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    April 18th, 2014, 09:05
    No, it makes sense to think about an Alabeo PC-6 even if Marcel has one in the works. Much as I'm devoted to some developers (like Marcel and A2A), I'll always take a look at other developers because you never know when somebody's going to have a breakthrough. It doesn't happen often, but it can. I never enjoyed Just Flight much until their Canberra came along. And while Manfred & Co.'s C-47 isn't by A2A and doesn't have Accu-sim, it's sure taking up more of my time than any A2A aircraft at the moment. So like you, I'm really, really (really!) looking forward to Marcel's Porter, I'll also keep an open mind about any pleasant surprises that may be out there.
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    April 17th, 2014, 20:18
    Maybe so - but this one is likely to be better.
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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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