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Anyone did a comparison between the improved wx engine in REX Essential PLUS and OpusFSX yet?

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I dont think anyone has been able to download it yet. I've been trying since it's release. I'm curious about that too myself.

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Same here but I do think some must have been able to download it but of course chances are not that big those few who managed to get hold of it are also OpusFSX owners...just have to wait a while then I guess but will be interesting to see and/or hear the result!

 

Bought OpusFSX not long ago and so far I'm very pleased but of course it's always interesting to see what's around the corner. Also OpusFSX will be updated soon as I understood it and that will make it even better so this seem to be great time for wx engines :wink:

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I'll probably just use my REX for the hi res textures and Opus for the weather engine and camera views. I've never seen a weather engine that worked as good as Opus.

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I'll probably just use my REX for the hi res textures and Opus for the weather engine and camera views. I've never seen a weather engine that worked as good as Opus.

 

I highly doubt I will use anything but OpusFSX myself considering how happy I am with it. At the moment I'm using it with AS 2012 cloud textures since I never managed to find REX cloud textures I like or textures that look realistic and as good as in all screenshots featuring REX.

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This is a huge dilemma now. Opus FSX has been spot on accurate as to the depicted weather and METARS. REX has always been far from being accurate. I would think they would have rectified this by now with a major upgarde.

Now REX Plus has winds aloft and Opus doesnt,.. yet.

 

But I continue to have these sudden wind shifts, which cause drops and increases in airspeed and altitude. While their support has been outstanding to try to rectify it ,it continues and everytime I fly with VAFS I get penalized for my bad G forces.

 

Ive downloaded REX plus since im an owner of the original anyhow, but havnt run it yet as I have a P3D key issue.

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I dont think anyone has been able to download it yet.

I downloaded REXe+ last night. First tried it with Firefox and it froze up but then I did it with FlashGet (like they advise) and it downloaded pretty smoothly in about 10 minutes. So far, I really like it. I've had none of the issues that I've had with the previous version (which were plentiful, i.e. freezes, crashes, painfully slow loading, disrupting injections, etc). Knocking on wood, of course, I think they really did it right this time.

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See a couple of comments towards the end of this thread: http://forum.avsim.net/topic/390330-rex-essential-plus-and-overdrive-are-ready/page__st__50

 

It's way too early and there are way too many variables to get too carried away with comparisons at this point for the reasons stated in the thread. These are initial impressions.

 

BTW, if you're having trouble DL'ing, I'd strongly recommend holding off on doing the OD part, and just upgrade to Plus. It's a far smaller DL, so you can get going and try the new functions now, and then pick up the OD textures later when server loads drop.

 

Scott

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This topic has been moved from "MS FSX Forum" to "The OpusFSX Forum". This move has been done for a number of possible reasons.

Good grief Jim, not sure why you moved this. It is not a Opus support thread. It is mainly about the new features of REX.

80% of the posts so far are about downloading REX. The Opus forum is about Opus, and should be OPUS only

 

Rex is first mentioned in the topic title. No dis respect Jim, but sometimes I think you get trigger happy. :smile:

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It seems like the Plus mode included with the REXE+ weather engine uses a similar method to injecting weather that OpusFSX does and has the same advantages i.e. instant injection with minimal stutters and interference. One advantage REXE+ has is that it now features historical weather (which I think is one of the next major features for OpusFSX) but I'm not sure how well it works yet. I am still very disappointed with the lack of decent visibiliy controls in REXE+ which haven't really been improved at all. Both AS2012 and OpusFSX allow you to set maximum surface level visibility and maximum upper level visibility too. REXE+ still doesn't offer this functionality it seems.

 

All in all I'm not sure if I will use the REXE+ weather engine as OpusFSX is working perfectly well for me right now. I'm not at all interested in winds aloft because I've yet to see a developer implement it whilst eliminating the suddent spikes and shifts that we all know too well.

 

Oh and if anyone is wondering the additional textures in REXE+ OD seem to be the same additional ones that came with the original Overdrive package. Not sure why they needed to re-write OD for REXE in all honesty.

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Thanks Tom. I hope Jim doesn't think I was being rude to him. Far from it.

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I would like to address several items brought up in this post.

 

First, in regards to download issues we are aware of the slowness and we are actively working on it as I type. We greatly appreciate everyones patience.

 

Secondly, @hightowers I am not sure but are you the one who has been emailing me about his P3D issue. I just got your most recent email and I will respond to you shortly.

 

Thirdly, @those that seem to say REX is too complicated to configure. We are offering a FREE online training session tomorrow at 19UTC to help with that,

http://www.realenvironmentxtreme.com/forums/index.php?/topic/21896-training-session-1-installation-and-configuration/

 

Four, @those wondering what the PLUS is all about. Yes the upgrade includes fixes as well as an upgrade version for Overdrive. We also have included a new weather engine that is based upon the Weather Theme process, which includes real weather, archive weather, and you can use the random weather feature. We also include real upper level winds. We also have included a download center which will include in time new textures and additional fun stuff. This feature also allows us to make updates to REX Essential Plus/OD with out having to make HUGE downloads from here on out.

