Stephen Posted October 11, 2022 Report Share Posted October 11, 2022 NEWS! - xEnviro updates to v1.17 After another very long development cycle (v1.16-January 2021) Dark Space has released v1.17. Project leader Magnus Lorvik sites personal reasons, the same as in the earlier very long development cycles. Biggest note was that xEnviro will not be compatible with X-Plane 12, Enhanced Skyskapes, SkyMaxx are also not getting access either from Laminar Research... so any future updates will be X-Plane 11 only. Dark Star note; " We have decided to support xEnviro for X-Plane 11 for as long as it seems reasonable. We will refine the existing base we now are confident with and add features as we go along. We will update the roadmap soon.", but also say, " We are not saying that we won’t develop for X-Plane 12! As I said we know how we can do that, but both time wise and feature wise we are in the dark. It’s an effort we will pursue when X-Plane 12 is out of beta. (As usual)". This v1.17 version has Spherical buffer Full volume rendering "Spherical buffering is a method of generation of computer images of a three-dimensional scene constituted by a set of facets, viewed from a point of observation along a viewing axis. The facets are projected on the surface of a sphere whose center is the point of observation of the scene and wherein the surface of the sphere is divided in a special way into elementary surfaces, each corresponding to a pixel on the spherical surface, in such a manner that the orthogonal projections of the elementary surfaces on a reference plane passing through the point of observation and perpendicular to the viewing axis of the scene all have same value". Other v1.17 features include: Spherical buffer Full volume rendering implemented. No more separate layer rendering New cloud light scattering math New cloud formation logic. Now we can create clouds of any shape Smooth transition between stratus and cumulus clouds Thunderstorm clouds are back Incloud lightning Clouds screen edge quality slider added Draw high-level clouds checkbox added Updrafts added below cumulus clouds with vertical development Tropopause temperature control Basic VR support Weather search accepts Enter key Added X-Plane rain sound checkbox You can type several icao codes in the weather search window using virtually any separator and then hit Enter to get the list of metar report Added hotkeys via X-Plane key assignment menu to open xEnviro Weather Briefing or Settings window or call for CAVOK conditions. Passive cloud sync. Clouds look the same for all the xEnviro 1.17 users at a given time and a given location. This feature is important for online flights and shared cockpit sessions. This includes thunderstorms Other items in v1.17 include; Changed Atmosphere light scattering revised Visibility maths changed General scene light energy adjusted to match atmosphere conditions Clouds blur level slider changed to clouds dynamic blur Cloud base adjusted to better match reported values The turbulence model is changed to match long-term forces better Wind distribution changed to avail fake forecast reports for aircraft devs Post-processing maths and application order adjusted Increased distance for the city lights reflected by haze Server timeout reduced to 5 seconds New method to hide X-Plane DSF edge implemented Full control over aircraft icing. No more random icing in snowfall Removed Banding lines on distant clouds removed Clouds static quality slider removed. Noted issues include; "The 1:1 scale has its demands on performance. The main compromising issue in 1.17 is obvious when you load into the sim. Movement shimmer. This is not a huge problem when you fly slow and are gone when standing still. The artefacts are especially noticeable around the edges of the clouds. We have added a quality slider to reduce that shimmer - but at the cost of performance. This will be a continuous target to refine and improve for us going forward". At least v1.17 it should be far better than the block type clouds, and constant cloud redrawing that drove me mad at times. My heart dropped out of xEnviro for one major reason. Their so called "History" feature that never happened (so much for listening to feedback). In doing reviews to be able to recreate or manually set a certain weather condition is important for a consistent feel during the review. or to recreate a certain aspect (say snow or sunshine) to highlight the review. That feature has languished down the roadmap list for years and years (despite consistent complaints to Dark Star). It's a small thing, but in my case a deal breaker. However, if you continue to use X-Plane 11 then xEnviro is an essential tool that I would recommend, it does at least give a lot of atmospheric feel to the simulator. v1.17 certainly looks far better... The updated v1.17 xEnviro is free to current purchasers of the plugin... just go to the xEnviro site and download the updater application, serial number is required for activation. ____________________________________ Yes! the xEnviro Environment Engine v1.17 by Dark Space FZE is Available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : xEnviro Price is US$69.90 Sorry this plugin is Windows only at this point, But Mac will come eventually! Requirements Minimum Requirements X-Plane 11 - (not compatible with X-Plane 12) Windows 7/Vista/ 8/8.1/ 10 - Not Mac compatible at this time 8 GB+ VRAM Current version : 1.17 (October 10th 2022) ____________________________________ NEWS! update by Stephen Dutton 11th October 2022 Copyright©2022: X-PlaneReviews (Disclaimer. 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