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Hotfix 2 for REX Skyforce 3D available

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Changelog:

INSTALLATION FIXES:

1.) When a new hotfix is applied add function to automatically restore last saved user configurations.

2.) When a new hotfix is applied if applicable remove function requiring user to have to re-register application.

3.) Fix installer to not  reference C drive for space available

SETUP WIZARDS:

1.) Fix issue when adding new airport to favorite airport list it overwrites the last airport added only.

SETTINGS FIXES:

1.) Update the optimizer function so that users have a better idea of what textures will cost in FPS.  Add functions to read flight simulator CFG file.  Add function that if user changes settings they are prompted to reinstall files.

2.) Make serial key field encrypted with option to view

3.) Add control option that user can set the minimize button to minimize to taskbar or system tray.

4.) Add control to minimize application at startup.

GENERAL FIXES:

1.) Fix application freeze issue when deleting a favorite airport.

2.) Fix duplicate notifications for community themes and in ability to close last alert.

TEXTURES:

1.) Fix missing cumulus set 19 texture

2.) Fix missing LightningFX script

ENVIRONMENT WINDOW:

1.) Change sun/atmospherics sets 08 and 13 names.

2.) Fix issue where after adding a texture to a theme it immediately alerts “Theme is completed”.

FLIGHT CENTER:

1.) Fix PFPX weather file download from REX EDGE Servers

2.) Fix weather file import function into PFPX.

3.) Fix support of Pilot2Atc flight plan import into Sky Force.

WEATHER CENTER:

1.) Fix possible issue with weather not showing based upon date format issues.

2.) Add option to enter weather stations/airports that don’t exist in FS database, but yet have an active metar into REX EDGE Servers

INTERACTIVE MAP:

1.) Fix issue with map latency and crashes reported with some customers when right clicking the map.

2.) Fix position of aircraft in relation to flight plan

WEATHER ENGINE:

1.) Improve weather injection accuracy between injections.

2.) Fix assorted .net errors during injection process

3.) Fix OAT / TAT/ SAT temperature issues with aircraft during climbs and higher altitudes.

4.) Fix Altimeter jumps during weather injections

5.) Fix missing cloud layers

6.) Fix visibility haze issue with FSX and FSX Steam users when visibility is reported at 10SM.

7.) Fix issue of weather not injecting for P3D v4.0 users.

8.) Fix issue of visibility being rendered at zero and causing cockpit to not be shown.

9.) Reduce number of simconnect hits to sim.

10.) Change RESET button to REFRESH on main interface.

INSYNC MODEL ENGINE:

1.) Fix various .net errors reported by customers with missing data

2.) Provide users with information of active insync mode on main user interface.

The fix list is below;

Fixed – Freezing of application when user confirms removal of favorite airport

Fixed – Scaling issue with Windows 10

Fixed – Overlapping community theme notification

Fixed – Notifications causing P3D 4.1 to reload

Fixed – Issue of overwriting last entered favorite airport during registration

Fixed – CTD issue when some users right-click the interactive map

Fixed – Aircraft and precipitation positioning on the map

Fixed – Failure when Pilot2Atc flight plan is imported into Sky Force

Fixed – Naming conventions for Sun/Atmospherics sets 08 and 13

Fixed – “Theme completed” popup when adding a new set

Fixed – Issue where weather was not showing in the Weather Center due to foreign date/time

Fixed – Searches within the Weather Center for stations/airports not in the database

Fixed – Texture sets not showing due to missing folder sets

Fixed – .net error messages within the In-Sync Cloud Engine

Fixed – Toggle button “Enable Quick Start” not being aligned with other buttons

Fixed – Issue where Sky Force was causing P3D to go directly into “Load” mode

Fixed – Major jumps of altimeter

Fixed – Accuracy of weather injections

Fixed – Visibility causing complete reduction including the cockpit

Fixed – .net errors with the weather engine

Fixed – OAT/TAT/SAT erratic temperatures increasing with altitude

Fixed – No weather showing

Fixed – Visibility too low for FSX, FSXSE when at 10SM

Fixed – Weather injection issue causing errors with GSX and ChasePlane

Fixed – Weather engine continuing to inject weather after it was turned off

Fixed – In-sim green status bar not showing during weather engine injection

Fixed – Network mode for weather injection

Fixed – Installer stating “Organization” instead of “Email” during user registration

