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With the release of ASN immanent (eg. tomorrow), I'm just wondering whether I should take another trust of faith to get that rather than hop onboard Opus.

 

My experience with AS2012 had been less than satisfactory, and Hifi claims that tremendous improvement had been done on the ASN in my respects.  I had a look at their features list, a lot of them sounds a bit over (ie. doesn't sound realistic).  Where Opus had been quite quiet about their product, most of the advertising had been through advocates; which suggests to me that they are a more modest company.

 

It's that time again, ASN is about to come out, with Opus also going strong, can anyone share with me their expectations based on personal experiences or facts that they have gathered, and possibly discuss your thoughts or preferences please? 

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With the release of ASN immanent (eg. tomorrow), I'm just wondering whether I should take another trust of faith to get that rather than hop onboard Opus.

 

My experience with AS2012 had been less than satisfactory, and Hifi claims that tremendous improvement had been done on the ASN in my respects.  I had a look at their features list, a lot of them sounds a bit over (ie. doesn't sound realistic).  Where Opus had been quite quiet about their product, most of the advertising had been through advocates; which suggests to me that they are a more modest company.

 

It's that time again, ASN is about to come out, with Opus also going strong, can anyone share with me their expectations based on personal experiences or facts that they have gathered, and possibly discuss your thoughts or preferences please? 

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I suggest you read the comments from the makers of Opus on their forum. They indicated that the techniques used in the upcoming ASN are already implemented in OPUS (most of them, some coming next year)

I use OPUS and I love it, the support is great, the camera system has a bit of a learning curve but the Dynamic Head Movement is tied to the weather which is really cool.

The only way I would switch to ASN is if the weather radar functions are integrated with popular paywares like PMDG , FSl, etc (my interest is with airliners but I am sure other integration with popular GA airplanes would be welcome by others). You can always give OPUS a try, I believe a demo is available

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ASN only comes out on Monday.  No one can give you an opinion except us beta testers. 

 

Come Monday, you can try it for a 7 day free trial and make your own decision.  ;)

 

Plus, like I keep repeating, ASN is not AS2012...they don't work the same way.

 

Check out my post in this thread...

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/420985-new-revolutionary-version-of-active-sky-coming/?p=2871087

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I don't care about modesty.... I care about results, so as long as Damien and the rest of the active sky team are not sacrificing puppies and kicking homeless people I will buy the product if it is better than AS2012 and opus ( I think it will be)

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I suggest you read the comments from the makers of Opus on their forum. They indicated that the techniques used in the upcoming ASN are already implemented in OPUS (most of them, some coming next year)

I use OPUS and I love it, the support is great, the camera system has a bit of a learning curve but the Dynamic Head Movement is tied to the weather which is really cool.

The only way I would switch to ASN is if the weather radar functions are integrated with popular paywares like PMDG , FSl, etc (my interest is with airliners but I am sure other integration with popular GA airplanes would be welcome by others). You can always give OPUS a try, I believe a demo is available

John.

 

I have tried Opus, except the application (not the engine) is giving me more grief than fun.  I understand it's my fault, but I didn't have the dedication and motivation to try to figure out what's wrong, so never truly experienced Opus yet.  I now rely on the feedback of other users.

 

Mods, sorry about the double posting, Avsim failed to load when I submitted the thread and I reloaded it, it gave me the double post.

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I have tried Opus, except the application (not the engine) is giving me more grief than fun. I understand it's my fault, but I didn't have the dedication and motivation to try to figure out what's wrong, so never truly experienced Opus yet. I now rely on the feedback of other users.

 

I'm with you on this one.  My latest battle is that OpusFSX doesn't seem to want to download winds aloft/GRIB data.  Likely my fault, but it seems there's always something.  When it's working OpusFSX has been great, but I just don't know that I care to battle with the program all the time.  If ASN proves to be "trouble free", then it may be my answer.

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been using Opus since it was released never had problems updated almost every week amazing support.

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With the release of ASN immanent (eg. tomorrow), I'm just wondering whether I should take another trust of faith to get that rather than hop onboard Opus.

 

My experience with AS2012 had been less than satisfactory, and Hifi claims that tremendous improvement had been done on the ASN in my respects.  I had a look at their features list, a lot of them sounds a bit over (ie. doesn't sound realistic).  Where Opus had been quite quiet about their product, most of the advertising had been through advocates; which suggests to me that they are a more modest company.

