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Hi, I have Active Sky Evolution now. I just got the 777 the other day. Love it! Would like to get the weather radar working and I read that I need Active Sky Next to do it. How well does it work with the 777? I can upgrade ASE to Next for $29.99 or should I get the 777-300? FSX runs very well on my system.

Thanks,

Greg

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ASN is a huge step forward from ASE - it will boost your airliner flying as much as your GA flying. (Or even more your turboprop flying - the JS4100 pretty much flies through the weather all the time!)

 

The -300 is still very much a B777 - system-wise.

 

I myself leap-frogged from ASE to ASN and haven't regretted that.

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I will join with the others - its fantastic and works really well with the T7. I have not had much time to fiddle around with the weather radar, but the first impression is great and you can find few videos presenting the WX. At least Kyle Rodgers and Froogle has made a video out of it.

 

Happy flying!

 

Cheers

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I bought ASN about 3 weeks ago... I wish I bought it 5 years ago :P Works amazing, really adds to the flight simming experience. 

 

As I say to everyone, download the demo and try for yourself. If you like it, excellent, upgrade, if not, simply uninstall. No harm no foul. It's one of those things you have to test on your computer as well to see if it can handle it.  

 

Happy Flying

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ASN changes the weather in fsx in a huge way. It now feels like you are flying through an active, realistic and always changing atmosphere. A real upgrade from any other weather program available before it.

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The demo sold me after only 2-3 hours of use.  You have 7 days - try it!  It's amazing to the point where I can't fly without it.  Especially at that price, you won't regret it.

 

SP1 is coming very soon with lots of new features.

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I don't think I've ever seen so many unanimous opinions on an avsim forum! I'll add my voice to everyone so far -- if you can only buy one of the two products, then I would recommend ASNext. I have been a REX user, and still use their textures, but the ability to use a fully-functioning radar was just too much for me to ignore. (The 737NG from another company :wink: actually used it first, so I get to enjoy the radar in two different aircraft. I'm surprised more aircraft developers aren't adding the ability to their products. It would breath some new life into older models.) ASNext is relatively expensive, but it enhances your flying experience so much. Without it, you're not using the -200LR and -200F to their fullest. At some point, you will want to buy the 777-300ER. It is different enough to almost qualify as a new product. But that can wait until you've flown the -200LR and -200F models so many times that you're becoming bored, although that's pretty hard to imagine.

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It's simply one of those "must have" add-ons. I have wasted lots of money on half baked add-ons over the years... ASNext made me forget about them all.

 

I will also not buy another add-on unless there's a free trial... with the exception of PMDG. They're exempt from this law. Bad things will happen if you don't buy their add-ons.  :P

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I use PMDG 777-200LR /777-300, ASNext and REX 4 DIrect and cloud texture, thunder, sky color are so real and enjoyable

 

Bill

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Amen to all the above. Went from REX Essential + OD to ASN and I don't have any regrets. I still use REX for weather and textures but ASN does a better job of replicating multiple cloud layers and I love the weather radar in the T7. I watch VAS performance with Process Explorer and the ASN weather generator doesn't place any unreasonable loading on my system. Overall I give it 5 stars.

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Amen to all the above. Went from REX Essential + OD to ASN and I don't have any regrets. I still use REX for weather and textures but ASN does a better job of replicating multiple cloud layers and I love the weather radar in the T7. I watch VAS performance with Process Explorer and the ASN weather generator doesn't place any unreasonable loading on my system. Overall I give it 5 stars.

 

Exactly the same story here and I fully agree!

 

REX4 textures are brilliant so I keep those - but the REX weather engine sucks, so for me the ASN engine was indeed a welcome change!

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Greg, I was faced with a very similar situation last week. I had AS2012 and in my opinion it was so-so and barely worth the money. I was afraid that throwing another $30 for ASN would again leave me dissapointed...BUT I decided to buy it anyway and it is amazing.

 

It puts AS2012 to shame (I can't compare it to ASE). Better FPS, more realistic clouds, thunderstorms are spot on, etc. A big upgrade for me is the Command Center, which is the config program. It shows you all the AIR/SIGMETS on your route and shows you PIREPs that other sim pilots have sent, it makes your flight feel a lot more connected to the world, especially if you're not on VATSIM. 

 

One thing I think stands out as remarkable is when I fly into an airport (say for example KMIA) when it's storming in RL and in the background listen to LiveATC for Miami Approach. I can hear the RL controller routing aircraft around storm cells that show up on my T7's wx radar.

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Damian has announced the ASN SP1 will be released as a public BETA early next week.

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