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REX - Do I really need it?

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I know from reading past forums virtually everyone raves about how good REX is, but I am still debating if I really do need it. I have already got installed Zinertek's Ultimate Water Advanced and Ultimate Night Environment 2010 for the water and night textures plus the freeware HD environment for the sky and clouds, so I am wondering if having REX instead will greatly make a lot of difference? I must admit I am tempted by purchasing REX although it is still a little pricey at the moment, I was hoping that it was on offer on Simmarket like the X Plane version then I think I would have bought it, but at the moment I just cannot make my mind up...

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You have already enhanced your FS9 environment with some good add-ons but I think you will find that REX gives you more "bang for your buck" than anything else. I feel like it totally transformed my FS9 experience and I already had a number of other environment "upgrade" programs. After having it for about a year I still find myself regularly going "Oh wow!" at some of the effects it produces... One other thing I highly recommend is getting the registered version of FSUIPC. That will also make you go "Oh wow!" at the improvement to how FS9 renders weather conditions. I wish I had bought it years ago...

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Thanks for the quick reply. So would you say then that it is best to have both REX and the registered version of FSUIPC installed or is it just one or the other?

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You have already enhanced your FS9 environment with some good add-ons but I think you will find that REX gives you more "bang for your buck" than anything else. I feel like it totally transformed my FS9 experience and I already had a number of other environment "upgrade" programs. After having it for about a year I still find myself regularly going "Oh wow!" at some of the effects it produces... One other thing I highly recommend is getting the registered version of FSUIPC. That will also make you go "Oh wow!" at the improvement to how FS9 renders weather conditions. I wish I had bought it years ago...
would you mind sharing some fsuipc settings?

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would you mind sharing some fsuipc settings?
I have the feeling that there are a lot of people on here who are far more sophisticated with FSUIPC than I am. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. But the weather settings are what blew my mind when I saw the difference it made. Hopefully someone with more knowledge of the potential of FSUIPC will see this thread and answer your question. I feel like the settings I've tinkered with are all pretty basic and I'm sure there are others who know a lot more about it than I do... Mostly I've just checked the recommended boxes and then marvelled at the result. :)

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I would say without question that REX is worth it. I recommend trying the Zinertek water reflections with the REX water textures, as the former is a bit monochromatic.

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I would say without question that REX is worth it. I recommend trying the Zinertek water reflections with the REX water textures, as the former is a bit monochromatic.
Interesting point. I have Zinertek's Ultimate Water Advanced and highly rate their wave effect. However, some times the water around the UK (especially the murky North Sea) can often look a bit "tropical". If I was to use REX (which I am also considering purchasing), could I experiment with / modify the water colours and maintain Zinertek's wave effect ? Many thanks

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I use a combination of REX's inland water texture tiles in conjuction with Zinertek's water. In other words after I installed REX I copied out all the inland water textures and put them back in after I installed Zintertek's water. I did the same thing with the Caribbean coral textures. The combination of REX's inland water and Coral textures with Zinertek's overall set is really great (don't change any Zinertek effects). There were big blocks of light water texture in the Caribbean as well that I replaced with standard sea textures from Zinertek that worked out well. Don't ask what I did because this was well over a year ago. If you play around with a few things it's well worth it to have the best of both worlds in the water department...

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HiI've just noticed on their website that REX also includes ground water textures.Could someone please confirm whether or not these work with 3rd part addon scenery or just default scenery ? If they do, are there any issues with the water effects that Aerosoft's AES produces when it's raining ?Many thanks

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Hi I've just noticed on their website that REX also includes ground water textures. Could someone please confirm whether or not these work with 3rd part addon scenery or just default scenery ? If they do, are there any issues with the water effects that Aerosoft's AES produces when it's raining ? Many thanks
Basically what REX does is almost entirely replace all of your default FS "environment" textures. Clouds, sky colors, sun, sunsets, rivers, ocean and so on. They will also replace stock runway, tarmac and taxiway textures and probably lots of other goodies I can't remember. And you have numerous alternative sets for different conditions - tropical, arctic, bad weather, nice weather etc. And then if you don't like those sets, you can customize your own versions for sea and sky etc. To answer your question about AES, it will not effect the wet runway textures at your addon airports with AES support. If it's a stock texture - it will replace it with a better one. If it's an addon with its own texture set for runways, taxiways etc, including the AES wet runway ones, it will not effect it. Honestly I cannot think of a downside to buying this addon, nor have I heard anyone else mention any negatives. It truly will very significantly enhance the sim in many ways and you will never run out of options to try new looks - they are virtually limitless As "gushy" as this may sound, it really does remake FS9 into something almost brand new and vastly better.

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Good response to this topic that I originally posted, interesting to hear what people think before making any purchases. Garydpoole made a good point regarding the colours of the sea in the UK as in reality the majority of it is a murky grey colour, but if it REX can produce those results and by keeping Zinertek's effects then maybe its worth considering. It does amuse me though how much people like me spend more time trying to modify their flight sim than actually playing it!LOL.gif

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Good response to this topic that I originally posted, interesting to hear what people think before making any purchases. Garydpoole made a good point regarding the colours of the sea in the UK as in reality the majority of it is a murky grey colour, but if it REX can produce those results and by keeping Zinertek's effects then maybe its worth considering. It does amuse me though how much people like me spend more time trying to modify their flight sim than actually playing it!LOL.gif
It may be a "guy thing" like a teenage boy tinkering with a hot rod... LOL REX can produce the results you want - you can make sea textures any color you want and it's all done in a rather clever way.

