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Best Textures FS9, not sure about FS9 Add Ons

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Hey guys.

 

Just reverted back to FS9 for one of my favorite add ons.  This add on (ES Hawker 400XP) is modeled extremely well, as I RW fly it.

 

So as this model is an FS9 aircraft I find it just works better in FS9, so much so I wish to enhance FS9 the best way I can.

 

To that end.

 

I grabbed a copy Active Sky Evolution.  Wow.  Awesome.

 

I have been researching what other environments I can or should add next.

 

Would y'all be kind enough to give suggestions both payware and freeware, I would appreciate it.

 

Thanks!!

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Two other FS9 payware stalwarts are 

  • GE Pro for ground textures (it interfaces nicely with Active Sky too)
  • Zinertek water textures

And beautiful freeware cloud textures (just add them on to AS) by Pablo Diaz, in the library here.

 

Happy flying! 

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Great!! Thanks WingZ

 

In FSX I have had good experiences with UTX and GEX.  I assume GE Pro is the pre cursor to GEX?  Also is there a version of UTX for FS9.  

 

I really wasn't able to tell in my searches.  Thanks!

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There is indeed Ultimate Terrain for FS9 - however, given the miracles being worked right now by a few of our comrads, I'd suggest before you drop the money on GE Pro and the Ultimate Terrain packages that you look at the FS9 EVO 2.0 project and the FS9 OSM scenery - you may find it more to your liking. Or not. But you should definitely give it a peek.

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Agree Sascha's work on Evo is great and it covers the world. 

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I'm also a big fan of Sascha's work.

Too much of a ninny to mess with my GE Pro install, I had always intended to build a new sim with Evo.

Good intentions but no time are the big enemy. 

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I'm not prone to something so easy... :)

When I get the yen to Do New Stuff, I copy the entire sim over from my Last Favourite Install, and then go to work, rather like Edward Scissorhands.

The ehd product might be horrible, and then I throw the whole thing way.

On the other hand, it might be the Beez Kneez, then I throw away the Last Favourite Install.

Or not.

This is why there is a 2TB disk to support all the FS9 follies.

 

ya can't kill it. Fs9. Amazes me constantly

Yeah...

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I had an email discussion with Sasha about EVO.  I had NO idea they looked that good.  I think I am going to donate, a good amount as this looks amazing.  Thank you SO much for the screenies Jon_aus!!  Helps with the decision big time.


 

 


ya can't kill it. Fs9. Amazes me constantly
Yeah...

 

Ya no kiddn.  I really had no idea FS9 could look so good in reality.  

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There is indeed Ultimate Terrain for FS9 - however, given the miracles being worked right now by a few of our comrads, I'd suggest before you drop the money on GE Pro and the Ultimate Terrain packages that you look at the FS9 EVO 2.0 project and the FS9 OSM scenery - you may find it more to your liking. Or not. But you should definitely give it a peek.

 

FS9 OSM Scenery?  On google searches all I found was FSDevoloper stuff.  Which was fascinating but too involved for what I want to do.  Is there a plug and play type link you might know of?  Thanks Math.

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FS9 OSM Scenery?

 

Search "OSM" right here in the AVSIM library.   B)

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Would y'all be kind enough to give suggestions both payware and freeware, I would appreciate it.

 

Thanks!!

 

 

Don't forget Zinerteck's airport environment upgrade (enhancing default airport building's etc).

 

REX for FS9 (this is a must have).... 

 

http://www.realenvironmentxtreme.com/fs9.html

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I had the Zinertek package installed but I found I liked Chris Arrington's Airport Environment Upgrade better. It's also free. He's got a Night Environment Upgrade as well.

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I will be looking at those when I get back in.  Check out these guys.  This is with ASEvolution.  FS9 Evolution. ISG1 Gauges for the Smith's FMS, This very closely models the Collins 5000 FMS I fly RW.  Then Eaglesofts Hawker 400XP.

 

Can hardly believe this is FS9.

 

What is really cool, is I have my FPS locked in game and internally at 30.  No stutters, full sliders, smooth, and I mean smooth.  Better than FSX with DX10 preview and SteveFX.  My rig is not new but it's not a slouch either.  Not to mention my humble little Nvidia GS450 to boot!  

 

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This really underscores Sascha's work BIGTIME.  This is on 26R at KATL about a 3 mile final.  Look at the detail in the buildings.  

 

The Biggest thing I noticed was a slight uptake in performance once I had FS9 Evolution installed.  Absolutely no hit.  This is with the FULL light package too, as well as all the updates.  Very nice indeed.

 

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If you want to do some comparing.  Go to FS9.  Take off on RNWY 7.  Head south to Covington GA either 9A1 or KCVC however it is in your system.  Then head west to KATL then compare the scenery.

 

I also did some flying down in the Caribbean.  Very nice.  His water textures are just about as good as FSX.  

 

I really don't see myself getting back to FSX any time soon.

