Aaron Cumberland

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  1. Aaron Cumberland

    My New observations in P3D

    @Rob, (pretend race car driver guy), :rolleyes: I promise I'm not desperate, friend. Frustrated that LM is impeding progress toward a totally new platform - yes. Only when the plug is officially pulled on P3D will this start to happen. We had hope when Microsoft summarily fired the entire Flight Simulator team (as they should have), but LM dug through the trash and tried to make a buck off of the tattered remnants of ESP. Guess what though? LM's commercial sales of P3D are predictably abysmal (a good thing). This is why Prepar3d developers are now privately making such broad overtures toward the entertainment sector which they so publicly disassociate themselves from. Remember that P3D is not licensed for entertainment use, but boy oh boy are LM suddenly rushing to Orbx, Just Flight, Carenado, et. al., to fill the void in their content. Sort of seems like a conflict of interest and in direct violation of their ESP license from Microsoft (hello legal woes), but when sales are close to non-existent otherwise.... This is why Prepar3d is ultimately doomed (a good thing). But the faster it goes away, the faster a new platform will emerge, and a totally new platform coded from the ground up will lay to rest all of the legacy flaws in performance that have always and will always plague anything with the same DNA as FSX. End of story.
  2. Aaron Cumberland

    My New observations in P3D

    Just be warned this is no ordinary cat, it's a Laser Cat. I've already devised a plan to drop him down one of the ventilation shafts at Lockheed Martin headquarters, upon which he has specific instructions to seek out the Prepar3d development team (all two of them), and poop on their keyboards. Then, and only then, will I have my revenge. As for the rest of you P3D slaves, good luck in heavy clouds or when you dare use the advanced visual features and/or enough AA to match what we now have in FSX without the massive performance hits. You will stutter and I will laugh uncontrollably. Also, FYI, Laser Cat knows where you all live.
  3. Aaron Cumberland

    My New observations in P3D

    Richard, Basically turn off or down everything until you essentially have a vanilla version of FSX (just renamed to P3D). What you're finding out is that P3D will always find a way to bite you somehow, no matter what. Feel free to spend thousands on a new PC to run it (sounds like you already have), but be prepar3d (see what I just did with that) to be disappointed. Welcome to the Microsoft Development Team culture reborn from the ashes. :mad: You WILL have stuttering now and forever (as you're painfully finding out), no matter how many times LM updates this ongoing disaster. This until LM kills the project altogether (inevitable) and hardware advances finally get to the point where sheer horsepower can overcome incompetently programmed code. This is what we have now with FSX. :mellow: Also, keep in mind that all of the visual miracles implemented by the latest rendition of Prepar3d were already long ago incorporated into competing platforms like X-Plane, only on a much grander scale. LM gives you the eye candy you've always wanted, but you will ALWAYS pay the price in performance hits. Not so with X-Plane. I urge everyone to go back to FSX and use it with DX10 instead of propagating collective frustration with Prepar3d.
  4. Aaron Cumberland

    PMDG in legal trouble?

    n/m
  5. Aaron Cumberland

    Should I come over from X Plane?

    Sorry for the 'rediculously' long quote. Really makes me look eggnorant. Actually, yes and yes, but no and no. I love flight simulation that works like it's supposed to. P3D is a dressed up reincarnation of FSX and always will be, and the same process that plagued FSX's development will repeat itself forever until a completely new platform is realized. X-Plane is already light years ahead of P3D in terms of visuals and performance and will always remain so. FSX + DX10 is very close to the visuals of P3D 2.2 and offers even smoother performance than the DX9 version of FSX. Both versions of FSX maintain enormous performance margins over P3D under every condition. P3D giveth but taketh away at the same time and has never been able to offer enhanced visuals without sacrificing performance. X-Plane and FSX+DX10 both succeed where P3D fails, and this is unfortunately part of Microsoft's legacy culture that now finds new life at LockHeed Martin.
  6. Aaron Cumberland

    Should I come over from X Plane?

    And this, sir, should be printed out on fine parchment paper, placed in a sealed glass case, framed in the finest of ornate gold, and hung in a conspicuous place for all the world to see. Your observations exactly sum up what will forever be the P3D experience. I will add further that FSX configured under DX10 mirrors a great many visual features of ANY version of P3D, but WITHOUT the stutter, stutter, blur, blur, and patches, patches, updates, updates that cause even more stutter, stutter, blur, blur. Oh and I will happily run naked through a briar patch when PMDG actually produces any P3D compatible product. This will never happen no matter what others here claim.
  7. Aaron Cumberland

    Should I come over from X Plane?

    Sure did, V2.2 with the latest hotfix. My computer specs are on par with yours and I had micro-stuttering with texture updates no matter what tweak I used. Use P3D with a heavy overcast cloud base and kiss your FPS goodbye. No so with FSX. I think interpretations of simulator performance are pretty subjective though; some individuals find stuttering, etc, perfectly acceptable when paired with some additional eye candy. I personally refuse to accept less performance than I have with FSX, but others may not feel the same.
  8. Aaron Cumberland

    Should I come over from X Plane?

