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hi all, i am posting this because i dont want this talented guy to go out of business. he is making at the moment statewide coverage of 1 meter phototextures for utah and is also offering 5 meter elevation data for free. this is really a bargain, only 25 dollars for utah coverage. the coverage is about 1/3 bigger than horizon simulations england and wales and the variety of natural scenes is phenomenal in utah.you get things like bryce canyon, zion national park, monument valley, salt lake coverage, uintas mountains, canyonlands national park, gooseneck national park for only 25 dollars if u pay in advance.www.utahpictures.comcheck what u get for the moneyand the product u can find herehttp://www.fsdreamscapes.com/store/he is going to render more states and also european countries in the future, so check out the bloghttp://fsdreamscapes.blogspot.com/regardstero

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Anyone tried the Monument Valley demo? I'm away from home and can't test it out before the Feb 1 deadline for the discount purchase, so I'd appreciate some feedback. Thanks, Robert

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Hi Robert,2 images from the demo area:It looks very nice and i would buy it, if the quality is constant (no big color changes like in Google Earth..).I need a new HD...

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Thanks Nils. Looks like a good effort worth supporting. I can't wait to see what Bryce and Zion look like.Robert

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i think this guy is using custom photos photographed from an aeroplane, so the quality should be more constant than googles satellite images.regards tero

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Do you get the three 10m mesh products right away when pre-ordering? Its says they are giving those to pre order customers but it does not say when they let you have them.

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Pre-ordered! And yes you get the 10m Mesh for Utah, California, and Arizon right away. Thats a $30 value in its self. Thanks for sharing this, as its got to be the best deal I've ever seen. I don't know how he affords the images though. Aerosoft was claiming they couldn't get a new Everest image for thier LuklaX scenery since it would cost more than 4000 Euros, so unless you've got a special hookup aerial images for Utah must cost a fortune. But I must say this is the most intersting and exciting scenery project I have seen for FSX.

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I tried to do some Utah photo-scenery. You can get county sections from the state website. It is very time consuming. You also need to play with each areas color balance to match county by county. It was interesting but too daunting given the processing and file sizes. The FSDreanscapes offer is indeed a bargain.Regards,Dick BoleyA PC, an LCD, speakers, CH yoke

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Wow guys thanks for the endorsement and thanks for the support as well...As of today I'm planning on moving back to Hawaii by the end of the month and Utah is only just the beginning of the whole range of photoscenery areas we're planning on covering.Also expect a major announcement at the flight sim sites on or around Feb 4, 2008... The future for FS photoscenery is looking very bright indeed :-)The goal is eventual nationwide coverage with some extras to boot, but we'll all have to wait for the 32TB hard drives to become the norm and for BluRay to be adopted more fully into Computer circles to see some of that.I do have dreams of one day being able to set up subscription service and eventually be able to stream in imagery like tileproxy does, so that we can all avoid the need to have huge hard drives, there's stuff coming down the pipeline that will mean that eventually streaming will be the only way to go...Again thanks for your support and keep the screeies coming, I love seeing areas that I haven't even seen myself :-)As for the Utah data, Dick is right, I did a lot of research and obtained the data from the Utah State Government and it's all public domain imagery, which has helped, if hardware to process it didn't cost so much and also the file sizes didn't cost so much in bandwidth I'd love to do freeware but the nature of the beast means computer maintenance, electricity and hardware upgrade costs need to be covered...There's going to be more major news though in coming days, so please keep an eye out... :-)BTW the major bugbear with California when I get to it will be that some of the counties have way too much variance between them so it will require more work.Also I'm designing this stuff to be compatible with Megascenery so that Megascenery overlays on top of the FS Dreamscapes images. It's being designed to complement the Megascenery range and not replace it, as they are using much more time on much smaller areas which translates to a better experience in sim all around...The move to Hawaii will also bring me access to another two rendering machines possibly more...

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>Anyone tried the Monument Valley demo? I'm away from home and>can't test it out before the Feb 1 deadline for the discount>purchase, so I'd appreciate some feedback. >>Thanks, RobertRobert, feel free to email me through the store contact page when you're ready to order, I can give you the pre Feb 1 discount price because of your interest before then ;-)Sincerely,Dean Mountford.FS Dreamscapes.

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Dean,you got yourself 1 more customer.. Going to order it.I have a q. Desert areas like Arizona, Western Californiam, Nevada, new Mexico etc look awesome with minimal or no autogens. But for other areas, basic autogen is required ...like what Megascenery does.Do you plan to address autogens in anyway?And also if you address the color varian issue, that would be awesome.Thanks againManny

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Dean, thanks so very much for offering to accommodate my situation. But it won't be necessary. I've seen and heard enough that I'll be purchasing the product as soon as I finish this post. You deserve the support in undertaking this monumental project.Thanks, Robert

