSUIPC to work and isn't listed below to add its name to this thread. Hopefully those companies (or representatives of those companies) will visit this thread and do the honorable thing.However, the private individual also has a responsibility to support Pete and I would urge anyone who had read this and moved on without contributing to think again and examine their consciences. Think about the benefits FSUIPC (and of course, all the other utilities Pete produces) gives you.Enough said... here's my starting list...FSMeteoFSTrafficBoard (v2.0)ActiveSkyCheers,

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well, reagrding the list: this sounds a little bit like defamation, doesn't it? hence, I do not add anybody to this list although I second the thought that the designer shall mainly support pete. having said this, I point you to the list at http://www.schiratti.com/dowson.html and donate some bucks...CheersPhilCome to DAD!http://www.dangerous-airports.com/images/dad_logo.jpgAMD XP 2700+, 512 MB, ASUS A7N8X, GF4 440, 17" TFT

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Phil,Defamation? Why would you suggest that? It was just the names of some software packages which rely on FSUIPC to work. My limited list has now been made redundant because of the full list provided on Enrico's site.Now that AvSim has made a point of bringing people's attention to Pete contribution to the community I feel no need to continue this thread. As far as making a contribution is concerned I did this last Friday - before I posted my message here.Regards,

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