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    April 14th, 2014, 20:55
    Alan_A replied to a poll Poll:Prepar3D Question in Prepar3D
    I voted for "running P3D and FSX," but that's sort of a technicality. I haven't deleted FSX, and about six weeks ago I went back to it for some testing. But nearly all my sim time is now spent in P3D. Since ASN issued their P3D-compatible beta, and since I was able to get My Traffic up and running, P3D has become a complete experience as opposed to an experiment, which it was when P3D2 was first released. I don't have all my add-on aircraft tranferred over, but Manfred's C-47 runs very nicely, as do a couple of others, and right now I don't feel like flying much of anything else. At some point I'll pull the plug on FSX, I suppose, though there's no compelling reason to - I've got plenty of storage space for both, and the one doesn't interfere with each other. So I might not...
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    April 14th, 2014, 10:54
    Alan_A replied to a thread Prepar3d 2.2 is out in Prepar3D
    I need to amend my earlier commentary on one point - I've had to go back to NVidia Inspector to tame the (extreme) shimmering of the ORBX FTX Global lights. I get good results and not too much of a performance hit if I set transparency supersampling to 4X SGSS in Inspector and leave all the other Inspector settings at default. Re: overall performance - keep in mind that clouds (especially with volumetric fog selected) and shadows have the biggest impact on performance. I'm having an easier time running clouds and shadows with a 780ti than I did with a 680. I still need to keep vegetation shadows off, and set terrain shadows to receive only ("cast" is turned off). I can set cloud shadows to 20,000 meters with medium shadow quality. Also, I keep my texture resolutions set to medium...
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    April 12th, 2014, 09:50
    Alan_A replied to a thread GPS and Multiple waypoints in Prepar3D
    I've been using Plan G (freeware) to build VFR plans for P3D 2.1. Haven't used it in 2.2 yet. You need to make sure it's pointed at the right folder (IIRC it's the LM/P3D folder under Documents, but I'm doing this from memory so I can't swear to it), then export the plan in FSX (.pln) format. Good program, much more capable than the default planner. I'm running way behind in my P3D 2.2 testing, so it's possible there are issues with it, but I haven't heard of any. Hope this helps.
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    April 12th, 2014, 07:00
    Sad to say, that little green jumpy thing is a pretty good representation of the state of my Zen practice. No worries, though. I'm bringing it along through a kind of walking meditation - specifically, wearing out a groove between Hay River and Yellowknife in the C-47v2 in Buffalo paint. And truth be told, the current modern VC isn't really much of a hindrance. So take your time, and I'll look forward to a new, future sticky thread... and to starting the cycle of impatience all over again... :cool:
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    April 11th, 2014, 13:57
    I second that. Trying to be patient. Failing, mostly... :greenfire:
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    April 10th, 2014, 20:56
    Alan_A replied to a thread Prepar3d 2.2 is out in Prepar3D
    Guys, there's no way you can get decent performance in P3D2 with max settings, no matter what your hardware. Autogen is much more dense for a given setting than FSX, and some of the new rendering options (shadows in general, terrain shadows in particular) are extremely demanding. The developers have explained over on the P3D forums that the settings are there to allow different kinds of users to tailor different kinds of scenarios, not to set everything to the right. In my case, running on a delidded, water-cooled 3770K overclocked to 4.8 GHz and a water-cooled 780ti, I run into trouble if I push autogen above normal (I'm experimenting with dense in 2.2 but no verdict yet) and I have to pick and choose among shadow options. I keep tessellation off as well, and I gained a lot by...
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    April 9th, 2014, 21:17
    Alan_A replied to a thread Prepar3d 2.2 is out in Prepar3D
    Finally got it patched today. Only had time for brief testing but it's impressive. Still tuning the settings - cloud shadows look great on medium settings, for the rest I'm gravitating back toward my 2.1 settings. Was able to induce an OOM by moving the autogen sliders to very dense. Normal is a safe setting, and I'm hoping I can edge them toward dense, but I won't know for sure 'til after some longer flights. All in all, the platform really seems to be coming into its own. I haven't been back to FSX for a couple of months and I'm feeling less and less need to revisit it. Might settle on P3D for the long haul.
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    April 7th, 2014, 19:52
    Alan_A replied to a thread Prepar3d 2.2 is out in Prepar3D
    Still haven't had a chance to download. Tonight got away from me. Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, am reading the early reports and trying to decide between the patch and a new full install (ugh...) I understand that the Active Sky Next P3D beta needs to be updated to work with 2.2.
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    April 7th, 2014, 11:56
    Alan_A started a thread Prepar3d 2.2 is out in Prepar3D
    The Prepar3d 2.2 update (and full installer) are now available. Go to the downloads page on the P3D website. No reports from the field yet (the update was posted about a half-hour ago) but I'm sure they'll be coming in shortly. I won't be able to get to it for a couple of hours so if you get there before me, please post impressions/results. Enjoy!
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    March 29th, 2014, 10:52
    Was never able to get decent framerates in clouds using DX10 and the Fixer. Am now on P3D2 pretty much exclusively, so am no longer trying to work with DX10. When I do go back to FSX, I stick with DX9.
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    March 23rd, 2014, 13:45
    My travels have taken me to Germany on occasion and could again - if they do, I'll let you know. We won't mention it to my wife, (lack of) spousal acceptance being another factor in my non-flying life... And with that, we should probably hand this poor hijacked thread to its original owners and say, now back to your regular C-47 programming, already in progress. But would be up for discussing more intro flight misadventures, maybe in another thread. Will look forward to it!
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    March 22nd, 2014, 13:42
    Yeah, there is that. The moment when your pilot says to you, "...and this is what we call controlled closeness," and then you get to study all the parts in the rotor hub assembly as the helo slides by about thirty feet below you... ...true, maybe better with another Cherokee driver at some point...
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    March 22nd, 2014, 10:08
    I couldn't agree more. For years I've been looking for an aircraft that I could really feel devoted to and spend most of my time with. Years ago the Dreamfleet Archer filled that role - not the Archer III but the original Archer II based on Nels Anderson's real-world Archer (side note - IIRC, that was another Alexander Metzger FDE creation). Since then it's been a series of near-misses. I came close with the A2A Cub - but it's so slow and limited that you really have to be in the right frame of mind for it. Also, as I've gotten older and finances have gotten tighter, the idea of owning and flying a real-world aircraft has receded into the distance, which means that I've turned more and more to bigger, more purposeful aircraft (confession - I found out through some real-world GA...
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    March 18th, 2014, 11:16
    Speaking as a P3D V2 C-47 pilot - I am in love! I mean, I was in love before. But now I'm really in love! "Work faster!" says the id. "Down, boy! Bad id! Patience!" says the ego, and grinds its teeth.
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