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How often do you change your texture sets?

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Hi,

 

as many of us I have REX and other texture providing addons installed. After purchase I did some experiments with all of those texture sets. But meanwhile I change my sky, clouds or water textures only at rare intervals.

 

So, I would like to ask, how do you handle your addon textures. Which textures do you change on what occasion and how often do you change them?

 

Cheers,

 

Harry

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I've been using the same clouds (cumulus set21 and cirrus set 21) and sun (realistic sun) ever since I bought REX years ago. I have changed the water animation two or three times (started of with Sparkling, one of the reasons I bought REX) but moved to another one (less obvious and more realistic) a few months later (FTX Calm). I have changed skies a bit more often, something like 2 times a year maybe, because none ever was perfectly fine with me, but I am pretty happy with my current sky (Orange West Coast, New Blue and Newfoundland). The other stuff I never ever installed.

 

As it is now I am quite happy with my graphics and I probably won't run REX at all anymore until I have to reinstall my PC. ^_^

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Very occasionally, in my case. I'm not a tweaker by nature, I'm here for the flying :-) and try to only fix things when they're broken but I do get the occasional bug, or I'll see someone's screenshot and think, "Hmm..., that sunset looks better than mine" and I'll fiddle a bit. Then not do it again for months.

 

Scott

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I don't change my texture sets, either. Just today I did, because I upgraded from Rex Overdrive to Rex Essential Overdrive, but until now I've not changed them.

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So it seem that I'm not alone with changing textures only very occasionally...

 

Cheers

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Hi,

 

Recently updated from REX essential to REX essential overdrive, I don't tend to change the textures deliberately but do always load REX up with the real world weather and let it choose it's own textures when installing the weather into FSX.

 

Happy Flying and good question.

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Hi,

 

Recently updated from REX essential to REX essential overdrive, I don't tend to change the textures deliberately but do always load REX up with the real world weather and let it choose it's own textures when installing the weather into FSX.

 

Happy Flying and good question.

 

I always wonder if that option (to load appropriate textures) really has some intelligence behind it or if it's simply a (overhyped) 'randomizer'... Did anyone actually test this function?

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I almost never change textures (running REXES), not because I am in love with the settings I have, but because if I only want to change, say, the clouds, REX insists on changing (or actually reloading) everything else. And reloading the water textures takes forever.

 

Maybe I am doing something incorrectly?

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I did try random theme and several individual one before settling on a final one. The time to load is too long to be practical when you want just to jump in and fly.

 

I wonder if the new history function that rex have introduced with all 2012 and in the future 2011 and 2010 will have the same fate. Having too much things available and not obvious to select (well... Do i prefer to fly the real weather of october 3, 2010 or the one for march 12, 2011) does not seem too interesting to me.

 

Pierre

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I almost never change textures (running REXES), not because I am in love with the settings I have, but because if I only want to change, say, the clouds, REX insists on changing (or actually reloading) everything else. And reloading the water textures takes forever.

 

Maybe I am doing something incorrectly?

 

On the Options page you can select all the things you want to install or not. If I only want to install a new sky, I only select the sky and deselect all other things. In version 2 there is a knob to select or deselect everything at once to make that a bit easier. You really do NOT have to install everything again all the time!!!

 

EDIT

Here is a picture I found of that Options page. Note de Deselect button at the bottom. As you can see everything is 'ticked' apart from the Light themes (that red line was already on this screenshot), which means that everything will be instlaled apart from those Light themes. In your case click on Deselect and then only enable Cloud themes and you are good to go.

 

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I almost never change textures (running REXES), not because I am in love with the settings I have, but because if I only want to change, say, the clouds, REX insists on changing (or actually reloading) everything else. And reloading the water textures takes forever.

 

Maybe I am doing something incorrectly?

In REXE and REXE+, I've found it only installs texture sets which you've explicitly selected; REX 2 did not do this selective install. Also, in the options page you can enforce to only install specific textures regardless of what you selected to install; I used this in REX 2.0 to avoid the forever water update. And I've found that if REXE finds a texture that has changed from what it thinks it has already installed, it will automatically load it again (which can be a PITA if you're really into tuning the texture set).

 

Edit: crud, got beaten to the punch....

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Hi all,

 

Interesting to read the comments regarding the time to load textures in REX essentials.

 

I have found the new version of REX essential, I incorrectly called it REX essential overdrive, when infact it's REX essential plus in my first comment actually loads a weather and textures a lot faster than the original Rex essential used to.

 

Also the options page in J van E's post, nice pic, shows all the options that you want to install when you start up FSX. What I have found reading the REX forum is that once you have loaded these textures, ie water, runways, taxiways, sky themes, lighting etc you can then de-select all options. This doesn't mean that they are not loaded into FSX when you start it, but infact once loaded they stay installed. So de-selecting all options speeds up the texture loading each time you start FSX.

 

Hope that helps some.

 

Happy Flying

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I generally do not change textures unless there is a new update with new textures. Similar to another person, I will occasionally change sky themes, as none of them are completely realistic for all parts of the world. I find the dawn and dusk themes difficult to choose, as you must choose between what is beautiful but rather unrealistic and what is rather dull but realistic.

