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Who still uses REX with Soft Clouds for most areas of the sim?

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I know that there is split opinion on REX with With Soft Clouds (SC) vs Active Sky's Cloud Art (ASCA) for sky/cloud depiction but there also seems to be opinion here that REX does little for water textures. So are people just using REX for runway textures these days?

 

Just wondering as I am still busy fresh installing my PC with P3D v3.4.9 and on the fence whether I should make the switch to ASCA and retire REC+SC altogether. I already have AS2016 but I am holding off on installing that until the 3.4 patch/update is out of beta.

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I know that there is split opinion on REX with With Soft Clouds (SC) vs Active Sky's Cloud Art (ASCA) for sky/cloud depiction but there also seems to be opinion here that REX does little for water textures. So are people just using REX for runway textures these days?

 

Just wondering as I am still busy fresh installing my PC with P3D v3.4.9 and on the fence whether I should make the switch to ASCA and retire REC+SC altogether. I already have AS2016 but I am holding off on installing that until the 3.4 patch/update is out of beta.

 

 

I use Rex SC and think they look great. After seeing screen shots of ASCA, never considered switching from SC. 

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Even better: freeware HDEv2 clouds and freeware Navids sky set skies. :wink: BTW I do own (an older version of) REX, never liked it, and I do own ASCA, never liked it either.

 

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Obviously AS16 drives the weather. :wink:

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Using Rex3Essential Plus OD for weather and water, Rex4TD with Soft Clouds for sky textures. Amazing results can be seen on different forums. 

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REX Soft Clouds + Rex Essential for Weather engine.been using these for so long and would never change.

 

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Even better: freeware HDEv2 clouds and freeware Navids sky set skies

 

Jeroen nails it

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I use HDEv2 sky and AS16 with ASCA, but in ASCA I unchecked the sky textures so that the HDEv2 sky textures don't get overwritten. I also use 512 DTX textures for cumulus and cirrus texture to soften them. I like the new cloud models that ASCA provides over the default cloud models which are used when using REX or other cloud textures.

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I can not offer any empirical facts regarding Active Sky or others. However I have used REX for a long time, both in FSX and now on P3dv3. I see no performance issues, just highly realistic weather. Especially that low Cumulus you sometimes get on approach, when you get that "Oh myghosh" moment on finals, in marginal VFR.

 

I use FS Global Real Weather for the weather injection. Although REX will do that for you as well.

 

REX Texture Direct with Soft Clouds with Orbx over the entire planet. You can see the results in my you tube channel.

 

Regards

 

David

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REX SC + ASN great combo :)

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I had read in other places people actually prefered the ASCA over Rex softclouds now that they fixed some bugs.. but maybe not?  I have box REX Texture Direct and AS16 and ASCA.. currently with rex ground textures and ASN for clouds as well as ASCA, but maybe its time to try some comparisons.

 

HDEv2.. is this the right page for it.. it references FSX, but not so much p3d?

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Still flying with Rex SC. Did not see the benefit of Asca in video reviews. Still looking for reason to drop ASN for AS16. The two reviews I watched made me feel like AS16 was nothing more the a sales platform for Asca. Is it worth the switch?

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I use AS16 + REX Textures + Texture Direct & Soft Clouds.

Didn't buy ASCA. and still waiting for the Rex Essentials patch.

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HDEv2.. is this the right page for it.. it references FSX, but not so much p3d?

That's the one and yes, it works in P3D.

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I had read in other places people actually prefered the ASCA over Rex softclouds now that they fixed some bugs.. 

 

that is the case for me. 

 

i was not crazy about the ASCA textures on release, but the service pack made them basically the same style as rex's soft clouds, except with the added advantage of multiple variations and variants for bad weather, etc.

 

i love the increase in variety with dynamic mode, compared to static cloud textures, and the improvements in the 3d models as well. 

 

it's a pretty subjective topic for sure.

 

cheers

-andy crosby

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Still flying with Rex SC. Did not see the benefit of Asca in video reviews. Still looking for reason to drop ASN for AS16. The two reviews I watched made me feel like AS16 was nothing more the a sales platform for Asca. Is it worth the switch?

The clincher for me was the VC wind screen effect of wispy cloud fragments racing by "up close and personal", though if you don't use the VC it can't be experienced. First time I experienced it I almost fell out of my chair. But I'll agree, a rather frivolous expense for an ASN owner but I'm at the point in my life where my money does me no good unless I spend it.

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The two reviews I watched made me feel like AS16 was nothing more the a sales platform for Asca. Is it worth the switch?

 

There is a free 7 day demo for AS16.  Give it a test drive.

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Yes, I am a beta tester for HiFi BUT since I've been flying as16/asca combination I haven;t  found any other clouds that give me the same immersion and effects. For comparison I try whatever is out there and my eyes prefer AS16/ASCA.

 

 

Vic

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Tried AS16/ASCA, switched back to REX SC/ASN, it's much better and realistic. It also support both FSX and P3D.

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that is the case for me.

 

i was not crazy about the ASCA textures on release, but the service pack made them basically the same style as rex's soft clouds, except with the added advantage of multiple variations and variants for bad weather, etc.

 

i love the increase in variety with dynamic mode, compared to static cloud textures, and the improvements in the 3d models as well.

 

it's a pretty subjective topic for sure.

 

cheers

-andy crosby

That was what happened to me as well. In fact I didn't even use ASCA for more than a few flights due to that.

 

Once the service packs were released it wa a whole new ball game and nothing as far as cloud types and cloud models looks more realistic and varied during a flight as ASCA.

 

Now if they didn't use their own custom cloud models then it might be different if it was just textures like REX or FEX.

 

I'm still not sold on the sky textures yet, even after the service packs but as far as cloud models/textures I think it looks better than anything out there at this time.

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