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Richard McDonald Woods

PMDG 777 with OrbX FTX Global Base + OpenLC + Vector

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I am considering purchasing these products, but need some advice, please. They are relatively expensive and I don't want to waste £££s.

 

Most of our flying in the B777 is at high altitudes where scenery detail is perhaps not so important. So my questions are:

  1. Does OrbX FTX Global Base alone give the great majority of the scenery improvements required for long haul flying?
  2. Do the OpenLC and Vector add-ons to Global Base give any perceptible improvements when flying the B777, at the price?
  3. From those pilots who have already installed one or more of these products, do you recommend a combination best suited to flying the B777?

Any guidance will be gratefully received :mellow:

Cheers, Richard

 

 

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Hi Richard,

 

I was in your shoes last week-end to speak so, and I made the jump by buying:

OrbX FTX Global Base

OrbX FTX Vector

 

Please note that:

- OrbX OpenLC is not available yet to my knowledge. It will be made available by region. First region in the OrbX roadmap is Europe. I read that the price should be around 26 euros.

- "Vector" is actually a product by "Pilot's" marketed under the OrbX brand

 

My initial thoughts:

- Overall impression: yes it does improve the visual, maybe not so much as the marketer says ("a new simulator")

- Money not wasted but expensive indeed. On the other side the coverage is worldwide

OrbX FTX Global Base: textures are nice but at high altitudes they look a bit repetitive, at least over France. However last week-end I made a Geneva-Athens flight and from one country to another the difference was quite perceptible

OrbX FTX Vector: adds mainly precise roads networks and shorelines. It enhances the textures indeed.

 

PS: it is "fun" to see that 777 pilots ask things like Ezdok or OrbX in this forum and not in the general AVSIM forum. Personally this forum is my home forum, I don't read other AVSIM forums and I am grateful that moderators allow "duplicates" with other AVSIM forums. It's like a community inside the community.

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Hi Richard,

I was in your shoes a few months back myself.

 

I bought Orbix Vector, and Global.  Already had the B777.

 

I would not be without them.  They really improve the scenery on approaches, and landings.

 

Don't forget if you are a senior, Orbix gives a ten percent discount.

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Does OrbX FTX Global Base alone give the great majority of the scenery improvements required for long haul flying?

 

If you have a look at my videos, every single one of them has orbx FTX Global in it (some may or may not have UTX USA/Europe - depends on how far back you go).  Very worth it in my opinion.  I'm looking into getting Vector.

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I have Global, Vector, and will be adding openLC. As KR said, very much worth it. Overhauls the entire planet.

 

 

 


OrbX FTX Global Base: textures are nice but at high altitudes they look a bit repetitive, at least over France.

 

OpenLC promises to solve the repeating texture patterns visible at altitude. This has always been one of my "pet peeves" with MSFS...cruising over the Midwest USA and other areas has always looked so horrendous. There is a high-altitude preview at the Orbx forum that show the difference with and without OpenLC, and it appears to deliver.

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Thanks to you all for your thoughtful feed-backs. I shall be purchasing them all as my pension allows :blush:

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Yes, ORBX global and vector for me are a massive improve on fsx visuals day and night! At night you'll have an amazing lighting with this product!

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I have been taking so many more screenshots of my flights since I got global base and vector a few months back.

Especially combined with ASN and REX4, I have had so many wow moments when gazing out the window of my beloved triple.

Just an awesome world to look at nowadays!

Yes, it's quite an investment. I'm never gonna fly without it anymore. Totally worth it's money if you ask me.

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I have Vector and Global and they are great. Coming into airports on approach, especially in Asia where the default MSFS LC, seasonal textures, etc was lacking, is now much more imersive. Nothing better than flying a long haul and having a proper representation of the part of the world you are in. 

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Hi Richard,

I was in your shoes a few months back myself.

 

I bought Orbix Vector, and Global.  Already had the B777.

 

I would not be without them.  They really improve the scenery on approaches, and landings.

 

Don't forget if you are a senior, Orbix gives a ten percent discount.

 

Cheers,

Jerry

Jerry,

I am a senior! How do I get the discount?

Cheers, Richard

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this wasn't really your question, but the FSALTITUDE products work well for me. not cheap either, but you can not beat photo real. you can't get the entire planet, though.

