SpiritFlyer

Weather/Cloud options P3Dv4?

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Hi,

What options are there for replacing the weather and cloud textures in P3Dv4?

Will an earlier version of Active Sky for FSX work somehow, or are there other solutions? Even though the entire atmosphere within the sim looks far more real than ever accomplished before, I do have occasional cloud texture flash and grow weary of not having real weather.

After all, picking the presets, including the heavy ORBX settings becomes old after awhile. What is the best and most natural solution here?

I appreciate any information, pointers and links you may have. Thank you kindly.

Kindest regards,

 

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1 hour ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Hi,

What options are there for replacing the weather and cloud textures in P3Dv4?

Will an earlier version of Active Sky for FSX work somehow, or are there other solutions? Even though the entire atmosphere within the sim looks far more real than ever accomplished before, I do have occasional cloud texture flash and grow weary of not having real weather.

After all, picking the presets, including the heavy ORBX settings becomes old after awhile. What is the best and most natural solution here?

I appreciate any information, pointers and links you may have. Thank you kindly.

Kindest regards,

 

How you been Buddy?

ASP4 is the must have weather engine. If you want dynamic (changing) sky textures and clouds throughout your flight, then add ASCA and you will be set.

OR

Wait for Sky Force by REX.

REX 4 TD with Soft Clouds is another option and it's p3d v4 ready.

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Opus FSI works with V4 and has from day 1. Still gives me the best 'out of the window' weather and the best effect of actually flying towards weather fronts. The fact that it comes with linked cameras is a nice bonus.

RED TD Enhanced Edition now supports v4 as well and looks great (along with Soft Clouds)

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Lots of choices, sort of...

Have bought Active Sky, Opus and Rex, all in times past so will perhaps look at upgrading one or the other (again). Just looked at the Active Sky offerings and must say they make upgrading as clear as mud. Sent an email, so we'll see.

Just found my Opus notes and remember how much I liked their approach. Also, the Rex product is due out so I will see what their upgrade paths (if any) look like.

On a side note, did any of you ever notice how sometimes it seems that many software developers could do a better job of trying to keep their customers instead of just trying to re-engineer new renditions to get new ones? For all the personality clashes, that is where I have to hand it to ORBX that keep upgrading all their products. Since I use every one of the sceneries I have ever purchased from them (100+), they are still worth every penny I paid, so naturally, I keep adding new ones to the list.

How many others can we say that about? I have repeatedly bought weather programs, with none to show for it.

Ah... never mind! :)

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7 hours ago, GHarrall said:

Opus FSI works with V4 and has from day 1. Still gives me the best 'out of the window' weather and the best effect of actually flying towards weather fronts. The fact that it comes with linked cameras is a nice bonus.

RED TD Enhanced Edition now supports v4 as well and looks great (along with Soft Clouds)

I should clarify that Opus FSI v5 has worked with P3D v4 from day one.

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On ‎2017‎-‎08‎-‎22 at 1:21 PM, DJJose said:

How you been Buddy?

ASP4 is the must have weather engine. If you want dynamic (changing) sky textures and clouds throughout your flight, then add ASCA and you will be set.

OR

Wait for Sky Force by REX.

REX 4 TD with Soft Clouds is another option and it's p3d v4 ready.

Hey old friend!

Good to see you and thanks for the advice.

Even after buying several previous versions of Active Sky, being able to easily upgrade for P3Dv4 is a little hard (more like impossible) when HiFi no longer serves it's own former retail customers, but refers in cut and paste answers to 3rd party resellers. Perhaps I am just getting cranky in my old age :) and expect better, and won't pay for less.

In any case, I can wait for new and better products if need be.

When is Sky Force expected? 

Kind regards,

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30 minutes ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Even after buying several previous versions of Active Sky, being able to easily upgrade for P3Dv4 is a little hard (more like impossible) when HiFi no longer serves it's own former retail customers, but refers in cut and paste answers to 3rd party resellers. Perhaps I am just getting cranky in my old age :) and expect better, and won't pay for less.

I have to say that HiFi treated me very well.  I emailed about how to get the upgrade price for ASP4 for P3DV4 since I had ASN for FSX and the reseller I purchased ASN from is no longer a HiFi reseller.  They immediately responded saying I could purchase the upgrade version from another reseller and as long as I had the ASN license and of course the upgrade license keys I would be fine.  The purchase, installation and activation went flawlessly.  I now run ASN for FSX and ASP4 for P3DV4 on separate SSDs.  Happy customer.

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40 minutes ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Perhaps I am just getting cranky in my old age :) and expect better, and won't pay for less.

It would appear so Stephen.  :biggrin: - been there, done that, have the T shirt.

The HiFi update process is pretty straight forward depending on which product you originally owned. Like many, there is the FSX version and the P3D version. 

Vic

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24 minutes ago, vgbaron said:

It would appear so Stephen.  :biggrin: - been there, done that, have the T shirt.

Hi Vic,

Yeah, I officially turned 65 very recently and feel rather disgruntled about it. Of course the alternative to getting old is not all that attractive either. :blush:

In any case, like Bruce and most others, up to now HiFi had me coming back for more by offering good service and a great product that I could righteously defend against all naysayers. Hope that will again be the case once or twice more in the future.

