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Just wondering if anyone has feedback yet, good or bad about how FEX is looking in game?Any performance issues?

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Hi Danny,Like many others I had some problem installing the addon but I received an excellent and fast support from the developers via msn.As far as I understood they will release a small patch for that today.It took 9 months to Peter Wilding & Chris Norris to build this program but believe me the result is a wonderful baby!It's the first time in my (long) simmer life that I have a feeling like that:I was flying above the Swiss Alps, listening to Keith Jarrett on my walkman and I felt a deep peaceful emotion I rarely had with FSX, discovering the new beauty of the sim.FEX is not "only" a texture placer, it's an artistic masterpiece.Colours have been choosen with talent, clouds are simply fantastic and look so true, water colours and animations are stunning, the overall sensation is that you fly for real in a beautiful environment.I have tested FEX in different situations, time and seasons, using some "test saved flights" (I call them "24-26", "20-23", etc..., which are the average fps I get when begining the flight so I can compare when changing parameters) and have noticed no performance issue at all.I am not used to promote commercial addons on forums and I am not linked to Flight1 in no way.I just would like to share the pleasure I have discovering FSX with FEX.Hope it helps,David

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I agree with all the above - simply stunning and the perfect partner for my GenerationX photoscenery esp. the sea textures and colours which have always been a bit over blue for UK waters.

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Took off from Malaga heading up to Manchester in LVLD 767 about an hour ago,running with 5 layers of cloud with Active Sky X.No performance issues whatsoever.Now heading over the coast of Nothern Spain and the sea looks pretty choppy from FL370. Great improvement over the stock water, and textures look more realistic to me than X Graphics. A must buy IMO.

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I'll add my two cents. FEX looks fantastic. It has transformed FSX into a totally new sim. Even the ambient lighting seems different. And with no performance hit that I've seen yet.It's too bad there was a slight snafu with the registration, but in the scheme of life, it's a very insignificant issue, and they were working on it very late last night East coast time in the US. I was finally able to get logged in and took my maiden flight before I went to bed.I took a flight this morning from my home airport with real world weather. Although the weather isn't remarkable today, I was impressed when I went outside and saw exactly what I'd seen in FSX. Fluffy white clouds on a sky of brilliant blue. I'm anxious to try some other themes. I like the greener waters for inland water but I've got too much chop right now for lakes and rivers, need to tone it down a bit.Jim

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>I took a flight this morning from my home airport with real>world weather. Although the weather isn't remarkable today, I>was impressed when I went outside and saw exactly what I'd>seen in FSX. Fluffy white clouds on a sky of brilliant blue. As I pointed out in another thread, FSX is quite good at fluffy white clouds on a sky of brilliant blue, but unfortunately (in my experience) isn't much good at the kind of clouds we see in the UK most of the time, i.e. huge great slabs of cloud that cover most if not all of the visible sky.Does FEX do anything about this, or is it just not possible given the (understandable) limitations of FSX?I'll probably buy FEX at some point either way based on what I'm hearing...

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I did a quick tour our of Princess Juliana to check out the new water and clouds. I was impressed with the clouds, finally looking like actual clouds. The now looked so real, the only thing I was missing was the boats in harbour and shallow waters casting their shadows on the sea bottom below.Also, I noticed no FPS hit whatsoever and I had a nice smooth flight on my old (single core) machine.Please check out the attached screenshots.

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I bought and installed FEX this morning, and let it install the textures...then fired up FSX and went straight to Juliana like you did and was simply blown away, it was just so beautiful compared to stock FSX, which wasnt too bad to begin with. Then i came around for the rny ( approach into juliana and as i descended the waves were moving so realistically i got misty eyed. TYTYTY Flight One and all those associated with the creation of FEX. Simply the best addon i have bought for FSX so far

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No frame rate hit, the textures are a dramatic improvement over the default, the ability to adjust texture brightness, opacity and saturation, a plentiful supply of themes and constantly updated textures by the developer and eventually a large user base.It is the best update to FSX yet. You can rest assured that anything Peter Wilding puts his hand on is a winner.There were some initial issues with registration, but an update has already been issued which solved the problem. A weather generator is planned for the future as well. Regards,Jim Karn

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>Just wondering if anyone has feedback yet, good or bad about>how FEX is looking in game?>>Any performance issues?>No performance hit and, as have already been said, best FSX addon to date. Enough said.

