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Hey AVSIM,

 

I saw a post in a thread that got me to the point I thought I would drop a line here as a suggestion...  "Freeware Appreciation Week".  The post actually suggested a Freeware Appreciation Day, but then I thought, heck, why not make it a whole week?

 

AVSIM could be "ground zero" the effort here, maybe even payware developers would help sponser in some way (I'm sure many of them started as freeware developers).  I forsee a week of AVSIM articles on freeware developer interviews, tips on freeware design, freeware reviews, freeware tips & tools,  Hardware "how-to's", etc.,  I could go on and on.   Sure it would take sever months to plan but maybe could be also used as a recruiting tool for new members and even promote to get new people into the hobby (something I fear is severely lacking).

 

Just wanted to throw it out there and see if it stuck on somethin'

 

Clutch

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Clutch, the FS9 Kia Tak Scenery you did has got to be the best scenery ever, in my book. If there's an award available then, you should get it!  Well done and thank you.  Now how about FSX ;-)

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Who do I appreciate and value in this category? SunSkyJet and in my experience there is no equal!

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I fly (and land on) a ton of FSX military freeware - my sim would be empty without it. Then there's all the other stuff: the Bluesky photo-scenery, the 40+ AN2 paints, all my wonderful AI packages, the list just goes on and on...

 

Basically, yes - I think a Freeware Week is an awesome idea. :lol:

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Frankly it would take a month to do it justice, possibly September with a featured producer each day and interviews with the teams behind some of the large AI , repaint outfits and prolific producers , and some Legendary names like Milton , Dino , Dimetry ..

 

Best CJ

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I posted an earlier response to this in another thread. Do I have four volunteers to be "Freeware Evangelists"?

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Here's a shout out for a few others, especially for the FS 9 crowd...

 

Tim Conrad, Brian Gladden, Kaz Ito, Mike Stone and Tom Gibson for their many airplane contributions, Glenn Copeland and Kirk Mitchell for their Gauges and Panels, Tom Fica and Frank Betts for their many AK and CA scenery packages, and Holger Sandmann for his work with Mesh... Also, we cannot omit the many freeware contributions our dear departed comrade David 'Opa' Marshall made while he was with us (RIP).

 

Showcase and Review some current and 'classic' freeware airplanes, Repainting tips, a Scenery Design tutorial for Dummies (like me)... the list can go on and on.

 

Tom... what duties would a "Freeware Evangelist" have? Got the Polyester leisure suit, and the Good Book; anything else?

 

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Tom... what duties would a "Freeware Evangelist" have? Got the Polyester leisure suit, and the Good Book; anything else?

 

Here is what my thoughts were... We would create a special forum where only selected freeware reviewers would be allowed to start topics. Those topics would be reviews of freeware placed in the AVSIM Library (just AVSIM's, no others. After all, we don't want to advertise other libraries, now do we?). These reviewers (otherwise known as "evangelists") would do a in-depth review of the freeware add-on, plane, scenery, util, etc. The point would be to give fellow community members a chance to see a review of these selected freeware and an opportunity to comment on the review and the freeware itself.

 

A lot of great freeware goes un-noticed or unseen by members and the reviews would give members a single location to view the reviews of the "best of the best", so to speak.

 

The evangelists would have to have thick skins, a good deal of experience in both simulators and add-on's and be willing to put in a review once or twice a month. They would have a special user group membership and would be the only ones to start topics in that forum.

 

If interested and willing to put in the time to do it right, review with total objectivity, then let me know via PM your interest. Keep in mind that we don't want negative reviews; we only want reviews that address "the best of the best". Anyone can write a negative review. We want to highlight to the community the best and why they should add it to their collection and by doing so, recognize the freeware contributors that attain that status.

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Sounds very good! I'd like to join, but I don't have time to write 2 reviews per month or so, and I wanna place my reviews on another site/sites as well. But I'm looking fwd to this!

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It's a very good idea, for sure!

 

Unfortunately, I only have FS 9 installed, and the majority of the Freeware releases I suspect would be for FSX, with an occasional exception (TDS 787). I also don't have any experience with airliners, so... :(

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Here is what my thoughts were... We would create a special forum where only selected freeware reviewers would be allowed to start topics. Those topics would be reviews of freeware placed in the AVSIM Library (just AVSIM's, no others. After all, we don't want to advertise other libraries, now do we?). These reviewers (otherwise known as "evangelists") would do a in-depth review of the freeware add-on, plane, scenery, util, etc. The point would be to give fellow community members a chance to see a review of these selected freeware and an opportunity to comment on the review and the freeware itself.

 

A lot of great freeware goes un-noticed or unseen by members and the reviews would give members a single location to view the reviews of the "best of the best", so to speak.

 

The evangelists would have to have thick skins, a good deal of experience in both simulators and add-on's and be willing to put in a review once or twice a month. They would have a special user group membership and would be the only ones to start topics in that forum.

