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What are good things to get for P3D v4?

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Late next week I will be getting my new computer and I will be using P3D v4. What are some add-on's that are must have for P3D v4? I see  Edit Voicepack is now payware for P3D v4 so I will be getting that. But what other things should I get (like stuff for weather)?

 

Also what are some good freeware planes to download? I am currently a FS9 user and I am guessing all of my favorite FS9 planes will not work in P3D so I will need some good planes. I would be looking for military, commercial, general aviation/biz jets, and helicopters. I know of a lot of real good payware stuff, but I will not have much money left after I pay for the computer.

 

I have thought about installing FS9 also on the new computer so I can continue to use my favorite FS9 things, but I haven't decided if I will do that yet.

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Think most people would recommend Active Sky 2016 for weather, there are other options but AS16 + ASCA Active Sky Cloud Art really go well together. As far as aircraft your categories cover just about every genre so you'll have a lot of options but IMO you tend to get what you pay for with aircraft with a few exceptions. Look for reviews here and elsewhere and you'll be in a position to make an informed decision for yourself.

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So I know you mentioned you are a FSX/P3D guy. But have you considered XP11? I personally don't have it, I'm simply recommending it due to you looking at primarily freeware stuff, for which XP has much to offer. Now, admittingly, I haven't downloaded any freeware stuff for my sim since the days of POSKY, Project Airbus, way back when. But from what I have read over the years, the amount of good freeware in the FSX/P3D world is dwindling. And I would imagine even more so in P3Dv4. Now I may be entirely wrong, and for all I know there is a plethora of good freeware stuff out there. I only fly commercial airliners of the study sim kind, so I haven't really been looking at freeware for quite some time 

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I am not looking primarily for freeware. I am just looking for good freeware to get started. I will be buying payware planes, just not at first. I will not have the money after I pay for the computer.

 

And yes I have thought about XP11, but I decided on P3D because of the stuff that is already out and most of the developers will be making stuff for P3D. I also like flying with full AI, and XP11 doesn't seem to support AI (I could be wrong about that).

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pta, asp4, asca, envtex, orbx, a2a, pmdg, and flightbeam.  That should get u started.

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Wow, an open end. :biggrin:

Two really great freeware items are the Manfred Jahns C-47 and the Basler BT67. Very well done. Already mentioned is AS16 for P3D and ASCA for weather. Products like ENVTEX and PTA enhance visuals.

Scenery gives you  huge options - I like Toposim for world wide mesh. Again I prefer GEXP3d for textures and UTX for vector however a lot of people like Orbx products. The number of individual payware airports from varying developers is huge.

That's just a starting list......   :biggrin:

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Thanks guys. I will start looking into this stuff.

 

I was just looking at the aircraft included in P3D v4 and I had no idea the Virtavia Blackhawk was included. I loved that helicopter in FS9! I also see the Iris F-22, Dino Cattaneo's F-35, Carenado A-36 are included.

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I think ORBX or UTX gives the overall best start in my eyes. Together with AS16 + ASCA, ENVTEX and PTA. 

Then a good plane - depends on what you like flying - and you should be ready to start. 

 

And may I suggest ORBX Innsbruck? I'm my eyes the best payware airport. 

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7 minutes ago, swiesma said:

I think ORBX or UTX gives the overall best start in my eyes. Together with AS16 + ASCA, ENVTEX and PTA. 

Then a good plane - depends on what you like flying - and you should be ready to start. 

 

And may I suggest ORBX Innsbruck? I'm my eyes the best payware airport. 

So ENVTEX is something like REX right? And where do I find Orbx Innsbruck? I was just at their web site and did see any Innsbruck scenery.

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1 hour ago, Joseph29 said:

So ENVTEX is something like REX right? And where do I find Orbx Innsbruck? I was just at their web site and did see any Innsbruck scenery.

Yes, Envtex and REX TD are doing the same thing, replacing default textures with better ones.

I have question about meshes. I am flying only in Europe and I have ORBX Global, Vector, OpenLC Europe, HD Trees, Envtex and PTA installed. Does a mesh product add anything to this combo? I am mostly flying airliners at FL350.

I noticed that Toposim has 50% sale this weekend. 

 

Thanks!

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Hi Joseph, 

We just released this bundle – Texture Direct with Soft Clouds Enhanced Edition. It's a great cost effective and full featured environment solution.  
http://www.rexsimulations.com/texturedirectsc.html 

PTA is a must: https://simtweaks.com

3 hours ago, Joseph29 said:

And where do I find Orbx Innsbruck? 

Here you go: https://orbxdirect.com/product/lowi

If you go the PTA route, we just released presets here: http://www.rexsimulations.com/pta.html

Enjoy!

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I just realized I have/had the FS9 version of ENVTEX called Full Environment 9. It is freeware and the file name is fe9_v1_3.zip. The readme mentions the TOGA projects Team.

 

1 hour ago, timest said:

Hi Joseph, 

We just released this bundle – Texture Direct with Soft Clouds Enhanced Edition. It's a great cost effective and full featured environment solution.  
http://www.rexsimulations.com/texturedirectsc.html 

PTA is a must: https://simtweaks.com

Here you go: https://orbxdirect.com/product/lowi

If you go the PTA route, we just released presets here: http://www.rexsimulations.com/pta.html

Enjoy!

I will consider REX texture Direct, but if I go for ENVTEX  I will get the stand alone Soft Clouds.

 

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