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Nice shots.  I think I saw a few members mention Zinertek water.  I'd also recommend you check out Real H2O V2.  I find their animations to be the least distracting/pulsing and the water has a great feel of depth to it.  I also have Zinertek and it looks flat by comparison (IMO).

Found a vid of it on youtube.  The coral reef is outstanding.

 

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I had the Zinertek package installed but I found I liked Chris Arrington's Airport Environment Upgrade better. It's also free. He's got a Night Environment Upgrade as well.

 

 

I actually user Chris's version in my sim but it's been so long since I installed it I suggested the next best thing.  You are correct Chris's effort is the best.

Can hardly believe this is FS9.

 

 

Would love to see how you would like Flight1's Ground Environment and how it compares to the freeware ground effort your using.  I've only used GE v2 for years and it has been amazing.  Just a suggestion to get the most out of your setup.  Maybe the freeware one is better I wouldn't know but for the sake of you getting back in the game GE is worth a try. 

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Jet, have you tried the 3D lights? Can't see them in the night time shots.

 

I don't know if you use enbseries or sweetfx but if you don't I recommend trying either, you'll not be disappointed - so many options to tune bloom and colour you can get almost any look, even some Raleigh scattering!

 

Cheers,

Sascha

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Here is a first preview screenshot of Evo 2.5 i've bee buy on:

 

Evo_2.5_1.jpg

 

Cheers,

Sascha

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No disrespect to anyone or their efforts...

 

Although I've been using GE Pro 2 for years I've come to the very recent conclusion that the freeware BlueSphere, available here in the library, perhaps provides to my eyes and remembrance the most accurate, natural view as seem from a pilot's perspective at altitude.

 

Comparisons to default at :-

http://members.chello.nl/g.kranenbarg/gwkhome/BlueSphere.htm

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Nice to see its all working for you. :)

Ya! Thanks Jon

Nice shots. I think I saw a few members mention Zinertek water. I'd also recommend you check out Real H2O V2. I find their animations to be the least distracting/pulsing and the water has a great feel of depth to it. I also have Zinertek and it looks flat by comparison (IMO).

Found a vid of it on youtube. The coral reef is outstanding.

 

 

Wow that looks like a mus have! Very hard to believe this is FS9! Im down here livn the dream in kpbi (rw) looking forward to this when I get back to katl

Jet, have you tried the 3D lights? Can't see them in the night time shots.

 

I don't know if you use enbseries or sweetfx but if you don't I recommend trying either, you'll not be disappointed - so many options to tune bloom and colour you can get almost any look, even some Raleigh scattering!

 

Cheers,

Sascha

Jet, have you tried the 3D lights? Can't see them in the night time shots.

 

I don't know if you use enbseries or sweetfx but if you don't I recommend trying either, you'll not be disappointed - so many options to tune bloom and colour you can get almost any look, even some Raleigh scattering!

 

Cheers,

Sascha

Ya! Thanks Jon

 

Wow that looks like a mus have! Very hard to believe this is FS9! Im down here livn the dream in kpbi (rw) looking forward to this when I get back to katl

 

Ya! Thanks Jon

 

Wow that looks like a mus have! Very hard to believe this is FS9! Im down here livn the dream in kpbi (rw) looking forward to this when I get back to katl

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Different strokes, different setups -  of course, nothing can touch a decent photoreal scenery...

 

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I said: "Decent"  :) 

That's a big qualifier, and that means serious autogen work, tonal matching, etc etc.

France VFR generally have cracked that one.

 

Nice shots above BTW, I also like the slightly less saturated look in my sim.

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Did you say V2.5?

What do you mean 2.5 Sascha?!!

 

I will release next update soon but it is not as advanced towards release v3 as I'd like :)!

 

 

natural view as seem from a pilot's perspective at altitude.

 

This is what Evo looks like from altitude EDDF_12.jpg

 

 

My look is vastly different from Sascha's in that I use sweetfx with a gently bloom adjustment

 

I also use ENB to change the look depending on my mood at the time - this is why I recommended ENB or sweetFX to Jet! You can get anything from a very bright sunny look as in my Evo 2.5 screenshot (in which I was trying to capture a very specific mood I saw in Scotland a couple of weeks ago) to a very bleached look as in Jon's screenshots. The Evo 2.5 screenshot as per my usual ENB settings tuned towards a blue horizon would look like this:Evo_2.5_4.jpg

 

Of course the look also depends on wether you use ASN as I do and if you have default haze layer on (I don't) and your weather situation. I also limit my visibility to 30 miles in ASN and FSUIPC.

 

Cheers,

Sascha

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....and that is one of the reasons why I removed it from my machine.  I do not have either ENB or sweetFX and the textures do not look anything like they did when installed on my computer.  They just weren't as "realistic" as the screenshots depicted.

 

I have always recommended giving us "unaltered" screenshots to judge by.  That way we can compare "apples to apples".

 

Just say'n

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