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    Airplanes. Yeah... That pretty much covers it. If it has four engines or radial engines, I am smitten. If it has four engines AND radials... well... even better!

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  1. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Jon, I haven't laughed that hard in MONTHS. Thank you! How you doing, btw?
  2. rsrandazzo

    PMDG Simulation Center

    Bertie, I anticipate users will be able to connect "just about anything" to our new connectivity product. I am using the word "anticipate" because it hasn't been tested as such up to this point. The likelihood is that when we get it to beta testing- we will select a few users who are NOT on FDS hardware just to see how it goes.
  3. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Mark, Thank you, I appreciate it. It is always surprising to me the depth of sincerity that I find on those rare occasions when I attend a show like FSExpo. I wish I could find some way to bottle it and hand it back to the team.
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    747 PMDG Aircraft or Bird ???

    Dom, While I am absolutely certain that you read the introduction we wrote for your benefit, it does have quite a bit of information so you must have forgotten the part where we recommend dialing it WAY down, along with an explanation of why this is so. The turbulence effect within FSX/P3D is ridiculously hyperactive and doesn't represent anything the airplane would experience in real life, which is why you see it react the way it does. In an effort to try and outfox the weather engine makers, we are experimenting with an adaptive model that tries to determine whether you have followed our instructions on the settings and will try to adapt the flex accordingly. It does operate to the detriment of other aspects of the sim- but since so many people failed to read and follow the instructions... i mean... read all of that information and then forgot... we decided to force the issue.
  5. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Gents, There are always a few prosthletizers who feel that it is important to drag every thread into "XPL" vs "any other sim. If you feel emotional about the fact that a business doesn't see the value that you see in your sim, it is time to walk away from your keyboard a bit until you can have a conversation without evangelizing. You like your sim, we get it. But we have data and we are a business. We do not make business decisions based upon wishes we make them based upon facts. We have always taken the position that we don't tolerate X vs. Y stupidity in this forum. Do not do so here, or we will remove your posts without comment and possibly remove you as well.
  6. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Anubhav, The DC-6 was designed to give us a technical study, not a market study. We already know that the XPL community of high-end sim users is very much smaller than it is in the FSX/P3D world. We have plenty of data from other sources to show buying habits, etc.
  7. rsrandazzo

    SkyForce 3D and The PMDG B747-400

    Oscar, I expect that we will be putting some developer time toward interfacing with REX over the next few months.
  8. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Dhruv, That conversation was sort of impromptu. Ben came over and started off with words to the effect of, "how can we work together to make this easier?" From one dev to another, that was really a great conversation opener, and i think we really had a great dialogue. Ben is a pro, and we got to know him during the DC-6 development cycle, and we put faith in his word and his sincerity. Chris and I spent quite a bit of time chatting with Ben, right up until the venue managers asked us to leave so that they could close the place down. So much made-up drama in the FS community. I love when devs work toward common goals.
  9. Jim, Not just yet- but don't wander off!
  10. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh, I see what you did there. 😎 Please sign your posts in this forum, but thanks for the laugh.
  11. rsrandazzo

    PMDG Simulation Center

    Kris, Welcome back! We are in year four of developing our first product targeted to the cockpit hardware user. It has taken far longer than we thought, in part because this development shares resources with the PMDG 747-400 and PMDG 747-8. The 747-8 device that we have partnered with Flightdeck Solutions to have built is "mostly running" right now but we still have some holes to plug and some edges to smooth. Our goal is to make sure that the software which eventually gets released to customers who wish to use PMDG to power their 747-400 or 747-8 devices will have a simple, clean setup with minimal amount of futzing with settings/configurations/networking. We are currently targeting completion before year end 2018... Once we have this completed in the 747, we will be pivoting to adding the technology to the 777 and 737.
  12. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Hey Thiago! I hoped you would think so!
  13. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Danny, You have room in your house for all of us to live if we did that? Oh, and you have to have room for the dog...
  14. rsrandazzo

    [13JUN18] XPlane User Updates

    Anders, I will tell you precisely what we told Laminar: It isn't a matter of "if." It is a matter of "when." These are extremely complex decisions that must be made with care. I should also state very clearly: None of this is "new" per se. We have always stated that the goal of the DC-6 development was to learn what we could so that we can make informed decisions regarding the future development. The decision was not "we aren't gonna." We are beginning to evaluate when and how, now. Just as we always promised we would!
  15. Captains, It has been an unfortunately long time since I had any NEW information to share with our XPlane users, but I *finally* have something new to share this evening. First, for those that have been waiting, tapping fingers on the table, lifting up the phone receiver to make sure it is still working, checking the mailbox and otherwise doing anything possible to be patient for me to have more news- thank you. I know at times it might seem like we simply ignore a subject- but... in a way that is true when we know we don't have the free resources at a particular moment in time. We have just entered a period where some resources are going to begin freeing up- so we have some pieces moving around the planning table and some of those pieces involve XPlane. PMDG DC-6 Update to XPL11 With the PMDG 747-8 (FSX/P3D) entering beta testing, we are beginning to evaluate when we will devote attention to the PMDG DC-6 for XPlane in order to move compatibility from XPL10 to XPL11. I do not have a clear answer to this question just yet, but discussion of the topic has begun, and we will be making decisions in the coming weeks and months to sort out how we are going to fill out development time for the remainder of the year. Once we get the DC-6 on the schedule, we will still have a bit of "known unknowns" to wrestle, as we determine just how much work will be required to bridge the gap between the two simulator versions. It might be minimal or it might be huge. We just don't know at this moment- but obviously we are hoping for minimal. 😎 I'll let you know once we have a clearer idea when to expect this product to be available. I anticipate it will be provided to you as an updated installer capable of managing either XPL10 or XPL11 installation as you wish. (To be clearer- this will be a service update, not requiring any further purchase from XPL customers.) Further Products Beyond DC-6: Immediately after Flight Sim Expo 2018, we had some very interesting and engaging discussions with Laminar Research. These were private discussions on numerous business and technical issues so I won't go into any detail here, but they represented the first true face-to-face exchange of thoughts and ideas between PMDG and Laminar- and we really enjoyed them. In some fashion or other, we have known Laminar for many years, but just by the very nature of our business, the only face-to-face contact has been fleeting and wasn't intended to be a hearty discussion. The best part of this discussion came when we sat down later in the day with Ben from Laminar and had a discussion about technical aspects of developing on both the Prepar3D and XPL platforms without significant negative impact to the development investment. XPL is a growing platform, and we are constantly evaluating when and how to begin the process of moving our complex airliners into that simulation environment. It is neither easy, nor quick, and we must constantly evaluate the revenue potential for investing the time required vs. investing that time in other locations. At this point there are no clear answers beyond "we are very interested in doing so" but we haven't found a way to make it happen without an unacceptable degree of risk to our development timelines and revenue position.. We are still evaluating and exploring ways to make this happen. It may simply require that we hire additional developers but this isn't a simple or guaranteed route, as there are significant technical differences between the platforms. We will be scheduling followup discussions with Ben and his team at Laminar once we get beyond the 747-8 release in order to see if we cannot compact the challenges into as small a space as possible. We love this kind of "shared decision making" because we think that our customers will benefit from wider simulation platform choices, and we also think we can capitalize on some of XPL's unique features to bring new ideas forward in our products. We will keep you posted on that as we progress- but please expect it to be slow!