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Recently switched to P3Dv2.5 and thinking about what clouds to use. In FSX I always used AS2012 clouds but would rather not install AS2012 in my new installation just for the clouds.

 

Haven't done any real flying yet so maybe the default clouds are OK or what clouds do you guys recommend? I'm using ASN for my wx engine.

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I copied over some FEX clouds ... Works pretty well.

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Don't have FEX but I guess I could copy over the AS2012 clouds from my old FSX installation.

 

Have been a little bit tempted to get REX Soft Cloud, read many people are happy with them and a rather OK price.

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Got to be REX soft clouds for mid/low level and ...REX for all the others.

for me they are the best looking and framerate friendly clouds by a mile.

 

 

  steve

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I use ASN and Rex soft clouds with 2.5 and am pleased with the result.

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I am using REX and REX Soft Clouds.  Like how they look.  Seem to work well frame-rate wise.  Using them with OPUSFSi as the weather manager.

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Looking at REX clouds it looks like I would need to buy two products for a good result, is that correct?

 

Guess what I'll do is to do some flying with the default P3D clouds and if I'm not happy I'll start looking around more seriously for an alternate set of clouds.

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You can just buy REX Soft Clouds but REX4 with soft clouds is perfect.

 

The thing i would like to point out is REX4 has a tab were you can enter a ICAO code and it will give you the best clouds sky and sun to match that report, everything else is random but that does not matter the clouds sky etc do. Save the set as "temp" then in options just load the clouds sky sun. Loading the textures into the sim takes less that 1 second so you can have the right feel for the weather your going to  fly.

Note it does not always give the soft cloud option but just pick one that matchers. 

 

REX Soft Clouds are by far the best clouds ive ever used.

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You can just buy REX Soft Clouds but REX4 with soft clouds is perfect.

 

The thing i would like to point out is REX4 has a tab were you can enter a ICAO code and it will give you the best clouds sky and sun to match that report, everything else is random but that does not matter the clouds sky etc do. Save the set as "temp" then in options just load the clouds sky sun. Loading the textures into the sim takes less that 1 second so you can have the right feel for the weather your going to fly.

Note it does not always give the soft cloud option but just pick one that matchers.

 

REX Soft Clouds are by far the best clouds ive ever used.

That's a nice feature!

REX soft clouds here. Simply, amazing ! ^_^

And you're only using soft clouds without the ordinary REX clouds?

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Looking at REX clouds it looks like I would need to buy two products for a good result, is that correct?

 

Guess what I'll do is to do some flying with the default P3D clouds and if I'm not happy I'll start looking around more seriously for an alternate set of clouds.

You see I am not happy with Rex Texture Direct sky colors. They seem to be grayed out in the horizon. I use Rex Essentials and Rex Soft Clouds for low level clouds. The great library of Rex Essentials gives you about 100000 variations in colors. 

 

Here's what mine looks like with Rex Essentials and Soft Clouds

 

2015-3-22_10-27-52-923.jpg

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You see I am not happy with Rex Texture Direct sky colors. They seem to be grayed out in the horizon. I use Rex Essentials and Rex Soft Clouds for low level clouds. The great library of Rex Essentials gives you about 100000 variations in colors.

 

Here's what mine looks like with Rex Essentials and Soft Clouds

 

2015-3-22_10-27-52-923.jpg

Yeah, I see what you mean with greyed out sky color in the horizon.

 

Impressive with the amount of combinations and I played around a lot with these things in the past but these days I like to find a set of both sky colors and clouds that will work out in most situations letting me spend my time on flying instead.

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Yeah, I see what you mean with greyed out sky color in the horizon.

 

Impressive with the amount of combinations and I played around a lot with these things in the past but these days I like to find a set of both sky colors and clouds that will work out in most situations letting me spend my time on flying instead.

With the amount of colors and that Prepar3d gives because of the HDR I think it's easy to find a nice blue sky. Because for example if your under an overcast deck your probably going to see fog at the end so the color of the sky wouldn't show in that scenario. I say that because we had a few snow storms here a few weeks ago and so flew around my area that was affected. In my area you could not see the blue sky above the clouds in prepar3d so it really works out perfectly for me.

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With the amount of colors and that Prepar3d gives because of the HDR I think it's easy to find a nice blue sky. Because for example if your under an overcast deck your probably going to see fog at the end so the color of the sky wouldn't show in that scenario. I say that because we had a few snow storms here a few weeks ago and so flew around my area that was affected. In my area you could not see the blue sky above the clouds in prepar3d so it really works out perfectly for me.

