AviatorMoser

A Small Update on FreeMeshX - USA

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You're welcome Jack.

I'm going to consolidate everything so that all the patches are integrated when FreeMeshX - USA is released, and get rid of the multi-part downloads and the required use of 7-ZIP.

I think I will still have the end user manually add the folders to the Scenery Library, to keep things flexible, but no more complicated moving files around left and right with the patches :)

Just a warning, FreeMeshX - USA is gonna be big (we're looking at a final size of about 50 GB). Combined with FreeMeshX - Global, the combined size will near 100 GB. Holy canoli!

I may have some installer program available -- we'll have to see what works the best when it goes into closed beta (possibly next week).

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Anything for high resolution terrain.

And thank you very much for doing this.

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Would I be right in thinking that existing Freemesh X users can just grab the USA update as and when it's released?

Thanks.

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4 minutes ago, HighBypass said:

Would I be right in thinking that existing Freemesh X users can just grab the USA update as and when it's released?

Thanks.

Exactly how I plan it!

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5 hours ago, AviatorMoser said:

It's looking mighty fine in P3Dv4 (with the ORBX textures and landclass, of course!)...

Yes, but it would look even better with new URP. :senang:

 

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Looks amazing.  Cut her loose and let her run.  Open beta for all!  haha.  Strong work friend.  I look forward to the release.

Nick

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Preview of new installer option. Soon the days of complicated 7-ZIP installs will be gone.

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Great news.

For some at least.

My gtx770 give up a ghost so I use my old gtx260 lol and I won't be able to enjoy in this new mesh.

Or p3d itself.

And any other decent game for that matter... oh my oh my... What a timing... :sedih:

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That sucks man. You could install FSX:SE? It's aged like fine wine and should be able to do fine on the GTX 260 I would think? Just about all these previews are from FSX.

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Hi Dan,

50Gb FMX-USA  Download - Quick call an ambulance, I can't catch my breath.:ohmy:

O'h how lucky you all are to have reliable ISP's in your countries, able to offer huge bandwith, superfast speeds and massive download monthly capacity's or even unlimited Download/Upload. 
As much as I would love to download 50Gb in one package its just not possible. :ph34r:
Such are the limitations from my ISP, 40Gb is my entire monthly download/upload limit during Peak hours which are attributed to my monthly limit, I have the option of un-calculated limits for off-peak usage, but the fractional speed of just (160Kbps max) makes it a practical impossibility. Certainly I could begin the DL in the free uncalculated off-peak portion of my plan but given the length of time to download 50Gb @ 160Kbps max ( about 7-10 days I would estimate) with the potential of failed downloads, it will be an absolute impossibility.

As much as the original Packs were huge, the largest @4.37Gb, they were at least manageable where I could selectively download each one at the appropriate interval in the month where some DL capacity remained, allowing me to use the internet/email for other things as well.

It would be great if you also made available a version of USA where the downloads were broken up into suitably sized Zip files. Yes, they would still be huge and take some hours to DL, but would still be manageable.

Please consider us poor under-privileged admirers of your product,   50-100Gb is a whale too big for my plate, ha ha LOL. Please leave some room for desert, or at least a meal consumed over a few bite sized sittings. LOL(Hope you get my analogy) :biggrin:

Cheers Jethro

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13 hours ago, AviatorMoser said:

That sucks man. You could install FSX:SE? It's aged like fine wine and should be able to do fine on the GTX 260 I would think? Just about all these previews are from FSX.

Thanks for your kind words Daniel. I actually still have FSX, pre-steam version. And I was thinking myself to re-activate it too. I butcher that game for sake of P3D, cuz I was thinking I won't really need it anymore but here I am now... back to the roots you may say. =/

Maybe I'll open a topic on avsim about searching something a little bit better than my 770 was. 980 or 1060 although I'm a bit short with money now. If nothing else I've realize how many great old games I have sitting forgotten on my hard drives. :senang::sedih:

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4 hours ago, Jethro said:

Hi Dan,

50Gb FMX-USA  Download - Quick call an ambulance, I can't catch my breath.:ohmy:

O'h how lucky you all are to have reliable ISP's in your countries, able to offer huge bandwith, superfast speeds and massive download monthly capacity's or even unlimited Download/Upload. 
As much as I would love to download 50Gb in one package its just not possible. :ph34r:
Such are the limitations from my ISP, 40Gb is my entire monthly download/upload limit during Peak hours which are attributed to my monthly limit, I have the option of un-calculated limits for off-peak usage, but the fractional speed of just (160Kbps max) makes it a practical impossibility. Certainly I could begin the DL in the free uncalculated off-peak portion of my plan but given the length of time to download 50Gb @ 160Kbps max ( about 7-10 days I would estimate) with the potential of failed downloads, it will be an absolute impossibility.

As much as the original Packs were huge, the largest @4.37Gb, they were at least manageable where I could selectively download each one at the appropriate interval in the month where some DL capacity remained, allowing me to use the internet/email for other things as well.

