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Hi,

 

I have recently installed [or think i have] a couple of freeware airports from flyawaysimulation. I have copied the file and placed them in FSX/addonscenery/scenery. I think thats where they are supposed to be placed.

 

But when i start FSX and look within FSX scenery library, and addonscenery, scenery; there is nothing showing. Have I done something wrong?

 

Not too experienced on computer files, etc; so help would be appreciated!!

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They would not show there, but if you fly into the airport, it should show up..

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Actually, the worst thing one can do is to add scenery by pasting it into the Addon Scenery folder, but this isn't your fault as some AFCAD and Scenery authors actually recommend this.

 

Many years ago I wrote a document for my group that explains the Scenery Format and the best way to rename and add scenery. It provides a short education that should help you with scenery for years to come, but as I said I wrote it a long time ago and while accurate it may need proof reading (we don't use it anymore as we hold an online class for new members that covers this).

 

I've uploaded the PDF for you. I'll keep it online for a few days.  CLICK HERE to download the PDF flle.

 

Best wishes.

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Actually, the worst thing one can do is to add scenery by pasting it into the Addon Scenery folder, but this isn't your fault as some AFCAD and Scenery authors actually recommend this.

A point of clarification as the originator appears to be new to all this..

For multi-flyers there are very good reasons to have uniformity in file names and scenery prioities within the Scenery Library , but whatever filenames are decided upon, the files should go into the FSX / Addon Scenery / scenery / YOUR SCENERY / scenery folder. By having addon scenery all within the Addon folder you can see whats what, especially when you get a lot of scenery.  Its not necessary to do that as when you go into the Scenery Library to select the scenery and place it in the scenery list, you can select a folder from anywhere within your PC directory..  But if you do that, and you want to get an overview of all the scenery you are running, you will have to have FSX running and be viewing the Scenery Library

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A point of clarification as the originator

 

I understand your point, and it's a good one.  However I should like to add that if there is a second PHYSICAL hard drive it would be best to put all the scenery there. With only one drive, I certainly agree that one location is best, however OVPA groups it by creating different folders for each region.

 

On top of this, the Guide recommends the use of Scenery Config Editor (freeware) which we've found to be invaluable, especially since one can quickly and easily add, remove, prioritize and group scenery without FSX or P3D running.  This saves an enormous amount of time and effort over using the Scenery Manager and some other tools.

 

Best wishes to everyone!

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Not sure if you meant this:

 

FSX / Addon Scenery / scenery / YOUR SCENERY / scenery

 

The way I have mine is:

 

FSX / Addon Scenery / YOUR SCENERY / scenery

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It can be anywhere. I'm using the same scenery folder for P3D & FSX, & another folder for my FS9 collection.

All sceneries must be activated as well.

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Thanks to all!! Dave i have printed out your PDF, thanks. Bert, the 2 freeware airports that i have, have replaced the default ones, but i have not checked upon landing if it appears in the FSX lib if that is what you meant!

 

cheers, LG

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Just to help clear up one thing.......Any scenery .bgl files that are added to FSX/Addon Scenery/Scenery folder will not

show up in your FSX Library.  If you noticed that when you started up FSX after adding those sceneries, you should

have gotten a loading status bar indicating that the files are being added to your Sim.

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OK, thanks!! I only have 2 freeware airports and i know i have them when landing there. Just wondered why they didnt show up in the FSX library. Appreciate clarification.

 

L.

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Have you added them into your scenery library as robb13 says?? Just putting them into a folder will not work.

They have to be activated.

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Shy of a long document a picture sometimes is worth a thousand words.  My 3rd party add-on scenery is structured like you see below. C:\FSX\Addon Scenery\Scenery. Then I create a separate set of folders for each airport (or other scenery elements) as you see in the examples I highlighted with blue rectangles. So each individual airport folder contains two subfolders: Scenery and Texture. I do this in each case just to keep the structure consistent. I opened a couple more than I highlighted.  They are all structured the same way. Many of the Texture folders are empty.  Just depends what is included in the sceneries.  

 

When done this way they each show up in the Scenery Library.

 

Addon%20Scenery%20folder%20structure-L.j

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Just to mess things up further....

 

Addon scenery\Scenery is defined in the scenery config, so any bgl files added to that folder will get loaded.  As seen above when the OP added two freeware airports to this folder.

 

All other (named) sceneries should be added to the Addon Scenery folder like "Latin VFR" in the picture above. They then need to be activated on the Scenery library screen in FSX.

 

To keep things clean, the Kamloops folder etc should be moved up a level, alongside Latin VFR..  :wink: 

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Addon scenery\Scenery is defined in the scenery config, so any bgl files added to that folder will get loaded.

 

No disrespect Bert, just to be clear, any .bgl files added to folders in Addon Scenery\scenery need to be declared in the Scenery Library.

 

That is, ...\Addon Scenery\scenery\abcd.bgl does not need to be added to the Scenery Library.

 

However, ...\Addon Scenery\scenery\ABCD\scenery\abcd.bgl does need to be declared in the Scenery Library.

 

In the past there have been those that thought any .bgl in Addon Scenery\scenery would be active regardless of whether it was in another folder set or not.

 

regards,

Joe

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Which is one more reason for not adding folders to the Addon Scenery\Scenery folder.

 

My point exactly.

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Based on my method above it appears important to mention: With the method I describe I activate/deactivate add on scenery as needed based on where I am flying. I do not leave it all activated. It has long been my understanding that if the folders were higher, i.e.  in c:\fsx\Addon Scenery, they would not show up individually in the Scenery Library and would always be loaded.  The method above works perfectly for me for selective activation.  And done that way it is easy to confirm activation, airport or area by airport by area. That would appear to satisfy the OP's question.

 

If the sceneries each show up individually in the Scenery Library if positioned one level higher, such as you can see with LatinVFR as per Bert's comment, then I have learned something new, but not something that makes any difference to my method. My method works without exception.  I can post screen shots of Scenery Library to confirm.

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If the sceneries each show up individually in the Scenery Library if positioned one level higher, such as you can see with LatinVFR as per Bert's comment, then I have learned something new, ...

 

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Did a bit of experimenting and found that via both methods they show up individually in Scenery Library.  So the result appears to be the same.

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Based on my method above it appears important to mention: With the method I describe I activate/deactivate add on scenery as needed based on where I am flying. I do not leave it all activated. It has long been my understanding that if the folders were higher, i.e.  in c:\fsx\Addon Scenery, they would not show up individually in the Scenery Library and would always be loaded.  The method above works perfectly for me for selective activation.  And done that way it is easy to confirm activation, airport or area by airport by area. That would appear to satisfy the OP's question.

 

If the sceneries each show up individually in the Scenery Library if positioned one level higher, such as you can see with LatinVFR as per Bert's comment, then I have learned something new, but not something that makes any difference to my method. My method works without exception.  I can post screen shots of Scenery Library to confirm.

 

I was having a lot of problems with stuttering (my computer, not me) and also with frequent FSX freeze-ups.  The typical fixes, such as turning down autogen and scenery complexity settings in FSX, helped.  But the stuttering/freezing problems continued.  However, when I tried deactivating (unchecking) in the FSX Scenery Library the numerous add-on sceneries that I wasn't using in a particular flight, only leaving activated the sceneries that I needed for that particular flight, the stutters and freezes were completely ELIMINATED.  Based on my experience, deactivating unused add-on sceneries appears to be very important.

 

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