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For a limited time only Ultimate VFR Photoscenery for FSX and P3D has been reduced to $10 per title.

 

http://www.ultimatevfr.com

 

The sale is for:

  • Ultimate VFR Arizona 2.0
  • Ultimate VFR Colorado 2.0
  • Ultimate VFR New Mexico 2.0
  • Ultimate VFR Utah 2.0

All titles usually $39.95.

 

All photoscenery packages include:

  • Latest Imagery (2012, 2013 or 2014)
  • 1.2 High Resolution Aerial Imagery
  • High Definition Water Mapping
  • High Definition Autogen Vegetation
  • High Definition Autogen Buildings *(subject to data availability)
  • Street Night Lighting FX

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For EU customers the doors are now open for ordering the digital download products.  We had turned it off temporarily due to the new VAT laws that came into effect on January 1, 2015.  However we want to make the experience seamless for you as it has been before this year and will take care of the VAT.

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Further update:  We had some teething issues with the store due to the recent implementation of the VAT which was blocking orders, everything is fixed now.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

Kindest Regards,

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Went for Colorado...be aware there are dozens and dozens of files (by county), dozens of GB to download!

Only county I've heard of is Lincoln, maybe I'll start there...

I'm intrigued as to where I'll find the promised Dolphins :)

Cheers

Keith

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Must be a lot of people taking advantage, I'm only getting about 75-85k/s speeds...this will take some time!

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They vary from a few hundred MB to a few GB.

 

Oddly, i had a file chugging along at 75k/s then the next one i downloaded went at almost 2mb/s...must have just hit a slow patch.

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ok...do they cover the whole state?

 

I bought Colorado.  Looks like it covers the state but how big is that thing when installed? 

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Went for Colorado...be aware there are dozens and dozens of files (by county), dozens of GB to download!

Only county I've heard of is Lincoln, maybe I'll start there...

I'm intrigued as to where I'll find the promised Dolphins :)

Cheers

Keith

 

Hi Keith, try near two lovers point and at cocos island :)

 

ok...do they cover the whole state?

 

I bought Colorado.  Looks like it covers the state but how big is that thing when installed? 

 

Hi Gregg, Colorado is approximately 62 GB, each product page has the file size and estimated download times listed on them ;)

 

Must be a lot of people taking advantage, I'm only getting about 75-85k/s speeds...this will take some time!

Oddly, i had a file chugging along at 75k/s then the next one i downloaded went at almost 2mb/s...must have just hit a slow patch. 

 

Hi Regis, there have been a few orders, our files are hosted with a major CDN which has a Gigabit backbone.  There were probably a lot of users using freedownloadmanager to accelerate the downloads, which is the method we highly recommend for download as it ensures the files are delivered 100% intact and as fast as your home/business internet connection is capable of.  Thanks for the heads up about the brief slowdown and good to know it didn't last long.  :)

 

If you guys have any further questions or need any support please don't hesitate to ask.  :)

 

Kindest Regards,

Dean.

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Thought I'd post some info.  I bought Colorado and it looks like it covers the state.  It's broken down by county which is pretty nice since you could exclude places like cities so that you get good autogen when coming in to land.  There is traffic on the roads. 

 

I loaded up Alamosa county.  The scenery is quite sharp.  Seems like the 'sweet spot' is around 2500 AGL. There was no autogen in this county.  Here are some screenshots (keep in mind my LOD_radius is 4.5 right now..pretty narrow).  Note, I also loaded up summertime and it blended very nicely with FTX Global.

 

I do have to say it will be pain to download and keep track of it all since you download by county and then install by county.

 

Gregg

 

2500 feet

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3000 feet

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10000 feet (keep in mind my LOD_radius is small...it's only focused right by the wing in this image)

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Boundary with FTX Global 3000 ft.

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Thanks Gregg, I wonder how it will go with Denver ultra res by MSE that I have..Guess it wont hurt to try it out for  $10

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Thanks Gregg, I wonder how it will go with Denver ultra res by MSE that I have..Guess it wont hurt to try it out for  $10

 

I will be curious about that.  The other thing to note is that, within each county there are multiple .BGL files, so, maybe, it's possible to fine tune which ones to turn off for autogen even better.  So, while there may be no autogen in places, with a bit of help, this might be one heck of a great product.

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Hi Gregg, autogen right now is only version 1, I do have plans to provide better coverage for autogen as well, but have some hurdles to overcome with roads and urban areas with vegetation.  I have the process figured out, and the routines ready to start making that happen, but I need to upgrade my software to be able to make that happen.

All being well in the next little while I should be able to provide a free update for the autogen that gives 100% coverage for vegetation and a handful of more buildings as well.  The scenery addons are based on a continual improvement cycle with software as a service.  Right now the goal is getting the imagery for all of the USA complete, followed by upgrades to the other layers such as water, autogen and much more.

