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Been using FSGRW and seems like it's not depicting weather per reports and real radar. Might change to another wx eng, any suggestions?

 

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Active sky next is probably the best, I was also using FSGRW and was happy with it but I found it a bit slow to update the weather conditions. Im using ASN now and I love it.

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ASN always has good support and constant updates. Plus it integrates into the navigation display for PMDG and Aerosoft Airbus I do not know if others do this

 

 

If you have the budget I recommend Rex4 Texture Direct and Soft Clouds for the environmental textures and ASN for the weather engine

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I originally used REX's weather engine, but was a little disappointed. FSXWX is a great freeware alternative; it looks great, performs amazingly, and is FREE!

 

If you wanna dish out a few extra bucks, ASN is the way to go. By far the BEST weather engine I've used... and I've been flight simming since FS9. Plus, Aerosoft's Airbus and PMDG's 737/777 can use it to power the weather radar.

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Been using FSGRW and seems like it's not depicting weather per reports and real radar.

 

It has been spot on for me.

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ASN -  Payware

FSXWX -  Freeware

 

Agree 100%. Before going payware I tried both FSXWX and FSrealWX. I found that FSXWX was more stable on my system; FSrealWX seemed to randomly freeze and stop updating. Incidentally, I've just noticed on the FSrealWX website that it's now changed to trialware - €20 + tax after 20 days (http://www.fsrealwx.net/index.php/17-buy-cat/34-buy-fsrealwx-20). With regards to payware, I tried FSGRW but didn't like the way FSX paused for several seconds every time the weather updated (deadly on short finals!). Finally settled on ASN which gives by far the best weather depiction of any of the weather engines I've tried with no pauses on update and no noticeable framerate hit.

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+1 for Active Sky Next. I have never used anything else nor have I needed to since purchasing it a few months ago. 

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ASN SP3, it's almost a quantum leap, and I own every WX-injecter that is around :)

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been a long-time REX Essential user. I really like their products and recently bought Texture Direct and Soft Clouds, must have add-ons imho.

I was also using their weather engine, the good/bad scale unfortunately leaning toward the latter in the past months, plus it takes them forever to release updates.

Tried ASN last night with a free trial key. Holy heaven. I'm sold, the difference is a no-brainer, not to mention the ASTOUNDING fps increase in my particular situation.

Being a customer who really likes and supports REX products (couldn't fly without their textures and clouds!), I'd love to post some constructive criticism on their forum. Their weather engine currently stands no chance against ASN.

 

I encourage anyone who hasn't to try it out, I doubt you'll ever look back.

 

REX team, come on, color me impressed!  :wink:

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FSXWX -freeware- I'm happy with it

 

Agree 100%, have tried several other free and paid weather engines and found this to be the best. I haven't tried ASN and whilst it's likely to be better I doubt I'd consider it worth the cost.

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It used to be a pretty close race among REX, FSGRW, ASN and OpusFSI, but nowadays ASN is way ahead and a clear winner. The UI has very detailed options, the weather is realistic and it has weather radar. The latter option can be used to add such a gauge to the VC of most aircraft. REX still makes the best cloud texture product in REX TD 4 w/soft clouds and using that plus ASN give excellent immersion.

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If you are interested in a WEATHER engine which depicts the real weather situation at a certain moment and place, it is OpusFSI. ASN gives you nice cloudscapes and other features which are nothing more than belonging to a kind of weather game. The bigger problem: it puts a dreadfull dll in your flightsim directory which eats a lot of VAS but offers a nice (fake)radar echo on the ND in your PMDG products. In the meantime you will hardly be able to complete a long PMDG flight because of the VAS consumption. Then, if you have ASN installed, but would like to try out another payware weather programm, you will be unable to try the virtues of the competitors because this dll blocks their fidility. It would be fair if the ASN guys would have named this dll : BoycottCompetitors.dll . I have bought an tried all the HiFi simulation products but my conclusion, as a meteorology freak, was always: it's a pity, Damian never gets it right.......sorry!