Enough said, but not enough done... 

Onward and upward... :gaul:

Kind regards,

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1 hour ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Yeah, I officially turned 65 very recently and feel rather disgruntled about it. Of course the alternative to getting old is not all that attractive either. :blush:

Hah! I have shoes older than you!  :laugh: Turned 80 in January. It's all in your perspective my friend.

As you said - onward & upward!

Vic

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1 hour ago, vgbaron said:

Hah! I have shoes older than you!  :laugh: Turned 80 in January. It's all in your perspective my friend.

As you said - onward & upward!

Vic

Boy, I owe you a big apology. All this time I had you figured for a lowly 30-something or other. Sorry I robbed you of so many years. 

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3 hours ago, SpiritFlyer said:

When is Sky Force expected?

I have no idea, but the promo video got my attention:

 

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41 minutes ago, jimcarrel said:

Boy, I owe you a big apology. All this time I had you figured for a lowly 30-something or other. Sorry I robbed you of so many years. 

I always knew he was wise... Now I know why! :biggrin:

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37 minutes ago, DJJose said:

I have no idea, but the promo video got my attention:

 

Going to have to brush up on my Latin to run this in my simulatorus! :gaul:

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1 hour ago, DJJose said:

I have no idea, but the promo video got my attention:

 

That video is over a year old already.

REX has always been good at marketing. Usually it ends there for me because I haven't bought and used a REX product for years. I wouldn't mind if this one would be something good though. As long as it has historic weather. And everything else that AS offers. Which imho still is the best weather engine. (I also like all the free upgrades to new versions I received from HiFi over the years! They usually are very generous!)

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Yes over a year old, and even then it was amazing, especially considering what you see is what you get in that video. 

Cheers Jeroen. :biggrin:

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1 hour ago, timest said:

Yes over a year old, and even then it was amazing, especially considering what you see is what you get in that video. 

Cheers Jeroen. :biggrin:

And I guess you now have to modify certain things to become 64b compliant. I saw this vid a long time ago and I must say it still impresses me much.

If REX can pull this off then we're in for some amazing future simming. 

Really looking forward to this release. Hopefully soon

ice

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1 hour ago, Iceman2 said:

And I guess you now have to modify certain things to become 64b compliant. I saw this vid a long time ago and I must say it still impresses me much.

If REX can pull this off then we're in for some amazing future simming. 

Really looking forward to this release. Hopefully soon

ice

Hi Ice, 

It was a bit of work considering the obstacles but that's behind us now and we're moving forward. Thank you for your kind words. 

Cheers.

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Just heard back from Dave Opper of HiFi Simulations. :chat:

He took the time to track down my account with them and showed me where I bought from and provided the direction and advice I need to upgrade and get rolling in P3Dv4.

I owe two things to him and his team:

#1: Thank you for answering me personally and diplomatically, correcting my errors and mistaken assumptions.

#2: I was wrong to insinuate that you may not be supporting your customers properly. :blush:

I was wrong. I am sorry. I apologize. :mellow:

It is my intention to upgrade Active Sky and make my simulation even better. :cool:

Kind regards,

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2 hours ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Just heard back from Dave Opper of HiFi Simulations. :chat:

He took the time to track down my account with them and showed me where I bought from and provided the direction and advice I need to upgrade and get rolling in P3Dv4.

I owe two things to him and his team:

#1: Thank you for answering me personally and diplomatically, correcting my errors and mistaken assumptions.

#2: I was wrong to insinuate that you may not be supporting your customers properly. :blush:

I was wrong. I am sorry. I apologize. :mellow:

It is my intention to upgrade Active Sky and make my simulation even better. :cool:

Kind regards,

Class always shows - in both HiFi and your response.  :biggrin: Glad you got squared away.

Enjoy,

Vic

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7 hours ago, SpiritFlyer said:

Just heard back from Dave Opper of HiFi Simulations. :chat:

He took the time to track down my account with them and showed me where I bought from and provided the direction and advice I need to upgrade and get rolling in P3Dv4.

I owe two things to him and his team:

#1: Thank you for answering me personally and diplomatically, correcting my errors and mistaken assumptions.

#2: I was wrong to insinuate that you may not be supporting your customers properly. :blush:

I was wrong. I am sorry. I apologize. :mellow:

It is my intention to upgrade Active Sky and make my simulation even better. :cool:

Kind regards,

Glad to hear it worked out for you also!

5 hours ago, vgbaron said:

Class always shows - in both HiFi and your response.  :biggrin: Glad you got squared away.

Enjoy,

Vic

Agree!

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Active Sky for P3Dv4 is now installed and up and running.

It is really good to hear the thunder clap when the sim starts, although it is more like a rumble now!. The original was not for the faint-of-heart if they were half asleep! Now off to see what south Texas looks like, realizing that it is not so fun for those of you caught in the hurricane's grip. Stay safe I pray.

Kind regards,

 

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8 hours ago, SpiritFlyer said:

It is really good to hear the thunder clap when the sim starts, although it is more like a rumble now!

That's the first thing I disable whenever I have to reinstall AS. :happy:

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