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Moving map for FSX. Latest recommendations?

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I LOVE PlanG, not least in its v3 incarnation with its Google Earth type map view.. but I am so fed up with the programme crashing or stopping working in some way (user a/c suddenly sticks in one place). I and others have posted on the PlanG forum (and as it's freeware I hate to sound as if I am complaining there!) but I have come to the conclusion that unless Tim Arnot pays me a visit and sees what is going wrong on my PC, the problems are never going to be sorted.

 

I'm not asking for help here with PlanG of course, just to ask what folks might recommend if I install another map. It should be freeware, as I rarely fly FSX (99% FS9, where I use FS Navigator) and if possible have the same Google Earth like map as a possibility (though I think I am going to be lucky to get that!).

 

I've also tried FSW G-Map by the way, but have been using PlanG which I prefer.

 

Have Googled this but would like some recommendations, as I say, before I start installing stuff.

 

Thanks!

Martin

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RemoteFlight Map on the iPad. Tricky to get running, but very nice and allows export of flight plans from FSX to show route on the map.

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PlanG is good for VFR. To avoid freezing I restart plan-g and FSX every couple of flights. If you keep FSX under the same flight and do another takeoff and flight, etc -  Plan-g "thinks" its the same flight, and with too much data acumulated it gets slow eventually almost freezing.

I use FSCommander for IFR

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I've had a love-hate relationship with Plan-G starting with v2.. However, since I've moved it to a second computer and started runing it remotely it's been a pure joy. 

 

Still sometimes slow to refresh, but no more script errors or crashes..

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Don't have iPad or similar, so that option is not open to me. (Should have asked for one for Christmas!). FSCommander is really too expensive for the use I would get out of it (so many addons on my list: I have to prioritise). The free version switches off after 30 minutes apparently, which is quite generous, but I need something that will last for a whole flight. FSTramp is not freeware either.. I do spend huge sums (my family thinks) on FS, it's my main hobby after all, but as I say, I don't use FSX enough (just for 'special sceneries' that I can't get in FS9, like the Aerosoft Antartica) to justify the outlay. I would not want to change from FS Navigator for FS9 BTW - I've used it since it came out...

 

For now, will have to stick with PlanG I suppose and if it stops working, it stops working...

 

Thanks,

 

Martin

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Martin,

 

If you have a spare PC or laptop why not use FS Earth? It outputs the aircraft's position and you then use Google Earth to display it. You can use it on a single PC but a networked one is better.

 

It's reasonably priced too. http://www.wideview.it/fsearth/

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You can use it on a single PC but a networked one is better..

 

In what way, 'better' Ray? I could use a laptop, yes, if necessary, but my FS PC is reasonably high spec, if that's the consideration.

 

Thanks.

 

LATER: Idiot that I am, I suddenly realise I have FS Earth Link already!! :wub:  I bought it several years ago!! I have never combined it with FSWide though and used it networked, only on the same PC (2 monitors), so the above question still stands.

 

Haven't tried it in FSX either - do I have to install it separately for FSX? I will have to go and investigate in the meantime - I can't get the programme to centre on my a/c, but I have the manual to remind me how to set things (I haven't used it for ages!) ...

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A nice alternative to FSEarth that you can use on your primary PC is FSXGet: http://fsxget.codeplex.com/

It runs in the tray and overlays your position in Google Earth, and can also display AI traffic. I use it primarily while beta testing to verify scenery against GE imagery, and it works great.

 

EDIT: I forgot to mention, it's freeware.

For flight planning and moving map work, I primarily use FSCommander.

It also works with P3D V1.4 and V2 without any hackery or voodoo magic. :rolleyes:

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LATER: Idiot that I am, I suddenly realise I have FS Earth Link already!! :wub: I bought it several years ago!! I have never combined it with FSWide though and used it networked, only on the same PC (2 monitors), so the above question still stands.

 

FSWide is a separate application and not required for FSEarth. I haven't tried it on the same PC as FSX as it's taking resources away from FS. As it doesn't require SimConnect or WideFS it's very simple to setup. It certainly benefits from a full screen display.

 

Haven't tried it in FSX either - do I have to install it separately for FSX? I will have to go and investigate in the meantime - I can't get the programme to centre on my a/c, but I have the manual to remind me how to set things (I haven't used it for ages!) ...

 

Yes, requires a separate purchase for FSX compared to FS9. The larger the display the better really. I also assign two buttons via FSUIPC for zooming in and out.

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I have installed it into FSX but not tried it out yet. Seems, from what you say, I'll need to purchase a separate license from the FS9 one?

 

That's OK, but I am having problems setting up the FS9 version (for which I did buy a license, as I say). Yes, I used it on one PC, which I prefer, so didn't need FSWide. When running FS9 and FSX I still have lots of free resources, so it shouldn't be a problem.

 

I have posted to the FSE forum, as I just can't get it to zoom in on where my a/c is - it chooses soemwhere in the middle of the ocean instead. Thread is here:

 

http://www.wideview.it/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1216

 

I'll have a look at FSX GE Tracker too, thanks.

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Hmmm, it should just work if you're running it on the same PC as FS9. Go into the FSE settings and change the altitude option. Try fixed at 30000ft. I'd also stick to windowed mode for now, not full screen.

 

You have started FS Earth haven't you? First option on its menu drop-down.

