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Good day everybody. I hope I'm posting this in the right place.Most of you know me by my numerous repaints over the last few years. Well, amongst other things, collecting scenery files for MSFS has become another hobby all unto itself. I initially tried to help my fellow flight-simmers with this data I've collected by uploading periodical scenery directory catalogs. However, the problem with this turned out to be large file sizes and the fact that within a few weeks, any such directories were soon out of date.Well, no more. Thanks to the generosity of Avsim for the space, and a huge thanks to Bill

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Thx much Heather!Btw, great pic on the main page of your site. :-)billg

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Very good initiative! I am also familiar with the other site, but a little competition never hurt anyone.Edited to say that one thing you could do is to notify as to how relevant sceneries interact with one another, if they require something else to work properly etc .(e.g. the Alps altiports requiring Lago Terramesh). Regards,

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Thanks guys. The best way to answer your question Ricardo would be for you to check the site out and decide for yourself. I am not here to make comment on anyone else's site unless it would be in their favor. That is a very good site that you mentioned. In fact, it inspired me to try and do better.In the past, as well as now, I have always derived more pleasure from an activity when I was able to give something back to it. That's all I'm trying to do here. I hope that the site will prove useful to the majority of the flight-simmers who visit it.Thank you for that suggestion Vassilis. That has occurred to me. In most cases, such details are mentioned in the description by the author; however I have also seen where it is not. I will attempt to do so in future additions.Regards,Heather

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Thank you much Heather :) - bookmarked.regards,Mark3.2HT/1GIG/X700pro256

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Had a look on it, definetely bookmarked :)What an incredible work !But man, tell me something. Have you installed each of them ?!-Jerome COVINI

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Congratulations, Heather. It looks very good and will be very helpful to all.Best regards.Luis

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LOL! Heavens no. I'd never have time for anything else. As it is now, I almost never fly any more. All of my spare time is spent repainting and working on my website. I'm enjoying it though, the important thing. Glad you like the site.Cheers!Heather

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I thoroughly recommend Heather's site. Firstly because of its usefulness and quality of course, secondly because Heather is one of the very few people in this world whose guts and spirit in great adversity I admire. She's alright in my book.Be well!Jaap Verduijn.

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To Ricardo....whats wrong with a second website doing similar? If one site doesn't have a certain file, then there's a good chance that the alternative will...right? No-one can know of everything...two repositories such as these are more valuable than one...plus, what if one site goes down and is unavailable for some reason??Heather..thanks for doing this...I like it :) Nice website, though if you don't object, one little note that I would like to make....Having your scenery download directory under the 'gallery' heading is a little misleading...perhaps rename it to something a little more obvious??Otherwise...GREAT!! ;)

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Nice site. Thanks. I can't seem to get the clickable maps to work, but that isn't a big deal. Also, when you bookmark it (at least in Mozilla) the bookmark has no name. I think this may be due to not using an HTML Title attribute in the document head, but I'm not an HTML guru. More significant, could you consider a a possible indexing change or crosslink? The world according to FS9 is divided into 10 scenery regions. It would be helpful to have the maps drawn on this basis, or at least provide some reference to them.For example, in FS9 Antarctica and Hawaii are part of ocen (oceania). Your Oceania map even shows Hawaii, but Hawaii scenery is indexed under United States. Obviously scenery entries can be found quickly enough in your system (though it isn't obvious why Johnston Atoll was included under United States/Hawaii and not Oceania).Please don't take this as a criticism, just something to consider.scott s..

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Great site! Easy to navigate w/i the site and looks like you really put a lot of effort into making it a pleasant place to visit.Jim Young

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WoW! very nice site Heather. It's people like you that make the FlightSim community so great. :-) Thank you,BrianKPSF

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:-beerchug Great work Heather! Just popped over and had a look. Your site makes it very easy to find sceneries. Nice to see our Manitoba sceneries there. And...we'll have a few more ontario ones for you within a week or so, then, in the not too distant future, a few Maritime sceneries. :DSounds like you've had a very interesting life - lots of great experiences! And feel free to mail me a big chunk of gruyere any time. Love my cheese fondue... :9 lolAdamCanUk