 

With the blend masks for the edges of the states, those are also on the radar moving forward.  I've just been re-writing my software tools to be able to make that happen, however adding blend masks do add about 1/3 more time to processing of the imagery, but I did have a brainwave this morning that I'll be looking into today that may not increase production time. :)

In terms of downloads, once I can afford the $600 to purchase new installer software I'm expecting to be able to simplify the download pulls that a) saves time and effort and B) runs MD5 checksums to ensure files don't break in the download process.

In the meantime there's a great Firefox extension that is called DownloadThemAll which can help download all the files with one click.  It's a free download available at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/

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Hi Gregg, autogen right now is only version 1, I do have plans to provide better coverage for autogen as well, but have some hurdles to overcome with roads and urban areas with vegetation. I have the process figured out, and the routines ready to start making that happen, but I need to upgrade my software to be able to make that happen.

All being well in the next little while I should be able to provide a free update for the autogen that gives 100% coverage for vegetation and a handful of more buildings as well. The scenery addons are based on a continual improvement cycle with software as a service. Right now the goal is getting the imagery for all of the USA complete, followed by upgrades to the other layers such as water, autogen and much more.



With the blend masks for the edges of the states, those are also on the radar moving forward. I've just been re-writing my software tools to be able to make that happen, however adding blend masks do add about 1/3 more time to processing of the imagery, but I did have a brainwave this morning that I'll be looking into today that may not increase production time. :)

In terms of downloads, once I can afford the $600 to purchase new installer software I'm expecting to be able to simplify the download pulls that a) saves time and effort and B) runs MD5 checksums to ensure files don't break in the download process.

In the meantime there's a great Firefox extension that is called DownloadThemAll which can help download all the files with one click. It's a free download available at https://addons.mozil...on/downthemall/

 

Downloadthemall...thank god for that!  I'll get it.

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I installed Arizona today and flew in different places...Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Tucson.  The color of the scenery is nice.  There is some autogen but the cities are pretty bare.  VAS usage was low.  Is there any way to identify which bgl files are over the larger cities (Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, etc)?  I think I'd be inclined to disable them so that can judge altitude better when coming over them.

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I have every Sectional in the US at 5m resolution, 6 sectionals worth of 1m, and about half a sectional of .3m, all downloaded using FSEarthTiles.  In spite of that abundance I saw this price and I bought Colorado and Utah, ... because I saw the city lighting in some of the screen shots, along with trees and autogen buildings.

 

This is by far the BEST photo scenery you can get, and I've sampled them all, because of the night lighting.  It is the most realistic I've seen, and the distance you can see the lights is not limited like roads are in all the other products.  And so far I think I've seen some seasonal work too, snow!  very enjoyable flying at night in this product, and he's just getting started.  Please support this project, at these prices YOU WILL NOT REGRET YOUR PURCHASE (even if you already have over 2TB photoscenery).

 

Nice Work. 

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I have both colorado MSE V2 and this ultimate VFR  Colorado scenery.  So I am able to compare both.

 

So far, Ultimate VFR seems to have better consistent color matching.  With MSE Colorado, there are great color differences in some areas.

However, I find the color saturation very "weak" with Ulitmate VFR scenery, MSE colors are more saturated, less faded out (weak).

Also MSE is sharper, more detailed.  Small buildings, trucks ETC. are easy to spot in MSE because of the improved resolution.

 

So, I see benefits to both.  Also as mentioned Ultimate VFR has night lighting, MSE does not.

 

JIm

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The night lighting is better than UTX, which I have.  I have it turned off presently, so I don't know how they combine.  But from what I see it is also better than the other road set which I looked over extensively before going with UTX.  The night lighting is glorious because it has some depth to it, meaning it shows up far in the distance as you come to a metropolitan area.  UTX doesn't do that at least for me.  

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Here are some useful links for those who downloaded.  If you hover over the 2 letter county name abbreviations (obviously improvised) in the maps to the left you can figure out where the counties are.  Wikipedia stuff is free to use FYI.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Arizona

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Utah

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Colorado

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_New_Mexico

 

I have all four now.

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I have both colorado MSE V2 and this ultimate VFR  Colorado scenery.  So I am able to compare both.

 

So far, Ultimate VFR seems to have better consistent color matching.  With MSE Colorado, there are great color differences in some areas.

However, I find the color saturation very "weak" with Ulitmate VFR scenery, MSE colors are more saturated, less faded out (weak).

Also MSE is sharper, more detailed.  Small buildings, trucks ETC. are easy to spot in MSE because of the improved resolution.

 

So, I see benefits to both.  Also as mentioned Ultimate VFR has night lighting, MSE does not.

