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[29NOV18] A few things pending in the days ahead...

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Captains,

PMDG 747 Updates:  We are currently wrapping up testing of a new update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II product line, and we are hoping to push this update to you via micro-update in the days ahead.  It is a pretty comprehensive update with quite a few feature improvements, efficiency enhancements and even some cool new features that we haven't shown you yet.

I thought we would likely push this on Friday this week, but I am less confident in this schedule at the moment- so most likely it is looking like early next week instead.  When we actually make the push, I'll have more information for you about what it is, what changed and where we are headed with the 747s in the next round of updates.

Prepar3D v4.4 Compatibility:  You should have no issues with forward compatibility in any PMDG product currently working in Prepar3D v4.3.  It is very important to us that we not obstruct your forward progress in minor version updates of Prepar3D, so we do not inhibit the airplane from running with a new version.  Such inhibitors are untidy and rather unfriendly- and haven't proven to be necessary in any regard- so if you want to move to P3D v4.4 you won't find any problems on our end.

 

Prepar3D v4.4 PBR Updates:  While everyone is obviously excited about seeing PBR applied to all of our products- this will take a bit of time and we will roll them out on an "as ready" basis.  There are no ETAs on this as the dev team is quite heavily engaged in NG3 development, along with a few more major changes in the 747 product line as it currently stands.  While we have been watching the PBR update coming through the testing process- documentation was not ready on it's proper implementation so we elected not to invest time in getting a jump-ahead on it because we wanted to see what the final version looked like before investing the time.

I do want to be really specific on one point:  When we roll out the updates for each product to make it PBR enabled in Prepar3D v4.4, we will be moving the "required version" to v4.4.  If you wish to remain with P3D v4.0-v4.3 for some reason, you are best advised to make sure you don't install any updates after we move the requirements, as they will not be compatible with versions earlier than v4.4.  You will lose the ability to enjoy any forward updates as we will not be continuing to support outdated minor updates in P3D v4, choosing instead to keep our products compatible with the very latest version from Lockheed Martin.

(Because someone will ask:  PBR updates will not have any impact on P3D v3, FSX-SE or FSX users.)

I recognize that there is some impatience in the community to see these updates- but please give us a bit of time.  I have read all kinds of wild conjecture in various forums and Facebook groups regarding what exactly is involved in implementing this feature and how "easy" it apparently is to do.  If you find yourself reading the same, please keep in mind that this can be done very quickly- if you are satisfied with it looking like crud.  To be done well, it will take a bit of time- and we intend to take that time so that you really get a great looking result.

 

PMDG Forum Move:  We will soon be moving our official forum presence to a new location, departing our beloved location here at AVSim, where we have lived since 1999.  We expect to have a "soft-opening" initially during which we staff both this forum and the new PMDG forum- but we will quickly cut over to the new location and we obviously invite you all to attend the new digs when that happens.  More information soon...

Alright- I think that covers today's information.  For those of you in the USA, we hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving holiday- and whatever season you celebrate in the weeks ahead- we wish you all the very best wishes for the year ahead. 

 

 

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Thankyou so much for all that information Robert and wow it’s a lot to digest here.😊

Best Regards.

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Good luck with the release PMDG, and only release when it is ready!

Glad I’ve just done a full clean install of windows and P3D then... 

Kind regards,

Chen Chen

NZAA

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31 minutes ago, 19dcavscout said:

Did I miss something? Or this an official announcement of the NG3?

I was thinking the same. Very exciting news 😄 

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Any news about the JS41? or is this beloved aircraft forgotten..... very sad!

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I had a lousy Thanks Giving! There was no PMDG Black Friday sale! Whahahahahaha 😜

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6 hours ago, rsrandazzo said:

Captains,

PMDG 747 Updates:  We are currently wrapping up testing of a new update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II product line, and we are hoping to push this update to you via micro-update in the days ahead.  It is a pretty comprehensive update with quite a few feature improvements, efficiency enhancements and even some cool new features that we haven't shown you yet.

I thought we would likely push this on Friday this week, but I am less confident in this schedule at the moment- so most likely it is looking like early next week instead.  When we actually make the push, I'll have more information for you about what it is, what changed and where we are headed with the 747s in the next round of updates.

Prepar3D v4.4 Compatibility:  You should have no issues with forward compatibility in any PMDG product currently working in Prepar3D v4.3.  It is very important to us that we not obstruct your forward progress in minor version updates of Prepar3D, so we do not inhibit the airplane from running with a new version.  Such inhibitors are untidy and rather unfriendly- and haven't proven to be necessary in any regard- so if you want to move to P3D v4.4 you won't find any problems on our end.

 

Prepar3D v4.4 PBR Updates:  While everyone is obviously excited about seeing PBR applied to all of our products- this will take a bit of time and we will roll them out on an "as ready" basis.  There are no ETAs on this as the dev team is quite heavily engaged in NG3 development, along with a few more major changes in the 747 product line as it currently stands.  While we have been watching the PBR update coming through the testing process- documentation was not ready on it's proper implementation so we elected not to invest time in getting a jump-ahead on it because we wanted to see what the final version looked like before investing the time.