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Thanks to all,You have concinced me.I'll let you know later what I think of it.

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Good post cc. ;'Huge slab clouds...' Dead silence from response posters.Peter Sydney Australia

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This is one of those few occasions where the hype matches the quality of the product.It increases the realism to the point where one wonders whether it can ever be significantly raised in the future.I've been a Simmer for many years and have tried many,many add-ons in that time. Apart from FSNav this is perhaps the best I've ever come across.Congratulations to the team that produced this. Cliff

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>As I pointed out in another thread, FSX is quite good at>fluffy white clouds on a sky of brilliant blue, but>unfortunately (in my experience) isn't much good at the kind>of clouds we see in the UK most of the time, i.e. huge great>slabs of cloud that cover most if not all of the visible sky.>>Does FEX do anything about this, or is it just not possible>given the (understandable) limitations of FSX?>I think it's a limitation of FSX. Maybe DX10 will improve it. We'll find out tomorrow or Tuesday. :-)

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Textures look fantastic.... well done guys... great job.I'm stuggling though to understand how to upload and make themes? Has anyome tried this yet?

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>Textures look fantastic.... well done guys... great job.>>I'm stuggling though to understand how to upload and make>themes? Has anyome tried this yet?>Hi Danny,Thanks for the comments! :-) I put up a quick and dirty HOWTO on our forum, however am quite happy to give you run through of how to do this:Will use a cloud theme to start with:Ok to make a new cloud theme, if you start by clicking the Cloud button this will take you to the selector screen.. the tab at the top titled "Designer" opens the design tool.First thing to do, is play around with the bias slider on the bottom of the screen.. each time you move the slider from left to right press the "Randomize" button to get a general look of the clouds.You can make adjustments on a small scale, for example just randomize the wispy part of the cloud structure by unticking the box for the Cumulus. Just to reiterate a point here.. what you are doing is litterally creating a cloud you will likely never be able to create again.Once you are happy with the general look of the cloud structure you can then apply different effects to it. For example you can change the artwork set used to make a more grey looking cloud, you can raise the opacity settings which works better for stormy clouds or reduce it for a more subtle hazy day. The brightness of the cloud can be changed as can the depth of shadow on the base of the cloud.You can then repeat this process for each aspect of cloud make up. By clicking the Stratus/Wispy/Cirrus tabs at the top.Once you have decided, Ok this looks like it might work. Click the "Save" button and enter a bit of detail as well as either selecting an existing category or typing in the box to create a new one.Once that is done you can now "Test in FSX".This will allow you to go into FSX and capture screenshots for your new cloud theme. To do this you can press the 'V' key as normal and you will see a scrolling FEX message accross the top of FEX to tell you you have captured a shot. (It will allow only three shots and then start cycling).Once done, exit FSX. Then back in FEX you will see the screenshots you captured, resized and compressed. Then you can "Publish" the newly created theme to our website so other users can download it. Just hit the second button under the theme list in the designer to open the dialog.The name field will automatically be filled in for you, however you can change this here also. Then click the Tick next to the name field to check that the theme name you have supplied is unique on our server.Once that is done, hit publish and you will see progress bar. :-)I don't know if this is of interest to you, but we could have a voice conference and I can talk you through it if you would find it easier than just written blurb?:-)Chris Norris

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I must aggree with all the plus reviews. The clouds are stupendus! I flew from the Pacific coast to Missuola (KMSO) and had perfect clouds that adjusted perfectly to the changing terrain. I almost can't believe what was accomplished with this product. Well done by all involved in this project.jja

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I must aggree with all the plus reviews. The clouds are stupendus! I flew from the Pacific coast to Missuola (KMSO) and had perfect clouds that adjusted perfectly to the changing terrain. I almost can't believe what was accomplished with this product. Well done by all involved in this project.jja

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Many many thanks, I can't even tell you how grateful we are for these positive comments. You know both Peter and I before launch were worrying over every little thing, hoping that people will enjoy FEX as we have worked nothing short of insane hours to that end for months!:-)Anyway thanks again!Chris Norris

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