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  1. Update B6239 a.k.a. Hotfix 013117 has been released! This new update focuses on improved performance, fixes and enhancements, and includes P3D v3.4.22 (HF3) support! This update is now available to all AS16 and/or ASCA users. Visit www.hifisimtech.com to download the update or learn more! Changelog: AS16 – Fixed an issue where custom weather METAR was not included in current_wx_snapshot.txt – Added functionality where Disabling cloud motion effect (cloud options) now prevents all high-res cloud detection and should improve performance when in/near clouds – Attempted improved P3D volumetric fog visibility blending to prevent visibility from rendering too low in certain cases as well as improving performance – Fixed a get runway API issue – P3D Compatibility Updates for version 3.4.22.19868 – Added new Random Light Chop Percentage option, default 25%, which controls the frequency of experience random light chop turbulence independent of weather conditions – Adjusted wind/jet layer boundary turbulence triggers to be less severe based on user feedback – Fixed annoyance issue where AS wx theme would not be selected in saved flights as a BMP theme file was missing (did not affect weather depiction, only wx theme name shown in saved flights) – Added reference to FSX:SE with explanation of potential path names within Simconnect chapters of the user’s guide – Improved documentation regarding maximum wind shear setting affecting gusts, and added this notation in the options detail (options UI) ASCA – Adjusted all overcast models for increased performance – Added new Overcast Quality slider setting providing 3 options: High Performance (full left), Balanced (middle) and High Quality (right). Higher performance = less coverage and higher frame rates. Higher quality = more coverage and lower frame rates. Defaults to Balanced, which is improved in frames approximately 20% from previous SP1 overcast, with minimal coverage loss. – Updated documentation to reflect changes, and added a Performance Considerations section which is a recommended read for all ASCA users.
  2. The HiFi team would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in our Active Sky 2016 SP1 Screenshot Contest! As always picking the winners was not easy this time around! There were many great contenders, but in the end we had to narrow it down. We picked 5 winners to showcase them in our forums. For prize details and contest results, please visit the screenshot contest winners thread. Thanks again to everyone for your participation! Stay tuned for future contests, giveaways and events!
  3. Pilots! We’re excited to announce that we’re holding a screenshot contest for Active Sky! Share your screenshots with the community and you’ll have a chance to score some prices! For more info visit : https://hifisimtech.com/forums/showthread.php?7842-ACTIVE-SKY-2016-SP1-SCREENSHOT-CONTEST
  4. AS16 + ASCA SP1 RELEASED! Service Pack 1 for AS16 and ASCA has been officially released after several months of testing. Thanks to everyone who participated and provided great feedback to help make SP1 as solid and fine-tuned as possible! SP1 for AS16 incorporates significant enhancements, adjustments, fixes and tweaks to further increase realism, immersion and functionality. Highlights include new P3D visibility improvements, cloud motion effect improvements, improved restricted visibility depiction, new jet-stream and wind-layer shear turbulence influence effects, interpolation improvements, generation depiction improvements, additional API functionality, P3D v3.4.18 support and much more. SP1 for ASCA brings brand new softer cloud textures, a new cirrus set, revamped original cloud and sky textures, new natural sky color sets, new integration and API capability, improved overall resolution, improved overcast depiction, new geographic wx-influence profiles, and several new UI features including new option, plus more! Both SP1 upgrades are available absolutely free of charge to all AS16 and/or ASCA users. Visit www.hifisimtech.com to download or learn more! AS16 (Active Sky 2016) is HiFi's latest full-featured reality-based weather and environment engine. ASCA (Active Sky Cloud Art) is a dynamic sky and environment graphics package with breakthrough features including real-time cloud texture dynamics and brand new cloud structures, completely transforming your skies. Both are designed to run fully integrated or stand-alone, and are fully compatible with all other add-ons including weather engines and graphics enhancements. For more information about AS16 and/or ASCA, visit www.hifisimtech.com A free fully-functional 7-day trial of AS16 SP1 is available to everyone, even if you've tried AS16 before. Visit www.activesky16.com for details!
  5. Active Sky 2016 Hotfix 4 has been officially released. This update includes several fixes and enhancements based on user feedback, and also includes Prepar3D v3.4 compatibility (AS16 for P3D). HF4 is a recommended update for all AS16 users and is available for download now from http://www.hifisimtech.com/downloads. In addition, Hotfix 4 for ASCA (general fixes) and Hotfix 04202016 for ASN for P3D (v3.4 compatibility) have also been released. AS16 represents the culmination of 16 years of weather simulation engine development! New In-Cloud Motion Effects, Weather Scenarios System, Airborne Weather Radar, P3D v3 Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration, Navigraph Data Integration, Re-designed Map-based Custom Weather Editing System, Universal Web Companion App, an Improved Mapping System and a High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix are just a few of the new features to debut in this brand new version of Active Sky. Beyond the many new features, AS16 also extends and improves all aspects of weather simulation and depiction, from data parsing, to synthesis, interpolation, depiction, performance, and everything in-between, your entire weather experience will be more realistic than ever before. ASCA is a new kind of graphics add-on for Flight Simulator X (Boxed or SE) and Prepar3D that incorporates brand new technologies and content types to transform your skies and significantly increase realism, variation and dynamics. The technology behind ASCA includes optional tight integration with Active Sky 2016 to enable features such as Real-Time Texture Dynamics, which allow you to manually change or have your textures automatically changed multiple times throughout a flight without needed to shut-down and restart your simulator! Also included with ASCA are brand new 3D cloud structures, a first for FSX/P3D! While ASCA and AS16 work great together, they are also fully compatible (either alone or together) with any other graphics add-on and weather add-on. You have full flexibility to mix and match any aspect and selectable feature set within these add-ons. Visitwww.hifisimtech.com,www.activesky16.com and/orwww.activeskycloudart.com for more!