    I kinda hope P3D goes the way of Microsoft's ESP and just fades away. Honestly, it's time to kill off this hopelessly outdated engine once and for all. The only reason FSX reached the level of success it currently has is that without updates from that abominable MIcrosoft team over the past few years, new hardware was eventually able to compensate for the bloated, inefficient coding. Also of course, third party developers were finally able to design and create add-ons without Microsoft constantly pulling the rug out from under them by constantly updating the Flight Simulator platform will no regard to continual legacy compatibility. Sound familiar in regard to P3D not supporting FSX add-ons? P3D will NEVER EVER be as smooth as FSX currently is in all situations, no matter how much money you throw at it. P3D will always be updated with more and more inefficient coding that relies on brute force hardware to compensate for incompetent programming. I hope P3D dies and somebody buries it where it can never be found. We need a brand new engine, coded from the ground up by programmers who have both the talent and commitment to accomplish building a platform that truly is congruent with the latest hardware advances. On this note I find it very refreshing that developers like PMDG appear to sense P3D's doomed future and now turn to developing for X-Plane instead of indulging in the licensing and hardware requirement nightmare that will always characterize P3D. Should you come over from X-Plane you ask? LM offers a full refund on P3D for sixty days after purchase. Try it out; enjoy the stuttering that never goes away; watch your performance fall to it's knees when in heavy clouds. Try to figure out which third party add-ons will work; tweak the program from one end to another and never be completely happy with the results. By all means, buy a new computer too, only to realize that the machine that will run P3D flawlessly hasn't been designed yet. And finally, ruminate on why any commercial or military entity in their collective right minds (LM's target customers) would even begin to put up with any of this.
  9. Aaron Cumberland

    06MAY14 - PMDG 777 SP1/300ER Updates

    The 777 has some pretty serious flight modeling problems in terms of realistic behavior. PMDG is working hard to fix the issues, but it's going to take far longer than anyone on the development team ever anticipated. They are doing their best and I'm sure we'll be updated here in the coming weeks as progress is made. This is not going to be an easy fix.
  10. Aaron Cumberland

    06MAY14 - PMDG 777 SP1/300ER Updates

    Actually, the suspense is killing me. I hope it will last.
  11. Aaron Cumberland

    Dirty livery

    I just like how "Dirty Livery" sounds. Makes me feel all tingly inside.
  12. Aaron Cumberland

    06MAY14 - PMDG 777 SP1/300ER Updates

    If I'm right about the current state of the 777's FBW logic, that issue alone will require a very MAJOR re-coding to fix, and yes, that will indeed take time as Robert R. was very upfront about when he started this thread. I applaud his honesty about this issue and PMDG's continuing effort is certainly appreciated. I think the bottom line though is that there is no quick fix, unfortunately, but they will eventually make it right however long it takes. :mellow:
  13. Aaron Cumberland

    PMDG 777 Landing Gear won't retract!

    For me personally, implementing the .xml edit as described allowed me to assign the 777 landing gear toggle to one of the axis on my Saitek throttle quadrant using the GEAR_SET variable. I have never been able to get it to work properly before, although the 'G' key has always worked. I could also assign the gear toggle to my CH Yoke, but never to the Saitek quadrant where I wanted it. And now, back to you Mr. Badfinger. Where exactly were YOU when the Baroness De Fromberg drank her poison-laced tea and collapsed in the downstairs parlor, hmmmm? You claim to have been playing Cricket on the east lawn with Major Ramsey and some the boys from his Ancient History class at Eaton, but you would have still had time to dash back into the rear entrance, poison the Baroness' tea, and been back in time to access the forums here and accuse me, all before anyone even began to suspect you. Quite convenient really, but you forgot one important detail: No one can fool my Laser Cat, for she has the power to read minds, as do all Laser Cats. I do believe a call to the local Constable is now in order and I must ask you to put down that butter knife...
  14. Aaron Cumberland

    PMDG 777 Landing Gear won't retract!

    I quote Robert Randazzo (source link below): "We could see that the number of users of our software was increasing, but the number of sales wasn’t,” says Robert Randazzo, chief executive officer of PMDG. “We knew that over the long term, this was not a sustainable trend. We needed something to help us capture revenue from the people who were using our product, but were not paying for a license. In addition to effectively eliminating revenue leakage due to piracy, FlexNet Producer Suite has allowed us to improve customer satisfaction and reduce our operating costs. For a small software producer like PMDG, all of these benefits travel straight to the bottom line." Source, Flexnet Homepage: http://www.flexerasoftware.com/resources/success-stories/pmdg.html
  15. Aaron Cumberland

    PMDG 777 Landing Gear won't retract!

    I'm sorry but I find it impossible to believe that the usual corps of morons who pirate software could've in any conceivable way bypassed the very extensive copy protection schemes implemented by PMDG. Robert Randazzo himself was directly quoted by the Flexnet Licensing Service (used by PMDG) as saying that this kind of technology virtually makes piracy a thing of the past. There are some extremely smart individuals associated with PMDG, and one can assume their collective programming ability will easily defeat the average teenage mutant turtlehead who attempts to outwit them from his mom's basement. We are talking advanced PhD's vs. 8th grade educations, and I think we can safely conclude who the ultimate victor will always be in this situation. Just a friendly reality check here, folks. I will admit that I happen to live in my mom's basement, but there is a wholly different range of issues going on in my particular situation. Best Buy doesn't pay worth s*** and the basement is the only place my laser cats feel comfortable. I just didn't want anyone to think I was dissing people who live in basements and trying to label them all as a group. Oh and yes I realize that Newegg sells the same crap as Best Buy for about 50 percent cheaper and you don't have to pay sales tax, but you're causing this to happen when you do: Can you live with yourself much?