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RELEASED: HD Mesh Scenery v4 for X-Plane 11

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The wait is over, and HD Mesh Scenery v4 for X-Plane 11 is now officially released!

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HD Mesh Scenery v4 can be seen as a vastly improved version of the default scenery shipping with XP11. It is using/referencing the exact same set of artwork files (textures, object, autogens, forests) which ship with XP11, so you do not need other art assets to be installed while HD Mesh Scenery v4 will also benefit from any artwork improvements (autogen, texture) coming with future XP11 versions.

The most important advantages of HD Mesh Scenery v4 are

  • The triangle mesh resolution is far higher than in the default mesh and even a bit above the level of the previous HD Mesh Scenery v3::
    • this give – obviously – better DEM (elevation data) representation (slopes, mountains etc.)
    • BUT this also vastly(!) improves the landclass data representation (which in X-Plane is very closely coupled with the triangle size in the mesh). This is most obvious with forest detail.
  • The vector data simplification is less aggressive than in the default mesh (where Laminar needed to do that to limit the overall size of the global scenery). Thus road / railroad bendings are more accurate and the same is true for rivers, shorelines (but where the OSM raw data is bad, this can’t help much either)
  • HD Mesh Scenery v4 also has the new “high buildings” feature included, which I introduced with Laminar in XP11. This puts all (well, with some filtering of not reasonable stuff from OSM)  buildings > 20m “height” or > 5 “building:levels” as some “high building” object (with a more or less correct height – as defined in OSM) in the scenery (“building:levels” are simply multiplied by 4m to get an approximate height). This usually gives most cities a much better look  (New York is a great example, where in OSM almost all buildings already have a height defined). This same approach also “imports” antennas / masts from OSM (as antenna obstacles)
  • OSM data is updated (its “date stamp” is 1st October 2017) . Which makes it newer than current XP11 default mesh data and of course much, much newer than the data in HD Mesh Scenery v3.
  • Most of the Landclass data has seen an update (which already happened with my work for the XP11 default scenery … but HD Mesh Scenery v4 can represent the high res landclass data much better)

Coverage

  • Europe (from the Canaries and Iceland in the west up to Moscow an and most parts of Israel in the East)
  • North America (USA, Alaska, Canada)
  • South / Central America
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Hawaii and most of the tiny Pacific Islands
  • Australia
  • Himalaya

(Coverage to the north ends at 73 N !)

And a Warning!

  • The scenery requires at least X-Plane 11.00 !!! IT WILL NOT WORK WITH X-Plane 10.xx!

Screenshots

Here are the official screenshots accompanying the release of HD Mesh Scenery v4. Just follow the links to my Google Photos albums:

Official Site

All other (continuously updated) information, download links and important instructions can be found on the official HD Mesh Scenery v4 Site:

http://www.alpilotx.net/downloads/x-plane-11-hd-mesh-scenery-v4/

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Enjoy!

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Great news ! Download of Europe started over the flightsim.com torrents, I expect to start seeding in one hour.

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THX Andras!

Unfortunately my XP11.10RC3 crashes during loading with the new mesh, I think I've to roll back to the latest official build

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18 minutes ago, Wickerman88 said:

THX Andras!

Unfortunately my XP11.10RC3 crashes during loading with the new mesh, I think I've to roll back to the latest official build

It works fine for me with the latest Release Candidate.

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59 minutes ago, Wickerman88 said:

I've not enough RAM, 16GB seems not to be enough with MAX Settings in Autogen :)

Well, I think most regions should work with 16 GB RAM ... but of course, if you want to go in the most sprawling areas (big cities, or mountains with lots of complex forest patterns), then indeed you might find spots where 16 GB might become a tight fit (it might also depend on what else you are running on your machine and which OS you are on).

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Andras,

what is the total size of the full v4 DL ?

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Sorry guys, I have to stop seeding, or I will explode my broadband limits for today ;-) .

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Thank you so much Andras for your continued amazing contribution to X Plane. Donation on its way!

cheers

Peter

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is there a single torrent available ? i might put it a few month on my NAS and let it seed with 5-10 mbit. 

Otherwise i´ll try to keep the single ones open

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53 minutes ago, alpha12125 said:

is there a single torrent available ? i might put it a few month on my NAS and let it seed with 5-10 mbit. 

Otherwise i´ll try to keep the single ones open

No, there isn't ... neither planned for the moment.

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1 hour ago, alpilotx said:

No, there isn't ... neither planned for the moment.

What a shame. At least region files which have all the tiles for one region as torrents would be great. Having to download everything tile by tile is a pain. 

But anyways thanks a lot for the great work!

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