I do want to be really specific on one point:  When we roll out the updates for each product to make it PBR enabled in Prepar3D v4.4, we will be moving the "required version" to v4.4.  If you wish to remain with P3D v4.0-v4.3 for some reason, you are best advised to make sure you don't install any updates after we move the requirements, as they will not be compatible with versions earlier than v4.4.  You will lose the ability to enjoy any forward updates as we will not be continuing to support outdated minor updates in P3D v4, choosing instead to keep our products compatible with the very latest version from Lockheed Martin.

(Because someone will ask:  PBR updates will not have any impact on P3D v3, FSX-SE or FSX users.)

I recognize that there is some impatience in the community to see these updates- but please give us a bit of time.  I have read all kinds of wild conjecture in various forums and Facebook groups regarding what exactly is involved in implementing this feature and how "easy" it apparently is to do.  If you find yourself reading the same, please keep in mind that this can be done very quickly- if you are satisfied with it looking like crud.  To be done well, it will take a bit of time- and we intend to take that time so that you really get a great looking result.

 

PMDG Forum Move:  We will soon be moving our official forum presence to a new location, departing our beloved location here at AVSim, where we have lived since 1999.  We expect to have a "soft-opening" initially during which we staff both this forum and the new PMDG forum- but we will quickly cut over to the new location and we obviously invite you all to attend the new digs when that happens.  More information soon...

Alright- I think that covers today's information.  For those of you in the USA, we hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving holiday- and whatever season you celebrate in the weeks ahead- we wish you all the very best wishes for the year ahead. 

 

 

So, if we are not in USA, you hope we have a terrible Thanksgiving holiday? 😱 Sorry, couldn´t resist 😛

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6 hours ago, rsrandazzo said:

To be done well, it will take a bit of time- and we intend to take that time so that you really get a great looking result.

thank you very much, Captain. I'm not in the USA but I wish you and the team the bests.

Regards.

-S.

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Thanks for the update, Mr. RSR. Exciting the PMDG future ahead.

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A new 737? Max maybe? Or at least a 737 with split scimitar winglets? Hope so! Take your time, but hurry up ;D

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Hello rsrandazzo, my question, is the version that will be taken from the 737 NG3, it will be an update or how it will be, I am very happy for that plane but also this question is important

We are not going to pay for that model?
Or are we going to pay and how much please?

They are important question how to give the Ehnorabuena to PMDG for that announcement that we like everyone

 

 

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Thanks for the update. I have been thinking of a concept of a PMDG "Lite" line with the first models being the FSX models of the JS4100 and MD-11 ported over with PBR textures and updated for P3D V4.4... probably more like dreaming....

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26 minutes ago, chote said:

Hello rsrandazzo, my question, is the version that will be taken from the 737 NG3, it will be an update or how it will be, I am very happy for that plane but also this question is important

We are not going to pay for that model?
Or are we going to pay and how much please?

They are important question how to give the Ehnorabuena to PMDG for that announcement that we like everyone

 

 

I can almost guarantee this will be a brand new product, like the 747 v3 was...

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50 minutes ago, chote said:

how much please?

That won't come until release is imminent I would expect.

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11 hours ago, DavidP said:

That won't come until release is imminent I would expect.

And while this is ONLY SPECULATION, looking at the popularity of the 737 (and the PMDG version of it too) I guess they will build in quite a bit more than just the -800 and -900. I PERSONALLY expect a package comparable to what we have got with the 747. almost all current versions, but also I would guess the prize comparable to the 747. That‘s a LOT of work. And PERSONALLY I then expect the MAX as an expansion, just like the 747-8. 

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time to wait some more I guess... Any idea when rainmaker will be added to the 777?

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Glad to see we're gonna have an update 'cause there is something weird about the sound of engines for 747 and 737 when you switch to view Fly By in Prepar 3D 4.4, the sound doesn't seem natural and nice in Prepar 4.3, Please fix this , just couldn't stand it.

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18 minutes ago, JonyShieh said:

Glad to see we're gonna have an update 'cause there is something weird about the sound of engines for 747 and 737 when you switch to view Fly By in Prepar 3D 4.4, the sound doesn't seem natural and nice in Prepar 4.3, Please fix this , just couldn't stand it.

This isn't in the update. These things need to be reported via support if you think we need to address them, honestly. We can't fix what we don't know about...

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On 11/30/2018 at 6:23 AM, chote said:

Hello rsrandazzo, my question, is the version that will be taken from the 737 NG3, it will be an update or how it will be, I am very happy for that plane but also this question is important

We are not going to pay for that model?
Or are we going to pay and how much please?

They are important question how to give the Ehnorabuena to PMDG for that announcement that we like everyone

 

 

Hi buddy, I do hear there is a plan about NG3, what does it actually include may I ask?

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