It would be great if you also made available a version of USA where the downloads were broken up into suitably sized Zip files. Yes, they would still be huge and take some hours to DL, but would still be manageable.

Please consider us poor under-privileged admirers of your product,   50-100Gb is a whale too big for my plate, ha ha LOL. Please leave some room for desert, or at least a meal consumed over a few bite sized sittings. LOL(Hope you get my analogy) :biggrin:

Cheers Jethro

Hi Jethro,

I've been considering how to appropriately distribute this for those with slower Internet access. The FMX - USA installer currently is broken up into about 25 2GB parts.This is not a finalized size. It may be smaller if I go back and rework some areas that don't really benefit from the full 10-m detail.

I'm working on a simple downloader that will download the parts automatically with the full ability to resume downloads. The other bittorrent solution will be the most flexible as you can actually pick which areas of the country that you would like to download, and it's fully resumable as well.

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Thanks for the update and the screen shots. I'm anxiously awaiting release!

Cheers!

Luke

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Released it to the first batch of testers (just a couple of close folks) of the entire CONUS. They liked the improvements to the terrain, but also stated the airport plateaus were distracting and immersion killing, and took away from the experience. I was afraid of that evaluation.....sigh. It's why I haven't released in the past. Now it's making me reconsider whether it's worth it or I should I keep trying to work on my solution in the meantime.

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If this is diving too deep amd you don't wish to answer, I certainly understand.  Is anyone on your beta team utilizing FTX Global and Vector with the airport elevation correction tool?  From what I understand, that tool is specifically used to correct airports to a more appropriate mesh.  It would of course be restrictive to those with the vector product.

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10 hours ago, AviatorMoser said:

They liked the improvements to the terrain, but also stated the airport plateaus were distracting and immersion killing, and took away from the experience. I was afraid of that evaluation.....sigh. It's why I haven't released in the past. Now it's making me reconsider whether it's worth it or I should I keep trying to work on my solution in the meantime.

Well, to be frank, the plateaus aren't really FreeMeshX's fault in the first place.

Personally, I'd much prefer an accurate mesh with some anomalies around problematic airport flattens over no mesh and a troubled developer! :ohmy:

And, like medx421 mentions, there is AEC.

Really exciting news about the beta, looking forward to release!

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On 6/13/2017 at 9:42 AM, gamer19 said:

Thanks for your kind words Daniel. I actually still have FSX, pre-steam version. And I was thinking myself to re-activate it too. I butcher that game for sake of P3D, cuz I was thinking I won't really need it anymore but here I am now... back to the roots you may say. =/

Maybe I'll open a topic on avsim about searching something a little bit better than my 770 was. 980 or 1060 although I'm a bit short with money now. If nothing else I've realize how many great old games I have sitting forgotten on my hard drives. :senang::sedih:

Some will scoff, but the 960 TI 4gig will suffice. I use one with all the usual fluff running, unlimited frames - stormy day, avg. 38 frames, avg settings

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On 6/26/2017 at 2:05 AM, medx421 said:

Been a quiet week in here since the potential project questioning news 😕

I've just spent the whole week moving to a new place. Blah! I hate moving. I don't have regular access to the Internet yet.

I have the CONUS essentially completed. But IDK if I want to send it out for public consumption based on the recommendations of some of the testers. They've encouraged me to keep working on the plateau problem, and I've made great progress on the solution the past few weeks.

But I know some of you don't really mind the issue. So I'm teetering on sending the CONUS installers for those who sign up on an e-mail list. I guess I can call it a closed beta! Give me a few more days to think this through!

Thank you for the patience and the support guys!

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On 7/5/2017 at 7:20 AM, AviatorMoser said:

I've just spent the whole week moving to a new place. Blah! I hate moving. I don't have regular access to the Internet yet.

I have the CONUS essentially completed. But IDK if I want to send it out for public consumption based on the recommendations of some of the testers. They've encouraged me to keep working on the plateau problem, and I've made great progress on the solution the past few weeks.

But I know some of you don't really mind the issue. So I'm teetering on sending the CONUS installers for those who sign up on an e-mail list. I guess I can call it a closed beta! Give me a few more days to think this through!

Thank you for the patience and the support guys!

Can you post some example screenshots of plateaus? It may not be that bad and it's better than nothing in my opinion. I am trying to hold off buying a mesh product so I can buy a couple airports this summer

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9 hours ago, 777200lrf said:

Can you post some example screenshots of plateaus? It may not be that bad and it's better than nothing in my opinion. I am trying to hold off buying a mesh product so I can buy a couple airports this summer

Yeah, I am too holding off on the purchase of any payware products. Daniel, if you make a decision to release this to the mailing list members, I'll gladly sign up for it. 

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I'll make an announcement tomorrow about the closed beta sign-ups. Just got my access to the Internet today. Need to double-check things and make sure the download process is ready to go.

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