Sesquashtoo

And, off we go to New Zealand...

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Spain and Portugal are now in the bag,

Just started generating the South and North island at ARC zl18/19/2.  This should be fun!

Post Edit: "By the way, if you want to catch both islands, it needs 64 tiles to do it."...

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Mitch, just a warning, around the center of the North Island there are quite a few clouds, but I found the rest of it pretty good quality. ZL18 though, wow. I'm struggling to find space for ZL17 :D

 

 

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7 hours ago, tonywob said:

Mitch, just a warning, around the center of the North Island there are quite a few clouds, but I found the rest of it pretty good quality. ZL18 though, wow. I'm struggling to find space for ZL17 :D

 

 

Hi Tony...well, I thought that I would try zl18 for all of New Zealand, but when I cut two test tiles and tried to view them, I had the infamous 'could not find blah-blah texture. So....I figured there was bad or missing zl18 .jpg files on that server. I then stopped the process and started again, to re-cut with zl17 with ARC. So...here is where I currently am in generation as of this posting time. I have the storage space fortunately, and will recut back to zl18, at a later date, (will source out a viable zl18 source by test-sniffing) but for now, I like your grabs, and want to fly there as well.  Everywhere else, zl17 is just killer, so I have no disappointments happening because I will view for the start of my New Zealand fly-overs at a gorgeous zl17/19/2. 

 I haven't taken any flights yet from the entire Spain and Portugal tile collection, as you got me 'hungry' for New Zealand...(LOL). I'm starting to get an element of being 'tile-greedy' LOL!

What I really find a great feature of this program, is that you are NOT limited in ZL factors to one or another. You only need the storage capacity. So...after I get some great flights at zl17/19/2 (of which I always will generate as my 'burnt in' generation recipe, I will then start dropping in zl18/19/2, tile by tile, and then take a test flight within that tile...and...if it is a full successful load-in by XP11, will then merely turn on Clean unused DDS/TER Files and do a fast Step 3 re-cut...which as you know ( I type here for other followers for their understanding,not yours...) will totally delete all the zl17 ARC files from off of my storage medium, and leave me a viable zl18 tile as stand-alone.

So...that's my usual M.O. now...enjoy for the fast thrill...and then dig deeper, to replace with a higher zl factor the runs that I am finding I fly  time-after-time, North America, as well as Western Europe.

Because I have 47 TB's of total storage, and Tony, I've only used up, around 12 TB's so far...(at my zl17/19/2) for both North American and Western Europe (at present), I might start re-cutting my all-time favorite flight routes, at a full zl19/x/x, and have simply the best visuals that can be had within XP11, driven by my EVGA FTW 1070 graphics card. Why not, huh?  This has been a most fantastic, and most enjoyable endeavor, that I have ever done in this hobby, other than obviously enjoying the fruits of my labors, after the tile generation marathons......:biggrin:

I run with HT on, and so, either myself, or my wife can run any other program, while my tile-generation conquest of the world (LOLOLOLOL) is happening, day and night. We found that I can do this totally in the background, while we read, cruise the Net, view movies, be on You Tube, all of it...and no performance snafu's or stutters in vids as I let my tiles rack up....  I am probably for the first time ever, really seeing, and enjoying the power of W10, for multi-tasking, that before this...was never asked of it.  It has been a flawless experience with night and day continuous tile generation of Ortho4XP in the background, as we do whatever else we want in the foreground with the computer system.

So...here's the map so far of what is what..:

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By the way, Tony...why did you yourself, settle upon ARC as your source for zl7 generation of New Zealand. Just wondering... :)

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Yep, ARC seems the best (And it's almost identical to AP, except it's faster). The Southern Alp region (Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown) just looks incredible. I've done some cloud editing by hand on a few areas to clean it up, but nothing too major.

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8 minutes ago, tonywob said:

Yep, ARC seems the best (And it's almost identical to AP, except it's faster). The Southern Alp region (Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown) just looks incredible. I've done some cloud editing by hand on a few areas to clean it up, but nothing too major.

Ok, thanks for that. I am as you read, cutting with ARC as your suggested source.  I'll take a run at the North Island, and if there are cloud pods...will probably do what you did...with cut and paste using an editor. Not a hard thing to do at all. :)

Thanks,

Mitch'er

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Some clouds around Palmerston North, on the very far north tip, New Plymouth and just South of Auckland, but overall it's not too bad.