 

For the others, I spend the installation day going through every single option, narrowing them down until I only have a few contenders. Then I select the one I like best, and leave it for good unless it starts bothering me.

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I'm using that WX textures stuff whenever I change the region I fly to. I only have the cloud textures set to be changed though, so the time to install them is negligible. The cloud variations with the FSX system are very limited (two types?), so that step serves as a fresh breeze, so to speak. ^_^

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I used to change my sky and clouid sets all the time looking for something that looked realistic for 99% of my flying. Then once I started using ENB I had to change sky sets again since they looked different with ENB enabled. I own FEX, REX and AS2012 and have tried combos from each package.

 

Finally I was turned on to ENBv2 from looking at Ed's (edetroit) screen shots and have since settled on the HDEv2 sunrise, day, and sunset textures since they look the most realistic as anything I have seen and represent what I see 90% of the time where I live.

 

I used one night time sky set from AS2012.

 

I get my Cumulus from FEX after taking a preset and then using the editor to modify it a bit, and use a Cirrus set from REX.

 

Now that I have finally found a set that works for the majority of situations, clouds that dont look over baked like some of the REX stuff, and a good looking sky set, I have no need to tweak or change any further. It took a while to experiment to find what I wanted but now there is no way I will change the combo again. I even backed up all the sky and cloud set textures just in case I do experiment again and forget the magic combo.

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This doesn't mean that they are not loaded into FSX when you start it, but infact once loaded they stay installed. So de-selecting all options speeds up the texture loading each time you start FSX.

 

Almost right. ^_^ When you install textures using REX, those textures are installed into the FSX folder, overwriting the original or previous ones, and they indeed stay there 'forever', so until you install other textures again. However deselecting all options does NOT speed up texture loading in FSX: FSX does not load the textures 'through' REX but from its own folders in which the textures are copied and obviously FSX has no idea (and it doesn't care) what the settings in REX are. So FSX loads the textures just as fast with all options selected.

 

The ONE AND ONLY advantage of deselecting options in REX is when you want to install new textures into the FSX folders using REX. Let's say you only want new clouds: in that case you deselect all options apart from the clouds; you pick new clouds and then let REX install them; this time REX will ONLY install cloud textures into the FSX folders.

 

So setting the options only has an effect on the time it takes REX to install new textures, simply because you are limiting the amount of textures REX has to install: it has no effect at ALL on how fast FSX loads them.

 

So (just to be complete) if you do not use the REX weather engine, you can completely forget about REX after installing textures you like. There is NO need to run REX and install the textures every time because once installed into FSX, they stay installed. You could even uninstall REX completely and FSX would still be using the REX textures that are installed in the FSX folder!

 

It would be a great idea if the devs of those texture programs could find a way to make this more clear to their customers... ^_^ If I would I could type this somewhere everyday because 'all over the world' people are reloading the same old textures everytime they start up FSX... what a waste of time.

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I load my route into AS2012 and install the textures for that wx. Lately I've been using Opus for weather but always have Active Sky install the textures based on current weather conditions for the area I'm flying in.

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I change my textures depending on weather conditions, location, and time. There are so many options that I sometimes feel that I'm flying for real.

 

The great thing about REX is that you can save your textures and just load them when you want to use them.

 

If you're not using all the options that REX offers, you're missing out on some great features.

 

If you want to see how much REX textures make a difference, check out the screens at the ORBX forums. Some cloud and sky textures make the scenery look stunning!

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I am not using REXE as much as I should, I picked textures I liked and installed them, never started REX again, but I'll look into that :unsure:

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If you're not using all the options that REX offers, you're missing out on some great features.

 

I haven't tried with REXE+ yet, but I have to say that I never warmed up to letting REX load textures to match wx in REXE. It wasn't so much the time (as others have noted, if you disable stuff you don't need to reload like water, changing sky/cloud textures doesn't take that long) it was that I'd get some pretty wonky looking skies doing it. Of course, the old wx engine wasn't working right for me, so it might be worth fiddling with again. On the other hand, flopping back and forth between REX and Opus since the new release to do comparisons, my limited patience for fiddling is about at an end. :-) I'll always be more of a set it and forget it guy.

 

Scott

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I change mine once in a blue moon. Ooops, wait a minute. I'd better change that moon texture... it's too blue!

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I change mine once in a blue moon. Ooops, wait a minute. I'd better change that moon texture... it's too blue!

 

Nice!

 

I never pay attention to the moon in FSX. The day textures are generally better in most parts of the world. I find that the night lighting of default FSX scenery tends to amplify the low resolution of the default textures.

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I'm with DJJose and Srdan, IMO it's important to change the theme to fit in with the correct weather. eg. if I'm flying in stormy weather then my water textures are darker, my clouds are CuNims and the sky texture is a washed colour and not a bright blue which I would use in fine weather. Also, I have winter textures, so although the clouds may remain the same I have bluer sunrises and dusk textures which in the summer are warmer. I don't see the point of only using REX or AS to give a single set of textures when there are naturally such marked differences.

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