I wanted to provide a bit of information related to AccuSeason, which has been updated with quite a bit of content since the initial release in December. Hopefully this will provide useful information for anyone who is interested in knowing more.
In terms of creating a product, one of the main features we see as very important for the user community is WEEKLY changes to vegetation globally throughout the year and this is available with the Automated Dynamic Seasons feature.
This means in Autumn you will see foliage colors change gradually throughout the season on a WEEKLY basis until the trees are dormant in winter similar to how vegetation changes in nature. These weekly Autumn changes are depicted visually in the GIF below.
In Spring when trees start to emerge from winter dormancy you will see WEEKLY changes that show the transition from dormant vegetation to spring trees full of leaves. From here, the light green colored spring trees transition WEEKLY to darker tones and there will be floral trees dotted throughout many, many cities and towns.
When vegetation changes to darker green summer tones, you will see subtle changes throughout the summer season until leaves start to change again for autumn. Here is a short video that visually depicts the changes from dormancy through spring into summer:
Another key aspect of the Automated Dynamic Seasons feature is the start of color changes begin at different times within a season depending on location. As a real-life example, Autumn colors start to show earlier in the upper Midwest and northern New England in the United States than parts of the country that are more southern and warmer. As weeks pass by, foliage in other parts of the country begin changing later depending on location.
This is depicted in AccuSeason by having vegetation colors start to transition and progress through weekly color changes in more northern and/or colder areas first. Weekly color changes start in areas that are a bit more south and/or warm the following week. The week after that, color changes start in areas that a bit more south and/or warm the following week, etc. This cascading of the start of foliage changes spans a period of six of seven weeks.
So, if you are flying from a cooler climate to a somewhat warmer climate you will see different vegetation coloring as in real life. This staggering of start dates for seasonal vegetation changes occurs globally so you will see the same treatment Europe, Asia, Australia, and southern regions of South America. By the way, Northern and Southern hemisphere season are opposite of each other as in real life. In tropical, temperate, and conifer areas changes in vegetation do occur, however, as in real life not as often.
In addition to global weekly changes throughout the seasons, we also wanted to offer a very large variety seasonal presets that are more static in nature. Therefore, if you want the area you are flying in to have a certain type of vegetation coloring you can select from a total of 24, soon to be 25 seasonal presets. This includes 12 presets for Autumn, 4 for Winter, 4 soon to be 5 for Spring, and 4 for Summer. As in the dynamic seasons feature above, Northern and Southern hemisphere season are opposite of each other with the 24 presets.
We also wanted to extend MSFS functionality and give the user community the ability to configure some vegetation options, so we included functionality to change Vegetation Color Tone (Neutral, Cool, and Warm), Tree Height, and Deciduous Tree Canopy Type.
There has been some pretty healthy debate over time in different threads about the size of vegetation in which people had very different opinions on tree height, so the option to change things closer to your liking is available.
There has also been conversation about default MSFS wanting deciduous trees to not look so rounded, so we wanted to offer a choice between default and irregular deciduous canopy types.
Default Deciduous Tree Canopy
Irregular Deciduous Tree Canopy
Regional and location-specific enhancements are also available. This includes Florida and Southeastern US Coastal and St. Barts. Coming soon is an enhancement for eastern Australia and another for Meribel, as well as more that are planned.
The fact that AccuSeason offers WEEKLY global foliage changes throughout the year, 24 presets, vegetation configuration options, regional and location enhancements, and version updates is the reason why the AccuSeason interface is so important for this particular application. It makes all of the many file changes for you and without this it would be extremely frustrating for the AccuSeason user community.
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