Fixed – Issue with Sky Force working with FSUIPC autosave

Fixed – Long named favorite airports cutting off on Favorite Airport panel within the Dashboard

Fixed – Sky Force resolution issue with Windows 10

Fixed – In-Sim briefing not reporting flight plan data

Fixed – In-Sim briefing not showing clouds reported

Fixed – Issue with textures sets not being saved when creating themes

Fixed – Issue of application hang while changing a theme within the PTA window

Fixed – Double popup alert window when installing a preset theme from the PTA window

Fixed – Default airport not being saved after restart

Fixed – Preventing duplication favorite airports from being added

Fixed – Weather not reporting CAVOK properly within the Weather Center

Fixed – “Precip” button on the mapping still showing precipitation if turned off

Fixed – Latest TAF report is included in the Weather Center data

Fixed – Bank numbers did not change when selecting a category in My Saved Themes or Community Shared Themes

Fixed – Toggle button withinthe Engine setting grayed out when not active

Fixed – Search for weather stations with winds over 30kts+

Fixed – Length of notification text on successful texture install being cut off

Fixed – Step 2 grammatical error during registration

Fixed – Disabling the In-Sync Cloud function was not disabling all functions

Fixed – Disabling the weather engine was not disabling the Refresh Weather button

Fixed – Weather engine was showing DISCONNECTED instead of ON. Changed global variable

Fixed – Issue where clicking Currently In Sim was causing Sky Force to CTD

Fixed – Altitude of roll clouds showing at higher altitudes

Fixed – Issue with cirrus not showing

Fixed – Weather engine continued to load when disabled

Fixed – Load time of weather injections in-sim

Fixed – Innaccurate HDR read-only settings per sim type causing textures to not install correctly

Fixed – Close icons on system and community notification areas. Incorporated buttons instead of icons as some users would quit the application by mistake.

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Updated Changelog:

Fixed – Freezing of application when user confirms removal of favorite airport

Fixed – Scaling issue with Windows 10

Fixed – Overlapping community theme notification

Fixed – Notifications causing P3D 4.1 to reload

Fixed – Issue of overwriting last entered favorite airport during registration

Fixed – CTD issue when some users right-click the interactive map

Fixed – Aircraft and precipitation positioning on the map

Fixed – Failure when Pilot2Atc flight plan is imported into Sky Force

Fixed – Naming conventions for Sun/Atmospherics sets 08 and 13

Fixed – “Theme completed” popup when adding a new set

Fixed – Issue where weather was not showing in the Weather Center due to foreign date/time

Fixed – Searches within the Weather Center for stations/airports not in the database

Fixed – Texture sets not showing due to missing folder sets

Fixed – .net error messages within the In-Sync Cloud Engine

Fixed – Toggle button “Enable Quick Start” not being aligned with other buttons

Fixed – Issue where Sky Force was causing P3D to go directly into “Load” mode

Fixed – Major jumps of altimeter

Fixed – Accuracy of weather injections

Fixed – Visibility causing complete reduction including the cockpit

Fixed – .net errors with the weather engine

Fixed – OAT/TAT/SAT erratic temperatures increasing with altitude

Fixed – No weather showing

Fixed – Visibility too low for FSX, FSXSE when at 10SM

Fixed – Weather injection issue causing errors with GSX and ChasePlane

Fixed – Weather engine continuing to inject weather after it was turned off

Fixed – In-sim green status bar not showing during weather engine injection

Fixed – Network mode for weather injection

Fixed – Installer stating “Organization” instead of “Email” during user registration

Fixed – Issue with Sky Force working with FSUIPC autosave

Fixed – Long named favorite airports cutting off on Favorite Airport panel within the Dashboard

Fixed – Sky Force resolution issue with Windows 10

Fixed – In-Sim briefing not reporting flight plan data

Fixed – In-Sim briefing not showing clouds reported

Fixed – Issue with textures sets not being saved when creating themes

Fixed – Issue of application hang while changing a theme within the PTA window

Fixed – Double popup alert window when installing a preset theme from the PTA window

