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ASCA vs Soft Clouds

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So I currently have (and have had) soft clouds for quite a while. I like the textures but they didn't install properly into V4. Yes, I know it's not technically compatible but I gave it a try. It didn't work and now I have no cloud textures.

 

I just got AS16/ASP4 (upgraded from ASN) and I like the idea of having variable cloud textures, and from the pictures, the textures look pretty decent.

 

What do you all think? Upgrade to ASCA or stick around for the Rex update?

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I use Envtex which is compatible with ASCA/AS16 for V4 .  Great texture pack

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Because Rex 4 Texture Direct and Soft Clouds aren't ready for P3D v4 yet I decided to activate the textures within ASCA  ..... something I wouldn't of done if Rex was ready  .... and I must say I am very impressed!!

Rex need to get their skates on otherwise more people might be tempted to do this!! 

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Personally I use Soft Clouds with V4. ASCA just doesn't sit well with me, looks weird and the clouds look very unnatural in many cases. Especially those cloud formations made up of many clouds just look downright awful. While Soft Clouds isn't perfect either, it looks a damn side better in my opinion.

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I do not have ASCA, but Soft Clouds works vry well for me in v4.

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I have REX and ASCA/AS16 for V4. Since REX isn't ready for v4. I may very well stay with ASCA/AS16. They're quick when it comes to updates.

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REX has lead the airport and weather textures since they came on the scene in 2009, and IMHO there just isn't anything that comes close - likely due to the fact that nobody has (or will) but the time and effort into these textures that REX does. Also, REX customer support and their support for their older products is unrivaled regardless of the flight sim product one would compare them to!

REX has some INCREDIBLE products coming to market this year, and they are going to change our sim experience - not taking it up one level, but several levels!  At the very least I'd recommend getting on their mailing list!

Man, it's an exciting time for flight sim!  Just a few years ago we were wondering if FSX was the best we'd ever have - just look at us now!

 

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Without question ASP4 and ASCA -  They are designed to work together to give you the best overall experience. Other clouds etc will work but they weren't designed to work with ASP4. IMHO, the dynamic cloud effects in real time with ASP4/ASCA are second to none and not available with other product.

But remember - anything that requires a visual interpretation is purely subjective and in the eye of the beholder. There is no "wrong" product - just different choices.

Vic

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1 hour ago, DaveCT2003 said:

REX has lead the airport and weather textures since they came on the scene in 2009, and IMHO there just isn't anything that comes close - likely due to the fact that nobody has (or will) but the time and effort into these textures that REX does. Also, REX customer support and their support for their older products is unrivaled regardless of the flight sim product one would compare them to!

REX has some INCREDIBLE products coming to market this year, and they are going to change our sim experience - not taking it up one level, but several levels!  At the very least I'd recommend getting on their mailing list!

Man, it's an exciting time for flight sim!  Just a few years ago we were wondering if FSX was the best we'd ever have - just look at us now!

 

Well if you mean that REX copied the leading product (FEX) which still today has the better quality and variation of cloud/water/sky textures. What REX have been good at is marketing.

Don't take my word for it, look at the alpha channels (which is what defines the cloud quality) compared with FEX.

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Keep in mind that ASCA/AS16 is strictly weather/cloud and sky texture. REX on the other hand does that plus you can change airport ground textures: water, runways, aprons, airport lighting and other enhancements.

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Just now, GSalden said:

AS / ASCA / EnvTex

👍🏻

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On ‎7‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 10:39 AM, ErichB said:

I use Envtex which is compatible with ASCA/AS16 for V4 .  Great texture pack

A very big +1.   Nicest combo I've seen in a long time.  The Envtex textures were created with ASCA specifically in mind.  Here's a link https://togapjcts.wixsite.com/toga/envtex

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On ‎7‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 2:15 PM, bills511 said:

.REX . . you can change airport ground textures: water, runways, aprons, airport lighting and other enhancements.

Envtex also does this--and a lot more.

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23 minutes ago, GSalden said:

AS / ASCA / EnvTex

Blimey, that little lot comes in at over 100 EUROS :bengong:

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26 minutes ago, jenxy said:

 

Blimey, that little lot comes in at over 100 EUROS :bengong:

Forgot one : PTA

So : AS / ASCA / EnvTex / PTA

And your outside world will look incredible...

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10 minutes ago, GSalden said:

Forgot one : PTA

So : AS / ASCA / EnvTex / PTA

And your outside world will look incredible...

I should <insert expletive here> well hope so!

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50 minutes ago, GSalden said:

Forgot one : PTA

So : AS / ASCA / EnvTex / PTA

And your outside world will look incredible...

Lol if only one thing did it all...

 

I've got PTA and AS so adding ASCA for clouds then using Rex (which I have) for sky textures wouldn't be too bad.

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ASCA is continually evolving according to user request so you might find some great sky textures there also. Mix and match to your heart's content until you get what you like.

@jenxy - LOL. No one ever said this was an inexpensive hobby!!!

Vic

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When I bought as16 I moved from soft clouds to asca and never looked back.

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I am also doing the ASP4/ASCA/Envtex (sky textures) & PTA.  Best looking sim I have seen to date!

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Agreed, yet another one for the ASP4/ASCA/Envtex (sky textures) and PTA. A most amazingly beautiful combo. I'm also using the PTAabsolute preset supplied by the Envtex dudes and it creates a really nice realistic overall tone in all conditions. Very cool... very recommended...

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I'm sold with ASP4+ASCA, No need for anything else at this point.

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4 minutes ago, SolRayz said:

I'm sold with ASP4+ASCA, No need for anything else at this point.

Sure dude, i understand... but the sky textures influence so much.. so.. if you don't wanna drop the cash for Envtex at the moment, try some of the sky textures here...  http://1coder.ru/SKY/downloads.html   This dude makes amazing sky textures and kindly offers them up free to the community and they are truly some of the best. Try some out and see how much better they are compared to ASCA's sky textures. You'll want to turn of ASCA's sky texture injection if using these.

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