 

If interested and willing to put in the time to do it right, review with total objectivity, then let me know via PM your interest. Keep in mind that we don't want negative reviews; we only want reviews that address "the best of the best". Anyone can write a negative review. We want to highlight to the community the best and why they should add it to their collection and by doing so, recognize the freeware contributors that attain that status.

 

I would be delighted to help. I'm always on the lookout for new freeware, since it doesn't break the bank.

 

EDIT: Sent you a PM.

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It's a very good idea, for sure!

 

Unfortunately, I only have FS 9 installed, and the majority of the Freeware releases I suspect would be for FSX, with an occasional exception (TDS 787). I also don't have any experience with airliners, so... :(

Alan, actually there is quite a bit of FS9 freeware released daily. Check the library. If you are interested, send me a PM and we'll work it out.

 

AND TO EVERYONE ELSE! We would like reviews of FREEWARE for ALL platforms, Flight, P3D, X-Plane, etc. All platforms are welcome.

Hey AVSIM,

 

I saw a post in a thread that got me to the point I thought I would drop a line here as a suggestion...  "Freeware Appreciation Week".  The post actually suggested a Freeware Appreciation Day, but then I thought, heck, why not make it a whole week?

 

AVSIM could be "ground zero" the effort here, maybe even payware developers would help sponser in some way (I'm sure many of them started as freeware developers).  I forsee a week of AVSIM articles on freeware developer interviews, tips on freeware design, freeware reviews, freeware tips & tools,  Hardware "how-to's", etc.,  I could go on and on.   Sure it would take sever months to plan but maybe could be also used as a recruiting tool for new members and even promote to get new people into the hobby (something I fear is severely lacking).

 

Just wanted to throw it out there and see if it stuck on somethin'

 

Clutch

 

I think that is a fantastic idea that we could incorporate into our upcoming Freeware Reviews Forum. We could add interviews, how-tos etc. and then as they may warrant, publish them to front page articles. Do we have any volunteers to help in the areas that Clutch suggests?

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I'd love to help, but I have no idea how to compose a full length review as I've never done one. I guess I'll just sit on the side lines.  :huh:

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I'd love to help, but I have no idea how to compose a full length review as I've never done one. I guess I'll just sit on the side lines.  :huh:

 

We learn by doing. Do.

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If you need someone to "manage" the Freeware forum I could do that. I'll write reviews, try to arrange for interviews with various Freeware builders and anything you might need. PM me and let me know if you'd like for me to do that, I'd really be happy to help out with this forum!

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 Very nice idea.....

 Our freeware developers don't get enough recognition for all their hard work and efforts..... :Applause: :Applause: :Applause: :Applause:

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This is a fantastic idea, with two young children am time limited.

 

Covering all freeware though would increase the draw to avsim as there are some awesome freeware releases that are not uploaded here. It's your site though.

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This is a fantastic idea, with two young children am time limited.

 

Covering all freeware though would increase the draw to avsim as there are some awesome freeware releases that are not uploaded here. It's your site though.

As I recall, a lot of files were lost when the site was hacked.  Tom will correct me if I'm wrong on that.  AVSIM did a great job to recover what they did, but sadly, a lot of files were never able to be replaced.  Either AVSIM didn't have access to them or the original owner didn't put them back into the library. I have hundreds of files that I downloaded from the library backed up on dvd's, just in case anything should ever happen again, so I won't lose my favorites.  I know some freeware developers don't put their stuff on AVSIM and that is truly a shame.

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Here is what my thoughts were... We would create a special forum where only selected freeware reviewers would be allowed to start topics. Those topics would be reviews of freeware placed in the AVSIM Library (just AVSIM's, no others. After all, we don't want to advertise other libraries, now do we?).

 

Really nice idea, as it can be very hard to find the really good freeware in the huge amount there is.

 

And I get the point about restricting it to the AVSIM library - but won't we miss an awful lot of brilliant stuff that way? E.g. Manfred Jahn's C-47, just sayin...

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Hm... actually all of Dinos stuff! Thanks to your post I discovered the three beautiful plane's he's already done! (F-35, F-14 and T-45).

 

Then there's stuff like SimLauncher, SceneryEditor, WaterConfigurator, ...

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May I make a plug for the TDS offerings from the last few months... the 787-8, the 737-700 and the recently released -800. 

 

Yes, they don't have VC's; aside from that, they are very well designed airplane Models, there are many Repaints available,

and some very good Panels that can be merged. They fly quite well, also.

 

Alan  Hobbes_cartoon-emoticon-0011.gif

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I suggest not to limit the freeweare week subjects to content add-ons in the AVSIM library, because I am nos sure one finds actual applications there.

For Example, consideration should be given to Plan-G 3.0, a full blown freeware app which is what serves me better for VFR Flight plan and moving map solution in FSX. For me, Plan-G 3.0 is to VFR almost as FlightSim Commander is for IFR.

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Don't forget to have a place where we can donate to our favorites, if they well accept........I still have a lot of John Loney's sceneries on my FSX, altho made for FS9........and, a long while back, there was a Mark Smith (/) who did a terrific Bremerton for FS9..........I would dearly love to have that for FSX if it is still around.............Great Idea!! B42L8

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