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AS16 weather engine any improvement over ASN

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I have been reading the forums with hit and miss answers. I'm interested in AS16 without ASCA. I plan to use my current Rex Textures and wait for Rex Sky Force 3D to be released. In the mean time my question is does AS16 provide an improved weather engine over ASN? 

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Hi,

 

How about trying the free trial and deciding for yourself with no risk?  http://www.hifisimtech.com/downloads

 

I'm thinking about it but I was looking for feedback from someone who is already using it. Did I read correctly, I can install ASN and AS16 and they will not cause problems with each other? I read someone installed AS16 and it reset there ASN settings. I may just install AS16 on my client so not to interfere with ASN on my FS machine. 

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Yes they run independently.  There's no settings reset.  There will be some components updated when you run it (the ASConnect install process) between versions, but that only takes a few seconds.

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Based on my experience today, yes. I flew injected weather for my neck of the woods, which was turbulent and convective. My little Piper Cherokee got tossed about like a leaf. Convective effects were nothing like this in ASN, at least for me. The engine even quit and I had to perform an engine-out landing on a local highway. It was great.

 

Note: I kept my REX Soft Cloud textures.

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Is this for P3dV3.2 or later only? I have 3.1 working so nicely I'm reluctant to go to the next version.

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Yes much better. ASN can't hold a candle to what I'm seeing out my windscreen with this and ASCA. Coming into KATL earlier today with some crappy wx in the area, the visibility improvements, cloud shadows in P3D, etc... Wow.. I actually said this is the most realistic feeling I've ever had...

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Has anyone noticed a performance hit compared to ASN, or is it about the same?

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I haven't noticed any neg impact on performance compared to ASN, it's the same or better in performance.

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AS16 so far appears to be very good. Performance (only tried in FSX so far, but I did also buy it for P3d), compared to ASN seems to be better, it's definitely no worse, but I do feel it runs weather depiction, especially in rain and stormy weather smoother.

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Been flying AirHauler 2 routes all over the PNW today in my Duke and its been working like a charm! Running a GTX970 @ 4K on a 50" TV

 

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performance with 4xsgaa?

 

cheers

mike

My findings above were with 4xSGAA. Performance seems slightly smoother than ASN with same settings.

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I find AS16 a vast improvement. Better coverage (overcast is now overcast - never seen that before) and a great improvement in FPS and performance, given the coverage density it displays.

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Been using Active Sky for years. AS 16 is the best I have ever experienced in a flight sim. 

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I love it. I have been using Active Sky since 2004. It keeps getting better. I tried one flight on the trial license and purchased it.

 

Greg

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I've been using AS since fs9. AS16 is a step above ASN is every way shape & form. :wub:

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I find AS16 a vast improvement. Better coverage (overcast is now overcast - never seen that before) and a great improvement in FPS and performance, given the coverage density it displays.

Using the trial, the app tells me that I have to set cloud density to max to have full overcast. Does that mean to set cloud layers to max? Doing this costs about 5-10 fps. Am I missing something here? Also noticed that the menu options are 90% the same as in ASN. I see an improvement in cloud depiction but wonder if it's worth the hefty price tag for the update. Apart from that, does anyone know why the Prepar3D version costs more than the FSX one? I believe that a new product should not make a distinction years after the release of Prepar3D.

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Using the trial, the app tells me that I have to set cloud density to max to have full overcast. Does that mean to set cloud layers to max? 

 

That's referring to the "cloud coverage density" setting inside P3D.

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I like it.  My first impression is that everything is a lot faster, whether it's loading or displaying.

It seems to demand a lot less resources, so I can fill the sky with heavy clouds.  At least that is what it seems like.  I've only done some pattern work with the A2A Comanche using the GNS750 since I installed it.

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... Also noticed that the menu options are 90% the same as in ASN. ...

 

First of all - 90% (if not 99%) of the improvements done in AS16, are made 'under-the-hood' and can't be determined by the options in the application! 

 

... Apart from that, does anyone know why the Prepar3D version costs more than the FSX one? I believe that a new product should not make a distinction years after the release of Prepar3D.

 

The Prepar3D version is different than the FSX version! There's new technologies in Prepard3D like visibility improvements which are taken advantage of. It's only natural, that more and more developers make 2 seperate releases, as the difference between the two sims grows. 

 

I can certainly understand it. It's two different SDK's and has become two very different simulations. I do admit, though, that it's a bit steep - but on the other hand, I use ActiveSky on EVERY flight. And each new version of ActiveSky always improves and enhances things quite dramatically - this versions, no expection IMO.

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That's referring to the "cloud coverage density" setting inside P3D.

Thanks, missed that one.

First of all - 90% (if not 99%) of the improvements done in AS16, are made 'under-the-hood' and can't be determined by the options in the application! 

 

 

The Prepar3D version is different than the FSX version! There's new technologies in Prepard3D like visibility improvements which are taken advantage of. It's only natural, that more and more developers make 2 seperate releases, as the difference between the two sims grows. 

 

I can certainly understand it. It's two different SDK's and has become two very different simulations. I do admit, though, that it's a bit steep - but on the other hand, I use ActiveSky on EVERY flight. And each new version of ActiveSky always improves and enhances things quite dramatically - this versions, no expection IMO.

Agree that ASN was/is a great product. Hopefully the trial will convince me to buy the latest version.

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It will convince you. Better wind, visibility and turbolences. No squeezed clouds in the northern countries anymore and finally a great coverage. 

 

Here some pictures with AS16 + ASCA.

 

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