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    LM P3D Version 2.4 to be Released Monday

    Tom Allensworth

    LM will release the 2.4 patch to it's flight simulator, Prepar3D this coming Monday, the 29th of September. Thanks to AVSIM member Rob Ainscough, we know that the new release will include the following:


    Change list:


    The Prepar3D v2.4 update brings general bug fixes, rendering updates, as well as several requested features and enhancements to the SimDirector mission creation tool.

    This v2.4 is an incremental update to fix a handful of outstanding issues present in v2.3.

    The full listing of improvements, fixes, and requested enhancements is listed below.

    General Platform Updates

    • Fixed a crash when saving/loading scenarios due to corrupt object configuration files
    • Custom camera orientation will now load correctly when multiple views are open
    • Saving the Internal Vehicle Cast setting with setting profiles
    • Fixed issue of blending between unlimited visibility layers
    • Resolved an indefinite hang when selecting the observer role in multiplayer missions

    Rendering and Performance Updates

    • Corrected issues with batched objects and airport lighting on systems with multiple graphics cards
    • Fixed an issue with BGL objects that were causing a memory leak and crash
    • Fixed an issue with clouds being rendered quadruple the intended size
    • Fixed an issue with particle effect scale being larger than intended
    • Fixed an issue with multiple texture entries in panel configurations not being rendered
    • Fixed issue with vertical geometry spikes
    • Corrected an issue with cursors causing issues when HDR was enabled
    • Added transparent panel support for auxiliary windows
    • Fixed issues with custom camera post process settings not properly loading
    • General fixes to terrain shadow artifacts
    • Fixed issues with material z-bias level behavior not being consistent

    SimDirector Updates

    • Added a backstage file menu to help configure the scenario, open recent files, change settings, and other useful operations
    • Added hotkeys for common interactions
    • Changed the behavior of actions so that if an action is unreferenced, then it will fire when the scenario begins
    • Improved the object catalog by adding extensive filtering for new users and helpful key shortcuts for power users
    • Improved and simplified the controls to navigate the world and manipulate objects
    • Added the ability to use the Time Preview window and toggle Weather Visibility while editing scenarios
    • Added the ability to preview text-to-speech for the DialogAction
    • Fixed an issue where the application would hang when creating a scenario while the Mission Incomplete message box was open
    • Fixed an issue where undocking windows would freeze SimDirector
    • Fixed an issue where the VI Sessions window was not able to be used after resetting the scenario
    • Fixed an issue where Panel objects would not respect the panel that they were referencing when previewing the mission

    SDK and SimConnect Updates

    • Added preliminary Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) integration sample
    • Added support for 3ds Max 2015
    • Added SIMCONNECT_CAMERA_SENSOR_MODE to the C# SimConnect headers
    • Corrected an issue with exported attach points being placed with the wrong orientation

    If you would like to read the details and Rob's suggested methods for installing the update, you can read the complete thread here.

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