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SweetFX - An Astounding Addon!

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Greetings, 

 

   I thought about appending this post to the other SweetFX discussions, but most of them were reporting "problems" of some sort or another.

 

   I wanted to report that SweetFX is one of the sweetest (har-dee-har-har) addons that I have added in quite a while. While it is not perfect, it's pluses far outweigh the negatives.

 

   First things first: FSX Gold, DX-10, REX Essential +Overdrive textures with Opus Weather engine, Orbx PNW. Lots of stuff working well together.

 

   Installed SweetFX 1.4 with the default file settings. Dirt simple install - copy the file structure into the FSX.EXE directory.

 

   My first FSX program load crashed. Oops. But that is not the first time such a thing has happened after a new addition, so I started it again and no problems. Started from 4S2 airport in Oregon and immediately noticed a difference. Color saturation was terrific, contrasts were much higher without being artificial, and detail - the sense of detail was astounding. I have attached some JPEG images - hopefully they do justice to the full-screen bitmaps. It was only when I was showing my son the differences that I discovered I could toggle on a static image, so the vantage points are shifted some as we travel merrily along.

 

   This is WITH SweetFX

 

 

   This is WITHOUT.

 

 

    WITH

 

 

    WITHOUT

 

 

    WITH

 

 

    WITHOUT

 

 

    WITH

 

 

    WITHOUT

 

 

   The last pairing was a revelation for me - even the wood on the dash took on a deeper richer look.

 

   The single drawback that I have found (again, with default settings) is an increase in "jaggies" from anti-aliasing. There might be knob for this setting, don't know yet. But, I am keeping this addon - the vibrancy and increases in apparent detail are just too compelling to ignore!!!

 

JKH

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