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Installed FSXGet and I have an icon in the system tray. Started up Google Earth... but what do I do now? Can't find any instructions anywhere and I don't get anything in GE: I am not even sure what I am supposed to see there. Is it like FS Earth, with an icon?  I am not using it in network mode..

 

Tried to activate (the FS9 version) again: kept getting errors (code not valid). Tried manual mode. Same result, but I persevered and finally the activation went through in auto (online mode). No idea why first attempts didn't work. Anyhow, FSE now zooms into my user a/c, so I should be able to recall the rest, hopefully. Will post back if not.. :-)  Thanks.

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Installed FSXGet and I have an icon in the system tray. Started up Google Earth... What now? Can't find any instructions anywhere.

 

Don't start Google Earth seperately.

 

1. Right-click the FSXGet tray icon and select Start Google Earth (after FSX is running and FSXGet indicates it is connected)

2. In the Google Earth sidebar, a temporary location called My Aircraft should be available. Double-click on it and Google Earth will fly to your plane's location.

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FSXGet: OK, found a thread in the end (via Google) which explained what to do, so it's running. Looks great: I'll use FS Earth for FS9 (though mostly I expect I will continue to use FS Navigator: old habits die hard) and FSXGet in FSX.

 

Thanks for the tips and heads up..

 

M.

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I use FSCommander for flight planning, but prefer PlanG for a moving map usage. I have never had a crash with PlanG, although I have used it for hours on end. Since it is freeware, there is no harm of trying it on your system to see if you have problems or not.

 

Henri

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If you like real aeronautical charts (sectionals, IFR hi\lo enroute, etc.), try BlueSkyScenery's moving map display tool. Free, and also has AI and weather overlays.

 

John

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Henri, I use PlanG but it's not reliable - that's why I posted. Now I am using FSGet in FSX and FS Earth - plus the trusty FS Navigator - in FS. May buy FS Earth for FSX too at some stage, but as I still can't see any user icon in the FS9 version (which is a bit annoying - no answer yet from FSE support)...

 

Martin

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I've always used the in-flight map display included with FS Flight Keeper (FSFK).  Full FSUIPC/WideFS integration running on my Client PC.  The live map uses data collected by a scenery scanning utility so it shows the exact scenery data you use in FS (i.e. AFCAD data)  which is very useful for taxing at the larger airports.  It also depicts all my AI traffic (both on the ground and in the air).  Not nearly as nice as a Google Satellite background but it does come with basic topo ground textures.  Thomas Molitare keeps it quit up-to-date supporting the newest aircraft as they come along for logging and events.  This program has served me very well for almost 10 years.

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Ok, I will Google FSFK, thanks.

 

I am trying to use FSXGet, but it doesn't follow the user aircraft - it just disappears off the Google Earth page and that's it. Can't see any options to get this to work. The only post I can see about it is very old:

 

http://fsxget.codeplex.com/discussions/14529

 

I would buy a license for the FSX version FS Earth, but I first want to resolve the problem in FS9 of there being no user a/c shown on the map interface. No one has answered my support request at the forum (and as this is payware that's a bit annoying), which puts me off sending more money! Maybe I need to wait a bit longer, it's only a couple of days, and it is Christmas time, but the forum seems almost dead and I am not confident I will get a reply there: maybe someone here could kindly help me with that issue?

 

http://www.wideview.it/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1216

 

Thanks,

 

Martin

 

LATER: I tried FS Earth with FSX at PANC and the user a'/c icon is there (still not in FS9), but the map is not following the plane there either. It was OK yesterday for heaven's sake. Sometimes I seem to spend SO much more time troubleshooting this sort of stuff than flying (something new every time I start the PC!!) that I just want to shut the computer off and do something else!!!

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Martin,

 

I don't think Luciano visits very often as there are few problems to sort out.

 

First, on your FS Earth menu check About and Register shows you have a registered version.

 

Next, check your settings. Here are mine.

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Thanks for looking at this Ray.

 

As I say, trying to sort out FS9 before I buy FSE for FSX (which I probably will, as, when it's working, it works better than any of the alternatives as far as I can see)... yes, I have a registered version of FSE.

 

Will I get a reply if I email info@wideview.it, do you think?

 

My Options window looks pretty much the same as yours, but there is still no user a/c icon. I have checked a dozen times that the png files are in the folder indicated, and they open OK, showing little a/c icons, in any image viewer or Photoshop.

 

What do all the hundreds of little white a/c symbols represent? They don't move (and I don't have AI traffic enabled in FSE).

 

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Martin

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And now, only 15 minutes after writing that, I can't use FS Earth at all as it tells me I have an unregistered version!! Well, it has been showing as registered for the past few days, so why has it unregistered itself? How often, trying to troubleshoot one problem, do I find that things that were OK when I started out suddenly go awry and I end up worse off than before!!

 

OK, so I now have to look up the registration key and register again!! (LATER: Done!),

 

The only logical explanation I can think of is that there are malicious little gremlins in my PC that hate me and are out to get me!

 

  :angry: :mad:  :angry:  :mad:

 

(By the way, in FSX at PANC (so far, FSE unregistered version) I have no problem - the user a/c icon shows fine. So far, anyway.. I hardly dare go back and look again!!).

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As far as following the aircraft in FSXGet goes, there is no option in the FSXGet interface that sets it for you.

 

Unfortunately, I do not have access to Google Earth right now to tell you what setting to change in order for it to center itself on the FSXGet injected aircraft symbol, but there is one.

 

Tonight I'll find it and let you know.

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