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Active Sky 2016 and Active Sky Cloud Art (AS16 & ASCA) Preview Screenshots.

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Hi folks,

 

The NDA has been lifted, here are a few pics from the soon to be released AS16 & ASCA.  Users will be amazed at how the new cloud formations will make them feel like they are actually flying in huge voluminous cloudscapes.  HiFi has really improved on the flight sim immersion factor.  These are my personal pics with my personal settings, appearance will depend on your own Prepar3D HDR settings.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

Robert

 

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Link to Active Sky 2016   http://www.hifisimtech.com/as16/

 

Link to Active Sky Cloud Art   http://www.hifisimtech.com/asca/

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Hi David,

 

I am using a 40" LG display set to 3840x2160.  The impact on performance when using 4096x4096 textures is always a good test, flying into heavy weather with the default 5 layers of cloud does present a bit of a load on the GPU but it is hardly noticeable.  When scaled back to 2048 (DXT) the sim runs smoothly except when loading terrain and other details not related to weather.

 

Jose,

 

Being a dynamic set of cloud models we are now seeing what we have never experienced before in flight simulation.  With AS16 and ASCA running in conjunction with one another users will now experience a truly dynamic weather system.  Users will no longer have to restart their sim to change textures or themes as the programs work together to do that for them automatically.

 

Watch for a free 7 day trial once the applications are released.  

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Hi, I use ASN on a 10 years old laptop with Win XP, networked with my FS computer and up to now ASN has always worked flawlessly. Will I have problems running AS16+ASCA on that laptop? Thanks.

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I wish someone could implement light reflections from aircrafts when passing through clouds at night - such as Sky Maxx Pro v3 in X-Plane.

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Hi, I use ASN on a 10 years old laptop with Win XP, networked with my FS computer and up to now ASN has always worked flawlessly. Will I have problems running AS16+ASCA on that laptop? Thanks.

 

No problems, here running AS16+ASCA on a laptop with Vista

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Hope the release is not far off now that the NDA has been lifted.

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Hi Robert,

 

Nice screen shots of this AS16 product................a well kept secret! I like the idea of the dynamic weather textures changing during a flight, how cool!

 

Are you able to tell me if the weather radar in PMDG products, which requires AS2012 to draw a weather return has been tested with this new product and will it still work? I ask as many of us fly PMDG products, so it would be good to know in advance.

 

Thanks.

 

Happy Flying,

 

David Phillips.

 

 

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Are you able to tell me if the weather radar in PMDG products, which requires AS2012 to draw a weather return has been tested with this new product and will it still work? I ask as many of us fly PMDG products, so it would be good to know in advance.

 

Yes and yes. The PMDG weather radar works perfectly with AS16.

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I have had all of their products and love them. Can't wait for this product too.

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I wish someone could implement light reflections from aircrafts when passing through clouds at night - such as Sky Maxx Pro v3 in X-Plane.

 

That's something I would love to see as well.  There are limitations as to what can be done due to the difference in graphic structure's between X-Plane and FSX/P3D.

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Yes and yes. The PMDG weather radar works perfectly with AS16.

Thanks for the reply............Now I am looking forward to seeing this when it comes out.

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No problems, here running AS16+ASCA on a laptop with Vista

 

Hi Patrick, I don't have Vista but XP. On the AS16 Requirements page I see "Windows Vista or later". Does it mean that it will not run in XP? Thanks.

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I hope the release is this weekend.  Really looking forward to it.

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Hi David,

 

I am using a 40" LG display set to 3840x2160.  The impact on performance when using 4096x4096 textures is always a good test, flying into heavy weather with the default 5 layers of cloud does present a bit of a load on the GPU but it is hardly noticeable.  When scaled back to 2048 (DXT) the sim runs smoothly except when loading terrain and other details not related to weather.

 

Jose,

 

Being a dynamic set of cloud models we are now seeing what we have never experienced before in flight simulation.  With AS16 and ASCA running in conjunction with one another users will now experience a truly dynamic weather system.  Users will no longer have to restart their sim to change textures or themes as the programs work together to do that for them automatically.

 

Watch for a free 7 day trial once the applications are released.  

This looks amazing.  Can't wait.  On a side note I just watched the video and at the end it says it's out however I can only see pending links on the purchase page.

 

Soooo, is this out?

 

Jason

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From HiFi:

 

 


We're in the process of final system checks and release rollout, and pending no serious issues, we hope to release momentarily. Thanks for your patience and your support!

 

http://www.hifisimtech.com

 

Taking a big chance here, hope it gets released, I don't want to get my knuckles wrapped for this!

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It's in the process.... unfortunately it's a pretty long process this time around (and requires coordination of several systems, resellers and components), but we're getting there.  If I had to guess we're looking at around 20:00Z for all systems go.  Thanks again for your patience everyone.

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I'm looking forward to seeing some user videos to see it all in action.

 

All these cloud screenshots look the same to me. Can't see any difference between any of the texture sets released over the years either freeware or payware.

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I've read the 'blurb' and seen the prices. I've seen that the textures will not be on a free trial - disappointing but understandable.

 

This creates a dilemma because it is not cheap. The original plan would have been to download free trial of both at 2001z (or whenever).

 

Now it needs thinking about.

 

I dislike the Rex textures system so tend to set it once and leave it 6 months

 

I love ASN but if it's not broke why should I pay so much to upgrade it?

 

If I purchase ASCA and have it working in ASN I assume I'm going to see similar to my Rex - although I note some textures have been criticised and no doubt you will develop further.

 

However (assuming I've purchased ASCA) what are the practical key differences I will SEE if I then if I add the trial ASC2016?

 

What are the top two or three things I should be looking for to make me see the difference (and in my P3D 3.3 case) spend €37 plus VAT?

 

Thanks.

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That's something i'd like to see an answer for as well. It's a heavy price for... exactly what?

 

Thank you.

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