 

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11 minutes ago, tonywob said:

Yep, ARC seems the best (And it's almost identical to AP, except it's faster). The Southern Alp region (Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown) just looks incredible. I've done some cloud editing by hand on a few areas to clean it up, but nothing too major.

Imagine then what those mountains would look like with an zl18 or zl19 skin?  What is one of the worst things (it is...what it is...) about screen shot uploads, is that to do so, and stay within the host site's limits...you have to butcher and edit (dumb down) the grab, before it will be hosted.  Sort of defeats the attempt to show other viewers the mind-blowing graphics that can be achieved in XP11.  Will try with the higher zl's as I generate them...but I fear, the final 'view' will not show inveritus, what is actually being displayed on my monitor in real-time. :(

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1 minute ago, tonywob said:

Some clouds around Palmerston North, on the very far north tip, New Plymouth and just South of Auckland, but overall it's not too bad.

 

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1 minute ago, Sesquashtoo said:

What is one of the worst things (it is...what it is...) about screen shot uploads, is that to do so, and stay within the host site's limits...you have to butcher and edit (dumb down) the grab, before it will be hosted

I couldn't agree more, screenshots simply don't do it justice. I'm only using ZL17, but I'm processing my own mesh from DEM 15 data to give it some extra detail, and it's really nice looking. With the added objects and trees layer I'm currently making, it is one of the nicest regions (apart from California and Norway) that I have.

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5 minutes ago, tonywob said:

I couldn't agree more, screenshots simply don't do it justice. I'm only using ZL17, but I'm processing my own mesh from DEM 15 data to give it some extra detail, and it's really nice looking. With the added objects and trees layer I'm currently making, it is one of the nicest regions (apart from California and Norway) that I have.

"Gawd...you're making me drool upon my shirt...STOP!"  :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Cheers!

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7 minutes ago, tonywob said:

Clouds, ha ha, very fitting with the natives' name for the North Island :-)

http://www.newzealand.com/ie/article/new-zealand-aotearoa-the-land-of-the-long-white-cloud/

I just read this entire introduction to New Zealand...and I'M DYING NOW!.....

Wow...

I do have the South Island for FSX and P3D from Orbx, but am really looking forward to the 'real view'....high zl-factor ortho. Can't wait! Can't wait!

Mitch

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Tony...I normally don't chance running XP11, while also generating in the background...but couldn't wait. Here is myself exploring on the North Island, around NZTG , having just taken off. Success!  Great views...and even so much better live on the monitor! WOW.

This is ARC at zl17/19/2....the color saturation is fantastic...and so I am not running any other saturation processing with ARC. This is the default XP11 saturation at work. Very nice!

Post Edit: Just added another two pics...just beautiful!  Very impressed.

Left-click twice on the pic, to bring it up on the screen server, to its largest view size.

 

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Here's just a few more as I tool around...through xEnviro 'today'....:)

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Stunning! and your FPS isn't in the tank either. This would crush P3D methinks.

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1 hour ago, Slayer said:

Stunning! and your FPS isn't in the tank either. This would crush P3D methinks.

It's fantastic Slayer...and I only went to NZTG, because I had a block of four finished tiles in that area.  I then went over to Bilbao, Spain, as I hadn't really flown there, since fully generating. Catch those as well...very beautiful!  I have a quite old CPU (first gen i7-975 Extreme running at 4.3 Ghz, air-cooled) running an EVGA FTW1070, with the sim maxed out...and am very  happy with the results.  No pressure to upgrade my M.B. and CPU at all, quite frankly, not for what I wish to see. 

Thanks for viewing!

Mitch

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BTW, before I go...dinner, chores...whatever, lol

Here's just a shoot over, to Bilbao, Spain from my finished Spain series: If this does not convince a simmer to get in on this...I just don't know what will..:)  Cheers!

Oh, and these were cut in res, to sneak in under the Host Site.  If you were standing over my shoulder...your eyes would pop out of your head!  I've put mine back in a few times already, LOL! I run my monitor just slightly under 4K. Left-click twice inside any grab, once for each other size that comes up...you need to left click again on the middle size to bring up the full screen, and to bring it up to full screen detail. Even these smaller screens don't show the depth of field, like the largest one does...highly recommended to do.

