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Now that I have my PC working well with FSX (thanks, Word Not Allowed), I would like to improve the weather over the FSX default options. I have looked at Activesky 2012, but I am concerned that the included textures will somehow interfere with the GEX textures (I also have UTX installed). I would like to have improved cloud textures, but not at the expense of a heavy fps hit. Anyone have AS2012 + GEX + UTX? Or is there another weather program I should consider?

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Weather programs and textures from them will not interfere with UTX or GEX they're completely different.

 

I recommend OPUS as a wether addon and REX for textures.

 

However there are some high quality freeware cloud,sky, water textures etc.

 

There's also FEX from flight 1 I believe.

 

OPUS us the simplest to use, and has the most realistic weather.

 

Lee

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I am using all three with nearly the same hardware setup as yours and have experienced not problem whatsoever. I personally like AS2012 for weather and am using their textures,

 

Richard

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Before you choose a weather engine, research them all and determine which one has the feature set you prefer. Opus has lots of camera options, AS2012 has a weather map and lots of good textures. The three main weather programs all give similar cloud depictions and are equally accurate, but vary in interpolation of weather between stations.

 

If you go with AS2012, get the latest beta for some improved cloud textures. The beta seems to be quite stable.

 

The textures available in AS2012 can be installed individually; for example you can install just the cloud textures if you wish. There are also water textures (you can recolor these if you wish from within AS2012), runway and taxiway textures, sun and moon, and probably others I've forgotten.

 

No matter which weather program you choose, a registered copy of FSUIPC4 will help with weather smoothing, and has a lot of additional features besides.

 

Hook

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Opus, hands down. Try it for free and once you do you'll be hooked. It's awesome. Post closed lol.

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AS2012 without question. Configurable for your type of flying with a single click - low and slow with lots of eye candy or high and fast with accurate temps, winds. or something in the middle. Graphics are in the eye of the beholder but I prefer AS2012 to any other. On MY system, less frame hit and better looking.

 

Vic

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There seems to be some sort of consensus emerging that the highest Rez 4096 textures aren't necessary and lower Rez actually looks better. As others have said, there no problem with texture conflict with the program's you mention.

 

Secondly, AS2012 has great textures and a good weather engine, but the best weather engine IMHO Is OpusFSX so far as the most realistic weather representation goes ... And it works perfectly with whatever textures you have installed. I use it with free textures!

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Worth commenting, of course, that OpusfSX is in constant development and therefore many improvements have been made since the review was written.

Opps, forgot to mention that. Thanks.

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I would say REX Essentials has matured into a great weather engine this last 6 months. Its on a par with any of the other engines mentioned above. With the introduction of new upper level data this past week its even better than previous versions.

They have a very active forum and support is second to none.

I may be bias being a beta tester for them but trust me, I`ve owned and tried them all and I`m sticking with Essentials from now on. It creates the most amazing atmospheres and the Metar depiction is first class.

 

Cheers Doogie

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Rexe with me all in one package, now with the latest updates its even better

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Rex is a brilliant program, i have been with Rex since i started flight sim and i wouldnt go any better. Rex has giving my flightsim a whole new drive to fly it's not FSX without it. the HD Textures are just magnificent. now with them going public beta i would say that's a smart move so that the public and join in the fun of new features and updates. and for them to participate in beta. I know a few of my fellow flight sim friends who've had rex and went to try something different but they all came back to rex. Support for rex is very quick i know my self as i have a had a few issues in the past but got sorted pretty quickly. REX all the way guys i'm loving every minute of flying!

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Thanks for all the input. I looked at OPUS and I must say some of the screen shots are impressive, especially low hanging clouds or fog in hilly areas. AS2012 may do this also, but I didn't see any examples. I do a lot of flying in the early morning hours, where mists and low clouds are common.

 

I get the impression that if I go with REX, I don't need GEX? I've also read that some users are running REX and AS2012, but if REX has it own weather, why add another program?

 

I've read very few negatives about any of these programs. They all sound like they are being updated regularly and offer decent support. I just need to choose one and get out the credit card.

