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Addons and AFCADs

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I just purchased P3d V4.4 a couple of days ago.  I'm wondering where I put library objects, AFCADS/ sceneries and Mess.  In FSX there was Addon scenery.  I know that like Flightbeam, FSDT create their own folders.  I have the latest ADE, but don't know where to put them.  And I have all of my library objects I use for FSX there.  I didn't see any kind of manual.  How do those who has been using p3d for a long time have theirs setup?

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2 hours ago, johnk51 said:

I just purchased P3d V4.4 a couple of days ago.  I'm wondering where I put library objects, AFCADS/ sceneries and Mess.  In FSX there was Addon scenery.  I know that like Flightbeam, FSDT create their own folders.  I have the latest ADE, but don't know where to put them.  And I have all of my library objects I use for FSX there.  I didn't see any kind of manual.  How do those who has been using p3d for a long time have theirs setup?

How I do it...I install all scenery to D:\SCENERY

I do not install anything inside the P3D folder structure if I can help it.

There are a few exceptions to this (right now).  One of them is Orbx stuff, which at the time I installed it (a year ago) it could only be installed inside the P3D folders.  Now I hear rumblings that an xml based install will be possible soon, which would allow placing Orbx outside of P3D.

As for other legacy scenery, I still put it in D:\SCENERY, and then I use Lorby's Addon Organizer to make sure the sim knows where the files are.  Works fer me.

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I just created an addon scenery folder in the root p3d folder since that was what I was used to.  Either way you’d need to add that manually to the scenery.cfg file so you’re better off doing something outside the p3d directory as described above.

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This is the PROPER way to do it in P3D4, in the easiest way:

- Create an empty folder named "Addon Scenery" under Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons

- Create the two empty "Scenery" and "Texture" folders inside this new folder so, in the end, it will look like this:

Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons\Addon Scenery
Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons\Addon Scenery\Scenery
Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons\Addon Scenery\Texture

Now enter the "Addon Scenery" folder, right-click on the blank area, select "New Text Document", and choose this as the name:

add-on.xml

so you'll have to change the suggested .txt extension to .xml and accept the change. Edit the add-on.xml file with Notepad, and type this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<SimBase.Document Type="AddOnXml" version="4,0" id="add-on">
  <AddOn.Name>Addon Sceneries</AddOn.Name>
  <AddOn.Description>Addon sceneries are placed here</AddOn.Description>
  <AddOn.Component>
    <Category>Scenery</Category>
    <Name>Addon Scenery</Name>
    <Path>.</Path>
  </AddOn.Component>
</SimBase.Document>

 

Start the sim, and if you did everything correctly, you should see a request to activate the "Addon Scenery" addon. Reply YES, and you are done.

Now, you'll have a Addon Scenery folder under your Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons that behaves as it did in FSX, a place were you can just dump all your freeware sceneries and their textures, with the following advantages:

- You haven't touched the simulator folder

- You haven't touched the scenery.cfg

- This installation can survive a simulator reinstall, even after removing the whole sim folder entirely AND its preferences (a totally clean reinstall) because, on the next reinstall, the simple presence of the Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons\Addon Scenery\add-on.xml file, will trigger again the question to activate it so, you only do this once.

A variation of the above, if you don't like having to put the scenery files themselves in the same drive as the Documents folder, is to add a path to the <Path> line of the add-on.xml file, for example:

<Path>D:\Addon Scenery</Path>

Will tell the sim to read the sceneries from D:\Addon Scenery, which of course will have to contain its own "scenery" and "texture" folders, which are no longer required to be in the Documents\Prepar3d v4 Add-ons\Addon Scenery folder.

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