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FSGRW for my part, very happy with it. Saying that as a previous user of most of the other programs.

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If you are interested in a WEATHER engine which depicts the real weather situation at a certain moment and place, it is OpusFSI. ASN gives you nice cloudscapes and other features which are nothing more than belonging to a kind of weather game. The bigger problem: it puts a dreadfull dll in your flightsim directory which eats a lot of VAS but offers a nice (fake)radar echo on the ND in your PMDG products. In the meantime you will hardly be able to complete a long PMDG flight because of the VAS consumption. Then, if you have ASN installed, but would like to try out another payware weather programm, you will be unable to try the virtues of the competitors because this dll blocks their fidility. It would be fair if the ASN guys would have named this dll : BoycottCompetitors.dll . I have bought an tried all the HiFi simulation products but my conclusion, as a meteorology freak, was always: it's a pity, Damian never gets it right.......sorry!

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Rather than critisizing ASN at great length, why not tell us why you think OPUS is superior which would no doubt be more helpful to the member who started this thread. JJ

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This topic comes up every week. It should be pinned.

 

Try the free. Try the payware. Pick the one you like the most.

 

I chose ASN. It's simply the best. Better than the rest.

 

punto final

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This topic comes up every week. It should be pinned.

 

Try the free. Try the payware. Pick the one you like the most.

 

I chose ASN. It's simply the best. Better than the rest.

 

punto final

 

This.

Download and try the free ASN trial

Then FSXWX.

 

Elegí el que prefieras. :P

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Active Sky Next - Best functions, user interface, accuracy, representation in FSX and I think there are just no bugs, or at least very very very little bugs... I never had a problem with it. (I think a bug-less software like ASN is seldom these days)

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The most important thing is that both ASN and Opus have demo/trial versions, so you really should try them out and see how you like them.

 

That said... If you're looking for a simple, elegant "one click" solution that only does weather and makes it look good, I'd say ASN might be a good bet. The UI is very nice, the product is highly configurable, and has historic weather going back at least two years. I've used their 7-day trial option extensively on two occasions (they gave you the ability to try again with SP3 even if you had used your trial period with a previous version), and I really liked what I saw. Did I buy it? Nope... Would I consider it if I didn't have a great weather engine already? Possibly... What put me off? As one of the posters said, the weather looked great, but often wasn't quite right.

 

First of all, Hi-Fi processes METAR data in-house and then makes it available to ASN in a condensed download. While I applaud them for the effort (and expense) needed to run a network of servers, the lag between real-world data and the data you get in ASN is often too long to give you "real weather". It may not matter to many users that much, but it does to me. As I often use real-world tools for planning (Skyvector, etc,), I prefer the ability to go by current METARs as they are provided, and OpusFSI allows me to do exactly that. I have bookmarked a set of favorite webcams at various airports in the US and UK, and I tested both Wx engines' ability to give me something close to what was depicted. In most cases, OpusFSI was much closer.

 

Although it may be P3D-specific, visibility was way off in ASN, making 9SM appear to be on the edge of the VFR limit, and with 6SM reported (and indicated in the real-time debug window), I had trouble making out runway lights at half that distance. On many occasions, I wasn't happy with cloud coverage, either, whether or not I used the option to force 7/8 for BKN.

 

What ASN does perfectly, however, is making  weather updates smooth. In that respect, it wins hands down over Opus. I also loved the option to smoothly adjust upper visibility to avoid the hard transition on top of the volumetric cloud layer in P3D (although this may not be relevant to the OP).

 

Regarding the offending DLL, it can be disabled from the menu, which is useful for making quick comparisons.

 

One thing to note about Opus is that, in addition to weather, you get an excellent, highly customizable camera add-on that provides a gazillion of options, including realistic camera movements that actually correspond to the weather being injected rather than adding random wobble.

 

At any rate, I really believe you should try both... :wink:

 

HTH,

Tym

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