  6. Hotfix 3 for both Active Sky 2016 and Active Sky Cloud Art is now available! This hotfix brings continued fixes, improvements and enhancements based on user feedback. For ASCA, among many changes in this update, significant Sky Color texture improvements have been made for darker nights and more natural colors by default. HF3 is a recommended update for all AS16 and/or ASCA users and is available for download now from http://www.hifisimtech.com/downloads. AS16 represents the culmination of 16 years of weather simulation engine development! New In-Cloud Motion Effects, Weather Scenarios System, Airborne Weather Radar, P3D v3 Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration, Navigraph Data Integration, Re-designed Map-based Custom Weather Editing System, Universal Web Companion App, an Improved Mapping System and a High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix are just a few of the new features to debut in this brand new version of Active Sky. Beyond the many new features, AS16 also extends and improves all aspects of weather simulation and depiction, from data parsing, to synthesis, interpolation, depiction, performance, and everything in-between, your entire weather experience will be more realistic than ever before. A FREE fully-functional 7 day trial of AS16 is available to all users. ASCA is a new kind of graphics add-on for Flight Simulator X (Boxed or SE) and Prepar3D that incorporates brand new technologies and content types to transform your skies and significantly increase realism, variation and dynamics. The technology behind ASCA includes optional tight integration with Active Sky 2016 to enable features such as Real-Time Texture Dynamics, which allow you to manually change or have your textures automatically changed multiple times throughout a flight without needing to shut-down and restart your simulator! Also included with ASCA are brand new 3D cloud structures, a first for FSX/P3D! While ASCA and AS16 work great together, they are also fully compatible (either alone or together) with any other graphics add-on and weather add-on. You have full flexibility to mix and match any aspect and selectable feature set within these add-ons. Visit www.hifisimtech.com,www.activesky16.com and/or www.activeskycloudart.com for more!
  7. Hi, Glad to hear you got it sorted out. Let us know if you have any other issues. Warm Regards,
  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone! I really appreciate the pros/cons list. We will definitely continue to work hard and improve the quality of AS16+ASCA. Eveyone's feedback is important to us! It helps us focus on the areas that we need
  9. HiFi has announced that two new titles have been officially released and are NOW AVAILABLE! First is Active Sky 2016 (AS16): AS16 represents the culmination of 16 years of weather simulation engine development! New In-Cloud Motion Effects, Weather Scenarios System, Airborne Weather Radar, P3D v3 Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration, Navigraph Data Integration, Re-designed Map-based Custom Weather Editing System, Universal Web Companion App, an Improved Mapping System and a High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix are just a few of the new features to debut in this brand new version of Active Sky. Beyond the many new features, AS16 also extends and improves all aspects of weather simulation and depiction, from data parsing to synthesis, interpolation, depiction, performance, and everything in-between, your entire weather experience will be more realistic than ever before. AS16 works with any and all graphics add-ons, or can be used with default graphics. Optional integration with Active Sky Cloud Art (listed below) will provide Real-Time Weather-Influenced Texture Dynamics. A FREE fully-functional 7 day trial of AS16 is available to all users. Try it Now! An upgrade discount for AS16 is also available to licensed users of ASE, AS2012 or ASN. Next up is Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA): ASCA is a new kind of graphics add-on for Flight Simulator X (Boxed or SE) and Prepar3D that incorporates brand new technologies and content types to transform your skies and significantly increase realism, variation and dynamics. The technology behind ASCA includes optional tight integration with Active Sky 2016 to enable features such as Real-Time Texture Dynamics, which allow you to manually change or have your textures automatically changed multiple times throughout a flight without needing to shut-down and restart your simulator! The variation experienced throughout a flight with AS16 + ASCA is unprecedented, especially when flying through areas of varying weather conditions and severity. In addition, in ASCA’s Full Dynamics theme, simultaneous variation of up to 8 different texture sets (128 cloud textures total) are provided including simultaneous texture resolution to provide increased performance for certain cloud types that don’t require high resolution (such as overcast layers). ASCA’s graphical content includes replacements/enhancements for everything above the horizon: Cirrus clouds, Cumulus clouds, Stratus clouds, Thunderstorm clouds, Sky colors and Lighting. But in addition to the graphical textures, ASCA also includes something very different: Brand New 3D Cloud Structures, which replace and/or enhance nearly every aspect of the cloud scene within the simulator!Thunderstorms are bigger, overcast is more full, light “few” humilis-type clouds are more visually appealing, and all cloud scenes are specifically tuned to match the ASCA texture content and provide maximum realism. A primary design focus for ASCA was performance. From solid overcast, to towering cumulonimbus, everything was designed for the best visuals with minimal performance sacrifice. Careful 3D modeling of cloud structures and textures enables this, while creating realistic and unique variants of the real-world cloud types including Stratus, Nimbostratus, Altocumulus, Altostratus, Cumulus humilis, Cumulus mediocris, Cumulus congestus, Towering cumulus, Stratocumulus, Cirrostratus, Cirrocumulus, Cumulonimbus incus, Cumulonimbus calvus and more. While ASCA and AS16 work great together, they are also fully compatible (either alone or together) with any other graphics add-on and weather add-on. You have full flexibility to mix and match any aspect and selectable feature set within these add-ons. Both products are NOW AVAILABLE for immediate purchase and download! Visit www.hifisimtech.com,www.activesky16.com and/orwww.activeskycloudart.com for more!
  10. diana91081