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Hi guys!Been out of it the past few days with a faulty water heater. No hot water and a new baby grandson in the house. It's been interesting to say the least.Everything's back to normal now, a mild state of chaos, so as soon as I finish this post I'll be getting on with updating my website for the day.Again, I really want to thank all of you for your kind words and comments. It's very much appreciated.I appreciate the suggestions too. I don't recall if I had said so or not but the site is not entirely finished yet; such as all of the 'clickable' maps, and a few other things. I posted however because the site was becoming known at other locations and I felt funny with this as my web space is hosted by Avsim and yet few here knew about it. As far as changing the map orientation, I never thought about doing it as it is set up in MSFS, but too late now. I wouldn't have the heart to ask Bill to change it all around again. As it is now, I have things geographically organized as you will find them in the C.I.A. World Fact book. So, as I mention on my homepage, if something is wrong with that layout, blame them, not me. They're used to being the scapegoat anyway. ;)The mention of Bill brings up one more thing that I wish to bring to light. I have been receiving a great deal of remarks of appreciation for what I have done here but I just want to let everyone know that Bill "Hawkeyez" Mansell (who maintains the Bush Flying Unlimited web page) spent untold hours helping me with this setup. He really deserves a note of appreciation for I would have been months longer ever putting this together to the quality that it has come to.Bill does this for a living so, if you ever need help with a website, give him some consideration. Click on his link (FalconWeb) on my website to see his homepage and view some of his other works. I'm not saying that I couldn't have done this without him for I am pretty stubborn when I set my mind to something, but there is no doubt that without his help, it would have been far, far longer before I could have presented this to the flightsim community.One of the things I have noticed that these online forums have in common with the real thing is the camaraderie. When I flew for a living, one of the great things I enjoyed was that you didn't have to be in the air for things to be pleasant. No matter what the people were there for, we all had a common interest and it was rare to find anyone in a bad mood. We all loved our environment. These forums are much the same way.Oh yes, once in a while somebody will get a little heated but that will happen anywhere. Been known to get irritated myself a few times. After while, it's usually over, the appropriate apologies have been said and we're back to what we love doing, whatever it may be, as long as airplanes are involved.Tom, if you're reading this, I am wondering if you could pin it to the front page just for a few days so that everyone who visits this forum will become aware of what I have to offer. Just a few days ought to suffice.Again, thank you all. I appreciate it.Best wishes!Heather

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Thanks for puting this together Heather. Where are the scenery links though? I see some on the right side, but don't see any clickable map?Am I missing something, LOL? ;)

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Wow - what a terrific resource. Thank you so much!

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A good piece of work - well done!I live in Australia and checked to see what is available. I found a long list of files of various kinds. However, it was a little frustrating to narrow down scenery as to use the 'Find' function (IE toolbar) I had to know a word or phrase in the listing to get some hits. May I suggst that when one selects the country, particularly for countries with lots of files, that a secondary map is displayed with 'active' city names that link to a dedicated list. If this were done you could still have a 'miscellaneous' link for those that are more generic e.g. SRTM mesh.RegardsAndy b

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Hi Heather, thanks for the hard work (and thanks to Bill too)! One small note, the "Devil's Tower" scenery should be in the Wyoming section, not Montana. The author's description (re: location) is not right, take it from a Montanan... Thanks again for this!!!!!

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You make a very good point there Andy as Australia generally does have quite a few more files than other locales. I have considered this before and now with your bringing it back to mind, I do plan to do something about it.I'll probably break it out of the "Oceania" section and break it down much like the U.S.A., South America, Africa, etc.Oz does indeed have a LOT of files and I think doing this will help considerably for those trying to find something specific.By the way, hopefully not sounding stupid, but are the various sections of Australia referred to as states, provinces, or . . . ?Regards,Heather

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Hi Heather!Mainly states. Around Canberra is the Australian Capital Territory, and up North you've got the Northern Territories (which, unlike the plural name suggests, is only one). This I remember from a looooong time ago when Australia was my home, but I believe it's still the same as when I was young, rich, carefree and incredidibly handsome (grin)!Be well!Jaap Verduijn.

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LOL! Thank you Jaap for that enlightenment.Oh yeah, and for that state information too! ;)Cheers!Heather

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