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PREVIEW: HD Mesh Scenery v2 - JAPAN

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Hi guys,

 

as I have already hinted at here and there, I am planning to release (in about 2-4 weeks ) a "little" addition to my existing HD Mesh Scenery v2 offering ... covering the whole island of Japan. It will be similarly high resolution as the existing HD mesh Scenery v2, but its main advantages will be - compared to the default Global Scenery - vastly improved landclass data (much higher resolution and accuracy) and much improved OSM data coverage (a lot of improvements came from Japanese government supplied data).

 

I will also release - additionally - a "Treelines" overlay scenery (no, I think, I won't bother with farms there ... as they seem to "work" much differently there).

 

A few first comparisons show, that the result will almost completely change the look of Japan. On some of the screenshots, you won't believe they are from the same viewpoint if there weren’t some distant mountain ranges (showing the same general shape):

A few examples.

 

Before (of course, Mt. Fuji):

Japan_8_default.png

After:

Japan_8_hd.png

 

Before:

Japan_3_default.png

After:

Japan_3_hd.png

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Nice Andras, looking forward to the release.

 

 

Thanks a bunch for your contribution!   :drinks:

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Can't wait to try this out, great work as always Andras :smile:.

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Very nice! I will download that for sure! Thanks a lot for your great work, Andras!

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Wow, very nice!!! Finally Asia is getting some love for once. Very interested in this, as I love to fly all over Asia. :)

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OK, this I'm excited about. Looking through those pictures I very nearly lost my British reserve and expressed an emotion. I do apologise.


 


Japan is very mountainous (something like 5/6 of the country are mountains) so lots of dramatic scenery to be had which will show of an HD mesh really well. Also VERY happy to see the landclass updates. The default Fuji for example looks like someone just dropped a giant pot of yoghurt on it. Now it actually looks like Fuji does in summer.


 


Just out of interest Andras how big is the file? Does it cover all of the islands or just the main 4?


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We will be talking about approximately 2 GBytes for all of Japan (well, don't ask me how much it will exactly cover, but it should be about 99% ... maybe an island or two missing ... but most should be there). And a few MBytes for the tree lines (but thats really not much),

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The default Fuji for example looks like someone just dropped a giant pot of yoghurt on it. Now it actually looks like Fuji does in summer.

 

Well, this is a good example for the new Ice/Snow differentiation which we - I and Albert (the texture / terrain guy) - have introduced since HD Mesh Scenery v2. Originally, there was only ICE (which usually comes more in the glacial look) ,.. but now, we only use it where we know (as far as data allows it - but its quite good in the meantime) that there is really a glacier. All the rest gets the SNOW type, which gives the  more "patchy" snow look (like one usually sees the higher mountains in early summer). Well ... and Mt. Fuji definitely doesn't have a real glacier ... so, it all has changed now to SNOW, which looks much more natural.

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your work is outstanding. I can't thank you enough for all that you do, your new mesh in my neck of the woods (Ontario) vastly improves on the original mesh. In particular around my hometown airport where there is now a quarry that is plainly visible and a land mark for navigation in this area. Thanks so much and am looking forward to your new mesh

 

 

 

 

Scot

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Is there a special color you're using in your shots? Your XP looks nice and color saturated...

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Oh that - I was using a script but I think the new XP install overwrote it....

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Really looking forward to this.. Tokyo and other cities in JP seem so strange in XP 10 !

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Really looking forward to this.. Tokyo and other cities in JP seem so strange in XP 10 !

Just an important side note: HD Mesh Japan will NOT have any type of artwork changes just all the scenery data changes / improvements like with existing HD Mesh Scenery v2 

But no japanese style autogen or such ... still, cities will look quite a but more real just by having much more accurate geodata for them (thus, existing autogen can work better too).

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Just an important side note: HD Mesh Japan will NOT have any type of artwork changes just all the scenery data changes / improvements like with existing HD Mesh Scenery v2 

But no japanese style autogen or such ... still, cities will look quite a but more real just by having much more accurate geodata for them (thus, existing autogen can work better too).

 

Understood.. good to manage the expectation. 

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Really looking forward to this.. RJTT - RJFF in the T7 is going to be so sweet... !

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I used to live in Fukuoka and now live in Tokyo so I'll be doing that route a few times myself!

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Sorry guys for letting you wait for so long ... but I am still waiting for a (effectively two) "scenery generator" fix(es) from Ben Supnik (but as we all know, that guy has usually more than enough work to do ... ). Without those fixes, there are still two missing tiles (one from Osaka area ... which would be really bad to leave out :P ). I still hope that I can get this sorted out in the coming weeks ...

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No worries, thanks for the update - Ben's had a computer problem so could be a while yet before those fixes are available. Anyway, good to hear some news even if its more of a holding pattern it will be worth the wait.

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Yes, I know of Bens problems .... and even I am in the middle of a major hardware update (which will improve the processing times of my different scenery works - and make XP10 itself a bit more smooth at high settings). Originally I hoped, I can release Japan before the new computer arrives, but now I am not sure :lol: ...

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This looks absolutely fantastic Andras!

Thank You very much for this real fantastic Japan landclass- and mesh scenery!

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Will there be any nice scenery for RJTT and RJFF? Can't wait for this to be released!

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