    Some images using AS16 and ASCA

    Hi there, Thank you so much for your honest feedback. Yes I can agree some sky colors are more unnatural than others, something I can work on definitely! We do have various sets in ASCA on which some are more natural than others. :smile: We do plan on a comprehensive free update that includes more content. Your feedback and everyone else's here is very important to me. I want to incorporate aspects the community would like to see more of.
  11. diana91081

    Some images using AS16 and ASCA

    Hi Jim, When using Static themes in ASCA you can pic and choose from the themes available or you can also create custom ones using your own selections. We agree that some styles and looks don't look best in all conditions. With our Global Automatic mode we've defined to only pick from the most natural skies and clouds. Hi Erich, Yes this would be a feature that AS16 provides. Full list of features here: www.activesky16.com Hi Mike, Nice talking again! I do remember, and thank you again for talking to us during flightsimcon. Pictures can only capture so much, but looking forward to people trying it
  12. diana91081

    Some images using AS16 and ASCA

    Thank you very much for the feedback. I really appreciate it, been looking forward to hear the thoughts of everyone on here, even if critical. I will be working hard on implementing improvements and changes based on this feedback along with brand new content that focuses on what people want to see! I understand and agree that a good chunk of what was posted looks odd and "wrong". Not sure what our beta testers are running with to create lighting and shading effects (or what resolution settings are in play), but maybe and other add-ons or brightness/HDR/gamma options might be part of it. Just for comparison, here are a few screenshots that I've taken using P3D and FSX: There are also some screenshots and video (with more being added) at our website. Also, to answer some questions: AS16 and ASCA are separate. AS16 doesn't contain graphics, and ASCA doesn't contain a weather engine. If you have preferences either way, you are not forced to use anything you don't want to. Using AS16 + other graphics add-ons is fully supported! Please keep feedback coming and I hope that you will decide to try ASCA when released, as well as our separate weather engine product: AS16. The design goal so far was to create realistic immersion (including not overdoing shading/lighting/HDR) while being unique and also focusing on performance, which was/is a big challenge. But I can work on and provide whatever styles our customers and the community wants, and adjust design priorities to fit this. So I am definitely paying attention and am eager to work hard on what it is you'd like to see. Thanks everyone!
  13. We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s FlightSimCon at the New England Air Museum on June 11th and 12th. Come visit us and see what we’ve been working on! Visit: http://www.hifisimtech.com/hifi-attending-flightsimcon/
  14. Active Sky Next is now 25% off through Feb 29th GMT! Don't miss out on this great sale. Visit: http://www.hifisimtech.com/
  15. Active Sky Next Service Pack 4.1 has been officially released by HiFi and is now available for download! SP4.1 includes multiple fixes and adjustments as well as enhancements for more realistic icing simulation. This service pack is offered free of charge to all Active Sky Next users. Those using the Steam FSX:SE DLC version of ASN should wait for the update available directly through Steam. Those using the standard non-DLC version (for FSX or P3D) can update now at http://www.hifisimtech.com/downloads. Active Sky Next is a full-featured weather simulation engine with a special emphasis on realism, compatible with FSX, FSX:SE, Prepar3D v2.5 and Prepar3D v3.x. For more information and to find out why Active Sky Next is the #1 weather engine for desktop flight sim, please visit www.activeskynext.com today!