Of course it's impossible to find one single color that will match all weather conditions in a realistic way since the color of the sky IRL will always change depending on the weather conditions.

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You can just buy REX Soft Clouds but REX4 with soft clouds is perfect.

 

The thing i would like to point out is REX4 has a tab were you can enter a ICAO code and it will give you the best clouds sky and sun to match that report, everything else is random but that does not matter the clouds sky etc do. Save the set as "temp" then in options just load the clouds sky sun. Loading the textures into the sim takes less that 1 second so you can have the right feel for the weather your going to  fly.

Note it does not always give the soft cloud option but just pick one that matchers. 

 

REX Soft Clouds are by far the best clouds ive ever used.

Where is there documentation to back this up? From what I understood, every suggestion is random.

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Tried quite a few including soft clouds but I always come back to HDE v2 for sky and clouds. Soft clouds are nice though, I use them in FSX (#5 is my favorite so far). They seem a little too undefined in P3D though so HDE v2 clouds resized to 512 px with ( quad, width*0.65, height*0.65 ) is currently doing the trick for me.

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Coincidentally, yesterday I ran through AS2012, REX E+OD and REX4+soft clouds with P3D 2.5 trying to see if I had popcorn clouds more with one than the other....

I posted a slideshow in the popcorn clouds thread...it might help you see that..overall, all three products have great looking clouds when run with ASN as the weather engine.

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/464547-popcorn-clouds-continue-in-2512944/?p=3205254

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Tried quite a few including soft clouds but I always come back to HDE v2 for sky and clouds. Soft clouds are nice though, I use them in FSX (#5 is my favorite so far). They seem a little too undefined in P3D though so HDE v2 clouds resized to 512 px with ( quad, width*0.65, height*0.65 ) is currently doing the trick for me.

The HDE v2 clouds are that freeware cloud alternative right? If so I tried that in the past since I read and heard lots of people like them but for some reason I can't remember out of my head I decided to go with the AS2012 clouds instead back then.

 

Maybe I'll give them a second chance, thanks for the tip.

Coincidentally, yesterday I ran through AS2012, REX E+OD and REX4+soft clouds with P3D 2.5 trying to see if I had popcorn clouds more with one than the other....

I posted a slideshow in the popcorn clouds thread...it might help you see that..overall, all three products have great looking clouds when run with ASN as the weather engine.

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/464547-popcorn-clouds-continue-in-2512944/?p=3205254

Perfect timing :wink:

 

Will check it out, thanks!

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I was using HDE v2 clouds for ages but have now gone back to the realistic default P3D V2.5 clouds. I also have REX4 but only use it for other textures not clouds. Too dramatic and unreal IMHO.

Using ASN for weather generation.

 

Worth doing your own comparisions. Each to their own!

 

Hope this helps

 

Regards

 

Adam

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I was using HDE v2 clouds for ages but have now gone back to the realistic default P3D V2.5 clouds. I also have REX4 but only use it for other textures not clouds. Too dramatic and unreal IMHO.

Using ASN for weather generation.

 

Worth doing your own comparisions. Each to their own!

 

Hope this helps

 

Regards

 

Adam

 

Thanks for your input Adam, I think I'll start with the default P3D clouds. Although I haven't been doing any actual flying yet from what I've seen just firing up P3D I think the default clouds in combination with ASN do look quite good.

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You wont regret buying Soft Clouds, believe me! 

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Where is there documentation to back this up? From what I understood, every suggestion is random.

I dont have to back anything up, so don't imply am making things up Its from REX themselves on there forums.

 

Go Read.

 

I dont post misleading BS 

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I dont have to back anything up, so don't imply am making things up Its from REX themselves on there forums.

 

Go Read.

 

I dont post misleading BS 

 

Don't worry David ;-)

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You wont regret buying Soft Clouds, believe me!

If I decide to go for a payware cloud package I think that will be it.

I dont have to back anything up, so don't imply am making things up Its from REX themselves on there forums.

 

Go Read.

 

I dont post misleading BS

I'm sure there's a smart selection feature in there, IIRC there's been a similar feature in AS in the past.

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I dont have to back anything up, so don't imply am making things up Its from REX themselves on there forums.

 

Go Read.

 

I dont post misleading BS

 

Someone is a little sensitive, I never implied you made something up....and clearly stated "from what I understood" and asked for something that says that's the case. Because there are plenty of posts on here and on REX forums that say it is completely random no matter what the weather is so why don't you go read before you get offended by a question and have to be so defensive.

There's no need to pick a fight on a public forum with someone looking for correct information and something that backs it up.

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