 

Fifth, @those wanting to know why we re-wrote Overdrive - We have moved on to REX "3" Essential with many new features over REX 2. We didn't want to leave those who had Overdrive out of the picture.

 

Finally, @kannwar - In the manual there are instructions under the heading of Visibility on how to set various custom levels of visibility. We feel this gives the user more control than just setting a max/min level. If you need help on how to do this please email me at: r_stough@realenvironmentxtreme.com

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One advantage REXE+ has is that it now features historical weather (which I think is one of the next major features for OpusFSX) but I'm not sure how well it works yet.

 

Seemed to work fine when I tried it last night. Bit slow to do the initial load of METARs and winds aloft, but no delays on injection after that. I picked an arbitrary day in July. The servers currently only have 2012 data, though REX says this will be expanded in time.

 

Scott

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Yes will be expanding the archive files. It is approx. 140 million rows of data for each year, and our focus has been mostly on getting REX out. So after things calm down we will start the process of moving more data over.

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I've never seen a weather engine that worked as good as Opus.

 

I used it. Would like to know what you find about Opus weather engine so good? Let's exclude the cloud depiction... because when it comes to weather, it's virtually only one little part.

 

Opus FSX has been spot on accurate as to the depicted weather and METARS

 

How so? I always had correct METARs in AS, just up to 30min late, which is, considering what is happening in the background, quite OK.

 

Seemed to work fine when I tried it last night. Bit slow to do the initial load of METARs and winds aloft, but no delays on injection after that.

 

I don't understand why people nag about the startup of the weather engine. How long does FSX need to start up? In my case, and the case of a very powerful computer, weather engine loads faster than FSX does...

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I don't understand why people nag about the startup of the weather engine. How long does FSX need to start up? In my case, and the case of a very powerful computer, weather engine loads faster than FSX does...

 

Huh?? This wasn't a complaint (and certainly not a "nag"), just a factual observation. I'm actually very pleased with the functionality of the feature and have so stated elsewhere. Note that I also mention that there were no perceptible delays after the initial load, which is indeed what really matters to me.

 

If that wasn't clear, my apologies.

 

Scott

 

Edit: And just to be extra clear, my remarks were in reference to REX new historical wx feature and its data load.

 

S.

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Scott - that wasn't pointed towards you. I'm also sorry if it came over like that, simple internet lingo. I ment in general - Opus become so popular because it starts instantly. Why does it do that? Because it has nothing else than NOAA METARs to report/forward.

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Rex is first mentioned in the topic title. No dis respect Jim, but sometimes I think you get trigger happy.

 

Hi Julian,

 

I see Tom has moved this topic back and that's great but I saw nothing about FSX in the OP. The topic title indicated it was a comparison between one software weather product against another software weather product that were made for FSX. I think it would have made a great topic in the OPUS Forum too as I'm sure those interested in OPUS weather would have loved to review the comparison with REX Plus (or maybe not...). I appreciate your bringing this to my attention. Mistakes happen occasionally. I just wanted to explain my rationale.

 

My apologies to the OP for moving the topic too!

 

Best regards,

Jim

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Scott - that wasn't pointed towards you. I'm also sorry if it came over like that, simple internet lingo.

 

Gotcha. No worries and thanks for clarifying.

 

Scott

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I used it. Would like to know what you find about Opus weather engine so good? Let's exclude the cloud depiction... because when it comes to weather, it's virtually only one little part.

 

I like Opus because it sets up and loads weather quickly. You don't have to wait long periods for loading weather like with REX or Active Sky 2012. Turn on Opus and your weather is there, looking wonderful, instantly.

Another thing is that I can fly in clear weather and see overcast ahead in the distance. It will get closer realistically and I will fly into that overcast and be on zero visibility, staying in it without the weather cleaning and reloading. With REX or AS2012, you will find yourself, all of a sudden, in clear weather.

I also like the turbulents in Opus. I'll be flying along and hit turbulents where my aircraft will vibrate realistically. I haven't had that with other weather engines.

AS2012 said that the Opus weather engine is where theirs was seven years ago. I don't see that and I have been a customer of Active Sky for a long time.

Both Active Sky and REX are good products, but my preference is the Opus weather engine.

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I was at work today, and looked up into the crappy sky we had all morning, and thought to myself....now would be a good time to load up FSX and Opus. It's that good.

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I appreciate your bringing this to my attention. Mistakes happen occasionally. I just wanted to explain my rationale.

Hi Jim,

Fully understood. Appreciate your comments. I just thought the thread might go south on the Opus forum. :)

 

Regards

Julian

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Both Active Sky and REX are good products, but my preference is the Opus weather engine.

 

Can't help but keep playing devil's advocate... Your preference compared to what? REX as you've seen it, or REX as it is since the new release? I'm still evaluating and trying things, but I'm also still amazed at those who know the answer before even trying.

 

Scott

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