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Hi Manny,At this point I have some ideas on how to automate the process somewhat but I need a programmer to help with that aspect...I will however be adding in plug in GIS data such as certain building type locations such as firehouses etc if I can locate the data...I'm also looking in to providing as much moving road traffic as possible and 3d lights at night (one immediate option for that is for users to invest in Ultimate Terrain)...At this point I'm aware of information that will change the future of FS in coming years but I'll have to keep it quiet until such time as appropriate...Some things I'm likely to leave undone in order to get as many states covered as possible with the aim of nationwide photoscenery coverage availability over time, but if a clever programmer were to come along and take care of autogen automation for me I'd give them 80% commission...More will come to light in coming days, weeks and months... ;-)We have many more aces up our sleeves :-) Photoscenery is about to come into it's golden era :-)I so wish I could tell you guys more about the future plans, all I can say is they're extremely exciting and hopefully one day we can find a solution to be able to stream scenery and offer a subscription based service which will save us all money... Will need to find and talk with some clever programmers to see if there's a way they can figure out how to make that happen technologically...More exciting near to us news is also going to happen on Feb 4, 2008 (all being well with the PR department ;-) )BTW I should be able to get version 0.8 of San Juan County (sans new elevation data [although i may delay the upload and quickly render the 5m mesh first]) to the server within the next day, am looking forward to going for a fly and taking some screenshots tomorrow...

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Hi Robert, thanks... Actually after seeing the post here I may extend the offer of the Mesh+ addons to be continued for one or two more weeks... Call it a Valentines day special :-)I need to continue to raise funds for the move to Hawaii at the end of February, and I may not be able to get the statewide data rendered for a few more days...Also guys if there is anything that bugs you or can suggest to improve the scenery within reason (i.e. color wise, resolution wise), I'll be happy to see what is feasible technologically and can update the data over time... It's a product that should be able to grow over the years.

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Alrighty, I've extended the offer until Feb 4 because of the thread here at AVSIM, and we're still working on a big announcement which is taking priority over the statewide mesh right now...I just did a test of the latest render and something has gone awry so I'll have to track down if it's a SP issue or something else...It's okay though, in a few weeks we'll have 3 machines rendering... Par for the course for the prototype, I think I may know where the issue is and it's just a matter of going back and rendering as I did before, but also I suspect it is because SP1 wasn't installed in the test machine...I did get some good shots tonight but I'm exhausted after a marathon effort yesterday, a minor earthquake and several power outages...Dean.

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Ok guys, San Juan County is almost in with the beta testers, just uploading files which will take days on the upload bandwidth I have...Some beta screenies I took last night are available at...http://www.fsdreamscapes.com/demo/sanjuansouth.zipPlease note the shots were taken on a Celeron 1.6 and so while they're not as clear as an 8800 card it shows it will run on a Celeron... I also have a new idea that should clarify the lower LOD images to keep things crisp across the board ala megascenery quality...Now for a sneak preview of something new just for the AVSIM guys... ;-) This one will be due out by early march, and dev 'preview copy' will be available in the next couple of days...http://www.fsdreamscapes.com/demo/oahuprovfr.zipCheers,Dean Mountford.FS Dreamscapes.

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Dean,thanks for the infos and the images!Oahu looks really impressive.Just bought a new HD for photo sceneries only and i'm looking forward to your products :)

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>Dean,>thanks for the infos and the images!>Oahu looks really impressive.>Just bought a new HD for photo sceneries only and i'm looking>forward to your products :) Thanks Nils,We should be rendering in earnest soon... I'm desperately trying to get the last $200 in airfare back to Hawaii so our team can assemble and start processing all the data...I just put the Oahu project up online and she will be completed in about 3-4 weeks at most... At the moment there's developer grade data uploading to the servers to test out the resolution, pre water mapping and much better color correction is also planned...The first county for Utah is also being uploaded to the server for those who have invested in VFR+ Utah...Exciting times, and we haven't even made our big announcement yet...Dean.

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Wow, sweet shots, hold on a second and i'll bump some more of the bgl's across into the downloads section and you should be able to grab them...I'll also try and locate the last color corrected version and get it onto the server as well... I just spent 24 hours on the phone trying to sort out a $500 transaction that a financial institution messed up and was crucial to me getting back to the USA for my citizenship residency requirements...BTW thanks for your orders guys... I'm going to do something special for you when I get across the pacific... In fact anyone who orders Oahu between now and Feb 8, 2008, I want to honor you guys for assisting with the company move...I need to lock down some things and talk with a few people in Hawaii but I'd like to give you guys something to say thanks...Your support in the last week has been so helpful and now instead of moving at the end of the month I'll be moving next week which means we'll at least quadruple our production speed and output... :-)Also if you're ever planning a vacation in Hawaii please let me know I can be a personal guide for a day...Sincerely,Dean.

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Ok files 7-10 should be available now...The one plan with Oahu is to upgrade it for free, once we can cover the price of a commercially produced image that has a lot of the color issues resolved as this island is a beast for color correction, so this one will continue to get better...Am also planning on clouds and cloud shadow removals...Nils, I did the same thing, I snagged the autogen from my copy of Megascenery and used it when running it locally on my system, could probably do the same thing with night lighting... ;-)That way you get the best of both worlds...I did some tests on another thing tonight and to be honest was completely left in shock and wasn't expecting the test to work, but that will become apparent soon... :-)Am currently rendering the elevation data to go with the imagery and you'll be even more blown away. Last night I was flying in the island and I honestly 'felt' like I was really there...Will get these 4 Oahu demo files uploaded and then will start with the Utah San Juan County as well...Why doesn't avsim have a screenshot forum? lol... It's fun seeing what others can do and see in their rigs...Keep the screenies coming they look so cool, way better than my feeble efforts lol!!!

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