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I'm looking for the lightest, easiest way to get real weather into P3D v3.1. I've been eyeing Active Sky Next but I really am less interested in something robust with fabulous visuals and all that, I just want a very basic way to get real-world weather set in the sim (other than doing it by hand, of course). Ease of operation and the minimum FPS penalty are my two main criteria.

 

I had been setting the weather manually to whatever suited my fancy, but I've just discovered PilotEdge and am very enthusiastic about it so having an easy way to bring real-world weather into the sim to match what I'm hearing on the ATIS would be awesome.

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I'm looking for the lightest, easiest way to get real weather into P3D v3.1. I've been eyeing Active Sky Next but I really am less interested in something robust with fabulous visuals and all that, I just want a very basic way to get real-world weather set in the sim (other than doing it by hand, of course). Ease of operation and the minimum FPS penalty are my two main criteria.

 

I had been setting the weather manually to whatever suited my fancy, but I've just discovered PilotEdge and am very enthusiastic about it so having an easy way to bring real-world weather into the sim to match what I'm hearing on the ATIS would be awesome.

 

 

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Hey, Wing. I'm sure there will be a few good suggestions, but I have to say that ASN one of the few "must have" add-ons in my book. Simple to set up yet highly tunable. Well supported by the developer. Smooth weather transitions. ASN has always been right in sync with what Pilot Edge controllers report.

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I use ASN but if you want something a little lighter on fps look at FSGRW from Pilots Software.

 

I bought it before ASN came out and used it on Pilotedge a few years ago. Works well.

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And don't forget OpusFSI WITH cameras and superb support and frequent UPDATES.

 

Chas

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I use ASN but if you want something a little lighter on fps look at FSGRW from Pilots Software.

 

I bought it before ASN came out and used it on Pilotedge a few years ago. Works well.

 

I'm running ASN on a low-end system and I don't notice much if any effect on FPS. I'm using default textures though. Sometimes it does affect performance if there are too many cloud layers, but if that happens I just switch to manual and delete a few of them, keeping the ones that matter most to the flight.

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I'm running ASN on a low-end system and I don't notice much if any effect on FPS. I'm using default textures though. Sometimes it does affect performance if there are too many cloud layers, but if that happens I just switch to manual and delete a few of them, keeping the ones that matter most to the flight.

 

ASN has nothing to do with FPS in my opinion. It is more to do with the number of cloud layers set om ASN, and I use 3 and it looks great and realistic.  

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ASN has nothing to do with FPS in my opinion. It is more to do with the number of cloud layers set om ASN, and I use 3 and it looks great and realistic.  

 

Same here. I have seen ASN affect FPS below my 30fps lock with 5 layers and 110+ mile draw distance. Setting it to 3 or 4 makes little difference visually but definitely helps the frames.

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Same here. I have seen ASN affect FPS below my 30fps lock with 5 layers and 110+ mile draw distance. Setting it to 3 or 4 makes little difference visually but definitely helps the frames.

 

I also think draw distance of around 85 looks more realistic anyway. 

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Agree ASN,

 

Have a look at FroogleSim's brief review of it - I was worried that there would be a steep learning curve, but Froggles video put my mind at rest.

It's a bit dated - but the principles are sound..

 

 

Eugene

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And don't forget OpusFSI WITH cameras and superb support and frequent UPDATES.

 

Chas

Another vote for Opus - especially when it comes to performance (and the excellent DHM cameras).

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Opus FSI here. I tried the earlier version of ASN when it first came out - for some reason I got a lot of stutters on my rig 2500k 4ghz)

 

So I stuck with OPUS

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I have them all, REX, OPUS, FSGRW, etc., and of course Active Sky Next (ASN) which outranks them all from many perspectives including the ease of loading historical weather - set ASN to 'Force Historical Time to Sim Time' and forget about ever having to change that setting. ASN will download weather in accordance with the Sim's time and date including current time and date. And as far cameras are concerned, nothing comes close to EZDOK specially if you're into video making.

 

JJ

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Okay! Thanks everyone for the replies, after reading them I pulled the trigger on ASN. I changed a few of the settings based on the recommendations (3 cloud layers and lesser cloud draw distances) and it seems to run well. Orbx SoCal is bringing my high-end system to its knees so I was leery of anything that might cause a further degradation in performance but in my limited testing so far it doesn't seem to be any worse then setting the weather within P3D by hand.

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Okay! Thanks everyone for the replies, after reading them I pulled the trigger on ASN. I changed a few of the settings based on the recommendations (3 cloud layers and lesser cloud draw distances) and it seems to run well. Orbx SoCal is bringing my high-end system to its knees so I was leery of anything that might cause a further degradation in performance but in my limited testing so far it doesn't seem to be any worse then setting the weather within P3D by hand.

 

I think that ASN is the gold standard for real weather in simming. 

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Another vote for Opus - especially when it comes to performance (and the excellent DHM cameras).

How does OPUS handle transitions? Is it smooth or does it suffer from the 'bang' change?

 

I found this a problem with FSGRW.

 

Thanks,

Mark

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How does OPUS handle transitions? Is it smooth or does it suffer from the 'bang' change?
 I found this a problem with FSGRW.

 

I use FSGRW and the only loading hesitation I ever see is the initial load when the green bar appears. My weather throughout my flights is accurate and I never see the green bar again, nor any hesitations. Wonder if it is a function of setting a parameter about how it (FSGRW) updates weather? 

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This sounds like our Saturday fly-ins. The banter about real weather or ASN is relentless. Opus man myself. :spiteful:

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I have them all, REX, OPUS, FSGRW, etc., and of course Active Sky Next (ASN) which outranks them all from many perspectives including the ease of loading historical weather - set ASN to 'Force Historical Time to Sim Time' and forget about ever having to change that setting. ASN will download weather in accordance with the Sim's time and date including current time and date. And as far cameras are concerned, nothing comes close to EZDOK specially if you're into video making.

JJ

I am using ASN now but I think I might go back to FSI because it is loaded with my cameras ...always.

 

I think it might boil down to the real difference being the ability for ASN to load historical weather… And if that's the deciding factor then maybe it's a matter of using the right tool at the right time…

 

Just thinking… Chas

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