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GEX is ground textures. REX is cloud, sky, water, runway textures. A lot of people use the REX textures, but a different weather engine like Opus or Active Sky. Once you choose what REX textures you want, you don't have to open the program again.

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I started out with Active Sky...then i used active sky for the weather engine, but used REX for the textures, now im using OPUS for the weather engine and REX for the textures. So ive used all three major weather engines that are out there and have enjoyed all of them , but when i tried OPUS, it was one of those OMG moments, as i have NEVER seen the weather portrayed so accurately as I have with OPUS. Multiple layers of clouds, much better use of fog and fog layers, and it handles the winds much better. And i havent even touched the dynamic head movement features of OPUS yet. I Stuck to what i knew worked for me for a long time (AS2012 engine/REX textures) but OPUS really is an outstanding product.

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I'm lucky I have all three. They each offer their own unique slant on injecting weather into FSX.

 

I started with REX and just got fed up when they were having issues when they first released the essentials upgrade and it was taking ages to do initial set up. I can vouch that their support is excellent and now it is a really great weather engine. Lots of textures to play with too.

 

I don't have a bad thing to say about AS2012 either it does what it says on the tin and I really like the map. With each new release it just keeps getting better and the weather smoothing is just really good. So is the fog and early morning stuff. I prefer their cloud textures to REX's and they also offer lots of others too.

 

If your happy with the default cloud textures and want some extra camera options then OPUS is a great choice too. I do find that you get lots of cloud popping with it (when the weather changes) it's low level cloud and fog is good though. Very quick to get going compared with the other two. With REX and AS2012 you do have to wait about 1:30 for them to fetch and interpolate the weather. With AS2012 you have about 2years of historic weather to fall back on if you so wish and both REX and AS2012 offer flight planning.

 

 

 

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AS2012 latest beta hands down the best i've used yet and i've tried all of them. Second best was Opus but returned it due to lacking features I need like the map with flight planner and historical weather. Least favorite weather was REX, but use some of the water textures.

 

Opus is basically like what Active Sky used to be, before they added a bunch of new features like map, direct wind control, smooth cloud transitions, historical, etc.

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AS2012 latest beta hands down the best i've used yet and i've tried all of them. Second best was Opus but returned it due to lacking features I need like the map with flight planner and historical weather. Least favorite weather was REX, but use some of the water textures.Opus is basically like what Active Sky used to be, before they added a bunch of new features like map, direct wind control, smooth cloud transitions, historical, etc.

 

Opus has wind control, GRIB data for winds aloft, smooth cloud transitions, and they are already adding in historical weather.

Opus is very much up to date, and imo surpasses as2012.

 

 

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Opus has wind control, GRIB data for winds aloft, smooth cloud transitions, and they are already adding in historical weather.

Opus is very much up to date, and imo surpasses as2012.

 

 

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They must have added some of that after I returned it. I dont think they added a weather map with flight planner yet and historical is not going back seven years and has to be saved by the user from what I understand. In other words, you cant download it from their server from any back date you want. I dont think you can use it from a networked computer either which is how I use AS2012.

 

Opus isnt bad, just not as feature packed as As2012 from what I experienced when I tried it. Depiction was about the same using AS2012 smooth cloud transitions mode. Not enough difference for me to justify owning 3 weather programs when I dont even use the one from REX.

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Thanks for all the input. I looked at OPUS and I must say some of the screen shots are impressive, especially low hanging clouds or fog in hilly areas. AS2012 may do this also, but I didn't see any examples.

 

These are from AS2012 using Smooth Cloud Transition mode.

 

One shows some isolated ground fog 20 miles from the nearest METAR. The other shows some fog in the hilly area near Mena Arkansas.

 

Hook

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I also own the 3 weather engines, and am still going back and forth between them trying to determine which ones I like the best for my own needs.

 

I usually do only GA flying. No airliners or anything.

 

I'm very curious to read about what the folks say who have tried and compared the three and see how that lines up with my own observations.

