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Best weather engine for FSX

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Hi,

during an event flight with my friends, i've notice much difference between ours winds on route.

So, in your opinion, which one is the best weather engine for FSX?

Active Sky Next, Opus, FS Global Real Weather?

I always used Opus but from yesterday I'm trying ASN. It looks more heavy for framerate... It is true or only an impression? The textures are always the same..

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Definitely Active Sky Next. Since I got it I haven't even thought about using any other weather program. 

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Each time a new one comes out it's the "best".

 

However, I can rememember a time when that was OPUS, then it was FS Global Real Weather.  Now ASN seems to be favored.  Who knows what REX's weather app will bring.

 

I have FSGRW and am perfectly happy with it. 

 

After all, they are all best guesses since we aren't running the app and sitting in an aircraft at the same time to compare actual to simulated.

 

IMHO,

Ernie

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Hate to say it as a long time REX weather user, I recently picked up Active Sky Next on sale and well...

 

It's faster to load, easier to use, has better wind managment, and more reliable.  Plus it integrates with the PMDG 777 nicely.  I still use the REX+OD textures and they are good but the actual weather is controlled by ASN now. 

 

ASN does have a fully functional trial product if you are really on the fence.  I downloaded and tried it this past weekend and by Monday I had bought it...Had it 5 days now and it's been flawless just like the trial.  I was able to get it on sale for 35 bucks and it was worth every penny.

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OpusFSI.

 

Better performance than ASN (I've tried both) and more realistic depictions.

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I've tried them all except for FSGRW and ASN had been the best so far, plus it's required if you want the weather radar in the T7 and most likely upcoming 747v2 and NGX SP if they end up adding weather radar to it.

 

Who knows how the new REX weather program will be, but given their track record with weather engines I don't expect miracles.

 

Although HiFi dabbles in textures, I don't consider it their strong point, and while REX dabbles in weather engines I don't consider it to be their strong point. I consider HiFi to be the specialist in weather generation and REX the texture specialist. Disclaimer though, I still consider Pablo Diaz to still have the best sky and cloud textures vs. what REX puts out.

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ASN holds the standard, other weather engines are good but ASN is the leader, hopefully others will strive to out do them. That's better for us simmers... :-)

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I currently use the one that comes with REX OD. It's alright, but from what I've seen on YouTube, ASN looks (and probably feels) a lot more realistic. But it also apparently has a huge hit on FPS. That's what's keeping me from buying it.

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But it also apparently has a huge hit on FPS.

 

More realistic means more clouds and there are many options in ASN to reduce any FPS hits.

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ASN is amazing!  I have tried the others but none is as simple yet powerful like ASN.

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We made a lot of changes to REX Essential Plus/OD in SP3 which was just released recently.  I would suggest you take another look.

 

We completely re-wrote the weather engine from scratch and feel it is very competitive to what is on the market.  We are getting A LOT of positive feedback.

 

In addition we fixed the problem in Prepar3D v2.4 of the static wave animations.  This and other texture fixes are within SP3 of REX.

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In addition we fixed the problem in Prepar3D v2.4 of the static wave animations. This and other texture fixes are within SP3 of REX.

 

When will REX4 Texture Direct be updated?

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When will REX4 Texture Direct be updated?

Hi Carlo, we're working on that now. 

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After 5 days of trial license, ASN bought me and I.... I bought it :wub:

Nice!!

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