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Hi all-

 

Will be installing XP11 when I get of work tonight. Any suggestions for 'must have' addons?

 

I've been a long time P3D guy and thought I would try something different.

 

Thanks!

 

Mark

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I forgot what you like from P3D.

 

But my GA suggestions (not a lot of addons are fully compatible with 11 yet):

 

Aerobask Epic Victory personal jet (mostly working in 11)

http://www.aerobask.com/epic_victory.php

 

LES Saab 340 (NOT working in XP11 yet - free "quick" patch to come along with available paid big update)

http://www.x-aviation.com/catalog/product_info.php/take-command-saab-340a-p-100

 

DDENN Challenger jet (working pretty well in 11)

http://store.x-plane.org/Bombardier-Challenger-300-Captain-Edition_p_80.html

 

Oh hehe, I guess those are all faster GA aircraft.  If you want singles look at Carenado or vFlyteAir.  REP does an addon pack for a few of the Carenados (the T210 and Bonanza BE33 I think - I don't have them though)

http://store-x-plane-org.3dcartstores.com/Carenado-Sale_c_293.html

http://store-x-plane-org.3dcartstores.com/vFlyteAir_c_175.html

 

Also I hear Dan's Kodiak (he does the work for converting Carenado FSX to XP) is a really nice aircraft.  Not sure if it works in 11 yet.

http://store.x-plane.org/Kodiak-Quest-G1000-_p_534.html

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Thanks Ryan.

 

Any weather/terrain/airport suggestions ala AS or Orbx?

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Any weather/terrain/airport suggestions ala AS or Orbx?

 

Resist any temptation to purchase anything weather related until at least XP11 leaves beta. Likely you'll receive contrary advice here from others, but that's my honest recommendation.

 

Terrain is all freeware / donationware. Search HD Mesh. The data in XP11 mesh is newer, but the HD Mesh (and / or UHD Mesh) is higher resolution. You can also search out World2XPlane for 'roll your own' OSM derived building placement, or W2XP for a pre-compiled version.

 

Airports are largely freeware / donationware as well, but there are some amazing payware GA strips available too, such as from Beti-X. I'm not really any help for airports meant for bigger stuff, because I don't fly it usually. :smile:

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Since you are a new user the top 3 add-ons for XP 11 are:

 

xEnviro

xEnviro

xEnviro

 

Watch some you tube videos with and without this weather add-on and judge for yourself.

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Mark, get X-Camera, it's donation ware and a fantastic camera system for X-Plane. If you used and enjoyed EZdoc, you'll love X-Camera. For airports look for MisterX at the .org download library.

 

If you like photoscenery, look for a program called Ortho4XP, freeware.

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For flight planning, check out the donationware Plan-G planner. It doesn't do SIDs and STARs, but for everything else it's a great GA flight planner that can export plans to use in the default GPS or FMC. It can also link to X-Plane using the free XPUIPC interface to act as a moving map. It's a better moving map than X-Plane's built-in map because you can scroll outside the currently loaded scenery tile. 

 

The current version has to be used with the old XP10 database file (which you'll have along with XP10 if you bought the XP11 full beta), but it will be updated soon to use the new XP11 data. I haven't had any trouble so far, using the old XP10 data in XP11 with Plan-G.

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Mark, get X-Camera, it's donation ware and a fantastic camera system for X-Plane. If you used and enjoyed EZdoc, you'll love X-Camera. For airports look for MisterX at the .org download library.

 

If you like photoscenery, look for a program called Ortho4XP, freeware.

Thanks Michel-

 

Just got home and ran XP11 and got a crash. Sim is unusable right now. So, can't move forward with anything at this point.

 

Pretty disappointing. Don't remember P3D doing this on the very first run.

 

Cheers,

Mark

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Just got home and ran XP11 and got a crash. Sim is unusable right now. So, can't move forward with anything at this point.

 

Pretty disappointing. Don't remember P3D doing this on the very first run.

 

Remember this is a beta version, not a final release. Post your system details and maybe someone can help. Or just wait for the final release and fly XP10 for now.

 

You can also help Laminar squash bugs by posting a bug report on the crash with your log file. Details here:

http://dev.x-plane.com/support/bugreport.html

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Remember this is a beta version, not a final release.

 

I understand that.

 

Beta or no, I don't think it's unreasonable for any app, beta or not, to run on the first trial.

 

Chaseplane is in alpha and runs exceptionally well.

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I understand that.

 

Beta or no, I don't think it's unreasonable for any app, beta or not, to run on the first trial.

 

Chaseplane is in alpha and runs exceptionally well.

 

Chaseplane isn't even remotely comparable. It's an add-on for a program where the underlying code is 10 years old.  A completely stable and unchanging FS engine (even if it's getting a bit creaky at this point) is a 3rd party developer's dream.

 

X-Plane is not just under continuing development but it also supports Mac, Windows, and Linux. Crashes are not a big deal with a beta at this stage. Just report it, and wait for the next version.

 

That's how a beta works. This is something FSX/P3D pilots are not used to -- a flight sim that is continually improving under the hood, with everything that implies.

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I understand that.

 

Beta or no, I don't think it's unreasonable for any app, beta or not, to run on the first trial.

