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Open LC North America - impressions?

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I saw a few comments and photos over in the Orbx' forums.

Anyone here have it installed?  What are your opinions?  I am thinking more about accuracy than beauty; as I'm sure it looks great.

Ron

 

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It's very good overall and in 98% of areas is a huge improvement over anything else (the "full fat" OrbX regions are still better for those areas, although with OpenLC NA installed you also get the new night lighting features overlaid over the regions.)

 

There are some glitches and such that are being looked at and hopefully will be addressed in service packs (things like autogen appearing on top of certain airports, incorrect landclass here or there, but you have to expect some of this for such a MASSIVE coverage area.)

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I think it's outstanding. I did a nice VFR trip during the day and thought "Eh, this is an improvement, albeit a minor one". But then I set up for a nice long flight, which was expected to arrive after sunset and I was greeted with perhaps the greatest enhancement to P3D to date-- the night lighting. I was hooked from the moment I approached the glowing city, and since then I've found that the VFR flights throughout the day are much more enjoyable with the updated land class. All in all, it has grown on me the more I've flown with it, and is something I now consider more of a necessity than an accessory. And it is nice and easy on the frames.

 

Hope this helps,

HM

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I think it's a huge improvement, especially the night lighting, seems like we have full regions all over NA now. One thing I especially love is the night lighting, I love how it's extends so far out in the distance, not even X-Plane does that.

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I'll add to the crowd. The night lighting, especially the fact that it overlays the FTX regions, is really, really nice. If you are able to take advantage of the discount from owning the previous OpenLC package, it's worth the price of admission all by itself.

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I agree that olcna is terrific but am I the only person that is plagued by the shimmering of the night lights in the distance? I've tried everything to reduce the effect but to no avail. My 970 won't let me run sgss without sending my fps through the floor. I'm running p3d 3.3 on a 3440x1440 monitor so I'd be interested to know what other users are seeing.

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I also have that problem with shimmering night lighting in the distance also. I really don't want to use NI, and I have my Antisoptric at 16x and MSAA at 8x in P3D. 

 

For now I'll have to live with those shimmering lights. I really don't want to lose any more FPS.

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Yeah, unfortunately there's not a lot you can do in P3D for AA unless you run something like 1080s in SLI (or are prepared to take the FPS hit.)

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To get the night lighting is this the only thing you need? Or do I need all three products?

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Two words from usage:

 

BUY IT!    :hi:


I also have that problem with shimmering night lighting in the distance also. I really don't want to use NI, and I have my Antisoptric at 16x and MSAA at 8x in P3D. 

 

For now I'll have to live with those shimmering lights. I really don't want to lose any more FPS.

Actually night gas and arc lighting does shimmer, when viewed on a shallow plane (long distance from your viewing position) caused by thermal currents and difference in air temperature.  Same as the mirage effect upon hot asphalt.

 

That being, I have no issues with a little shimmer...looks real, just like the star (starlight) twinkle effect you can dial up with Steve's DX10 Fixer. I have that on as well. 


To get the night lighting is this the only thing you need? Or do I need all three products?

I believe that the new lighting system, is included with the N.A. OpenLC complete which overwrites the older system supplied by FTX_Global.

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To get the night lighting is this the only thing you need? Or do I need all three products?

I'm using UTX, open lc and global (no vector) and I have the night lighting.

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If I could ask a huge favor from someone: I would love to see a screenshot of the Shenandoah Valley in VA, from Front Royal looking south towards Luray.  That will tell me whether to stick with my custom "mix-and-match" scenery files, or switch to OLCNA.

I love the Orbx regions, so this new package is very tempting.

It can be posted, or PM me.  Thanks in advance!

Ron

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If I could ask a huge favor from someone: I would love to see a screenshot of the Shenandoah Valley in VA, from Front Royal looking south towards Luray.  That will tell me whether to stick with my custom "mix-and-match" scenery files, or switch to OLCNA.

 

 

posted some shots of the area here. the 6th 9th and 10th are looking south from that spot. sorry they sort of uploaded out of order. they look sort of blurry for some reason which is probably related to the jpg settings, i did not spend very much time on this

 

http://imgur.com/a/A6e6o

 

cheers

-andy crosby

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Thanks, Andy!  You rock!!

The shots look great.  Much appreciated.

Ron

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If I could ask a huge favor from someone: I would love to see a screenshot of the Shenandoah Valley in VA, from Front Royal looking south towards Luray.  That will tell me whether to stick with my custom "mix-and-match" scenery files, or switch to OLCNA.

I love the Orbx regions, so this new package is very tempting.

It can be posted, or PM me.  Thanks in advance!

Ron

Took a quick flight from Front Royal (KFRR) to Luray ((W45) .. Nice weather today ! Hope these help you out ...

 

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Beautiful shots!  Thank you.

It's a great area to fly in...

Ron

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How are cities with notable skylines depicted (New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles)? Are all the buildings there?

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How are cities with notable skylines depicted (New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles)? Are all the buildings there?

 

It's only a landclass and texture product, so custom objects (buildings) are not included. It's all the default P3D/FSX buildings. 

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To get the night lighting is this the only thing you need? Or do I need all three products?

If you are looking for good night lighting and don't have/ want the full suite of Orbx products, take a look at Taburet.

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Can anyone explain if the night lighting is from the new LC product; or from using Vector?

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Can anyone explain if the night lighting is from the new LC product; or from using Vector?

 Lighting is from Open LC NA -- you do NOT need VECTOR to get the lighting,

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Thanks, vcarlo.  Looks like I will be spending some $$...again... :-)

Ron

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If you already bought Alaska/Canada LC this upgrade to the LC NA is only $24.65 in US dollars, downloading now. I would say that is a pretty good deal. Thank You Orbx! I do believe there is a time limit on this discount for previous Alaska/Canada?

 

Cheers

Martin

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If you already bought Alaska/Canada LC this upgrade to the LC NA is only $24.65 in US dollars, downloading now. I would say that is a pretty good deal. Thank You Orbx! I do believe there is a time limit on this discount for previous Alaska/Canada?

 

Cheers

Martin

Yes. 30 days after RTM

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