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I have taken the plunge now and bought the Base and VECTOR products.

Immediately I see that the grass is now much greener!

I will provide feedback when I have some experience of the products.

Cheers, Richard

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I'm also considering those two products, but am I correct if say that global base gives you new textures, while vector improves roads/railroads? Can anyone recommend a product for new mesh? I've heard about UTX, but it seems like you have to buy individual regions. Is there a product that offers global mesh?

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Marius,

 

I believe that the OpenLC products will provide this, when released. They are basically a product per continent.

 

HTH

 

Regards, Richard

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I'm also considering those two products, but am I correct if say that global base gives you new textures, while vector improves roads/railroads? Can anyone recommend a product for new mesh? I've heard about UTX, but it seems like you have to buy individual regions. Is there a product that offers global mesh?

 

FSGenesis and FS Global are mesh products.

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FSGenesis and FS Global are mesh products.

 

I would highly recommend both, although it gets very expensive to cover the whole globe with the highest res mesh.  My credit card company blocked my card and phoned me up half way through purchasing all the packages!  I had to ensure them my card was not stolen.

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UTX is not mesh. It is vector and landclass just like Orbx Vector/LC. Like others have mentioned, Fsgenesis and FSGlobal Ultimate are mesh products. Pilot's natually recommends and guarantess compatibility with their FSglobal mesh when using Orbx Vector.

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I just installed:

 

Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX mesh (25GB!)

FTX Global Base

 

I.M.O this has greatly improved the look of long-haul flights even at high altitudes (mainly due to the mesh). From about 8000 feet and below it's like flying in a beautiful different world (meaning 'different' and much improved from default FSX). Have to say I will not go back and now saving up for Vector at a later stage.

 

Flying over Germany:

B777-60.jpg

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I just installed:

 

Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX mesh (25GB!)

FTX Global Base

 

I.M.O this has greatly improved the look of long-haul flights even at high altitudes (mainly due to the mesh).

 

 

I was thinking about getting Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX mesh but refrained so far because:

- I am wondering if the difference with default FSX is really significant. I watched some before/after close pictures in mountainous areas and was not convinced. So at high altitudes...

- I'm afraid of problems with addons airports (FlyTampa, FSDT...). I know the Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX mesh is provided with an elevation tweak tool but I prefer to fly than to tweak

 

More users feedback would be appreciated.

 

ther45k9, did you buy the box or download edition? I heard that the installation takes several hours?

 

Richard, can you please edit the title of this thread by adding Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX mesh as we are discussing it and the 3 products are meant to be compatible.

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Pilot's FSGlobal2010FTX download version from Flightsimstore.

Installation was problematic and had to do some tricks to get it installed.

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Thank you ther45k9. And did you see significant improvement in the sim?

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FTX Global + Vector was easily THE best texture/scenery addon I have ever purchased - compared to the default textures in FSX FTX Global adds that extra eye candy we have been looking for, for years! Although some area's do look a little repeated and the terrain such as mountains aren't accurate, the replacement textures sure do add a nice touch to your scenery. Vector is a VERY nice touch! In the winter times depending on where you are in the world, lakes, rivers and some parts of the ocean will freeze making it possible to land your aircraft on top of the ICE, Vector adds more accurate positioning of lakes, rivers and coastlines. I have a VERY particular eye for detail, and I HIGHLY recommend you go out of your comfort zone and get FTX Global + Vector, you won't regret it! 

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I also made the jump a couple of months back and never looked back, it really improves the look, especially in more far-flung areas, Vector improves little coastal details like inlets, bays etc soooo much!

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I fly PMDG 777 exclusively.  I had Orbx's PNW installed along with FSDT Vancouver.  Along with ASN.  the problem I have is that I get OOM with this setup.  Unfortunately I done many combos of this scenery and the only thing I could come up with is to uninstall  PNW.  I want to purchase FTX Global and Vector but am concerned that at big airports done by flyTampa, FSDT,  Flightbeam etc. that I will still get these OOM.  I have downloaded the program that shows my VAS and it looks like in any region that orbx does the VAS is around 900-1.1 GB. If anyone that has Global and Vector installed could tell me what there VAS usage is and if they have had any OOM with FSDT etc. and Global Vector.

Thanks  

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