 

JIm

 

Hi Jim,

 

There's actually a very good reason why the colors aren't oversaturated, and that is because of my professional film and television color correction background of over 24 years.  I'm aiming for the type of realism color wise you see out the window whilst flying in the real world (I'm also a pilot and literally grew up on 727's and 767's not to mention many other types of aircraft) if the imagery is too oversaturated it can end up looking very game-ish which detracts from reality.

 

The other issue with over processing imagery is that it can increase production time significantly.  For each county there can be upwards of two thousand images at 10,000 x 10,000 pixel images, that's a massive 200,000,000,000 pixels that require editing and that's for one county alone (in other words 2000 files x 1-2 minutes to process).  ;)  We already run about 10 different processes to the imagery improvement process.  Adding any extra processing to each image could mean each state takes twice as long to render and twice as much cost in terms of electricity and computing power, which would then increase the cost of the product to be outside of the reach of any of us, including me. :D

 

Also a lot can actually be done with shaders within the sim to tweak how everything looks, including increasing the terrain saturation at run time for those who prefer a more saturated look, however no one has yet tweaked the FSX terrain shaders to do this as yet.  We discovered this when Lockheed Martin brought out Prepar3d v1.  As time goes on imaging technology will continue to improve which lead to improved imagery on our part and if no one else comes up with a DX9/DX10 shader tweak to the terrain I will get to it when time permits.

 

Also in terms of comparison, I'd say a better comparison is in looking outside at the real world.  Remembering there are limitations also within FSX as it does not fully model color temperature like in the real world.  Sunrise and Sunset are both around 3200 degrees Kelvin, and a bright summers noon day is about 6500 degrees Kelvin.  For the night lighting we've actually matched the night light effects to real world color values for Sodium Vapor, Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium.

 

The thing we need to share with the community is that I am working with Petabytes of data to process.  I'm already using super computers to process this imagery and scenery and all on a cash basis.  To generate all of the USA is going to end up costing me about $12,500+ and my wife is actually keeping us afloat at the moment.  I'm operating the business on a measly grant of $250 per week which doesn't even cover the bills as yet.  ;)  This is my full time job and this has all been done with 8 years of research and development and it's only the beginning.  I'm actually considering taking on full time work to help speed things up.  :)

 

Thanks so much to everyone for the awesome feedback, what matters to you matters to me and if anyone has any questions or comments I'm here to help out.  :)

 

Aloha nui Loa,

(with much Aloha),

Dean.

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I installed Arizona today and flew in different places...Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Tucson.  The color of the scenery is nice.  There is some autogen but the cities are pretty bare.  VAS usage was low.  Is there any way to identify which bgl files are over the larger cities (Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, etc)?  I think I'd be inclined to disable them so that can judge altitude better when coming over them.

 

Hi Gregg,

 

Arizona unfortunately didn't have a lot of public domain data available for buildings in the cities which is what I need to generate autogen buildings, unlike Colorado which had huge amounts of data from numerous sources that I was able to compile.  Over time I will be providing free updates to help fill in the missing autogen building data as it becomes available.  The thing to remember with this is if the U.S. Government with all it's money doesn't have it, it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to obtain from a commercial vendor.  However I do undertake a huge amount of data mining to find building data and have significant tracts of data for Utah, Colorado, California, Washington State and other cities. :)

For finding out which scenery is in a certain area, I use tmfviewer.exe which is included with the FSX SDK's which have installers that can be found on the FSX installation disks.  All Ultimate VFR coverage is broken down into county and rows and segments.  

 

e.g.

 

uvfr_v_az_coconino_01a, uvfr_v_az_coconino_01b, uvfr_v_az_coconino_01c <- indicative only)

uvfr_v_az_coconino_02a, uvfr_v_az_coconino_02b, uvfr_v_az_coconino_02c <- indicative only)

 

I'm a little unclear on your last question and would love to help.  May I ask what you're trying to accomplish a little more specifically?  I really want to provide you with an accurate answer :)

 

Sincerely,

Dean.

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I'm a little unclear on your last question and would love to help. May I ask what you're trying to accomplish a little more specifically? I really want to provide you with an accurate answer :)

 

Dean,

 

I'll look at tmfviewer.  I have the SDK so, I guess I have that.  What I want to do is to disable just the tiles that cover the significant parts near airports and the cities that I'll be landing at so I can see buildings and trees.  That's a short list for Arizona...it's fairly barren of cities IRL except, mostly, for the cities I mentioned (which makes photoreal so good for those states).  So, if I could see the names of the tiles in just those areas then I'd know which ones to turn off.

 

I've yet to install the rest of Colorado, Utah or New Mexico (or Guam). 

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Can anyone comment on how much the night lighting/autogen affects performance? I turn autogen off (when IFR/flying into big airports) since I have a fairly old PC. Is there less performance impact than traditional FSX autogen, or more? 

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