Fixed – Default airport not being saved after restart

Fixed – Preventing duplication favorite airports from being added

Fixed – Weather not reporting CAVOK properly within the Weather Center

Fixed – “Precip” button on the mapping still showing precipitation if turned off

Fixed – Latest TAF report is included in the Weather Center data

Fixed – Bank numbers did not change when selecting a category in My Saved Themes or Community Shared Themes

Fixed – Toggle button within the Engine setting grayed out when not active

Fixed – Search for weather stations with winds over 30kts+

Fixed – Length of notification text on successful texture install being cut off

Fixed – Step 2 grammatical error during registration

Fixed – Disabling the In-Sync Cloud function was not disabling all functions

Fixed – Disabling the weather engine was not disabling the Refresh Weather button

Fixed – Weather engine was showing DISCONNECTED instead of ON. Changed global variable

Fixed – Issue where clicking Currently In Sim was causing Sky Force to CTD

Fixed – Altitude of roll clouds showing at higher altitudes

Fixed – Issue with cirrus not showing

Fixed – Weather engine continued to load when disabled

Fixed – Load time of weather injections in-sim

Fixed – Inaccurate HDR read-only settings per sim type causing textures to not install correctly

Fixed – Close icons on system and community notification areas. Incorporated buttons instead of icons as some users would quit the application by mistake. 

 

Added – Function to minimize Sky Force to system tray

Added – Option to overwrite default backup of flight sim files

Added – Fade in/out of generic alert system

Added – Function to save latest map settings when application is closed and restarted

Added – 3 levels of density related 3D stratus overcast model sets for user control over performance impact 

Added – 7 levels of density related 3D cumulus overcast model sets for user control over performance impact

Added – Feature within the Weather Center to add a custom airport into the database when not found

Added – Feature to set default favorite weather station/airport to show in the Weather Center and Favorite Airports

Added – View buttons to replace ID numbers within My Themes and Community Themes

Added – Better handling of the user’s system profile to help optimize texture resolution

Added – Encrypted serial key field to the Profile Settings window

Added – Function within General Settings to give the user the ability to start up Sky Force in the system tray

Added – Flight sim validation location validation

Added – Full support for weather injection for Prepar3D v4.0 users

Added – Tool tips rollovers to 3 buttons on top right of main window

Added – Weather Refresh button to engine status window

Added – Disabling feature when changing between Enable Performance Optimizer and Auto tune

Added – Code that prevents duplicate airports from being added to the Favorite Airport list from the Weather Center and Dashboard windows

Added – Confirmation of Favorite Airport being added when set from the Weather Center window

Added – Download of the metar_report.xml file for ProAtc users

Added – Code to prevent users from starting more than one version of Sky Force at a time

Added – Examples of the required lat/lon degrees when adding an airport to the database

Added – Note to Flight Center details that winds are provided via the GFS model on the 12 and 00Z times

Added – Text to Favorite Airports stating to wait patiently as we download data from our servers

Added – Text to Most Recent Community Themes stating to wait patiently as we download data from our servers

Added – Added new button synchronization window to track aircraft location 

Added – Disable notifications button for session to community notifications screen

 

Removed – Support for PFPX export flight plans

Removed – Additional popup alert when deleting a favorite airport

 

Streamlined – Weather engine

Streamlined – Cloud model sync engine

 

Recoded – In-Sim weather briefing

 

Updated – Software User Manual

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You call this a "Hotfix"? Lol, this is like a major Service Pack! 

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Just now, B777ER said:

You call this a "Hotfix"? Lol, this is like a major Service Pack! 

LOL Eric, it's actually called "Technical Update 2" and I know it's been a while coming, but it was a LOT of work folks. We're very sorry for the wait.

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Thanks for this, I will be updating tomorrow.

 

 

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FYI folks,
Automatic patching from within the prog.