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Sold! I will get my bank card out and go for it! I think the overall verdict is that REX is the 'must have' add-on programme and it appears that it is in a league of it's own. Just hope that I won't be disappointed after all the hype! I can't see that I will be, looking forward to giving it a go!

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I know from reading past forums virtually everyone raves about how good REX is, but I am still debating if I really do need it. I have already got installed Zinertek's Ultimate Water Advanced and Ultimate Night Environment 2010 for the water and night textures plus the freeware HD environment for the sky and clouds, so I am wondering if having REX instead will greatly make a lot of difference? I must admit I am tempted by purchasing REX although it is still a little pricey at the moment, I was hoping that it was on offer on Simmarket like the X Plane version then I think I would have bought it, but at the moment I just cannot make my mind up...
If REX does for FS9 what it does for FSX, it's worth every penny. I was skeptical and finally broke down and got the FSX version and it blew me away. Now I'm faced with getting it for FS9 because I do more than half my flying there. Aw well, it's only money... DJ

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Aw well, it's only money...
Dave, I love it! biggrin.png PS And yes, REX is gorgeous!

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If REX does for FS9 what it does for FSX, it's worth every penny. I was skeptical and finally broke down and got the FSX version and it blew me away. Now I'm faced with getting it for FS9 because I do more than half my flying there. Aw well, it's only money... DJ
It's money that is definitely "well spent." You won't regret it. It probably does MORE for FS9 as it really raises the bar from a somewhat "lower" position in terms of visual realism... As much as I disliked FSX, it did improve the look of the sim. REX will bring FS9 up to that same standard - and then improve it even more... This is a rather bold statement but I think all the REX users out there will agree with me - people have no idea of what the potential of FS9 is until they have REX... Marry that with FSUIPC registered version and a good WX program like ASV6.5 and WOW - it is a whole new simulation visually....Ian

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How would I integrate REX with ActiveSky 6.5 and GroundEnvironment Pro? Do they work well together (right now I'm using AS6.5 as the engine, ActiveSky Graphics for the sky and GEPro for ground)?

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How would I integrate REX with ActiveSky 6.5 and GroundEnvironment Pro? Do they work well together (right now I'm using AS6.5 as the engine, ActiveSky Graphics for the sky and GEPro for ground)?
I just went through this drill - as nearly as I can tell if you want GEP graphics you get both ground and sky whether you want them both or not. Consequently, you can run ASV and let it do its thing with GEP to get the ground textures and load the sky; then run REX and let it do the sky - don't let ASG do auto submit cloud updates by the way. If anyone has a better notion I'd love to hear it! DJ

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I just went through this drill - as nearly as I can tell if you want GEP graphics you get both ground and sky whether you want them both or not. Consequently, you can run ASV and let it do its thing with GEP to get the ground textures and load the sky; then run REX and let it do the sky - don't let ASG do auto submit cloud updates by the way. If anyone has a better notion I'd love to hear it! DJ
I agree. I do the same thing. Chuck, the combination is unbeatable. You get the best of all three products if you do them in that sequence and the result is breathtaking. I hate to sound like I'm pushing anybody's products but if you combine these three along with the registered FSUIPC you will find yourself looking at something that rivals FSX in almost every respect but with the great performance of FS9...BTW, you do not have to do this every time. ASV6.5 will not execute the AS Graphics unless you go through that interface. So once you've got the GE pro ground textures and REX everything else, just use ASV for real-time weather.

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One more quick question. I think I know the answer but want to be sure. Do you see any frame impact using REX compared to ASG? The reason I ask is that I get absolutely no stuttering with my current set up using ASG set to Wx-Influenced and 512x512 "highest quality".

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One more quick question. I think I know the answer but want to be sure. Do you see any frame impact using REX compared to ASG? The reason I ask is that I get absolutely no stuttering with my current set up using ASG set to Wx-Influenced and 512x512 "highest quality".
I run a system very similar to yours (Alienware i7 920 OC'd to 3.5) and have a cheaper graphics card (GTX260) and have no issues at all. I picked up REX for FSX first, and as a result of this thread went ahead and got the FS9 version as well. All systems are different, but I wouldn't expect any issues with yours. REX is stunning - I love FS9 and this is the perfect touch. DJ

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Okay. So I installed REX and the four SP's. One word. GREAT!!! I'm using it with AS6.5 and GEPro as indicated above with no problem whatsoever. Now I've got to figure out a combination of the various sky, cloud, etc.. elements that I like. VERY NICE!

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Okay. So I installed REX and the four SP's. One word. GREAT!!! I'm using it with AS6.5 and GEPro as indicated above with no problem whatsoever. Now I've got to figure out a combination of the various sky, cloud, etc.. elements that I like. VERY NICE!
Try putting your flightplan into REX and let the metars it fetches be used to create and load the textures - then shut REX down. The mixes it generates will give you an idea of the possibilities... DJ

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Thanks for the tip. I think I'm having a problem keeping the GEPro textures installed. I ran GEPro, installed Partly Cloudy textures and then ran REX with the Pristine Tropics theme. Following that I ran AS6.5 for the weather at KATL. FS9 loads with very clear ground textures (or so it appears) before the actual weather loads. Is REX overwriting the GEPro textures, do you think? Also, I've disabled winds on the ground in AS6.5 and FSUIPC (registered) but now I'm getting surface winds which I didn't have before. Thoughts on why this is happening? If this is getting too lengthy I can take this to the REX forums but this might be a good learning experience for others. Rolling Eyes.gif

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