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GB Pro v2 [Preview]

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I'm currently working on updating GB Pro with some new features:

  • Additional data for farmland & hedgerows (England Only)
  • New method of placing terraced buildings (Instead of large single "lego-brick" facades, buildings are automatically terraced and look more realistic)
  • Additional data for grass, heath, moorland and parks
  • Corine landclass information (For better detection of residential, industrial zones)

Here are a few preview pics showing some of the changes:

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Framerates are slightly improved (At least for me) over the last version, as fewer facade buildings are used (i.e. Housing models instead of lego bricks, which perform better). Coverage is also improved, with big improvements in agricultural areas (More hedgerows, tree-lined roads, etc..). The biggest change is the buildings and automatic terracing which visually are a big improvement, but also increases the file-size by around 200mb

I hope to have it available sometime next month (It's a big download and upload), along with some autogen scenery for the Slovakia and the Czech republic.

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tony will this still be free or your charging for it?

I honestly would support if you had some small fee because  i think not only it helps you in the long run but also us. This way you can perhaps start a small side job

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tony will this still be free or your charging for it?

 

It's free (donationware). My only problem is hosting these large files, at around 900mb in size, it's expensive for me to host. If anyone can offer some server space I'd (and I'm sure others) would be more than grateful :-)

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It's free (donationware). My only problem is hosting these large files, at around 900mb in size, it's expensive for me to host. If anyone can offer some server space I'd (and I'm sure others) would be more than grateful :-)

Tony ... you might try to do it with flightsim.com ... They host my HD Mesh Scenery v3 etc. too and since a year even have an option to seed with BitTorrent.

 

And indeed, your work looks fantastic!

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My only problem is hosting these large files, at around 900mb in size, it's expensive for me to host.

 

Looks just awesome, great work. I'll be making my first leap to xp from p3d soon and will gladly donate for this. Have you considered torrenting for distribution? I know is it always associated with piracy but its extremely efficient.

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Ah good idea, thanks Andras. I'll contact Dom at flightsim.com and see if they'll host it for me. 


Have you considered torrenting for distribution? I know is it always associated with piracy but its extremely efficient.

 

 Happy to give it a try. My upload speed is really poor, so hopefully once uploaded to somewhere else, someone with better bandwidth could begin seeding to get the ball rolling.

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My upload speed is really poor, so hopefully once uploaded to somewhere else, someone with better bandwidth could begin seeding to get the ball rolling.

 

Great, I'll seed for as long as needed once you upload it, I know I'm only one person but every seed helps. Thanks again, can't wait to get into xplane, p3d is fantastic but I struggle with OOM constantly.

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I've tried to get some of the larger files downloaded from Simheaven and more often than not for files over 500MB they fail to complete.  The torrent sources on flightsim.com have worked well for me.  I hope that works for all of us.

 

Awesome work !!

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Hi Tony,

 

Excellent work again thans.

 

It's my birthday tomorrow and I couldn't have asked for a better present to myself!

 

Thanks again Tony

 

Phil (Matlock UK)

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Unfortunately it does require a decent machine to run it well, as it's very detailed. It's not recommended you run it on max settings unless you really have a beast of a computer.

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Tony, I can run the V1 UK in certain areas only pretty well.

 

But I prefer Mountain areas and mountains chew my fps. 

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I'm actually thinking of keeping both versions, so there will be a GB Pro SD (Which is the current version) and then this new one which will be the HD version. The scenery is more complicated and contains more buildings and data, so it might run worse for some people depending on where they choose to fly.

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Hi Tony,

 

Do you see this as an on going project for the UK, Will we see a verion 3 & 4 etc?

 

I really do hope so, you work adds so much!

 

Many thanks

Phil

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Thanks Phil, I'm glad you like it.

 

The update cycle for the data I have is every six months, OSM is also being continually updated. If I find more data or better sources I'll do new versions when I discover them as well as bug fixes and user suggestions. I'm still trying to find the fine line between the scenery looking decent and performing well, as with the older and OSM sceneries, large cities can be problematic and almost certainly settings will need to be adjusted. But yes, I think there will be future versions.

 

Remember, this data is still combined with OSM, so you can still fix your own town/village or roads. Everything in OSM takes priority over the other data, so if you want to terrace buildings in your own road correctly, you can do this in OSM and it will make it into future versions. All the data combined is very good and very detailed and every single building in the England, Wales and Scotland should be where it is in real-life. In fact, you'll find this data very complete, and sometimes (depending on the photoscenery being used) you'll see entire housing estates popping up in fields which the photoscenery doesn't have yet. This is very noticable with RC/Flight1's VFR scenery which I think is from a a quite old source, and I'd estimate it is at least 10 years old, it's common to see new roads, industrial buildings and towns/villages growing in size, and it's actually quite interesting to see how much the landscape has changed.

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Tony,

 

 If I spend (INCLUDING GTX750Ti + PCIE extender) 450 USD I can run X plane 10 on the laptop to a very high level. I have Mpci-e slot on the laptop which holds the Wi-fi / Bluetooth module and I can unplug that and connect a PCIE extender and fit in any GTX from Nvidia :).

 

 What this does is it will detect the GPU as a PCI-E device. 

 

Yes I would be limited on the CPU though. And GB Pro would be more CPU bound I guess

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Yes I would be limited on the CPU though. And GB Pro would be more CPU bound I guess

 

It's more dependent on video RAM I think. There are less facades so less work for the CPU, but having video RAM will really help. I have 2GB and it isn't bad, I get between 20-30fps over the countryside and villages, and anything from 10-20fps in cities (depending on the size). London is still a no-go for me though on max settings

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It's more dependent on video RAM I think

 

If I use eGPU than I have the option of going with any GPU. But am still doing some more research about the performance of the eGPU. 

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