BEWARE: Complete reset of all settings

 

REX SKY FORCE 3D - TECHNICAL UPDATE 2
OLD BUILD:     5.0.2018.0104
NEW BUILD:     5.0.2018.0520
FIX ITEMS:
Fixed - Freezing of application when user confirms removal of favorite airport
Fixed - Scaling issue with Windows 10
Fixed - Overlapping community theme notification
Fixed - Notifications causing P3D 4.1 to reload
Fixed - Issue of overwriting last entered favorite airport during registration
Fixed - CTD issue when some users right-click the interactive map
Fixed - Aircraft and precipitation positioning on the map
Fixed - Failure when Pilot2Atc flight plan is imported into Sky Force
Fixed - Naming conventions for Sun/Atmospherics sets 08 and 13
Fixed - “Theme completed” popup when adding a new set
Fixed - Issue where weather was not showing in the Weather Center due to foreign date/time
Fixed - Searches within the Weather Center for stations/airports not in the database
Fixed - Texture sets not showing due to missing folder sets
Fixed - .net error messages within the In-Sync Cloud Engine
Fixed - Toggle button “Enable Quick Start” not being aligned with other buttons
Fixed - Issue where Sky Force was causing P3D to go directly into “Load” mode
Fixed - Major jumps of altimeter
Fixed - Accuracy of weather injections
Fixed - Visibility causing complete reduction including the cockpit
Fixed - .net errors with the weather engine
Fixed - OAT/TAT/SAT erratic temperatures increasing with altitude
Fixed - No weather showing
Fixed - Visibility too low for FSX, FSXSE when at 10SM
Fixed - Weather injection issue causing errors with GSX and ChasePlane
Fixed - Weather engine continuing to inject weather after it was turned off
Fixed - In-sim green status bar not showing during weather engine injection
Fixed - Network mode for weather injection
Fixed - Installer stating “Organization” instead of “Email” during user registration
Fixed - Issue with Sky Force working with FSUIPC autosave
Fixed - Long named favorite airports cutting off on Favorite Airport panel within the Dashboard
Fixed - Sky Force resolution issue with Windows 10
Fixed - In-Sim briefing not reporting flight plan data
Fixed - In-Sim briefing not showing clouds reported
Fixed - Issue with textures sets not being saved when creating themes
Fixed - Issue of application hang while changing a theme within the PTA window
Fixed - Double popup alert window when installing a preset theme from the PTA window
Fixed - Default airport not being saved after restart
Fixed - Preventing duplication favorite airports from being added
Fixed - Weather not reporting CAVOK properly within the Weather Center
Fixed - “Precip” button on the mapping still showing precipitation if turned off
Fixed - Latest TAF report is included in the Weather Center data
Fixed - Bank numbers did not change when selecting a category in My Saved Themes or Community Shared Themes
Fixed - Toggle button within the Engine setting grayed out when not active
Fixed - Search for weather stations with winds over 30kts+
Fixed - Length of notification text on successful texture install being cut off
Fixed - Step 2 grammatical error during registration
Fixed - Disabling the In-Sync Cloud function was not disabling all functions
Fixed - Disabling the weather engine was not disabling the Refresh Weather button
Fixed - Weather engine was showing DISCONNECTED instead of ON. Changed global variable
Fixed - Issue where clicking Currently In Sim was causing Sky Force to CTD
Fixed - Altitude of roll clouds showing at higher altitudes
Fixed - Issue with cirrus not showing
Fixed - Weather engine continued to load when disabled
Fixed - Load time of weather injections in-sim
Fixed - Inaccurate HDR read-only settings per sim type causing textures to not install correctly
Fixed - Close icons on system and community notification areas. Incorporated buttons instead of icons as some users would
quit the application by mistake.