 

Chaseplane is in alpha and runs exceptionally well.

XP11 has crashed a few times for me...  it's in beta... I'm not surprised.  Right now the FMS isn't working for me and I've got blue tinted sky colors when flying at night sometimes.

 

For starters, try looking at the Log.txt file.  It's in your root XP11 install location.  Scroll through it, usually at the bottom something will tell the tale of what happened.  I understand your frustration... again, let's start with the Log file.

 

edit:  Nevermind I see your other thread.

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Resist any temptation to purchase anything weather related until at least XP11 leaves beta. Likely you'll receive contrary advice here from others, but that's my honest recommendation.

 

Mine too, though for me, it's not so much resistance as it is patiently waiting.   I think it's more about learning to handle the C172 at this point.  To add to the honest opinion here, you'll do more flying than tweaking, like it was in P3D. :)

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Here are some great freeware airports - even though listed as XP10 the majority will also work in XP11:

 

And a list of some of the best payware releases of 2016:

 

And as stated - Beti-X Bella Coola may well end up being the best scenery release of 2017:

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Thanks Michel-

 

Just got home and ran XP11 and got a crash. Sim is unusable right now. So, can't move forward with anything at this point.

 

Pretty disappointing. Don't remember P3D doing this on the very first run.

 

Cheers,

Mark

 

Was there an error text box? As others mentioned, check the log file. Or, just reinstall...on X-Plane it's incredibly simple, just delete the XP11 folder and run the installer program.

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Or, just reinstall...on X-Plane it's incredibly simple, just delete the XP11 folder and run the installer program.

 

=@ Can we please stop telling people to delete the complete XP11 folder?

In his case, it is probably known bug and will -should- be solved in PB9 (ETA today?). See his other topic for the crash.

 

In worst case, if you think the problem is with your setup: delete the preferences folder (In the Output folder) and remove all plugins you have added, then rerun the installer and let it overwrite every file you changed. It is smart to make a copy of the Joystick and Keys preferences file.

 

Can we have this advice as a sticky ?

 

Jan

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=@ Can we please stop telling people to delete the complete XP11 folder?

In his case, it is probably known bug and will -should- be solved in PB9 (ETA today?). See his other topic for the crash.

 

In worst case, if you think the problem is with your setup: delete the preferences folder (In the Output folder) and remove all plugins you have added, then rerun the installer and let it overwrite every file you changed. It is smart to make a copy of the Joystick and Keys preferences file.

 

Can we have this advice as a sticky ?

 

Jan

Agreed.  many times, just deleting the prefs will solve any issues with XP.  Unless it is a community wide issue (which would result in a bug, as this is still beta), deleting the entire XP folder is needless.

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I have yet to pay for any addons there are so many free sceneries and plug ins.

 

xEnviro has promise, but I am holding off for a few months until they work through more items on their roadmap.

 

So far I really like X-RAAS (make sure you download the newer version which works with XP-11), all of Mister X6's airports, GB pro v2 for UK scenery, the Doha airport and new city scenery are good. I have also downloaded the EADT 737 which seems great for freeware. I still need to purchase the FMC so I can fly it properly, rather than the few circuits which I have done.

 

I am still figuring out a strategy for photo scenery before I start churning out tiles. Right now I have downloaded the HD Mesh v3 tiles for the US and Europe. I will see how that works out as I do not really want to spend $150 right now on a 5TB HDD to store some Ortho tiles.

 

My first payware sceneries will probably be the new KDFW coming out soon, may be the EGKK, EGLL and Drzewiecki New York City if it goes on sale. 

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Here are some great freeware airports - even though listed as XP10 the majority will also work in XP11:

https://youtu.be/R2m0MCW0bz8

 

And a list of some of the best payware releases of 2016:

https://youtu.be/7itoZSxDUQw

 

And as stated - Beti-X Bella Coola may well end up being the best scenery release of 2017:

https://youtu.be/GYk-H_0a274

Excellent.

 

Where do the ground textures and clouds come from in this video? I think the Hawker is going to be my first purchase :>)

 

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Excellent.

 

Where do the ground textures and clouds come from in this video? I think the Hawker is going to be my first purchase :>)

 

 

Photoscenery can be found for free on different sites (also works with XP11):

 

The clouds in most of the videos are SMP, although I've now converted to XEnviro :wink:

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Thanks! I just looked at a short how to YouTube video on using Ortho4XP to create scenery.

 

A-mazing!

 

Cheers,

Mark

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I am also a P3D convert to XP11. In my opinion, these are the must-have paid add-ons:

 

1. xCamera 

2. xEnviro 

3. Pilot2ATC (particularly if you are doing IFR flying, but it's good for VFR too)

 

As for planes, I've tried about six of the most popular ones and my favorite with XP11 is the Aerobask E1000.  It works nearly flawlessly despite being a PT6 (cf. the Quest Kodiak) and has an awesome touch screen GPS that reminds me of the GTN 750.  The iXEG 737 is a work of art.  It has some minor issues with XP11 flight dynamics and such, but it's still worth a buy.  I fly it a lot.

 

For freeware scenery, Prefab Airports is a must-have imo if you fly general aviation and like smaller airports, FSeconomy, etc.  It does have some conflicts with the E1000--see the support forum about that.

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