 

It's that time again, ASN is about to come out, with Opus also going strong, can anyone share with me their expectations based on personal experiences or facts that they have gathered, and possibly discuss your thoughts or preferences please? 

 

I currently have Rex and Opus. I did not pick up as2012. I am monitoring ASN to see if after a few weeks the reviews are all as positive and I will run the trial version. I have been happy with opus as its simple to use as a weather engine and I run it with rex textures. If ASN delivers on all its promises then I will probably switch over, but I am skeptical. I hope they do deliver though. 

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I suggest you read the comments from the makers of Opus on their forum. They indicated that the techniques used in the upcoming ASN are already implemented in OPUS (most of them, some coming next year)

I use OPUS and I love it, the support is great, the camera system has a bit of a learning curve but the Dynamic Head Movement is tied to the weather which is really cool.

 

Read them, and found them... interesting.  Several of the things ASN claims to fix are issues I have with each of my two other wx engines, including Opus.  I still get large wind shifts at times, (yes, with recommended settings for the flights I'm attempting), I still get abrupt changes in wx as I fly into new areas, I don't see things like ridge lift in areas where I should (I do a lot of mountain flying), [edit: - meant to add that rain still falls above clouds, and in places where there are no clouds] and so on.  Those of us who are not beta testers obviously don't yet know how well ASN will live up to its advance billing, but if it does...

 

As for DHM, I don't much care for it, in part because I don't like having to give up being able to adjust eyepoint on the fly to get it, so Opus' method of tying aircraft turbulence effects to DHM is problematic for me.  I've tried very hard to like it, and I know it's a feature they're very proud of, but I just don't care for it.

 

And then there's the whole historic wx thing - one of the reasons I have and use two wx engines.

 

Not trying to pick on Opus - I use it often and like it fine - but it still seems subject to the problems all other FSX wx engines have, though I know they've worked hard to mitigate them to the extent possible.  The response from them seemed to be aimed at ASN's claims, and I just don't see the product as I have it already being the equal or almost equal of what ASN claims to be.  Guess I'll be able to see for myself soon whether the claims hold up.

 

Scott

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FSGRW is also very good, hmmm, perhaps better than OPUS, and thats from me, an OPUS fan.

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Brenchen, ASN has a 7 day free trial. Try it yourself and see how it is. That beats all the deep contemplation and wondering, or relying on user reports. Nothing beats hands on trials.

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Read through the FAQs and details and didn't see this answered. Is this capable of running from a networked computer or only the FSX computer. I finally got as2012 working networked and want to keep it networked.

 

 

Justin whetstone

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I like Opus but I also never got ride of heavy wind shifts and sudden weather changes. So yes, I'm really looking forwad to try the ASN trial.

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The strongest feature for me is the replacement of CumulusX, which I only found out it existed yesterday.  I haven't gotten the paid version yet so will wait to see how ASN presents thermals.

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Might I suggest this thread is about a week premature?

 

Based on the title, yes, but on the question Brendan's actually asking, no.  I certainly think ASN is attractive enough based on feature list and beta tester comments to try, especially if you're not entirely satisfied with existing solutions.  As others mention, there's a goodly trial period.

 

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Read through the FAQs and details and didn't see this answered. Is this capable of running from a networked computer or only the FSX computer. I finally got as2012 working networked and want to keep it networked.

 

 

Justin whetstone

Networked has been the only way I've tested ASN...it works fine on a networked machine.

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Based on the title, yes, but on the question Brendan's actually asking, no.  I certainly think ASN is attractive enough based on feature list and beta tester comments to try, especially if you're not entirely satisfied with existing solutions.  As others mention, there's a goodly trial period.

 

Scott

 

Guess that'll be the best option.  I've past my tweaking stage of my Simming career, now I just want to settle down with a solution that I can just trust to work and give me the best possible realism until the next one releases.

 

I was hoping that AS2012 would be the "one", as it turns out its too much mucking around.  Opus seems simple enough and good user feedback.  If ASN delivers its promises, ASN it is.

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I use AS2012 for 2 reasons: (1) Gives FSX weather, and (2) Gives FSX nice colors, look and feel of weather, etc. (depending on the weather, flight plan, tme of the day. season etc.)

 

It seems like ASN will give me (1) much beter but not (2), which will be dealt with by the conventional FSX engine.

 

Based on that understanding I will not buy ASN.  I am confused. All I know is that AS2012 works OK for (1) and (2) and HiFI will only give me a better (1), bit not a (2).

 

AS2012 might not be the absulute best but at least I unederstand it (I think)

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