Added - Function to minimize Sky Force to system tray
Added - Option to overwrite default backup of flight sim files
Added - Fade in/out of generic alert system
Added - Function to save latest map settings when application is closed and restarted
Added - 3 levels of density related 3D stratus overcast model sets for user control over performance impact
Added - 7 levels of density related 3D cumulus overcast model sets for user control over performance impact
Added - Feature within the Weather Center to add a custom airport into the database when not found
Added - Feature to set default favorite weather station/airport to show in the Weather Center and Favorite Airports
Added - View buttons to replace ID numbers within My Themes and Community Themes
Added - Better handling of the user’s system profile to help optimize texture resolution
Added - Encrypted serial key field to the Profile Settings window
Added - Function within General Settings to give the user the ability to start up Sky Force in the system tray
Added - Flight sim validation location validation
Added - Full support for weather injection for Prepar3D v4.0 users
Added - Tool tips rollovers to 3 buttons on top right of main window
Added - Weather Refresh button to engine status window
Added - Disabling feature when changing between Enable Performance Optimizer and Auto tune
Added - Code that prevents duplicate airports from being added to the Favorite Airport list from the Weather Center and
Dashboard windows
Added - Confirmation of Favorite Airport being added when set from the Weather Center window
Added - Download of the metar_report.xml file for ProAtc users
Added - Code to prevent users from starting more than one version of Sky Force at a time
Added - Examples of the required lat/lon degrees when adding an airport to the database
Added - Note to Flight Center details that winds are provided via the GFS model on the 12 and 00Z times
Added - Text to Favorite Airports stating to wait patiently as we download data from our servers
Added - Text to Most Recent Community Themes stating to wait patiently as we download data from our servers
Added - Added new button synchronization window to track aircraft location
Added - Disable notifications button for session to community notifications screen.

Removed - Support for PFPX export flight plans
Removed - Additional popup alert when deleting a favorite airport.

Streamlined - Weather engine
Streamlined - Cloud model sync engine

Recoded - In-Sim weather briefing

Updated - Software User Manual

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See here.   https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/536922-hotfix-2-for-rex-skyforce-3d-available/

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Hi all,

I've been solely flying X-Plane for the last few months but have just started a reinstall of P3D so I can fly my favourite PMDG aircraft and also because, let's face it, X-Plane weather representation is really bad.

I used to use Active Sky and ASCA but am now considering moving to Rex SkyForce.  Could someone please tell me, does the Rex weather engine do smooth weather transitions now?  I remember this being an issue when the product was first released but I'm hoping it's been resolved now?

Thanks!

Ady

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On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 5:01 PM, timest said:

LOL Eric, it's actually called "Technical Update 2" and I know it's been a while coming, but it was a LOT of work folks. We're very sorry for the wait.

LOL!  I don't care what you call it.  What I care about is how user-friendly was it to do the "update".  And yours was the way they should all be.  Simple enough for the end user to use the already installed product's user interface to download and install the "update" without having to jump though all kinds of hoops to do it.  I really, REALLY hate the product updates that say something like, "Just uninstall our ENTIRE previous version, then reinstall this one!"  On occasion I can live with that, but way too many flight sim developers still force you to do a complete uninstall/reinstall just because of lazy software development practices.

Good job REX!  👍

PS - But after all that work...why under the Weather Settings/Clouds section of the GUI does it say "Control the modeling of severity level of ICING...." under the Cloud TURBULENCE Settings section?  A bit shoddy on the QC pre-release their, guys. 😋 

Still a good update though.  😁

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13 hours ago, adyfoot said:

Could someone please tell me, does the Rex weather engine do smooth weather transitions now?  I remember this being an issue when the product was first released but I'm hoping it's been resolved now?

Don't think so. Active Sky is still the best weather engine out there. You can use SkyForce for clouds (and other textures) only though and keep Active Sky for weather. Which is what I do.

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I will say the performance of the SF weather engine is fantastic when compared to Active Sky or Opus (particularly when modelling dense / complex layers) - just wish the weather transitions could be smoothed... and that patching can be applied without redoing all settings. 

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You gotta admit though that aside from the weather transitions, this program works pretty good now.  Nice job REX.

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7 hours ago, J van E said:

Don't think so. Active Sky is still the best weather engine out there. You can use SkyForce for clouds (and other textures) only though and keep Active Sky for weather. Which is what I do.

And for those with aging CPUs like mine (i5-2500K), the best combo is ASP4/ASCA for weather and clouds along with SkyForce for cloud enhancements. I've found that REX cloud textures, even at lower resolutions, cause stutters on my system.

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