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Miami City 2012 by Drzewiecki Design for FSX - recommended

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If you like flying in the Miami area or just flying in South Florida in general I recommend you jump over to PC Aviator and pick up the Miami City 2012 for FSX while it is still on sale (40% off thru Aug 9th). I have the Sim Savvy photo scenery for the entire state and the Ft. Lauderdale X Revisited photoscenery that joins the Drzewiecki Design Miami City to the North. This DD scenery package covers a large area, much larger than most add on sceneries and has 3 major airports included. The airports should be considered lite versions as compared to stand alone, inside the fence type airports, like FSDT or such, but yet are upgraded and enhanced.

 

I also have a photoscenery package for Key West and the Keys that almost joins the Miami City 2012 to the South, but it is of such poor quality that can't recommend it.

 

This DD package seems to have solved the unnatural bluish/green tint found in previous US photosceneries like Sim Savvy and Aerosoft US Cities and others. The ground texture colors are much more realistic in Miami City 2012 and the water is truly water. I can land my float planes in the scenery area without throwing up dust and pebbles like the others that I mentioned above. This is a great improvement.

 

There are so many structures and buildings that I have to move a few sliders to the left to keep the FPS count acceptable but it still looks fine to me. Even if you miss the sale price, I would still recommend you pick this one up.

 

Ray

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My only beefs are the lack of palm trees and I wish the photo scenery was higher resolution. But the buildings are amazing and the area is really filled out nicely.

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I agree that the scenery is quite impressive. The additional auto-gen is amazing. They have managed to cover just about every large building in the area. Flying over Key Biscayne and Miami Beach provides an amazing view. Downtown Miami is also full of skyscrapers and correctly placed buildings.

 

The photoscenery used blends in very well with the default scenery. (daytime, to be specific.)

 

My only negatives are mostly with the night lighting. I find it quite ugly and garish. But at high altitudes it looks considerably better. It's only when flying low and slow that it's bad. Also, just about none of the buildings have night lighting effects. Looks like a blackout has hit South Florida.

 

I also have the LatinVFR KMIA airport which works very well alongside this scenery. I have inactivated Miami City's KMIA in the FSX addon scenery dropdown.

 

Unfortunately, running both gives me a significant FPS hit. But I believe the hit is coming more from the LatinVFR airport than the Miami City 2012 scenery.

 

At the sale price I HIGHLY recommend it. I purchased it full price when it first was released and don't regret it.

 

I don't believe there will be any updates to Miami CIty 2012, although it would definitely benefit from one if it included night lighting on the buildings.

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So we need to tell the developer we would like to have some native palm trees ( a few thousand) and properly lighted buildings at night and then we will have a really nice package.

 

Ray

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How are the FPS?

 

My impression of the FPS was quite good. I wasn't flying a high stress aircraft but I saw no loss on my system.

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My impression of the FPS was quite good. I wasn't flying a high stress aircraft but I saw no loss on my system.

Thanks!!!

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I've noticed little impact on FPS, but drawing all the buildings does seems to take a bit long. But I'm happy overall with the product, especially since MIA is home! Once Latin VFR updates their version of KMIA to address slow FPS, it will be a great combo IMHO.

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Looks good, thanks for the heads-up, at $15 I figure it's worth it, too bad about the night lighting though.

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I've noticed little impact on FPS, but drawing all the buildings does seems to take a bit long. But I'm happy overall with the product, especially since MIA is home! Once Latin VFR updates their version of KMIA to address slow FPS, it will be a great combo IMHO.

 

Can you tell me if it is DX10 compatible, thank you.

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Can you tell me if it is DX10 compatible, thank you.

I Alain, I just made a quick check in DX10 mode, and the scenery seems to be compatible with very smooth FPS.

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It's good and makes me wonder why someone doesn't give Sydney CBD and surroundings the same treatment. Certainly makes mincemeat of OrbX's claim that the YSSY area is too difficult and would cause a framerate hit too massive for them to contemplate doing it. Case in point is the upcoming MegaRio and Sao Paulo from the guys at Terra Brazilis. Just sayin'...

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OK I got the it, do you guys know what's the best compatible Miami and Ft-lauderdale airport (also DX10 compatible) for this scenery?

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I have the DD Miami city and I am happy I bought it. unlike the no so good Latin VFRs Miami

 

But I still have two issues with the DD Miami

 

The big one is the LOD issues with its objects...they keep popping in and out,...this may be ok for old PCs but not good for a good performing new PCs. Orbx is amazing since you do not have have these LOD issues.. all buildings and trees at distant is sharp.

 

2nd is, the night is a tad too inconsistent across the board. .but its not such a big issue for the fact, that they actually have a night city unlike many of the Aerosofts cities.

 

Manny

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The big one is the LOD issues with its objects...they keep popping in and out

 

I did have an issue with fairly large areas blacking out and coming back. I assumed it was something to do with my settings. You're right, though. Orbx doesn't have that issue.

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I did have an issue with fairly large areas blacking out and coming back. I assumed it was something to do with my settings. You're right, though. Orbx doesn't have that issue.

 

Instead of messing with these LODs they ought to have associated scenery objects with Level of detail sliders. I remember when you create and place objects in sceneries you can associate it with those scenery detail sliders in FSX. This way, for folks with the not the fastest PC can move the slider to the left so these objects don't appear on the scenery and for folks with faster PCs can move the sliders to the right.

 

But making objects dissappear at 100 or 200 yards from you for everyone is extremely distracting and makes a good scenery not so good.

 

Or have some sort of Installation settings to make it complex or simple or inbetween

 

The scenery is good ...and its a popular location, so hopefully they would do an update for it. In the meanwhile hopefully Fly tampa would do the Miami airport.

 

 

Manny

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Good points regarding the objects popping in and out. It does get a little distracting and annoying when changing views or looking away and then back. It's like a domino effect in reverse... Excellent idea regarding LOD settings as well.

 

As for the LatinVFR KMIA airport, where are you guys seeing that it's being updated for better framerate? Last night I went to their website (Cayman) and couldn't find a thread or post regarding that.

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Bought it. Like it, but ARGGGGGG...NO PALM TREES!

 

Stan

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Did the palm trees ever get addressed in a patch or anything? Think of picking this up on the current sale for $12.

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