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Beardyman

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Dear JD,

 

12 months of suspension period is slowly coming to the end.

I hope that soon u will come back to coding and working on RCver.5.

I'am waiting for new version of RC with great anxiety, as i do not see the way to fly FSX without RC support ( i am not online flyer... )

Fingers crossed, and hope that waiting time will not be prolonged excessively. 

 

BR/Artur

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i'm going on vacation in a few days. expect something when I return.

 

jd

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No matter your decision, JD, I wish you the best and thank you for changing the way we fly in FS9/FSX/P3D by giving us a comprehensive ATC add-on that is excellent, even by today's standards. I'd still put RC4 up against any of the current competition.

 

Todd

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i'm going on vacation in a few days. expect something when I return.

 

any news?

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I wish I'm wrong, but this silence doesn't sound good.

I hope only vacation are longer than we thought.

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It's only June. He announced the project was suspended on July 1, 2012, so he still has time. Until then, just continue your enjoyment of RC4. JD has never let any of his customers down. He'll let us know when he is ready.

 

Todd

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+1

 

I'd like to know if I should wait or invest in a new product.

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+1

 

I'd like to know if I should wait or invest in a new product.

 

There is no new product that can replace RC4 at the moment:  if you're thinking of ProATC it cant interact with AI jets, a sure show stopper for me.

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There is no new product that can replace RC4 at the moment:  if you're thinking of ProATC it cant interact with AI jets, a sure show stopper for me.

 

But it's still in development  with new features being added.

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There is no new product that can replace RC4 at the moment:  if you're thinking of ProATC it cant interact with AI jets, a sure show stopper for me.

I agree, iv have had a really good look around but one really big factor is that it HAS to interact with AL aircraft to a degree (I know Proatc does in the air I think) plus it has to be stable platform and have a good voice set.... RC4 ticks those boxes with meatwater voices.... I wait with interest regarding RC5.

 

Also I think its unrealistic to speak ATC (like vatsim and others, iv tried them) because - I dont know about anyone else - but I sit in the left hand seat and my co-pilot handles comms. Im the pilot flying.

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There is no new product that can replace RC4 at the moment:

 

I realize it, but if the v5 isn't coming, I wouldn't mind trying some other add-on. :)

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I will add that whatever decision JD has made or is making I will respect, he has made a great ATC facility in RC4 for us and it probably took a lot to step away from it and I hope everything is well at RC.

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It would be nice to hear something about the future of Radar Contact.

I have and use version 4.3, but some of it's shortcomings do make me want to take a look at a competitors ATC software.

 

When JD returns from his holiday (sure wish I could take long holidays  :P ), some statement on where RC goes to in the future would be very appreciated by the FS/RC community I'm sure.

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While it is my hope that JD plans to continue development of v5, I must say, I have looked into other ATC programs and have not been overwhelmed by what I am seeing. It makes me appreciate what JD and his team have created with RC4 that much more.

 

Every ATC program is going to have shortcomings. No way to get around that. Realistic voices, interaction with AI aircraft, and even calling aircraft by their actual callsign (such as "United" rather than "Uniform Alpha Lima"), for example, are just a sampling of the little things that make RC4 better than the competition. I also appreciate the easy workarounds available to fly an entire SiD or STAR, or the ability to save a flight with ATC so you can pickup the flight later using the same ATC. All great features.

 

But I think we also have to face a stark reality. Flight sim involvement has declined significantly since Microsoft ended Flight Simulator. In fact I've seen one source say it has declined by as much as 70%. It's a sad reality. It's scary. Look at the facts: FS9 is old (but very stable, I know, as I was a FS9 user until recently) and has fewer supporting developers. FSX isn't far behind and is continuing to be plagued by CDT's and other issues, even on high end computers. Just look at the front page of AVSIM to see there is always someone reporting an issue with FSX. P3D has a lot of promise but still has questions about whether entertainment use will be supported in the future or not. X-Plane 10 also has promise but still has a long way to go in terms of addons, etc, plus it has always had only a fraction of users compared to the following MSFS had. I'm not saying it's not good. A lot of my friends swear by it, many former FS9 and FSX users. So the big question is what sim platform is the future of flight simulation? What's the future of flight simulation period!? This is a big issue JD will have to face should he decide to move forward, as it is as much about economics as it is doing something he enjoys. He should take as much time as he needs because the landscape has shifted a lot this past year and will continue to do so for the next few months.

 

Todd

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I agree with most of the "posters" here BUT it is a bit rude to customers NOT to give any infromation att all, when it was promised! JD PLEASE say something!

 

Jack

the Swede in Spain

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There is no new product that can replace RC4 at the moment:  if you're thinking of ProATC it cant interact with AI jets, a sure show stopper for me.

 

How about VoxATC?  I was waiting to hear something re RC5, but...  The silence from JD is deafening -- afraid we're going to have to move on.

 

Alan

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Did JD ever get back to us after his vacation? I've been eagerly waiting for over a year now for some news!

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While it is my hope that JD plans to continue development of v5, I must say, I have looked into other ATC programs and have not been overwhelmed by what I am seeing. It makes me appreciate what JD and his team have created with RC4 that much more.

 

Every ATC program is going to have shortcomings. No way to get around that. Realistic voices, interaction with AI aircraft, and even calling aircraft by their actual callsign (such as "United" rather than "Uniform Alpha Lima"), for example, are just a sampling of the little things that make RC4 better than the competition. I also appreciate the easy workarounds available to fly an entire SiD or STAR, or the ability to save a flight with ATC so you can pickup the flight later using the same ATC. All great features.

 

But I think we also have to face a stark reality. Flight sim involvement has declined significantly since Microsoft ended Flight Simulator. In fact I've seen one source say it has declined by as much as 70%. It's a sad reality. It's scary. Look at the facts: FS9 is old (but very stable, I know, as I was a FS9 user until recently) and has fewer supporting developers. FSX isn't far behind and is continuing to be plagued by CDT's and other issues, even on high end computers. Just look at the front page of AVSIM to see there is always someone reporting an issue with FSX. P3D has a lot of promise but still has questions about whether entertainment use will be supported in the future or not. X-Plane 10 also has promise but still has a long way to go in terms of addons, etc, plus it has always had only a fraction of users compared to the following MSFS had. I'm not saying it's not good. A lot of my friends swear by it, many former FS9 and FSX users. So the big question is what sim platform is the future of flight simulation? What's the future of flight simulation period!? This is a big issue JD will have to face should he decide to move forward, as it is as much about economics as it is doing something he enjoys. He should take as much time as he needs because the landscape has shifted a lot this past year and will continue to do so for the next few months.

 

Todd

 

Interesting viewpoint Todd, but I have to disagree...

 

You are probably right saying that flight sims users base had declined in the last few years. But... It's mainly true for the 'basic' user that will search for a flight sim in a PC game store or internet and will not find anything new... Who is buying RadarContact stuff ? certainly not the basic flight sim user... 

The passionate users, those that fly using VFR, that love to prepare flight plans and take hours to learn how to start the cold and dark cockpit of a liner, are still using flight sims even if they are not up to date software... And those users WILL buy a new version of Radar Contact.

 

If you were right, one can say that software publishers like PMDG, OrbX, FSDreamTeam, etc... will already have stopped any business... And they are launching new products and planning others !

 

So I have to disagree about your explanation... JD just could have other priorities in life now, I just hope we will hear from new versions or interesting alternatives in the next months...

 

Chris

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