 

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Mitch .....

I was about to comment on another post, from the very talented antwob, about how misunderstood the scope of the XP Scenery World is..... and then I saw these screenshots of yours.

If anyone was ever in any doubt about the irrelevance of a certain a.n.other scenery developer coming to XP then these shots most certainly prove the point. 

Give me free Real-World over expensive Cartoon-Land every day of the week. :biggrin:

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53 minutes ago, J.L.Seagull said:

Mitch .....

I was about to comment on another post, from the very talented antwob, about how misunderstood the scope of the XP Scenery World is..... and then I saw these screenshots of yours.

If anyone was ever in any doubt about the irrelevance of a certain a.n.other scenery developer coming to XP then these shots most certainly prove the point. 

Give me free Real-World over expensive Cartoon-Land every day of the week. :biggrin:

Ok...David, you are addressing the hippo sitting in the living room wearing the tui-tui...  You are a brave man, sir!...LOL

Yes...as I flew over my zl17/19/2 Bilbao, Spain this afternoon, fully generated, and a few of my New Zealand tiles around NZTG, I thought the EXACT same thing, as you put to print.  I know why, the reason that company has no intent to develop here. Nobody would buy it at $40.00's and up....when you can generate THIS for free..and oh...want to go two zl's higher in detail then I even have here?.....it's YOUR decision, and yes you can...you can render your scenery any which way you want....total control.

Oh, and one very important point....not only free, but I have the ENTIRE country of gorgeous Spain, with excellence as this, captured in every tile that covers the country. You can NOT even get the choice to purchase that from the company that shall remain nameless. Only the airport of LEBB and some km's surrounding it will be offered soon, as still pre-release.  I have the entire COUNTRY, surrounding Bilbao! :) It is not synthetic textures over land-class. If there's a farm, and farmer in the field, tending his/her grapes...it is there in my satellite-to-XP conversion. 

BTW, that nameless company is a great company...has put out fabulous stuff, but having said that....I have been converted to real-world orthography, and can't see my way back to synthetic representation. If there is a house there...a field there...a tree-line or forested area there... I want to see the real deal. Since Ortho4XP diving...I do...with each and every flight....whether over Michigan, U.S.A, or whipping across the ocean to Bilbao, Spain....everything is as it is...if I were to go there, to that house upon the mountain....and enjoy that view, until they threw me off of the property...:bengong:

On one of my shots, I thought about that single house that is gotten to at Bilbao, by a zig-zag'in road...and as I flew over that...thought to myself...wow..that house is REALLY there...and what kind of view of the ocean does the occupants enjoy every morning they wake up. My Gawd!  I can only imagine what that real property is worth?!?!?!?!?   It's the second shot of my sneaky Bilbao shots in my New Zealand thread, lol.

Yep...I concur with you...but didn't have the guts to print it....LOL. Are you wearing flame-retardant materials this evening?   LOL!

Better put them on....ROTFLMBO!:biggrin:

Cheers,

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Superb scenery Mitch, I envy the amount of storage you have and speed you can create orthos. A single ZL17 tile can take my machine about 3hrs to generate on a good day :)

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4 hours ago, tonywob said:

Superb scenery Mitch, I envy the amount of storage you have and speed you can create orthos. A single ZL17 tile can take my machine about 3hrs to generate on a good day :)

3 hours?!?!?!?  Wow.

I guess that I am doing alright, then. For my normal zl17/19/2, about 3 tiles per hour upon North America, and 2.5 per hour for Europe.  I'm about half-way done for all of New Zealand this morning, have another 28 tiles to generate out of the 62 or so to start the project, then cover, and to put to bed both islands. :)

I'm eyeing Tasmania as well...while I'm in the neighborhood, lol.

Spain is looking real good...and can't wait just to toddle down the coast from Bilbao, to start exploring.  I have to take some shoots for Jcomm, in Portugal,  and will do that as soon as I finish up generating New Zealand. About the storage, that was added when I decided how seriously 'in' I was for Ortho4XP.  I had the 5,4, and 2's TB's...but added the four 8TB's after my hard decision to go full-out ortho for XP11.

Cheers,

Mitch'er

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Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand!

The whole country is tiled at ARC zl17/19/2,...and I'm off to explore! :)

Cheers,

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Great shots Mitch. Try NZMF if you have it :-). 

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