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This is my personal view about the Active Camera 2002 V1 or 1.1 I think it is an over-kill. I feel the earlier pro version is much better. I have unistalled the latest version and put back the pro verion. I miss the spot plane view which I can view in all positions and distances which I cannot do with the latest versions of 2002.I am not sure whether I am missing something but feel if not that the Active Camera is an over-KillShri

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Hi Schri,Well the Spot View with Active Camera is much better controllable as without but you have to UNCHECK the "Gradual Transition" option in the FS 2002 menu

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Shri,You are certainly missing something.The 1st thing you are missing is to read the manual carefully.After having read the docs you'll discover the 2nd thing you are missing.Chapter 3 of the manual : 3. SPOT PLANE VIEWYou can pan and zoom with your mouse in spot plane view.There are 3 conditions to use this feature:1. Internal Pilot View must be CHECKED (CTRL-F11)2. Use mouse in spot view must be CHECKED (CTRL-F12)3. Gradual transition must be UNCHECKED (FS 2002 menu

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Fine, use the earlier version then. No one is forcing you to use it at all. Oh yea almost forgot - IT's FREE.Dave

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Or very, very fat :(Racartronit means something, but I just can't remember what

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Hi Serge,I have been using Active Camera 2002 since you released it. It is a valuable addition to the FS2002 experience. Incidentally, I used the previous versions as well, and this one is a definate improvement.I have a question. I always uncheck "Gradual Transition" in View - View Options, before beginning my flight. But, when I next use FS2002, the options has somehow reverted back to a checked state. Is there a way to have the unchecked state be the default?Thanks, and keep up the great work.Joe

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Hi Joe,it is easy.1. Load FS2002. Your startup situation is loaded. 2. Uncheck the gradual transition. 3. Save the situation as your default flightNext time you'll launch FS2002 the gradual transition will be default unchecked.BTW I posted some screenshots made with AC2004 beta in the Screenshots forum.Best regards,

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Shri,As Serge points out, you certainly are missing something! By the way, in the Active Camera options you can switch off spot view mouse control, in which case spot view works precisely as in previous versions. That's how I use it (because I prefer to use gradual transitions in spot view). Overkill? Of course not! It represents a significant improvement over the previous version. For me the preset views feature alone makes it worth it. Best regards, Chris

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OK, I've followed the directions as stated... but all the middle button does is zoom in and out, no matter which direction I move it with the button held down.I'm using a Logitech MX700 cordless optical mouse. This a problem?Steve MUKhttp://vatsim.pilotmedia.fi/statusindicato...tor=OD1&a=a.jpg2.53Ghz P4 | 512 MB SDRAM | Geforce 4 MX400 64MB | 80GB HDD | WinXP Pro | DX9

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Thanks for the quick reply, Serge.I'm on my way to the Screenshots forum to check out the pix.Joe

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Thanks Serge and all others for your replies. I will certainly take your advice and suggestions to see the light you have tried hard to show. I think I must be missing something. Shri

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I confess I have not mastered all phases of Active Camera 2002, but I have the same spot view capabilities now that I did before...and more! Now I can even use the mouse to change the perspective and distance. I avoided ANY Active Camera addon for months and now I regret doing so. When you finally get the head latency adjusted to point where you do not get airsick, the sense of "being there" is immeasurably improved.

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Joe, I had this problem too. It turns out that my default flight had the "gradual transition" block checked so it kept reverting to that default. Once I set up my default WITHOUT the check and saved the change, the problem went away.

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I Agree. Wasn't a keen user of FS2002 - always felt it lacked something. Couldn't put my finger on it until I tried Active Camera and that latency effect, now I can't fly without it and my FS time is double or treble what it used to be!Billy

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Serge,Let me add my thanks for Active Camera. It makes FS 2002 much more enjoyable.One suggestion: In Spot view I find it difficult to hold down the scroll wheel in order to pan. Is there a way to make the scroll wheel act as a toggle: one press and you are in 'pan' mode able to freely change your view by moving the mouse. One more press and you are returned to normal mode.I would think this would be easier for most people!-Rick

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I love active camera & have used 1.3 for ages. I tried the new version but kept losing the VC view. Following advice on this forum unfortunately didnt help (I had no problems with the spot/flyby views after reading the manual). When 2000 1.1 came out I tried that, but same problem. If i cycle from VC to spot view I cant get VC view back. I have reverted to 1.3 again, because VC view is the one I use 90% of the time, but really would prefer to use the new version properly. I just want to be able to cycle from VC to spot/flyby view & back again. What am I doing wrong? LonelyplanetXO

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Hi,This happens if you switch form external pilot (X shortcut) view to the VC view without leaving the external pilot view.Internal view and external view are linked.Try this with AC2002 1.1 : (this is the mistake)1. You are in VC. 2. Go to external view (press X)3. Cycle to VC by pressing S. You'll see the 2D cockpit. You'll never return to the VC view because the external view is still enabled( because Internal view and external view are linked)4. Then you'll have to press X again, then press S several times in order to make a complete view cycle. The proper way is : 1. You are in VC. 2. Go to external view (press X)3. Leave the external view (press X again) and you'll return automatically to VC view.When in external view ALWAYS press X before cycling to another view mode.That's it ! Regards,

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Hi Rick,It's easy. Use the ToggleMouseLook function (press F12).Regards,

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Thanks Serge. You got it. I never realised that X changes the view. I've always cycled through with the S or shift+S keys. Ok, I'll try it for a while & report back.All the best & thanks again for Active Camera.LonelyplanetXO

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