 

My own observations seem a bit different than the others here. But I'm still learning so maybe I'm just plain wrong...lol.

 

For me, using REXE+OD for both the weather engine and the Textures provides the best and most realistic depiction of clouds and the environment. The word "Realistic" bears further definition here. REX's depiction of the way clouds appear and the environment has been absolutely excellent and amazong. For me...its head and shoulders above the others. However...on the flipside, sometimes its not "accurate" when it comes to comparing it to the outside world. If I compare what REX depicts to the METAR or whats happening outside my window....REX is reasonably accurate. I have had alot of problems with the software theough. They've provided excellent support, however, I fly almost exclusively with historical weather and sometimes the data is there in REX...and sometimes its not. The new Public Beta they have is supposed to fix alot of these.

 

Using OpusFSX with REX Textures seems, as others have mentioned, to provide extremely accurate weather for me. And, hands down, OpusFSX is the easiest to use. Its literally almost "Set it and Forget it". It just works. Its that simple. OpusFSX seems to have gone with a K.I.S.S. concept and its working for them. The weather seems pretty accurate compared to what is going on out the window. The updates are extremely fast. However, at THIS time only the past 24 hours of historical weather are available. I've heard that they are working on going back further than 24 hours and that will be great for me when they do. OpusFSX seems to do an absolutely awesome job of portraying dense, low vis, IMC conditions. If you want to fly through multi-layered thick soup....Opus seems to do that really well. On the other hand, for fairer weather situations, I've used it with both the REX textures and the freeware HDEv2 Textures and, for whatever reason, I just don't like the way the clouds and environment are depicted. The clouds appear to "puffball" or "cottonball" to me. Even though I'm using the REX textures, REX seems to provide that "wispy tendrils" and "floating tendrils" effect better. Everything from OpusFSX seems "Puffy" to me. I don't know if this will make sense to you but the clouds seem to have a kind of 'cartoon-like' feel to them, whereas REX's appear very 'real' to me. But thats just me and opinions vary. OpusFSX also does alot of cloud popping on me. I'll be floating around and "Pop"...cloud change. For OpusFSX though, don't discount that "Works simply, works reliably, and works well" bit because NOT becoming frustrated by something, overwhelmed by features, and not having to futz with something so you can spend more time flying and enjoying it is worth alot of brownie points ;)

 

AS2012 I've just started using and when it comes to complete weather 'packages', IMHO AS2012 is the most 'robust' and full featured package. At first the user doc is a bit intimidating but that weather map that they use is really terrific. I'm still trying out different features and learning to use it but so far I like the "Cloud Smoothing" preset the best for my type of flying. Right now I'm using it with REX textures...I haven't tried out the AS2012 textures yet. Using those REX textures and the AS2012 engine seems to produce a "Cloud" and "Environment" realism that, to me, is somewhere between OpusFSX and REX. Its cloud depiction isn't quite as good as REX but is far better than the puffball effect I get with OpusFSX. Once again, the clouds seem kind of 'cartoon-like' to me compared to a more 'realistic' feel when the REX weather engine depicts them with the same textures. The updates for AS2012 seem much smoother to me. I'm still playing with it so I can't speak for the "out the window" accuracy of the depiction though. The Historical Weather is great. I'm also still playing with the options so I'm still not quite sure what they all do and how they relate. For me, the downside of AS2012 has been performance related. I can "feel" a in smoothness when I have AS2012 running. In the defense of AS2012 though, the default options in AS2012 update like every 10 minutes...while I have both Opus and REX set to update every 30 minutes. Its probably that frequent update that I'm "feeling" as a disruption in smoothness.

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I tend to agree with your comparisons. i started out using AS2012 when it first released, but i had to get REX because i loved their cloud textures. So i used AS2012 for the WX engine and REX for the textures for a long time. Then OPUS came out and i feel that it hands down is the best weather engine out for FSX. And it is only going to get better. I really didnt use the other features available in AS2012, i was more of a "gimmie my weather and let me fly" type of flyer, and all my flight planning is done in FSCommander or FSBuild anyhow.

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